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Identifying Grasses & Other Plants on a Sustainable Farm

July 27 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Gazing at Graminoids

Saturday, July 27, 2024   10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Morning: South Shore Event Center, 733 6th Street, Howard Lake, MN 55349
Afternoon: Living Song Farm, 7616 25th St. SW, Howard Lake MN 55349

Join us for a day of identifying and learning about plants found on a sustainable and organic farm.

We’ll start the day with a class/workshop focusing on grasses led by Minnesota Biological Survey Prairie Ecologist, Rhett Johnson, author of the “Field Guide to Minnesota Grasses”. This morning session will be indoors at the South Shore Event Center, and will focus on graminoid (grass) anatomy and terminology, some of the major taxa (groups) of grasses that are common in Minnesota, and how to approach learning grasses and identifying them in the field. It will include presentations and looking at actual pressed and fresh collected grasses.

At noon, we’ll have a “working lunch” at the Event Center (included.)
Provided by Dan & Becky’s Market.

Next, we’ll drive out to Living Song Farm, where Rhett will be joined by Missy Anderson, plant propagation specialist at the Three Rivers Park District native plant nursery. The two of them will lead a walk through the farm’s permanent pasture, and field margins and conservation areas, identifying the vast variety of flora, native and introduced, and even the inevitable invasives. We’ll also take a moment to visit the grassfed beef herd and the newly harvested garlic crop.

More info HERE.


July 27
10:00 am - 3:00 pm