The newly announced Door-Kewaunee Demonstration Farm Network is holding its first field day from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Deer-Run Dairy LLC, N1225 Sleepy Hollow Road, Kewaunee.

Jamie Patton of the University of Wisconsin-Extension will be giving presentations about soil health, low-disturbance manure applications, the UW-Discovery Farm tile monitoring project and the NCRS rainfall simulator.

The featured practices are tailored to farms in Door and Kewaunee counties but are applicable to farms across the state with similar conservation goals.

The Door-Kewaunee Demonstration Farm Network is a partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in cooperation with Peninsula Pride Farms, a farmer-led organization. Groundwater and surface water quality are top priorities for the farmers in the network, who contend with shallow, fractured bedrock that can provide a direct path for contaminants.

The network will test how specific conservation practice systems reduce erosion and sedimentation, control phosphorus runoff, increase organic matter and improve soil health in these conditions. The four farms participating in the network are Augustian Farms LLC, operated by Aaron, Todd and Ginanne Augustian; Brey Cycle Farm LLC, operated by Tony, Jacob and William Brey; Deer Run Dairy LLC, operated by Duane and Derek Ducat and Dale Bogart; and Kinnard Farms, operated by Lee Kinnard and family.

Farmers from Door and Kewaunee counties are encouraged to attend this event; however, farmers from neighboring counties are also welcome. The event is free thanks to the support of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Peninsula Pride Farms and DATCP.

RSVPs are appreciated by contacting Aaron Pape, UW Discovery Farms at aaron.pape@uwex.edu or (920) 366-2194