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Expanded Open House A Success

We expanded our Albert Lea Seed open house to three days this year, and the change was well received. Over 350 farmers and farm families came to learn, eat and share over the three days.

The organic crowd won the numbers game with more than 150 in attendance on Friday for their session. Thanks to everyone who attended for making our annual open house a great success.

Those in attendance heard from excellent presenters addressing a wide range of topics. Here’s a small sampling. Jessie VanderPoel, Grain Millers, addressed small grain markets on Thursday. Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens, Lakeview Organic Grain, spoke about building resilience on an organic farm in the Friday session.

Erin Silva (UW) and an organic farmer panel discussed organic no-till soybean production using rolled winter rye. We had an excellent panel of three very experienced organic farmers discussing their machinery and methods for weed control.

We were happy to see so many of you on one or more of the open house days. If you were unable to attend, missed some of the sessions or just want to refresh your memory, we’ve placed most of the videos online. You can find them at

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