2016 Summer Recap

Six Events, Six Counties, Hundreds of New & Familiar Faces

Savannah Williams, Communications Intern, will4653@umn.edu

In a typical summer, UW Discovery Farms hosts field days in two watershed project areas. Thissummer was anything but typical. An exciting partnership with the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin took us to Sparta, Green Bay, and Oconomowoc. Our southeast project had us hosting a field day in a brand new part of the state. In an attempt to connect farmers with other farmers we took a field trip to Minnesota instead of hosting our traditional Dry Run Field Day.
Although a whirlwind, the summer was full of open dialogue and new connectionsleaving those in attendance with fresh ideas for their farm fields, businesses, and agencies.

New water tours double number of summer events

90 attendees participated in a series of three water quality tours around Wisconsin. Each tour had its own vibe but they all involved thoughtful discussion and open dialogue about how to address Wisconsin’s water quality challenges. These tours were a response to the growing need for opportunities to collaborate and connect on water quality and to see what innovative communities are doing around the state.

Field day attendance continues to grow

Three summer field days had a combined attendance of 200. Attendance in Jersey Valley and Dry Run nearlydoubled over previous years. Field days at Awesome Acres in Fort Atkinson, the Brueggen Farm in Cashton, and Spring Creek Farms in Chisago County, MN offered great opportunities for farmers and advisors to come together to talk equipment, cover crops, and water quality. §
Green Bay TourSparta TourOconomowoc Tour