Conservation Practices in an Organic Farming System
Saturday, July 23 | 4-6:30 p.m.
Hosts: Sara & Bob Pearson
Prairie Sky Farm | Facebook
In partnership with Farming for Public Health
Address: 2505 220th Ave. | Wesley, IA 50483
Prairie Sky Farm, operated by Bob and Sara Pearson, has been in Sara’s family since 1889. The Pearsons raise soybeans, corn, oats, buckwheat, rye, vetch, alfalfa and grass hay on 240 acres. They also steward soybean and small-grain seed production fields, and conduct on-farm organic soybean and corn yield trials for Albert Lea Seed House.
Since 2014, the Pearsons have worked together developing a certified organic farm that prioritizes soil conservation and soil health using a diverse crop rotation, cover crops and reduced fall tillage. At the field day, Sara and Bob will discuss their organic field crop rotation; show some of the equipment they use in their organic operation; and highlight conservation practices they use, including field borders, prairie plantings and grassed waterways.
Don’t miss this chance to learn more about organic production from a diversified Iowa farm family.
- Iowa Interfaith Power & Light
- Iowa Organic Association
- Albert Lea Seed
- THE SCOULAR COMPANY
- Iowa Corn
- Organic crop rotation
- Organic corn and organic soybeans
- Benefits of cover crops
- Organic small-grain production
- Conservation practices
- Oat harvest and small-grain harvest equipment
- Row crop cultivation equipment
- Research plots
Location Notes: Make sure “Ave.” is input into GPS to arrive at the correct location (about 5 miles northwest of Wesley, Iowa).
Meal Information: Dinner will be served at the field day.
RSVPs are appreciated by July 18