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PFI Field Day: Planning for a Permaculture Swale System on Pasture

Event Details

June 6, 2015 1:00 PM — June 6, 2015 5:00 PM
Location: Carney Family Farms
13602 NE 96th St.
Maxwell, IA 50161
Contact Name: Practical Farmers of Iowa
Email: info@practicalfarmers.org
Phone: (515) 232-5661
Website: http://practicalfarmers.org/

Event Description

Interested in water management? Bruce Carney was inspired to install a permaculture swale system after attending a workshop taught by Greg Judy and Mark Shepard. Bruce will walk us through the swale-design process, and discuss his future plans of incorporating fruit and nut trees. Luke Gran, forester and owner of Prudenterra, will be there to answer questions related to planting diverse perennials, and will walk participants through the web soil survey, demonstrating how soils determine species selection. Paul Miller, a local NRCS district conservationist, will speak about cost-share opportunities for these conservation practices. The Carneys will discuss their plans to incorporate these practices into an existing grazing system to diversify the operation, creating opportunities for family members who may want to come back home to farm.

• Permaculture
• Swales
• Water management
• Grazing
• Establishing trees
• Cost-share programs

The Farm:
Carney Family Farms includes 300 cow-calf pairs; a grass-finishing operation; and direct-marketing of beef, pork and chicken.

Stay for a potluck and continued conversation following the program. The Carneys will provide the main dish; please bring side dishes or dessert to share. RSVP Requested to Lauren Zastrow at (515) 232-5661 or lauren@practicalfarmers.org by Wednesday, June 3.

Sponsored by: Story County Soil and Water Conservation District and Prudenterra