Field Day 2023

July 15 2023

Join us at The Grain Place on July 15 for our annual Foundation Field Day, including a tour, lunch, and presentations.

We are excited to welcome you to the farm for our annual Grain Place Foundation Field Day  on Saturday, July 15. Field Day gives guests an opportunity to tour the farm and grain processing plant in the morning, join us for an afternoon program with a keynote speakers, plus a lunch of organic food on the farm. We are pleased to welcome Keith Berns of Green Cover Seeds as our 2023 keynote presenter.

The morning tours of Grain Place Farm and Grain Place Foods (our on-farm grain processing facility) and the afternoon presentations are free; there is a fee for the Farm Lunch. Tickets will be available online in advance of Field Day.

Reserve Tickets for Field Day


Keith Berns

Keith Berns combines over 20 years of no-till farming with 10 years of teaching Agriculture and Computers. In addition to no-tilling 2,000 acres of irrigated and dryland corn, soybeans, rye, triticale, peas, sunflowers, and buckwheat in South Central Nebraska, he also co-owns and operates Green Cover Seed, one of the major cover crop seed providers and educators in the United States. Through Green Cover Seed, Keith has experimented with over 100 different cover crop types and hundreds of mixes planted into various situations and has learned a great deal about cover crop growth, nitrogen fixation, moisture usage, and grazing utilization of cover crops. Keith was honored by the White House as a 2016 Champion of Change for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture. Keith also developed the SmartMix CalculatorTM one of the most widely used cover crop selection tools on the internet Keith has a Masters Degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Nebraska and teaches on cover crops and soil health more than 30 times per year to various groups and audiences. Keith also was appointed by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts to be part of the Nebraska Healthy Soils Task Force and had the privilege of serving as the chairman.


Farm to Table Lunch by Chef Anthony Warrior

“My name is Ma-te-yi-ma-pe-to, I am an active member of the Little Axe Little River Ceremonial ground of the Shawnee. I have been in the Food and Beverage industry for 25 years and am a self-taught chef. During my tenure I have traveled to 48 of the 50 United States, China and the Philippines, focusing my efforts towards educating/motivating the youth and community leaders to embrace culture and tradition.”

During his career, Anthony L Warrior has worked for 15 Tribal nations in healthcare, a residential home for children, and Casino/Resorts. In his teenage years he traveled and spoke on behalf of the United National Indian Tribal Youth program.

His experiences working for tribal nations have included studying and acquiring local traditional recipes, stories, and historical methods in food preparation and preservation. His approach to cultural nutrition is interconnected with feeding the mental, spiritual, and holistic balance necessary to differentiate the total health needs of each individual tribal group. His lifelong quest for education fuels the passion for learning and preparing traditional sustenance that stimulates cultural retention and community healing.

8:00 Registration
8:30 Walking Tour of Grain Place Farm
9:30 BREAK
Rain Simulation
Guided Garden Tour: Vegetables, Layered Garden,
10:30 Grain Place Foods Tour
11:30 Farm to Table Lunch
12:30 Guest Artist Presentation: Honoring Ernie Oschner
1:00 Keynote Presentation followed by Q&A
2:00 Updates & Other News
2:50 BREAK – hand out in-kind items
3:10 Foundation Happenings
3:45 Cover Seed Drone Demo
Shopping, Refreshments, Guided Garden Tour: 3 Sisters

Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP)

Field Day is supported through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP). TOPP is a program of the USDA Organic Transition Initiative and is administered by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP)
Transition to Organic Partnership Program

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Support The Grain Place Foundation

We are currently seeking additional Sponsors for Field Day 2023. Your donations support not only the Field Day event, but enable the ongoing work of the Grain Place Foundation.