Biodiversity, Beneficial Insects and Building Resilience

Saturday, July 16 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Hosts: Angela Smith & Erik Tryggestad

Middle Fork Farm | (507) 367-2584 |

In partnership with Xerces Society

Address: 2876 Middle Fork Drive NW | Oronoco, MN 55960

Angela Smith and her sonMiddle Fork Farm is a diverse fruit, vegetable and herb farm located along the beautiful Middle Fork of the Zumbro River in Oronoco, Minnesota. Proprietors Angela Smith and her husband, Erik Tryggestad, have worked extensively to enhance the health and biodiversity of the farm by planting, restoring and managing pollinator habitat both within and surrounding their production fields.

Hear more about their efforts and learn how you can implement habitat for beneficial insects and climate resilience on your own farm.

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See & Discuss:

  • Native pollinators
  • Beneficial insects
  • Flowering shrubs
  • The Conservation Reserve Program
  • The Environmental Quality Incentives Program
  • Establishing habitat
  • Remnant prairie restoration
  • Paying for conservation
  • Climate

Note: This field day will involve walking through native vegetation over uneven terrain. Please wear appropriate attire.

Location Notes: From County Road 18 / N Minnesota Avenue in Oronoco: Turn east onto Co Rd 118 / E Center Street. After 0.1 mile, turn south (right) onto 2nd Avenue SE. Continue around the curve until you’re travelling east onto 110th Street NW. Continue for 1.7 miles on 110th Street NW (this turns into Middle Fork Drive NW); the farm will be on the right.

Meal Information: Lunch will be provided at the end of the field day.

RSVPs are appreciated by July 11


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