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July 2021

 

Guiding Resilience: A Legal Workshop for Ag Service Providers
July 21 |  2 – 4 pm | Online
July 28 |  2 – 4 pm | Online
August 4 |  2 – 4 pm | Online

Hosted by Farm Commons. This workshop empowers you to guide farmers and ranchers towards resolutions for their legal vulnerabilities. You will walk away from this five-session, highly interactive, and in-depth workshop ready to help farmers move forward from legal questions with confidence. Plus, you’ll have a new network of agriculture professionals to connect with on legal and other important topics. More details.

Pastured Poultry Pasture Walk
July 21  |  7 – 9 p.m.  | Canajoharie, N.Y.

Wrong Direction Farm raises Certified Organic, pasture raised chickens and turkeys on the farm, along with grazing a herd of grass fed beef cattle. A portion of meat sales are direct-marketed to customers, and a growing portion of the business is based on partnering with other farms to provide them chicken and turkey for resale. Brooding, feeding, labor productivity, season extension, and whatever topics interest the group will be discussed. Learn more.

Organic Row Crops plus Prairie Restoration
July 22  |  8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  | Madison, S.D.

The Johnsons host their annual farm tour to showcase what it takes to grow large-acreage row crops in an organic system. Also, learn about South Dakota State University’s organic oat trials on the farm as well as the project to restore South Dakota grassland to its native prairie state. Learn more.

Organic Crops and Cover Crops
July 22  |  4 – 6 p.m.  | Galva, Iowa

Join Sam Bennett and PFI at this field day to talk about transitioning to organic cropping systems and general cover cropping strategies. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Learn more.

Farm and River Tour
July 23  |  10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Spring Green, Wis.

Savanna Institute hosts a farm tour, followed by paddle down the river with the River Alliance of Wisconsin. Learn more.

Soil Health Field Day at Kaleb Anderson’s Farm
July 28  |  5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Goodhue, Minn.

At this Field Day, we will tour Kaleb Anderson’s farm and discuss his experiences growing wide row corn with cover crops, planting soy and alfalfa with cereal rye, and growing/grazing the perennial grain Kernza®. Learn more.

Summer Camp Conservation Lunch Series – Online
July 29 | Noon | Care for natives while safely battling invasives

Are you a Wisconsin women landowner ready to discover new ideas and resources to care for your land? Join women landowners from across the state who share your passion for stewarding the land on a virtual “summer camp” series bringing together expert advice and opportunity to connect and network. Whatever your background, all women landowners are welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch. S’mores optional. Learn more.

Creative Land Access Model and No-Till Vegetable Research
July 31  |  2 p.m.  | Decorah, Iowa

Hannah Breckbill and Emily Fagan of Humble Hands Harvest, a diversified organic vegetable, pastured pork, grass-fed sheep, and tree crop farm, will share their community-centered land access story and cooperative business model. The farm tour will highlight their development of a no-till organic vegetable system as well as their plans for perennializing their 22 acres. Learn more.

 

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August 2021

 

Medicinal Herb Production
August 7  |  12 – 4 p.m.  | North Freedom, Wis.

Did you enjoy last year’s virtual field day with 2020’s MOSES Farmers of the Year David and Jane Stevens? Well, you now have an opportunity to come and visit their beautiful farm. You will learn all about medicinal herb production, topics including herb identification and wellness uses, planting, harvesting, drying, and cover crops. Learn more.

Riparian Forest Buffer Webinar and Discussion Series:  The Chesapeake Bay Program
August 10 | 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Online

Discussion on the lessons from implementing a watershed-wide riparian forest buffer program. The one-hour presentation will be followed by break-out discussions focused on challenges, strategies, and other issues germane to implementing riparian forest buffers in the following Ecological Provinces in the Midwest: Laurentian Mixed Forest / Midwest Broadleaf Forest / Prairie Parkland / Central Interior Broadleaf Forest. Register.

Systems Approach to Organic Farming
August 18  |  11 a.m.  | Turtle Lake, Wis.

Join MOSES Organic Specialist Rodrigo Cala as he shares the systems approach he uses on his organic farm – everything from his sheep production system incorporating rotational grazing to a perennial system used to raise chickens, and much more. Learn more.

Silvopasture for Pollinators and Livestock
August 21  |  9 a.m. –  Noon | Menomonie, Wis.

Evaluate recently-planted silviculture strips and learn about species selection, installation, and weed management on MOSES Organic Specialist Rachel Henderson’s farm. Habitat value will be discussed both in terms of forage/shade for livestock and food/nesting for pollinators, especially specialist bees, butterflies, and moths that require certain tree & shrub species to survive. Co-hosted with The Xerces Society. Learn more.

Methods of Pastured Pork and Poultry Production
August 21  |  9:30 a.m. –  3:30 p.m. | Spring Grove and Caldonia, Minn.

See two farms raising pastured pork and poultry in a couple of different way. Pastured pork and poultry can be a viable method for produce growers to add the fifth principle of soil health, Integrating Livestock, into their soil health practices. These methods of production are often overlooked in soil health programming and education. Part of SFA’s soil health programming. Learn more and register.

Lily Springs Field Day
August 21  |  10 a.m. –  1 p.m. | Osceola, Wis.

Savanna Institute visits Lily Springs Farm to learn more about the varieties of elderberries they are trialing, and how they manage pest and diseases for this up and coming crop. Learn more and register.

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Pasture Walk:  Alternatives for raising calves on pasture, and fencing and panels used to raise calves
August 24 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Verndale, Minn.

SFA and the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship are hosting a pasture walk series in summer 2021. Each event will be hosted by SFA/DGA Coordinator Angie Walter or DGA Coordinator Bonnie Haugen, and participating farmers. Each pasture walk is free and includes lunch. Registration strongly encouraged (for those with links below) for planning purposes. Walkups welcome. Learn more

ACRES Healthy Soil Summit
August 25 & 26  |  $ | Online

The annual Healthy Soil Summit is built for farmers, growers and ranchers searching for an advantage in today’s marketplace. Instructors are real farmers who practice what they teach, including detailed tactics to build soil resilience, increase water storage capacity and decrease costly inputs and programs. Learn more.

Soil Health Field Day featuring Kernza®
August 25  |  Free | Arlington, Wis.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, in collaboration with the Arlington Agricultural Research Station, will feature Kernza® at their annual field day. Learn more.

Summer Camp Conservation Lunch Series – Online
August 26 | Noon | Explore regenerative agriculture

Are you a Wisconsin women landowner ready to discover new ideas and resources to care for your land? Join women landowners from across the state who share your passion for stewarding the land on a virtual “summer camp” series bringing together expert advice and opportunity to connect and network. Whatever your background, all women landowners are welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch. S’mores optional. Learn more.

 

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September 2021

 

Midwest Regional Seeds Field Day: Selecting, Saving, and Selling Regionally Adapted Varieties on Your Farm
September 1 | 3 – 6 p.m. | Delano, Minn.

Learn how seed saving farmers make selections to improve or maintain crop varieties, and how working with seed companies and universities can strengthen your farm operation. Hosted by OSA and Greg Reynolds of Riverbend Farm. Register.

Regenerative Grazing Field Day
September 8 | 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. |  $30 | Gays, Ill.

The Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District, The Land Connection, University of Illinois Extension, and The Pasture Project at the Wallace Center are excited to offer an in-person field day exploring regenerative grazing. The field day will feature five stations that small groups of participants will rotate through for a hands-on learning experience. Register.

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Pasture Walk:  Establishing new pastures, pasture lanes, and watering systems
September 9 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Brandon, Minn.

SFA and the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship are hosting a pasture walk series in summer 2021. Each event will be hosted by SFA/DGA Coordinator Angie Walter or DGA Coordinator Bonnie Haugen, and participating farmers. Each pasture walk is free and includes lunch. Registration strongly encouraged (for those with links below) for planning purposes. Walkups welcome. Learn more

Hazelnut Field Day
September 10 | 1 – 3 p.m. | Online

Hosted by University of Minnesota Extension. Come learn about hazelnuts from Lois Braun, the University of Minnesota’s hazelnut breeder, who will lead a tour through the established productive hazelnut planting to teach about planting, caring for, and harvesting hazelnuts. Braun will also demonstrate planting of new hazelnut potted plants.  And also Connie Carlson, Forever Green Market Opportunity Development Specialist, will discuss current market efforts for Midwest hazelnuts to help existing and potential growers understand their opportunities for participating in this market. Register.

Riparian Forest Buffer Webinar and Discussion Series:  Trout Unlimited at Shoal Creek Woodlands for Wildlife
September 14 | 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Online

Join this discussion about implementing riparian forest buffers in different landscapes of the Midwest. The one-hour presentation will be followed by break-out discussions focused on challenges, strategies, and other issues germane to implementing riparian forest buffers in the following Ecological Provinces in the Midwest: Laurentian Mixed Forest/Midwest Broadleaf Forest/Prairie Parkland/Central Interior Broadleaf Forest. Register.

Sustainability through Community Engagement with the Land
September 18 |  11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Wheaton, Ill.

2021 Changemaker Sustain DuPage is an educational nonprofit that promotes sustainability and community in the Chicago suburbs through an educational organic garden and projects that engage people in growing food, supporting native wildlife, working for political change, and finding outlets for creative expression. Learn more.

The Power of Food: Cultivating Equitable Policy Through Collective Action
September 20 – 22 | $ | Kansas City, Mo.

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) is organizing the first-ever in-person national forum for food policy councils and similar groups.  Learn more and register.

Pasture Walk at Holm Girls Dairy
September 28 |  3 – 7 p.m.  | Elk Mound, Wis.

Join us for a pasture walk with organic farmer and conservationist Mariann Holm. She will be covering pasture renewal, grazing as conservation, and grazing livestock on pasture with trees. Box lunches will be served. This field day is part of the Wisconsin Women in Conservation series. More details coming soon.

NODPA Annual Field Days at Wolfe’s Neck Center
Sept. 30 & Oct. 1 | $ | Freeport, Ma.

Wolfe’s Neck Center (WNC), a public non-profit and community resource since 1997, offers a wide variety of programs including their immersive farmer training programs, farm-based education and research, the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship program, a community garden, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, Community and Visitor programs, seasonal events and festivals, and a campground. This year featuring research on PFAS on Maine farms, cow health, grazing, OPENteam, and more, including a trade show, and social time. Register.

 

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October 2021

 

Winter Vegetable Production in Missouri
October 4 | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. |  Jamestown, Mo.

Learn more about fall crop harvesting and winter high tunnel and caterpillar tunnel production for vegetables in Missouri from 2021 MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year Liz Graznak. Co-hosted with EarthDance Organic Farm School. More details here.

 

 

 

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