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September

Women in Agribusiness Summit 2018
September 24 – 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.

Glacierland Pasture Walk:  Brattset Family Farm
September 25  |  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  | Jefferson, Wis.

For more details about Glacierland events, contact Kirsten Jurcek at 262-593-2077

Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Day:  Ecological Agroforestry and Pollinators
September 25  | 10 a.m.-2 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.

Expand Production with a High Tunnel
September 25 | 1 – 4 p.m.  |  Spring Valley, Wis.

If you’re interested in putting up a high tunnel and don’t know where to start, this field day is for you. Farmers, farmer resource providers, and ag technical assistance providers will benefit from this high tunnel demonstration day. Learn about high tunnel design, the building process, and crop selection. This field day will be presented primarily in Hmong, with simultaneous interpretation into English. Learn more.

Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day
September 26  | 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.  |  $20  |  PrairiErth Farm, Atlanta, Ill.

From finger weeders to flex-tine harrows, come learn the principles and tools for precise mechanical weed control from farmers, researchers, and suppliers. Learn more.

Women Caring for the Land: Long Winter Farm
September 27 | 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | East Troy, Wis.

Learn about conservation practices and network with other farm women in the region at Long Winter Farm where Rachel Anderson and her family farm 1500 acres and utilize no-till, strip-till, advanced covercrop systems, and more. Also hear about her brand-new cut-flower business. Hosted by Wisconsin Farmers Union and partners. Please RSVP.

Growing & Marketing Minnesota Premium Garlic
September 29  | 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.  |  $8  | Minnetrista, Minn.

Discuss how to increase garlic production, quality and marketability with Jerry Ford, director of Minnesota Garlic Festival. Explore tips and techniques for marketing garlic in Minnesota with Connie Carlson from University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. 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.

North Star Farm Tour
September 29 & 30  | 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  Free  | Twin Cites, Minn. and Western Wis.

Free, self-guided tour of Twin Cities and western Wisconsin fiber farms, connecting people to local farmers who produce natural fibers and pasture-raised meat. Eleven farm locations will showcase a unique, diverse assortment of livestock. Tour visitors can design a route to meet yaks, alpaca, sheep, angora rabbits, llamas, and many other farm animals. Consult www.northstarfarmtour.com for details about each location’s available products and the schedule for demonstrations, hands-on activities, other visiting shepherds, authors and artisans, and available food, facilities and products. The website will be updated with the latest offerings of natural raw and processed animal and plant fibers, artisan handcrafts, meats, honey, and other farm and art products will be available for sale, including fiber for hand spinners, fiber art yarn, breeding stock and items that support the tour for sale at all locations.

Crosshatch Fall Field School
September 30 |  8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  | Sutton’s Bay, Mich.

In addition to workshops with brilliant teachers, Crosshatch Field Schools will include one-on-one consulting with farm experts, a local food lunch, and a post-workshop social networking hour.  This year will feature 3 full-day courses:  Advanced Beekeeping with Dr. Meghan Milbrath of Michigan State University, Farm Resilience: Soil Health + Farm Design with Nic Welty of 9 Bean Rows, and Seed Saving with Ben Cohen of Small House Farm. Learn more. 

Farm Tour:  Featherstone Farm
September 30 |  2 -4 p.m.  | Rushford, Minn.

This 22-year old, 250 acre certified organic farm produces around 70 crops for local co-ops, restaurants, grocers, wholesalers and CSA members. Hear from founder and owner Jack Hedin about operating organically on a larger scale, and how scale affects all aspects of farming, from planning, to markets, to pest/weed control. RSVP to Laura  or call 651-433-3676 to register!

The New Will Allen Farmer Training Weekend –  Farm, Eat, Sleep: All Four Seasons
September 29 & 30 |   $   |  North Branch, Minn.

The weekend workshops will provide participants with hands-on knowledge for building a low-cost hoop house, growing microgreens, growing mushrooms, herbalism workshops, soil building through composting and vermiculture, keeping bees, and growing fish and greens together through aquaponics. The Saturday night bonfire discussion with Will Allen will focus on cold climate farming, community sustainability and climate change! Learn more. 

Land Access:  Starting from Scratch Field Day
September 30 |  1 – 4 p.m.  | Hager City, Wis.

Contact Dori  or call 612-578-4497 to register!


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October

Farm Table Foundation: Seed Cleaning and Processing
October 2  |  $15  |  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  | Amery, Wis.

The final stages of seed cleaning, using both low tech methods with common household tools and also the Farm Table Seed Shed equipment, will be demonstrated at this class. Bring seeds you’ve harvested, and learn options for ways to get them cleaned. The class will also include winter squash seed harvest and extraction; seed storage and record-keeping; and planning for next year, along with any of your questions.  Learn more.

Nobel Conference:  Living Soil
October 2 – 3  |  $  |  St Peter, Minn.

How do we develop sustainable agricultural practices that will protect against soil erosion and promote soil health? How might we best promote exploration of beneficial compounds from soils? These are just some of the questions that Nobel Conference 54 will address.  Learn more.

Kernza & Silvopasture Field Day
October 5  |  9:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  Free  | Lancaster, Wis.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Lancaster Agricultural Research Station will host a fall field day highlighting innovative grazing practices: managed grazing of Kernza, a perennial grain and forage crop, and silvopasture, where trees are intensively managed with pasture. Learn more.

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.

Webinar:  Meeting the Challenges of Soil Health in Dryland Wheat Systems in the West
October 9  | 1 p.m.  |  Online

Join the webinar to learn about challenges of soil health in dryland wheat systems with limited water in the arid west. This Webinar will focus on large scale, on farm trials conducted in the arid West and how producers are adopting cover crops in their no-till wheat-fallow system. Learn more.

MFA 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.

Cottage Food Producer Training
October 17 |  1 – 5 p.m.  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

This training focuses on food safety practices for all processes covered under the cottage food law. Learn how to produce, package, label, store, and transport a safe food product. Learn more.

Cattle Handling, Pasture Walk with Ken and Laurie Schmitt
October 22 |  12:30 – 3 p.m.  |  Colfax, Wis.

Visit Ken and Laurie Schmitt’s farm where they raise about 60 grass-fed cow/calf pairs with 200 acres using rotational grazing. They will also show off their “Bud Box” design and affordable chute and alley system that make it easy to work cattle. Learn more.

Webinar:  Role of Agroforestry in Supporting Pollinators
October 23 |  1 p.m.  |  Online

Join the conversation to learn how agroforestry practices can be designed and managed to support pollinator conservation and services in temperate regions. 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

2018 WFAN Annual Conference
November 2 & 3  | $ | Des Moines, Iowa

This year’s conference theme is Stepping Into Action: Changing Foodscapes through Individual and Community Power. Learn more.

Minnesota FSMA PSR Grower Training
November 2018  – March 2019  |  8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.  |  $25  | Various Locations

The Produce Safety Rule, which is a part of the new federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), requires fruit and vegetable farms that grow, pack, harvest and/or hold produce and that do not qualify for an exemption or exclusion from the Rule attend this training. Registration requiredSee dates and locations.

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.

North American Biodynamic Conference:  Transforming the Heart of Agriculture: Soil. Justice. Regeneration.
November 14-18 |  $  |  Portland, Ore.

The five days of programming will include field days at local farms and vineyards, inspiring and thought-provoking keynotes, hands-on workshops for beginners and experienced practitioners, delicious local and Biodynamic food and wine, artistic and cultural activities, facilitated conversations, and many new connections. 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

Acres U.S.A. 2018 Eco Ag Conference & Trade Show
December 4 – 7 |  All day  |  $  |  Louisville, Ky.

This conference features workshops and activities geared toward the beginning to advanced farmer. Keynote speakers include Joel Salatin. Learn more.

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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January 2019

39th Annual EcoFarm Conference
January 23 – 26 |  All day  |  $  |  Pacific Grove, Calif.

This conference will feature over 70 workshops, intensives, keynote speakers, an exhibitor marketplace, seed swap, live entertainment, mixers, and organic culinary fare. Workshops cover practical information on crop production, livestock, soil health, marketing and distribution, social justice, and cutting edge information to help farmers succeed. As the oldest and largest organic farming event in the West, EcoFarm Conference is a prime networking and educational hub for farmers, ranchers, distributors, retailers, activists, researchers, and educators. Learn more.

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