This year, Rural Revival will again have a display table at Schmeckfest. This year, the display will be in the Heritage Hall Museum building instead of Sterling Hall as in years past. All are encouraged to visit the display to learn more about Rural Revival. Local producers will also have information at the table. The theme of this year’s display is Beekeeping, and there will be an informative video playing during the festival.
South Dakota’s agriculture secretary says new rules covering the production, testing and labeling of raw milk sold in the state will take effect Dec. 11. The Agriculture Department had been trying to pass the rules since last spring and has held three hearings on the issue. The Legislature’s Rules Review Committee approved the changes earlier this month.
BROOKINGS, SD – SDSU Extension regional centers in Sioux Falls and Watertown will host soil health educational forums next month. The SD’s Soil Health Challenge: Don’t Get Left in The Dust events will feature information on soil organic matter, weeds, cover crops and wet soils. Each will also feature a panel of farmers who will share some tips on what has, and what has not, worked on their farms.
A reader’s theatre production of the play Look Who’s Knockin’ by Doug Nopar will be presented at the Freeman Community Center on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30pm. The play will be presented by Phyllis Schrag and Jim Graber in the roles of Nettie and Gerald, a retiring farm couple trying to decide the future of their farm. The play raises questions of land ethics and the moral dilemma posed by wanting to get top dollar for selling one’s land while desiring to help the next generation of farmers get started farming.
Rural Revival is hosting an informational program on “Establishing New Farms: Passing Land on to the Next Generation of Farmers,” at the Salem Mennonite (South) Church, 28103 443rd Avenue, Freeman, on Sunday evening, May 15, at 7:00 p.m. The program will feature a panel discussion of representatives from Dakota Rural Action, Brookings, S. D., and Center for Rural Affairs, Lyons, Neb. Each of these organizations facilitates the generational transfer of land from established to incoming farmers throughout the Midwest, with specific “farm beginning” programs.
It’s worth noting that on April 18th at noon, Dr. Mike Brown will be presenting an informative overview of modern aquaculture. The presentation will take place at the Freeman Community Library at 12pm and should run between 1 and 2 hours depending on question and answer sessions, etc. The public is welcome, but space is limited and thus limited publicity has been put forth. The presentation will cover a swath of issues, but will likely have some focus on how fish farming could possibly apply to rural Freeman, SD — not exactly the place you might think of when it comes to fish.
“Rural Revival” exists on the web. While not exactly a first for human kind, it is always a little bit of a feat for agriculturalists to find the time to pause long enough to explain to others what we do, what we believe and what we see in the future. This website is but one of those communication channels the group hopes to open up with the local community of rural Freeman, South Dakota and beyond.