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July

Solar Power Hour
July 2 | 6:30 p.m. | Free | East Troy, Wis.

Wisconsin Farmers Union and Midwest Renewable Energy Association present a free one-hour info session on solar for farm, home, and business. Brought to you in collaboration with Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and Badgerland Financial. Qualified installers present to discuss specifics after. Contact Sarah Lloyd (608-844-3758) for more details.

Elderflower Power Day and Plant Sale
July 4 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Marine on the St. Croix, Minn.

Hosted by Berry Communications at Natura Farms, learn about elderflowers by participating in our harvest from 8 am – Noon. Enjoy your own picnic lunch on the farm. You will learn about the traditional uses of elderflowers and make some recipes. Elderberry plants will be available for sale plus a seasonal elderflower / elderberry bonus opportunity. Learn more and register.

Collaborative CSAs: Some Assembly Required
July 6 | 4-7 p.m. | Mount Pleasant, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, Mogo Farms will talk about the start-up process, the benefits and management of a collaborative CSA, and the roadblocks they’ve encountered along the way. Learn more.

Organic Farming School: Living with Humus, Living with Us
July 6 | 6-8 p.m. | $20 | Minneapolis, Minn.

Organized by the Women’s Environmental Institute, this session of the Organic Farming School will by taught by Professor Pat Farrell Ph.D., UMD Geography. Learn more.

Solar Power Hour
July 6 | 6:30 p.m. | Free | Amery, Wis.

Wisconsin Farmers Union and Midwest Renewable Energy Association present a free one-hour info session on solar for farm, home, and business. Brought to you in collaboration with Hungry Turtle Learning Center. Qualified installers present to discuss specifics after the formal program. Contact Sarah Lloyd (608-844-3758) for more details.

Learning Together: Evaluating a Cover Crop Terminator
July 7 | 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Free | Hampton, Iowa

Organized by Practical Farmers of Iowa and sponsored by MOSES, this field day will cover organic no-till cover crops, row crops, harvesting and storing small grains, and landlord-tenant relations in organic production. Learn more.

Webinar: Understanding Organic Labeling Requirements and Label Claims
July 7 | 2 p.m.

Hosted by Oregon Tilth and NRCS, this webinar will address labeling requirements under the National Organic Program as well as other labeling claims such as non-gmo, natural and more. Join OTCO staff and other guest speakers to learn about the intricacies of various label claims and how to ensure that your labels are compliant. Learn more and register.

Grazing Management and Pasture Forage Quality
July 9 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Howard Lake, Minn.

Hosted by SFA, this field day will present management strategies to help improve pastures while also enhancing soil health and protecting water quality. Tools like the rising plate meter, the grazing wedge, and the refractometer to measure forage quality will be demonstrated. Marketing beef, sheep, lamb and poultry produced on pasture will be discussed, as will grazing in the certified organic program. Learn more.

Organic Farming School:Insect Identification and Management
July 11 | 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | $50 | North Branch, Minn.

Organized by the Women’s Environmental Institute, this session of the Organic Farming School will be taught by Dr. Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing (MN Dept of Ag). Learn how to identify and monitor farm and garden insects, understand their life cycles, steward beneficials, and organically manage “the unwanted.” Learn more.

Organic Grain Field Day
July 11 | 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Fairbury, Ill.

Hosted by the University of Illinois Extension, the farm tour will focus on all aspects of growing and milling (equipment, cultivation, soil fertility, and challenges with each crop) and marketing grain directly to consumers. Learn more and register.

Field Day
July 12 | 1-4 p.m. | Northfield, Minn.

Hosted by the Land Stewardship Project, learn about cut flowers for market growers from Jennifer Nelson, Humble Pie Farm. Learn more by contacting Dori Eder.

Optimizing the Herd Through Grass-Fed Genetics
July 13 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Oxford, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, learn about paddock layouts, intensive grazing and a demonstration of the farm’s cattle-handling facilities. There will also be some discussion on the broiler and layer operation and how the poultry flock is incorporated into the grazing system. Learn more.

Organic Farming School: Regenerative Agriculture & Permaculture
July 13 | 6-8 p.m. | $20 | Minneapolis, Minn.

Organized by the Women’s Environmental Institute, this session of the Organic Farming School will by taught by Paula Westmoreland of Ecological Gardens. Learn more.

Annual Field Day
July 14 | 9 a.m. | Carrington, N.D.

A tour of the organic research at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center. This tour is held in conjunction with NPSAS. Learn more.

Pasture-based Cheese Open House
July 14 | 4-8 p.m. | Hickory Corners, Mich.

Hosted at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS), visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the cheese-making process and sample KBS dairy’s pasture-based cheese along with other cheeses from the MSU Dairy Store. Learn more.

Organic Field Day
July 15 | $25 | Lamberton, Minn.

Hosted at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC), the day will include a field tour highlighting the most recent and innovative research on organic crops being conducted at the SWROC, and a speakers section talking about marketing organic crops. Any one is welcome, organic growers, transitioning, and conventional growers looking towards making the shift. Learn more.

Organic Spring Wheat Field Day
July 15 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Caledonia, Ill.

Hosted by Fields Best Seeds, this field day on Beaver Creek West Farm will showcase 44 acres of Orleans, Red Fife and Wilken wheat. All spring wheat varieties Fields Best Seeds is regionally adapting to better serve Midwest farmers and their markets. Learn more.

A Vegetable Farm Start-Up: The First 5 Years
July 15 | 3-6 p.m. | Logan, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, learn about beginning farmer Danelle Myer’s experiences in starting a diverse vegetable and herb farm near Logan. Enjoy a tour of One Farm and learn how Danelle created a business plan, established marketing outlets, availed herself of mentors and is settling into the first year at a new growing site – her own farm. Learn more.

Webinar: Organic Labeling
July 16 | 11 a.m. Central | $20

Join the CCOF Foundation to learn about developing product labels that comply with organic standards. The webinar will provide insight on the most common mistakes companies make with their organic labels and will provide a step-by-step process for developing labels that comply with the USDA National Organic Program standards. Learn more and register.

Webinar: Fruit & Vegetable Market News Organic Reporting
July 16 | 1-2 p.m. Central

Presented by Kimberly Mercer, Assistant to the Director, AMS Fruit and Vegetable Market News Division, the webinar will introduce the Fruit & Vegetable Market News and how it works; the scope of organic reporting capabilities; how to use the Market News Portal to access organic data and reports; and how to put organic reports to work for you. Learn more and register.

Field Tour
July 17 | 2 p.m. | Stevens County, Minn.

USDA-ARS Soils Lab will host a field tour for the Minnesota Honey Producers Association and other interested parties. Field tour will emphasize pollinator-friendly oilseed crops that are adapted to Minnesota. The walking tour will be followed by brief presentations on nectar production and pollinator attractiveness of such crops. Learn more.

Tools for the Small Farm
July 18 | 2-4:30 p.m. | Chatham, Mich.

Join The North Farm staff for a discussion on the tools that we use on our small farm. These purpose-built tools serve to lessen labor inputs, decrease worker fatigue, and maximize yields. We will also discuss suppliers from which you can source tools and supplies. Learn more and register.

On-Farm Safety for Agritourism and U-Pick
July 19 | 2-5 p.m. | Donnellson, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, learn about Harvestville Farm’s agritourism operation. Discussion will encompass the problem areas and best practices for keeping guests – and your farm – safe. Learn more.

Organic Farming School: GMOs: From the Seed to the Plate to the State
July 20 | 6-8 p.m. | $20 | Minneapolis, Minn.

Organized by the Women’s Environmental Institute, this session of the Organic Farming School will by taught by Jim Riddle (Blue Fruit Farm, Organic Independents, LLP), Tracy Singleton (Birchwood Café), and Karen Clark (MN State Representative). Learn more.

Agroforestry Academy
July 20-24 | Columbia, Mo.

A week-long training hosted at University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry that includes integrated classroom workshops, multiple on-farm visits, and content integration into practical on-farm agroforestry planning and design. To advance adoption of agroforestry as a cornerstone of productive land use, the agroforestry academy is designed to train both educators, and farmers, including beginning and military veteran farmers. Learn more and register.

MOSES Cover Crops Field Day
July 21 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Free | Gays Mills, Wis.

Join Harriet Behar, MOSES Senior Organic Specialist and her husband, Aaron Brin, to tour their 216-acre certified organic farm. Field day topics will include: standard and unusual cover crops, living mulches and rolled rye mulch with organic vegetable production, soil health, and finding grants to fund solar energy projects. Learn more and register.

Organic Field School
July 22 | $10 | Lamberton, Minn.

This Southwest Research and Outreach Center event consists of hands-on activity showing/teaching how to deal with weeds in organic corn and soybeans. The implements being demonstrated include: flame weeder, lilleston cultivator, tinny weeder, and a couple others. Anyone is welcome as well. Learn more.

Field Day
July 25 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Chatham, Mich.

Hosted by the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center, this field day will tour the North Farm’s farm incubator and hoophouses and receive updates on the center’s systems projects, rainfall simulator and research plots, including the results of malting barley and forage variety trials. Learn more.

MOSA Organic Farm Field Day – St. Brigid’s Meadows LLC
July 23 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Free | Coon Valley, Wis.

Vince and Dawn Hundt have created a successful direct marketing operation featuring grass-fed beef, hogs, and poultry products. Their organic meat products and eggs are sold locally direct to consumers as well as at stores and restaurants. Join MOSA for an in-depth look at their operation, including intensive grazing, a brand new on-farm store, direct marketing, and meat processing. This event is free, and will feature an organic lunch, but space is limited, so a RSVP is required. Contact Joe Pedretti, 608-637-2526 x145, at MOSA to make your reservation.

Aquaponics Master Class
July 23-25 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Montello, Wis.

Organized by Nelson and Pade, Inc., this is a comprehensive course covering all aspects of aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture. Intended for anyone seriously considering getting into aquaponic food production, or those already doing aquaponics who want to learn more about the technology. Learn more.

Insect, Disease, and Weed Managament
July 25 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Kansas City, Mo.

This workshop is offered as part of the Growing Growers workshop series. Workshops are geared toward beginner farmers, but all the classes offer great information and skill development for more experienced farmers as well. Learn more.

Establishing On-Farm Pollinator Habitat
July 25 | 2-5 p.m. | Ames, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, this field day will focus on incorporating pollinator habitat into annual and perennial food production. Tour and discuss these habitats at Mustard Seed Farm. Learn more.

Organic Farming School: The Urban Farming Revolution: More than a Farm
July 27 | 6-8 p.m. | $20 | Minneapolis, Minn.

Organized by the Women’s Environmental Institute, this session of the Organic Farming School will by taught by Eartha Bell (Frogtown Farm) and Christina Elias (24th Street Urban Farm, Mashkiikii Gitigan). Learn more.

Northern Nut Growers Association Conference
July 27-29 | La Crosse, Wis.

The major focus of the annual meeting will be hazelnuts. Discussion will also include butternut hickory, walnut and chestnut, (and even cashews), as well as the woody perennial polyculture systems they might be grown in. Wednesday’s tour will feature a stand of wild American chestnuts, Mark Shepard’s permaculture farm, and the nut processing facilities of the new American Hazelnut Company. Learn more.

Humus Advantage Composting Workshop
July 28-30 | $795 | Tampico, Ill.

Hosted by Midwest BioSystems, this workshop will provide hands-on training at a compost production site that utilizes the Aeromaster Composting System. Visits to the compost site will allow you to practice the composting methods taught in the classroom in a real work environment. Whether you’re a farmer or commercial composter, this two and a half day training course will give you the hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge you need to make Humus Compost, the highest quality compost on the market. Learn more and register.

Viticulture Field Day
July 29 | 9 a.m.-5:15 p.m. | Benton Harbor, Mich.

The Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center will host workshops related to the task of rebuilding Michigan’s winter-damaged vineyards, as well as presentations on day-to-day vineyard management and demonstrations of vineyard equipment. Learn more.

In Her Boots: Diversification 101: CSAs, cover crops, currants and more!
July 31 | Browntown, Wis.

Join MOSES and tour this highly diversified operation with over 80 varieties of vegetables along with raspberries, strawberries, currants, rhubarb, eggs and honey. Katy will take us through the growing fields, hoophouses and packing systems, explaining how she manages her CSA operation. Learn more and register.

Horticulture Night
July 30 | 5-9 p.m. | Free | Morris, Minn.

Hosted by UM West Central Research and Outreach Center, the demonstrations and garden tours include annual flowers, low input lawn care, perennial combinations, growing organic vegetables, native prairie grasses, succulents, pruning trees, and growing strawberries in low tunnel systems. Several hands-on children’s activities will be available along with Ag Tours, live music, food and vendor booths. Learn more.

Soil Sisters: Celebration of Wis. Farms and Rural Life
July 31-Aug. 2 | Southern Wis.

For three days and with five unique components and involving more than twenty farms, the jam-packed SOIL SISTERS culinary event celebrates Wisconsin’s family farms and rural life in and around the farming communities of Monroe and Brodhead. Learn more.

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August

Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Shop Talk and Field Day
Aug. 1 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Elkhart, Iowa

Organized by NCAT, learn about the new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) crop insurance program, which offers a higher subsidy than previous crop insurance products for specialty crops, organic, and diversified crop and livestock producers. Afterwards, diversified producer Tony Thompson will lead a tour of his farm. Learn more and register.

Organic Production Field Day
Aug. 1 | 1 p.m. | Bradford, Mo.

Hosted at the University of Missouri Bradford Research Center, topics will include: organic weed management, compost and compost tea, soil fertility, organic freshwater fish and shrimp farming, companion planting and rotation, organic marketing, organic no-till, Soil health and organics, organic insect management. Learn more.

Agritourism Workshop
Aug. 1-2 | Champaign, Ill.

The Land Connection will host an intensive workshop on agritourism at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery. Agritourism offers farmers the opportunity to bring the public onto their farms and tell the story of their products. At the same time, it can be a powerful, untapped revenue stream, but there are many barriers to success that can be difficult to overcome. Learn more and register.

Women’s Permaculture Design Certification Course
Aug. 1-10 | Herbster, Wis.

Instructed by Clare Hintz, Elsewhere Farm, and Marian Farrior, UW-Madison Arboretum, this course will emphasize inquiry-based and hands-on learning. Program includes surveying systems of soil and water management, food and gardening, green building, and more. Learn more and register.

Introduction to Cut Flowers
Aug. 3 | 4-7 p.m. | Kansas City, Mo.

This workshop is offered as part of the Growing Growers workshop series. Workshops are geared toward beginner farmers, but all the classes offer great information and skill development for more experienced farmers as well. Learn more.

Organic Farming School: Rural Farm Labor Struggles
Aug. 3 | 6-8 p.m. | $20 | Minneapolis, Minn.

Organized by the Women’s Environmental Institute, this session of the Organic Farming School will by taught by Anthony Pahnke from Centro Campesino Minnesota, Family Farm Defenders Wisconsin and Brazil’s Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST). Learn more.

Webinar: Opportunities for Conservation in Organic Livestock Systems
Aug. 4 | 2 p.m.

Join Oregon Tilth and NRCS to learn about the wide range of opportunities for NRCS support in organically managed livestock operations. The presenters will discuss opportunities for conservation in organic livestock systems from both the NRCS and producer perspectives. Learn more and register.

Plant Disease Identification and Management
Aug. 8 | 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | $50 | North Branch, Minn.

Hosted be the Women’s Environmental Institute, improve your growing skills through increased knowledge of pests and their management. This workshop will combine in-class lecture and activities with hands-on outdoors activities. Beginning to advanced farmers welcome. Learn more and register.

Mother Earth News Fair
Aug. 8-9 | West Bend, Wis.

Mother Earth News Fair, a sustainable lifestyle event featuring practical, hands-on demos and workshops, is coming to Wisconsin for the first time at Washington County Fair Park near West Bend. MOSES will be there with free resources and presentations. Wristbands at the gate are $25, but you can get them here for just $10 along with a bumper sticker and coupon for 25% off at the Mother Earth bookstore. Learn more.

Organic Farming School: Pollinators and Pesticides: Demystifying the Science and Policy in Bee Declines
Aug. 10 | 6-8 p.m. | $20 | Minneapolis, Minn.

Organized by the Women’s Environmental Institute, this session of the Organic Farming School will by taught by Lex Horan from the Pesticide Action Network of North America. Learn more.

Organic Dairy Day
Aug. 11 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Morris, Minn.

The University of Minnesota field day will feature Organic Valley’s Mark Kopecky and his seminar on soil fertilty in dairy pastures and interpreting soil analysis. Updates of current research on organic projects at the West Central Research and Outreach Center will also be included. Field tours and a pasture walk with grazing and species selection, as well as a stockmanship demonstration. Learn more and register.

On-Farm GAPs Workshop
Aug. 11 | Lake City, Minn.

Organized and faciltated by UMN On-farm GAPs Education Program. Attend an on-farm GAPs workshop this summer to learn how GAPs can help minimize food safety risks with fresh produce. GAPs are good for business and good for your customers. Workshops are intended for fruit and vegetable farmers. Learn more.

Northern Pear Cultivars, Rootstocks and Orchard Floor Management
Aug. 11 | 4:30-7:30 p.m. | Decorah, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, this field day will feature an orchard walk looking at and discussing the pear cultivars and rootstocks growing at Sliwa Meadow Farm. Discussion with include management practices mimicking forest-edge ecology used to bolster the health and productivity of fruit trees. Learn more.

Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference
Aug. 14 | East Troy, Wis.

The 2015 conference will be held at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. The theme of this year’s conference is “Cover Crops and Agricultural Resiliency” and will feature a mix of general sessions and bus tours highlighting successful cover crop practitioners in southeast Wisconsin in a variety of cropping systems. Learn more and register.

Pizza Farm Field Day
Aug. 15 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | $35 | Wykoff, Minn.

Join Renewing the Countryside and take a behind-the-scenes tour of a successful pizza farm operation, including the commercial kitchen set-up, wood fired oven and pizza preparation process. Host farmers will share their start-up experience, challenges and advice for farmers wanting to diversify into such on-farm food service. This field day will focus on Minnesota state specific content. Learn more and register.

Minnesota Garlic Festival
Aug. 15 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | $5 | Hutchinson, Minn.

Minnesota Garlic Festival is an event for lovers of garlic, great local foods and good times. Family friendly, fun filled and fragrant, this festival features fantastic foods, celebrity chefs, marvelous music, area artisans, goofy games…and lots of GARLIC – all in support of a healthy environment, sustainable farms and vital rural communities in Minnesota. Learn more.

Field Day
Aug. 16 | 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Mondovi, Wis.

Hosted by the Land Stewardship Project, learn about multi-species livestock farming with Stephanie and Andy Schneider of Together Farms. Learn more by contacting Dori Eder.

Storage Crops
Aug. 17 | 4-7 p.m. | Baldwin City, Kan.

This workshop is offered as part of the Growing Growers workshop series. Workshops are geared toward beginner farmers, but all the classes offer great information and skill development for more experienced farmers as well. Learn more.

Field Day at Otter Creek
Aug. 18 | 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Free | Avoca, Wis.

Each year, Midwestern BioAg celebrates soils on the award-winning Otter Creek Organic Farm. Join them for on-farm demonstrations including corn plots, soil health demonstrations by the USDA’s NRCS, ag technology review, cover crops, and dairy management. At Otter Creek, Midwestern BioAg products and practices have been applied for years. Learn more and register.

FarmStarts – Beginning Farmers Explore Production, Business and Marketing
Aug. 19 | 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Free | Bloomfield, Iowa

Funded by USDA – NIFA, this program is designed to help beginning farmers learn more about organic dairy and organic grain production. Open to conventional and organic producers, workshops cover grain marketing, farm structure and budgeting, fertility and weed control, certification rules, and more. Learn more and register.

Soils Field Day
Aug. 19 | Arlington, Wis.

Hosted by the Arlington Ag Research Station, this field day will cover agronomy and soils. Learn more.

Getting Started with Pasture-Based Livestock
Aug. 21 | 2-5 p.m. | West Branch, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, field day topics will include making the transition to full-time farming, marketing meat, inexpensive housing and equipment design, low-stress cattle handling, stockpiling pasture for winter feed, and more. Learn more.

Pizza Farm Field Day
Aug. 22 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | $35 | Athens, Wis.

Join Renewing the Countryside and take a behind-the-scenes tour of a successful pizza farm operation, including the commercial kitchen set-up, wood fired oven and pizza preparation process. Host farmers will share their start-up experience, challenges and advice for farmers wanting to diversify into such on-farm food service. This field day will focus on Wisconsin state specific content. Learn more and register.

Field Day
Aug. 26 | 8 a.m. | Frankenmuth, Mich.

The Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center will host a field day, with tours of the research plots. Learn more.

On-Farm GAPs Workshop
Aug. 27 | Hutchinson, Minn.

Organized and faciltated by UMN On-farm GAPs Education Program. Attend an on-farm GAPs workshop this summer to learn how GAPs can help minimize food safety risks with fresh produce. GAPs are good for business and good for your customers. Workshops are intended for fruit and vegetable farmers. Learn more.

Webinar: Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Soil
Aug. 27 | 12 p.m. Central

Hosted by NRCS, this webinar will present scientific research examining the benefits of organic farming practices to soil. Soil building practices such as crop rotations, cover crops, and organic fertilizers are central to organic practices. Learn more and register.

Field Day
Aug. 27 | Traverse City, Mich.

The Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center will have an open house and equipment show. Learn more.

Putting the “Culture” in AgriCulture: 30 Years with PFI
Aug. 29 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Harlan, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, this field day will focus on whole-farm organic production, marketing and integrating into local food systems. Following lunch, the discussion will include organic crop rotations, grazing and the other livestock enterprises. Learn more.

Sustainable Production and Sales in Local Communities
Aug. 30 | 3:30-6 p.m. | Bridgewater, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, learn about the start-up and progess of Bridgewater Farm’s laying hens, pigs, cows, and various methods of vegetable and fruit production – including successes and failures. Learn more.

On-Farm GAPs Workshop
Aug. 31 | Duluth, Minn.

Organized and faciltated by UMN On-farm GAPs Education Program. Attend an on-farm GAPs workshop this summer to learn how GAPs can help minimize food safety risks with fresh produce. GAPs are good for business and good for your customers. Workshops are intended for fruit and vegetable farmers. Learn more.

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September

Organic Agriculture Field Day
Sept. 2 | Arlington, Wis.

Hosted at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station, topics will include pasture grass variety trial results, soil microbial community changes under organic no-till management, best management strategies for organic no-till, linkages between pasture management and quality, cowpea and radish cover crop demos, and organic agriculture’s role in greenhouse gas mitigation. Learn more.

Webinar: Pollinator Planting in Organic Pastures
Sept. 2 | 2 p.m.

Hosted by Oregon Tilth and NRCS, learn about pollinator plantings in pasture from Mace Vaghan, Pollinator Program Director at Xerces Society. Learn more and register.

High Tunnel Build at Prairie Sky Farm
Sept. 3-4 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. | Wesley, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, this two-day, hands-on workshop will teach attendees all the steps to building a high tunnel. Adam Montri, the hoophouse outreach specialist with Michigan State University, will lead the workshop, answering questions about construction, design and production along the way. Learn more.

Farm Business Management
Sept. 5 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Kansas City, Mo.

This workshop is offered as part of the Growing Growers workshop series. Workshops are geared toward beginner farmers, but all the classes offer great information and skill development for more experienced farmers as well. Learn more.

Mid-America Homesteading Conference
Sept. 5 | Joliet, Ill.

Increase your self-reliance by learning how to raise livestock, keep bees, garden, and preserve the harvest. Attend six sessions throughout the day and choose from three different session each hour. Learn more and register.

MeadowLark Hearth Annual Seed Festival
Sept. 6-7 | Scottsbluff, Neb.

Meadowlark Hearth is throwing their Annual Seed Fest. A venerable celebration of the sacred seed. A packed Sunday and Monday full of fall harvest fun for seed enthusiastic friends and family. There’ll be seed, camping, dancing, campfires, stars, friends and beautiful W. Nebraskan skies. Learn more.

Organic Vegetable Field Day
Sept. 8 | 4-7 p.m. | Verona, Wis.

Hosted at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station, this field day will focus on vegetable variety trials for organic systems, including information on agronomic performance, insect and disease management, market quality and flavor. We will tour the variety trials, present results from different organic research projects, and have a vegetable flavor evaluation. Learn more.

Organic Field Day
Sept. 9 | 9 a.m. | Atlanta, Ill.

University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign will be having an organic field day at PrairiErth Farm. Tony Yannarell and Sam E. Wortman will be discussing their respective cover crop projects funded by the Ceres Trust. Learn more.

MOSES Cover Crop Field Day
Sept. 10 | 1-4 p.m. | Free | Palmyra, Wis.

Join MOSES and tour the 450-acre certified organic farm where Standard Process grows the pure ingredients for its whole food supplements. Field day topics will include: using cover crops to enhance large-scale production of vegetables, field crops and forages, on-farm composting and weed control. Learn more and register.

Trying New Things: Cover Crops, Organic and Livestock
Sept. 12 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Charles City, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, Wendy Johnson will discuss her use of cover crops, how she is transitioning a portion of the crop acres to organic production, and integrating livestock into the system. Learn more.

MOSES Vegetable Field Day
Sept. 15 | 1-4 p.m. | Free | Delano, Minn.

Join the 2015 MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year, Greg and Mary Reynolds, to learn about fresh market organic vegetables, seed production and saving, farming efficiency, and soil health. They grow about 10 acres of vegetables in a four-year rotation with cover crops, such as mixes of oats with peas, rye with vetch, and yellow sweet clover. Learn more and register.

Humus Advantage Composting Workshop
Sept. 15-17 | $795 | Tampico, Ill.

Hosted by Midwest BioSystems, this workshop will provide hands-on training at a compost production site that utilizes the Aeromaster Composting System. Visits to the compost site will allow you to practice the composting methods taught in the classroom in a real work environment. Whether you’re a farmer or commercial composter, this two and a half day training course will give you the hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge you need to make Humus Compost, the highest quality compost on the market. Learn more and register.

National Grassfed Exchange
Sept. 16-18 | Lake City, Mich.

Hosted by the Lake City Research Center, this event attracts attendees from across the United States. A tour of the center Sept. 16 precedes two days of educational presentations covering a variety of topics related to the grassfed beef industry in Mt. Pleasant Sept. 17 and 18. Learn more.

Aquaponics Master Class
Sept. 17-19 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Montello, Wis.

Organized by Nelson and Pade, Inc., this is a comprehensive course covering all aspects of aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture. Intended for anyone seriously considering getting into aquaponic food production, or those already doing aquaponics who want to learn more about the technology. Learn more.

Webinar: Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Water Quality
Sept. 23 | 2 p.m. Central

Hosted by NRCS, this webinar will present scientific research examining the water quality benefits of organic farming practices. Organic farming practices, such as the application of composted animal manure and the use of forage legumes and green manures within extended grain cropping rotations, can optimize soil nutrient release and plant nutrient uptake, and subsequently improve water quality. Learn more and register.

Tractor & Implement Field Day
Sept. 27 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Marine on the St. Croix, Minn.

Organized by the Land Stewardship Project, get a basic introduction to the safe operation and routine maintenance of a standard tractor and basic implements. Led by Rodrigo Cala, MFA graduate and owner/operator of Cala Farms in Osceola, Wis. Contact Dori Eder (612-578-4497) for more information and to register.

Tractor & Implement Field Day
Sept. 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Marine on the St. Croix, Minn.

Join the Land Stewardship Project for a more advanced session on diagnosing tractor problems in the field and repair of basic components. This field day is for those with knowledge of basic tractor operation. Led by Joel Kellum, Markets and Production Manager at Minnesota Food Association. Contact Dori Eder (612-578-4497) for more information and to register.

Field Day
Sept. 29 | 1-4 p.m. | Fennville, Mich.

The Trevor Nichols Research Center will host a research field day and Extension event focusing on the insect and disease research and pesticide efficacy trials conducted by MSU AgBioResearch scientists. Learn more.

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October

Fall Biodynamic Weekend Overnight Intensive
Oct. 2-4 | $265 | Osceola, Wis.

Join Buttermilk Falls CSA to learn biodynamics in a weekend retreat setting on a working biodynamic farm. Topics will include an introduction to biodynamic concepts, biodynamic preparations, composting, cosmic rhythms, using a planting calendar, and garden planning. Workshop begins Friday night through Sunday. On Saturday afternoon, workshop participants will join in a Michaelmas festival (a harvest festival) which will tie into the workshop schedule. Contact Tal Simchoni to learn more.

On-Farm Energy Audit and Economics of an Organic Dairy
Oct. 3 | 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Decorah, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, join the Beard family to learn about their organic livestock operations, and also about on-farm energy audits. The Beards will show their organic dairy operation and answer questions about organic beef and dairy production. Learn more.

Webinar: Climate Change and Organic Agriculture
Oct. 6 | 2 p.m. Central

Join Oregon Tilth and NCRS to learn about practices that maximize carbon fixation and how organic agriculture can sequester carbon. Dr. Kris Nichols will discuss the positive impacts of organically managed soils on climate change and address the most effective practices: conservation tillage, cover crops, enhanced crop rotations, residue retention and the use of compost. Learn more and register.

Fall Crops Without a High Tunnel
Oct. 18 | 3-5 p.m. | Mt. Vernon, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, tour a 200-share CSA farm that provides food from the gardens until the end of October – and sometimes beyond – without requiring the use of a high tunnel. Learn more.

Aquaponics Master Class
Oct. 22-24 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Montello, Wis.

Organized by Nelson and Pade, Inc., this is a comprehensive course covering all aspects of aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture. Intended for anyone seriously considering getting into aquaponic food production, or those already doing aquaponics who want to learn more about the technology. Learn more.

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November

WFAN Conference
Nov. 6-7 | Davenport, Iowa

The conference theme is Women Protecting Pollinators, Protecting Food. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Robin Kimmerer, a distinguished teaching professor of environmental and forest biology at the State University of New York. Other sessions will focus on creating and protecting habitat for native pollinators, as well as building robust local food systems in our communities and supporting women farmers and landowners. Learn more.

Food Access Summit 2015: Networking for Change!
Nov. 8-10 | $125 | Duluth, Minn.

Two-day conference where workshops, networking and issue area strategic discussions will be utilized to energize and connect participants so that they are ready to act, implement and operationalize strategic priorities that create an equitable food system for all, from the producer to the consumer. Build upon existing partnerships, collaborations and alliances that strengthen and expand the work of individuals and agencies. Learn more and register.

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December

Webinar: Natural Resource and Biodiversity Conservation in Organic Production
Dec. 1 | 2 p.m. Central

Join Oregon Tilth and NRCS to learn about National Organic Program (NOP) requirements and opportunities to address them with NRCS programs. The NOP will discuss the natural resource and biodiversity conservation requirements for organic producers including drafted guidance on the biodiversity. Learn more and register.

Aquaponics Master Class
Dec. 3-5 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Montello, Wis.

Organized by Nelson and Pade, Inc., this is a comprehensive course covering all aspects of aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture. Intended for anyone seriously considering getting into aquaponic food production, or those already doing aquaponics who want to learn more about the technology. Learn more.

Acres U.S.A. Conference and Trade Show
Dec. 8-11 | Pittsburgh, Penn.

Annual conference organized by ACRES U.S.A. Learn more.

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February

Organic Seed Growers Conference
Feb. 4-6 | Corvallis, Ore.

Join the Organic Seed Alliance for the largest organic seed event in the U.S. Expand your seed knowledge and skills, hear the latest in scientific research, and discover new resources and tools that help you grow and sell more seed. Learn more.

MOSES Organic Farming Conference
Feb. 25-27 | La Crosse, Wis.

The MOSES Conference is the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming. It’s the one event of the season where you can expand your farming knowledge, discover new resources and tools, make connections and find support. Learn more.

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