Field day returns to the Slettom family’s North Glen Farm, site of the very first co-op field day in 2001
Starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 19, the Northwoods Forestry Co-op will host its annual field day at the Slettom family’s North Glen Farm, near the town of Glen.
The Slettom family hosted the first co-op field day at the same location in 2001. Since then Ed Slettom, a founding member of the co-op has passed away and his sons and grandchildren are now caretakers of the farm.
Ed Slettom was committed to actively managing his woodlands. Trails, regular harvests and plantings have made North Glen Farm a beautiful place to visit and learn about northern Minesota woodlands and how they can be managed for timber, firewood, wildlife habitat and recreation.
The Slettom family also initiated the annual tradition of the Glen Independence Day parade, which has grown steadily over time.
Members, families and anyone interested in learning more about private woodland managment are welcome to attend this free educational and networking event. Northwoods Forestry Cooperative is a “member helping member” co-op founded to promote sound forest stewardship.
This year’s guest speaker will be Tyler Carlson from Early Boots Farm in Sauk Center. Carlson will be speaking on the intersection of forestry and agriculture and the “agroforestry” practices they have implemented on their farm. A tour of the Slettom farm and a discussion about possible agroforestry practices they could implement on the farm will follow.
Tom Gervais with the Natural Resource Conservation Service will explain conservation resources available through the agency’s programs.
There will be a landowner-led discussion on chainsaw safety and best practices for tree felling, as well as equipment demonstrations.
Lunch will be provided; a free-will donation is requested to help defray the cost of lunch.
There will also be a silent auction to benefit the co-op’s scholarship fund for students going into the field of forestry. A number of locally made farm products, wood products, tools and other items will be on the auction.
The address of North Glen Farm is 31213 292nd St., Aitkin. Go 1.5 miles north of Glen on Hwy 47, then go east 1.25 miles on 292nd St.
Watch for the NFC Field Day signs on Hwy. 47.
Contact Jim Chamberlin, event coordinator for NFC with questions at 218-831-0528.