Friday, May 15, 2015

Grazing for Soil Health Worskshop

     Rural Resources spring season is in full swing and April and May have been busy months! We celebrated the ground breaking for the new facility and enjoyed the annual meeting and land blessing with great food and music (Check out the last post!). The teens on the farm have been busy and so has farmer Melissa. The plant sale took place on May 2nd, some veggies and herbs are already being harvested and sold, and the Soil Workshop – take a look at the pictures below – was a huge success. The farm is gearing up for Farm Day Camps and registration is open. You won't want to miss any of the goings on, so be sure to checkout and like our Facebook page for events and updates!

Rural Resources Grazing for Soil Health Workshop

The beautiful Wilder Farm, nestled in the rolling hills of Greene County, hosted the Rural Resources Grazing for Soil Health Workshop on May 7th, in cooperation with several local and state agencies, and assorted experts. 

 A shuttle provided transportation from the designated parking area to the red barn for check-in, and was available for those who needed transportation between workshop stations throughout the day.

Natural Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist Mike McElroy was master of ceremonies for the day's events.

 Farmer Wilder welcoming area farmers to the workshop.


Greg Brann, National Resources Conservation Service State Grazing Lands Specialist demonstrates the effects of rain on different pasture types.

John Snider, seed rep for PGG Seeds, answers questions for participants.

   John Snider answering questions for participants.


Anthony Kheil, NRCS and Kelly German, NRCS State Soil Health Specialist

Mike Hubbs, TN Assoc. of Conservation Districts

Webb Flowers, Grazing Specialist with Clinch Powell RC&D

Milton Orr, UT Extension

Gary Moore, Middle Tennessee Project Manager with The Land Trust for Tennessee

Yummy dinner catered by Top Dog.

Rural Resources' own Paul and Sally!