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March 2019

UW Extension Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Course
March 15 | $65  |  Portage, Wis.

This one-day course provides a foundation of good agricultural practices and co-management information, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details for how to develop a farm food safety plan. Includes PSA grower training manual, AFDO certificate of attendance, refreshments, and lunch. Call 608-265-9585 with questions. Pre-register.

Sheep/Lamb Management Workshop
March 16 |  9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.   |  Saint Paul, Minn.

University of Minnesota presents their annual Spring Sheep & Lamb management workshop.  In the afternoon participants will gain hands-on experience with giving shots, trimming hooves, inspecting ewes for health status. If there are lambs of appropriate age, participants will practice tail docking. To register contact Wayne or call @ 612-625-6224.

LSP Farm Transition Workshop Series
March 16 |  $  |  Rochester, Minn.

Are you a farmer or landowner thinking about the next steps for your farm and the legacy you would like to leave on the land? The Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Transition Planning Workshop Series provides an opportunity to reflect on the future as well as to do some active planning. To register contact Karen or call @ 507-523-3366.

Women and Chainsaws
March 16 |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  $  |  North Branch, Minn.

Workshop presented by WEI (Women’s Enviromental Institute.) Students will learn to love using a chainsaw with their news skills in chainsaw safety, maintenance, and operation. Register 

Fruit Tree Grafting Class
March 16 |  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  $  |  Falcon Heights, Minn.

Join orchardist John Knisley, Alternative Roots Farm, for a grafting class, and go home with three apple trees you graft. Text Brooke at 507-412-7605 or register via emailLearn more.

Grow Your Profits Workshop
March 18 & 19 |  $  |  St. Louis, Mo.

Learn how to grow your profits and make your vegetable farm a success with limited time and a modest budget (AKA, market gardening success)! This two-day, hands-on workshop will focus on Midwest farming enterprises, led by successful female farmers Liz Graznak of Happy Hollow Farm, Mallory Krieger of The Land Connection, and Kaitie Adams of EarthDance Organic Farm School. Scholarships available, contact ChelesaLearn more.

Direct and Wholesale Marketing Success: Techniques for Increasing your Farm Income
March 21 |  Free  |  8:30a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  |  Amery, Wis.

Farm Table Foundation, in collaboration with MOSES and Land Stewardship Project, is offering this marketing workshop to help you find the right market outlet to match your skills and personality, land, crop mix, and customers’ needs, discuss trends in the food market and the pros and cons of various marketing models including: roadside stands, farmers markets, CSA, agri-tourism, restaurants, pick-your-own, on-line sales, wholesale, retail and brokers, and work in class on designing a mix of markets and crops that work for your farm and market based on customers’ needs and your strengths. Registration required.

Spring Sheep Workshop
March 23 |  Fargo, N.D.

The Minnesota Lamb & Wool Producers and North Dakota Lamb & Wool Producers Associations have teamed up to collaborate with NDSU/U of M Extension for this sheep producer education opportunity. Learn more.

Women and Tractors
March 23 |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  $  |  North Branch, Minn.

Workshop presented by WEI (Women’s Enviromental Institute.) All levels of farming experience are welcome, this is a good beginner or refresher course for anyone interested in operating a tractor and learning basic safety, operation and maintenance. Register 

In Her Boots Brunch Potluck @ Humble Pie Farm
March 23 |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  Plum City, Wis.

Join us for good food and conversation about farming in our boots! Bring a brunch dish to share – juice and coffee will be provided. Directions.

Farm Transition and Estate Planning
March 22 & 23  |  $ |   Crookston, Minn.

The Minnesota State Centers of Excellence are proud to partner with Minnesota Farm Business Management, Minnesota Agricultural Educators leadership Council, Minnesota Dairy Initiative and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to present retreats on Farm Transition. The retreat is about farm business succession and family estate planning. It is intended to be useful for established farm owners and their successors. An emphasis will be on not only how to transfer the ‘financial business’ but how to transfer the ‘management and responsibility’ of the farm.  Learn more.

Wyoming Bee College Bee-Keeping Conference
March 22 – 24 |  $  |  Cheyenne, Wyo.

Attend pre-conference courses from 4 different topics, and follow with the 2 day conference to learn about everything from beginning beekeeping, journeymen to gardening for bees. Learn more.

Food Leader Certificate Program:  Equity & The Food System | Project Management
March 23 & 24 |   $  |  Milwaukee, Wis.

This is the second weekend of a 3 part program from Victory Garden Initiative that creates food system changers equipped with the tools to lead their community toward a better food system for all. Participants learn about growing food, food justice, community organizing, and leadership. Upon completion of the program, Food Leaders will be presented with a formal Food Leader Certificate. Learn more.

Webinar Series: Agronomy in the Field – The Nitrogen Cycle, Nitrogen Sources, Application Methods and Timing
March 26 |  6-7:30 p.m. |  Online

Women landowners, farmers, and Ag retailers will have the opportunity to meet this fall and winter to learn more about agronomy and related agricultural topics through distance-learning sessions. All sessions will be recorded so women can access them at a time convenient for them if they can’t join the live sessions. Any interested women who would like to participate in upcoming sessions should contact Rieck-Hinz or call 515-231-2830; Anderson or call 319-331-0058; or Vittetoe or call 319-653-4811, so access can be provided for web-conferencing and resource materials.

Wisconsin NRCS Technical Service Provider Training
March  26  |  9:45 a.m. –  3 p.m.  |  Tomah, Wis.

Technical service providers (TSPs) can provide services to farmers transitioning to organic production on behalf of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This training will discuss the process in becoming a TSP, how to write a conservation plan supporting transition, including the technical requirements, planning resources, and format. Who should attend this free training:  Current TSPs, CCAs, and agricultural professionals interested in becoming a TSP, and those interested in working with organic producers.  Learn more.

OFRF and eOrganic Webinar Series:  Breeding New Cultivars for Soil-enhancing Organic Cropping Systems in the Western Region
March  27 |  1 p.m.  |  Online

Please join the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic for the third in a series of eight free webinar trainings on organic farming and soil health in the Western U.S. Register just once for the entire series. You can attend as many of the sessions as you wish using the same link.  Register.

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April 2019

Deep Winter Greenhouse  Field Day
April 4  |   $  | Cold Spring, Minn.

Check out Green Winter Gardens’ DWG and learn about recent and ongoing UMN horticulture, economics, and design research projects concerning this exciting and emerging production system. There will also be hands-on DWG production training for those interested in growing in their own DWG in the near future. Learn more. 

The Herbal Apprentice: From Self Care to Community
April 6 & 7  |   $  |  North Branch, Minn.

Workshop presented by WEI (Women’s Enviromental Institute.) Combine the intuitive art and solid science of botanical medicine, apprenticing with Master Herbalist, Gigi Stafne, for an intensive weekend. Register 

LSP Workshop:  Farm Dreams
April  7  |   $  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Farm Dreams is a four-hour workshop designed to help people clarify what motivates them to farm, get their vision on paper, inventory their strengths and training needs, and get perspective from an experienced farmer. Each registration fee covers up to two people per family or farm. To register and for more information contact Annelie or call 507-523-3366.

MFA Class:  Organic Fertility & Pest Prevention
April 10  |   5:45 – 8 p.m.  |  $20   |  Marine of St. Croix, Minn.

This class will discuss strategies farmers can use to make smart decisions around fertility and also will discuss the organic inputs used at Big River Farms, and demonstrate how to safely and correctly apply them. Finally, review how to document usage for your records and Organic Certification. To register and find out about scholarships and multi-class discounts, contact Laura at laura@mnfoodassociation.org, or call 651-433-3676.

Meat Goat Workshop
April 13  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.   |  Clear Lake, Minn.

Learn about grazing goats for profit, kidding and goat health, feed and marketing strategies, and farm security -barn/yard cams, driveway alerts & more. Lunch is included.  Learn more.

Oyster Mushroom Cultivation
April 13  |   $  |  North Branch, Minn.

Workshop presented by WEI (Women’s Enviromental Institute.) Learn how to grow oyster mushrooms year-round on straw, coffee grounds, and other media using low-tech methods. You’ll get hands-on experience pasteurizing and inoculating substrate in different kinds of cropping containers. Participants will take a small bag of inoculated substrate home to fruit. Register 

Food Leader Certificate Program:  The Food System | Project P
April 13 & 14  |   $  |  Milwaukee, Wis.

This is the last weekend of a 3 part program from Victory Garden Initiative that creates food system changers equipped with the tools to lead their community toward a better food system for all. Participants learn about growing food, food justice, community organizing, and leadership. Upon completion of the program, Food Leaders will be presented with a formal Food Leader Certificate. Learn more.

Homegrown Minneapolis Community Food Forum
April 17  |   5 – 7:30 p.m.  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Program to feature Mayor Jacob Frey, Minneapolis City Council Member Jeremy Schroeder, University of Minnesota professor Anu Ramaswami, and Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council and staff. Share your insights in breakout sessions and learn about opportunities to stay engaged. Call (612) 673-3553 to learn more. RSVP encouraged but not required.

OFRF and eOrganic Webinar Series:  Preparing for Drought: The Role of Soil Health in Water Management in Organic
April 17  |  1 p.m.  |  Online

Please join the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic for the fourth in a series of eight free webinar training on organic farming and soil health in the Western U.S. Register just once for the entire series. You can attend as many of the sessions as you wish using the same link.  Register.

The Sun Hive – Making a Biodynamic Beehive
April 20  |   $  |  North Branch, Minn.

Workshop presented by WEI (Women’s Enviromental Institute.) The Sun Hive, featured in the film Queen of the Sun, is a biodynamic beehive made of rye straw. This uniquely shaped hive is comprised of two skeps (baskets), held together by wooden support structures and uses top bar hive frames. This is a hands-on workshop and students will focus on the craft of weaving. We will briefly touch on the history and theory of the Sun Hive. Register 

IN HER BOOTS:  Women Caring for the Land
April 24   | 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.   |   Elkhorn, Wis.

The 2019 workshopsare uniquely tailored for women who own farmland but do not live on it. These landowners will learn about conservation resources and how to best work with farmer tenants and management companies. Learn more.

Webinar:  Invasive bamboo management in the southeastern U.S.
April 24  |  12 p.m.  |  Online

This webinar will cover identification and management of invasive bamboo species in the Southeast. Learn more. 

MFA Farm Tour: Season Extension & Farm Efficiency – 10th Street Farm & Market
April 27  |   9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  |  $20   |  Afton, Minn.

Hosted in partnership with Land Stewardship Project. 10th Street uses a combination of low acreage-high production farming methods, organic practices and extended season tools to grow their CSA, wholesale, and farm stand customers. Tour their farm and learn what methods they use to make significant savings on two things farmers always need more of: time and money! Light snacks & refreshments provided. To register and find out about scholarships and multi-class discounts, contact Laura at laura@mnfoodassociation.org, or call 651-433-3676.

 

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May 2019

IN HER BOOTS:  Women Caring for the Land
May 1   |   8 – 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.   |  Madison, Wis.

The 2019 workshopsare uniquely tailored for women who own farmland but do not live on it. These landowners will learn about conservation resources and how to best work with farmer tenants and management companies. Learn more.

MFA Class:  Irrigation
May 1  |   5:45 – 8 p.m.  |  $20   |  Marine of St. Croix, Minn.

Learn about the different irrigation options for small-scale vegetable farming and the pros and cons of each, including a hands-on demonstration of how to install a drip-tape system. To register and find out about scholarships and multi-class discounts, contact Laura at laura@mnfoodassociation.org, or call 651-433-3676.

MFA Field Day:  Asparagus
May 18  |   10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  |  $20   |  Marine of St. Croix, Minn.

Learn the basics of successful asparagus production here in Minnesota, including site selection, ground prep, sourcing crowns, equipment needs, installation, care, harvest, and markets. This course will be taught by experienced asparagus farmers and extension educators, and will include time to gain hands-on experience planting asparagus at Big River Farms. Light lunch provided. To register and find out about scholarships and multi-class discounts, contact Laura at laura@mnfoodassociation.org, or call 651-433-3676.

OTA Organic Week
May 20 – 23  |   $  |  Washington, D.C.

Small organic producers to major growers, family-run organic operations to nationwide companies, researchers and policy advocates to distributors and retailers will come together to advance organic policy priorities. You can’t afford to miss this intimate offering of education, advocacy, and networking brought to you by the Organic Trade Association. Learn more.

MOSES Organic Field Day:  Begin a Farmstead Micro-Creamery
May 23  |  Free   |  Clear Lake, Wis.

Cosmic Wheel Creamery/Turnip Rock Farm is a micro-dairy that processes the milk from 20 grass fed cows on the farm into artisan cheese that is direct marketed via CSA and farmers markets. We invite you to see their farm and creamery, discuss how they decided the best way to integrate the dairy into their existing business, the legal and regulatory requirements to start a value added dairy, marketing, and their decision to milk seasonally and once a day.  Learn more.

OFRF and eOrganic Webinar Series:  Meeting Weather Challenges in the Western U.S.: Organic Practices to Mitigate and Prepare for Climate Change
May 29  |  1 p.m.  |  Online

Please join the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic for the fourth in a series of eight free webinar training on organic farming and soil health in the Western U.S. Register just once for the entire series. You can attend as many of the sessions as you wish using the same link.  Register.

 

 

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June 2019

OFRF and eOrganic Webinar Series:  Soil Biology for the Western Region: Organic Practices to Recruit and Nurture Beneficial Biota in the Soil
June 12  |  1 p.m.  |  Online

Please join the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic for the fourth in a series of eight free webinar training on organic farming and soil health in the Western U.S. Register just once for the entire series. You can attend as many of the sessions as you wish using the same link.  Register.

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