Multiple Benefits of Prairie Buffers Field Day
August 24, 2017 | 1:00pm - 3:30pm | Organic Valley Farm, Ho-Chunk Land, Kickapoo Valley Reserve, La Farge, Wis. | Free
Planting native tall grass prairie as a buffer at the edge of farm fields can provide multiple services from improving water quality and soil health to providing resources for pollinators, birds, predators of pests, and other wildlife. Research from Iowa State University has demonstrated that prairie buffers can significantly reduce sediment and nutrient export as well as improving water infiltration. Come visit a working organic farm that has a recently established prairie buffer. This field day will cover establishment of prairie strips with emphasis on preparation, seeding, and first year maintenance.