We are farming this site, and plan for more!
Veterans and service members had a great year of learning on our 320 acres just 10 miles Northwest of Manhattan and adjacent to Fort Riley, Kansas. We have continued scheduling workshops and work sessions during 2018. This year found us improving the site, installing new fencing, planting and harvesting 90 acres of soybeans, managing forage crops (hay and alfalfa), managing bee hives and many other farming endeavors. Thanks to Corteva/Pioneer Seed for donating the soybean seed planted by veterans and service members during the May and harvested during November. We averaged nearly 53 bushels per acre. And thanks to Concordia Tractor and MKC COOP for helping us plant, spray and harvest. There were 25 Angus on the back pasture, we put up 210 large round bales of hay, we harvested 600 pounds of honey (5000 pounds from all sites) and we are making plans for the spring. We will probably plant corn, afalfa and we will put about 70 head of cattle on pasture. Watch this page for the schedule of ongoing workshops.
We also have an additional 1800 acres to farm just East of this location and we have 145 acres near LeCompton that has the largest blackberry plot in three states. We also have received a grant to grow our beekeeping operation (www.goldenprairiehoney.com) to 500 colonies over the next year and we will begin shipping our bees to California for almond pollination. The grant includes expansion of our farm tours and includes at least 25 apprenticeships.
The site above will ultimately be built to train 100 service members through a farm training cycle. The Kansas State University College of Architecture final design will ultimately change the site as shown.
Most exciting is our new Student Manual and Course Catalog. You can find it on the "More Tab".We will begin accredited classes this January that will generate a certificate in farming. It is an intense year filled with mostly hands on training.
SSG Clay Willis, a Soldier for Life Intern with SAVE, combines and loads soy beans from our farm during early November. Clay will farm in Georgia upon completion of his internship with SAVE.
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