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Farm Field Day looks to unite farmers and grow business

The Folkestad Farms Field Day took place Saturday, Aug. 6 south of Wadena.

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Josh, Brooke, Declan and Finn Knudtson watch as harvest takes place south of Wadena during a farm demonstration.
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WADENA — The Folkestad Farms Field Day enjoyed sunny skies and cooler weather on a day fit for harvest.
The event was the first of its kind by first generation farmer Jordan Folkestad on a piece of land he rents for farming south of Wadena. Folkestad said he decided to host the event in order to be a benefit to the community and farming community at large.
"I want to see the community grow," Folkestad said in front of a row of farm machinery in the field Saturday, Aug. 6. It was hard to miss the display from Hwy 71 as passerby could see the harvest taking place as well as a display of farm equipment options.

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Alex Roth and Jordan Folkestad, right, take a poster of a combine so Roth can harvest some grain from the field.
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Folkestad explained that in his time in farming he's noticed just how competitive it is whether it's getting land to rent or getting a chance to do custom harvest work. He wants to see more cooperation to build the positivity that he knows exists in farming.
"I think this is a good way to bring the community together," he said.
The event included vendors offering their services from custom farming, lawn services, welding, construction and other farm related business options. There were even food and drinks to keep the crowds refreshed out on the field. A baler demonstration was offered to give a side-by-side comparison on different balers.
Folkestad said he hopes to grow the event and include even more farm business options to draw more people into the event in years ahead.

Girl sitting in a tractor.
Young and older had the chance to explore farm equipment out at the Folkestad Farms Field Day on Saturday, Aug. 6, south of Wadena.
Michael Johnson / Pioneer Journal

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