Nursery and Growing for Health Tours in Custer

South Dakota Specialty Producers Association
Farm Forum

YANKTON, S.D. – The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) has coordinated upcoming tours highlighting ornamental plant production and the healthcare industry on Aug. 9.

The first tour will feature nursery and ornamental production and greenhouse tomatoes at Dakota Greens, 25086 Shamrock Road, Custer S.D., from 12:15-2:00 p.m. MDT. The second tour focuses on the Custer Regional Hospital Garden and the utilization of gardens and nutrition in patient recovery. This tour is located at 1220 Montgomery St., Custer, S.D., and runs from 2:15-4:30 p.m. MDT.

At 4:45 p.m. participants are invited to Dr. Joy Falkenburg’s home for a short tour through her garden landscapes and a local food potluck. These events are free, but registration is required.

Dakota Greens, operated by Jeff Prior, is a full line nursery and greenhouse that specializes in growing container gardens, perennials, trees and shrubs for the Black Hills for retail and wholesale customers. They also have a pick-your-own tomato area for customers. During the event Prior will share the story of the operation and provide a tour of the property.

The Custer Healing and Wellness Garden was created to contribute to the healing environment of the Custer Regional Hospital campus. This community and hospital garden with therapy walking paths is open to patients, staff, families and community members. Physicians and caregivers involve the community in the planting and caring of the garden. Hospital patients have windows that face the garden. It contains sensory plants that appeal to touch, smell, sight and sound as well as food plants used in meals.

Dr. Falkenburg, family medicine physician in Custer, will provide a tour of the space. Wyatt O’Day, MD, will present “Healing through Meditation and Nutrition.”

Dr. Falkenburg welcomes the community to her home for a short tour through her own garden landscapes followed by a potluck to celebrate local food and to create community conversations on wellness. A meat dish, non-alcoholic beverages and tableware will be provided. Bring your favorite local food dish or item to share. If you wish, provide the recipe and a card that identifies where the item was grown.

The public is invited to attend these free tours to meet growers and learn about these unique South Dakota products and gardens. Local producers, chefs, healthcare workers, consumers, families and organizations involved in local or specialty foods are encouraged to attend. Participants may attend one or multiple sessions. RSVP by emailing by noon on Aug 7. You will be a guest on tour hosts’ property, so please use common sense and follow directions. You come at your own risk.

Please note that chefs can receive 2.00 CEH’s for participating in the first tour and an additional 2.0 CEH’s for the 2nd tour.

The events are hosted by SDSPA in partnership with SDSU Extension, the American Culinary Federation- Black Hills Chapter of Professional Chefs, Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, the USDA and the S.D. Department of Tourism.

Additional tours featuring specialty crops, meats and value-added products are scheduled this summer across the state. The next tours are scheduled for Aug. 17 near Kyle, S.D., featuring agroforesty, egg and vegetable production. On Sept. 7 tours in Mission, S.D., will showcase a geothermal greenhouse and high tunnels. For a full listing of events visit or

For more information contact SDSPA at 605-430-4699 or