Community learns how to work toward the future


by Tasiyagnunpa Livermont

DSC_0182About twenty people interested in various aspects of human-scale agriculture attended a Small Acreage meeting by SDSU Extension, on February 6, 2013.

Supper was served at Outrider Cafe in Eagle Butte while participants discussed their own interests with visiting SDSU Small Acreage Field Specialist Mindy Hubert.

“The Small Acreage farm meeting was a success with about 20 people in attendance, including a young person sharing his vermiculture adventure (growing worms),” said Marcella Gilbert, SDSU/Cheyenne River Extension associate. “We will continue to move forward with this endeavor so stay tuned, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings.”

The SDSU Small Acreage Program began to address the needs of small acreage owners with horses in the Black Hills area. Since then, the program has branched out into various aspects of niche agriculture, including, but not limited to, specialty crops, horticulture, large gardens, community supported agriculture (CSA) farms, bee keeping and more recently, permaculture holdings.

Other topics discussed were various methods of creating water sinks and stopping run off, rotational grazing and various methods of composting and using compost in all types of gardening, including vermiculture (worms) and aged livestock manure.

Many of the evening’s participants had plans for chicken operations for eggs, as well as large gardens and community gardens. A local permaculture student explained the use of permaculture design for those with acreages.

The event was organized by Gilbert from the Eagle Butte office.

Upcoming events include a spring conference on water management and soil, as well as possibly another small acreage meeting. For more information on any of these topics, please call Gilbert at (605) 964-4955.


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