Conservation Training

Rice Production Field Day

September 21, 2022

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Mequon, WI

Michael Schläppi—Professor of Biology at Marquette University and Farmer/Operator of Red Stone Rice—has been growing and experimenting with cold tolerant rice (oryza sativa) at Fondy Farm for over 10 years. With the help of HMoob growers who produce vegetables at Fondy and used to grow rice in Laos, Farmer Michael is now producing a marketable rice crop. From seed to transplant to harvest and post-harvest handling, this field day will show you the ins and outs of a rice growing system that has been adapted to the climate of Southeastern Wisconsin. Both mechanical and hand-scale techniques will be demonstrated and discussed. Hands-on activities will include smoothing a rice paddy and planting seedlings. Do you have an area of your farm that tends to be too wet for other crops? Join us to learn what rice could bring to your farm!