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Organic learning
Posted Monday, August 10, 2009 8:46 AM
 
Above: Moose Creek Organic Farm.

An organic farm field day provided visitors with insights on everything from reduced tillage and grazed green manures to breeding wheat and oat varieties for organic production.

University of Manitoba plant scientist Dr. Martin Entz and others were also on hand to discuss a variety of research trials.

Ian and Jo-Anne Cushon of Moose Creek Organic Farm near Oxbow, Saskatchewan, offered the field day at their farm.

Participants explored techniques for organic crop management, through the work done both by the University of Manitoba staff and the Cushons.

Other topics included reducing tillage in organic crop production; growing your own N on an organic farm - with and without livestock; breeding high protein wheats for organic production; breeding wheat and oat varieties for organic production; and grazed green manures.

For more information on the University of Manitoba's School of Agriculture, click here. For the university's Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, click here.

Ian Cushon began farming in 1981 and started converting to organic production in 1985. He is Past President of the Saskatchewan Organic Development Council, past member of the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate Research Committee, and a past member of the Saskatchewan Agri-Food Innovation Fund Specialized Crops Committee. A farm policy activist, Ian is committed to working with farmers and consumers towards a more sustainable agriculture.

Jo-Anne joined Ian and the farm in 1999.

If you would like more information Moose Creek Organic Farm, click here.

 
For more information, contact:
Crystal Jorgenson
Communications Specialist
Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences
c_jorgenson@umanitoba.ca
Phone: (204) 474-9435
 
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  •Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
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  •Moose Creek Organic Farm