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December 2019

Minneapolis Farm to School Grower Information Meeting
December 12  | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Minneapolis Public Schools is seeking Farm to School partner farms to sell food to their school district for the 2020-2021 school year.  Learn more.

OFA Webinar:  The Organic Dairy Crisis
December 13 – 14  | 1 p.m. |  Online

Learn more about the failure in both Pasture Rule and the Origin of Livestock and how these are impacting our organic dairy farms. See why we need to put pressure on the National Organic Program. Register.

Beginning Farmer Retreat
December 13 – 14  | $ |  Ames, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, this popular event is beneficial for beginning and aspiring farmers in all enterprises. In addition to creating your own farm plan, you will hear from other farmers about how they started their farming journey. Space is limited, register by Dec. 5th to ensure your spot! Register.

SFA Central Indoor Marketplace Event
December 14  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  Little Falls, Minn.

Enjoy a holiday celebration of local food and goods as SFA Central Chapter co-hosts an indoor marketplace for growers and makers. Admission is free as is vendor registration. Learn more.

Farm Transfer Workshop
December 17  |  5 – 8 p.m.  |  Oxford, Iowa

The workshop will include a meal and networking time and will conclude with some possible strategies and next steps for farm transfer. Hosted by PFI. Register.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training
December 18  |  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  $35  |  Waseca, Minn.

These dynamic courses will be co-led by experienced fruit and vegetable farmers and staff from UMN Extension and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Training participants are eligible to receive a certificate of completion. Farms covered by the rule only need to have a responsible party complete training once to meet the rule’s requirements. Fee includes training materials, lunch, refreshments, and a certificate of attendance. Registration deadline is 1 week before each class.

 

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January 2019

Discovery Farms Summit
January 7 & 8  |  $  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Celebrate almost two decades of Discovery Farms research at this two-day Summit co-hosted by Discovery Farms Wisconsin and Minnesota. If you are looking for on-farm water quality data, this summit is the place for you. Learn more.

Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism, and Organic Conference
January 8 – 10  |  $  |  Springfield, Ill.

Participate in this annual event and find the educational programs, trade show exhibits, and networking to benefit your business and future success in the specialty crop industry. Learn more.

OFA Webinar:  The Debate on Hydroponics in Organic
January 9 | 1 p.m. |  Online

Hydroponics, or a method of farming without soil, are changing farming as we know it. So, where do these water-based farms fit into organic farming? Generate an insight on the timeline of the organic hydroponics debate and see the impact on US growers. Register.

Minnesota Organic Conference
January 9-10  |  $  |  St. Cloud, Minn.

Each year, the Minnesota Department of Ag hosts this conference and trade show for farmers and others interested in organic agriculture. Come for two days of networking, learning, and great food. Learn more.

Great Plains Growers Conference
January 9-11  |  $  |  St. Joesph, Mo.

Learn about all there is to know about fruit and veggie farming from researchers, farmers, and ag professionals from a five state area. Hosted by Missouri Western State University. Learn more.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training
January 15  |  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  $35  |  St. Cloud, Minn.

These dynamic courses will be co-led by experienced fruit and vegetable farmers and staff from UMN Extension and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Training participants are eligible to receive a certificate of completion. Farms covered by the rule only need to have a responsible party complete training once to meet the rule’s requirements. Fee includes training materials, lunch, refreshments, and a certificate of attendance. Registration deadline is 1 week before each class.

Northern Growers & Marketers Conference
January 16 – 17  |  $ | St Cloud, Minn.

MN Farmers’ Market Association, MN Apple Growers Association, and MN Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association host this joint conference. Learn more.

Science of Plant Propagation Workshop Series:  Seeds
January 18  |  $ | Chaska, Minn.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum hosts these workshops that are a combination of hands-on lab, classroom presentation, and take-home experiments, and are designed to make college-level plant science accessible to all. Learn more and register.

NFU Women’s Conference
January 19 – 21  |  $ | San Diego, Cali.

Farmers, policy makers, educators, and specialists will present on a number of subjects, including financial management, farm labor, leadership, and more. Many local Farmers Union organizations provide scholarships to attend the conference. Learn more and register.

Eco-Farm Conference
January 22 – 25  |  $ | Pacific Grove, Cali.

20/20 Vision is the theme for the 40th annual west coast Eco-Conference. Learn more and register.

Organic Agriculture Research Forum
January 23  |  $ | Little Rock, Ark.

Presented by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and Tuskegee University in partnership with the Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, this day-long forum will bring together scientists, organic farmers and ranchers, extension agents, non-profit organizations, and more to explore the latest research and science-based grower education, particularly as it relates to production in the southeast. Learn more .

Grassworks Grazing Conference
January 23 – 25  |  $ | Wisconsin Dells

The GrassWorks Grazing Conference provides an amazing lineup of speakers and sessions. Keynote Speakers include Fred Provenza, Jasmine Dillon and Peter Ballerstedt. Learn more .

Emerging Farmers Conference
January 23 – 25  |  $ | St. Paul, Minn.

This innovative conference focuses primarily on the needs and interests of farmers of color and immigrant farmers, and supports their contributions to local economic development and building healthy communities. Learn more .

OGRAIN Winter Conference
January 24 & 25  |  $ | Madison, Wis.

Join the University of Wisconsin at this great event covering all things about organic grain! Learn more.

Science of Plant Propagation Workshop Series:  Cuttings
January 25  |  $ | Chaska, Minn.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum hosts these workshops that are a combination of hands-on lab, classroom presentation, and take-home experiments, and are designed to make college-level plant science accessible to all. Learn more and register.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training
January 30 |  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  $35  |  Rogers, Minn.

These dynamic courses will be co-led by experienced fruit and vegetable farmers and staff from UMN Extension and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Training participants are eligible to receive a certificate of completion. Farms covered by the rule only need to have a responsible party complete training once to meet the rule’s requirements. Fee includes training materials, lunch, refreshments, and a certificate of attendance. Registration deadline is 1 week before each class.

Fellowship of Preparation Makers Gathering
Jan. 30 – Feb. 2 |  $  |  East Troy, Wis.

Hosted by Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. The mission of the Fellowship of Preparation Makers is to ensure that good quality biodynamic preparations are available now and into the future throughout North America. Learn more.

 

 

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February 2019

Science of Plant Propagation Workshop Series:  Grafting
February 1  |  $ | Chaska, Minn.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum hosts these workshops that are a combination of hands-on lab, classroom presentation, and take-home experiments, and are designed to make college-level plant science accessible to all. Learn more and register.

10th Annual Sustainable Food and Farm Conference
February 7 – 9 |  $ |  Grass Valley, Cali.

Food producers come to learn first-hand from local and international experts in the sustainable food and farming movement and make connections to strengthen their agricultural business, upgrade their home garden practices and enhance their organic and ecological food production. Learn more.

Science of Plant Propagation Workshop Series:  Soils
February 8  |  $ | Chaska, Minn.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum hosts these workshops that are a combination of hands-on lab, classroom presentation, and take-home experiments, and are designed to make college-level plant science accessible to all. Learn more and register.

Sustainable Farming Annual Conference
February 8 |  $ |  St. Joesph, Minn.

In celebration of SFA’s 30th anniversary, reduced registration is available for members until December 31. Learn more.

2020 Local Food Fair
February 8 |  11 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Stevens Point, Wis.

The Local Food Fair is Farmshed’s premier outreach event, bringing together producers, consumers, local businesses, and educators to celebrate community and the food that’s grown within it. Learn more.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training
February 11  |  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  $35  |  Grand Rapids, Minn.

These dynamic courses will be co-led by experienced fruit and vegetable farmers and staff from UMN Extension and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Training participants are eligible to receive a certificate of completion. Farms covered by the rule only need to have a responsible party complete training once to meet the rule’s requirements. Fee includes training materials, lunch, refreshments, and a certificate of attendance. Registration deadline is 1 week before each class.

Soil Health Academy School
February 11-13 |  $  |  Los Lunas, N.M.

Join instructors Gabe Brown, Ray Archuleta, Rudy Garcia, and Shane New to learn about regenerative farming practices, this location focusing on irrigated orchard and vegetable crop production. Scholarships available. Learn more.

10th Organic Seed Growers Conference
February 12 – 15 |  $ |  Corvallis, Ore.

The conference is the largest event focused solely on organic seed in North America, bringing together hundreds of farmers, plant breeders, researchers, certifiers, food companies, seed companies, and others from across the U.S. and around the world. Learn more.

OEFFA’s 41st Annual Conference: A Climate for Change
February 13 – 15 |  $ |  Dayton, Ohio

Registration is now open! Be part of an inspiring community of food and farm advocates during Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference. A limited number of scholarships are available to persons of color, beginning farmers, and Columbus area farmers, along with reduced rate volunteer spaces. Learn more and register.

OFA Webinar: How Corn and Soy Imports Impact US Production
February 13 | 1 p.m. |  Online

Fraudulent imports have been undercutting our U.S. organic farmers. U.S. organic farmers and consumers deserve better protection from our government. Join us for an overview of  US organic corn and soy production and how imports affect these crops, along with insight on fraudulent imports over the last 5-years. Register.

Indiana Organic Grain Farmer Meeting
February 19 & 20 |  $ |  Lafayette, Ind.

Purdue Extension hosts this annual educational and networking event that brings together the growing organic grain farming community in Indiana. Learn more.

Insight Summit Conference
February 20 – 21 |  $  |  St. Paul, Minn.

University of Minnesota hosts this summit that will challenge you to discover new ways to market your small, agriculture-based business in an online environment while accelerating your learning and goals for advancing your business online using the Center for Rural Enterprise EngagementLearn more.

Growing Nutrient Dense Food
February 21 – 23 |  $  |  Boone, N.C.

Dan Kittredge, Founder of Bionutrient Food Association, leads this workshop designed to help participants grasp and apply innovative, reliable principles and practices for producing healthier, better tasting food crops. Learn more.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training
February 26 |  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  $35  |  Farmington, Minn.

These dynamic courses will be co-led by experienced fruit and vegetable farmers and staff from UMN Extension and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Training participants are eligible to receive a certificate of completion. Farms covered by the rule only need to have a responsible party complete training once to meet the rule’s requirements. Fee includes training materials, lunch, refreshments, and a certificate of attendance. Registration deadline is 1 week before each class.

MOSES Organic Farming Conference
February 27 – 29 |  $ |  La Crosse, Wis.

Join us for our 31st annual conference to be educated, inspired, and empowered to be the best organic and sustainable farmer you can. Save the date! Learn more.

Annual Design with Nature Conference
February 29 |  $ |  Saint Paul, Minn.

Wild Ones, a Minnesota-based organization, hosts this event that explores what we can do in our own small corners of the world to nurture, strengthen and sustain the complex and fragile web that connects soil, plants and animals. Registration is now open. Learn more.

 

 

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March 2019

Midwest Soil Health Summit
March 5 |  $ |  Elk River, Minn.

This summit will take place at the Oliver Kelley Farm. Past Midwest Soil Health Summits have sold out; preregistration guarantees your spot at the Summit. Walk-up registration will be available if space permits. Preregister.

Wyoming Bee College Conference
March 20 – 22 |  $ |  Cheyenne, Wyo.

All things beekeeping, beginner to advanced, starting with a pre-conference, Friday, offering 4 different workshops and the main conference Sat & Sun everything from beginning beekeeping, journeymen to gardening for bees. Learn more.

Soil Health Innovations
March 30 – 31 |  $ |  Bozeman, Mont.

NCAT, SARE, and and the Montana State University are hosting this forum that will bring together leading experts and innovative farmers from around the U.S. to share the latest in soil science, best practices in soil management, and the emerging technologies that will drive the future of sustainable and regenerative agriculture. Learn more.

Soil Health Academy School
March 31 – April 2 |  $  |  Belgium, Wis.

Join instructors Gabe Brown, Ray Archuleta, Rudy Garcia, Will Allen, and Shane New to learn about regenerative farming practices. Scholarships available. Learn more.

 

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