Soil Health Day!

Saturday, May 4th, 10 to 4pm

Looking to get the most out of your garden?
Determine your soil’s health by;
-Test and see under soil health utilizing a microscope (Please bring a soils sample!)
-Learn about about amendments and
-Try simple soil health techniques

Free workshop!
Lunch and resfreshments are provided.

At the Customized Education building by Extension Office (building with garage)
2250 College Road Mahnomne, MN

Please register with:
Tammy Bellanger 218-935-0417 Ext. 213


Kathy Connell is a presenter of Sustainable Farming Association and is a Co-Owner of Redfern Gardens with her husband, Steve, Kathy sees the business as “a natural extension of my love for gardening”. As a part of their work, they grow commercial seed for both fedco and Bakers Creek. In describing the soil on their small farm, she states, it “is on sandy soil that has taken time to build and requires good husbandry to keep it producing high quality, nutritious food. We produce small fruits and berries, and vegetables. Many of the vegetables we grow are heirloom varieties offering exceptional flavor.”

Zachary Paige, is a presenter of Sustainable Farming Association. Zach is also the Food Sovereignty Coordinator, for the White Earth Natural Resources Department and has worked for the White Earth Land Recovery Project organizing the Indigenous Farming Conference for the past 6 years. Under Native leadership, he aided in the formation of the Upper Midwest Indigenous Seed Keeper Network involving over 15 tribes in the region. He holds a Masters degree in Plant Breeding from Iowa State University where he studied carotenoid and protein content in open-pollinated maize adapted to the Northern climate. He has a small farm in Vergas, MN where he farms hardneck garlic, poultry, and stewards many varieties of rare and diversified vegetable seed.

Dusty Jasken is the District Conservationist / Tribal Liaison with the USDA­-NRCS in Mahnomen County, MN. Dusty grew up on a grain farm near Ogema, MN, went on to graduate from NDSU (Natural Resource Management- Biotic emphasis) and has always had in interest in agriculture and the environment. His background with NRCS is conservation planning, where he utilizes technical assistance and financial assistance programs to treat natural resources concerns on private/Tribal lands. Dusty is invested in the Soil Health movement and looks forward to working with Soil Health innovators to find ways to adapt their management practices to help sustain soil resources.