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September 2019

 

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.

Women’s Learning Circle: Janine’s Farm
September 19   |  9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  Harvard, Ill.

Primarily for women who own farmland but are not farmers, this workshop includes a morning session for women to share their interests and concerns about their land, with resources provided to help them in their decision-making. Lunch is included, followed by a short trip to a farm to show existing and potential conservation practices. Co-hosted by The Land Conservancy and McHenry County Soil & Water Conservation District. Register or call 815-337-9502.

Webinar:  Introducing a One-Stop Resource for Wind Erosion, Air Quality, and Dust Mitigation
September 20   |  11 a.m.  |  Online

Participants will learn about a new one-stop resource for air quality, dust mitigation, wind erosion and available resources to support on-the-ground conservation:  an introduction to the newly published Dust Mitigation Handbook – a collaborative project between the USDA Southern Plains and Southwest Climate Hubs, USDA Agricultural Research Service, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Learn more.

Managing the Reproductive Season of Sheep
September 21   |  9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  St. Paul, Minn.

Topics to be covered will be detailed for both ewe and ram reproduction including characteristics specific to both, nutrition, and more. Learn more.

Farm Aid 2019
September 21   |  $  |  East Troy, Wis.

Farm Aid’s annual music and food festival featuring family farmers, the good food they produce, inspiring music, and agrarian experiences is in Wisconsin this year! Come find our MOSES booth at this incredible event in the HOMEGROWN Village! Learn more.

FACT Grazing Tasting
September 22  |  2 – 5 p.m.  |   Chicago, Ill.

Join FACT for a Farm-To-Table tasting, with meat from Brattset Family Farm and food prepared by Uncommon Ground. Learn more and register.

Seed Saving for Northern Climate
September 22  |  $  |  Two Harbors, Minn.

Join Zachary Paige of North Circle Seeds for an informative Seed Saving Gathering hosted by SFA Lake Superior Chapter. Learn more.

Field Day at Shepard’s View Farm
September 23   | 1 – 4 p.m.  |  Argyle, Wis.

Learn about animal walk ways, cover crops, rotational grazing, Pec Pride mini grants, and NRCS programs. Ice cream social to follow. No registration required.

Principles of Managed Grazing on Organic Dairy Farms
September 24   | 9:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.  |   Random lake, Wis.

Learn how to manage paddock size and grazing rotations to meet the organic dairy cow’s nutritional needs. RSVP.

Cottage Food Producer Food Safety Training
September 25 |   5 – 8 p.m.  |  Duluth, Minn.

By attending a workshop or taking this online course, you will meet the Tier 2 ($5,001 to $18,000 in sales) training requirement of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to register as a cottage food producer. Learn more.

FACT Webinar: How to Create a Farm Website that Sells
September 25  |  6 – 7 p.m.  |   Online

Learn from presenter Charlotte Smith tips to refocus your website on building a connection with those who land on it, versus just advertising your products, helping you turn website visitors into paying customers. Learn more and register.

SFA Women Caring for the Land Workshop
September 26 |   8:30 – 11 a.m.  |  Stillwater, Minn.

This workshop focuses on improving conservation outreach to female farmland owners and farmers in Minnesota, either directly or through training agriculture and conservation professionals. Register.

2019 UMASH Annual Forum – Antimicrobial Resistance in Agriculture:  Is it a Worker Health Issue?
September 26 |   1 – 4 p.m.  |  $  |  St. Paul, Minn.

The forum will include a panel discussion to describe recent research with swine veterinarians, farm visitors and employees, patients with enteric illnesses, and a newly initiated study characterizing antimicrobial resistance on dairy workers. Learn more.

Soil Fertility & CSA Customization
September 27 |   12 – 4 p.m.  |  $  |  Caledonia, Ill.

Join Farmer John at Angelic Organics as he discusses one of his favorite topics, soil fertility. New to the farm this season, John will also speak on his experience using the Harvie CSA customization program. Learn more.

Urban Community Supported Agriculture Farm Tour
September 28 |   1 p.m.  |  Youngstown, Ohio

OEFFA has organized this field day at Lady Buggs Farm. Learn more.

Value-Added Production Farm Tour
September 28 |   2 p.m.  |  Athens, Ohio

OEFFA has organized this field day at Dutch Creek Winery. Learn more.

 

 

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October 2019

Growing Organic Expertise in Iowa
October 1  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Calmar, Iowa

Hosted by Iowa Organic Association (IOA) these full-day workshops, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., will provide information from organic experts on the NOP, organic certification and transition, organic standards and production practices and insight into current organic market trends and demands. Space limited. Learn more.

Oregon Tilth Webinar:  Water Conservation in Organic Production
October 1  |  2 p.m.  |  Online

Panelists will explore model practices and techniques for organic producers to conserve water in farm production. Learn more.

Greens Dryer & Bubbler Construction Workshop
October 1  |   $  |  Holt, Mich.

Help build a Greens Dryer and Bubbler for washing greens in this hands-on workshop hosted by Michigan State University’s Student Organic Farm. Register.

Acidified Foods Training for Licensed Food Processors
October 1 & 2 |   $  |  St. Paul, Minn.

The University of Minnesota’s Food Science and Nutrition Department is offering a two-day workshop for Acidified Foods Training which will provide certification to supervisors of thermally processed acidified food facilities (as required by the Acidified Foods Regulation) and licensed food entrepreneurs. Learn more.

Growing Organic Expertise in Iowa
October 2  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Hosted by Iowa Organic Association (IOA) this full-day workshop will provide information from organic experts on the NOP, organic certification and transition, organic standards and production practices and insight into current organic market trends and demands. Space limited. Learn more.

Midwest CRAFT: Urban Ag
October 2  |  10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  |  $  |  Chicago, Ill.

Teaming up with Windy City Harvest and Advocates for Urban Agriculture to bring you a full day of discussion about urban farming, land access, and small-scale farming. Learn more.

SFA & Minnesota Premium Garlic Workshop
October 2  |  2 – 6 p.m.  |   Two Harbors, Minn.

This workshop will cover the elements of garlic growing, to be followed with a hands-on demonstration of planting an actual garlic plot. Potluck social to follow. Learn more.

FACT Webinar: How to Find and Engage with Customers on Social Media
October 2  |  6 – 7 p.m.  |   Online

Learn from presenter Charlotte Smith the difference between a marketing channel and a marketing strategy, and where to focus your efforts.  Learn how best to show up on social media platforms and then convert those followers to paying customers. Learn more and register

Growing Organic Expertise in Iowa
October 3  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Atlantic, Iowa

Hosted by Iowa Organic Association (IOA) this full-day workshop will provide information from organic experts on the NOP, organic certification and transition, organic standards and production practices and insight into current organic market trends and demands. Space limited. Learn more.

Webinar:  SFA Asparagus Project
October 3  |  1:15 p.m.  |   Online

Learn more about asparagus production and reflect on the 2019 season. Learn more.

Growing Organic Expertise in Iowa
October 4  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Webster City, Iowa

Hosted by Iowa Organic Association (IOA) this full-day workshop will provide information from organic experts on the NOP, organic certification and transition, organic standards and production practices and insight into current organic market trends and demands. Space limited. Learn more.

Midwest CRAFT: Fall Biodynamic Prep
October 5  |  1:30 p.m. – evening  |  Free |  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. Learn more.

Pasture Establishment, Nutrient Management and Soil Health on Organic Dairy Farms
October 8  |  9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  |  Free |  Rudolph, Wis.

Learn how to establish and maintain high quality pasture for organic dairy cows. Topics considered are pasture establishment and renovation; extending the grazing season; nutrient management and soil health. Learn more.

Webinar:  Oak Decline in the United States
October 9  |  Noon  |  Free |  Online

This webinar by the US Forest Service will provide a general overview of symptoms, range, impact and possible management strategies for oak decline in the U.S. Learn more.

safeTALK – Preventing Suicide in Agricultural Communities
October 10  |  8:30 a.m.  |  Free |  Thief Fiver Falls, Minn.

Minnesota Dept. of Ag hosts this evidence-based training will include a unit specially designed to address the stigma associated with suicide and mental illness among farmers and farm workers. Farmers, lenders, mediators, agency staff, clergy, educators, veterinarians, health care and social service providers, agricultural advisors, businesspeople, and anyone else who interacts with people who farm. Register.

safeTALK – Preventing Suicide in Agricultural Communities
October 11  |  8:30 a.m.  |  Free |  Moorhead, Minn.

Minnesota Dept. of Ag hosts this evidence-based training will include a unit specially designed to address the stigma associated with suicide and mental illness among farmers and farm workers. Farmers, lenders, mediators, agency staff, clergy, educators, veterinarians, health care and social service providers, agricultural advisors, businesspeople, and anyone else who interacts with people who farm. Register.

Horse-Powered Diversified Livestock and Regenerative Farm Tour
October 12  | 10 a.m.  |  Free  | Xenia, Ohio

Join OEFFA for this fun and educational farm tour.  Learn more.

Savanna Institute: Midwestern Silvopasture – Green Pastures Farm
October 12  | 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  $20  | Clark, Mo.

Learn from the experience of Greg and Jan Judy who run a silvopasture operation that includes 16 farms, four owned and 12 leased. They graze grass genetic South Poll cows, cow/calf pairs, bred heifers, bulls, stockers and a parasite resistant St. Croix hair sheep flock.  Register.

Savanna Institute: Nuts and Bolts of Midwestern Pecan Production
October 13  | 1 – 5 p.m.  |  Free  | Clifton Hill, Mo.

Learn about Midwestern pecan production from Dan Shepherd, a producer with decades of experience! The field day will include a tour of the harvesting and processing equipment and a mature pecan orchard.  Register.

FACT Webinar: Transitioning Off of Nitrogen Fertilizer: Tall Grass Grazing
October 16  |  6 – 7 p.m.  |   Online

This webinar will detail the how to’s of tall grass grazing using sheep, the combined economic benefits, and some challenges that may be encountered. Also covered is using biology instead of chemical inputs to solve problems. Learn more and register.

Harvie Field Day hosted by Park Ridge Organics
October 17  |  8 a.m. – 12 p.m.  |   Fond Du Lac, Wis.

Create a customized share system on your CSA farm with the software Harvie’s unique algorithm feature that uses members preferences to create each share. The members get more of what they love and less of what they don’t. Learn how the Harvie software works and how a typical pack day happens on a farm packing over 350 unique shares each week. Optional pot-luck lunch. Space limited, please RSVP.

 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. Registration opens Aug. 1. Learn more.

Organic Seed Alliance:  Upper Midwest Seed Summit
October 17 & 18 |   $  |  Madison, Wis.

In partnership with Seed to Kitchen Collaborative at UW-Madison, this is a two-day gathering of regional seed leaders to learn, connect and identify opportunities to advance the regional organic seed system in the Upper Midwest. Learn more.

SFA & Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Pasture Walk at Solberg Farm
October 18 |   Free  | Verndale, Minn.

During the workshop, Kent Solberg, SFA Livestock & Grazing Specialist, will discuss flex vs. rotational grazing, portable energized fencing, adaptive high-stock density, low-cost parlor techniques and more.
This event is free and includes lunch. Register.

National Farm Viability Conference
October 22 – 24 |   $  |  Red Wing, Minn.

Renewing the Countryside and the MN Department of Agriculture  are hosting this conference ​geared towards professionals in the fields of farm and food business planning, financial planning, agricultural financing, farmland conservation, agricultural market development, and food hub management.

Organic & Non-GMO Forum
October 29 & 30 |   $  |  Minneapolis, Minn..

This conference is the source for conventional food and ag businesses to learn about opportunities in the organic and non-GMO industry, and for those in the field to discuss the challenges and advantages it presents. Learn more.

Farmer-to-Farmer Marketing Intensive
October 29 & 30 |   $  |  Caldonia, Ill.

Charlotte Smith of 3 Cow Marketing gets hands-on and shows you the strategies and tactics she has used to start and grow into a profitable farm. She’ll show you what is working and what is not in today’s modern marketing world. Then learn from other farmers and individuals working within the sustainable agriculture field about modern day marketing practices you can use on your farm. Learn more.

 

 

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November 2019

 

Midwest CRAFT: Extend Your Season With Alternative Income
November 1 |  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   |  $ |  Matteson, Ill.

At this field day, a panel of farmers will discuss ways in which you can extend your seasonal income on your vegetable farm. Learn more.

Food Justice Summit:  From the Ground Up:  Unearthing Root Causes
November 4 – 6  | $  |  Duluth, Minn.

The Summit will build upon food access work in Minnesota by bringing champions of food justice together. An emphasis will be placed on highlighting BIPOC/farming communities and the connection to restoring healthy food systems. Learn more.

Oregon Tilth Webinar:  Social Equity and Sustainable Food
November 5  |  2 p.m.  |  Online

Join Oregon Tilth to learn about our journey to integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion in everyday practices and programs. Learn more.

 22nd Annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference
November 6 – 8 |  $  | St. Paul, Minn.

Organized by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, the Farmer Cooperatives Conference is a national event highlighting the latest strategic thinking on current cooperative issues and trends. Learn more.

Green Lands Blue Water Conference
November 19 & 20  |  $ |  Minneapolis, Minn.

2019 Theme: Over, Under, and Through to CLC – strong partners, new allies, and fresh perspectives moving continuous living cover (CLC) farming forward. Learn more.

safeTALK – Preventing Suicide in Agricultural Communities
November 20  |  8:30 a.m.  |  Free |  Faribault, Minn.

Minnesota Dept. of Ag hosts this evidence-based training will include a unit specially designed to address the stigma associated with suicide and mental illness among farmers and farm workers. Farmers, lenders, mediators, agency staff, clergy, educators, veterinarians, health care and social service providers, agricultural advisors, businesspeople, and anyone else who interacts with people who farm. Register.

safeTALK – Preventing Suicide in Agricultural Communities
November 21  |  8:30 a.m.  |  Free |  Austin, Minn.

Minnesota Dept. of Ag hosts this evidence-based training will include a unit specially designed to address the stigma associated with suicide and mental illness among farmers and farm workers. Farmers, lenders, mediators, agency staff, clergy, educators, veterinarians, health care and social service providers, agricultural advisors, businesspeople, and anyone else who interacts with people who farm. Register.

 

 

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December 2019

 

Oregon Tilth Webinar:  Organic Hop Production
December 3  |  2 p.m.  |  Online

This webinar is presented in partnership with the USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Hops production will be examined through the lens of conservation, offering insight into producing hops that also preserve soil and water health, while increasing biodiversity. Learn more.

safeTALK – Preventing Suicide in Agricultural Communities
December 3  |  8:30 a.m.  |  Free |  Marshall, Minn.

Minnesota Dept. of Ag hosts this evidence-based training will include a unit specially designed to address the stigma associated with suicide and mental illness among farmers and farm workers. Farmers, lenders, mediators, agency staff, clergy, educators, veterinarians, health care and social service providers, agricultural advisors, businesspeople, and anyone else who interacts with people who farm. Register.

safeTALK – Preventing Suicide in Agricultural Communities
December 4 |  8:30 a.m.  |  Free |  Waite Park, Minn.

Minnesota Dept. of Ag hosts this evidence-based training will include a unit specially designed to address the stigma associated with suicide and mental illness among farmers and farm workers. Farmers, lenders, mediators, agency staff, clergy, educators, veterinarians, health care and social service providers, agricultural advisors, businesspeople, and anyone else who interacts with people who farm. Register.

2019  Acres Eco-Ag Conference and Trade Show
December 9 – 12  |  $ |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Attend Acres 44th annual conference and find farmers and consultants from every facet of eco-farming who come together to share their experience and expertise. Learn more.

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