On Saturday May 13th The Oklahoma Farmers and Ranchers Association will be hosting two farm tours of specialty crop producers in central Oklahoma at the Russell Family Permaculture Site and An Oklahoma Chestnut site. The tours will start at the Russell family farm (Perkins address but near Coyle) where Brian Russell will demonstrate how they use “permaculture to convert rough, seemingly worthless land, into useful productive land.” Permaculture is a design system used to create sustainable human habitat and utilizes techniques such as berms and swales, agroforestry, and a diversity of plant/animal systems to improve ecological functioning while also providing a yield for human use. Production systems like this are gaining momentum as many families are trying to match their economic livelihood more closely with farm-based time they can share with their families. Many permaculture techniques are more fun and varied to people of all ages than single large-scale monotonous tasks are.
The work we are doing here is an extension of our values. We believe we are stewards of God's creation, and that the family is the central mechanism by which that stewardship is carried out.
Similarly Steve and Jean Lucas have been researching and establishing perennial food production systems at An Oklahoma Chestnut, “converting a tired hillside and cross timbers area into perennial fruit/nut production, including tree grain research and tree propagation." Since 2010 they have traveled all over the country and beyond, including central China, learning propagation methods and identifying Chestnut varieties for evaluation in Oklahoma. . They have evaluated and are now growing species that have proven to adapt to the extreme weather conditions and vast soil types commonly found in central Oklahoma. They are establishing a commercial chestnut, as well as other nut and fruit tree, orchard in Chandler, as well as two orchards in other states. In Chandler they also offer container grown trees through their nursery propagation operation.
Please visit Oklahoma Farmers and Ranchers Association’s website at OKfarmerandrancher.org to register for this free event and to view our other upcoming events.
The Oklahoma Farmers and Ranchers Association's mission is to provide sustainable agriculture education and training for all interested including underserved and disadvantaged people. "We are managing our soil to improve the health and nutrition of the forage, the livestock, and therefore our families, friends and communities." (OFRA Mentoring Webpage)
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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Nick Lorax at (918) 676 1040 or email at OFRA.firstname.lastname@example.org.