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April

MN WFAN Potluck
Apr. 18  |  1-4 p.m.  |  Carver, Minn.

Organized by the Women’s Environmental Institute, this is a chance for women farmers and food advocates to join together and share ideas and information. The farm host is Lori Cox of Roots Return Heritage Farm and she will be showing us around their new farm & sharing information about the process behind starting their farm. This is a potluck event, so please bring a dish to share! Learn more and RSVP.

“Fresh Food, Fresh Ideas” WEI Fundraiser
Apr. 19  |  2-4:30 p.m.  |  $25 suggested donation  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Support Women’s Environmental Institute’s (WEI) work on food, farm and environmental justice. Enjoy great beer from Finnegan’s Charitable Beer Company and delicious food from Gandhi Mahal while learning more about the innovative work being done by WEI. Please bring a food-item to donate to Finnegan’s “Reverse Food Truck.” Learn more.

Harvesting and Selling Wild Mushrooms
Apr. 20  |  4-7 p.m.  |  $75  |  Winona, Minn.

Hosted by the University of Minnesota, this class is for mushroom foragers wishing to sell their wild mushrooms to commercial establishments and restaurant/grocery/food personnel. Foragers must take a course in mushroom identification, traceability and safe handling of the product. Learn more and register.

FarmStarts – Beginning Farmers Explore Production, Business and Marketing
Apr. 21  |  9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  |  Free  |  La Crosse, Wis.

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: On-farm Food Service Basics
Apr. 21  |  6 p.m.  |  Free

Hosted by Farm Commons, this webinar is the perfect introduction to the key issues with on-farm food service. From navigating Minnesota’s regulations to marketing and logistics, they will offer a condensed overview to get you started. Learn more.

Food for Thought: Film and Discussion
Apr. 21  |  6-8:30 p.m.  |  $5  |  St. Paul, Minn.

Hosted by the Women’s Enviromental Institute, join leaders and community members in the local food movement for an exploration of the food revolution taking place here in the Twin Cities. The evening will feature a fresh, delicious soup prepared by local youth, a short film and an engaging panel. Learn more.

Webinar: On-farm Food Service Basics
Apr. 22  |  6 p.m.  |  Free

Hosted by Farm Commons, this webinar is the perfect introduction to the key issues with on-farm food service. From navigating Wisconsin’s regulations to marketing and logistics, they will offer a condensed overview to get you started. Learn more.

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.

Earth Day Celebration
Apr. 25  |  10 a.m.-1 p.m.  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Join Bootstrap Urban Farm and Marianna Padilla’s Organic Gardening for a seed exchange, recycle game and park-wide clean up. 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.

Greenhouse Management for Beginning Vegetable Growers Field Day
Apr. 26  |  2-4 p.m.  |  Litchfield, Minn.

Hosted by the Land Stewardship Project, learn about greenhouse management from Joan and Nick Olson of Prairie Drifter Farm. For questions contact Dori Eder.

Webinar: USDA Resources for Organic Producers
Apr. 29  |  12 p.m. Central

The USDA Organic Working Group will host a webinar highlighting USDA’s resources for organic producers marketing local foods. Join to learn about organic certification, labeling, and online directories of local markets. View webinar online here or by phone (866-740-1260) using this access code: 7206000.

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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.

Webinar: Decoding Organic Feed and Supplement Requirements for Livestock
May 5  |  2 p.m. Central

Join Oregon Tilth and NRCS to learn the breakdown of the livestock feed standards and how they apply to specific systems; an overview of feed supplements, including how they are classified and regulations for use; and guidelines for ensuring that your animals’  nutritional needs are being met while remaining compliant with the standards. Learn more and register.

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.

Aquaponics Master Class
May 7-9  |  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.

Business Planning Boot Camp
May 11-12  |  $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.

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.

Webinar: Using Case Studies to Facilitate Farmer Conservation Decisions
May 14  |  1 p.m. Central

Presented by NRCS, learn how to use case studies of producer experiences to facilitate conservation decision-making. Emphasis will be placed on using case studies that reflect representative types of farms/producers who have had a range of experiences. The training will highlight how to describe the complex ways that conservation activities intersect with farm business, household and personal resources and goals.  Learn more and register.

Companion Planting Workshop
May 14  |  6-8 p.m.  |  $15  |  Stevens Point, Wis.

Hosted by Farm Shed, Jen Zach and Sue Anderson will teach the fundamentals of Companion Planting; providing a hands-on, thorough overview of maximizing your garden. Learn more and register.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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October

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.

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.

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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.