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Welcome to the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture

News and Recent Publications

  • President’s Note: Kerr Center Horticulture 2017

    We are fast approaching the end of 2016 and looking forward into next year. The Kerr Center will be moving to incorporate more plasticulture at the horticulture farm in 2017. While we will continue to…

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  • Field Notes – December 2016

    Season’s greetings from the Kerr Center! Following our habit, we’ve devoted the December issue to a look back over the highlights and accomplishments of the year. Please have a look to see what’s been happening…

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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.

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  • USDA Announces Applications Available for Conservation Stewardship Program

    Starting in November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will accept and process applications for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest conservation program. Applications will be…

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  • Kerr Center at Monarchs on the Mountain

    The Kerr Center had a table at the Monarchs on the Mountain celebration in Tulsa’s Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area September 24th. If you missed the event, you can still find a wealth of information…

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  • Fall Cover Crops Are In!

    This week we planted cool-season cover crops on the Cannon Horticulture Plots: a mixture of grain rye, hairy vetch and Alsike clover. For a wealth of resources on how and why we use cover crops,…

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Events/Training

Jan
25
Wed
Southern SAWG Conference: Practical Tools & Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms @ Lexington, KY
Jan 25 – Jan 28 all-day
Southern SAWG Conference: Practical Tools & Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms @ Lexington, KY | Lexington | Kentucky | United States

For over 25 years the Southern SAWG Annual Conference has been providing practical tools and solutions at its annual conference, for those serious about sustainable and organic farming and creating more vibrant community food systems. This popular event drew over 1,400 farmers and local food advocates from across the nation last year. It offers outstanding “field-tested” presenters, a full slate of hot-topic conference sessions and pre-conference courses, several field trips, a poster display and a trade show.

The popular pre-conference events begin on Wednesday and include a great line-up of one-and-a-half day intensive short courses, Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS), and then on Thursday, several exciting half-day field trips and mini courses. Each of these pre-conference activities requires separate registration.

Thursday evening offers an informal meet and greet with music, seed swap, book signing, and cash bar. Plan to arrive in time for this Thursday evening gathering to catch up with old friend and meet new ones. This is your chance to learn what other conference participants are doing back in their communities and borrow some ideas!

The general conference is held on Friday and Saturday. The general conference, with a wide variety of program offerings and 90 expert presenters, gives you the opportunity to learn vast amounts in a short two days! It has sessions for those with years of experience and for those who are new to the field. The session topics include organic and sustainable vegetable in fields and in high tunnels, grazing and sustainable livestock management, specialty crop production, unique marketing strategies, food hubs, scaling up, increasing profits, business and finance management, beginning farming, farm to cafeteria, community food systems work, federal farm programs, agriculture policy developments and more.

The general conference line-up includes 56 educational sessions, plus a state networking session for each of the 13 states in our region, and another 16 information exchange sessions where you get to exchange ideas and information with those who share your interests.

Two nationally known figures are keynote presenters this year. Ricardo Salvador, Director of the Food & Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and K. Rashid Nuri, founder and CEO of The Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture, will each give a keynote presentation and will each lead a regular conference session discussing their important work.

Also included in the cost of the general conference registration are a trade show, research posters, and the Taste of Kentucky dinner.

Feb
4
Sat
Oklahoma Native Plant Society 2017 Indoor-Outing @ Tulsa Garden Center
Feb 4 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Oklahoma Native Plant Society 2017 Indoor-Outing @ Tulsa Garden Center | Tulsa | Oklahoma | United States
The Oklahoma Native Plant Society is hosting its annual statewide Indoor Outing at the Tulsa Garden Center on Saturday, February 4.  Learn more about the beautiful native plants for wildlife, pollinators, and your own enjoyment.  Plan a new landscape or rejuvinate an exisitng one.
Registration costs $12.00 (free for students); advanced registration closes on Jan. 27.  Onsite registration will be available at the event for $15.00.  Box lunches are available for $10.00.
For more information and online registration, visit www.oknativeplants.org/indoor-outing.html.
Tentative Schedule of Events
8:30-9:30 am – Registration Check-In and Tour Exhibitors9:30-9:40 am – Welcome by Joe Roberts, ONPS President

9:40-10:30 am – Gardening with Oklahoma Native Plants by Steve Owens, Bustani Plant Farm

10:30-11:20 am – Native Plants for Attracting Wildlife by Mark Howery, OK Dept. of Wildlife Conservation

11:20 – 12:30 pm – Lunch and Tour Exhibits

12:30-12:45 pm – Drawing for Door Prizes

12:45-1:35 pm – Gardening for the Survival of Pollinators by Marilyn Stewart, Wild Things Nursery

1:35-2:25 pm – Planning a Successful Landscape Design by Ben Stallings, Interdependent Web

2:25-2:45 pm – Example of a Wildlife Habitat – The Jenks Flycatcher Trail Outdoor Classroom & Demonstration Garden by Alyne Eiland, ONPS

​2:45-4:00 – Making It All Work

  • Tour Exhibits
  • On Your Own – Optional Field Trip: Flycatcher Trail Garden, 404 E. F Street, Jenks, OK.
Feb
9
Thu
Blackberry Production Training Classes (Part 1 of 4) @ Clarksville, AR
Feb 9 all-day
Blackberry Production Training Classes (Part 1 of 4) @ Clarksville, AR | Clarksville | Arkansas | United States

Register by January 20.

University of Arkansas Research & Extension is holding a four-session Blackberry School for beginning commercial growers or growers interested in starting to produce blackberries. The seasonal course will include sessions in April, June, and September.

Feb
10
Fri
Plasticulture Conference @ Wayne (Mid America Technology Center)
Feb 10 – Feb 11 all-day
Plasticulture Conference @ Wayne (Mid America Technology Center) | Wayne | Oklahoma | United States

This is ODAFF’s 11th annual plasticulture conference.  Guest speakers are Sarah & Sylvain Hache, CSA & Organic Farming Apprentices from Little Pond Farm in Bushnell, Florida.

The $10 registration fee covers Saturday’s lunch.

To register or for more information, call Ashley Bender at (405) 522-4330.

Feb
14
Tue
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Feb 14 @ 9:00 am
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.

Tours go from 9-11 or 1-3 (approximate length),  and cost $10 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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