Pre-registration is required. Register by Wednesday, August 27.
If you would like to register after this deadline, call Jen Miller to see if there have been any cancellations.
Questions: Contact Jen Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-850-6504.
Bring on the Bugs!
Farming with Beneficial Insects & Pollinators
Peaceful Belly Farm
Check-in at 8:45 am
Tour from 9 am - 12:30 pm
Lunch at 12:30 pm
Bring: lawn chair, hat & water bottle
Click HERE for flyer with map and driving directions.
If you are interested in enhancing the free pollination and pest management services of pollinators and beneficial insects, join us for this field day.
Clay and Josie Erskine of Peaceful Belly Farm have incorporated pollinator and beneficial insect habitat on their farm in a variety of different ways and are currently in the process of planning more. They have augmented a riparian area with additional willows, planted native bunch grasses and clover on permanent farm roads, managed succession plantings of brassicas for flowering, and planted perennials into a hedgerow.
Clay and Josie have been farming for 12 years. They grow a variety of certified organic vegetables, herbs, flowers and berries on their 60-acre farm located in the Dry Creek Valley north of Boise.
Jessa Kay Cruz, senior pollinator conservation specialist with The Xerces Society, will share her experience working with farmers in California to establish habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects in irrigated systems. She has conducted several trials on organic methods of site prep, including the use of smother cropping, solarization, tillage and organically approved herbicides.
The field day will conclude with a farm lunch and a discussion of funding opportunities, including a new microloan program through Farm Service Agency and conservation funding through Natural Resources Conservation Service.