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August

Webinar: Opportunities for Conservation in Organic Livestock Systems
Aug. 4 | 2 p.m.

Join Oregon Tilth and NRCS to learn about the wide range of opportunities for NRCS support in organically managed livestock operations. The presenters will discuss opportunities for conservation in organic livestock systems from both the NRCS and producer perspectives. Learn more and register.

Women Caring for the Land: Conservation Discussion and Field Tour
Aug. 5 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Waterloo, Ill.

Hosted by Women Caring for the Land, this meeting is open to women who own or manage farmland. Participate in a free conservation discussion and field tour in Monroe County, Illinois. Focus will be on soil health – learning what it is, how evaluate the quality of soil, and see agricultural practices that improve soil health. Learn more and register.

Summer Fling Pasture Walk
Aug. 5 | 11 a.m. | Canton, Minn.

Hosted at Springside Farm, discussion will include grass, legume, and weed identification; cover crop economics and cost share programs; and forage budgeting. The walk will show the current farm forages including the grazing corn and oats/turnips. Learn more and RSVP by contacting Bonnie at bonnie@dairygrazingapprenticeship.org.

Plant Disease Identification and Management
Aug. 8 | 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | $50 | North Branch, Minn.

Hosted be the Women’s Environmental Institute, improve your growing skills through increased knowledge of pests and their management. This workshop will combine in-class lecture and activities with hands-on outdoors activities. Beginning to advanced farmers welcome. Learn more and register.

Mother Earth News Fair
Aug. 8-9 | West Bend, Wis.

Mother Earth News Fair, a sustainable lifestyle event featuring practical, hands-on demos and workshops, is coming to Wisconsin for the first time at Washington County Fair Park near West Bend. MOSES will be there with free resources and presentations. Wristbands at the gate are $25, but you can get them here for just $10 along with a bumper sticker and coupon for 25% off at the Mother Earth bookstore. Learn more.

Organic Seed School
Aug. 9 | 8 a.m.-4 p.m. | $20 | Verona, Wis.

Hosted by UW-Extension, topics covered include: pollination biology basics; practical instruction in selection and crossing for corn, tomatoes, carrots, and more; hands-on demonstrations of pollination and wet seed extraction; tours of university breeding plots; direct instruction from experienced breeders and growers and more. Learn more and register.

Organic Farming School: Pollinators and Pesticides: Demystifying the Science and Policy in Bee Declines
Aug. 10 | 6-8 p.m. | $20 | Minneapolis, Minn.

Organized by the Women’s Environmental Institute, this session of the Organic Farming School will by taught by Lex Horan from the Pesticide Action Network of North America. Learn more.

Seed Breeding for Organic Agriculture
Aug. 10 | 7-8 p.m. | Madison, Wis.

Join the Student Organic Seed Symposium for a moderated Q&A about seeds, breeding, technology, and the future of our food system. Discussion is open to general public. Learn more.

Organic Dairy Day
Aug. 11 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Morris, Minn.

The University of Minnesota field day will feature Organic Valley’s Mark Kopecky and his seminar on soil fertilty in dairy pastures and interpreting soil analysis. Updates of current research on organic projects at the West Central Research and Outreach Center will also be included. Field tours and a pasture walk with grazing and species selection, as well as a stockmanship demonstration. Learn more and register.

On-Farm GAPs Workshop
Aug. 11 | Lake City, Minn.

Organized and faciltated by UMN On-farm GAPs Education Program. Attend an on-farm GAPs workshop this summer to learn how GAPs can help minimize food safety risks with fresh produce. GAPs are good for business and good for your customers. Workshops are intended for fruit and vegetable farmers. Learn more.

Northern Pear Cultivars, Rootstocks and Orchard Floor Management
Aug. 11 | 4:30-7:30 p.m. | Decorah, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, this field day will feature an orchard walk looking at and discussing the pear cultivars and rootstocks growing at Sliwa Meadow Farm. Discussion with include management practices mimicking forest-edge ecology used to bolster the health and productivity of fruit trees. Learn more.

Organic Field Day
Aug. 13 | 9 a.m. | Roseville, Ill.

Hosted by the Illinois Organic Growers Association, the field day theme is “New Opportunities in Organic Farming.” A keynote presentation will be done by Andy Ambriole and will be of interest to any farmer interested in enterprise diversification for higher profits, healthier soil and successful generational transition. Learn more and register.

Webinar: Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables
Aug. 13 | 1 p.m. Central

Hosted by USDA AMS, the goal of the project is to develop additional opportunities for schools to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables with entitlement funding, while using pre-existing commercial distribution channels and school relationships with growers, produce wholesalers, and distributors. The pilot supports the use of locally-grown foods in school meal programs using entitlement funds. Learn more and register.

Organic Fest
Aug. 13 | 4-7:30 p.m. | Roseville, Ill.

Hosted by the Illinois Organic Growers Association, celebrate the season with food, fun and festivities. Event features networking, dinner, music and dancing. Learn more and register.

Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference
Aug. 14 | East Troy, Wis.

The 2015 conference will be held at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. The theme of this year’s conference is “Cover Crops and Agricultural Resiliency” and will feature a mix of general sessions and bus tours highlighting successful cover crop practitioners in southeast Wisconsin in a variety of cropping systems. Learn more and register.

Hop Summer Field Day
Aug. 14 | $20 | Waterloo, Wis.

Organized by WI-DATCP and UW Extension, this field day is designed primarily for experienced hop growers. Experts will be on hand to talk about management of diseases that can affect hop production, how and when to harvest hops to get the most out your crop and to explain the difference between hops the crop and hops the processed food ingredient. Learn more and register.

Pizza Farm Field Day
Aug. 15 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | $35 | Wykoff, Minn.

Join Renewing the Countryside and take a behind-the-scenes tour of a successful pizza farm operation, including the commercial kitchen set-up, wood fired oven and pizza preparation process. Host farmers will share their start-up experience, challenges and advice for farmers wanting to diversify into such on-farm food service. This field day will focus on Minnesota state specific content. Learn more and register.

Minnesota Garlic Festival
Aug. 15 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | $5 | Hutchinson, Minn.

Minnesota Garlic Festival is an 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.

Summer Field Day
Aug. 15 | 1-6:30 p.m. | $15-$25 | Madelia, Minn.

Hosted by the Organic Fruit Growers Association, learn about combining orchard establishment with orchard revitalization and establishing and marketing aronia. This field day will include visits to 2 additional sites within 12 miles. Learn more and register.

Hop Summer Field Day
Aug. 15 | $20 | Arkansaw, Wis.

Organized by WI-DATCP and UW Extension, this field day is designed primarily for experienced hop growers. Experts will be on hand to talk about management of diseases that can affect hop production, how and when to harvest hops to get the most out your crop and to explain the difference between hops the crop and hops the processed food ingredient. Learn more and register.

Elsewhere Farm Field Day
Aug. 15  |  3-5 p.m.  |  Herbster, Wis.

Clare Hintz, coordinator of the Lake Superior Farming Association, will show you around Elsewhere Farm, 16550 Nicoletti Rd., in Herbster, WI. Clare has been building production Permaculture systems on the farm for the last 14 years.  The farm features 700 fruit and nut trees, many kinds of berries, heritage and rare-breed pastured laying hens, vegetable market gardens, bees, and lots of red clay. For more information and to RSVP, contact Clare at elsewherefarmherbster@gmail.com or phone 715-774-3153.

Field Day
Aug. 16 | 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Mondovi, Wis.

Hosted by the Land Stewardship Project, learn about multi-species livestock farming with Stephanie and Andy Schneider of Together Farms. Learn more by contacting Dori Eder.

Storage Crops
Aug. 17 | 4-7 p.m. | Baldwin City, Kan.

This workshop is offered as part of the Growing Growers workshop series. Workshops are geared toward beginner farmers, but all the classes offer great information and skill development for more experienced farmers as well. Learn more.

Field Day at Otter Creek
Aug. 18 | 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Free | Avoca, Wis.

Each year, Midwestern BioAg celebrates soils on the award-winning Otter Creek Organic Farm. Join them for on-farm demonstrations including corn plots, soil health demonstrations by the USDA’s NRCS, ag technology review, cover crops, and dairy management. At Otter Creek, Midwestern BioAg products and practices have been applied for years. Learn more and register.

FarmStarts – Beginning Farmers Explore Production, Business and Marketing
Aug. 19 | 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Free | Bloomfield, Iowa

Funded by USDA – NIFA, this program is designed to help beginning farmers learn more about organic dairy and organic grain production. Open to conventional and organic producers, workshops cover grain marketing, farm structure and budgeting, fertility and weed control, certification rules, and more. Learn more and register.

Soils Field Day
Aug. 19 | Arlington, Wis.

The Arlington Ag Research Station is having a field day covering agronomy and soils, highlighting the organic cropping system. Topics include managing organic cropping systems for carbon stabilization and accrual, pasture & soil quality surveys from organic dairy farms across Wisconsin, cover crop-based no-till systems, and breeding for organic sweet corn: the case of “Who Gets Kissed.” Learn more.

Northern Fruits Workshop
Aug. 21 | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Staples, Minn.

Hosted by Central Lakes College, this is a public event to promote fruit tree production in harsh northern climates. The field day events include vineyard tours, wine tasting, and growers discussion. Two workshops are available on alternative fruits for cold climates and apples in northern Minnesota. Learn more and register.

Getting Started with Pasture-Based Livestock
Aug. 21 | 2-5 p.m. | West Branch, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, field day topics will include making the transition to full-time farming, marketing meat, inexpensive housing and equipment design, low-stress cattle handling, stockpiling pasture for winter feed, and more. Learn more.

Mushroom Cultivation & Application Course
Aug. 21-23 | Minneapolis, Minn.

Hosted by Twin Cities Permaculture, the course is designed for beginners as well the experienced cultivators. Course covers everything to start producing high quality mushroom spawn, fruit mushrooms indoors all year, construct a mushroom farm, and establish productive and regenerative outdoor mycoscapes. Learn more and register.

Pizza Farm Field Day
Aug. 22 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | $35 | Athens, Wis.

Join Renewing the Countryside and take a behind-the-scenes tour of a successful pizza farm operation, including the commercial kitchen set-up, wood fired oven and pizza preparation process. Host farmers will share their start-up experience, challenges and advice for farmers wanting to diversify into such on-farm food service. This field day will focus on Wisconsin state specific content. Learn more and register.

Introduction to Bio Dynamic Composting
Aug. 22  |  10 a.m.- 3 p.m.  |  $25  |  La Crescent, Minn.

Join Hoch Orchard and Gardens and Viroqua Bio Dynamic Group to learn about composting and setting up a small scale on-farm composting system. Topics includes the difference between Bio Dynamic compost and the basic rules of certified organic composting and a demonstration of how to set-up a small barrel or pit composter. Learn more and register.

Wild Springs Festival
Aug. 22-23 | Osceola, Wis.

Eat for Equity and Lily Springs Farm present Wild Springs Festival, a weekend of food, music, and community. Learn more and register.

Edible Startup Summit
Aug. 24-26 | Madison, Wis.

Three-day conference providing knowledge and connections to help launch a food business. Hear from successful food entrepreneurs, connect with industry, government, and non-profit resources, and bring questions for some great Q & A. The summit is focused on starting businesses that will sell food in retail and wholesale channels. Learn more and register.

Field Day
Aug. 26 | 8 a.m. | Frankenmuth, Mich.

The Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center will host a field day, with tours of the research plots. Learn more.

On-Farm GAPs Workshop
Aug. 27 | Hutchinson, Minn.

Organized and faciltated by UMN On-farm GAPs Education Program. Attend an on-farm GAPs workshop this summer to learn how GAPs can help minimize food safety risks with fresh produce. GAPs are good for business and good for your customers. Workshops are intended for fruit and vegetable farmers. Learn more.

Webinar: Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Soil
Aug. 27 | 12 p.m. Central

Hosted by NRCS, this webinar will present scientific research examining the benefits of organic farming practices to soil. Soil building practices such as crop rotations, cover crops, and organic fertilizers are central to organic practices. Learn more and register.

Field Day
Aug. 27 | Traverse City, Mich.

The Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center will have an open house and equipment show. Learn more.

Putting the “Culture” in AgriCulture: 30 Years with PFI
Aug. 29 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Harlan, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, this field day will focus on whole-farm organic production, marketing and integrating into local food systems. Following lunch, the discussion will include organic crop rotations, grazing and the other livestock enterprises. Learn more.

Sustainable Production and Sales in Local Communities
Aug. 30 | 3:30-6 p.m. | Bridgewater, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, learn about the start-up and progess of Bridgewater Farm’s laying hens, pigs, cows, and various methods of vegetable and fruit production – including successes and failures. Learn more.

On-Farm GAPs Workshop
Aug. 31 | Duluth, Minn.

Organized and faciltated by UMN On-farm GAPs Education Program. Attend an on-farm GAPs workshop this summer to learn how GAPs can help minimize food safety risks with fresh produce. GAPs are good for business and good for your customers. Workshops are intended for fruit and vegetable farmers. Learn more.

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September

Organic Agriculture Field Day
Sept. 2 | Arlington, Wis.

Hosted at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station, topics will include pasture grass variety trial results, soil microbial community changes under organic no-till management, best management strategies for organic no-till, linkages between pasture management and quality, cowpea and radish cover crop demos, and organic agriculture’s role in greenhouse gas mitigation. Presenter will be Jeff Moyer of the Rodale Institute. Learn more.

Webinar: Pollinator Planting in Organic Pastures
Sept. 2 | 2 p.m.

Hosted by Oregon Tilth and NRCS, learn about pollinator plantings in pasture from Mace Vaghan, Pollinator Program Director at Xerces Society. Learn more and register.

High Tunnel Build at Prairie Sky Farm
Sept. 3-4 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. | Wesley, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, this two-day, hands-on workshop will teach attendees all the steps to building a high tunnel. Adam Montri, the hoophouse outreach specialist with Michigan State University, will lead the workshop, answering questions about construction, design and production along the way. Learn more.

Hudson WWSDA Sheep Dog Competition
Sept. 4-7 | $7 | Hudson, Wis.

Watch the Wisconsin Working Stock Dog Association’s 30th Annual Labor Day Trials. Be amazed at what these dogs can do, how they work using their own talents and in partnership with their handlers to gather sheep and move them with care and precision over hills, around gates and obstacles and into pens. Learn more.

Permaculture Skill-shares, Workshops and Networking
Sept. 4-7 | $55 | Geneva, Minn.

Organized by the Center for Deep Ecology & The Organic Compound, this community event will offer local permaculturists, farmers, gardeners, activists, and others a chance to spend a weekend sharing skills, making connections, and learning. Learn more and register.

Farm Business Management
Sept. 5 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Kansas City, Mo.

This workshop is offered as part of the Growing Growers workshop series. Workshops are geared toward beginner farmers, but all the classes offer great information and skill development for more experienced farmers as well. Learn more.

Mid-America Homesteading Conference
Sept. 5 | Joliet, Ill.

Increase your self-reliance by learning how to raise livestock, keep bees, garden, and preserve the harvest. Attend six sessions throughout the day and choose from three different session each hour. Learn more and register.

MeadowLark Hearth Annual Seed Festival
Sept. 6-7 | Scottsbluff, Neb.

Meadowlark Hearth is throwing their Annual Seed Fest. A venerable celebration of the sacred seed. A packed Sunday and Monday full of fall harvest fun for seed enthusiastic friends and family. There’ll be seed, camping, dancing, campfires, stars, friends and beautiful W. Nebraskan skies. Learn more.

Organic Vegetable Field Day
Sept. 8 | 4-7 p.m. | Verona, Wis.

Hosted at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station, this field day will focus on vegetable variety trials for organic systems, including information on agronomic performance, insect and disease management, market quality and flavor. We will tour the variety trials, present results from different organic research projects, and have a vegetable flavor evaluation. Learn more.

Organic Field Day
Sept. 9 | 9 a.m. | Atlanta, Ill.

University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign will be having an organic field day at PrairiErth Farm. Tony Yannarell and Sam E. Wortman will be discussing their respective cover crop projects funded by the Ceres Trust. Learn more.

MOSES Cover Crop Field Day
Sept. 10 | 1-4 p.m. | Free | Palmyra, Wis.

Join MOSES and tour the 450-acre certified organic farm where Standard Process grows the pure ingredients for its whole food supplements. Field day topics will include: using cover crops to enhance large-scale production of vegetables, field crops and forages, on-farm composting and weed control. Learn more and register.

Trying New Things: Cover Crops, Organic and Livestock
Sept. 12 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Charles City, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, Wendy Johnson will discuss her use of cover crops, how she is transitioning a portion of the crop acres to organic production, and integrating livestock into the system. Learn more.

Lake Superior Harvest Festival
Sept. 12  |  10 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  Free  |  Duluth, Minn.

The 22nd Annual Harvest Festival features one of the best and largest farmers’ markets in the region, along with live music, crafts, nonprofit showcase, educational exhibits family activities and more! It’s all locally focused, locally grown, and locally sourced. Learn about backyard composting or backyard chicken-raising. Meet your neighbors—and meet the people who grow your food. Learn more.

MOSES Vegetable Field Day
Sept. 15 | 1-4 p.m. | Free | Delano, Minn.

Join the 2015 MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year, Greg and Mary Reynolds, to learn about fresh market organic vegetables, seed production and saving, farming efficiency, and soil health. They grow about 10 acres of vegetables in a four-year rotation with cover crops, such as mixes of oats with peas, rye with vetch, and yellow sweet clover. Learn more and register.

Humus Advantage Composting Workshop
Sept. 15-17 | $795 | Tampico, Ill.

Hosted by Midwest BioSystems, this workshop will provide 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. Whether you’re a farmer or commercial composter, this two and a half day training course will give you the hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge you need to make Humus Compost, the highest quality compost on the market. Learn more and register.

National Grassfed Exchange
Sept. 16-18 | Lake City, Mich.

Hosted by the Lake City Research Center, this event attracts attendees from across the United States. A tour of the center Sept. 16 precedes two days of educational presentations covering a variety of topics related to the grassfed beef industry in Mt. Pleasant Sept. 17 and 18. Learn more.

Aquaponics Master Class
Sept. 17-19 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Montello, Wis.

Organized by Nelson and Pade, Inc., this is a comprehensive course covering all aspects of aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture. Intended for anyone seriously considering getting into aquaponic food production, or those already doing aquaponics who want to learn more about the technology. Learn more.

Breeding Corn for Organic Farmers
Sept. 18 | 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | East Troy, Wis.

The Mandaamin Institute will show how they develop organic corn hybrids and varieties. The field day includes three farm stops with discussions on test plots and yields, cover crops, soil and grain quality and weed control. Learn more and register.

Farm Aid 2015
Sept. 19  |  Chicago, Ill.

Farm Aid 30 is an all-day music and food festival, featuring a unique lineup of artists and genres and family farm-identified, local and organic foods with its own HOMEGROWN Concessions®. Attendees will have the chance to meet farmers, engage in hands-on food and farm activities, and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health. Learn more.

Bike the Barns 2015
Sept. 20 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Fort Atkinson, Wis.

Hosted by FairShare Coaltition, Bike the Barns is a recreational bike ride touring CSA farms and the beautiful Southern WI countryside – fueled by fresh, local, delicious food. Proceeds from the event benefit FairShare which helps low-income families purchase local, organic vegetables. Learn more and register.

Organic Processing in Minnesota
Sept. 21 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | $60 | St. Cloud, Minn.

Hosted by the Organic Processing Institute and Minn. Dept. of Agriculture, instruction will cover what qualifies a product as “organic”, processing both organic and conventional in one facility, the organic certification process, organic system plans, ingredients and processing aids allowed in organic, and cleaning agents allowed. Learn more and register.

Webinar: Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Water Quality
Sept. 23 | 2 p.m. Central

Hosted by NRCS, this webinar will present scientific research examining the water quality benefits of organic farming practices. Organic farming practices, such as the application of composted animal manure and the use of forage legumes and green manures within extended grain cropping rotations, can optimize soil nutrient release and plant nutrient uptake, and subsequently improve water quality. Learn more and register.

Organic Processing in Minnesota
Sept. 24 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. |$60 | Chaska, Minn.

Hosted by the Organic Processing Institute and Minn. Dept. of Agriculture, instruction will cover what qualifies a product as “organic”, processing both organic and conventional in one facility, the organic certification process, organic system plans, ingredients and processing aids allowed in organic, and cleaning agents allowed. Learn more and register.

Organic Processing in Minnesota
Sept. 25 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | $60 | Rochester, Minn.

Hosted by the Organic Processing Institute and Minn. Dept. of Agriculture, instruction will cover what qualifies a product as “organic”, processing both organic and conventional in one facility, the organic certification process, organic system plans, ingredients and processing aids allowed in organic, and cleaning agents allowed. Learn more and register.

Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative Gathering
Sept. 25-27 | Chicago, Ill.

The gathering theme this year is “H.E.A.L. Our Food System,” and features hands-on and interactive workshops and activities, showcasing the work being done locally in Chicago, as well as nationally and internationally. Learn more and register.

Tractor & Implement Field Day
Sept. 27 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Marine on the St. Croix, Minn.

Organized by the Land Stewardship Project, get a basic introduction to the safe operation and routine maintenance of a standard tractor and basic implements. Led by Rodrigo Cala, MFA graduate and owner/operator of Cala Farms in Osceola, Wis. Contact Dori Eder (612-578-4497) for more information and to register.

Tractor & Implement Field Day
Sept. 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Marine on the St. Croix, Minn.

Join the Land Stewardship Project for a more advanced session on diagnosing tractor problems in the field and repair of basic components. This field day is for those with knowledge of basic tractor operation. Led by Joel Kellum, Markets and Production Manager at Minnesota Food Association. Contact Dori Eder (612-578-4497) for more information and to register.

Field Day
Sept. 29 | 1-4 p.m. | Fennville, Mich.

The Trevor Nichols Research Center will host a research field day and Extension event focusing on the insect and disease research and pesticide efficacy trials conducted by MSU AgBioResearch scientists. Learn more.

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October

Deep Roots Farm Skills 101
Oct. 2-18  |  Alexandria, Minn.

SFA’s farm skills fall semester provides the hands-on skills new farmers need to succeed once they’re on the land. The course teaches pasture management and grazing basics; fence construction, both permanent and temporary; compassionate animal husbandry and handling; and farm equipment maintenance and operation. Learn more.

Fall Biodynamic Weekend Overnight Intensive
Oct. 2-4 | $265 | Osceola, Wis.

Join Buttermilk Falls CSA to learn biodynamics in a weekend retreat setting on a working biodynamic farm. Topics will include an introduction to biodynamic concepts, biodynamic preparations, composting, cosmic rhythms, using a planting calendar, and garden planning. Workshop begins Friday night through Sunday. On Saturday afternoon, workshop participants will join in a Michaelmas festival (a harvest festival) which will tie into the workshop schedule. Contact Tal Simchoni to learn more.

On-Farm Energy Audit and Economics of an Organic Dairy
Oct. 3 | 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Decorah, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, join the Beard family to learn about their organic livestock operations, and also about on-farm energy audits. The Beards will show their organic dairy operation and answer questions about organic beef and dairy production. Learn more.

Webinar: Climate Change and Organic Agriculture
Oct. 6 | 2 p.m. Central

Join Oregon Tilth and NCRS to learn about practices that maximize carbon fixation and how organic agriculture can sequester carbon. Dr. Kris Nichols will discuss the positive impacts of organically managed soils on climate change and address the most effective practices: conservation tillage, cover crops, enhanced crop rotations, residue retention and the use of compost. Learn more and register.

Fall Crops Without a High Tunnel
Oct. 18 | 3-5 p.m. | Mt. Vernon, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, tour a 200-share CSA farm that provides food from the gardens until the end of October – and sometimes beyond – without requiring the use of a high tunnel. Learn more.

Aquaponics Master Class
Oct. 22-24 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Montello, Wis.

Organized by Nelson and Pade, Inc., this is a comprehensive course covering all aspects of aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture. Intended for anyone seriously considering getting into aquaponic food production, or those already doing aquaponics who want to learn more about the technology. Learn more.

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November

WFAN Conference
Nov. 6-7 | Davenport, Iowa

The conference theme is Women Protecting Pollinators, Protecting Food. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Robin Kimmerer, a distinguished teaching professor of environmental and forest biology at the State University of New York. Other sessions will focus on creating and protecting habitat for native pollinators, as well as building robust local food systems in our communities and supporting women farmers and landowners. Learn more.

Deep Winter Production of Greens and Livestock Fodder Utilizing Passive Solar Energy
Nov. 7 | 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | $100 | Ashby, Minn.

Sustainable Farming Association hosts this hands-on workshop. Paradox Farm owners Sue Wika and Tom Prieve will provide a detailed overview of the construction and operation of their deep-winter greenhouse, which utilizes passive solar energy with underground heat storage. Learn more and register.

Food Access Summit 2015: Networking for Change!
Nov. 8-10 | $125 | Duluth, Minn.

Two-day conference where workshops, networking and issue area strategic discussions will be utilized to energize and connect participants so that they are ready to act, implement and operationalize strategic priorities that create an equitable food system for all, from the producer to the consumer. Build upon existing partnerships, collaborations and alliances that strengthen and expand the work of individuals and agencies. Learn more and register.

Private Label Buyers Mission
Nov. 15 | Rosemont, Ill.

The Private Label Buyers Mission is organized by the Food Export Association of the Midwest and the Wis. DATCP. The show will provide retailers and wholesalers a go-to source for private label products. Meet with pre-qualified buyers from around the world in pre-arranged, one-on-one meetings right here in the U.S., generate new sales leads, and build relationships with key industry players. Learn more and register.

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December

Webinar: Natural Resource and Biodiversity Conservation in Organic Production
Dec. 1 | 2 p.m. Central

Join Oregon Tilth and NRCS to learn about National Organic Program (NOP) requirements and opportunities to address them with NRCS programs. The NOP will discuss the natural resource and biodiversity conservation requirements for organic producers including drafted guidance on the biodiversity. Learn more and register.

Midwest CSA Conference
Dec. 3-4 | Eau Claire, Wis.

Sponsored by the Wisconsin Farmers Union, the Midwest CSA community is invited to come together to network and learn from each other to strengthen CSA farms and the local food system. Conference features practical presentations for the CSA movement regarding production, packaging and logistics, business management, community building, and more. Learn more and register.

Aquaponics Master Class
Dec. 3-5 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Montello, Wis.

Organized by Nelson and Pade, Inc., this is a comprehensive course covering all aspects of aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture. Intended for anyone seriously considering getting into aquaponic food production, or those already doing aquaponics who want to learn more about the technology. Learn more.

Acres U.S.A. Conference and Trade Show
Dec. 8-11 | Pittsburgh, Penn.

Annual conference organized by ACRES U.S.A. Learn more.

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February

Organic Seed Growers Conference
Feb. 4-6 | Corvallis, Ore.

Join the Organic Seed Alliance for the largest organic seed event in the U.S. Expand your seed knowledge and skills, hear the latest in scientific research, and discover new resources and tools that help you grow and sell more seed. Learn more.

SFA Midwest Soil Health Summit
Feb. 17-18 | Alexandria, Minn.

The summit features soil health experts and farm leaders for two days of education and farmer networking – all geared at improving the health of your soil. Learn more and register.

MOSES Organic Farming Conference
Feb. 25-27 | La Crosse, Wis.

The MOSES Conference is the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming. It’s the one event of the season where you can expand your farming knowledge, discover new resources and tools, make connections and find support. Learn more.

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