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“Picnic Scientifique” Soil Field Day

Farm Tours at Garden Farme

Toward A Rapport of Social Forces



Tour Schedule:

11:00 a.m. Garden Walk with the Garden Farme Soil Committee

12:30 p.m. Bumblebee & Pollinators Walk with Sarah Foltz Jordan, Xerces Society

2:00 p.m. Garden Walk with the Garden Farme Soil Committee


This event is sponsored by Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota as part of the Festival of Farms, and is hosted by the Garden Farme Soil Committee, who will direct the Garden Walks. Committee members include:

Aurora McRae-Crerar, Doctoral Candidate Dept of Biology, U of Penn, Philadelphia, PA will present an introduction to soil genomics;

Christian Klatt, PhD, a researcher with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in St Paul, will interpret soil tests & soil quality in the gardens;

Dr. Matt Miller, PhD in Soil Science U MN, will assist in soil chemistry test interpretation;

Steve Bauer, MA in Environmental Toxicology, will coordinate the tours.


In addition, Ron Bowen of Prairie Restorations will join the Garden Walks to discuss the recently completed prairie management plan for the farm; and Mary Spivey Outreach Director of Cedar Creek Ecosystem Reserve will share soil research on abandoned fields and restored prairie with two invited students, and Chef Jerry Fodness of Chowgirls Killer Catering will facilitate  a salad greens tasting, with John Palmer assisting. 

Sarah Froltz Jordan of the Xerces Society, an organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat, will lead a tour focused on Garden Farme’s work to protect and enhance bumblebees and pollinators on the property.

Anoka Soil and Water Conservation District will have information for citizen water monitoring of sub-unit of local watershed.

Garden Farme has been Certified Organic since 1977, and a family farm since 1913.  Owner Bruce Bacon offers specialty market gardening and custom growing for restaurants and caterers, sells wildflower bulk honey, and operates a potted tree nursery, a 25-acre prairie restoration, and a permaculture demonstration site.  


Food will be available to purchase throughout the day from QFanatic BBQ. 



When & Where

Garden Farme
7363 – 175th Ave. NW
Ramsey, MN 55303

Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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Sustainable Farming Association of MN, Garden Farme with support from Xerxes Society, Prairie Restoration Inc, Chowgirls Killer Catering, Field Guide Inc, Cedar Creek EcoSystem Science Reserve and University of Minnesota, and Anoka Ramsey County

This event is produced by the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, and is part of Festival of Farms, a statewide series of tours focusing on sustainable agriculture.


For further information on Festival of Farms, please contact Jerry Ford, jerry@sfa-mn.org, 763-244-6659.



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