The sun pierced through the clouds, soon to dry the dew soaked grass that now dampened my socks. I couldn't help but enjoy it. After all, I just spent the night on a beautiful porch overlooking Fish Lake while a chorus of crickets sang me to sleep.
I was well rested and on my way to help ready the big old diary barn for the days event, the Agroecology Summit. The Summit is an annual event hosted by Windom area farmer Tony Thompson. This year's event provided over 70 attendees the opportunity to discuss the increasing competition for land use across the rural landscape and its impacts on the future of farming. Panelists covered topics on energy, agronomy, ecological function and recreation. The afternoon tour included a stop at nearby POET energy, a corn ethanol plant, and a farm owned wind cooperative. This tour was, of course, after a walk through the farm learning about the various sustainable crop production methods used, native prairies restored and lots of networking.
All the food was local - I can attest to staying up late the night before pulling edamame beans off the stalk! Truly an educational, fun and social day, I thought as I enjoyed the last kernal on my locally grown corn cob at dinner that evening.
Thank you Tony and all the folks at the farm for the opportunity to truly enjoy a day at the farm.