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July 2019

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship and SFA Grazing Field Day:  Hendrickx Dairy
July 19  |  10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  Sebeka, Minn.

Learn how Mike and Alida Hendrickx have turned CRP land into profitable grazing land. RSVP: Hannah Molitor, SFA/DGA Coordinator, at 320.310.5252 or hannah@sfa-mn.org.

Lansing Farm Tours
July 22  |  $  |  Ada, Mich.

Michigan State University Farmer Field School is hosting a tour of 3 – 4 farms from the Capitol city’s urban core out to its rural surroundings. Learn more and register.

Supporting Farm Youth Through Understanding and Intervention
July 22  |  Free  |  9 a.m. – Noon  |  Willmar, Minn.

This free, 3-hour workshop provides an overview of the stress unique to growing up on a farm and equips attendees to support adolescents in stress. Intended for teachers, school counselors, school administrators, 4-H leaders, FFA advisors, youth pastors, social workers, mental health professionals, health care professionals, and others who work with farm youth. Learn more and register.

Safe Wisconsin Produce Field Day
July 23   |  $  | Spooner, Wis.

Learn if your vegetable farm is ready to meet nationwide produce safety regulatory standards and attend an open house of the Seed to Kitchen Collaborative to view vegetable variety research plots. Learn more and register.

Agritourism Farm Tour
July 23 & 24  |  $  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Learn from operators and innovators in the agritourism industry at 13 different tour stops. You will explore a variety of business models with focus areas in the following categories:  Production, Pick-Your-Own, Agritainment, and Retail. Learn more and register.

Wild Bee Pollination Field Training for Growers
July 24  |  2 – 4 p.m.   |  Free  |  Waukesha, Wis.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Entomology and Gwenyn Hill Farm are hosting a field day to share the latest research about wild bees on Wisconsin farms and train participating growers to collect data on the wild bees on their farm using WiBee: The Wisconsin Wild Bee App. Learn more.

Organic Agronomy Training Series (OATS)
July 24-25  | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  $149  |  Crawfordsville, Ind.

The Organic Agronomy Training Series (OATS) is a collaboratively managed, science-based train-the-trainer program for ag professionals working with organic or transitioning producers. This two-day training provides education and guidance on organic production methods and certification necessary for agronomists, certified crop advisors, extension agents, and technical service providers who want to support certified organic grain producers. Learn more and register.

Supporting Farm Youth Through Understanding and Intervention
July 25  |  Free  |  9 a.m. – Noon  |  Detroit Lakes, Minn.

This free, 3-hour workshop provides an overview of the stress unique to growing up on a farm and equips attendees to support adolescents in stress. Intended for teachers, school counselors, school administrators, 4-H leaders, FFA advisors, youth pastors, social workers, mental health professionals, health care professionals, and others who work with farm youth. Learn more and register.

Webinar: Immigration And Agriculture
July 25  |  Free  |  1 -2 p.m.  |  Online

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition hosts this webinar where two speakers discuss the basics of immigration and agriculture, such as the H-2A visa program and the Migrant Worker Protection Standards Act, and the history and current standing of immigration and agriculture policy. Each speaker will have 20 minutes to present and there will be 20 minutes for Q&A at the end. Learn more and register.

Industrial Hemp Field Day
July 26  |  8:15 – 11:30 a.m.  |  $25  |  West Lafayette, Ind.

Farmers interested in learning more about the potential challenges and opportunities in industrial hemp production are invited to Meigs Farm, part of the Throckmorton Purdue Agricultural Center. Currently, industrial hemp can only be grown as a research crop in Indiana. Purdue researchers have planted test plots to study basic production factors such as expected yield, optimal soil conditions, effective nutrients, and pest and disease management. Learn more and register.

Grazing Management in Northern Climate Workshop
July 27  |  $10  |  Duluth, Minn.

Join SFA Livestock & Grazing Specialist Kent Solberg for a discussion on soil health in a northern climate. Register.

LSP Farm Beginnings Field Day:  Getting Started with Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture
July 28  |  $10  |  Spring Grove, Minn.

This field day will focus on permaculture practices and regenerative agriculture at Nettle Valley Farm. Learn more and register.

  MOSES NRCS Webinar: Establishing Pollinator Habitat on Organic Farms
July 30 |  Free  |  10 a.m.  | Online

MOSES, in partnership with Wisconsin Land & Water and NRCS, hosts this webinar addressing required practices on organic farms, NRCS practices/enhancements that meet those requirements. It will also address evaluation tools, initiatives, site preparation, success stories and resources to successfully work with organic farmers to establish pollinator habitat. Presented by Karin Jokela, Xerces Society, and Caleb Langworthy, MOSES Organic Specialist. Join this meeting.

Midwest CRAFT:  Using Hand Tools
July 31  |  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  |  Reeseville, Wis.

Learn how to use various hand tools: featuring paper pot transplanters, in-row torsion weeders, and other hand transplanting tools.  Learn more.

Hemp Research and Organic Grain Transition Field Day – Noble Organic Grains
July 31  |  9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  |  Free  |  Wawaka, Ind.

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) and Purdue Extension’s organic division will provide an overview of Noble Organic Grains. Farmers Joel and Kim Mecklenburg will discuss their organic transition strategy, organic crop rotation, and markets. Participants will have the opportunity to see and learn about organic seed corn production, double-crop soybeans, equipment used to interseed, and a hemp grain research plot being managed in collaboration with Purdue University and industry partners. Learn more and register.

 

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August 2019

 Organic Row Crops in South Dakota
August 1  |  8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.  |  Madison, S.D.

MOSES board member Charlie Johnson hosts a tour of his expansive organic farm, showcasing organic methods for growing corn and soybeans. This event is organized by Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society (NPSAS). Lunch included. Learn more.

Klemp Family Farm Organic Grain Field Day
August 2  |  8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.  |  Free  |  Wheatfield, Ind.

This field day is hosted by Purdue Extension – Organic Agriculture and will provide an overview of Klemp Family Farms, focusing on organic grain production, transitioning to organic, and organic crop rotations. Learn more and register.

 In Her Boots: Success Strategies from the Soil Sisters
August 2  |  $25  |  Brodhead, Wis.

This special In Her Boots workshop will kick off the Soil Sisters’ weekend, with a particular focus on women farmers running meat operations including a detailed, behind-the-scenes farm tour at Riemer Family Farm.  Learn more.

Soil Sisters Weekend
August 2 – 4  |  Southern Wisconsin

For three days and with five unique components and involving numerous women-owned farms, the jam-packed, award-winning 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. Learn more.

 MOSES NRCS Training:  Conservation Crop Rotations and Cover Crops at Doudlah Farms
August 7  |  10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  | Evansville, Wis.

Training organized by MOSES, in partnership with Wisconsin Land and Water, NRCS, and OGRAIN. Presenters include Brian Pillsbury, NRCS, Erin Silva, OGRAIN, and farmer Mark Doudlah. Lunch included. Directions.

LSP Farm Beginnings Field Day:  Cut Flower Farming
August 7  |  6 – 8 p.m.  |  $10  |  Prairie Farm, Wis.

Learn more about how Maggie and Ben of Green Light Farm started their farming operation, their production, and how they market their product. Learn more.

Women Caring for the Land: Fenn’s Folly
August 8 |   9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  |  Ferryville, Wis.

Wisconsin Farmers Union, in partnership with Pheasants Forever, is hosting this series of workshops. Amy Fenn is working to turn a depleted hayfield and unmanaged woods into a savanna/silvopasture. This is her third year of grazing, fencing, and building an off-grid home. Learn more.

 MOSES NRCS Training:  Establishing Pollinator Habitat on Organic Farms
August 8  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Winona, Minn.

Training organized by MOSES, in partnership with Wisconsin Land & Water and NRCS. Presenters include Karin Jokela, Xerces Society, Jim Riddle of Blue Fruit Farm, and Kaitlyn O’Connor, Prairie Moon Nursery. Lunch included. Directions.

Midwest CRAFT: Grazing and Regenerative Agriculture
August 9  |  12 – 8 p.m.  |  East Troy, Wis.

Grassway Organics is a 490-acre grass only dairy and beef operation. Learn about internal water and fence line for four times a day rotation, see a swing 16 milking parlor with a new farm store, mobile hen houses with an emphasis on insect production, and more. Ending with their Pizza on the Farm event! Learn more.

SFA Garlic Fest
August 10  |  $5  |  Hutchinson, Minn.

Minnesota Garlic Festival is the premier event for lovers of garlic, great local foods and good times! Family friendly and fragrant, this festival features fantastic foods, celebrity chefs, marvelous music, area artisans, goofy games…and lots of GARLIC. Learn more.

 In Her Boots: Diversifying with Flowers, Pizza, and Summer Camps
August 13  |  $25  | Long Lake, Minn.

Spend the day with an inspiring trio of women farmers who run two businesses on the same farm, Ladyfern Farm & Design Studio and Two Pony Gardens. See how they have diversified with flowers, flower design, pizza, and summer camps. Learn more.

Organic Seed Alliance On-farm Experiments Field Day
August 14   |  Free  | Cannon Falls, Minn.

OSA, in partnership with Sogn Valley Farm and The Good Acre, have organized this field day highlighting on-farm experiments with peppers and tomatoes and unique conservation efforts in commercial organic vegetable production. Learn more and register.

Organic Agronomy Training Series (OATS)
August 14 & 15  |  85$  | La Crosse, Wis.

A science-based education program for extension staff, agency personnel, consultants, educators, technical service providers and farmers to increase understanding of organic production systems and USDA-NOP regulatory compliance. While farmers are welcome, this event is geared towards organic educators and consultants. This series is generously supported by Pipeline Foods, Clif Bar and the Organic Trade Association’s Organic Grains Council. Learn more and register.

 Cultivating Farm Resilience for a Changing Climate
August 16  | 1 – 4:30 p.m.  |  Harlan, Iowa

MOSES is a co-sponsor for this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day that will touch on resilient farm planning, water quality, and cultivating community resilience. The Rosmanns will highlight how they work small grains into their field crop rotations, use cover crops for rotational grazing, and discuss their farrow-to-finish swine operation. Learn more.

Flame Weeding Workshop
August 19  |  9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  $  |  Ithaca, Neb.

This day-long workshop will present results from the seven years of research conducted by the team of  Professors Stevan Knezevic and George Gogos. Learn how to do proper flaming to control over ten major Midwestern weeds in seven agronomic crops (field corn, sweet corn, popcorn, soybean, sorghum, sunflower and wheat). Learn more and register.

Grand Rapids Farm Tours
August 19  |  $  |  Greenville, Mich.

Michigan State University Farmer Field School is hosting a tour of 3 – 4 farms from around the Grand Rapids, Mich. area. Learn more and register.

2019 Healthy Soil Summit
August 21 & 22  |  7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  $  |  Davis, Calif.

The 2019 Acres U.S.A. Healthy Soil Summit will gather growers for intensive learning on strategies to create over-all farm resilience, starting from the soil up. Learn more.

 Add Unusual Fruits to Your Farm
August 21  |  10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  |  Winona, Minn.

MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year, Jim Riddle and Joyce Ford, showcase how they grow all things blue. Focus is on unusual fruits, overhead netting, native plants, and mechanical weed control for orchards. Lunch included. Learn more.

Midwest CRAFT: Post-Harvest & Winter Storage
August 21  |  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  |  $  |  Naperville, Ill.

​After 16 seasons, Green Earth Harvest is lengthening their growing season from a 20-week Main Season with two four-week extension add-ons in the Spring and Fall to include a 5 pickup Winter share spanning from December to April. Learn what techniques and equipment they use to accomplish this! Learn more.

Organic Vegetable Variety Research Showcase
August 22  |  3 – 5 p.m.  |  Verona, Wis.

Hosted by University of Wisconsin-Madison. Learn about developing organic varieties, variety trials, season extension, reduced tillage vegetable production and more! Learn more.

Student Organic Seed Symposium
August 22 – 25   |  $  |  Dodgeville, Wis.

This is an event with a limited number of openings available for students and their mentors working on or interested in organic plant breeding and seed systems. Student scholarships are available. Learn more.

POLLINATION Festival
August 25   | 12 – 6 p.m.  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Bees, butterflies, pollinator characters, craft beer, food by Kierans Kitchen NE, art and science interactives, games and live music! Minnesota’s best pollinator advocates, landscape habitat, and garden experts will be there to answer your toughest questions. Learn more.

 MOSES NRCS Webinar: Working with Small Organic Farming Operations
August 28 |  Free  |  10 a.m.  | Online

MOSES, in partnership with Wisconsin Land & Water and NRCS, hosts this webinar providing NRCS field staff insight into working with producers on small farms to address natural resource concerns.  Join this meeting.

Dreaming of a Vetter World:  Film Screening with filmmaker Bonnie Hawthorne
August 27   | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  |  Free  | Crystal Lake, Ill.

This new documentary follows one visionary Nebraska farm family who understood that modern agriculture was ailing, and found a cure.  The film uses historical context with an eye to the future. It’s a story about love, hope, and place; an inspiring example of perseverance and doing what you know is right – against all odds. Co-hosted by The Land Conservancy of McHenry County. Register or call 815-337-9502.

UW Arlington Extension Organic Agriculture Research Field Day
August 29   |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  Arlington, Wis.

This field day will highlight organic research conducted at the University of Wisconsin, including optimizing equipment and production practices for organic no-till production, inter-seeding cover crops into corn, soybeans, and cereal grains, the impact of organic management on soil microbial communities, and weed management for organic hemp production. Lunch included. Register.

 

 

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September 2019

Ramerview Holstein Farm – Organic Grain Field Day
September 5  |  8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.  |  Free  |  New Paris, Ind.

This field day is hosted by Purdue Extension – Organic Agriculture and will provide an  overview of Ramerview Holstein Farm, focus on the Ramer’s organic field crop production, and how they have expanded crop acreage in recent years with grain production going to both the dairy and sold as cash grain to local organic grain buyers. Learn more and register.

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute Hemp Field Day
September 6

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Farm to Flavor
September 12  |  6:30 – 9 p.m.  |  $  |  Madison

The Seed to Kitchen Collaborative hosts this dinner, a celebration of organic plant breeding and local food, featuring dishes from several of Madison’s premier chefs. Register.

Midwest CRAFT: Hemp Production in Illinois
September 13  |  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  |  $  |  Dixon, Ill.

Rachel Berry of Illinois Hemp Growers Association and Liz Rupel of Illinois Stewardship Alliance will be presenting on the production of hemp and hemp policy in Illinois. Learn more.

Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day
September 18 |   $  |  Waukesha, Wis.

Sam Hitchcock Tilton and The Land Connection have organized this day-long event at Gwenyn Hill Organic Farm. Learn the principles and tools for precise mechanical weed control from farmers and industry experts for both crop and vegetable growers, along with in-field demonstrations. Discussion of soil health in conjunction with low impact cultivation will be the focus. Learn more.

Women Caring for the Land: Greenleaf Fireman’s Park
September 19 |   9 a.m. –  3 p.m.  |  Greenleaf, Wis.

Wisconsin Farmers Union, in partnership with Pheasants Forever, is hosting this series of workshops. The Kohlmanns, along with their daughter, Suzanne Wilson, have converted farmland into pasture to raise steers and chickens. In the afternoon, we’ll tour local farms that are using cover crops and no-till practices to improve soil health and water quality. Learn more.

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

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

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

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

 

 

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October 2019

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

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

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

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

Midwest CRAFT: Fall Biodynamic Prep
October 5  |  1:30 p.m. – evening  |  Free |  Elkhorn, Wis.

Zinniker Family Farm is the longest-running Biodynamic farm in the country. This a great opportunity to experience hands-on learning and make biodynamic preparations. Learn more.

 Women in Sustainable Ag Conference
October 17 – 19 |   $  |  St. Paul, Minn.

MOSES is hosting this 3-day conference that brings together women with roles in all aspects of sustainable agriculture, from farming to education to food-system activism. Registration opens Aug. 1. Learn more.

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

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

 

 

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November 2019

 

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

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

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