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Jul
14
Tue
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Jul 14 @ 9:00 am
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center | Poteau | Oklahoma | United States

Please note that, in cooperation with efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Kerr Center is currently offering tours by appointment only, and only outdoors. To request a tour, please contact us at least two weeks in advance by calling 918.647.9123 or emailing mailbox@kerrcenter.com (please put “public tour” in subject line).

(Under normal circumstances, guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday, April through September.)  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.

Webinar Series: Wholesale Readiness @ online
Jul 14 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Webinar Series: Wholesale Readiness @ online

In this 3-part webinar series from the Sustainable Food Center, Ellen Polishuk will give you all the in’s and out’s of setting up a wholesale operation. The $25 registration fee covers access to all three webinars (one per month), plus a copy of Ellen’s book, Start Your Farm: The Authoritative Guide to Becoming a Sustainable 21st Century Farmer.

For more information or to register, visit the registration page, or contact Hallie Casey by email or phone (512-220-1080).

CANCELED: Fall Vegetable Gardening and Tomato Tasting @ Stillwater (OSU Botanic Garden)
Jul 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
CANCELED: Fall Vegetable Gardening and Tomato Tasting @ Stillwater (OSU Botanic Garden)

Fall is a wonderful time for vegetable gardening in Oklahoma, and Master Gardener Theresa will help get you started. The Annual Tomato Tasting will take place in the second half if the produce is ready!

The Tuesday Gardening Series is a FREE, hands-on program available for the Stillwater Community and surrounding area.

For more information or to register, visit the online event listing, or contact Keith Reed by email or phone (405-747-8320).

Jul
15
Wed
Webinar Series: Resources for Rural Agriculture & Business @ online
Jul 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Webinar Series: Resources for Rural Agriculture & Business @ online

This free weekly webinar series from the Mvskoke Loan Fund will share information covering a range of rural agriculture and business topics.

Wednesday, July 8
3:00 – Soil Health & Grazing Health Benefits with Blane Stacy Oklahoma Conservation Commission
3:30 – Grazing Land Options (Pest Management, Grazing Management and Ranking) with Caleb Stone, Natural Resource Conservation Service

Wednesday, July 15
3:00 – Soil Health and Cover Crops with Steve Alspach, Natural Resources Conservation Service
3:30 – Cover Crop Costs Share and NRCS Practices with Caleb Stone, NRCS

Wednesday, July 22
3:00 – Conservation District, Conservation and Agriculture Reach with Rhonda Bowman
3:30 – Muscogee (Creek) Nation Conservation District Programs with Patricia Killian/Julie Norem

Wednesday, July 29
3:00 – Farm Bill: Using Alternative Certification for Securing a Farm Number for Eligibility in participation in NRCS Programs with Lorette Picciano/Quinton Robinson, Rural Coalition
3:30 – Land Loss Prevention with David Stephens & Willard Tillman

For more information or to register, visit the webinar series website, or contact the Mvskoke Loan Fund by email or phone (918-549-2603).

Jul
21
Tue
Field Day: Understanding the Impacts of Fire on Your Property @ Marietta (Noble Research Institute Coffey Ranch)
Jul 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Field Day: Understanding the Impacts of Fire on Your Property @ Marietta (Noble Research Institute Coffey Ranch)

This free field day includes hands-on experience with prescribed fire.  Fire is a natural process in the southern Great Plains, where the landscape evolved under fire and grazing. Fire can improve wildlife habitat, reduce woody plants, remove thatch, and improve forage quality and quantity for livestock.

The most important way to safely burn is to gain experience conducting burns. This field day will be solely focused on providing you with a hands-on experience conducting a burn. If weather parameters are within fire prescription, the field day will be conducted. If parameters are not within fire prescription, the field day will be postponed until the next week.

What You Will Learn:
  • How to design and implement a safe prescribed fire
  • Brief overview of:
    • How prescribed fire impacts wildlife and grazing lands
    • Difference between growing-season burns and dormant-season burns
    • How prescribed growing-season burns reduce woody plants
    • Impacts of season of burn on flowering plants
    • Impacts of growing season burns on forage quality
    • The role and importance of prescribed burn associations
How You Will Learn:
  • In-field discussion
  • Hands-on demonstration, weather permitting
  • Q&A
Who Should Attend:
  • Producers who want to learn how to implement a growing-season burn to impact plant communities, wildlife and livestock.
  • Technical advisers who want to learn how to implement a growing-season burn to impact plant communities, wildlife and livestock.
What You Should Bring:
  • Wear cotton or fire-resistant long pants and long-sleeved shirt
  • Wear leather boots
  • Bring a hat and gloves
  • Recommended: Wear a cotton or fire-resistant mask
Guest Speakers:
  • John Weir, Associate Extension Specialist Prescribed Fire, Oklahoma State University
  • Laura Goodman, Range Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University
  • Ken Gee, Conservation Delivery Specialist, Oaks and Prairie Joint Ventures

For more information or to register, visit the event website, or contact Danielle Pacifico by email or phone (580-224-6376).


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