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June

 

Veteran Farmer Conference: “Answering the Call”
June 22  |  Free  |  8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  | Seward, Neb.

“Answering the Call” will provide veteran farmers an avenue to network, and an opportunity to discover resources and services that are readily available to them. Learn more.

Webinar: Innovative Cover Crop Techniques
June 22  |  Free  |  Noon – 1 p.m.  | Online

Join this webinar to learn about new and innovative uses of cover crops in organic vegetable and strawberry production. Speakers will cover a range of topics including the use of cover crops in beds and furrows between black plastic mulch, using cover crops to reduce tillage and for nitrogen, and inter-seeding cover crops. Register.

Field Day: Blue Fruit Farm
June 22  |  $20 OFGA members, $30 non-members  |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  | Winona, Minn.

Jim Riddle and Joyce Ford will lead a tour of Blue Fruit Farm. The field day will focus on their unusual fruits, including 5 varieties of black currants, 8 varieties of honeyberries, 5 types of plums, and numerous blueberry varieties. We’ll discuss the farm’s rainwater collection, solar-powered irrigation system, deer fencing, and bird netting. Attendees will also get a chance to taste jams, jellies and juices made from the farm’s fruits. Learn more.

Prairie BioBlitz
June 24  |  Free | Time TBD  | Starbuck, Minn.

Ready to learn more about prairie species in your neighborhood? Are you a prairie enthusiast ready to share your knowledge and passion with others? Looking for a fun family day that also supports public lands? Join the Land Stewardship Project for a BioBlitz in and around Glacial Lakes State Park in western Minnesota! Learn more.

Heather Ridge Farm Day: Managing your Time and your Pastures with Holistic Management
June 24  |  $25 | 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  | Preston Hollow, N.Y.

Heather Ridge Farm Day is part of HMI’s Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers. 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.

Radiance Dairy Field Day
June 24  |  1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  | Fairfield, Iowa

Take a visit to Southeast Iowa to see what innovations you can make to your dairy or field crop operation. Francis Thicke’s diversified organic farm, Radiance Dairy, is a model of sustainability and experimentation. Tour an intensively managed pasture system, visit fields where soybeans are planted into cereal rye that was terminated with a roller/crimper, and listen to Francis’s perspective on the new energy systems he has put in place on the farm. Learn more.

SFA Dual Farm Tour
June 25 |  Free  |  1-4 p.m.  |  Ogilvie, Minn.

The field day will begin at Nelson Grass farm, where Ryan and Desiree Nelson use mobile structures and fencing to intensively graze goats, pigs, turkeys, rabbits, layers and broilers. The tour will include details on their animal shelters, mobile watering systems, and mobile electric fencing. Then, the group will caravan to the farm of Clark Parkhurst and Yvonne Baller’s 40-acre farm, which utilizes custom grazing in pasture and woods. Attendees will learn about building a sheep flock with a long-term goal of selling grass-fed lamb. 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.

An Evening with Ben Burkett
June 25 |  Free  |  4 – 6 p.m.  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Join Seward Co-op for an evening with their newest farm partner: the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, which supports the economic development of Black farmers and the rural poor, with an emphasis on land retention and development. Federation board member and farmer Ben Burkett will travel north in a semi-truck brimming with ripe, red watermelons, which will be available for purchase at area co-ops. Welcome Ben and, more importantly, honor this important new relationship within the co-op network! Learn more.

Earth Activist Training
June 25 – July 9 |  $1600 – 2000  |  Freeport, Ill.

Participatory, hands-on teaching with lots of practical projects, games, songs, and laughs along with an intensive curriculum in regenerative ecological design that earns a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC). Learn more.

U of MN New Crops Forum
June 26 |  Free  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | St. Paul, Minn.

The U of M Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships welcomes the public to a new and exciting public forum highlighting U of M developed and improved specialty crops at the Cargill Building on the St. Paul campus. This meeting is an invitation to researchers, culinary professionals, chefs, food processors, farmers and producers interested in exploring and connecting with the agricultural innovation coming out of the U of M. Learn more.

Farm Law 101 Workshop for Farm Professionals
June 27 |  Free  | 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  |  Falcon Heights, Minn.

Especially when it comes to direct to consumer and organic farm operations, legal questions abound: Can my landlord terminate my lease? I think my neighbor’s fence is on my property; what do I do? My organic land was sprayed; now what? Should I form an S corporation or a trust to protect my land? This workshop will be held at: The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Ave, Falcon Heights, Minn.

Forage Council Summer Tour
June 27 |  Free  | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  |  Bluffton, Minn.

The Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council is hosting a free summer tour at the Steve and Sue Flanagan Farm, 36554 620th Ave, Bluffton. View cover crop applications, pasture management, results from outwintering and low-cost interseeding with cattle, and pasture renovation. All are welcome and no RSVP is required. For more information, email: kent@sfa-mn.org.

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.

Soil Health Field Day
June 28  |  Free  |  9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Morris, Minn.

Crop producers and other agricultural professionals can see the latest in soil health, cover crop varieties and management, and relay cropping. See how different cover crops affect soil structure and function in a soil pit, compare 11 cover crop varieties, see demonstrations of relay cropping with Camelina and soybean, and visit with equipment reps about their new products and services. Learn more.

Webinar: De-Nitrifying Bioreactors in Tile Drained Systems
June 28  |  Free  |  1 p.m.  |  Online

Participate for an introduction to the new NRCS Conservation Practice Standard (Code 605) Denitrifying Bioreactors, and learn about the practice effectiveness, design and operation considerations, along with experiences from the field. 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.

Graze River Country: Mrdutt Pasture Walk
June 28  | Free | 6:30 p.m.  | Boyceville, Wis.

Ben Mrdutt Farm, E 3861 1220th Ave, Boyceville, Wis. For details or to RSVP, contact Deb: 715-590-2130.

Small Grains Pork Production
June 29  |  TBD  |  New Hampton, Iowa

Tom and Irene Frantzen have a 320-acre organic farm with row crops and forages, plus brood sows and a beef herd. They’ll talk about growing hybrid rye and kernza, and pelleting small grains for hog feeding trials. Registration open soon through Practical Farmers of Iowa. Learn more.

SFA Soil Health Webinar
June 30  | Free | 1 p.m.  | Online

Kent Solberg will discuss “Soil health for wildlife and fisheries managers: Why should we (or I) care?” Register.

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July

Garlic Growers’ Tour of Award-Winning Operations
July 1  |  Free | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Red Wing, Minn.

The Upper Midwest Garlic Growers, an SFA networking group, is presenting tours of two award-winning garlic operations, with lots of time to network with other growers. 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.

Graze River Country: Peasley Pasture Walk
July 8  |  Free  |  9:30 a.m.  |  Black River Falls, Wis.

Dave and Will Peasley Farm, N7271 State Highway 12, Black River Falls, Wis. For details or to RSVP, contact Deb: 715-590-2130.

Greater Mille Lacs Farm Tour
July 8  |  Free  | 4 – 7 p.m.  |  Aitkin, Minn.

SFA Greater Mille Lacs Chapter is hosting a farm tour & potluck at Maple Ridge Farm, 29555 380th Ave, Aitkin. Open to all, this fun event will include discussion and plenty of farmer networking. This event is free and no RSVP is required. For more info email: greatermillelacs@sfa-mn.org.

 

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.

Ausborn Family Farm Field Day
July 11  |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  Ida Grove, Iowa

Join the Iowa Organic Association for the second event in its field day series. Scott Ausborn will host a field day at his family farm, co-hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa. This field day will review what fields to convert first, crop rotations, budgets, weed control, fertility, and recordkeeping. Experienced organic farmers Seth Smith and Paul Mugge will also share experiences with organic crop farming and advanced organic weed control. Learn more.

The Art of the Entrepreneur Workshop
July 11  |  5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.  |  Little Falls, Minn.

Artists and growers as small business entrepreneurs are invited to attend free educational workshops to build their business profitability and capacity. Learn more.

Compost Workshop
July 11-13  |  $795 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  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. This hands-on experience will increase your confidence level and give you the knowledge base you need to produce humus compost for increased profits. Learn more.

Cottage Food Producer Advanced Food Safety Training
July 12  |  $35  |  9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Do you make and sell baked goods, home-canned pickles, salsa, jam and jellies? Are you a cottage food producer? If yes, this workshop is for you. 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.

SWROC Organic Field Day
July 12  |  9 a.m. – 13:45 p.m.  |  Lamberton, Minn.

The event will start with a tradeshow and field tour of organic research projects at the SWROC including cover crops, alternative crops, small grain production, and tunnel vegetable production. After lunch, speakers from Land Stewardship Project, Sustainable Farming Association, and U of M WCROC will give keynote presentations on a variety of topics. Learn more.

In Her Boots: Grass-Fed Beef & Dairy in a Diversified System
July 12  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  Jefferson, Wis.

Farmer and grazing instructor Kirsten Jurcek offers a behind-the-scenes tour of her successful beef and dairy grazing operation. Learn about rotational grazing, and how to establish a conservation easement, CRP-funded prairie, and silviculture plantings of fruit and nut trees. Other topics include honeybee hives and ongoing warm season pasture experiments. Bonus: Wisconsin Farmers Union Youth Day Camp for kids 6 & older. 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.

Big River Farms Open House & Co-op Farm Tour
July 15  |  Free | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

Visit the farm and meet your BRF farmers at the annual Open House & Co-op Farm Tour 2017. This fun, family-friendly event will feature live music, wagon rides, farm-fresh snacks, games, prizes, and much more. Learn more.

Solar/Wind Field Day
July 15  |  1 p.m. – 5 p.m.  |  Kerkhoven, Minn.

Pastures A Plenty Company, in cooperation with Marvin Boike and family, will sponsor a solar/wind field day on Saturday, July 15 from one pm until five. The day will start at the Pastures A Plenty Farm site with the solar portion. James Darabi of Solar Farm will speak. For further information about the field day contact the Van Der Pols at 320-367-2061 or Boikes at 320-367-2767.

Can Pigs be Part of the Regenerative Agriculture Equation?
July 15  |  2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  |  La Plata, Mo.

Ever wonder how much forage a pig can eat? Singing Prairie Farm recently received a SARE grant to run an experiment this summer with pastured pigs on full grain, 50% reduced grain, and no grain rations. At this field day, you will learn how to expand annual forages and grass consumption in swine. Refreshments will be served after the tour. RSVP: John Arbuckle, singingprairie@gmail.com, 660-988-8551.

Cool Tools in Action Field Day
July 16  |  2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  |  Athens, Wis.

See, handle, and discuss an array of vegetable planting and cultivation equipment for all scales.  Everything from the humble BCS walk-behind to the latest Japanese cultivation equipment will be on hand to inspect and test drive. Learn more.

Pasture for Grass-Fed Pork and Beef
July 17  |  1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  |  Kiel, Wis.

Steve and Marie Diebele raise pastured Berkshire hogs and grass-fed beef. Together with agronomist Eric Anderson, they’ll talk about pasture renovation and soil improvement in an organic system. Learn from their experience how to manage a mix of perennial pasture and annual cover crops to meet the nutritional needs of pigs and cattle. Learn more.

Webinar: Risky Busiess – Assessing Areas of Risk for Current and Potential Organic Operations
July 18  |  Free  |  Noon – 1 p.m.  |  Online

Risks are threats but also opportunities in life and business. Organic operations can make strides in managing various forms of risk. Topics covered in this webinar will be risk assessment and management for farmers and processors as well as transitioning, new, and long-time producers. Register.

Give Peas a Chance
July 18  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Carrington, N.D.

Learn about field pea and oat varieties well suited to organic rotations by touring the university’s test plots with researcher Steve Zwinger and oat plant breeder Mike McMullen, along with Tom Rabaey and other reps from General Mills, and Fred Kirschenmann and Dan Barber of Stone Barns Center. Learn more.

Diversified Organic Rotations
July 21  |  9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  |  Ridgeway, Wis.

Farmers Paul Bickford and John Wepking explain their organic systems, which protect not only local watersheds, but also Gulf Coast fisheries at the other end of the country. They’ll talk about large-scale small grain production, processing, and marketing, plus explain how they design crop rotations and market their whole rotation, and touch on crop storage; growing organic seed corn, mentorship models, and farm transfer. Learn more.

Farm Tour: Whitefeather Organics
July 22  |  Free  |  2:30 – 4:30 p.m.  |  Custer, Wis.

Whitefeather Organics is a diverse farm offering CSA shares, eggs, meat (chicken, turkey, pig), tours, workshops, and pizza night! Tour the farm and then have the option to purchase fresh baked pizza. 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.

Artisanal Grain Production
July 24  |  1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  |  Pecatonia, Ill.

Farmer Andrea Hazzard covers everything from seed selection and planting to harvesting, drying and cleaning of corn and small grains for specialty markets. Ellen King, co-owner and artisan baker of Hewn Bread in Chicago, shares insights from the buyer’s perspective. Learn more.

Women Caring for the Land: Brooks Farm
July 25  |  8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Online

Join former Alice in Dairyland Zoey Brooks at her family’s state-of-the-art dairy farm, where animal comfort and environmental stewardship are at the forefront of day-to-day operations. Lunch is a potluck. For details or to RSVP, contact Deb: 715-590-2130 or djakubek@wisconsinfarmersunion.com

Webinar: Drought and Urban Forests
July 25  | Free | 1 p.m. | Online

Recent droughts have caused stress and mortality in urban forests, reducing the cooling, clean air, and carbon storage provided by trees. Because human populations are growing in most U.S. cities, it will become increasingly important to maintain healthy, productive urban forests. Scientists and urban foresters are working together to quantify recent drought-related stress and find management strategies for sustainable urban landscapes. Learn more.

Webinar: Hiring Farm Employees – Process and Recommendations
July 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.

Webinar: Disease Update for Fruit and Vegetables
July 31  |  9 – 9:30 a.m.  | Online

Disease update for fruit and vegetables, presented by Ed Sikora. Learn more.

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August

Webinar: Results of Organic Focused Conservation Innovation Grants
August 1  |  Free  | Noon – 1 p.m.  |  Online

This webinar will share the results of two NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) that focused on organic systems. David Redhage will discuss the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s CIG, which focused on establishment and management of native plants for native pollinators. Laura Hedeen will present findings from the Minnesota Food Association’s CIG, which explored tools and techniques to increase the accessibility of organic farming for immigrant and minority growers. Register.

Women Caring for the Land: Autumn Moon Farm
August 2 |  Free  | 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  Belleville, Wis.

Learn how Becky Olsen and her husband, Steve, transitioned their dairy operation into a new niche with specialty grains and on-farm processing. The duo have strong conservation roots and Becky will share how a trout easement, cover crops and other conservation efforts on the farm help protect the watershed. For details or to RSVP, contact Deb: 715-590-2130 or djakubek@wisconsinfarmersunion.com

In Her Boots: Realize Your Farming Dream
August 4  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Blanchardville, Wis.

The Wisconsin Soil Sisters, an innovative network of local women who farm, share their seasoned perspectives to answer your questions and help you gather resources for your farm launch. This event is offered in conjunction with the annual Soil Sisters weekend of farm tours, workshops, and culinary events. Learn More.

Soil Sisters
August 4-6  |  $  | South Central Wis.

For three days the jam-packed SOIL SISTERS culinary event celebrates Wisconsin’s family farms and rural life in and around the farming communities of Monroe, New Glarus, Blanchardville and Brodhead, Wisconsin, This event features five unique components involving numerous women-owned farms, presented by South Central Wisconsin Women in Sustainable Agriculture. Learn more.

The Art of Fermentation with Sandor Katz
August 5-6  |  $175 – $225  | Fountain City, Wis.

Learn from Sandor how simple it is to make your own kraut, kimchi and other fermented delicacies. Learn about the healing qualities and nutritional importance of live-culture ferments, as well as their illustrious history and integral role in human cultural evolution. Empower yourself further with simple techniques for fermenting many healthful foods in your home. Be part of the fermentation revival! Learn more.

Farm Tour: Nami Moon Farm
August 6  |  Free | 2 – 4 p.m.  | Custer, Wis.

Nami Moon Farm raises poultry, pork, vegetables and more. Tour the farm with Chris Holman and enjoy free snacks from the farm. Learn more.

Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts
August 8-9 |  $80/100 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  | Faribault, Minn.

The Sustainable Farming Association is hosting a pair of two-day events featuring Dr. Allen Williams, “Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8-9 in Faribault and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 10-11 in Blue Earth. Spend time with soil health experts digging deeper into soil health opportunities, challenges, and monitoring. Learn more.

Women Caring for the Land: Glacial Lake Cranberries
August 9  |  Free | 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

See how conservation is at the heart of this 6,000-acre operation. Cranberries have been produced on the property since 1873. For details or to RSVP, contact Deb: 715-590-2130 or djakubek@wisconsinfarmersunion.com.

In Her Boots: Field to Plate Perennial Fruit
August 9  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Winona, Minn.

Experience organic berry growing at peak harvest time. Farmer Joyce Ford and her husband, Jim Riddle, raise a variety of “blue” berries and plums for wholesale and direct-from-the-farm markets. Learn what it takes to nurture these fruits from field to plate. Learn more.

Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts
August 8-9 |  $80/100 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  | Blue Earth, Minn.

The Sustainable Farming Association is hosting a pair of two-day events featuring Dr. Allen Williams, “Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8-9 in Faribault and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 10-11 in Blue Earth. Spend time with soil health experts digging deeper into soil health opportunities, challenges, and monitoring. Learn more.

Minnesota Garlic Festival
August 12  |  $5 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  | Hutchinson, Minn.

Minnesota Garlic Festival is the premier event for lovers of garlic, great local foods and good times! Family friendly, fun filled and fragrant, this festival features fantastic foods, celebrity chefs, marvelous music, area artisans, goofy games…and lots of GARLIC – all in support of a healthy environment, sustainable farms and vital rural communities in Minnesota. Learn more.

Graze River Country: Mittag Pasture Walk
August 12  |  Free | 1 – 3 p.m.  | River Falls, Wis.

This field day will take place at the f arm of Randy and Liz Mittag, N6834 County Road E, River Falls,Wis. For details or to RSVP, contact Deb: 715-590-2130.

Farm Tour: Liberation Farm
August 13  |  Free | 1 – 3 p.m.  | Almond, Wis.

Tour this diversified homestead, CSA farm, permaculture education and direct trade coffee business rolled into one. Enjoy free snacks on the farm. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Hoop Full Harvest
August 21  |  Free | 6 – 8 p.m.  | Detroit, Mich.

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

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.

Tour of Central Lakes College Byron Township Site
July 25  | Free | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Staples, Minn.

Central Lakes College Ag and Energy Center is hosting a Field Day, which includes the Forage Council-sponsored tour noted below as well as additional programming. 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. Lunch is included. Register.

Tour of Central Lakes College Byron Township Site
July 25  | Free | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  | Staples, Minn.

Attend an open house at the CLC agricultural center and tour of its Byron Township site – the Forage Council-sponsored portion is a part of the larger SFA Soil Health Network event detailed above. Attend all or part of the day’s events. Central Lakes College, 26505 Country Road 2, Staples. For more information, contact Jim Chamberlin at jchamberlin@hugllc.com.

‘Farm2Families’ Community Event
July 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.

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

Learn the honey extraction process from hive to extractor in this hands on demonstration at the Women’s Environmental Institute. 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.

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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  |  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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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