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The award-winning non-profit educational foundation has its headquarters on the historic 4000-acre Kerr Ranch, five miles south of Poteau on highway 271.

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Events and Tours

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History of the
Kerr Center

The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture has been serving LeFlore County and southeastern Oklahoma since 1965 (read more history of the Kerr Center).

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Friends of the Kerr Center

The center operates from earnings from its endowment, as well as grants and donations. People can support the Kerr Center’s work by becoming a “Friend of the Kerr Center.”

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News

  • Monarch caterpillar eating swamp milkweed

    Save the Monarch: the Oklahoma Way Station

    Oklahoma is an important way station on both the spring and fall migrations of the Eastern Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). Monarchs leave their winter home in Mexico in February and March and head north. Their first stop…

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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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  • Field Notes

    Field Notes – January 2015

    In this first issue of our new email-only newsletter, find updates on cover crops on the hort plots, grazing stockpiled forage in the cattle pastures, and the milkweed-monarch connection, as well as information on educational events coming…

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  • Honey bee on buckwheat cover crop

    Farming with Native Beneficial Insects

    The Kerr Center’s projects to provide habitat for beneficial insects in our certified organic horticulture plots, on the Kerr Ranch and in our office landscape are summarized in “Farming with Native Beneficial Insects: Ecological Pest Control Solutions,”…

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    Oklahoma Garden Planting Guide

    OSU’s basic guide to planting a vegetable garden in Oklahoma, including when to plant, how much to plant (per person), spacing, hardiness, and   gardening tips.    

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    Arkansas Valley Vegetable Garden Planting Guide

    Seed-Starting-Guide-for-Arkansas-River-Valley It’s time to plan your 2015 garden, and time to plant some seeds indoors for transplanting later outdoors. This guide is for those who live in Arkansas River Valley of far eastern Oklahoma and western…

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Events/Training

Feb
7
Sat
9th Annual ODAFF Plasticulture Conference @ OSU Institute of Technology, Donald W. Reynolds Technology Center, Room 135
Feb 7 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

For the ninth straight year, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is hosting a workshop for plasticulture farmers.

The workshop provides gardeners with the latest information as well as time-tested methods for producing bountiful crops.

Plasticulture is a farming technique that creates raised soil beds covered with plastic sheeting and equipped with irrigation drip lines laid directly under the plastic. Vegetable seedlings are planted in holes punched through the plastic.

Micah Anderson, the Agriculture Department’s plasticulture program coordinator, will give an overview of the state’s plasticulture program including grants available to farmers.

This year’s keynote speaker is Clif Slade, farmer and retired extension specialist with Virginia State University.

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Feb
10
Tue
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Feb 10 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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Mar
10
Tue
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Mar 10 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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Apr
14
Tue
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Apr 14 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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May
9
Sat
Plasticulture Workshop: Using Plastic Mulch in your Home or Market Garden @ Kerr Center
May 9 all-day
Plasticulture Workshop: Using Plastic Mulch in your Home or Market Garden @ Kerr Center | Poteau | Oklahoma | United States

Join ODAFF Market Coordinator Micah Anderson on the Kerr Center’s Cannon Horticulture Plots for this introduction to, and demonstration of, plastic mulch. He and Kerr Center Horticulture Manager George Kuepper will lay plastic mulch and a drip irrigation system under it.  Learn about the pros and cons of plastic mulch.

Monitor this space for registration costs and further details.

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Simply put, sustainable agriculture includes stewardship of both natural and human resources. This includes concern over the living and working conditions of farm laborers, consumer health and safety, and the needs of rural communities.

–James E. Horne, PhD and Maura McDermott, The Next Green Revolution: Essential Steps to a Healthy, Sustainable Agriculture