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Note: Meet in parking lot between Sampson-Hoffland and Valders at 12:15pm to take Luther vans to farm (1 mile from campus).
River Root Farm is owned and operated by Luther grads, Mike Bollinger and Katie Prochaska who returned to the Decorah area to farm after gaining experience at a world-famous farm in Maine, farming with youth in urban Chicago and serving in the Peace Corps in Mali. If you’ve visited the Oneota Coop, perhaps you’ve noticed such items as River Root Farm microgreens and heirloom cherry tomatoes (sometimes as early as May). Mike and Katie are experts in growing food in the winter (yes, even in Iowa) and over the past few years have significantly expanded their greenhouse space to allow for the production of more transplants. River Root Farm produces the majority of transplants for Seed Savers Exchange and also sells transplants at the Oneota Coop once weather allows. This class will provide participants with information about transplants and seeds, as well as basic information about growing your own transplants at home. It can sometimes be tricky to figure out which vegetables can grow from seeds planted directly in the ground and which need to be transplanted into the garden as plants. On this lunch-break long trip we will make the trek up to River Root Farm, which is located one mile from campus to learn the ropes.
Instructor: Mike Bollinger and Katie Prochaska, River Root Farm