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Welcome to the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture

News and Recent Publications

  • President’s Note: Book Review: Growing a Revolution

    This is a followup to a president’s note from May 2016. In the president’s note, I wrote about a book from author David Montgomery, entitled Dirt. The author has just released another book, entitled Growing…

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  • Field Notes – November 2017

    Happy Thanksgiving from the Kerr Center! This month, David Redhage reviews a book that looks at techniques for restoring soil life in different regions and climates the world over. We share some of the livestock…

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  • Choctaw Hoop House Workshop Recap – and Updated Plans!

    The Choctaw Nation hosted one of the Kerr Center’s popular hoop house workshops at its Community Center in Poteau on October 7. The workshop treated participants to a hands-on experience assembling an affordable, 1,700 square-foot…

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  • SIGN UP for E-Field Notes: Kerr Center Newsletter

    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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  • Organic Establishment of Native Wildflowers

    This presentation, by Kerr Center President David Redhage, is from a USDA-NRCS webinar held August 1, 2017.  It describes the Kerr Center’s experiences and lessons learned from efforts to establish wildflower plantings on the Kerr…

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  • Portable Shade

    Take a structure designed to protect tender plants from frost, and turn it into something that keeps cattle cool in high summer? Sure – it’s just another example of the Kerr Center livestock program’s can-do…

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Events/Training

Jan
5
Fri
Horticulture Industries Show @ Tulsa
Jan 5 – Jan 6 all-day
Horticulture Industries Show @ Tulsa | Tulsa | Oklahoma | United States

The HIS features educational sessions focusing on Christmas trees, fruit, vegetables, master gardeners/public gardens, urban farming/sustainable agriculture, and more. Keynote speaker Cary Rivard, of Kansas State University Extension, speaks on January 5th at 9:00 A.M. on “Growing New Roots with Urban Agriculture.” Registration opens in November.  Monitor this space, or www.hortindustriesshow.org, for details as they are finalized.

Jan
9
Tue
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Jan 9 @ 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.

Jan
17
Wed
Southern SAWG Conference @ Chattanooga, TN
Jan 17 – Jan 20 all-day
Southern SAWG Conference @ Chattanooga, TN | Chattanooga | Tennessee | United States

The Southern SAWG Annual Conference is well-known for providing the practical tools and solutions.  It is a key event for those interested in sustainable and organic farming and creating more vibrant community food systems. It draws over 1,200 farmers and local food advocates from across the nation each year. The conference 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. 

Start planning now to be in Chattanooga, Tennessee January 17-20, 2018 to learn, network and celebrate!

The popular Pre-Conference events begin on Wednesday and include a great line-up of one-and-a-half day intensive short courses 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 and cash bar.

The General Conference is held on Friday and Saturday, with a wide variety of program offerings and nearly 100 expert presenters.  There are sessions for those with years of experience and for those who are new to the field, on topics including organic and sustainable vegetable in fields and in high tunnels, grazing and sustainable livestock management, specialty crop production, unique marketing strategies, campus farms, scaling up, increasing profits, business and finance management, beginning farming, community food systems work, federal farm programs, agriculture policy developments, and more.

The General Conference line-up includes nearly 60 educational sessions, plus a state networking session for each of the 13 states in our region, and another 13 information exchange sessions where you get to exchange ideas and information with those who share your interests.

Jan
30
Tue
No-till on the Plains Winter Conference @ Wichita, KS
Jan 30 – Jan 31 all-day
No-till on the Plains Winter Conference @ Wichita, KS | Wichita | Kansas | United States

Join No-till on the Plains for their 22nd annual  Winter Conference,  featuring a landmark lineup of soil health speakers, including keynote speaker Allan Savory.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website, or contact Steve Swaffar by email or phone (785-210-4549).

Feb
13
Tue
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Feb 13 @ 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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