LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Two Minnesota farmers hosted a "Small Farm Hacks" workshop to teach other farmers re-purposing efforts that lead to more sustainable practices.
The workshop was one of many at the 2020 Moses Organic Farming Conference.
Josh Reinitz and Daniel Zetah led the presentation that aimed to help farmers farm learn how to salvage old materials for reuse.
"We're in an ecological crisis, and we all need to start doing that," workshop attendee and vegetable educational farmer Melissa Hochstetler said. "And learning how things work so we can fix them so we don't always have to buy everything new and then throw it away the minute that it breaks."
"People can see that we're just average people," speaker and regenerative farmer Daniel Zetah said. "They're like, 'Woah! If that guy can do it, we can do it too.'"
Zetah repurposed an old chicken coop into the house he currently lives in. He said his experiences boosted confidence in his ability to live more sustainably and help other farmers do the same.
"Mostly, I'm feeling a little bit braver," Hochstetler said. "If there's something that I don't know how to do, I can try it."