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Growing Ancient Grains & Greenhouse Tomatoes Tours July 28

Posted 6/28/2018 3:34pm by SDSPA Marketing Contractor.


The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) has coordinated upcoming farm tours to feature the production of ancient wheat and grains and greenhouse grown tomatoes on Saturday, July 28 from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. M.T. in rural Newell, SD.

The tour will begin at 18595 Dillinger Rd., Newell, SD at 9:30 a.m. M.T. with the Kirby’s, who will present on ‘Growing Greenhouse Tomatoes.’ They will provide a tour to share information on production techniques, pest control and greenhouse management. Becky & Mark Kirby have grown and distributed tomatoes throughout the Black Hills region for over two decades.

After the tour, Dr. Rhoda Burrows, SDSU Extension Horticulturist, will present ‘Irrigation Management in Greenhouses & High Tunnels.’

Participants will then travel to 18871 Dillinger Rd, Newell, SD to Belle Valley Ancient Grains. Be cautious of GPS directions.  The farm is south 0.6 miles of Highway 212, on Dillinger Rd., on the west side. 

Participants should bring a dish made with local foods to share for the noon potluck.

At 1 p.m. Brian and Linda Stambaugh will present ‘Growing Ancient Grains’ and then provide a tour to share their experiences with growing ancient grains using chemical-free intensive crop rotation since 2015. They produce whole grains, primarily ancient or heirloom varieties, along with fresh milled flour.  Following the tour,

Following the tour, Patrick Wagner, SDSU Extension Entomology Field Specialist, will present on ‘Using Natural Enemies,’ discussing how they can be used, commercial sourcing, maintaining a population, and conserving existing natural enemies.

The public is invited to these free tours.  Local producers, chefs, consumers and organizations involved in local or specialty foods are encouraged to attend. Bring your family and enjoy the day learning about how your food is produced.Participants may attend one or both sessions. No registration is required but please contribute to the meal if you choose to join it.

Please note that chefs can receive 2.00 CEH’s for participating in the first tour and an additional 2.0 CEH’s for the 2ndtour.  Master Gardeners are eligible for earning continuing education hours.

You will be a guest on tour hosts’ property, so please use common sense and follow directions. You come at your own risk.

The event is sponsored by SDSPA in partnership with SDSU Extension, the American Culinary Federation- Black Hills Chapter of Professional Chefs, Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, the USDA and the SD Department of Tourism.

Additional tours featuring specialty crops, eggs and value-added products are schedule this summer across the state. The next tours are schedule for Aug. 4 near Yankton, SD featuring nuts and hops production and Aug. 19 near Belle Fourche, SD featuring small-scale farming and honey making and extraction. Click here to see a full listing of events. An event listing is also available on Facebook

For more information contact SDSPA at 605-681-6793 or

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