Rockey Farms Field Day

July 17, 2019

Center, Colorado

 

Join Rockey Farms for a day of Biotic Farming

Specialty Potatoes • Quinoa • Cover Crops

Companion Crops • Flowering Strips • Grazing Livestock

 

REGISTRATION FEE: $40 •Includes T-shirt•

PEOPLE UNDER 18 FREE

MUST REGISTER FOR ADMITTANCE

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE

 

Sponsorship Opportunities are available

Scroll down for more information

 

 

 

Garry Alford

 

Rockey Farms Field Day 2019 Schedule

 

9-10

Welcome, coffee and farm treats

 

10-12

Rockey Farms Tour

Hop on your bicycle or the hay wagon to see Rockey Farms during the most beautiful time of the growing season. Learn why cover crops are an effective water management and nutrient cycling tool, how companion crops benefit cash crops and when flowering strips begin creating habitat for predatory insects. See how biotic farming relies on strong, functional and resilient relationships between the soil's ecosystems, the crop's growing environment, the farmer, the regulators, the consumers and the community with respect to the high desert's available resources.

 

12-1:30

Lunch
A farm grown, locally inspired and gluten free meal.
Afternoon Children's Activities begin right after lunch.

 

1:30-3

Lance Gunderson, MS

Ward Labs Soil Health Director

Lance Gunderson joined Ward Laboratories in the fall of 2002 and  is currently the Director of Soil Health and New Test Development. He attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney earning a Bachelors in biology/chemistry in 2005 and a Masters in biology in 2012. He is currently in his fourth year of study at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln seeking a Doctoral degree in agronomy with an interest in soil microbial ecology and soil health.

 

 

Break • 15 minutes

 

3:15-3:45

Andrew Hauser, PhD

Potato Certification Service Manager

Andrew Hauser directs PCS operations in cooperation with the Colorado State University program. PCS oversees the certification of Colorado Certified Seed Potatoes through summer field inspections, greenhouse inspections and post-harvest inspections. Colorado Seed Potatoes must meet certain disease tolerances, specifically Potato Virus Y.  Andrew will discuss Rockey Farms biotic IPM practices and his experiences using similar practices in a research setting.

 

3:45-4

Dave Brown

SLV Rancher

Dave Brown and his father, Wayne, are grazing their livestock on Rockey Farms cover crops fields for the third season. He will discuss the challenges of working with a potato farmer to meet the needs of 90 head of cattle.

 

4-4:15

Tyler Mitchell

SLV Potato and Quinoa Farmer

Tyler Mitchell is carrying on Valley farming traditions while embracing soil health and crop diversity in his family's fields. He will discuss the success he has growing quinoa in the San Luis Valley.

 

 End of Day Activities

 

•Bicycle Farm Tour

If you brought a bicycle to help us cut down on motor traffic in and around the farm, please join us for a bonus farm tour deeper into the seed potatoes, grazing fields and the garden. This tour should last about one hour. The San Luis Valley is often stormy in the afternoons. Just in case, please bring appropriate clothing for an enjoyable experience.

 

•Shop the Farm Store

Shop for farm fresh veggies and other San Luis Valley products at our farm store. A product list will be available nearer to the field day.

 

•MillerCoors Happy Hour featuring

Morgan's Handmade Rations

MillerCoors and Morgan's Handmade Rations are back again to provide us with refreshments. Enjoy beer brewed from the Valley's finest barley fields and chips made from Rockey Farms Harvest Moon potatoes.

 

 

Rockey Farms Field Day 2019 is offering a sponsorship opportunity:

$300

Admittance for two • T-shirts for two • Logo or Name on website

and other field day advertisements • Logo or name displayed during the field day

• San Luis Valley Gift Basket

 

Sponsorship dollars support a locally inspired and zero-waste lunch,

Free admittance for youth and youth activities and speaker/event costs.

 

YES! I WANT TO SPONSOR.

 

 

Rockey Farms sits at 7,600 feet above sea level.

Please bring the following to ensure you have a great field day:

•Hat

•Sunglasses

•Sunscreen

•Water Bottle

If you are bringing your bicycle, please bring a helmet. We will ride on county roads.

 

 

 

REGISTRATION FEE: $40

 

Join Rockey Farms for a day of Biotic Farming

Specialty Potatoes • Quinoa • Cover Crops

Companion Crops • Flowering Strips • Grazing Livestock

 

REGISTRATION FEE: $40 •Includes T-shirt•

PEOPLE UNDER 18 FREE

MUST REGISTER FOR ADMITTANCE

 

 

Sponsorship Opportunities are available

Scroll down for more information

 

Rockey Farms Field Day 2019 Schedule

 

9-10

Welcome, coffee and farm treats

10-12

Rockey Farms Tour

Hop on your bicycle or the hay wagon to see Rockey Farms during the most beautiful time of the growing season. Learn why cover crops are an effective water management and nutrient cycling tool, how companion crops benefit cash crops and when flowering strips begin creating habitat for predatory insects. See how biotic farming relies on strong, functional and resilient relationships between the soil's ecosystems, the crop's growing environment, the farmer, the regulators, the consumers and the community with respect to the high desert's available resources.

12-1:30

Lunch

A farm grown, locally inspired and gluten free meal.

Afternoon Children's Activities begin right after lunch.

 

1:30-3
Lance Gunderson, MS

Ward Labs Soil Health Director

Lance Gunderson joined Ward Laboratories in the fall of 2002 and  is currently the Director of Soil Health and New Test Development. He attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney earning a Bachelors in biology/chemistry in 2005 and a Masters in biology in 2012. He is currently in his fourth year of study at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln seeking a Doctoral degree in agronomy with an interest in soil microbial ecology and soil health.

 

Break • 15 minutes

 

3:15-3:45

Andrew Hauser, PhD

Potato Certification Service Manager

Andrew Hauser directs PCS operations in cooperation with the Colorado State University program. PCS oversees the certification of Colorado Certified Seed Potatoes through summer field inspections, greenhouse inspections and post-harvest inspections. Colorado Seed Potatoes must meet certain disease tolerances, specifically Potato Virus Y.  Andrew will discuss Rockey Farms biotic IPM practices and his experiences using similar practices in a research setting.

 

3:45-4

Dave Brown

SLV Rancher

Dave Brown and his father, Wayne, are grazing their livestock on Rockey Farms cover crops fields for the third season. He will discuss the challenges of working with a potato farmer to meet the needs of 90 head of cattle.

 

4-4:15

Tyler Mitchell

SLV Potato and Quinoa Farmer

Tyler Mitchell is carrying on Valley farming traditions while embracing soil health and crop diversity in his family's fields. He will discuss the success he has growing quinoa in the San Luis Valley.

 

End of Day Activities

 

•Bicycle Farm Tour

If you brought a bicycle to help us cut down on motor traffic in and around the farm, please join us for a bonus farm tour deeper into the seed potatoes, grazing fields and the garden. This tour should last about 45 minutes. The San Luis Valley is often stormy in the afternoons. Just in case, please bring appropriate clothing for an enjoyable experience.

•Shop the Farm Store

Shop for farm fresh veggies and other San Luis Valley products at our farm store. A product list will be available nearer to the field day.

•MillerCoors Happy Hour featuring

Morgan's Handmade Rations

MillerCoors and Morgan's Handmade Rations are back again to provide us with refreshments. Enjoy beer brewed from the Valley's finest barley fields and chips made from Rockey Farms Harvest Moon potatoes.

 

12-1:30

Lunch

A farm grown, locally inspired and gluten free meal.

Afternoon Children's Activities begin right after lunch.

 

1:30-3
Lance Gunderson, MS

Ward Labs Soil Health Director

Lance Gunderson joined Ward Laboratories in the fall of 2002 and  is currently the Director of Soil Health and New Test Development. He attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney earning a Bachelors in biology/chemistry in 2005 and a Masters in biology in 2012. He is currently in his fourth year of study at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln seeking a Doctoral degree in agronomy with an interest in soil microbial ecology and soil health.

 

Break • 15 minutes

 

3:15-3:45

Andrew Hauser, PhD

Potato Certification Service Manager

Andrew Hauser directs PCS operations in cooperation with the Colorado State University program. PCS oversees the certification of Colorado Certified Seed Potatoes through summer field inspections, greenhouse inspections and post-harvest inspections. Colorado Seed Potatoes must meet certain disease tolerances, specifically Potato Virus Y.  Andrew will discuss Rockey Farms biotic IPM practices and his experiences using similar practices in a research setting.

 

3:45-4

Dave Brown

SLV Rancher

Dave Brown and his father, Wayne, are grazing their livestock on Rockey Farms cover crops fields for the third season. He will discuss the challenges of working with a potato farmer to meet the needs of 90 head of cattle.

 

4-4:15

Tyler Mitchell

SLV Potato and Quinoa Farmer

Tyler Mitchell is carrying on Valley farming traditions while embracing soil health and crop diversity in his family's fields. He will discuss the success he has growing quinoa in the San Luis Valley.

 

End of Day Activities

 

•Bicycle Farm Tour

If you brought a bicycle to help us cut down on motor traffic in and around the farm, please join us for a bonus farm tour deeper into the seed potatoes, grazing fields and the garden. This tour should last about 45 minutes. The San Luis Valley is often stormy in the afternoons. Just in case, please bring appropriate clothing for an enjoyable experience.

•Shop the Farm Store

Shop for farm fresh veggies and other San Luis Valley products at our farm store. A product list will be available nearer to the field day.

•MillerCoors Happy Hour featuring

Morgan's Handmade Rations

MillerCoors and Morgan's Handmade Rations are back again to provide us with refreshments. Enjoy beer brewed from the Valley's finest barley fields and chips made from Rockey Farms Harvest Moon potatoes.