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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.

Contour Marking
April 29 |  9 a.m. – noon  | Mount Horeb, Wis.

Learn methods of finding topographical contours and how to use those to mark contours on a hillside for fruit and nut silvopasture planting. Learn more.

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.



Making More From Milk
May 1-3  |  $695  |  Madison, Wis.

This is three full days of on-site expert introduction to value-added dairy. The event fee of $695 includes 3 farm visits, 3 processor visits, 5 retailer visits, 5 seminars with industry experts, 3 lunches, ground transportation to visits, and translation to Spanish. Learn more.

Grass Up Meeting
May 2  |  Madison, Wis.

Organic Valley kicks off its national Grass Up tour with this reception and information sharing event at Monona Terrace. Rep. Travis Tranel of District 49 will deliver remarks. Learn more.

Beekeeping for Beginners
May 3-5  |  Santa Rosa, Calif.

The goal of this conference is to of equip women veterans with the business and farming tools necessary to be successful in their agricultural endeavors. It’s open to all active duty and veteran women, as well as women who farm with veterans. Learn more.

An Introduction to Research at the Land Institute
May 4  |  1:30 p.m.  |  Salina, Kan.

Dr. David VanTassel will present “An Introduction to Research at The Land Institute” to Bethel College undergraduate students. Learn more.

Webinar: The Adaptation Workbook – Building your Climate Adaptation Plan
May 4  |  3 – 4 p.m. EST  |   Online

This webinar provides an overview of the Adaptation Workbook, an online, interactive, and practical workbook that helps land managers develop their own custom built climate change adaptation plans. Learn more.

Webinar: Holistic Land Planning Certification Course
May 4  |  1 – 2 p.m. MST  | $250  |   Online

This course will cover how to integrate key land planning principles and practices to improve land or infrastructure investment and implementation strategies. Learn more.

Webinar: All Bugs Good and Bad – Ticks
May 5  |  1 p.m. CDT  |   Online

This webinar will discuss ticks that you do and don’t see as well as how to protect yourself, your family, and your pets. Learn more.

Chicksaw Build
May 6  |  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |   Mount Horeb, Wis.

Learn to build a chickshaw, a mobile chicken coop designed so that one person can move it, even over rough terrain. Option to make arrangements to take one home! Learn more.

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.

Webinar: Vector Arthropods and How To Avoid Them
May 10  |  Online

Topics covered include: pest biology, common arthropod-borne illnesses, personal prevention, and control methods. Learn more.

Soil Health Workshop
May 10  |  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  |  Ramsey, Minn.

If you are an established farm growing fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, etc. please register for a workshop by emailing Monica Walch back at Learn more.

Intro to Small Ruminants
May 13  |  1 -5 p.m.  |  Ashby, Minn.

This course is for anyone considering adding goats or sheep to their sustainable food production. Learn more.

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.

Growing Edible Mushrooms
May 16  |  6-9 p.m.  |  Benzonia, Mich.

Each attendee in this beginner workshop will learn basic terminology and cultivation techniques. Learn more.

Growing your Livestock Farm Business with an FSA Loan
May 17  |  $15  |  6-8:30 p.m.  |  Dodgeville, Wis.

Southwest Badger Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council, Angelic Organics Learning Center, and the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) present a 2.5-hour workshop for livestock farmers interested in learning more about FSA loan programs and services. A diverse panel of livestock producers will describe their experience with FSA programs and farm funding opportunities. 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.

Tip of the Mitt Fiber Fair
May 20-21  |  Benzonia, Mich.

Join the Crosshatch Fiber Guild for a weekend of celebrating Michigan’s natural fibers, farmers, processors, and skilled artisans. Vendors will be selling hand-dyed yarn, spinning batts and roving, and raw wool. There will be workshops on indigo dyeing, drop spindle spinning, and more. Learn more.

Beekeeping: Planning Flowers for Pollinators
May 21 |  $35  |  1-4 p.m.  |  North Branch, Minn.

The course is part of a series of 9 (35.00 each class or 200.00 for entire 9 month session). Courses are held the fourth Sunday of every month, with the exception of May.  The topic for May is “Hive Day/Planning Flower Power for Pollinators.” Learn more.

Specialty Crops Field Day
May 24-25  |  Bayfield, Wis.

Growers interested in learning about specialty crop growing techniques in northern Wisconsin are invited to visit four local farms where specialty crops including strawberries, blueberries, tree fruits, and nuts are grown. Learn more.

Grazing Workshop
May 25  |  9:30 a.m.  |  Green, Wis.

Join Iowa County’s farmer-led Watershed Group for a tour of 2 grazing farms followed by brats and seafood. Learn more.

Farmshed’s Growing Collective Plant Sale
May 25-27  |  Stevens Point, Wis.

Farmshed’s Growing Collective will be selling over 5,000 annual vegetable and herb starts in the Farmshed greenhouse. Proceeds will go to support Central Rivers Farmshed. Learn more.

Caravan Field Day: Grazing Cover Crops
May 30 |  Noon-3 p.m.  |  Sioux Center, Iowa

This field day includes opportunities to network with fellow farmers as you caravan to each stop and learn more about spring grazing and a range of cover crop issues. Learn more.

Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop
May 31  |  Jefferson City, Mo.

The Midwest Elderberry Cooperative presents a workshop to introduce elderberry production to new growers. The two-day workshop on all aspects of production follows on June 1-2. Learn more.



Webinar: Using Fire and Grazing to Maintain Productive and Ecologically Resilient Grasslands
June 1  |  1 – 2 p.m. CDT  |  Online

Participants will learn about the effects of grazing and fire on grassland wildlife and opportunities to manage grazing lands to accomplish production and wildlife goals. Learn more.

Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop & Field Tour
June 1-2  |  Jefferson City, Mo.

The Midwest Elderberry Cooperative presents a two-day workshop that covers all aspects of elderberry production, including pest and disease management, elderberry research results, and crop insurance. Learn more.

Plants in Permaculture with Wayne Weiseman
June 1-4 |  $350-$400  |  Fountain City, Wis.

Learn techniques to help you identify and use local trees and plants, come to an understanding of their significance in the landscape, and practice using plants for food, medicine, and utility. Learn more.

Webinar: Aphids, Scales, and White Flies
June 2 |  1 – 2 p.m. CDT  |  Online

Learn to identify and properly apply IPM techniques using practical, cultural practices to reduce the pressure from these insect pests. Learn more.

Farm Dreams
June 5  | $20 |  5:30 – 8:30 p.m.  |  Online

Farm Dreams is an annual workshop series for aspiring farmers like you to discover what it would really take to start your own farm business. From assessing your skills and resources, to meeting successful farmers in your region, to deciding next steps for pursuing your farm dream, this workshop is the perfect setting for you to find out what it takes to own a successful farm business. Learn more.

Webinar: Results of a National Transition to Organic Survey
June 6  |  2 p.m. CDT  |  Online

Join this webinar to learn about the motivations, needs, and challenges of the transition to organic. Learn more.

Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference
June 9-11  |  $$$  |  Almond, Wis.

Along with the herbal education and personal growth workshops women enjoy dance and body movement opportunities, singing, and nature walks.  The village will commune together around nourishing, mostly organic meals, swimming in and enjoying the view of beautiful Pickerel Lake (in the heart of the camp), and soaking in the evening campfire. Learn more.

Midwest Farm Energy Conference
June 13-14  |  $30-$80  |  Morris, Minn.

This conference will highlight energy efficient systems for Midwest dairies (on June 13th), as well as for swine production systems (on June 14th). Learn more.

Webinar: How to Create Social Media Memes and other Photo Apps
June 14  |  11 a.m. CDT  |  Online

An effective social media presence involves using images. Learn how to create memes, which is simply text attractively laid across an image. Learn what photo apps help turn photos into dynamite digital messages that capture attention! Learn more.

Renewable Energy Fair
June 16-18  |  $  | Custer, Wis.

Now in its 28th year, The Energy Fair brings thousands of people together to learn about clean energy and sustainability, connect with others, and take action towards a sustainable future. Learn more.

Herb Field Day
June 24  |  9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  | Hutchinson, Minn.

The SFA Herb Project presents Connie Karstens on growing and marketing herbs in Minnesota. Connie will lead a presentation for consumers and retailers on the benefits and uses of local herbs. In addition, there will be an exhibit area at the festival with everything you ever wanted to know about growing and using the wide array of herbs and spices available in Minnesota. Learn more.

Beekeeping: Assessing Honey in the Hive
June 25 |  $35  |  1-4 p.m.  |  North Branch, Minn.

The course is part of a series of 9 ($35 each class or $200 for entire 9 month session). Courses are held the fourth Sunday of every month.  The topic for June is “Hive Day/Assessing Honey in the Hives.” Learn more.

Agroforestry Conference
June 27-29  |  Blacksburg, Va.

The 15th North American Agroforestry Conference is for agroforestry producers, researchers, educators and those involved with related work in the fields of permaculture and agroecology. Learn more.

Webinar: Can I use this Picture: Media Law
June 28  |  12 p.m. – 1 p.m.  |  Online

Have you ever found an image on the Internet and used it online, in a presentation, on a blog or website? Was it okay to do that? This webinar will review the legal use of image copyright and provide sources where you can find free or low cost images. Learn how to protect or contribute your images. Learn more.



International Bison Conference
July 4-8  |  $325-500  |  Big Sky, Mont.

The working group, consisting of American and Canadian bison enthusiasts, are putting on an event that celebrates the American bison, its past, and its future. Learn more and register here.

Composting with Purpose Field Day
July 8  |  $70 – $80  |  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  West Bend, Wis.

This workshop  specifically discusses how to use a fast, hot fermentation compost method using animal manures and integrated with biodynamic farming principles. Whether for your kitchen, home or farm resources, learn how to improve your existing compost system or design, implement and manage a new compost system. Learn more.

Permaculture Design Certificate Course
July 8-16  |  $$$  |  Fountain City, Wis.

Come learn with Wayne Weiseman, long-time Permaculture designer, teacher and co-author of Integrated Forest Gardening. Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden and The Permaculture City, will be teaching a two-day segment on urban and suburban permaculture. Learn more.

Webinar: Email Newsletters – Tips and Tools
July 12  |  12 p.m. – 1 p.m.  |  Online

In this webinar, you will learn about the nuts and bolts of developing a newsletter, criteria for content, frequency of distribution, the best way to grow a newsletter, and how to use it to generate revenue and build relationships. Learn more.

Slow Foods Nation Conference
July 14-16  |  Denver, Colo.

Slow Food Nations is a national Slow Food event that will gather leaders and eaters, farmers and chefs, educators and families for a weekend of tastings, tours and talks from July 14-16, 2017. For three days, Denver, CO will become the center of the North American food universe. Innovation meets tradition during exciting culinary workshops, seminars, dinners, tours, informal eating and drinking, and a Taste marketplace. Learn more.

Beekeeping: Mite Control
July 23  |  $35  |  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  |  North Branch, Minn.

Varroa mites are tiny external parasites of honey bees. Although mites can feed and live on adult bees, they mainly feed and reproduce on larvae and pupae in the developing brood, causing malformation and weakening of the colony as well as transmitting numerous viruses. Methods of testing and treating for mites will be demonstrated in this course. Learn more.

Farm Dreams Workshop
July 23  |  $20 – $40  |  1 p.m. – 5 p.m.  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Farm Dreams is a four-hour workshop designed to help people clarify what motivates them to farm, get their vision on paper, inventory their strengths and training needs and get perspective from an experienced farmer. Learn more.

Webinar: Hiring Farm Employees – Process and Recommendations
July 26  |  12 p.m. – 1 p.m.  | Online

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.



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