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May

MFA: Lawyer on the Farm
May 14  |  5:45 – 8 p.m.  |  $20  |  Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

Learn from a lawyer all about farm law basics. This will be the second of a series of interactive sessions on farm law, and will focus on topics of interest identified by farmers. Learn more.

Hirshberg Entrepreneurship Institute
May 14 – 15  |  All day  |  $  |  Boulder, Colo.

Hirshberg Entrepreneurship Institute, a special endeavor spearheaded by Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farm, will be held June 14-15 in Boulder, CO. All organic entrepreneurs are invited to check out the tentative program, and consider signing up to participate. The event will be held at the Boulder JCC on Oreg Avenue, Boulder. E-mail for more details.

Webinar:  Irrigation Water Management in High Tunnels
May  15  |  2 p.m.  | Free | Online

Participate to learn more about the specific issues that arise when irrigating under a high tunnel. Irrigation water management is important even for the small areas farmed under high tunnels (also known as hoop houses).  Learn more.

Webinar:  The Nutritional Benefits of Pasture-Raised Animals
May  15  |  4 p.m. EST | Free | Online

Join us to learn more about the human nutrition benefits that come from raising food animals on grass. Our presenter, Collette Lentz, MS, will discuss the nutritional advantages and the associated human health benefits of pasture-raised animals.  Learn more.

U of M Extension Workshop:  Integrated Pest Management in Vegetable and Fruit Production
May  15  |  1 – 5 p.m.  |  $15  |  Archer House, Northfield, Minn.

This workshop will discuss control tactics for insect and weed pests in vegetable and fruit production. Featured speakers  Annie Klodd, Extension Educator-Vegetable and Fruit Production and Extension Entomologist, Bill Hutchison will address problem weeds, early season weed control tactics, a variety of recurring insect pests, plus newer insect pests which are on the horizon of becoming major issues in fruit and vegetable production. Most of the information discussed will be pertinent to organic production, and though the material will be especially relevant for fruit and vegetable producers, smaller scale/hobby growers, bee keepers, and gardeners should also find the information useful. Learn more.

Keyline Water Management on a Small Farm Demo Day
May 16  |  5:30 – 7 p.m.  | $30  |  Avon, Minn.

The Sustainable Farming Association’s Central Chapter is hosting a demonstration day to provide an opportunity for their community to see an implemented keyline-based water management system on a small farm, and, take the opportunity to educate about one method used to address rapid water drainage and restoring landscape hydrology and soil organic matter. By getting more working examples on the ground and demonstrating the effectiveness of keyline design, the hope is to increase the awareness and adoption of this practice. .Learn more.

Farm Finances Webinar Series: QuickBooks Basics
May 16  |  1 – 2 p.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Managing financial records and bookkeeping is challenging. Accounting software like QuickBooks can make the process much easier. Learn how to set up and use QuickBooks to streamline bookkeeping for your farm. Learn more.

Pollinator-Friendly Solar
May 17  |  7-8:30 p.m.  |  St. Paul, Minn.

This event is about planting solar sites with pollinator-friendly habitat that improves water quality, soil health, and the productivity of farmlands. Two great speakers are scheduled, including a rare public appearance by the National Renewable Energy Lab and the head of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. Learn more.

Thought Leaders in Food & Agriculture
May 17  |  5-7:30 p.m.  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

In a moderated Q&A discussion, Carla Vernon, President of General Mills Natural & Organic portfolio, will touch on a variety of topics including industry trends and the pace of change, maintaining a company’s culture post acquisition, her team’s commitment to regenerative agriculture, diversity and inclusion and much more. Following the conversation, we will have a ‘crash the networks’ style happy hour for the community including appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets for this event are limited. Learn more.

Women and USDA FSA Programs Workshop
May 17  |  5-7 p.m.  |  ST. Joesph, MN

SFA and Central Minnesota Young Farmers Coalition are hosting this free event that provides an opportunity to learn about FSA programs, connect with local FSA offices, and network with other farmers and landowners. Learn more.

Hazelnut Workshop
May 22  | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  Austin, Minn.

Through research, industry development, and outreach education the University of Minnesota Forever Green Initiative and the University of Wisconsin are working to create a sustainable hazelnut industry that will benefit growers, processors, culinary professionals and consumers. Following the workshop, there will be an optional tour of a farm growing, harvesting and processing 18 acres of Upper Midwest hazelnuts. Learn more.

LSP Farmland Ownership & Rental Workshop
May 22  | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  $15  |  Hoffman, Minn.

The Land Stewardship Project is excited to offer a workshop designed specifically for non-operating farmland owners! Your land is an important asset, and they want to help you think about your role in its care and preservation. The day will include: a presentation from Kristin Brennan, assistant state soil scientist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; a question-and-answer panel with regional farmers and landowners who have made long-term investments in soil health; and tools to help you learn more about programs and opportunities, as well as a chance to practice tackling difficult conversations. Price includes lunch. Please R.S.V.P.

Webinar: Bumble Bee Ecology and Conservation
May 22  |  1 p.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Join the conversation to learn the conservation status of North America’s bumble bees (including the federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee, Bombus affinis), threats they face, and conservation measures known to support healthy bee communities. Learn more.

Dairy Grazing Spring Fling Pasture Walk
May 24  |  10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  St. Cloud, Minn.

The public is invited to a Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Spring Fling pasture walk @ Molitor Organic Farm. The main focus is on pasture production to improve farm economics. Will discuss current pressures of dairy farming. Learn more.

MFA: Plastic Mulch & Transplanting with the Tractor
May 24-26  |  By appointment only  |  $20  |  Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

Learn how to use a tractor to apply plastic mulch and transplant using the tractor! This will be a hands-on, experiential 1:1 learning opportunity. Learn more.

Webinar Series:  Pasture Project – Adaptive Grazing 101
May 24, 29, 31  | 7-8:30 p.m. CT |  Free  |  Online

Wallace Center’s Pasture Project is excited to announce that they’re hosting a free, three-part webinar series titled, “Adaptive Grazing 101”. Soil and grazing expert, Dr. Allen Williams, will introduce farmers and graziers to the essential principles and practices of using adaptive grazing management practices to build healthy soil and profitable farm enterprises. Please register..

Restoration Agriculture Workshop
May 25-27  | Spring Valley, Wis.

Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture and permaculture practitioner, will be teaching this hands-on two day workshop at the Horner Family Farm. You will learn designs to make you land more resilient in times of flood and drought, planting and selection of tree crops for your site, how to cash flow until your tree crops start to produce, and how to begin a design plan of your own! Please register.

Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Day:  Biodynamic Spring Prep
May 26  |  1:30 p.m.  |  $20  | Zinniker Family Farm, Elkhorn, Wis.

Zinniker Family Farm is the longest-running Biodynamic farm in the country. Attendees will tour the farm, unearth biodynamic preparations that were buried last fall and prepare new ones for summer. Potluck supper after activities. Free to members. Learn more.

MFA: Food Safety Field Day
May 29  |  5:45 – 8 p.m.  |  $20  |  Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

Put concepts and lessons-learned into practice during a hands-on food safety field day. Annalisa Hultberg will go over water testing, manure application, packshed sanitation, pest control, worker training, and recordkeeping. Learn more.

Webinar:  Building a Forage Chain for Livestock
May 30  | 2 p.m. CT  |  Free  |  Online

Kent Solberg, Grazing and Livestock Specialist with the Sustainable Farming Association, will discuss options for creating a forage chain by sequencing annual, perennial, and stored forages to feed your ruminant animals. Learn how a well-designed forage chain can offer multiple benefits to your farm – including extending the grazing season and reducing feed costs. Register.

Growing Garlic and Marketing the Farm
May 31  | 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  |  Free  |  Johnston, Iowa

To compete in the Des Moines local food scene, Jordan and Whitney knew they needed a strong brand and quality product. Join them at their field day to learn about both. They’ll begin the day in the field, discussing garlic production and soil fertility using mobile chicken coops. After a break for lunch, Jordan and Whitney will discuss their farm’s branding and marketing techniques and materials. Learn more.

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June

Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Day:  Livestock Tour
June 3  | 1 p.m.-5 p.m.  |  $20  |  Elkhorn. Wis.

Four farms conveniently located within 10 minutes of each other in southeastern Wisconsin will host guests on their farm. The day will focus on managing various types livestock including hogs, cattle, and sheep! Free to members. Learn more.

Climate Webinar:  Opportunities and Challenges Associated with the Integration of Variable Rate Irrigation and Variable Rate Nitrogen Applications in Corn
June 7  | 3 p.m. |  Free  |  Online

In this Climate Learning Network and ANREP Climate Science Initiative joint webinar Dr. Tim Shaver of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will discuss the possibilities and issues presented by the use of variable rate irrigation and variable rate nitrogen application in the production of corn.  Learn more.

MFA: Lawyer on the Farm
June 11  |  5:45 – 8 p.m.  |  $20  |  Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

Learn from a lawyer all about farm law basics. This will be the third of a series of interactive sessions on farm law, and will focus on topics of interest identified by farmers. Learn more.

Farm Day at Four Elements
June 11  |  5:45 – 8 p.m.  |  $20  |  North Freedom, Wis.

This is a wonderful opportunity to visit a working organic herb farm and get a glimpse into the seed work that has grown this beautiful business in the last 31 years. Learn more.

Vegetable Integrated Pest Management
June 12 |  5 – 8 p.m.  |  $15  |  St. Paul, Minn
June 14 |  5 – 8 p.m.  |  $15  |  Waseca, Minn.
June 19 |  5 – 8 p.m.  |  $15  |  Alexandria, Minn.

Integrated Pest Management emphases combining diverse techniques for more sustainable and effective pest management. Come for an evening of IPM strategies for vegetable crops. In Alexandria, the field day will include additional information on high tunnel pest management and fruit as well. Hone your skills, or learn new ones, to better tackle our most challenging diseases, insects, and weeds. Learn more about all three days and locations.

GAP’s Online Produce Safety Course
June 13-July 3  |  $225  |  Online

This course is intended to improve your understanding of GAPs to guide assessment of risks and implementation of practices to reduce risks on fresh produce farms. This course does not result in your farm being GAP Certified, however, it may satisfy training requirements as described in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule in §§ 112.21(a) and (b).  Learn more.

Holm Family Farm Pasture Walk
June 13  | 6:30-8:30 p.m.  |  Free  |  Elk Mound, Wis.

Pasture walk and family field day at Holm Family Farm where they raise custom organic heifers. Hosted by Dunn County Farmers Union and Wisconsin Farmers Union. Learn more.

Deep Winter Greenhouse Production Workshop
June 15  | All Day  |  10 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Lake City, Minn.

Are you a deep winter greenhouse producer? Are you in the planning stages to become one? Do you want to know how to maximize your success in one of these passive solar structures? On Friday, June 15, the Lake City Catholic Worker Farm will host a day-long Deep Winter Greenhouse production workshop led by experienced DWG producer Carol Ford. This workshop will take place at the Lake City Catholic Worker Farm and include tours of the newly completed Deep Winter Greenhouse which will be used to grow produce all winter long with minimal use of external heat. Space is limited for this hands-on workshop. Please register early to ensure your spot. To register contact Greg or call 612-625-9706. Learn more.

Diversifying the Farm with Cover Crops and Small Grains
June 19  | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  Free  |  Weldon, Iowa

Learn about the benefits and challenges of cover crops, especially corn production following rye and
the challenges of seedling diseases. You’ll also learn about incorporating small grains production into traditional row crop rotations and the unique cover crop opportunities this provides. Learn more.

Minnesota Agroforestry Institute
June 19 – 21  | All day  |  $100  |  Lamberton, Minn.

The Minnesota Agroforestry Institute is a three-day training that includes classroom workshops and on-farm visits of Agroforestry practices in the field. Learn more about the Agroforestry practices of Windbreaks, Alley Cropping, Silvopasture, Riparian Buffers and Forest Farming in Minnesota. Learn more.

Building Resilient Agricultural Communities
June 20  | 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Free  |  U of M  – St. Paul, Minn.

Join them for an interactive, working forum to address the unique challenges and opportunities related to stress and resilience among Minnesota farmers, farm families and agricultural workers. Learn more.

The GrassFed Exchange Conference
June 20 – 23  |  $  |  Rapid City, South Dakota

The conference for regenerative ranchers and grassfed industry supporters. Learn more.

In Her Boots Workshop: Wylymar Farms
June 21  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  $25  |  Monroe, Wis.

Farmer Emily Harris shares how she manages her dairy and beef operation, and the process of getting it certified organic in 2017. The workshop includes a formal education session, farm tour, lunch, and networking opportunities, building on the philosophy that women farmers learn best from each other. Special focus:  tools and machinery suited for women, plus value-added dairy products.

Planting for Pollinators
June 23  |  2-3 p.m.  |  Free  |  Chaska, Minn.

Are you interested in creating healthy pollinator habitats in your community, yard, or on your patio? Join other environmental enthusiasts as you dive into the science of pollination with U of M Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, and discover what types of flowers, plants, and habitat bring pollinators to the garden. Learn more.

Growing Mushrooms Outdoors via Log Inoculation
June 24  |  1-4 p.m.  |  $80  |  Chaska, Minn.

If you have ever taken a walk in the woods, chances are you’ve seen fungi growing on fallen logs. Wood is a natural medium to grow mushrooms, and has been used for centuries! You will leave with an inoculated log and a comprehensive handout. Learn more.

Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Day:  Chainsaw, Tractor, Small Engine & Equipment
June 26  | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  |  $20  |  Roscoe, Ill.

At this field day you will learn and watch demonstrations on chainsaws, tractors and implements, miscellaneous small engines and equipment!! Free to members. Learn more.

How to Conduct On-Farm Variety Trials Workshop
June 28  |  2 – 4 p.m.  |  Free  |  Westboro, Wis.

This trial location features hoop house broccoli. We Grow LLC is a produce farm in northern Taylor County Wisconsin providing pastured heritage breed pork and free-range broiler chickens along with a wide-array of seasonal vegetable grown without the use of synthetic inputs in a community supported agricultural (CSA) system. They use organic certified, non-GMO seeds. MOSES’ Matt Leavitt will be presenting at this field day as partners on the project. Learn more.

DGA Spring Fling Pasture Walk:  Springside Farm
June 28  | 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. |  Canton, Minn.

The public is invited to a Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Summer Fling Pasture Walk @ Haugen’s Springside Farm.  The main focus will be on pasture production to improve farm economics. Jim Paulson and Olaf Haugen will help discuss pasture production financials and forage ideas for the Haugen farm. Learn more.

Mid-Season Cover Crops
June 28  |  5:45 – 8 p.m.  |  $20  |  Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

Cover crops are a basic practice in organic systems essential to productive and healthy crops. This class will discuss the cover crop plan at BRF, showcase a summer cover crop installation, and encourage ways you can begin cover cropping in your own plot. Learn more.

Where Women Gather Conference: A Celebration of Women in Agriculture
June 28 – 30  |  All day  |  $  |  New Haven, Conn.

This conference brings together women farmers to explore feminism, preserving indigenous food traditions, growing local women farmer networks, dismantling racism in the food system, and more. Learn more.

Minnesota Farmers Union Women’s Conference
June 30  |  9 a.m. -3 p.m.  |  $  |  Ulm, Minn.

Spend the day connecting with women agriculturalists from around the state, empowering one another.  You will not only learn technical skills, but buiild relationships and empower one another. Featured speakers will be Meg Moynihan, Barbara Heen and Sarah Lloyd. Learn more.

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July

Farm Tour: Uproot Farm – Farming with Focus
July 9  |  5:30 – 8:30 p.m.  |  $20  |  Princeton, Minn.

Learn from an Organic vegetable farmer about her decision to scale back her production and markets this year for improved efficiency, profitability, and a better work-life balance. This field day will also showcase Sarah’s experience with summer cover crops and innovative salad mix production techniques. Learn more.

Small Grains, Modest Grains: A Pragmatic Approach to Profitability and Sustainability
July 12 |  8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Registration begins at 7:30)  |  Free  |  Janesville, Wis.

At this field day, hosted by OGRAIN and Practical Farmers of Iowa, farmers and others will learn about why growing small grains as part of an extended crop rotation benefits the other cash crops in both conventional and organic cropping systems. Learn how cover crops can be green manures, control weeds while reducing soil erosion, and improving water quality. Learn more about growing organic and non-GMO corn and soybeans and how to best increase yields, provide crop protection, and gain a premium for these crops. Registration begins at 7:30. For more information, email Sarah: sarah@practicalfarmers.org

Grain Place Foundation’s 25th Annual Summer Farm Tour and Field Day
July 14  |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Free  |  Marquette, Neb.

Organic farmers, food producers and enthusiasts from across the Great Plains and the U.S. will gather to learn and share ideas about best practices in organic farming and food production. The event features a morning tour of the Grain Place’s 280-acre farm, as well as a tour of Grain Place Foods, the organic grain processing facility on site, followed by a luncheon and keynote address. Learn more.

Co-op Farm Tour!
July 14  |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  $20  |  Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

Come celebrate the beginning of the season, meet your farm supporters, and party with food, music, games, and more. Learn more.

Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Day:  Grazing Planning
June 15  | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.  |  $20  |  Brodhead, Wis.

At this field day you will tour a multi-generational farm using sustainable grazing practices, hear from grazing planning consultants, and receive consultation on your grazing plan! Learn more.

Farm Tour: Cala Farm – Summer High Tunnel Production
July 16  |  10 a.m. – noon  |  $20  |  Turtle Lake, Wis.

Learn from organic farmer & MFA graduate Rodrigo Cala about his farm. He will focus on his use of different hoophouse styles and reviews, crop selection, and best management practices. Farmers who attend will also have the opportunity to share their own experiences. Learn more.

CSA and Diversified Livestock Field Day
July 19 |  5:30 – 8:30 p.m.  |  Westboro, Wis.

Hosted by We Grow LLC, N7975 Zimmerman Rd, Westboro. WFU: 715-723-5561

Wholesale Vegetables on a Small Scale
July 20 |  9 a.m. – noon  |  Balsam Lake, Wis.

Learn about wholesale production on a small- to medium-sized farm. If you are looking to transition your farm from direct-to-consumer to wholesale, or beef up your wholesale production, this field day is for you. Farm host Ariel Pressman will explain how to grow quality produce consistently for larger accounts, including supermarkets and co-ops. Learn more.

Rodale Institute Annual Field Day
July 20 |  8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  |  $25   |  Kutztown, Penn.

This field day will provide the opportunity for participants to interact one-on-one with Rodale Institute experts and learn about a wide variety of research and demonstration projects, all focused on organic agriculture, on the 333-acre experimental farm. Demonstration stations include: farming systems trial, vegetable systems trial, industrial hemp, high tunnels and grafted tomatoes, organic vegetable cropping, composting, pest management, no-till management, pastured hog production, honey bee conservancy and agriculture supported communities. Cost includes handout materials. Preregistration is required. Online registration closes at 2 pm EST the day prior to the event. Veterans may be eligible to attend for free. For more information, call Maria Pop at 610-683-1481 or email.

Sheep pasture walk and FAMACHA Workshop
July 20 |  10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  |  Omega, Wis.

10am – 4pm FAMACHA workshop (registration required – space is limited) and 4-6pm pasture walk (open to the public). Autumn Larch Farm LLC, Jane Hansen.

Horticulture Night
July 26 |  5 p.m. – 9 p.m.  |  Free |  Morris, Minn.

Horticulture Night offers several educational sessions for home owners, gardeners, and small fruit and vegetable growers. Presentations include: The Edible Landscape, Vegetable Container Gardening, The Low Maintenance Yard, Ornamental Grasses, and much more. Demonstrations of organic weed control, including environmentally friendly mulches for strawberries and grit-weeding for perennial fruits will be held at 6 and 8 pm. Learn more.

In Her Boots Workshop: Humble Hands Harvest
July 26  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  $25  |  Decorah, Iowa

Farmer Hannah Breckbill explains how she manages her small, organic vegetable CSA farm in the Driftless region of Northeast Iowa. The workshop includes a formal education session, farm tour, lunch, and networking opportunities, building on the philosophy that women farmers learn best from each other. Special focus:  tools and machinery suited for women. Organized by MOSES with the Iowa Organic Association.

OGRAIN Organic Grain Workshop & Farm Tour: Wilson Organic Farms
July (date TBA)  |  Cuba City, Wis.

Keith and Tammy Wilson have been certified organic since 2000, growing corn, barley, oats and hay. More details on this OGRAIN field day coming soon.

Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Day:  Regenerative Grazing and Cover Your Tracks with Clover
June 31  | 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  |  $20  | Caledonia, Ill.

Hear from Tom Spaulding about Angelic Organics Learning Center’s livestock regenerative grazing practices over the past decade. After lunch visit Farmer John Peterson’s fields to learn about his cover cropping and soil fertility methods. Learn more.


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August

High Tunnel Field Day at The Good Acre
August 1 |  10:30 a.m. – noon  |  $20  |  St. Paul, Minn.

Take a walk through The Good Acre’s high tunnels to learn about their innovative “fertigation system” that allows them to analyze plant nutrients and adjust fertilizer accordingly through drip irrigation. The second half of the workshop NRCS staff will be available to help farmers apply for their own high tunnels through the EQIP program. Learn more.

In Her Boots Workshop: Raleigh’s Hillside Farm
August 3  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  $25  |  Brodhead, Wis.

Farmer Lauren Rudersdorf shares how she started her organic vegetable farm. The workshop includes a formal education session, farm tour, lunch, and networking opportunities, building on the philosophy that women farmers learn best from each other. This workshop kicks off the annual Soil Sisters tour of local farms.

Soil Sisters: A Celebration of Wisconsin Farms & Rural Life
August 3 – 5 |  All day  |  Chippewa Falls, Wis.

The jam-packed Soil Sisters culinary event celebrates Wisconsin’s family farms and rural life in and around the farming communities of Monroe, New Glarus, Blanchardville and Brodhead. Learn more.

How to Conduct On-Farm Variety Trials Workshop
August 7  |  2 – 4 p.m.  |  Free  |  Delano, Minn.

This trial location features curly kale for mid-season palatability. Riverbend Farm is an organic vegetable farm that provides produce to a CSA, restaurants, food co-ops, and schools. Farmer Greg Reynolds also saves seed from, and works to improve, varieties of several crops. Learn more.

On-Farm Foodservice Field Day
August 13  | 10 a.m.  |  $  | Squash Blossom Farm, Oronoco, Minn.
August 23  | 10 a.m.  |  $  | Campo Di Bella, Mt. Horeb, Wis.

Are you a farmer curious about potentially diversifying into on-farm food service such as farm-to-table dinners or a pizza farm? Come and Get It: What You Need to Know to Serve Food on Your Farm, supports farmers exploring such potential ventures with information, training and support. Learn more.

WCROC Organic Dairy Day
August 14  | 10 a.m.  |  Free  |  Morris, Minn.

More details coming soon!  For questions or to preregister contact Brad or call 320-589-1711, Ext. 2118.

Wisconsin Farmers Union Summer Conference
August 16 |  All day  |  South-Central Wisconsin

Kamp Kenwood, 19161 79th Ave., Chippewa Falls, stay tuned for details!

Farm Tour: Mouacheupao Farm – Hemp Production & Hmong Farming Culture
August 23 |  5 – 8 p.m.  | Hugo, Minn.

Learn about traditional Hmong farming culture and daily life from farmer Xong Mouacheupao, including the practices of hemp production for fiber and
clothing. Walk with Xong, cook and share a farm fresh meal together, and learn how to harvest and process hemp into fiber. Learn more.

OGRAIN Organic Grain Workshop & Farm Tour: Hughes Farm
August 29 |  7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  |  Janesville, Wis.

More information coming!

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September

Farm Tour: Seed to Seed – Wholesale Farming
September 7 |  10 a.m. – noon  | Balsam Lake, Wis.

Ariel Pressman of Seed to Seed Farm currently farms 14 acres of certified organic vegetables, operates 3 greenhouses and 3 high tunnels, and sells primarily wholesale vegetables and plant starts. Tour his farm and talk with him about his general farm efficiency practices, how he selects the best plant varieties, and the many other lessons he has learned since he started farming 7 years ago. Learn more.

Women in Agribusiness Summit 2018
September 23 – 26 |  All day  |  $  |  Denver, Colo.

This is the essential conference for professional women in the agribusiness sector. Our event brings together top executives, outstanding ag students, and all types of women in between. Educate yourself on cutting-edge industry topics from our expert speaking faculty, network with professionals from all portions of the supply chain, and gain a fresh perspective on the state of ag. Learn more.

Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Day:  Ecological Agroforestry and Pollinators
September 25  | 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  |  $20  | Jefferson, Wis.

Take a wagon ride on this field day to learn more about agroforestry and pollinator habitat; more specifically integrating wildlife habitat, with a focus on pollinator habitat, into a farm operation. Free to members. Learn more.

Farm Tours: HAFA, Santa Rosa, & Thao Gardens – 1st Year in a High Tunnel
September TBD  |  Time TBD

Learn from local farmers about their 1st year of experience producing a high tunnel – what lessons did they learn, and what mistakes can you avoid making! Learn more.

Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Day: Fall Biodynamic Preparations
September 29  | 1:30 p.m.  |  $20  | Elkhorn, Wis.

Zinniker Family Farm is the longest-running Biodynamic farm in the country. This a great opportunity to experience hands-on learning and make Biodynamic preparations. We will fill and stuff several different preparations and bury them in the soil. Potluck and bonfire at the farm after. Free to members. Learn more.

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October

Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Day: Humane Animal Husbandry Practices
October 7  | 2 p.m.-5 p.m.  |  $20  | Brodhead, Wis.

Learn how to humanely care for goats, sheep, pigs, and chickens. Learn how to administer shots, trim hooves, use the FAMACHA method to check animals for worms, assessing body condition, prevent common ailments and more! Free to members. Learn more.

Fall Harvest Party!
October 14 |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  $20  |  Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

Come celebrate the end of the season, meet your farm supporters, and party with food, music, games, and more. Learn more.

Organic and Non-GMO Forum
October 29 – 30 |  All day  |  $  |  St. Louis, Mo.

The 4th Annual Organic & Non-GMO Forum 2018 distinguishes itself from other conferences by being the only domestic conference of its kind that brings together stakeholders from across the value chain to address growing opportunities. Learn more.

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November

Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Day: 4-Season Production and Income
November 5  | 1 p.m.-5 p.m.  |  $20  | Caledonia, Ill.

This field day will feature a panel of farmers from four local farms who extend their production season. Find out how they do it! Space is limited for this Field Day, so RSVP soon! Free to members. Learn more.

Writing Your Annual Farm Report
November 15 |  5:45 – 8 p.m.  |  $20  |  Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

The goal is to keep good records during the season of all your field activity and farm work. Now, what can you learn from those records? Learn how to use your records to create a helpful summary of the past season to assist with planning for next year and future years. Learn more.

MFA: CSA Contracts & Land Meeting
November 29 |  5:45 – 8 p.m.  |  $20  |  Location TBD

This meeting will be an initial discussion between staff and farmers on market contracts for the following season. We will also discuss the Farm Operations budget and any other program/policy changes for the following year. Learn more.

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December

Stone Barns Young Farmers Conference
December 5 – 6 |  All day  |  $  |  New York

Over the course of three days, attendees choose from over 60 workshops, attend keynote addresses given by agricultural luminaries, and network with peers and mentors over farm-fresh meals —building community they can work with and depend upon as they grow their farm enterprises in the seasons to come.

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