Monday, February 2, 2015

Healthy Farms Conference Breakout Sessions IV

Tractor Selection for Small Scale Beginning Farmers

 Participants will learn about the decision-making process used to select a tractor & implements for a small scale (2 to 40 acre) agricultural operation. This session is intended for beginners with limited experience selecting farm equipment. Participants will explore how a tractor & implements can help them meet their farming goals, & features to consider when selecting a tractor & implements.  The group will examine tractors currently on the market to explore their usefulness in meeting individual farming needs. Tractor maintenance issues will also be discussed.

About: Dr. Ronald Rosati currently serves as Dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. Rosati received his associate's degree in agriculture from Farmingdale Agricultural and Technical College, his bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural education from Cornell University and his doctorate in agricultural education from Iowa State University. Rosati also has experience at Illinois State University, Ohio State University, Iowa State University and Alfred State College, where he also served as provost.

Growing in the Fall, Winter & Spring in Greenhouses.

Whether growing for market, or home gardening and you are considering moving your skill set to a new level, attend this session! Learn Why and How Winter Gardening is the now and future of local Healthy Fresh Food. Why and how to winter gardening. Sell to markets never considered. Sold out before you harvest. Training your customer

About: Honey Creek Farms is a family-owned and operated sustainable farming business. Our farm is in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, where we have three greenhouses on 20 acres with gardens and livestock.

We grow using the old ways, as nature intended, incorporating sustainable principles. We grow without using chemicals, hormones or pesticides in the production of our produce and livestock. Our farm is Certified Naturally Grown and we grow according to organic standards. The Never Ending Harvest videos contain the knowledge we have gained in our winter greenhouse growing and our gardening experiences since we began in 1996.

Top Bar Beehives.

The object of a Top Bar Hive (TBH) is to be easy and cheap to construct, easy to work and having natural sized cells. A Kenya style (sloped sides) is so that the combs are more naturally strong and less likely to break and collapse when they are full of honey. This hive worked very well with no comb collapses. The small combs are easy to handle and not nearly as fragile as large free hanging combs.

About:  Michael Bush is one of the leading proponents of treatment free beekeeping. He has been keeping bees since the mid 70's, usually from two to seven hives up until the year 2000. Varroa forced more experimentation which required more hives and the number has grown steadily over the years from then. By 2008 it was about 200 hives. He is active on many of the Beekeeping forums with last count at more than 50,000 posts between all of them. He has a web site on beekeeping at

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