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  • Elderberry planting in bloom on the Cannon Horticulture Plots, June 2015

    Elderberries: Workshop September 26

    Meet elderberry, the new wonder plant. It grows wild through a wide swath of the U.S. Its flowers and berries can be turned into syrups, juices, and wines, with reputed health benefits ranging from burn…

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    Field Notes – July 2015

    Summer is heating up – and so is the schedule of educational workshops at the Kerr Center. Feral hog management will be the topic of an August 27 workshop, combining expertise from the Noble Foundation…

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  • l-r David Redhage, Will Lathrop, Amber Reece, Daryl Davis

    Clear Cool Water: Livestock Watering Workshop

    The importance of making adequate, clean water available to cattle year-round was the focus of the Kerr Center’s Water and Livestock Workshop on Saturday, June 11. Folks from Oklahoma and Arkansas listened to experts from the center and OSU Cooperative Extension explore water quality and ways to keep water clean on a working ranch.

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  • 2015JulySweepsBBAd_N6Bees

    Saving the Bees in Oklahoma! Watch the Video!

    Watch this special report from Scott Thompson on Tulsa’s News on 6 and see the center’s beautiful pollinator-friendly landscape! Learn what you can do to help the bees.

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    E-Field Notes: Kerr Center Newsletter SIGN UP!

    Information to help you be successful and sustainable! Keep up with Kerr Center Farm and Ranch, public events, publications, videos:  sign up for our monthly e-newsletter, E-Field Notes. Sign up for E-newsletter

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  • David Redhage of Kerr Center with group learning about pasture plants. Click twice for high res image.

    Keep on Growin': 2015 Workshops and Tours at Kerr Center

    If you are interested in growing – whether it be flowers, vegetables or livestock – the Kerr Center near Poteau has a tour or workshop for you in 2015. Kerr Center events focus on practical…

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Events/Training

Aug
11
Tue
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Aug 11 all-day
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center | Poteau | Oklahoma | United States

Guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday of the month.

During these tours, Kerr Center staff show visitors our current horticulture and livestock projects.

Short tours go from 9-11 or 1-3 (approximate length),  and cost $10 per person.

Long tours are also available, starting at 9 a.m., and cost $20 per person.

Advance registration is required.

Contact us a week in advance to let us know you are coming and whether you want to see horticulture or livestock projects or both.

Keep in mind that what is available to see varies according to season. When you call, we can let you know what is available to see. We want you to have the best possible experience!

Pay at the door. Tours begin at the Kerr Center office.

Click here for directions and map.

All other visits must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Groups are welcome.

Call the Kerr Center at 918.647.9123 or email mailbox@kerrcenter.com with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.

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Aug
13
Thu
Registration Deadline: Feral Hog Management Workshop
Aug 13 all-day
Aug
27
Thu
Feral Hog Management Workshop @ Kerr Center
Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

At this indoor workshop, Josh Gaskamp and Russell Stevens from the Noble Foundation will discuss methods of managing feral hogs, and David Redhage will address the Kerr Center’s experiences with hog management.

More than 1.6 million feral hogs make their home in Oklahoma, causing over a billion dollars in crop and livestock damage every year.One thing that can benefit all sides of the feral hog issue is better awareness of the tools available feral hogs on their land.  A workshop in Poteau on August 27 will deliver that knowledge.

Running from 6 to 9 in the evening, the workshop will focus on the basics: preventing feral hog infestations where possible, and managing them where populations already exist.  They will also review rules and regulations governing the management of feral hogs. Specific topics include agricultural issues, wildlife habitat destruction, population dynamics, disease issues, and population control.

The presenters’ roster features a trio experienced both in managing feral hogs, and in educating others about their management.   Russell Stevens literally wrote the book on feral hogs in Oklahoma – the Noble Foundation’s “The Feral Hog in Oklahoma.”  He is a Strategic Consultation Manager for the Noble Foundation.

Another Noble Foundation employee, Wildlife & Range Consultant Josh Gaskamp, will second Stevens.  His speciality is trapping methods.

Kerr Center Vice President David Redhage will take a turn at the lectern, describing the center’s experience with feral hogs on the 4,000-acre Kerr Ranch.

Registration costs $15 and is due by August 13. (The fee is refundable for cancellations through the due date.)


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Sep
8
Tue
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Sep 8 all-day
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center | Poteau | Oklahoma | United States

Guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday of the month.

During these tours, Kerr Center staff show visitors our current horticulture and livestock projects.

Short tours go from 9-11 or 1-3 (approximate length),  and cost $10 per person.

Long tours are also available, starting at 9 a.m., and cost $20 per person.

Advance registration is required.

Contact us a week in advance to let us know you are coming and whether you want to see horticulture or livestock projects or both.

Keep in mind that what is available to see varies according to season. When you call, we can let you know what is available to see. We want you to have the best possible experience!

Pay at the door. Tours begin at the Kerr Center office.

Click here for directions and map.

All other visits must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Groups are welcome.

Call the Kerr Center at 918.647.9123 or email mailbox@kerrcenter.com with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.

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Sep
18
Fri
Registration Deadline: Elderberry Workshop
Sep 18 all-day
Registration Deadline: Elderberry Workshop

Register by September 18 for the September 26 elderberry workshop.

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Butterflyweed brings back childhood memories for me. I remember seeing it in the pasture field outside the kitchen window as a child. I tried (successfully) to leave it when cutting the field for hay, unknowingly paying homage to Robert Frost’s poem “The Tuft of Flowers,” in which the scythe spared a patch of Butterflyweed.

–David Redhage, Native Plants for Pollinators