Beginning farmer tour offered on May 23 to introduce how to get started in farming biz

Seven Sons Farm, near Roanoke, will host a Beginning Farmer Tour on Tuesday, May 23.

The tour is designed for those interested or just getting started in farming.

Forages and pasture management will be highlighted topics for the day, and guests will get to view and learn about the grass-fed beef, pork and egg production enterprises at this farm.  

The session will start at 9:30 a.m., so guests should plan to arrive for check-in at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided and the event should conclude around 3 p.m.

Guest speakers will include Victor Shelton, Natural Resources Conservation Service forage specialist; Elysia Rodgers, Purdue Extension educator; Ben Hoffman, Hoffman Certified Organics; and Blake and Blaine Hitzfield, Seven Sons Farms.

The morning program will include presentations on pasture establishment, rotational grazing and livestock production. After lunch, participants will be able to take a walking tour of the farm.

Registration is required and space is limited. The registration deadline is May 20. There is a fee to attend. For more information and to register, call 866-515-0023 or visit tinyurl.com/beginning farmer17.

The tour is part of a series of farm tours around Indiana sponsored by Purdue Extension Service and the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program. It is open to the public.

The Seven Sons Farm is at 15718 Aboite Road, Roanoke, in southwest Allen County.

For additional information, contact Ed Farris, agriculture and natural resource educator with the Purdue Extension-Huntington County Office, at 358-4826.