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Posted 8/4/2018 11:19am by SDSPA Marketing Contractor.

The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) has coordinated an upcoming farm tours and educational events to feature small scale, bio intensive farming and honeybee keeping and honey extraction on Sunday, Aug. 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. M.T. in the Belle Fourche and Spearfish region.

The tour will begin at Backyard Produce & Cut Flowers located at 11144 Eaton Lane, Belle Fourche, SD, at 9:00 a.m. M.T. with tour hosts Neal and Kristy Drurywho will present the ‘Why and How of Small Scale Farming.’ The Drury’s will then lead a tour of their one-acre farm, guiding you through vegetable gardens and flower rows. They will share information on their sustainable farming techniques, affection for pollinators, and marketing approaches.

Be cautious of GPS directions to Backyard Produce & Cut Flowers.  When driving north on Highway 85, turn right onto National St. and head east for about two miles. When you arrive at Snoma Estates subdivision, turn north on Garnet Ln. At Eaton Ln. turn east and drive until you reach the third house and a high tunnel on the left.

At 11:30 a.m. participants will travel to the Green Bean Coffee House at 710 State St., Belle Fourche, where a meal will be available for $12. Those interested in the meal must pre-register by Aug. 17 by emailing SDSPAinfo@gmail.com. The meal is purchased from the restaurant on the day of the event. If not interested in the meal, just join the tours at the specific locations.

The Sunrise Hives event begins at 1 p.m. and is located at 212 Upper Valley Rd., Spearfish, SD.Event hosts Carl and Kiah Crowley will present ‘Honeybee 101 and Making Honey.’ They will provide a honey extraction demonstration. Sunrise Hives is family owned and operated apiary that produces raw, unfiltered honey, straight from the hive.

The public is invited to these free events.  Bring your family and enjoy the day learning about how your food is produced. Local producers, chefs, consumers and organizations involved in local and specialty foods are encouraged to attend. Participants may attend one or both sessions. No registration is required unless participating in the meal.

Please note that chefs can receive 2.0 CEH’s for each tour they participate in. Master Gardeners can earn continuing education hours for the horticultural tour.

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, and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

Additional tours featuring specialty crops and local foods are scheduled this fall. The next tours are scheduled for Sept. 8 near Brandon and Sioux Falls, SD, featuring eggs, mushrooms and microgreens production and Oct. 6 near Brandon, SD, featuring agritourism. 

Click HERE for a full listing of events. For more information contact SDSPA at 605-681-6793 or SDSPAinfo@gmail.com.

 

Posted 7/17/2018 5:00pm by SDSPA Marketing Contractor.

The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) has coordinated upcoming farm tours to feature the production of nuts and hops on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. C.T. in rural Yankton, SD.

The first tour will begin at 9:00 a.m. C.T. at Ausborn’s Tree Nut Grove, located at 31041 434th Ave., Yankton, SD, near the corner of 434th Ave. and Kaiser Rd. Darrell and Martha Ausborn will present ‘Growing Nuts in South Dakota,’ and provide a tour of their hazelnut, English and black walnut, heartnut, butternut, Chinese chestnut and pecan plantings.

Participants will then travel to 6th Meridian Hop Farm at 4200 Alphonse Rd., Yankton, SD. Lunch prepared with locally produced foods will be available for purchase from Counterfeit Curbside Food Truck. 

At 12:15 p.m. Michelle Donner and Ryan Heine will present ‘Growing Hops in South Dakota’ and provide a tour of their hop yard and processing facility. The event will include oasting, baling and pelleting demonstrations and will feature an additional discussion on late season mildew management with Katie Kreuser, Hop Program Coordinator with University of Nebraska Extension.   

At 4:00 p.m., following the educational sessions, participants are invited to attend a social hour with local food and beer available for purchase at the open beer garden and food truck. 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 these crops are produced.Participants may attend one or both sessions. No registration is required.

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, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, and the SD Department of Tourism.

Additional tours featuring niche and specialty crops are schedule this season across the state. The next tours are schedule for Aug. 19 near Belle Fourche, SD, featuring small-scale farming and honey making and extraction and Sept. 8 near Brandon, SD, featuring eggs, mushrooms and microgreens. 

Click here for a full listing of events. For more information contact SDSPA at 605-681-6793 or SDSPAinfo@gmail.com.

Event Agenda

Posted 7/9/2018 11:54am by SDSPA Marketing Contractor.

South Dakota’s 1st annual Meat and Dairy Goat Workshop will be presented by the Value Added Agriculture Development Center, SD Specialty Producers Association and SDSU Extension Dairy. The conference will be held at the Alfred Dairy Science Building (1224 Medary Avenue ) on South Dakota State University Campus in Brookings, SD on July 14, 2018. Registration begins at 8am. Workshop runs from 9am-3pm CT.

The conference will begin at 8 am (CT) with registration. Workshops begin at 9 am and run until 3 pm. Lunch will be served.

The workshop brings together producers, academic experts and industry resources to help build a sustainable goat industry in the state. The event offers producers the opportunity to do the following:

-    Build their knowledge through science-based educational information;

-    Interact with other participants; and

-    Create connections with useful organizations and educators available to assist with all aspects of the goat industry.

The clinic is designed to provide practical information that can be incorporated in your operation whether you are contemplating goats, a new-to-goats producer, an established goat grower, a seed stock goat producer or a 4-H member. 

The workshop will focus on both meat and dairy goat production, small ruminant health, nutrition and marketing topics though presentations and hands-on training.

Workshop details

-    Small ruminant nutrition, parasite control for goats and marketing – led by Dr. Steve Hart, Goat Specialist at the American Institute for Goat Research, Langston University, Oklahoma

-    Raising meat goats– led by Dr. Gerado Caja, world renown small ruminant researcher, Veterinary Faculty, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

-    Lactation of goats– led by Dr. Maristela Rovai, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Dairy Specialist

-    Heat and cold stress effects on goat performance– led by Dr. Ahmed Salama, South Dakota State University Post Doc Research Associate

-    Small ruminant veterinary protocol – led by Dr. Joe Klein, South Dakota goat producer and Veterinarian owner of White Veterinary Services, White, South Dakota

-    Information on raising a small goat dairy herd in South Dakota– led by Dr. Alvaro Garcia, SDSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Director & Professor

-    Discussion regarding production, value added products and marketing will also be provided by producers and industry representatives. 

Registration information

The $30 registration fee plus processing cost of $1.20, includes the workshop and lunch featuring locally grown foods. Register by July 11 to ensure access to conference materials and the meal. Participants can also register at the door on July 14. 

Register Here

For questions contact Cheri Rath at cherirath@yahoo.com or  www.facebook.com/events/1997140763653829/.

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 SDSPAinfo@gmail.com.

Event Agenda

Posted 6/27/2018 1:28pm by SDSPA Marketing Contractor.

A Local Foods Fair will be held at Stockyards Ag Experience, 301 E Falls Park Dr, Sioux Falls, SD on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 starting at 3:00pm.  

The Local Foods Fair is a family friendly event that will focus on consumer education and awareness about local foods in the area. The event will showcase local foods through food demonstrations, vendor booths, and food trucks serving dishes using local products.  

A variety of local products will be available for sale. Consumers will also have the opportunity to learn about local foods and where to get them through educational talks and interactive demonstrations. There will also be kid’s activities and free admission to the Stockyards Ag Experience.  

Event Partners include: Northern Plains Sustainable Ag, SD Specialty Producers Association, Southeast Tech – Horticulture Department, Stockyards Ag Experience, Mitchell Tech – Culinary Academy, Dakota Fresh Food Hub, SD Department of Tourism and Dakota Rural Action.  

The event is free and open to the public.  Event organizers are seeking sponsors to help defray costs of this free event.

Event Schedule

12:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Vendor Setup
3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Booths open
3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Talk – Ginger McNickle, Southeast Tech
3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Talk – Dakota Fresh Food Hub
3:45 p.m. 15 min Barn Tour  
4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Food Demo- Chef Nicholas Skajewski from Avera Health                                   
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Food Trucks Open
4:45 p.m. 15 min Barn Tour 
5:00 – 5:15 p.m. Talk - Homegrown Sioux Empire                               
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wine and Beer tasting, Stockyards Ag Experience barn
6:00-8:00 p.m. Hard Travelin' will play their set 
5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Food Demo – Chef Jordan Taylor from Bread & Circus
6:30 – 6:45 p.m. Talk - Doug Stensland, Stensland Family Farms
6:45 p.m. 15 min Barn Tour 
7:00 – 7:45 p.m. Food Demo – Chef Josh Kranz from Mitchell Tech
8:00 p.m. Fair closes & Vendor tear down

 

Please click here if interested in providing support.

For directions and more information, visit www.npsas.org.

Posted 6/7/2018 9:20am by SDSPA Marketing Contractor.

We are seeking event sponsors to help defray costs of this free event!

A $100 Sponsorship offers: Sponsor listing on event promotional materials and on website and social media.

A $250 Sponsorship offers: Sponsor listing on event promotional materials and on website and social media, and booth space at event (bring own table).

Event Sponsors: 

Sponsor Levels
Sponsor Name:

(Limited number of spots)


Event Donations:

If interested in supporting the event at an alternative amount. Please donate here! 

Contact Kim with questions.

Posted 6/1/2018 1:48pm by SDSPA Marketing Contractor.

South Dakota Specialty Producers Association has organized several producer tours for the 2018 growing season. The tours are open to producers, processors, chefs, consumers, and anyone with an interest in local foods and specialty crops. Families are welcome to come and enjoy learning about how these foods are produced.

Registration is not required to attend except for events where meals are served. Please see each event listing for details. Contact Cory Tomovick for specific tour information.

Pastured Meats & Egg Production Tours

June 24, 1-5 p.m. — Canistota & Canova, SD

Features Tom & Ruth Neuberger of the Goosemobile and ‘Our Story- Pastured Meats & Mentoring the Next Generation.’ Travis & Lisa Muth will feature ‘Egg production & Getting Started.’ Free of charge, no registration required. Facebook Event

Growing Ancient Grains & Greenhouse Tomatoes Tours

July 28, 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. – Newell, SD

Includes a presentation by Mark & Becky Kirby of Kirby Tomatoes on ‘Growing Greenhouse Tomatoes,’ and presentation by Brian & Linda Strambaugh, of Belle Valley Ancient Grains. Information on ‘Using Natural Enemies’ will also be provide by Patrick Wagner, SDSU Extension Entomology Field Specialist. Dr. Rhoda Burrows, SDSU Extension Horticultural Specialist will discuss ‘Irrigation Management in Greenhouses & High Tunnels.’ Free of charge, no registration required. Lunch is a ‘Local Foods Potluck.’ Bring a dish to share. Facebook Event

Growing Nuts & Hops Tours

August 4, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., 4 p.m. Social — Yankton, SD

Presentation by Darrell & Martha Ausborn of Ausborn’s Tree Nut Grove on ‘Growing Nuts in South Dakota.’ Local Foods Lunch by Counterfeit Catering Food Truck. Brews will also be available. ‘Growing Hops in South Dakota’ session offered by Michelle Donner and Ryan Heine of 6th Meridian Hops, LLC. Will include an oasting, baling and pelleting demonstrations and discussion on ‘Late Season Mildew Management’ with Katherine Kreuser, of University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Cost: Variable for meal; items under $10. No registration is required. Facebook Event

Small-scale Farming & Honey Extraction Tours

August 19, 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. – Belle Fourche & Spearfish, SD

Presentation by Neal & Kursty Drury on the ‘Why & How of Small Scale Farming.’ Lunch will be offered at the Green Bean Coffee House in Spearfish. Those interested in the meal must pre-register by Aug. 17 by emailing SDSPAinfo@gmail.com. Cost: $12 for meal, paid day of the event. ‘Honey Making’ and ‘Extraction Demonstration’ with Kiah and Carl Crowley of Sunrise Hives. Facebook Event

Eggs, Mushrooms & Microgreens Tours

September 8, 12 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. — Brandon & Sioux Falls, SD

Presentation by Stephanie Peterson of Fruit of the Coop. Presentation by Daniel Rislov of Dakota Mushrooms & Microgreens with facility tour.  Partnering with Homegrown Sioux Empire Local Chapter of DRA. No meal included. Free of charge. No registration required. Facebook Event

Agritourism Tour with Cherry Rock Farms

October 6, 6 – 7:30 p.m. C.T., Brandon, SD

Event will showcase how to build an agritourism business at Cherry Rock Farms. The farm strives to provide natural and organically grown produce that is harvested daily and sold through their farm store. They also offer consumers pick-your-own options.  Laura and Marco Patzer will share the story of their business and provide a farm tour. The event will include a hayride, greenhouse walking tour, and tour of the pumpkin patch and corn maze. Members of the SD Agritourism Work Group will participate in the tour and can visit with attendees about opportunities across the state. Facebook Event

Events Poster

Posted 6/1/2018 8:01am by SDSPA Marketing Contractor.

**Attention** For those planning on attending the Meat & Egg Tour tomorrow- The 1st tours at Neubergers is still a go, but the 2nd tour at Muth's has been canceled due to an unexpected circumstance. The tour will now finish around 2:30pm. There is still plenty to see & don't forget your boots, fields are a little muddy!

The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) has coordinated upcoming farm tours to feature pastured meats and egg production on Sunday, June 24 from 1-5 p.m. C.T. in rural McCook & Miner Counties. 

Local producers, chefs, consumers and organizations involved in local or specialty foods are encouraged to attend the free tours.  Bring your family and enjoy an afternoon learning about how your food is produced. Participants may attend one or both sessions. No registration is required.

Third-generation farmers Tom & Ruth Neuberger specialize in sustainable livestock farming. They started with geese, and over time, added chickens, ducks, turkeys, beef cattle, lambs and pigs. They launched the Goosemobile mobile market in 1980 to get product directly to consumers.

Goosemobile Pastured Meats is now under new ownership by Lisa and Travis Muth. They, along with their eight children, raise free-range beef, pork, lamb, meat chickens, laying hens, ducks and geese.

The tour will begin at 45052 260th Street, Canistota, SD at 1 p.m. C.T. with the Neubergers, who will present ‘Our Story- Pastured Meats & Mentoring the Next Generation.’ They will provide a tour and additional talk on rotational grazing.

Participants will then travel to 44075 242nd Street, Canova, SD. At 3:30 p.m. C.T. the Muths will present ‘Egg Production & Getting Started’ followed by a farm tour. Be cautious of GPS directions. When traveling north on Highway 81 from Interstate 90, turn west 1/8 mile on 242nd Street. The farm is on the south side of 242nd Street.

Families are welcome. Kids can enjoy holding baby chicks and gathering eggs.  You will be a guest on tour hosts’ property, so please use common sense and follow directions. You come at your own risk.

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.

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, meats and value-added products are schedule this summer across the state.  The next tours are schedule for July 28 near Newell, SD featuring ancient grain and greenhouse tomato production and Aug. 4 near Yankton, SD featuring nuts and hops production. 

See our Event Calendar for a full listing of events or our Facebook Events Page. For more information contact SDSPA at 605-681-6793 or SDSPAinfo@gmail.com.

See the Event Poster for detailed agenda.

Posted 5/15/2018 1:22pm by SDSPA Marketing Contractor.

July 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST in Brookings, SD at the Alfred Dairy Science Building on the SDSU Campus.

Hosted by the Value Added Agriculture Development Center (VAADC) in partnership with South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension.

Click Here for full clinic details.

Speakers Include: 

  • Dr. Steve Hart, Goat Specialist at the American Institute for Goat Research, Langston University, Oklahoma
  • Dr. Gerado Caja, world renown small ruminant researcher, Veterinary Faculty, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Dr. Maristela Rovai, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Dairy Specialist
  • Dr. Ahmed Salama, South Dakota State University Post Doc Research Associate
  • Dr. Joe Klein, South Dakota goat producer and Veterinarian owner of White Veterinary Services, White, South Dakota
  • Dr. Alvaro Garcia, SDSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Director & Professor

 

“The inaugural workshop is intended to provide attendees with valuable production information and to gain feedback on relevant production and value added ideas that can be addressed in subsequent workshops and activities,” said Cheri Rath, Executive Director of the VAADC.

“I encourage anyone raising meat or dairy goats or are considering doing so to attend this workshop. We’re bringing together recognized goat experts and producers for a great day of learning and networking,” said Tom Barnes, SDSPA Vice President and goat producer.

The workshop fee is $30, plus processing, and includes lunch featuring local goat, cheese and products. Advanced registration is requested to ensure access to materials and the meal. Participants may also register at the door.

A room block is available at the Brookings Econolodge for $69.99 per night. Contact 605-692-3111 to make reservations. 

Those interested in being a sponsor or vendor at the event are requested to contact Tom Barnes.

For questions about the event contact Cheri Rath.

For additional details find this event on Facebook.

 

Goat Workshop Registration

 **Includes processing fee

Posted 4/28/2018 1:42pm by SDSPA Marketing Contractor.

DriftWatch and BeeCheck are new on-line sensitive site registry programs for South Dakota available through FieldWatch.This national registry is a voluntary communication tool that enables crop producers, beekeepers, and pesticide applicators to work together to protect specialty crops and apiaries through use of mapping programs.  

This site is free to users and is available at: https://sd.driftwatch.org.  

“The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) strongly encourages those who produce fruits and vegetables, honey, organic crops and other crops sensitive to pesticide drift to get registered, said “Tom Bodensteiner, SDSPA President. 

South Dakota Department of Agriculture was awarded Specialty Crop Block grant funds to roll out this new registry to help avoid crop damage from pesticide spray drift. Participants register their crops and acreage and can indicate pollinator habitat area if that applies. This program replaces the old South Dakota Sensitive Site Registry.  

This more robust system is user-friendly, allows users to see information that may cross state lines, and allows the user to enter information specific to the operation. The information will pull up on compatible applicator software. Although compliance it not required, the additional notes section does create an opportunity for producers to list their preferences for applicators to consider. FieldWatch will require yearly updating so that applicators will have up-to-date data.  

“The tool allows you to mark your acres with a drawing tool as well as make comments. For example, I commented to stay 500 feet back from my boundaries and to avoid flying over my house, barns, poultry houses, or processing plant. I also requested a 48-hour notification before spraying of any kind because I carry out on-farm semi open-air food processing”, said Angela Jackson Pulse, organic grower. 

Field signs can be used for additional communication and awareness. Official FieldWatch signs are available for purchase on the website by registered producers and beekeepers with approved sites. 

In addition to user-submitted sensitive crops, the map interface provides other data layers that give further insight into sensitive and protected areas, as well as help identify county/township/section jurisdictions. DriftWatch is not intended to be a registry for homeowners or for sites less than half an acre in size. It is not a substitute for any state regulatory requirements.

DriftWatch™ was designed by staff from Purdue University ten years ago to help applicators, growers of specialty crops and beekeepers communicate about the locations of crops and hives to improve stewardship. Since 2012 it has operated as a stand-alone entity, FieldWatch, Inc, a non-profit company created by Purdue in collaboration with interested agricultural stakeholder groups.