Wood-fired Cobb Oven Building Workshop

We are excited to announce the pizza oven building workshop.  Many of you have asked about the ovens we use each week to cook our fabulous pizzas in, and we have finally scheduled a workshop to teach how to build one of these from scratch.

We will gather at Kurt and Laura Caddy’s farm near Walnut Grove, at 9a.m. Saturday, September 19th, and sift soil, stomp mud, chop straw, mix cob, lay bricks, and generally have a really good time, while learning how to build an oven from the base to finish.  The Caddys will supply a delicious lunch, and we’ll keep at it until the oven is finished.   Past participants of this workshop, which we did last year on Urban Roots Farm, said they found it very helpful, and at least one family went home and completed an oven that month.

We will be using Kiko Denzer’s book, “Build Your Own Earth Oven” as our guide, and we’ll go through design considerations, step by step building, and basics on oven operation.

The Workshop costs $25/person, including lunch.  RSVP to millsapfarms@gmail.com, and we’ll e-mail back directions.

If you need more info, or have questions, feel free to e-mail or call 839-0847.

Thanks,

Curtis Millsap

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IPM workshop July 22

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IPM Workshop Flier July 22FINAL

Ecological Management of Insects Pests and Diseases in Vegetables Workshop and Field Day Wednesday, July 22, 2015 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

8:00 – 8:30 A.M.: REGISTRATION 8:30 – 8:45 A.M.: Welcome and introductions

8:45 – 9:45 A.M. Mr. Patrick Byers : Disease or Deficiency How to Differentiate

9:45 – 10:45 A.M.: Dr. Zelalem Mersha: Coping with Bad Weather and Preventing Vegetable Diseases

10:45 – 11:00 A.M BREAK

11:00 – 11:45 A.M. Dr. Jaime Pinero: Farmscaping: enhancing biological control of insect pests

11:45 am – 12:15 P.M.: Mr. Jacob Wilson: – Using trap cropping and mass trapping for insect pest management

12:30 – 1:30 P.M.: NETWORKING LUNCH at Millsap Farm (Lead by ISFOP staff)see below for directions

2:00 – 4:00 P.M.: Dr. Pinero: FIELD DAY with DEMONSTRATIONS OF ECOLOGICAL PEST MANAGEMENT (insectary plants, trap cropping, cover crops, identification of plant diseases and insect pests and beneficials).

2:00 P.M.

Millsap Farm 6593 Emu Ln Springfield, MO 65803 Driving Directions to Millsap Farm Directions: From Springfield, take Highway H/N. Glenstone avenue north. Turn left onto east farm road 68 then left onto Emu Lane.IPM Workshop Flier July 22FINAL

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ECOLOGICAL MANAGEMENT OF INSECT PESTS AND DISEASES IN VEGETABLES WORKSHOP AND FIELD DAY

ECOLOGICAL MANAGEMENT OF INSECT PESTS AND DISEASES IN VEGETABLES WORKSHOP AND FIELD DAY

8:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Library Station, 2535 N Kansas Expy, Springfield, MO 65803

Followed by farm tour at

Millsap Farm, 6593 Emu Ln, Springfield, MO 65803

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Please RSVP Regina Thompson at

ThompsonR@lincolnu.edu

or call (573) 681-5312

Gain the knowledge and experience you need to manage pests using ecologically-based methods on your own farm! You are invited to participate in an upcoming Integrated Pest Management (IPM) workshop / field day led by:

Dr. Jaime Piñero, Lincoln University (LU) IPM Specialist

Dr. Zelalem Mersha, LU Plant Pathology Specialist

Mr. Patrick Byers, MU Regional Horticulture Specialist

Mr. Jacob Wilson, LU IPM Extension Associate

This FREE workshop and field day will demonstrate sustainable IPM approaches such as augmentative biological control, trap cropping, and cover crops.

Ecological Management of Insects Pests and Diseases in Vegetables Workshop and Field Day

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

8:00 – 8:30 A.M.: REGISTRATION

8:30 – 8:45 A.M.: Welcome and introductions

8:45 – 9:45 A.M. Mr. Patrick Byers : Disease or Deficiency How to Differentiate

9:45 – 10:45 A.M.: Dr. Zelalem Mersha: Coping with Bad Weather and Preventing Vegetable Diseases

10:45 – 11:00 A.M BREAK

11:00 – 11:45 A.M. Dr. Jaime Pinero: Farmscaping: enhancing biological control of insect pests

11:45 am – 12:15 P.M.: Mr. Jacob Wilson: Using trap cropping and mass trapping for insect pest management

12:30 – 1:30 P.M.: NETWORKING LUNCH at Millsap Farm (Lead by ISFOP staff)see below for directions

2:00 – 4:00 P.M.: Dr. Pinero: FIELD DAY with DEMONSTRATIONS OF ECOLOGICAL PEST MANAGEMENT (insectary plants, trap cropping, cover crops, identification of plant diseases and insect pests and beneficials).

8:00 A.M Library Station, 2535 N Kansas Expy, Springfield, MO

2:00 P.M. Millsap Farm

6593 Emu Ln

Springfield, MO 65803

Driving Directions to Millsap Farm

Directions: From Springfield, take Highway H/N. Glenstone avenue north. Turn left onto east farm road 68 then left onto Emu Lane.

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Happy Hallow Farm is looking for interns

Happy Hollow Farm, LLC

General Description: Happy Hollow Farm is nestled among the rolling hills along the Missouri River. Specific attention is paid to mulching, soil health, beneficial insects & irrigation as the primary source of water is a pond located above the growing fields. In addition to vegetables, numerous fruit tree varieties are now in their sixth year of growth and will be offered to the CSA membership in the years to come. New strawberry & asparagus plantings were also established in 2014. Happy Hollow Farm CSA is increasing our membership to 100 families for the 2015 growing season. Each membership receives a box of seasonal produce every week during the 24 week Summer growing season (mid-May thru the mid-October) and 6 week Winter season (October thru December). Happy Hollow Farm also sells year round at the Columbia Farmers Market in Columbia, MO. Liz prides herself on having a close relationship with her CSA members and the many neighbors and friends that all play a huge role in helping the CSA to be one of the most reputable & largest certified organic CSA farms in the Mid-Missouri area.

Internship Starts: April 1
Internship Ends: October 31
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: Applications will be accepted until all positions have been filled
Minimum Length of Stay: 7 Months

Meals: One lunch each week (probably on Thurs.) will be potluck style and shared with all people on the farm that day.

Skills Desired: When hiring interns/apprentices farming experience is definitely not the first thing I look for; what I do want are a willingness to work very hard, learn what I have to teach and all the while enjoy what you’re doing! Most people figure out very quickly that they aren’t happy doing the physical work if farming is not truly their own shared long term goal.

Educational Opportunities: Scheduled class time: As this is an apprenticeship there will be a one hour scheduled class time every other week and a book about farming that will be used as a semi-textbook (the farm will provide the book). We will also plan to visit a number of other farms (meat, dairy & vegetable) that are in the area during the months that you are here working.

Stipend: Stipend/Housing/ Food: All housing expenses are provided, $400/month living stipend, 1 Single CSA Share ($575 value), 1 Egg Share ($150 value), 7 months of intense on the job training (invaluable).

Housing: Housing will be provided (within walking distance of the farm).

Preferred method Of Contact: e-mail

Internship Details: My goal with providing an apprenticeship opportunity is to teach as much as I know about all aspects of farming… from greenhouse work, in the field planting & weeding, planning/scheduling/organizing, bugs & diseases, equipment repair & maintenance, construction skills (when applicable), animal husbandry (laying hens & pigs) and everything else in between. While simultaneously working, working, working (in all weather) and having fun and enjoying the work while we do it. As an apprentice you will play an integral role in the daily operation of all aspects of the farm. Please look over the specifics below and let me know if you are still interested in pursuing an apprenticeship position at Happy Hollow Farm.

Happy Hollow Farm, LLC

17199 Happy Hollow Road
Jamestown, MO 65046

Contact: Liz Graznak

Phone: [Home] 660-849-2430
[Cell] 573-268-6394

Email: lizgraznak@happyhollowfarm-mo.com

Website: http://www.happyhollowfarm-mo.com

Last Updated: 01-06-2015

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Our Newest Host Farm is Green Gate Family Farm

GGFF 4 GGFF 3 GGFF 2 GGFF 1Green Gate Family Farm LLC was incorporated in 2010 and Certified Organic in May 2014.  We are a 67 acre diversified farm, utilizing roughly 6 acres for the sustainable production of perennial and annual vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, herbs, and humanely raised eggs.  With field, high tunnel, and greenhouse production, we employ a diversified range of sustainable farming practices to ensure we are building a healthy ecosystem on the farm including: conservation agriculture, farmscaping, trap cropping, permacultre, cover cropping, livestock integration, and wholisitc orcharding.  Our farm products are sold at farmers markets and restaurants in Springfield and the Kansas City area.  We also sell Organic transplants wholesale to Whole Foods.

We are entering our 5th year of farming commercially and are still developing an efficient and profitable farm system.  This will be a lifelong process!  In the coming years we will be expanding more and more to meet the financial needs of the farmers and the farm.  Last year was the first time we hired off-farm labor.  It was essential to being able to complete farm tasks on-time.  As an intern, we would be able to pay you an hourly and offer excess produce, as well as pass along the knowledge of farming we have gained over the years. Unfortunately we do not currently have on-farm housing for interns, so depending on where you are coming from we can come up with a schedule that fits your needs.  Just like most small farms there is no lack of work and we are usually out working from morning to night especially in the main growing season March-November. While working on a small farm has its rewards, it also has its challenges some of the big ones: working in 90+ weather, blisters, heavy lifting, spending hours weeding, planting, harvesting, bent over and/or on your hands and knees.  These are things we would expect interns to be able to handle.  If marketing is something you are interested, you can help us selling at farmers markets.  Finally, if you are good at building websites and social media this is an area you can help with too.

Our ideal intern would spend the entire season with us (March-November), but we are open to making arrangements for as short as a week or two.  Like our farm, our internship program is also evolving and if you are interesting in farming with us, we are open and flexible to making it work.

Website: www.greengatefamilyfarm.com

Phone: Katie Nixon 816-809-5074 and Ken Barber 304-807-0336

Email: greengatefamilyfarm@gmail.com

Address: RR 71 Box 1168 Wheatland, Mo 65779

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Looking for interns for 2015

All of our farms are currently seeking interns for the 2015 growing season.  If you want to learn more about farming, there is no better way than to spend time on a farm.   Our farmers love to share what they have learned in their years of farming, and we have lots of different types of farms in our network, from pastured poultry, to a goat dairy, to several produce farms.    Check it out, and apply now.

cammie and kimby in farmstand 2014-01-21 12.20.33

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One WWOOF-ers view of her stay here at Millsap Farm

A nice article which gives one perspective on Millsap Farm.

Millsap Farms CSA Blog

Farm Management 101 by Anastasia King Jaress on December 13, 2013 in Farming, Sustainability

We spent the last two weeks of September at Millsap Farms, an idyllic patchwork of fields and greenhouses about 20 minutes north of downtown Springfield, MO. Curtis and Sarah Millsap run the farm with help from their nine children plus various interns, CSA members, WWOOFers and farmhands. (Yes, I said nine, all of whom are girls but for one baby boy!) I’m not sure if it was the perfect combination of timing, personalities and farm biz or what have you, but my experience there crystallized certain lessons I was just beginning to learn about farm management, encouraging fertility and building community.

Farm hands of all stripes spend a sunny afternoon in fields of greens.
Millsap Farms consists of about two acres of garden fields and several hoop- and green-houses, all of which are packed with food…

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