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May

Hungry Turtle Weekend
May 23  |  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Free  |  Amery, Wis.

This Hungry Turtle Weekend features mixed level yoga, rhubarb cooking demo and book signing, cheese making demonstration, and a plant sale. All events are free, but space is limited. Learn more and register.

Business Planning Boot Camp
May 26-27  |  $75  |  Browntown, Wis.

Hosted by Renewing the Countryside and Inn Serendipity, dive into and explore your on-farm food business idea in an intimate and inspiring setting with an overnight at the award-winning Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B. Brainstorm ideas and resources with your hosts, Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko, authors of Homemade for Sale and other green business books, and other folks like yourself in the start-up phase. Learn more and register.

Women Caring for the Land Workshop
May 27  |  8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Winterset, Iowa

Women who own farmland in Madison and surrounding counties are invited to a free workshop to learn how to protect and improve their property and make local connections. The workshop includes an informational morning session followed by lunch and a bus tour to see farms in the area that use conservation practices. Learn more.

Webinar: Introductory to Agroforestry Systems
May 27  |  1 p.m. Central  |  Free

Hosted by NRCS, learn about the five recognized agroforestry practices: windbreaks, alleycropping, silvopasture, forest farming and riparian forest buffers. Learn more and register.

Women Caring for the Land Workshop
May 28  |  10 a.m.-2 p.m.  |  Morris, Minn.

The Land Stewardship Project will be holding a Women Caring for the Land workshop on Farm Transition Planning. The day will focus on bringing together women who own land and rent it out for agricultural production, and who are interested in learning more about conservation—grassed waterways, field windbreaks, strip tillage, grazing, cover crops, etc. Learn more.

Basic Chicken Processing Workshop
May 30  |  9 a.m.-12 p.m.  |  $50  |  Gerald, Mo.

Join Stuart Farm for this hands-on 3 hour class, students will learn the basics of slaughtering and butchering a chicken. Each student will take home 1 chicken they process.  Register and learn more.

Raising and Processing Meat Chickens
May 31  |  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  $140  |  Gerald, Mo.

Join Stuart Farm to learn how to successfully raise and process your own meat chickens. The class will consist of a short lecture and hands-on processing. Handouts will cover all of this information for future reference. Each student will take home 4 chickens they processed. Register and learn more.

North American Agroforestry Conference
May 31-June 3  |  Ames, Iowa

The conference title is “Agroforestry as a Catalyst for On-Farm Conservation and Diversification.” A pre-conference agroforestry field tour will visit a variety of agroforestry systems. Concurrent half-day advanced agroforestry workshops will be offered May 31. The main conference features keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, tours and field demonstrations, and poster sessions. Learn more.

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June

Business Planning Boot Camp – Course is full
June 2-3  |  $75  |  Browntown, Wis.

Hosted by Renewing the Countryside and Inn Serendipity, dive into and explore your on-farm food business idea in an intimate and inspiring setting with an overnight at the award-winning Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B. Brainstorm ideas and resources with your hosts, Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko, authors of Homemade for Sale and other green business books, and other folks like yourself in the start-up phase. Learn more and register.

Webinar: Mitigating Soil Disturbance in Organic Systems
June 2  |  2 p.m.

Join Oregon Tilth and NRCS to learn more about practices that can offset the negative impacts of tillage. Guilio Feruzzi will discuss production practices that can offset the negative impacts of tillage in organic systems, including the use of cover crops, compost and other additions of organic matter. Learn more and register.

Women Caring for the Land Workshop
June 3  |  8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Verona, Wis.

Women who own farmland in Wisconsin are invited to a free workshop to learn how to protect and improve their property and make local connections. The workshop includes an informational morning session followed by lunch and a bus tour to see farms in the area that use conservation practices. Learn more.

Women Caring for the Land Workshop
June 3  |  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Burlington, Ind.

A women-only, peer-to-peer, informal discussion about individual land stewardship goals and information sharing among attendees and conservation professionals. In this session of WCL, discussion will incorporate soil health, wildlife habitat, and woodland managmeent aspects of planning for your whole farm; and creative leasing agreements and how to begin the conversation with your tenant about conservation practices. For the afternoon field tour, we’ll visit with a lady landowner at her farm to see and discuss conservation practices in the cropped and non-cropped areas. Learn more.

Field Day and Producer Workshops
June 3  |  9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  |  Jefferson City, Mo.

Organized by Lincoln University, choose from three morning workshops focused on internal parasites of goats, sheep and cattle, organic vegetable production, and organic pest management. Beginning at 1:30 p.m., there will be a free field day tour of Alan T. Busby Farm. Learn more and register.

Webinar: Food Safety and Mitigating Risk
June 3  |  3 p.m.  |  Free

Join the Farmer Veteran Coalition as they discuss major components of a food safety plan, as is required for the Homegrown By Heroes label. We will review the ways that proper food safety practices can mitigate risk and promote farm health, and the need moving forward to plan for food safety. Learn more and register.

Women Caring for the Land Workshop
June 4  |  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Greenfield, Ind.

Women who own or manage farmland in Hancock and surrounding counties are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion and field tour. The morning is a women-only peer-to-peer informal discussion about farmland stewardship and conservation practices. The afternoon field tour will focus on soil health practices. Women conservationists will help facilitate the discussion and share resources. Learn more.

Blueberry/Small Fruit Workshop and Field Day
June 4  |  10 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  $10  |  Maiden Rock, Wis.

Hosted by UW-Extension, fruit team specialists will present research updates and answer insect, disease and fruit production-related questions. Updates on SARE-sponsored pollinator research trials at Rush River Produce Farm and several other berry and small fruit farms in MN/WI will be shared by Karl Foord of UMN Extension. Attendees are welcome to attend the whole day’s program or part of the day as they find relevant to their small fruit production operation. Learn more and register.

Spring Elderberry Workshop, Farm Tour and Plant Sale
June 6  |  8 a.m.-5 p.m.  |  Scandia, Minn.

Minnesota Elderberry Cooperative free workshop on growing elderberry and farm tour of some productive berry fields. Presentation topics to include elderberry planting – land management strategies, soil health, weed control, pest control, irrigation, overview of elderberry cultivation, varieties, harvesting and market potential. Events will include a walking field tour education and hands-on experience.  Learn more and register.

Basic Chicken Processing Workshop
June 6  |  9 a.m.-12 p.m.  |  $50  |  Gerald, Mo.

Join Stuart Farm for this hands-on 3 hour class, students will learn the basics of slaughtering and butchering a chicken. Each student will take home 1 chicken they process.  Register and learn more.

Planning for a Permaculture Swale System on Pasture
June 6  |  1-5 p.m.  |  Maxwell, Iowa

Hosted by the Practical Farmers of Iowa and Carney Family Farms, topics for this field day include permaculture, swales, water management, grazing, establishing trees and cost-share programs. Learn more and register.

Raising and Processing Meat Chickens
June 7  |  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  $140  |  Gerald, Mo.

Join Stuart Farm to learn how to successfully raise and process your own meat chickens. The class will consist of a short lecture and hands-on processing. Handouts will cover all of this information for future reference. Each student will take home 4 chickens they processed. Register and learn more.

Lamb Production and Wholesale Marketing
June 7  |  3-8 p.m.  |  Williams, Iowa

Join the Practical Farmers of Iowa to tour Three Sisters Farm and learn about sheep health, lamb production and marketing, organic and non-GMO row crop production, small grains, cover crops, and conservation. Learn more.

Postharvest Handling
June 8  |  4-7 p.m.  |  Lawrence, 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.

FarmStarts – Beginning Farmers Explore Production, Business and Marketing
June 9  |  9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  |  Free  |  Freeman, S.D.

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.

Webinar: Improving Soil Health in Orchards, Vineyards, and Groves
June 9  |  1 p.m. Central

Hosted by NRCS,  learn the soil health principles of minimizing soil disturbance, increasing diversity, keeping living roots growing throughout the year, and maintaining residue cover can be applied in orchards, vineyards, and groves to improve soil health, increase productivity, and minimize environmental impacts. Learn more and register.

FarmStarts – Beginning Farmers Explore Production, Business and Marketing
June 10  |  9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  |  Free  |  Alexandria, Minn.

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.

Webinar: Economic Impact Analysis Applied to Conservation
June 10  |  1 p.m. Central  |  Free

USDA NRCS has been using the IMPLAN model for calculating economic impacts of conservation expenditures for 25 years. This presentation describes regional economic impacts, economic multipliers, the economic impacts of NRCS conservation practices, and new guidelines for calculating, reviewing, and publishing the results. Attendees will understand how to quickly obtain economic impact information for NRCS and other conservation expenses.  Learn more and register.

High Density Apple Orchard Workshop/Field Day
June 13  |  9 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  La Crescent, Minn.

Join Wisconsin Apple Growers Association and Hoch Orchard to see several styles of orchard plantings all at one site and the different orchards and support systems. Learn more and register.

Growing Your Community Food System “From the Ground Up” Workshop
June 13-14  |  $400  |  Milwaukee, Wis.

Growing Power’s “From the Ground Up” Workshops are intensive, hands-on trainings offering diverse groups the opportunity to learn, plan, develop, operate, and sustain community food projects. Project participants leave the workshop with improved skills that they can take back into their communities and pass on to others. These workshops are for both rural and urban projects. Learn more and register.

Multiple Benefits from Wetlands, Prairies and Cover Crops
June 15  |  2-5 p.m.  |  Winterset, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, Frederick Martens will share his experience with cover crops and lead a tour of his nitrate removal wetland and adjacent prairie. Other presenters will discuss efforts to improve water quality and initiatives to increase the amount of pollinator habitat. Learn more.

2015 Organic Farm School
June 15-Aug. 17  |  6-8 p.m.  |  $120 for 10-week session  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Organic Farm School is a unique ten-week educational summer program composed of lectures, related readings, hands-on workshops and field trips relevant to a larger understanding of sustainable agriculture, food justice and local and global food and farming politics. Learn more and register.

Rotations: Organic and Conventional Grains and Cattle Grazing
June 17  |  10 a.m.-1 p.m.  |  Kalona, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, George and Steve Schaefer will show attendees how they use a rye cover crop, how oats are used in their organic rotation and how their rotational grazing system is set up. Learn more and register.

Webinar: Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Biodiversity
June 17  |  1 p.m. Central  |  Free

Presented by NRCS and Oregon Tilth, learn about the biodiversity benefits of organic farming practices. This session will present scientific research examining the biodiversity benefits of organic farming practices in temperate and tropical farm systems.  Learn more and register.

Midwest Farm Energy Conference
June 17-19  |  Morris, Minn.

This conference at the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center will address energy-optimized systems for dairy production and energy conservation and generation in swine facilities. It will provide practical information for agricultural producers, networking with energy experts, and renewable energy bus tours. Learn more and register.

Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop & Field Tour
June 18-19  |  Jefferson City, Mo.

Hosted by River Hills Harvest, learn about traditional culture, marketing workshops and harvest and post-harvest handling of the fragile elderberry fruit. Pre-register before June 7.  Learn more.

Four Elements Organic Herbals Open House
June 20  |  12-4 p.m.  |  North Freedom, Wis.

Guided tours of the working garden and Chakra Garden, as well as hay wagon rides through the restored prairie. Herb, flower and vegetable plants, and product will be available for sale.  Learn more.

Introduction to Tree Fruit Production
June 20  |  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.

Conservation, Soil Health and On-Farm Energy
June 22  |  10 a.m.-1 p.m.  |  Emerson, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, learn about the numerous conservation measures Steve and his brothers have implemented on their farm in southwest Iowa, ranging from diverse cover crops to nutrient management. Attendees will also get to view a soil pit, discuss soil health issues, and hear about the wind turbine they installed three years ago. Learn more and register.

Organic Farming School: A Tribute to Atina Diffley
June 22  |  6-8 p.m.  |  $20  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Organized by the Women’s Environmental Institute, this session of the Organic Farming School will feature Atina Diffley (Organic Farming Works, Inc.) who will be reading from her book and sharing her stories and organic know-how.  Learn more.

Agroforestry Institute
June 24-26  |  $100  |  Pine River, Minn.

The Minnesota Agroforestry Institute is a three-day training that includes classroom workshops and on-farm visits focusing on agroforestry practices. It will provide all participants the opportunity to integrate the concepts learned into a practical farm plan. Participants will learn how to apply agroforestry practices in their educational and technical assistance programs. Learn more.

On-Farm GAPs Workshop
June 25  |  10 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  Lake Crystal, 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. Plrease pre-register by June 19. Learn more and register.

MOSES Row Crops Field Day
June 26  |  9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  |  Free  |  Danforth, Ill.

Field day topics include: managing the transition to organic, marketing, crop rotation, working with lending institutions, cultivation, variety selection, sources for seed and setting up a value-added flour mill. Learn more and register.

Hands-On High-Tensile Fence-Building Workshop
June 27  |  10 a.m.-2 p.m.  |  Van Meter, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, learn about the basics of corner construction, running high-tensile line, grounding and the best places to source (and not source) materials for building high-tensile fence. Learn more.

Organic Valley Farm Discovery Field Day
June 27  |  10 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Elko, Minn.

Join Organic Valley and Zweber Farms to welcome you to take a guided tour to see the calves, take a walk in the pasture, and learn how the milking process works. Zweber Farms milk 90 Holstein and Brown Swiss cows. Sample a variety of Organic Valley products and participate in fun games and activities. Learn more and register.

Field Day
June 28  |  1-4 p.m.  |  La Crescent, Minn.

Hosted by the Land Stewardship Project, learn about integrating livestock with organic perennial fruit production from the owners of Hoch Orchard. Learn more by contacting Dori Eder.

Organic Farming School: Starting a Sustainable Farm-Based Value-Added Business
June 29  |  6-8 p.m.  |  $20  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Organized by the Women’s Environmental Institute, this session of the Organic Farming School will be taught by Angelica Hollstadt from Angelica’s Garden.  Learn more.

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July

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.

Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference
June 5-7  |  Almond, Wis.

Featuring the theme “Nourishing Our Roots and Healing From the Ground Up,” topics include herbs for family health, wild edibles, fermentation, permaculture and more. 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.

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.

Organic Farming School:What Bugs You?
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 has been producing quality vegetable seeds with energy and dedication for over 20 years. Visit the farm and have some hands-on fun while growing our community. 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.

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.

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.

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October

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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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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