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May 2019

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.

Webinar:  Setting up your Books to Easily Assess your Farm’s Profitability
May 20  |  11 a.m.   |  Online

Working with the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Grow NYC FARMroot  is hosting a series of webinars for farmers. Register.

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship and SFA Grazing Field Day:  Zweber Organic Dairy
May 21  |  11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  |  Elko, Minn.

As experienced dairy grazers, the Zwebers will show the innovative ways they set up their paddocks for the upcoming grazing season and prepare for the dry season. Lunch included. RSVP: Hannah Molitor, SFA/DGA Coordinator, at 320.310.5252 or hannah@sfa-mn.org.

HAFA High Tunnel and Cover Crop Field Day
May 22  |  1o a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  |  Hastings, Minn.

Learn about the NRCS EQIP program, high tunnel soil health and cover crop management, and high tunnel production best practices at this field day organized by The Good Acre. Register.

OFRF and eOrganic Webinar Series: Understanding and Managing Soil Biology for Soil Health and Crop Production. Soil Health and Organic Farming Webinar Series
May 22  |  1 p.m.  |  Online

Please join the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic for the last 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.

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. See their farm and creamery, learn 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.

Growing Minnesota Asparagus SFA Workshop
May 25  |   10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  $20   |  Moorhead, Minn.

This workshop at Doubting Thomas Farms will teach how to grow and market this high-value perennial crop. Lunch included. Register.

Deep Winter Greenhouse Field Day at Bemidji Community Food Shelf
May 28  |   10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |   Free  |  Bemidji, Minn.

Learn how a passive solar Deep Winter Greenhouse works and about recent ongoing University of Minnesota DWG research projects. Please RSVP.

Growing Minnesota Asparagus SFA Workshop
May 28  |   5 – 7 p.m.  |  Free  |  Cloquet, Minn.

This workshop at the Fond du Lac Tribal College will teach how to grow and market this high-value perennial crop. RSVP: theresa@sfa-mn.org.

Conservation Innovation Grants – On Farm Trials
May 29  | 2 p.m.  |  Online

Participants will join to learn about a new opportunity included in the 2018 Farm Bill that provides eligible entities an opportunity to apply to collaborate with NRCS to implement innovative on-farm conservation activities and then evaluate their impact.  Learn more.

Tools for Cultivating Crops & Growers
May 29  | 5:30 – 8 p.m.  |  Marine on St.Croix, Minn.

Join University of Minnesota Extension and SFA and explore how to sharpen, maintain, and adjust your tools, and how to use them properly to increase productivity and decrease the wear and tear on your body at Big River Farms.  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

Oregon Tilth Webinar:  Organic Specialty Fertilizers
June 4  |   2 p.m.  |  Online

This webinar is presented in partnership with the USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Panelists will provide clarity in defining what is an organic specialty fertilizer and uncover their origins before being processed into on-farm inputs. Learn more.

PFI Spring Cover Crop Field Day
June 4  |  4 – 7 p.m.  |  La Porte City, Iowa

This field day will cover harvesting ryelage, making rye hay for feeding dairy heifers, rye for bedding, and diverse crop rotations hosted by Terry Ward. Dinner included. Learn more.

Growing Minnesota Asparagus SFA Workshop
June 6  |   5 – 8 p.m.  |  $10   |  Palisade, Minn.

This workshop at Chengwatana Farm will teach how to grow and market this high-value perennial crop. Register.

SFA Day-Range Poultry Workshop
June 8  |   10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |   Free  |  Oak Grove, Minn.

Observe differences between day-range and pastured poultry who stay in mobile pens. View both systems side-by-side and learn about labor and cost differences, nutritional differences of the birds, and more. A farm tour will follow that includes a flock of American Tunis sheep and Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dogs. Register.

Deep Winter Greenhouse Field Day at Organic Consumers Association
June 8  |   10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |   Free  |  Finland, Minn.

Learn how a passive solar Deep Winter Greenhouse works and about recent ongoing University of Minnesota DWG research projects. Please RSVP.

Organic Weed Management
June 12  |  5:45 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

Learn strategies to control weeds—even thistle and quackgrass—to grow high-quality organic vegetables. Event organized by MN Food Association/Big River Farms. NRCS agent training with MOSES at this site. Learn more.

Promote Soil Health with Small Grain/Legume Rotations
June 12  | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Oconomowoc, Wis.

Explore use of crop rotations with legumes, manure and other organic-approved fertility inputs to improve soil fertility and crop yields within organic production systems.  Learn more.

2019 Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop
June 13 – 15  |  5:45 p.m. – 8 p.m. |  Jefferson City, Mo.

Learn from expert researchers and successful growers! New growers will also want to attend the separate afternoon workshop designed especially for them. Learn all about elderberry, its introduction into the modern market, early research, and how to propagate.  Learn more.

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship and SFA Grazing Field Day:  Voss Organic Farm
June 21  |  10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  Paynesville, Minn.

Explore more about grazing the dairy herd, dairy replacements and the research in profitability of grazing dairy replacements. RSVP: Hannah Molitor, SFA/DGA Coordinator, at 320.310.5252 or hannah@sfa-mn.org.

Cheesemaking Class
June 23  |  1 – 4 p.m.   |  Nerstrand, Minn.

Explore artisan cheesemaking at Shepherd’s Way Farms. Learn more.

Webinar: Methods to Find and Approach Farmer-Focused Wholesale Buyers
June 24  |  11 a.m.   |  Online

Working with the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Grow NYC FARMroot  is hosting a series of webinars for farmers. Register.

Grow & Mill Small Grains for Artisan Breadmakers
June 25  |  Free |  Danforth, Ill.

Integrating a wide range of crops from small grains to popcorn, black turtle beans, soybeans, field corn, and alfalfa, Harold Wilken will share some of his secrets for successfully growing food-grade small grains. The field day will also include a tour of The Mill at Janie’s Farm, a certified organic milling operation owned and operated by the farm.  Learn more.

From Grain to Plate – Small Grains Field Day
June 30  |  Free  |  Ridgeway, Wis.

MOSES partners with the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute to show how growing small grains like wheat, rye, barley, and oats can help farmers prevent nutrient runoff and protect water quality. Also, find out how to build relationships with millers and bakers in the food-grade grain market.  Learn more.

 

 

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July 2019

Weeds & Cultivation for Lean Farm Production
July 1  |  9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Free  |  Ada, Mich.

Weeds can be one of the biggest obstacles to high yields, profits and peace of mind on the farm. Learn ways to prevent, reduce and control the weeds on your farm. See the tricks and tools in action on a successful organic vegetable farm. Learn more and register.

Growing Minnesota Asparagus SFA Workshop
July 2  |   10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  |  $10   |  Preston, Minn.

This workshop at SunFresh Foods Farm will teach how to grow and market this high-value perennial crop. Register.

Oregon Tilth Webinar:  Organic Hemp
July 2  |   2 p.m.  |  Online

This webinar will share stories from farmers, processors and retailers around the legal do’s and don’ts as well as opportunities for organic hemp. Participants will discuss the opportunities and barriers for succeeding in the emerging organic hemp market. Learn more.

Women Caring for the Land:  Pape Family Pastures
July 8  |   4 – 8 p.m.  |  Peshtigo, Wis.

Wisconsin Farmers Union, in partnership with Pheasants Forever, is hosting this series of workshops. Husband and wife team Aaron and Erin Pape began Pape Family Pastures in 2016. With no farming experience, they were guided by the principles of soil health and Aldo Leopold’s essay, “The Good Oak.” They raise pastured beef, pigs, and chickens. Learn more.

Grow Row Crops for Distilling
July 10  |   1 – 4:30 p.m.  |  Onalaska, Wis.

In his second year of growing specialty rye and corn for La Crosse Distilling Company, Patrick McHugh will discuss his organic growing techniques, crop rotation and fertility management. A representative of La Crosse Distilling Company will explain the types of grains needed by artisan distillers. Learn more.

Women Caring for the Land: Perennial Farms
July 10  |   4 – 8 p.m.  |  Waldo, Wis.

Wisconsin Farmers Union, in partnership with Pheasants Forever, is hosting this series of workshops. The Grunwalds work with Mother Nature to raise organically grown and nutritious produce, free range/orchard grazed eggs, and cider. Learn more.

Women Caring for the Land: EB Ranch
July 15  |   9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  Ridgeland, Wis.

Wisconsin Farmers Union, in partnership with Pheasants Forever, is hosting this series of workshops. Erin Link is a steward of both the land and a herd of critically endangered and rare San Clemente Island Goats. She rotationally grazes the goats as well as geese, ducks, chickens, and turkeys. Erin also markets goat milk soap and goat milk. Learn more.

Women Caring for the Land: North Wind Organic Farm
July 16  |   8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.  |  Bayfield, Wis.

Wisconsin Farmers Union, in partnership with Pheasants Forever, is hosting this series of workshops. North Wind Organic emphasizes solar and wind energy in their organic production of fruits and vegetables. Child care will be available. Learn more.

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship and SFA Grazing Field Day:  Hendrickx Dairy
July 19  |  10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  Sebeka, Minn.

Learn how Mike and Alida Hendrickx have turned CRP land into profitable grazing land. RSVP: Hannah Molitor, SFA/DGA Coordinator, at 320.310.5252 or hannah@sfa-mn.org.

Lansing Farm Tours
July 22  |  $  |  Ada, Mich.

Michigan State University Farmer Field School is hosting a tour of 3 – 4 farms from the Capitol city’s urban core out to its rural surroundings. Learn more and register.

 

 

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August 2019

Organic Row Crops in South Dakota
August 1  |  8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.  |  Madison, S.D.

MOSES board member Charlie Johnson hosts a tour of his expansive organic farm, showcasing organic methods for growing corn and soybeans. This event is organized by Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society (NPSAS). Lunch included. Learn more.

In Her Boots: Success Strategies from the Soil Sisters
August 2  |  $25  |  Brodhead, Wis.

This special In Her Boots workshop will kick off the Soil Sisters’ weekend, with a particular focus on women farmers running meat operations including a detailed, behind-the-scenes farm tour at Riemer Family Farm.  Learn more.

Soil Sisters Weekend
August 2 – 4  |  Southern Wisconsin

For three days and with five unique components and involving numerous women-owned farms, the jam-packed, award-winning 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, Wisconsin. Learn more.

Women Caring for the Land: Fenn’s Folly
August 8 |   9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  |  Ferryville, Wis.

Wisconsin Farmers Union, in partnership with Pheasants Forever, is hosting this series of workshops. Amy Fenn is working to turn a depleted hayfield and unmanaged woods into a savanna/silvopasture. This is her third year of grazing, fencing, and building an off-grid home. Learn more.

SFA Garlic Fest
August 10  |  $5  |  Hutchinson, Minn.

Minnesota Garlic Festival is the premier 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.  Learn more.

In Her Boots: Diversifying with Flowers, Pizza, and Summer Camps
August 13  |  $25  | Long Lake, Minn.

Spend the day with an inspiring trio of women farmers who run two businesses on the same farm, Ladyfern Farm & Design Studio and Two Pony Gardens. See how they have diversified with flowers, flower design, pizza, and summer camps. Learn more.

Organic Agronomy Training Series (OATS)
August 14 & 15  |  85$  | La Crosse, Wis.

A science-based education program for extension staff, agency personnel, consultants, educators, technical service providers and farmers to increase understanding of organic production systems and USDA-NOP regulatory compliance. While farmers are welcome, this event is geared towards organic educators and consultants. This series is generously supported by Pipeline Foods, Clif Bar and the Organic Trade Association’s Organic Grains Council. Learn more and register.

Cultivating Farm Resilience for a Changing Climate
August 16  | 1 – 4:30 p.m.  |  Harlan, Iowa

MOSES is a co-sponsor for this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day that will touch on resilient farm planning, water quality, and cultivating community resilience. The Rosmanns will highlight how they work small grains into their field crop rotations, use cover crops for rotational grazing, and discuss their farrow-to-finish swine operation. Learn more.

Flame Weeding Workshop
August 19  |  9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  $  |  Ithaca, Neb.

This day-long workshop will present results from the seven years of research conducted by the team of  Professors Stevan Knezevic and George Gogos. Learn how to do proper flaming to control over ten major Midwestern weeds in seven agronomic crops (field corn, sweet corn, popcorn, soybean, sorghum, sunflower and wheat). Learn more and register.

Grand Rapids Farm Tours
August 19  |  $  |  Greenville, Mich.

Michigan State University Farmer Field School is hosting a tour of 3 – 4 farms from around the Grand Rapids, Mich. area. Learn more and register.

Add Unusual Fruits to Your Farm
August 21  |  10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  |  Winona, Minn.

MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year, Jim Riddle and Joyce Ford, showcase how they grow all things blue. Focus is on unusual fruits, overhead netting, native plants, and mechanical weed control for orchards. Lunch included. Learn more.

Student Organic Seed Symposium
August 22 – 25   |  $  |  Dodgeville, Wis.

This is an event with a limited number of openings available for students and their mentors working on or interested in organic plant breeding and seed systems. Student scholarships available. Learn more.

UW Arlington Extension Organic Agriculture Research Field Day
August 29   |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  Arlington, Wis.

This field day will highlight organic research conducted at the University of Wisconsin, including optimizing equipment and production practices for organic no-till production, inter-seeding cover crops into corn, soybeans, and cereal grains, the impact of organic management on soil microbial communities, and weed management for organic hemp production. Lunch included. Register.

 

 

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September 2019

Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day
September 18 |   $  |  Waukesha, Wis.

Sam Hitchcock Tilton in partnership with The Land Connection have organized this day long event at Gwenyn Hill Organic Farm. Learn the principles and tools for precise mechanical weed control from farmers and industry experts for both crop and vegetable growers, along with in-field demonstrations. Discussion of soil health in conjunction with low impact cultivation will be the focus. Learn more.

Women Caring for the Land: Greenleaf Fireman’s Park
September 19 |   9 a.m. –  3 p.m.  |  Greenleaf, Wis.

Wisconsin Farmers Union, in partnership with Pheasants Forever, is hosting this series of workshops. The Kohlmanns, along with their daughter, Suzanne Wilson, have converted farmland into pasture to raise steers and chickens. In the afternoon, we’ll tour local farms that are using cover crops and no-till practices to improve soil health and water quality. Learn more.

 

 

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October 2019

Women in Sustainable Ag Conference
October 17 – 19 |   $  |  St. Paul, Minn.

MOSES is hosting this 3-day conference that brings together women with roles in all aspects of sustainable agriculture, from farming to education to food-system activism. Now accepting workshop proposals! Learn more.

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