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February

 

Factory Farming in Minnesota: Time for a Change
Feb. 23  |  Free  |   Mankato, Minn.

A coalition of national and area environmental, religious, and community groups are joining forces to challenge and question the social justice, environmental, and animal welfare impacts of factory farming in Minnesota during this panel discussion. Learn more.

MOSES Organic Farming Conference
Feb. 23-25  |  $220  |  La Crosse, Wis.

This high-energy launch to your 2017 farming season features six workshop sessions with a total of 65 topics, 10 additional full-day courses, expert-led roundtables, great organic food and lively entertainment. This will be the 28th annual MOSES Conference, the world’s premier event about organic and sustainable farming. Keynote speakers are Mas Masumoto, a certified organic farmer and author of Changing Seasons, A Father, A Daughter, A Family Farm; and, Liz Carlisle, Stanford University lecturer and author of Lentil Underground. Reduced rates are available for Conference Volunteers. Early Bird rate ends Jan. 17, 2017 and reduced Pre-Registration ends Feb. 9, 2017. Learn more on our Conference webpages.

Apples: Pruning, Grafting and Organic Orchard Care
Feb. 25 |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  $  |  North Branch, Minn.

This workshop will teach the seasonal turning points in growing and caring for organic apple trees, along with hands-on skill-building in pruning apple trees and grafting new trees. Learn more.

Introduction to Beekeeping
Feb. 26 |  1 – 4 p.m.  |  $  |  North Branch, Minn.

This class covers the details and seasonal steps for beekeeping from building hives to harvesting honey and making mead. Learn more.

Webinar: Sprinkler Irrigation – History and Basics
Feb. 28 |  2 p.m. EST

This webinar will cover a brief history of irrigation, focusing on a historical presentation of sprinkler irrigation systems dating back to the late 1800s to present-day era center pivot systems. Learn more.

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March

Better Buildings: Better Business Conference
March 1-3 |  $  |  Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

The Better Buildings: Better Business Conference provides one central hub where builders, suppliers, manufacturers, contractors and the industry can find out what they need to know to stay current and ahead of trends. Learn more.

USDA Listening Session: Visioning of U.S. Agriculture Systems for Sustainable Production
March 2 |  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  Washington, DC

This listening session is for those interested in the long-term health and viability of U.S. Agriculture and for concurrently improving the economic, environmental, security, and health benefits to the U.S. through agriculture over the next 50 years. You must register by February 27, 2017, to attend in person and to provide oral comments during the listening session. Learn more.

CSA Fair
March 3 |  4-7 p.m.  |  Urbana, Ill.

Customers will have the opportunity to meet local farmers and businesses that offer CSA programs and buying clubs, learn about their farms or businesses, and select a share or club that best meets their needs. There will also be educational information about local food, free samples and recipes, free activities for children, music, and more. Learn more.

Organic Transition Workshop
March 3 |  $10  | 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  |  Fairfield, Iowa

Join the Iowa Organic Association to learn more about the economics of organic transition, weed management on organic farms, and crop insurance options for transitioning and certified organic crops. Cost includes lunch. Learn more and register.

Red Cedar Watershed Conference
March 9 |  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  |  Menomonie, Wis.

Join us to bring best practices and innovative ideas to the forefront. Discuss ways to restore and maintain a healthy water system in the Red Cedar Watershed. Learn more.

Outwintering Field Day
March 9 |  9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.  |  Morris, Minn.

Outwintering Field Day will include tours of the out-wintered dairy herd at the WCROC, organic milking cows, breeding and young stock living in three different pasture areas. Animal well-being and pasture use will also be discussed. Learn more.

Organic Transition Workshop
March 10 |  $10  | 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  |  Storm Lake, Iowa

Join the Iowa Organic Association to learn more about the economics of organic transition, weed management on organic farms, and crop insurance options for transitioning and certified organic crops. Cost includes lunch. Learn more and register.

Midwest School for Beginning Apple Growers
March 10-12 |  Madison, Wis.

This intensive, three-day course gives a realistic picture of what it takes to run a successful orchard operation—including capital, management, labor and other resources. Topics include soil fertility, pest management, business planning, risk management, recordkeeping, marketing and economics. Grower-instructors primarily teach the course, with featured presentations and hands-on labs by UW faculty and other specialists. Learn more.

Organic Transition Workshop
March 11 |  $10  | 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  |  Cedar Falls, Iowa

Join the Iowa Organic Association to learn more about the economics of organic transition, weed management on organic farms, and crop insurance options for transitioning and certified organic crops. Cost includes lunch. Learn more and register.

Beekeeping for Beginners
March 11 |  $  |  Madison, Wis.

This class will teach you the basic steps on how to start beekeeping, such as how to choose a site for your hives, where you can obtain your bees and equipment, how to properly care for your bees, how to collect the honey, and to overwinter your hive. Learn More.

Quickbooks for Farmers Workshop
March 11 |  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  |  $  |  Boston, Mass.

Learn how to set up a chart of accounts, enter transactions, track enterprise-specific data, and generate and interpret farm financial statements. This workshop will be 4 hours long with breaks and time for one-on-one coaching. Scholarships are available. Learn more.

OEFFA Moon Chapter Meeting: Let’s Get Growing
March 11 |  $  |  10 a.m. = 1 p.m.  |  Oxford, Ohio

Ray Arlinghaus will lead a fruit tree grafting demonstration and discuss pruning and general orchard care. A donation of $5 is requested. Grafted trees can be purchased for $10. Learn more.

Midwest Cover Crop Council Meeting
March 14-15  |  $  |  Grand Rapids, Mich.

Check back to their website for more information.

Women Farmer & Landowner Learning Circles
March. 15 |  Ord, Neb.

The workshop series will include five classroom sessions, field tours to local farms, and presentations by experts in Nebraska cropping systems, conservation and climate change. Participants will receive individual consultation from conservation and climate change experts and use location-specific climate projections to create or update their existing conservation plans based on each participant’s individual production methods, region, and other factors. The presentations will also include discussions of financial opportunities to make implementation of such practices easier and more affordable. Learn more.

Good Food Industry Conference
March 16-18  |  $  |  Chicago, Ill.

This conference will connect farmers, food producers, investors, trade buyers, policy makers, activists, families and Good Food lovers over the course of three days. Learn more here.

Wyoming Bee College
March 18 |  $75  |  7:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.  |  Cheyenne, Wyo.

This conference is open to everyone at every level of beekeeping, as well as the general public who are concerned about pollinators and want to help through conservation and building habitat.  Register and learn more.

OEFFA Heart of Ohio Chapter Meeting: Building Healthy Soil
March 20 |  7-9 p.m.  |  Alexandria, Ohio

SWCD representatives will share their expert advice on how to build healthy soil. Learn more.

Basic Entomology for Farm & Garden
March 25 |  9 a.m. – noon  |  East Troy, Wis.

The workshop will include some basic entomology, identification techniques and resources, and a hands-on component. Learn more.

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April

Women Farmer & Landowner Learning Circles
April 12 |  Ord, Neb.

The workshop series will include five classroom sessions, field tours to local farms, and presentations by experts in Nebraska cropping systems, conservation and climate change. Participants will receive individual consultation from conservation and climate change experts and use location-specific climate projections to create or update their existing conservation plans based on each participant’s individual production methods, region, and other factors. The presentations will also include discussions of financial opportunities to make implementation of such practices easier and more affordable. Learn more.

OEFFA Heart of Ohio Chapter Meeting: Gardening for Pollinators & Beneficial Insects
April 17 |  7-9 p.m.  |  Alexandria, Ohio

Denise Ellsworth of the Department of Entomology at OSU will lead a discussion on some of the most common pollinators/beneficials, and how to adapt the landscape to favor them. Learn more.

Beyond Pesticides Conference
April 28- 29  |  $  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

This years’ Forum, Healthy Hives, Healthy Lives, Healthy Land: Ecological and Organic Strategies for Regeneration, will focus on the adoption of policies to protect human health and the environment, and organic land and building management strategies. The Forum, with its broad range of speakers and collaborators, will provide an opportunity for grassroots advocates, scientists, and policy makers to share efforts in building local, state and national strategies for strength and growth. Learn more.

Beekeeping for Beginners
April 29  |  $  |  Madison, Wis.

This class will teach you the basic steps on how to start beekeeping, such as how to choose a site for your hives, where you can obtain your bees and equipment, how to properly care for your bees, how to collect the honey, and to overwinter your hive. More information to come.

Sheep Shearing Fest
April 29  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  Pocantico Hills, NY

Tickets go on sale soon! This event sells out quickly. Learn more.

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May

Beekeeping for Beginners
May 8 – Oct. 27  |  $6650  |  Burlington, Vt.

The UVM Farmer Training Program is a six-month intensive program where students run the 10-acre Catamount Educational Farm from seed to market, learning from expert farmers and educators in the classroom, and working alongside successful, inspiring farmers in the field. Participants leave with a Certificate in Sustainable Farming from UVM, a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation, and a network of incredible people to support them along the way. Learn more here.

OEFFA Heart of Ohio Chapter Meeting: Using and Obtaining Rain Water from Multiple Sources
May 15  |  $$$  |  Fountain City, Wis.

John and Anne Hohmann collect rain water through a multitude of sources and use this water for both agriculture and personal use. This presentation and discussion is part of the Hearth of Ohio Chapter’s 2016-2017 event series, “sustainable living and farming/gardening in a changing climate.” Learn more.

Herbalism with Matthew Wood
May 20-21  |  $$$  |  Fountain City, Wis.

World-renowned herbalist Matthew Wood will be teaching a two-day workshop on herbalism. Specifics are yet to be determined. Tuition is $160 if you register early or $200 after the early bird deadline. This includes all materials as well as lunch on both days. Learn more.

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