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March

Farmers Market & Local Food Promotion Program Grant Writing Workshops
Mar. 27  |  Little Falls, Minn.

The Regional Rural Development Centers and USDA Ag Marketing Service have developed grant-writing workshops and resources focused on improving the success of farmer applications to USDA grant programs, specifically the Farmers Market Promotion Program and Local Food Promotion Program. Contact Ryan Pesch at 218-236-2270 for more information. Register.

Minn. Lamb and Wool Producers 2015 Spring Workshop
Mar. 28  |  9 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  $15  |  Kensington, Minn.

Day will include on-farm sessions, lamb lunch, virtual tour of Dennis Leiser’s farm and producer questions. Learn more.

School for Beginning Grape Growers
Mar. 29-31  |  $375  |  Madison, Wis.

Sponsored by the UW-Madison CIAS, the IPM Institute of North America, the Wisconsin Grape Growers Association and the Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA). This three-day workshop is for anyone planning to start a vineyard business. Learn more and register.

Marketing Workshop
Mar. 30  |  9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  Free  |  Fairmont, Minn.

Hosted by Rural Advantage, learn about accessing wholesale markets, building a resilient food system, building a website for direct marketing and how to save seeds. Learn more.

Webinar: Food Safety Modernization Act: Implications for Farmers
Mar. 31  |  7-8:30 p.m. Central  |  Free

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, hear from Sophia Kruszewski, a policy expert at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, about what the Food Safety Modernization Act is and what its implementation will mean for farmers. Organic farmer and farm consultant Chris Blanchard will discuss details about who it will impact and how to comply with the new rules and regulations. Learn more.

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April

Webinar: Soil health
Apr. 3  |  1 p.m. Central  | Free

The SFA, through the Keep Cattle in Minnesota project is hosting the second of three free webinars on the impact of crop diversity, no-till, cover crops and residue removal on soil health properties, including soil physical properties and their interaction with soil biological properties. For further information and to register please see the Keep Cattle in Minnesota project on the SFA website. 

Farmers Market & Local Food Promotion Program Grant Writing Workshops
Apr. 8  |  1-5 p.m.  |  Springfield, Ill.

The Regional Rural Development Centers and USDA Ag Marketing Service have developed grant-writing workshops and resources focused on improving the success of farmer applications to USDA grant programs, specifically the Farmers Market Promotion Program and Local Food Promotion Program. Learn more and register.

Beyond Farm-to-Table: The Future of Food
Apr. 8  |  7 p.m.  |  Free  |  Ames, Iowa

Join the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture for a presentation by chef Dan Barber, author of The Third Plate: Field Notes of the Future of Food. Read review of Barber’s book in Organic BroadcasterLearn more.

Farmers Market & Local Food Promotion Program Grant Writing Workshops
Apr. 9  |  Mankato, Minn.

The Regional Rural Development Centers and USDA Ag Marketing Service have developed grant-writing workshops and resources focused on improving the success of farmer applications to USDA grant programs, specifically the Farmers Market Promotion Program and Local Food Promotion Program. Contact Greg Schweser at 612-625-9706 for more information. Register.

Farmers Market & Local Food Promotion Program Grant Writing Workshops
Apr. 10  |  10 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Altoona, Wis.

The Regional Rural Development Centers and USDA Ag Marketing Service have developed grant-writing workshops and resources focused on improving the success of farmer applications to USDA grant programs, specifically the Farmers Market Promotion Program and Local Food Promotion Program. Learn more and register.

Woody Agriculture Short Course
Apr. 10-13  |  $329  |  Lanesboro, Minn.

Organized by Badgersett, this short course offers the most intense and densely packed learning available about Woody Agriculture: : including chestnuts, hickories, and a focus on neohybrid hazelnuts. Pre-register by March 13 and save $30. Learn more.

IAC Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit
Apr. 14-16  |  Green Bay, Wis.

Hosted by the Intertribal Agriculture Council, spend three days of working sessions, hands-on workshops, tours and more. Summit focus is on accessing USDA programs as a Tribal member or Tribal farming operation.  Learn more and register.

Organic Trade Association’s Policy Conference
Apr. 14-16  |  $349  |  Washington, D.C.

Join OTA with this conference comprised of three activity days. Events include a day for members to conduct trade association business, an informative and thought-provoking policy conference, and a final day, when members will take the organic message to legislators on Capitol Hill during hundreds of pre-organized Hill Visits. Learn more and register.

Farmers Market & Local Food Promotion Program Grant Writing Workshops
Apr. 15  |  1-5 p.m.  |  Mt. Vernon, Ill.

The Regional Rural Development Centers and USDA Ag Marketing Service have developed grant-writing workshops and resources focused on improving the success of farmer applications to USDA grant programs, specifically the Farmers Market Promotion Program and Local Food Promotion Program. Learn more and register.

Farmers Market & Local Food Promotion Program Grant Writing Workshops
Apr. 22  |  8-11 a.m.  |  Ames, Iowa

The Regional Rural Development Centers and USDA Ag Marketing Service have developed grant-writing workshops and resources focused on improving the success of farmer applications to USDA grant programs, specifically the Farmers Market Promotion Program and Local Food Promotion Program. Learn more and register.

Farmers Market & Local Food Promotion Program Grant Writing Workshops
Apr. 23  |  10 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Green Bay, Wis.

The Regional Rural Development Centers and USDA Ag Marketing Service have developed grant-writing workshops and resources focused on improving the success of farmer applications to USDA grant programs, specifically the Farmers Market Promotion Program and Local Food Promotion Program. Learn more and register.

Farmers Market & Local Food Promotion Program Grant Writing Workshops
Apr. 23  |  1-5 p.m.  |  Grayslake, Ill.

The Regional Rural Development Centers and USDA Ag Marketing Service have developed grant-writing workshops and resources focused on improving the success of farmer applications to USDA grant programs, specifically the Farmers Market Promotion Program and Local Food Promotion Program. Learn more and register.

Wild Mushroom Certification Course
Apr. 24 and Apr. 25  |  9 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  $65  |  Baldwin, Wis.

Organized by UW Extension, learn characterization of mushroom groups; recent development in classification; Collecting, Storage, and transportation; Edibility concerns; Possible health benefits and concerns; Mushrooms that may be confused with look-alikes and poisoning issues which may result from consumption. Learn more.

Permaculture Design Certificate Course
Apr. 25- May 3  |  Caledonia, Ill.

Join Angelic Organic Learning Center and teacher Wayne Weiseman to learn all about permaculture. Gain specific skills for designing agriculturally productive systems and land management practices and build a strong understanding of the patterns of nature and how to work natural processes, designs and cycles. Learn more and register.

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May

Women Caring for the Land Workshop
May 5  |  8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Altoona, Wis.

Organized by the MOSES Rural Women’s Project and WFAN, these workshops teach women landowners how to assess and improve the health of their soils through cover crops, no-till and strip-till, and other conservation practices.  Learn more.

Women Caring for the Land Workshop
May 6  |  8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Medford, Wis.

Organized by the MOSES Rural Women’s Project and WFAN, these workshops teach women landowners how to assess and improve the health of their soils through cover crops, no-till and strip-till, and other conservation practices.  Learn more.

Women Caring for the Land Workshop
May 7  |  8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Marshfield, Wis.

Organized by the MOSES Rural Women’s Project and WFAN, these workshops teach women landowners how to assess and improve the health of their soils through cover crops, no-till and strip-till, and other conservation practices.  Learn more.

Agritourism Workshop
May 13  |  5:30-8:30 p.m.  |  Free  |  Chanhassen, Minn.

Hosted by the Minn. Dept. of Health, explore the human and environmental health issues at agritourism events and operations, including farm tours, apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and farms that host the public. Topics will include petting zoo safety, food licensing and handling requirements, and more. For questions, contact Joni Scheftel.

Introduction to Small Ruminant Husbandry
May 16  |  1-5 p.m.  |  $80  |  Ashby, Minn.

Hosted by SFA, this workshop is for anyone considering adding goats or sheep to their sustainable food production system or those who want to manage their small ruminants more holistically.  Learn more.

Agritourism Workshop
May 19  |  5:30-8:30 p.m.  |  Free  |  Coon Rapids, Minn.

Hosted by the Minn. Dept. of Health, explore the human and environmental health issues at agritourism events and operations, including farm tours, apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and farms that host the public. Topics will include petting zoo safety, food licensing and handling requirements, and more. For questions, contact Joni Scheftel.

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.

14th North American Agroforestry Conference
May 31-June 3  |  Ames, Iowa

Join the Association for Temperate Agroforestry for their biennial conference. Early registration ends Mar. 15. They are currently accepting abstracts for poster and oral presentations. Learn more.

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June

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

Organized by the MOSES Rural Women’s Project and WFAN, these workshops teach women landowners how to assess and improve the health of their soils through cover crops, no-till and strip-till, and other conservation practices.  Learn more.

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.

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.

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

Hosted by WCROC, learn about optimized and cost-effective energy systems for dairy, swine, and crop production. Conference includes several speakers, practical information for Ag producers, and a Renewable Energy bus tour. Learn more and register.

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July

In Her Boots: Creating a CSA with kids in tow field day
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.

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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September

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.

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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.