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September 2020

 

Common Ground Country Fair
September 25 – 27 |  9 a.m.|  Online

Hosted by MOFGA, this annual event will be online this year, featuring educational offerings created by the community and available via a content library, a marketplace for vendors, beautiful Common Ground Country Fair merchandise, and much more. Learn more.

Farm-Aid 2020: On the Road
September 26 | 7 – 10 p.m. | Online

This virtual at-home festival experience is going to be incredible and will allow more viewers than ever before to take part in this annual festival, with a star-studded line-up. The diversity and strength of family farmers with stories from across the country will be showcased. Learn more.

Healthy Soils for a Sustainable Future: Soil Health and Greenhouse Gases
September 29 | 11 a.m. | Online

Hosted by USDA Northeast Climate Hub, this webinar is intended for technicians and educators who are looking to assist landowners in navigating options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from soil through soil carbon and nitrogen management. Other social, environmental, or economic considerations will also be addressed in this presentation. Register.

Savanna Institute Webinar:  Elderberry Processing and Market Opportunities
September 29 | 12 p.m. | Online

Presenters Terry Durham and Chris Patton, Midwest Elderberry Cooperative, will talk about processing for commercial and small scale use, food safety compliance with GAP and FSMA, retail direct marketing opportunities for new and existing growers, wholesale/contracted berry and/or flower sales opportunities, River Hills Elderberry Producers, and the Midwest Elderberry Cooperative. Register.

Financing Food Systems Entrepreneurs
September 29 | 12 p.m. | Online

CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series is a free, online series connecting businesses and projects within the food system to development finance tools, such as bonds, tax increment finance, tax credits, revolving loan funds, and more, to create equitable local and regional food systems. This is the last in a recorded four part series. Register.

Virtual Soil Health & Climate Listening Session 2
September 30 | 7 – 8:30 p.m. | Online

Join the Land Stewardship Project’s Soil Health and Climate Organizing Committee to share your story on soil health and climate, brainstorm how to build soil and mitigate the climate crisis through agricultural policy, and learn about how to get engaged in LSP’s Soil Health and Climate Issue Campaign. Register.

Sheep/Goat Webinar:  Connecting Producers to Consumers
September 30 | 6:30 p.m. | Online

The University of Minnesota Extension hosts this discussion that will center around the different types of processing and direct marketing, animal ID & record keeping, factors affecting the marketing of sheep/goats, cuts of meat, profit calculators, outlets for direct marketing, and how to tell your story. Learn more and register.

 

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October 2020

 

Silvopasture Field Training Workshop
October 1 | 8:30 a.m. | Brainerd, Minn.

Learn the principals of this managed intensive grazing system and hear from farmers utilizing these principles. Registration limited to only 25 people. Hosted by SFA. Learn more and register.

7 $ecrets of Effective Farmers Webinar Series: Succession Planning
October 1 | 11 a.m. | Online

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s free monthly webinar series covers a variety of topics related to effective farm business management, marketing, and planning. This session focuses on succession planning. Learn more and register.

Twin Cities Growers to Spotlight Lakisha Witter
October 1 | 5:30 – 6 p.m. | Online

Hear from organic farmer Lakisha Witter, the woman, the farmer, the owner, and inspiration behind Live Organically CSA farm. She will be sharing her story of how and why she decided to farm despite having absolutely no farming experience and how she manages to balance her life and mental health in the midst of life demands. Learn more and register.

Advancing Industrial Hemp
October 5 | 10 a.m. | Online

This event is focused on advancing the education of growers who are trying for market share, a higher quality product, a higher CBD percentage and to improve their soil management program. Gain in-depth information on soil analysis, fertilizer and crop nutrition, and pest and weed management from hemp industry innovators and soil health experts. Hosted by ACRES. Learn more and register.

Virtual Soil Health & Climate Listening Session 3
October 6 | 7 – 8:30 p.m. | Online

Join the Land Stewardship Project’s Soil Health and Climate Organizing Committee to share your story on soil health and climate, brainstorm how to build soil and mitigate the climate crisis through agricultural policy, and learn about how to get engaged in LSP’s Soil Health and Climate Issue Campaign. Register.

Urban Food Systems Symposium
October 7 | 10 a.m. | Online

This symposium includes knowledge on: urban agricultural production, local food systems distribution, climate change, nutrition, urban farmer education, urban ag policy, planning and development, food access and justice, and food sovereignty. Learn more and register.

Scaling Up Pastured Poultry Production
October 7 | 3 p.m. | Online

Join Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) for an interactive webinar that will provide you with the tools necessary to make informed poultry farm scale decisions based on both financial viability and quality of life goals. Topics will include cost-benefit analysis, cash flow analysis, and holistic decision-making. Learn more and register.

The CART before the Horse:  The Deep Dive
October 8 | 1 p.m. | Online

This webinar series, hosted by the NRCS and NCAT, explains access to federal financial assistance for natural resource conservation on working lands. Learn about a new tool called the Conservation Assessment Ranking Tool (CART), introduced by NRCS, that provides an efficient ranking tool to rank single applications into multiple applicable ranking pools for funding consideration. Register.

Inclusivity in Cooperative Extension Programming, With an Emphasis on Natural Resources and Climate Change
October 12 | Noon | Online

Through a case study from Washington, DC, participants will learn how to get feedback from historically underrepresented groups and tailor cooperative extension programs to people of different races, ages, and academic backgrounds. Sponsored by USDA NRCS. Learn more and register.

Fence Options for Grazing Cover Crops and Corn Residue
October 13 |1 – 4 p.m. | Paynesville, Minn.
October 29| 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  |  Goodhue, Minn.

SFA’s ongoing Dirt Rich work continues this summer with four in-person events that, like our corresponding podcast, feature expert knowledge and farm information focused on the Five Principles of Soil Health and especially, in the case of these events, livestock integration. Each event will be led by SFA Senior Technical Advisor Kent Solberg and the accompanying SFA staff farmer host. These in-person events will be limited to 10 participants each to follow appropriate social distancing guidelines. Register for Paynesvile. Register for Goodhue.

Designing Silvopasture Plantings
October 26 | 3 p.m. | Online

Join Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) for this three part silvoculture webinar series. Join us to learn about approaches to planning for woodland conversion and trees into pasture including tools and methods, mapping, tree spacing and patterning, and more from presenter  Steve Gabriel from Wellspring Forest Farm in NY. He is also an agroforestry extension specialist for the Cornell Small Farm Program. Learn more and register.

 

 

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November 2020

 

Why Trees Die in Silvopasture (and how you can help save them!)
November 2 | 3 p.m. | Online

Join Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) for part two of a three part silvoculture webinar series with presenter is Steve Gabriel. Mother nature plants trees in a specific way, so what can we learn from her as we look to bring trees into our grazing systems? Learn more and register.

2020 WFAN Annual Conference:  Cultivating (Bio)diversity: Seeding Our Stories, Growing Our Power
November 6 & 7  | Online

The conference will offer seventeen different workshops, affinity groups, a movie night, yoga sessions, creative expression rooms, and more. Learn more and register.

Choosing the Right Animal, for the Right Place, at the Right Time
November 9 | 3 p.m. | Online

Join Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) for this third and final part of a three part silvoculture webinar series with presenter Steve Gabriel from Wellspring Forest Farm in NY. Learn more and register.

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December 2020

 

ACRES Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show
December 1 – 4 | Online

This educational experience and trade show, now in its 45th year, unites farmers, ranchers and ag professionals from every facet of eco-farming to share their experience and expertise. You will learn useful, practical information that they can apply to your operations. Register.

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