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SDSPA Summer Field Tours

Posted 5/18/2017 2:00pm by SDSPA Marketing Contractor.

SDSPA is offering 11 free field tours across the state starting in June and running into September. Food producers, processors, gardeners, chefs, consumers and resource providers are encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is required only if purchasing lunch (optional).

Tour offerings include (printable pdf):

June 24th- Berries & Hops Producers Tour (Wagner & Armour, SD)

Hosts: Stewart’s Aronia Acres & Srstka's Hops Farm

Cost: $10 for meal (Blue Moon Bar & Grill). Register by June 22nd. Pay at site. Thank you to Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society (NPSAS) for their partnership and financial support of this tour.


July 15th- Growing in Greenhouses & Selling in Boxes (Midland, SD)

Hosts: Cedar Creek Gardens, LLC with Chef Scott Brinker (RC Regional Hospital)

Cost: $12 for meal. Register by July 13th. Pay at site. 

Thank you to Rapid City Regional Health for their support of this tour by making it possible for Chef Scott Brinker to participate.


August 10th- Meat Goats & Growing Tomatoes in a Greenhouse (Custer, SD)

Hosts: Pleasant Valley Farm & Windsong Valley Garden

Cost: $12- $15 for meal (Black Hills Burgers & Buns). Register by August 8th. Pay at site.


August 17th- Vineyard & SDSU Campus Gardens (Volga & Brookings, SD)

Hosts: Schadè Vineyard & SDSU Local Foods Ed Center (Campus)

Cost: $5 Wine Tasting (Optional), $15 for meal (Pheasant Restaurant). Register by August 15th. Pay at site.


August 27th- Gardens & Greenhouses & Chef Tour (Rapid City)

Hosts: Country Road Garden & Rock Valley Garden & Chef Jeff Slathar (Colonial House)

Cost: $10 for meal. Register by August 25th. Pay at site.  


September 9th- Milling Organic Grains & SDSU Experimental Station (Alcester/Beresford, SD)

Hosts: Dakota Earth Bakery (Alcester, SD) & Exp. Station (Beresford, SD)

Cost: $10- $12 for meal (Dakota Earth Bakery). Register by September 7th. Pay at site.  


Attention chefs please note 2 CEH’s are available for each tour (4 per day). Additionally, these tours will qualify for Master Gardener Continuing Education hours.

Please contact Ms. Cory Tomovick ( with questions or to register for meals.