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Web Meeting: National Organic Standards Board Hydroponics Meeting
August 14  |  Free  |  Noon  |  Online

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet via conference to discuss hydroponics in organic food production. The NOSB will not be voting on a recommendation during this web conference. Learn more.

Twilight Tour: Gill’s Pier Ranch
August 14  |  Free | 6 – 8 p.m.  | Northport, Mich.

High-quality grass and healthy Lake Michigan winds near the Gills Pier Ranch create an amazing environment for raising multipurpose livestock that are grass-fed, sustainable, and light on the land. From composting manure, harvesting fiber, to producing meat, this tour will offer a look at sustainable ranching in Northern Michigan. Learn more.

Women Caring for the Land Field Day: Blue Ox Farm
August 15  |  Free | 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Wheeler, Wis.

Join Lauren Langworthy, co-owner of Blue Ox Farm, for this woman-centered field day. Topics covered will include: Soil health, ecosystem health (particularly as it pertains to grazing), connecting women landowners and female farmers in the area, and how you can make your interest in conservation on your land a reality. For details or to RSVP, contact Deb at 715-590-2130 or djakubek@wisconsinfarmersunion.com.

Know Your Buyer, Know Your Supplier
August 15  |  Free  |  8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  De Pere, Wis.

A day-long training and networking event to connect more Wisconsin-grown foods to cafeterias around the state. The morning will feature a local food procurement training, and the afternoon will feature a “supply chain networking mixer” to make more connections between farmers and buyers. Learn more.

Organic Dairy Day
August 15  |  Free | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  | Morris, Minn.

Organic Dairy Day at the U of MN West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris, will showcase the latest advancements in organic dairy herd health, pasture and forage, and herd management. Featuring guest speaker Larry Tranel from Iowa State University. Lunch provided. Call or email Brad Heins: 320-589-1711, hein0106@umn.edu.

BFRDP Webinar: The Grant Budget and Matching Funds
August 15 | Free | Noon  |  Online

Presented by New Entry and Allison Goin, this webinar will dive into the budget and match requirement for BFRDP. Learn more.

Women Caring for the Land Conservation Conversation
August 15 | Free | 2 – 5 p.m.  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

This will be a workshop for urban/suburban women who are full or partial owners of farmland that is currently in conventional crops (or that may inherit such land). : Much has changed in terms of agriculture and how we think about and manage the land. Learn about new and upgraded conservation practices that not only improve and sustain the soil and other natural resources, but that positively impact your bottom line! Learn more.

Western Iowa Beginning Farmer Social
August 15 | Free | 6 – 8:30 p.m.  |  Avoca, Iowa

Take a break from your farm work and beat the heat with fellow beginning farmers. David Rosmann and Becky Tompkins-Rosmann will be hosting a social gathering for beginning farmers. Share some yummy food and tantalizing conversation with other beginning farmers in your community. If you are starting to farm, or even an aspiring farmer, you will not want to miss this gathering. Learn more.

Women in Ag Tour of Redhead Creamery
August 16 | Free | 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  Brooten, Minn.

The afternoon features lunch at the creamery, a tour of the farm, and a discussion on managing a family business. Participants will have the opportunity to socialize and learn more about what it takes to make a successful business! Learn more.

Know Your Buyer, Know Your Supplier
August 17  |  Free  |  8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Eagle River, Wis.

A day-long training and networking event to connect more Wisconsin-grown foods to cafeterias around the state. The morning will feature a local food procurement training, and the afternoon will feature a “supply chain networking mixer” to make more connections between farmers and buyers. Learn more.

Grazing Goats: From Pasture to Market
August 17  |  Free  |  9 a.m. – Noon  |  Walker, Iowa

Got goats – or thinking of adding some? Learn about raising Boer and Kiko meat goats in a rotational grazing system, from kidding to marketing. Learn more.

Practical Farmers Small Grains Conference
August 17 |  11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  |  Ames, Iowa

Practical Farmers of Iowa is answering the call for more resources and education on small grains production with a “Rotationally Raised – Making Small Grains Work” conference and five field days devoted to the topic. Registration is required by Thursday, Aug. 10, and is free for PFI members and $40 for non-members. Featured speakers include Don Halcomb (Kentucky Small Grain Promotion Council), Sam Raser (Grain Millers), and Erin Silva (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Learn more.

Wisconsin Farmers Union Summer Conference
August 17 |  Chippewa Falls, Wis.

Summer conference and County Presidents Meetings at Kamp Kenwood, 19161 79th Ave, Chippewa Falls, Wis. RSVP here.

Movable & Fixed Fencing for Livestock
August 17  |  9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  | La Crescent, Minn.

Harry and Jackie Hoch are in the midst of a three-year demonstration grant trialing livestock fencing to maintain pastured pigs in their orchards. Learn initial results, and get expert advice on a variety of fencing systems, including movable, energized systems as well as permanent woven wire fencing. Learn more.

York Farm Concert Series
August 17 | $20 | 5 – 8 p.m. | Hutchinson, Minn.

Andy Cotter and Irene Genelin from York Farm are pairing up with Bella Lue Photography to bring local musicians to play in York Farm barn. It will be an intimate setting where the audience can listen to the songwriters play their music. Some seating is available with standing room as well. Learn more.

Webinar: Biodynamic Beekeeping, Winter Preparation
August 17 | Free | 6:30 – 8 p.m. | Online

In this webinar we will review the signs of health and illness in relation to the contractive gesture of the honeybee organism at this time of year—an understanding which gives rise to methods for the best possible overwintering success. Learn more.

Flame Weeding Workshop
August 18  |  $100 | 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Concord, Neb.

Presenting results from the 7 years of research conducted by the teams of Dr. Stevan Knezevic (Weed Science) and Dr. George Gogos (Mechanical Engineering). This work resulted in 20 scientific publications, 100 abstracts, and equipment for flame weeding. For more information, contact Dee Foote: 402-584-3837.

Graze River Country: Midtling Pasture Walk
August 19  |  Free | 10 a.m.  | Wilson, Wis.

This pasture walk will take place at the farm of Brad Midtling, Townside Jerseys, 2891 US Highway 12, Wilson. For details or to RSVP, contact Deb at  715-590-2130.

Apple Harvest in Rush City
August 19  |  Free | 10 a.m.  | Rush City, Minn.

With the help of dedicated volunteers, The Food Group Farm gleans fresh fruits and produce that are distributed for free to our food shelf partners. Rush City Orchard is hosting a gleaning event to harvest thousands of pounds of fresh,nutritious apples for donation to area food shelves. Learn more.

Upper Iowa Organics Field Day
August 19  |  Free | 1 – 3:30 p.m.  | Decorah, Iowa

Whether you are trying to transition land out of CRP or you’re thinking about making a transition with a tenant farmer, this field day will help answer your questions. Farm owner Marty Grimm transitioned his land out of CRP into organic cropland and utilized EQIP grants to help grow his farm.  He will introduce the rare breeds of livestock that he keeps on his farm and their contribution to the farm ecosystem. Learn more.

Soil Sisters Post Party and a Toast
August 19  |  Free | 5 p.m.  | Argyle, Wis.

Come share a toast at 5 p.m. sharp, in gratitude for the many people, places and visions collaboratively blending together to bring Soil Sisters 2017 to life! RSVP to Lisa: lisakivirist@gmail.com.

Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Day: Pasture-Raised Pork, Beef, Chickens, Eggs, & Raw Dairy in the Chicago Suburbs
August 20  | Free | 6 – 9 p.m.  | Detroit, Mich.

There is a place to grow food in every neighborhood in the city. Keep Growing Detroit is honored to work with nearly 1,500 gardens and farms across the city. In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Annual Tour of Detroit Urban Gardens and Farms, come honor the people and places involved with urban agriculture that have and will make Detroit grow for many years to come. Learn more.

20th Annual Tour of Detroit Urban Gardens & Farms
August 20  | $20/free for members | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Dundee Township, Ill.

Spend a day touring the diverse operations of All Grass Farms, a 150 acre farm on leased public land located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago just north of I-90.

Grazing Heritage Cattle & Sheep on Converted Crop Ground and Prairie
August 21  |  Free | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  | Bedford, Iowa

Russ’ herd of Murray Grey cattle and St. Croix sheep are grazed together (with horses, too) using very little infrastructure. Learn about the process of seeding former crop fields to pasture species and how grazing former Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land has helped bring native prairie species back. Learn more.

Hoop Full Harvest
August 21  |  Free | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  | Bedford, Iowa

Email today to reserve your spot in this free exciting workshop: SRA.SEMichiganHighTunnel@gmail.com.

Know Your Buyer, Know Your Supplier
August 22  |  Free  |  8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Wausau, Wis.

A day-long training and networking event to connect more Wisconsin-grown foods to cafeterias around the state. The morning will feature a local food procurement training, and the afternoon will feature a “supply chain networking mixer” to make more connections between farmers and buyers. Learn more.

Conversion of Cropland to Pasture Under the EQUIP Pollinator Program
August 22  |  Free  |  10:30 a.m.  |  Soldiers Grove, Wis.

Conversion of cropland to pasture under the EQIP Pollinator program: discussion of
species planted, lessons learned & experience with the EQIP program. Learn more.

Soil Health Webinar
August 22  |  Free  |  4 – 5 p.m.  |  Online

Are you looking for the latest information on cultivating healthy, living soil? Curious about the most recent research on cover crops and tillage strategies? This webinar will present recent research on soil health, as well as detail practical applications that organic growers can use to build healthy soils on their operations. Learn more.

Pasture Walk to Follow Up on Spring Patch Burn Grazing 
August 22  |  Free | 6 – 7:30 p.m.  | Avoca, Wis.

Tour will cover: comparison of grazed pastures vs. burned and grazed pastures, pasture condition after three months of contract grazing former CRP acres, and infrastructure design to respond to summer flooding. Mainwaring Farm, 2991 County Road I, Avoca, Wis. To RSVP, call 608-930-9850.

Twilight Tour: RealEyes Homestead
August 22  |  Free | 6 – 8 p.m.  | Detroit, Mich.

RealEyes Homesteads main focus is on Permaculture which teaches how to use plant and animal systems as tools. Enjoy a homestead tour and a conversation about this low cost, low maintenance farming system and more. Learn more.

Webinar: The Use of the National Hierarchical Framework of Ecological Units for Seed Zone Demarcation
August 23  |  Free | 10 a.m.  | Online

Dr. Greg Nowacki, Regional Ecologist, Acting Soil Program Leader, USDA Forest Service, will deliver a presentation on how to use and understand ecological subdivisions in relation to the development of seed zones. Learn more.

Webinar: Intro to CFP for Potential Applicants
August 23  |  Free | 1 p.m.  | Online

Led by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project staff, this webinar will provide an overview on the USDA’s Community Food Projects grant program, including program goals, applicant eligibility, the importance of community engagement, the matching requirement, the application process, and indicators of success. Learn more.

Master Class in Permaculture Teacher Training
August 23-27  |  $650 – $750  | Fountain City, Wis.

Permaculture, as an idea, has reached its prime. As courses flourish all over the world, there is a pressing need for experienced and well-trained instructors. This is an immersion course based on practice and independent work with guidance and input from other students and the instructor. Students will work on curriculums, content, and personal presentations. Learn more.

In Her Boots: Market Farming in Suburbs
August 24  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Libertyville, Ill.

Farmer Alison Parker and her husband, Alex Needham, raise diversified vegetables for a CSA, farmers market and farm stand on a 10-acre certified organic farm. Learn how Alison creatively connects resources and learning opportunities to access the education and land the operation needs to grow into a successful farm business in a unique urban/suburban setting. Learn more.

Adding Organic to Large-Scale Farms
August 24  |  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Grand Marsh, Wis.

The Wallendal family manages 3,200 acres of diversified crops, and is in the process of transitioning around a third to organic production. Learn about imaginative crop rotations, managing a parallel operation (conventional/organic), strip tilling, navigating the organic transition process, farm transfer to the next generation, cultivation and fertility practices, and on-farm research. Learn more.

Organic Vegetable Variety Trials Field Day
August 24  |  Free  |  2 – 6 p.m.  | Verona, Wis.

This field day will be a great opportunity to see beautiful vegetable trials, season-extending technology, and cover crops under a certified organic system. Learn more.

Farmland Owner Legacy Award Celebration
August 24  |  Free  |  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  | Des Moines, Iowa

Practical Farmers of Iowa will host an awards ceremony and celebration to honor Angela and John Tedesco, recipients of Practical Farmers’ 2017 Farmland Owner Legacy Award. Learn more.

Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council Tour
August 24  |  Free  |  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  | Des Moines, Iowa

Come celebrate Angela and John Tedesco, Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2017 Farmland Owner Legacy
Award recipients! Learn more.

Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council Tour
August 25  |  Free  |  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Staples, Minn.

This event, which is free and open to all, includes an open house at the CLC agricultural center and tour of its Byron Township site. There, the college, R.D. Offutt Co. and SFA, among other partners, are working to research soil health principles through cover cropping, crop rotation, and other principles. Learn more.

Growing Chestnuts and Other Michigan Nut Crops
August 26  | Free | 9 a.m. – Noon  | Traverse City, Mich.

Did you know that Michigan is the number one producer of chestnuts in the United States? Interested in learning more about growing chestnuts and other Michigan nut crops? Learn more.

‘Farm2Families’ Community Event
August 26  | Free | 3 – 7 p.m.  | Aitkin, Minn.

SFA’s Greater Mille Lacs Chapter is hosting a community event at the Heimark Farm, 33683 Dove St, Aitkin. The full program will include farm demonstrations, food, entertainment, kids activities and a farm store. For more info email: greatermillelacs@sfa-mn.org.

Webinar: Hiring Farm Employees – Process and Recommendations
August 26  | Free | 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.  | Waupaca, Wis.

Employees are an important part of the business but can also be a big challenge. If you currently have employees, or have been considering adding a work force to your organization, this webinar is for you.  The session will explore the hiring process and ways to acquire employees that best fit your operation. Learn more.

WEI Beekeeping: Extracting Honey
August 27  |  $35  |  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  | North Branch, Minn.

Join CLC researchers as they highlight the many different aspects of research and community/industry partners connected with the center. Planned are demonstrations on water quality and agronomic research, irrigation, local foods integration, children’s programming, drone demonstration, tractor rides, forage and pasture tours, and more. Learn more.

Putting the Farm Back in Farming: Exclusive Gabe Brown Workshop
August 28  |  Free | 1 – 5 p.m.  |  Elkhart, Ill.

The first part of the day will be a farm tour of the Kaesebier Farm where they are experimenting with cover crops. You’ll see some of those test plots as well as a soil pit dig and learn about soil health and farm productivity as Gabe leads the tour. Learn more.

Veteran Farm Dreams Workshop
August 28  |  $50 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Caledonia, Ill.

Angelic Organics Learning Center and the Farmer Veteran Coalition are hosting a workshop for veterans interested in becoming the future farmers of America. Learn more.

Solving Community Food Problems with Federal Funding & Partnerships
August 28  |  Free | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Join us for this unique opportunity to brainstorm creative, collaborative solutions to the problems facing our own community food system, and to take the first steps towards securing federal funding for that work. We will review the most important factors to consider during this process, and share tips for ensuring successful applications and projects. Learn more.

Organic Squash Management Field Day
August 29  |  Free | 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  |  Hickory Corners, Mich.

Join a team of MSU researchers and organic vegetable growers for a morning to learn about organic squash management. This event will take place next to the MSU experimental winter squash plot. Topics discussed will include: disease, insect, weed, nutrient and cover crop management in squash with a special focus on methods that can be used by organic growers. Learn more.

A Look at Soil Regeneration with Jill Clapperton
August 29  |  $40  |  1 – 6 p.m.  | Shanendoah, Iowa

The Teachouts welcome internationally renowned soil scientist Jill Clapperton to their farm to talk about soil regeneration and soil health. Learn more.

OEFFA Heart of Ohio Chapter Planning Meeting
August 29  |  7 p.m. – 9 p.m.  | Alexandria, Ohio

Join OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter planning meeting for the 2016-17 season to help select the topics for the 2016-17 meetings and identify individuals who might want to lead the discussions. Learn more.

Soil Fertility in Organic Grain Production
August 30  |  9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  | Pendleton, Ind.

Learn from farmer John-Paul Franks about transitioning a small grain farm to organic. Soil fertility, organic N sources, and risk management will be discussed. Long-time dairy farmer John Martin will also be presenting. Learn more.

Webinar: Building Relationships and Meeting Needs of Small Farming Operations
August 30  |  Free  |  1 p.m.  | Online

Participants will learn about strategies and techniques to address the needs of small farming operations. Learn more.

Biodynamic Principles and Practices
August 30  |  Free  |  6:30 – 8 p.m.  | Online

In this webinar, we will explore the unique and practical ways that you can apply biodynamics to grow the most nutrient-dense and vibrant food possible, build soil organic matter, revitalize landscapes, and protect the climate by bringing more carbon into the living realm. Learn more.

Introduction to Holistic Management Online Course
August 30 – Oct 4  |  $250  | Online

You’ll develop a whole farm (holistic) goal which clearly articulates the vision for your farm/ranch, the organizational structure, and the resources available. Incorporate a triple bottom line analysis filter to help you make decisions more effectively. Learn the principles of how Nature functions and understand how tools affect ecosystem health. Learn more.

Profitability of Farming Prairie Potholes
August 31  |  Free  |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  | Arlington, Wis.

Research from Team Pothole at ISU shines light on what farmers can do with these low areas that do not yield much during wet years. This information is especially valuable now, with the volatility that climatologists predict for weather patterns in the next 10 to 20 years. Learn more.

University of Wisconsin Organic Agriculture Field Day
August 31  |  $10  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Jefferson, Iowa

At this field day, you will learn about organic no-till soybenas, organic soil health, cover crops, organic no-till corn, and organic wheat breeding. Learn more.

Conservation Best Practices Field Day
August 31  |  Free  |  4 – 7 p.m.  | Hasty, Minn.

Do cover crops make sense for you? Are you in compliance with future buffer laws? Does subsurface drip irrigation have a place on your farm? Is funding support available for conservation projects? Learn more.

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September

Webinar: Texas – Meet Our Native Pollinators
September 1  |  1 p.m.  | Online

Pollinators have been in the news a lot in the last couple of years.  While many of us are familiar with the European honeybee, we are not so familiar with our native pollinators.  Join Molly Keck, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension as she introduces us to some of our native pollinators, their habitats, and ways to preserve them. Learn more.

Webinar: Organics and Regenerative Agriculture
September 5  |  Free  |  9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Luverne, Minn

This event features several expert producers and scientists, including SFA Livestock & Grazing Specialist Kent Solberg, SFA pasture research farmer Allen Deutz, soil scientist Jennifer Hahn, agronomist Liz Stahl, and farmers Tom Fick, Terry Aukes and Brent Fluit. Register.

Webinar: Organics and Regenerative Agriculture
September 5  |  Free  |  Noon – 1 p.m.  | Online

Within the sustainable agriculture community “regenerative agriculture” has emerged as a new and popular buzzword to signify an approach to farming that is “beyond organic”, or “Organic 2.0”. This webinar explores the different schools of thought behind organic and regenerative agriculture, highlights the differences and overlapping similarities between both practices, and provides examples of regenerative practices that can be incorporated into organic production systems. Register.

Oat, Hay and Feed Production and Direct Marketing
September 7  |  Free  |  3 – 6 p.m.  | Dunkerton, Iowa

The Canfield Family has spent the last two years relearning how to grow small grains in Iowa. They have researched machinery, production strategies and varieties, in addition to seeking potential market streams. One opportunity is to direct-market small grains to small-scale livestock owners as either whole grains or as part of complete mixed feeds. Learn more.

Opportunities in Organic Farming
September 8  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  | Atlanta, Ill.

The MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year, the Bishops, showcase their diverse livestock, crop, and vegetable operations, sharing their organic management practices and reasons for choosing them, and highlight the on-farm research they’re doing. Additional presentations focus on legislative initiatives relevant to farmers, plus opportunities with universities, lending institutions, and more to encourage farmers to transition to organic. Learn more.

Cover Crop & Soil Health Learning Tour
September 8  | Free | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Rushmore, Minn.

What impacts can we expect on soil health and productivity with cover crops, reduced tillage and/or a more diversified cropping system? Should I adjust my weed or nutrient management program when interseeding cover crops into corn or soybean? How can I best fit cover crops and/or reduced tillage into my operation? Learn more.

Graze River Country: Lulich Pasture Walk
September 8  | Free | Noon – 3 p.m. | Mason, Wis.

This pasture walk will take place at Lulich Farm, 63375 US Hwy 63, Mason, Wis. For details or to RSVP, contact Deb at  715-590-2130.

Minnesota Grazing School
September 8  | $100 | Noon – 3 p.m. | Grand Rapids, Minn.

The Grazing School is designed for producers and anyone with an interest in learning the basics of how to best manage grasslands to benefit livestock, the grassland ecosystem, and wildlife. Learn more.

Rosman Family Farm Field Day
September 9  | Free | 1 – 4:30 p.m. | Harlan, Iowa

Join the Iowa Organic Association and the Practical Farmers of Iowa for the final event in its 2017 field day series. This field day, hosted at the Rosmann Family Farm on Saturday, September 9th at 1:00 PM, will focus on organic crop and swine production and will be of special interest for farmers exploring organic transition. Learn more.

Renewable Energy Fair
September 9-10   |  Saint Paul, Minn.

For the first time, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association will be holding a second Energy Fair in St. Paul, MN, in addition to the Energy Fair in Custer, WI. You are invited to exhibit, present a workshop, or sponsor this new event! Learn more.

Brassicas Crop Intensive
September 10 | $150 | 9 – 5 p.m. | Bangor, Mich.

The day will cover variety selection, production, management and marketing of  brussel’s sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, chinese cabbage, collards, kale & kohlrabi with possible forays into turnips, mustard and rutabegga.
Lunch and snacks provided. Learn more.

Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Day: The Good, The Bad, & the Ugly of Transitioning to a Grass-Based System
September 10 | $20/free for members | Noon – 4 p.m. | Brodhead, Wis.

Riemer Family Farms specializes in pasture-raised, beef cattle, Berkshire pigs, chickens, laying hens, and turkeys. Learn how to successfully transition your livestock to a grass-based system from a grain-based system. Learn more.

Camphill Village Minnesota Fall Festival
September 10 | Free | 12:30 – 4 p.m. | Sauk Centre, Minn.

Enjoy a free lunch, live music, hay rides, tour of the farm and community, face painting, and wonderful company. If you’ve ever been curious about CVM, now is the time to check it out. There’s fun for the whole family! Learn more.

National Farmers Union Fall Fly-In
September 10-13 | Washington, D.C.

Teams of Farmers Union members will stop by the office of every member of Congress. Grassroots efforts at their finest, Farmers Union members will highlight the key priorities for the organization, struggles they are facing, and goals for future legislation and the next farm bill. Learn more.

Corn Bred for Organic Farmers Field Day
September 11 |  $10 (lunch) | 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | East Troy/Elkhorn Wis.

Learn about the Mandaamin Institute’s corn breeding program. They breed for four things that organic farmers find important: higher nutritional value, GMO contamination prevention, greater nitrogen efficiency, and better ability to compete with weeds. Learn more by contacting Virginia Thomas: (262-248-1533) or mandaaminoffice@gmail.com.

Local Food Collective Tour: The Village Hive
September 12 |  Free | 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Amherst, Wis.

Indulge your appetites by visiting The Village Hive to find locally crafted cakes, pies, artisan breads, jams, cheese, eggs, meats, grain-free treats, and savory options!! Also, they offer seasonal produce and an array of fanciful & unique gifts. Their kitchen space is available for rent. Learn more.

Cover Cropping & Fertility Management on Vegetable Farms
September 12   | Free | 5:45 – 8 p.m. |  Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

Held at Big River Farms by the Land Stewardship Project, in partnership with the Minnesota Food Association. Contact Dori Eder: dori@landstewardshipproject.org, or 612-578-4497.

Winter Marketing, Pricing and Economics
September 12   | Free | 6 – 8 p.m. |  Ann Arbor, Mich.

Email today to reserve your spot in this free workshop at Matthaei Botanical Garden. SRA.SEMichiganHighTunnel@gmail.com

Compost Workshop
September 12-14   | $745 – $795  |  Deer Grove, Ill.

This workshop will give you hands-on training at a compost production site that utilizes the Aeromaster Composting System. Visits to the compost site will allow you to practice the composting methods taught in the classroom in a real work environment. Learn more.

Red Lake Nation Food Summit
September 13 – 16   | $100  |  Red Lake, Minn.

4-Directions Development formerly known as Red Lake Nation Entrepreneur Program has undertaken the Gitigaanike (Red Lake Local Foods Initiative) to foster food sovereignty within the Red Lake Nation. Learn more.

GAPs Online Course
September 13 – Oct 3  | $190  |  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. Learn more.

Cottage Food Producer Advanced Food Safety Training
September 14   | $35 | 9 a.m. – Noon |  Grand Marais, Minn.

By attending this session, you will meet the training requirement to register as a Minnesota cottage food producer with annual sales over $5000 per year. You will learn how to produce, package and label a safe food product. Learn more.

A Little Bit of Everything in Everly
September 14   | Free | 1 – 3 p.m. |  Everly, Iowa

Come enjoy some produce talk in northwest Iowa! Join Michael and Darla for a tour of the high tunnels, outdoor rotational vegetable fields and strawberry beds on their small farm. Learn more.

Webinar: Drought and Invasive Species
September 14   | Free | 1 p.m. |  Online

Drought creates the potential for invasive plant species to increase in diversity and abundance in a variety of ecosystems, often mediated by the occurrence of disturbances (wildfire, insect outbreaks). Learn more.

Building Soil While Extending the Grazing Season
September 16   | Free  |  Goodhue, Minn.

The Luhman family of Dry Creek Red Angus and Kaleb Anderson of Belle Creek Cattle will host the Land Stewardship Project Soil Builders’ Network field day. Learn more.

Food Safety for Organic Vegetable Production
September 16  |  9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  | Northfield, Minn.

Farmers Ben Doherty and Erin Johnson, and Annalisa Hultberg, U of M Extension Food Safety Educator, discuss food safety in organic vegetable production in the field and packing shed. Also learn about weed management tools and growing/storing/marketing winter root crops. Learn more.

Minnesota Salsa Fest
September 16  |  $5  |  10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  | Long Prairie, Minn.

Celebrate all things related to salsa and enjoy local farm vendors, workshops, music, food, and a salsa contest. More info.

Regenerative Grazing to Produce Gourmet Grass-Fed Beef
September 16  | Free  |  Noon – 4 p.m.  | Bellevue, Iowa

Jamie Hostetler’s primary goal for this field day is to educate attendees on regenerative grazing and grass-efficient beef genetics. Enjoy a hayride through his pastures, stopping to see annuals interseeded in perennial pastures and a PlantO-Vator minimum-till drill. Learn more.

Farm Aid 2017 Concert
September 16  | $49.50 – 199.50  |  Noon  | Burgettstown, Pa.

The concert lineup will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well as Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, Valerie June, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Insects vs Robots. More info.

Bike the Barns
September 17  | $65 – 125  |  9 a.m.  | Madison, Wis. area

Bike the Barns is FairShare CSA Coalition’s largest fundraiser. Bike the Barns helps increase access to fresh food for Wisconsin families.  All pledges raised by Bike the Barns participants support Partner Shares, ensuring a strong and just local food system. Learn more.

Farm Tour: Black Rabbit Farm
September 17  |  Free  |  2 – 4 p.m.  | Amherst, Wis.

Tour a small Certified Naturally Grown family farm on the Tomorrow River specializing in pastured rabbit, chicken, duck, and mixed vegetables. Learn more.

Florida Organic Food & Farming Summit
September 17 – 18  |  $  |   Gainesville, Fla.

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Florida Organic Growers will be hosting its inaugural Organic Food & Farming Summit in September! This exciting new event will serve as an opportunity for growers, educators, advocates, academics & researchers to interact and gain knowledge through farm tours, workshops, a trade show, and day-long training sessions. Learn more.

Second Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition
September 17 – 20  |  $300  |   Prior Lake, Minn.

Join tribal officials, researchers, and practitioners to discuss the state of Native nutrition and food science, and identify new areas of work. Learn more.

Prairie on Farms Program Field Day
September 20  |  Free  |  9 a.m.  | Cedar Falls, Iowa

The field day will highlight the installation of an in-field prairie strip in a state identified priority watershed (Dry Run Creek). Participants will learn proper prairie establishment and management techniques for conservation practices involving native prairie vegetation and about the Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project. Learn more.

Prairie on Farms Program Field Day
September 21  |  Free  |  4:30 p.m.  | Dike, Iowa

Topics include the installation of prairie strips and a saturated buffer. Staff will discuss proper seed mix design techniques and proper prairie establishment and management techniques. Researchers from the Iowa State STRIPS team and saturated buffer team will discuss project results and discuss the water quality benefits these conservation practices provide. Learn more.

Graze Rover Country: Flodquist/Richmond Pasture Walk
September 23 |  Free  |  11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  | Colfax, Wis.

This field day will take place at Charles Flodquist/John Richmond Farm, 12454 20th St., Colfax, Wis.  For details or to RSVP, contact Deb at  715-590-2130.

Dried Flower Production
September 23 |  Free  |  3 – 5 p.m.  | Cumming, Iowa

There’s never a dull moment at Howell Farm! Join Fred for a lively tour through the dried flower process on the farm, from production to finished dried arrangements. Learn more.

WEI Beekeeping: Making Mead
September 24  |  $35  |  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  | North Branch, Minn.

Mead is fermented with three basic ingredients: honey, yeast and water. It isn’t classified as beer or wine in the typical sense, but stands apart in its own rank of alcoholic beverage. In this course, you will start a batch and sample some finished mead. Learn more.

Webinar: IPM Updates
September 25  |  Free  |  9 – 9:30 a.m.  | Online

Alabama Extension hosts a webinar on Integrated Pest Management updates, hosted by Avanava Majumdar. Learn more.

Webinar: Hybrid, F1, Double Cross, and Open-pollinated Corn: What Does it All Mean?
September 25  |  Free  |  Noon  | Online

In the webinar, presenters Margaret Smith of Cornell and Richard Pratt of New Mexico State University will explain what different types of corn varieties are, how uniform or variable each type is, and highlight the relative advantages and disadvantages of the different variety types. Learn more.

Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day
September 26  |  Free  |  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  | Holt, Mich.

See mechanical cultivation tools demonstrated in vegetables, learn about cultivation innovation in Europe, learn from farmers about in-row tools, and meet vendors who sell or manufacture cultivation equipment. Learn More.

Corn Hybrids Webinar
September 27  |  Free  |  Noon – 1:30 p.m.  | Online

In the webinar, presenters Margaret Smith of Cornell and Richard Pratt of New Mexico State University will explain what different types of corn varieties are, how uniform or variable each type is, and highlight the relative advantages and disadvantages of the different  variety types. Learn more.

Cottage Food Producer Advanced Food Safety Training
September 27   | $35 | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. |  Willmar, Minn.

By attending this session, you will meet the training requirement to register as a Minnesota cottage food producer with annual sales over $5000 per year. You will learn how to produce, package and label a safe food product. Learn more.

Southeastern Biodynamic Conference
September 29 -October 1  | Red Boiling Spring, Tenn.

The Conference will begin on Michaelmas, and there will be a special Michaelmas celebration on Friday evening.  Share a great weekend with the Southeastern regional biodynamic community. Learn more.

Field Day: Fall Biodynamic Preparations
September 30  | Free  |  1:30 – 5:30 p.m.  |Elkhorn, Wis.

Attendees will tour the farm, fill and stuff the Biodynamic preparations, and then bury them. There will be a potluck supper and bonfire at the farm. Bring a dish to share. Learn more.

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October

Webinar: Non-Ruminant Organic Livestock on Pasture
October 1  |  Free  |  Noon – 1 p.m.   |  Online

This webinar is presented in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)- Science and Technology National Technology Support Centers. The webinar will examine pasture and outdoor access requirements for non-ruminant organic livestock. The presentation will focus on resource concerns and opportunities for conservation. Learn more.

Extending the Vegetable Season with Storage Crops
October 1  |  Free  |  2 – 5 p.m.   |  Amery, Wis.

Held at Blackbrook Farm by the Land Stewardship Project, in partnership with the Minnesota Food Association. Contact: Dori Eder: dori@landstewardshipproject.org, or 612-578-4497.

Webinar: Non-Ruminant Organic Livestock on Pasture
October 1  |  Free  |  Noon – 1 p.m.   |  Online

Presented in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)- Science and Technology National Technology Support Centers, this webinar will examine pasture and outdoor access requirements for non-ruminant organic livestock. Learn more.

East Central SFA Meeting
October 1  |  Free  |  4 – 6 p.m.   |  East Bethel, Minn.

SFA East Central Chapter will host its annual meeting at Minnesota Fresh Farms. This meeting will include an overview of the last year and a chapter budget update. Chapter leaders are also seeking ideas and volunteers for potential 2018 events. Bring a dish to share. Learn more.

Field Day: Agrotourism at Kinnikinnick Farm
October 3  |  $20  |  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   |  Caledonia, Ill.

Attendees will help with the daily farm chores and learn about the ins and outs of operating an agritourism operation and how Kinnikinnick Farm evolved from a half acre market garden to a diversified small farm.​ Learn more.

Holistic Financial Planning Online Course
October 3 – Nov 7  |  $250  |  Tuesdays, 10 – 11 a.m.   |  Online

This course provides key financial principles that help you learn how to work on your business, not just in your business. This simple approach to financial planning will help you understand the big picture view as well as make critical production decisions based on a clear sense of cost of production for different enterprises. Learn more.

Master Class in Permaculture Design
October 4-8  |  $650 – $750   |  Fountain City, Wis.

So, you have your PDC, now what? This advanced, applied Permaculture design course is for anyone looking to study Permaculture design at a deeper level. Enhance your understanding of the Permaculture ethics and principles and practice applying them to property designs with input and guidance from experienced Permaculture consultant and designer, Wayne Weiseman. Learn more.

 

Stone Barns Center Harvest Fest 2017
October 7   |  $$$  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  Tarrytown, N.Y.

Celebrate the best of the farm in fall at Harvest Fest 2017. Enjoy activities, crafts, live music, and seasonal fare from local vendors for the whole family. Learn more.

Wisconsin Solar Tour
October 7   |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Saint Paul, Minn.

Join folks across Wisconsin for a state-wide Solar Tour. Homes and businesses throughout Wisconsin will open their doors to demonstrate and share strategies for energy-efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable living. Site tours are free and open to the public. Learn more.

GAPs Online Course
October 11 – 31  | $190  |  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. Learn more.

Webinar: Practical Carbon Solutions
October 12   | Free | 6:30 – 9 p.m. |  Online

In this webinar, we will discuss carbon farming solutions through a biodynamic lens and address topics including: compost, humus, biodynamic preparations, biochar, carbon, and more. Learn more.

History and Health Situations Related to GMO’s
October 14   | $32 | 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. |  St. Cloud, Minn.

Dr. Don Huber, the World Leading GMO and Glyphosate Research Scientist, will share his extensive knowledge on history of GMOs, current health situations related to GMOs, and long-term effects of GMOs. Learn more.

Field Day: Farm Business Transitions
October 16  | $20 | 10:30 – 2:30 p.m. |  Grayslake, Ill.

Are you at a turning point with your farm business? Angelic Organics Learning Center (AOLC) and the Liberty Prairie Foundation (LPF) are hosting an Upper Midwest CRAFT field day to explore the many facets of farm business transition and how to make them work for you. Learn more.

Looking Back at the First Year of Farming with Experienced Eyes
October 21  |  Free  |  3 – 5 p.m.  | Hancock, Iowa

Join beginning farmer Jayme Fowler as she wraps up her first season at Wild Furrow Farm. During a tour of the farm, Jayme and retired CSA vegetable farmer Susan Jutz will discuss production and management, the farm’s layout, and harvesting and packing. Jayme will also share the experience of converting a tractor-based vegetable farm to draft power. Learn more.

WEI Beekeeping: Winterizing Hives
October 22  |  $35  |  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  | North Branch, Minn.

Learn what it takes to prepare your hive to survive a Midwestern winter at the Women’s Environmental Institute. Learn more.

Whole Farm/Ranch Business 
October 27 – 28, Nov 3 – 4, Nov 10 – 11  |  $300  |  9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day  | Mancos, Colo.

This in-depth course is designed to help both new and experienced farmers and ranchers learn key business, marketing and financial planning skills. Learn more.

Graze River Country: Larson Pasture Walk
October 28  |  Free  |  10 a.m. – Noon  | Colfax, Wis.

This pasture walk will take place at the farm of Brad and Melissa Larson, N10688 County Rd M, Colfax.  For details or to RSVP, contact Deb at  715-590-2130.

Grazier Gathering
October 31 – Nov. 1  |  Free  | Cold Springs, Minn.
LSP member Bonnie Haugen is organizing a gathering of veteran and new graziers Oct. 31 to Nov. 1 in Cold Spring, Minn. Haugen, who is the Minnesota Education Coordinator for the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship initiative, is using the meeting as a way to connect different generations of grass-based livestock producers. For details, contact Haugen at 507-421-7170 or bonnie.haugen@gmail.com.

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November

WFAN Conference
November 2-4 | $$$ | St. Louis, Mo.

Join more than 200 women from all areas of sustainable agriculture, including farmers, aspiring farmers, landowners, policy-makers and advocates. The conference includes field tours, on-site intensives, workshops, keynotes, special 20th anniversary presentations, and a locally sourced lunch. All are welcome; workshops include topics ranging from production and marketing to conservation, leadership development and policy issues. Learn more.

Great River Women in Sustainable & Organic Agriculture Potluck
November 5  | Free | 10 a.m. – Noon | TBD

Meeting format: the GRWSOA meet at someone’s house, do introductions, share dreams and needs, and participate in an activity. For more information, contact Nad at Learnitoday@yahoo.com or (608) 738-1321.

Hand Tools and Implements for Small Vegetable Farms
November 5  | Free | 2 – 5 p.m. | Iowa City, Iowa

At this “try before you buy” field day, Jason and Scott will show various hand tools and small implements, including wheel hoes, stirrup hoes, a BCS tiller and more. Learn more.

Organic & Non-GMO Forum: Oilseeds & Grains at the Crossroads
November 6-7  |  $499 – 650* | St. Louis, Mo.

This event brings together producers, handlers, buyers and processors to address the challenges of meeting the growing demand for organic and non-GMO products, plus emerging opportunities for specialty production. Sessions cover the latest information regarding opportunities for producers while addressing processors’ production needs.

*Tickets are $799, but farmers in the MOSES community may use the following discounts: producers with >5,000 organic/transitional acres use the code MOSES for $650 registration; those with <5,000 acres use code ORGFARMER for $499 registration.

Webinar: Compliance Strategies – Sanitation, Contamination Prevention and Facility Pest Management for Organic Processors
November 7  |  Free  |  12 – 1 p.m.  | Online

Curious about what you can and can’t use for sanitizing equipment and food contact surfaces? Worried about whether your operation is taking the proper steps to ensure the prevention of contamination and commingling of your organic products? Confused about pest management practices within or around your organic facility? Have no fear. Oregon Tilth staff will cover all of these topics in great detail. Register here.

Cottage Food Producer Advanced Food Safety Training
November 9   | $35 | 1 – 4 p.m. |  Little Falls, Minn.

By attending this session, you will meet the training requirement to register as a Minnesota cottage food producer with annual sales over $5000 per year. You will learn how to produce, package and label a safe food product. Learn more.

Field Day: Quality of Life
November 12   | $20 | 3 – 7 p.m. |  Lena, Ill.

The daily work as a farmer can sometimes tip the scales of your work-life balance more towards work than life. So how do you prioritize your work life, farming, and family? Learn more.

WEI Beekeeping: Everything Honey
November 19  |  $35  |  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  | North Branch, Minn.

A WEI Swarm Party! Bring a friend and come and celebrate the end of a wonderful season. Learn more.

GAPs Online Course
November 29 – Dec 19  | $190  |  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. Learn more.

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December

Feast! Local Foods Marketplace 2017
December 1 – 2   | $5  | Rochester, Minn.

The award-winning Feast! Local Foods Marketplace hosts over 100 exhibitors who show, sample and sell their artisan food products to wholesale buyers during the Friday tradeshow and to consumers during the Saturday festival. Learn more.

Cottage Food Producer Advanced Food Safety Training
December 2   | $35 | 9 a.m. – Noon or 1 – 4 p.m. | St. Cloud, Minn.

By attending this session, you will meet the training requirement to register as a Minnesota cottage food producer with annual sales over $5000 per year. You will learn how to produce, package and label a safe food product. Learn more.

Webinar: Organic Poultry and Outdoor Access
December 5  |  Free |  2 – 3 p.m.  | Online

This webinar is presented in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)- Science and Technology National Technology Support Centers. USDA Organic Regulation create new outdoor access requirements for poultry. This webinar will discuss the new requirements (once finalized), potential resource concerns and opportunities for conservation. Learn more.

Midwest CSA Conference
December 7-8  |  $135  | Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

With the continued growth of the CSA movement in the Midwest comes opportunities and complexities. The conference will provide a forum for CSA farmers and advocates to come together for deliberative discussion and peer-to-peer learning. Full-group sessions, including a keynote, will discuss shared values of the movement and strategies for promoting cooperation and shared risk among farms and communities. Learn more.

Organic Grower Summit
December 13-14  |  $$  | Monterey, Calif.

Launched by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), the Organic Grower Summit (OGS) will bring organic growers, producers and processors to Monterey for two days of education, information and networking opportunities with their production supply chain and support service providers. Learn more.

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January

National Farmers Union Women’s Conference
January 14 – 18  |  $$  | San Diego, Calif.

The conference will prepare attendees and their operations for their own future in many areas, including: business planning, succession planning, running for local office, networking, telling their own stories, innovative marketing and much, much more. NFU hopes to provide attendees with a network of female producers that they can reach out to throughout the year, as well as provide attendees with important tools that will help set their operations up for a future of success. Learn more.

 

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