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January

Minnesota Organic Conference
Jan. 12-13  |  $140  |  St. Cloud, Minn.

The Minnesota Organic Conference offers opportunities for producers and consumers to learn about organic production and labeling. You can learn more about the event here. MOSES will be in the Exhibit Hall selling books and available to answer questions. Please stop by!

Winter Greens Short Course
Jan. 12-14  |  $595  |  South Burlington, Vt.

This three day, practical hands-on short course will explore everything from site selection, brands of  high tunnels/hoophouses, the four key principles to grow and maintain crops 365 days per year, the economics behind winter greens production, soil fertility management, and more. Learn more and register here.

Southwest Badger RC&D Annual Meeting
Jan. 13  |  10 a.m.  |  Richland Center, Wis.

The Southwest Badger RC&D annual meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Learn more.

Lobby Day Training
Jan. 14  |  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  Billings, Mont.

Northern Plains’ Lobby Days are an opportunity to speak up in Helena about priority issues. This year there will be a training training, which will be a fun, action-filled day to practice talking about these issues and how to approach legislators. Learn more.

Farm Transfer Workshop: Planning Your Farm Transition
Jan. 14  |  9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  $  |  Rochester, Minn.

These workshop sessions will focus on short and long term goals, financial needs in retirement, options for farm transitions,  resources to help you through the planning process, and communication tools. To register or for more information, contact LSP’s Karen Stettler at stettler@landstewardshipproject.org or (507) 523-3366.

SFA Central Chapter Annual Meeting
Jan. 14  |  9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  |  Little Falls, Minn.

Central Chapter is hosting its annual meeting, “Wellness From the Ground Up,” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Jan. 14, at Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace, 609 13th Ave NE, Little Falls. The event includes a tour of the Sprout facility, lunch, and a panel discussion on the title topic. Cost is $10 for SFA members and $30 for nonmembers; the latter fee includes a one-year SFA membership. Register here.

Growing Farmers Workshop
Jan. 14 – May 20  |  Hastings, Neb.

The Growing Farmers Workshop will help you learn both the business and the production sides you need to start a market farm business. The course is offered in English and translated into Spanish. They begin Jan. 14 and will continue until May 20. The course is generally 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., times may vary. There are fees for the course, with a sliding scale based on income. Scholarships are available. Pre-registration is required. For questions or to register in English, please contact Kirstin Bailey at kirstinb@cfra.org or  402.367.8989. For questions or to register in Spanish, please contact Lucia Schulz at lucias@cfra.org or 402.750.5727. Learn more.

OEFFA Heart of Ohio Chapter Meeting: Growing Tips
Jan. 16  |  7-9 p.m.  |  Alexandria, Ohio

This presentation and discussion is part of the Hearth of Ohio Chapter’s 2016-2017 event series, “Sustainable living and farming/gardening in a changing climate.” Each meeting’s discussion will provide information for urban and rural farmers and gardeners. Learn more.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course
Jan. 16  |  $  |  Sandusky, Ohio

This course is aimed at fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. Learn more.

Webinar: Writing and Monitoring Grazing Plans
Jan. 17  |  2 p.m. EST  |  Online

Participants in this webinar will learn what content should be identifiable within the grazing plan, monitoring plan, and other economic considerations of forage management. Learn more.

Webinar: Local Foods College
Jan. 17  |  Online

Local Foods College is a weekly webinar series going from January 17th to March 7th with topics on poultry production, high tunnel disease management, accessing capital, among others. Learn more.

Webinar: Beef Home Study Courses
Jan. 17  |  Online

These self-paced online courses start January 17th. Options include Cow/Calf Nutrition, Health Management for the Cow/Calf Herd, and Introduction to Cattle Feeding. Learn more.

Sustainable Foods Summit
Jan. 18  |  $  |  San Francisco, Calif.

The Sustainable Foods Summit is a series of summits that focuses on the leading issues the food industry faces concerning sustainability and eco-labels such as organic, fair trade, Rainforest Alliance, etc. The aim of the summit is to explore new horizons for eco-labels and sustainability in the food industry by discussing key industry issues. This summit will focus on sustainable food systems, food ingredients, traceability & authenticity and waste impacts. The summit comprises four sessions and two workshops. Learn more and register here.

Routes to Farm Summit
Jan. 18-19  |  Free  |  Oglesby, Ill.

This summit will cover emerging challenges for direct-market farms through a process of open dialogue between farmers and local food advocates. Space is limited and meals will be provided at no cost. Learn more and register here.

Upper Midwest Regional Fruit & Vegetable Growers Conference
Jan. 19-20  |  St. Cloud, Minn.

The Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association will be having their conference and trade show on January 19-20. Learn more.

Practical Farmers of Iowa: Pre-Conference Short Courses
Jan. 19-20  |  Ames, Iowa

These pre-conference short courses  run the day before and morning of the conference.  Learn more here.

Webinar: Holistic Cropping Plans for Profit
Jan. 20  |  $250  |  Online

This course will provide you with hard planning skills to determine the right cropping mix whether you’re a beginning farmer or experienced. Registration ends January 19. Scholarships are available here (deadline is January 13). Learn more.

Practical Farmers of Iowa Conference
Jan. 20-21  |  Ames, Iowa

Attend to be part of the 30+ year tradition of information-sharing. Join in as farmers share how they conserve both money and soil, grow and market a multitude of crops, practice sound financial and production record- keeping, access land and capital, pass on the farm to the next generation, and more. Learn more here.

Food Fermentation with Angelica Hollstadt
Jan. 21  |  10 a.m. – noon  |  North Branch, Minn.

The location of this event hosted by the Women’s Environmental Institute is TBD. Learn more.

SFA Crow River Annual Meeting
Jan. 21  | 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  |  $  |  Delano, Minn.

Crow River Chapter is hosting its annual meeting at Delano Senior Center, 234 2nd St N, Delano. Cost is $10 for current members and $20 for nonmembers. The meeting includes guest speakers Anne Borgendale, an artisanal cheesemaker; Lucie Amundsen, Locally Laid Eggs; and Greg Reynolds, Riverbend Farm. A potluck lunch is planned as well as a chapter update and panel discussion with the three speakers. Register here.

Organic Grain Production & Marketing Seminar
Jan. 21-22  |  $30-50  |  Madison, Wis.

An engaging weekend-long workshop offered by the Organic Grain Resources and Information Network (OGRAIN) and the Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) at UW-Madison will help farmers take advantage of the rapidly growing market for organic grain. Get up to speed for successful organic grain production in the Upper Midwest. Hear from farmers, researchers, industry reps, economists, agronomists, organic certifiers, and more. Breakfast and lunch are included in course fee. Learn more and register here.

Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference
Jan. 22–24  |  $  |  Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

The 2017 conference will be held at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Register here.

Record Keeping for Higher Profits Workshop
Jan. 23  |  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  $  |  Brighton, Mich.

This dynamic workshop will cover the key record keeping practices for running an efficient, informed and profitable farm. Learn more.

Webinar: Designing for Multiple Benefits – Wildlife, Soil, Water, and Carbon
Jan. 24  |  2 p.m. EST  |  Online

Using a farm case study, participants will learn strategies to design habitat restoration projects that address multiple resource concerns simultaneously. Learn more.

Women Farmer & Landowner Learning Circles
Jan. 25 |  Ord, Neb.

The workshop series will include five classroom sessions, field tours to local farms, and presentations by experts in Nebraska cropping systems, conservation and climate change. Participants will receive individual consultation from conservation and climate change experts and use location-specific climate projections to create or update their existing conservation plans based on each participant’s individual production methods, region, and other factors. The presentations will also include discussions of financial opportunities to make implementation of such practices easier and more affordable. Learn more.

Organic Agriculture Research Symposium
Jan. 25-26  |  $   |  Lexington, Ky.

The symposium will feature researchers from all disciplines related to organic farming and food systems, and other systems of sustainable agriculture that employ techniques compatible with organic standards. The intent of the symposium is to provide current information to farmers, ranchers, extension agents, educators, agricultural professionals and others interested in organic agriculture. Learn more and register here.

EcoFarm Conference
Jan. 25-28  |  $   |  Pacific Grove, Calif.

As the oldest and largest organic farming event in the west, EcoFarm is a
prime networking and educational hub for farmers, ranchers, distributors, retailers, activists, researchers, and educators. It features  over 70 workshops, keynote speakers, discussion groups, an exhibitor marketplace, seed swap, live entertainment, mixers, and delicious organic meals. Learn more and register here.

Southern SAWG Conference
Jan. 25-26  |  $  |  Lexington, Ky.

This is the must-attend event for those serious about sustainable and organic farming and creating more vibrant community food systems. This popular event drew over 1,400 farmers and local food advocates from across the nation last year while offering outstanding “field-tested” presenters, a full slate of hot-topic conference sessions and pre-conference courses, several field trips, a poster display and a trade show. Learn more and register here.

Marketing Strategies for Specialty Crops & Diversified Farms
Jan. 26  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  $25  |  Champaign, Ill.

This program will bring in regional experts and stakeholders to discuss the current state of organic grain farming, what the upcoming opportunities are, and how both new and season organic growers can work together to everyone’s benefit.  Registration includes lunch. Learn more.

NPSAS Winter Conference
Jan. 26-28  |  $  |  Aberdeen, SD

This conference will include three pre-conference workshops, two keynote presentations, over thirty workshops, over fifty vendors, live entertainment, and organic and locally sourced meals. Learn more here.

Freeborn Area Soil Health Winter Workshop
Jan. 26  |  9 a.m.-2 p.m.  |  $20  |  Albert Lea, Minn.

The Freeborn Area Soil Health Team puts on their third annual Soil Health Winter Workshop at Wedgewood Cove. CEU credits are available for Soil and Water Management. Sarah Carlson presents on the soil health improvement offered by utilizing cover crops. Jerry Ackerman discusses his transition from traditional farming to strip-till and no-till systems and the addition of cover crops. TJ Kartes shares the stories of local Freeborn area farmers through cover crop usage. Learn more here.

MOA Organic Conference
Jan. 26–28  |  $  |  Kansas City Mo.

This conference will include informative educational sessions, hands-on workshops, a live auction, special events and great food. Learn more here.

Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference
Jan. 27  |  $  |  Acme, Mich.

The keynote will layer perspectives on the science of food biology, the lack of a sense of intimacy in how we interact with food, and the loss of food as something sacred in our lives. Register for the keynote and other events here.

Healthy Farms Conference
Jan. 27-28  |  $  |  Columbus, Neb.

This is the annual conference of the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society. There is a full program for youth activities and the entire family is encouraged to attend. Learn more.

Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmer Conference
Jan. 27-28  |  $  |  Des Moines, Iowa

Check back to their website for more information.

Wisconsin Farmers Union State Convention
Jan. 27-29  |  $  |  Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

Check back to their website for more information.

Immigrant & Minority Farmers Conferenc
Jan. 28  |  $  |   St. Paul, Minn.

The annual Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference (IMFC) is a two-day event that serves to advance the success and sustainability of immigrant and minority farmers. The IMFC focuses on the special needs and interests of immigrant and minority farmers and addresses their needs by bringing together farmers, farm advocates, educators, professionals, experts, and agency officials to one space to exchange knowledge, network, and find support. The IMFC will feature over 12 different workshops presented by experienced farmers and professionals on topics that are essential to thriving and successful farming and vegetable productions. Learn more.

SFA Greater Mille Lacs Annual Meeting
Jan. 29  |  $  |   Mille Lacs, Minn.

The meeting includes a potluck and member renewal time, seed swap and “year in review” presentation, guest speaker, discussion about a possible signature event, board elections and a board meeting. No RSVP is required. Potential candidates for the chapter board should email their interest to greatermillelacs@sfa-mn.org by Jan. 15. Learn more.

Society For Range Management Annual Conference
Jan. 29 – Feb 2  |  $  |   St. George, Utah

Registration is now open for this meeting, technical training, and trade show. Learn more.

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February

GAP Workshop
Feb. 2  |  $15  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Long Prairie, Minn.

Learn how Good Agricultural Practices can minimize food safety risks with fresh produce, are good for business and getting new customers, and more. This workshop is intended for fruit and vegetable farmers. Learn more.

Grassworks Grazing Conference
Feb. 2-4  |  $  |  Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

GrassWorks is hosting its 25th annual Grazing Conference, “Resilience Through Generations” at Chula Vista Resort. The event includes speakers Tom Frantzen, Joyce Turk, Jim Gerrish, and many more as well as live entertainment, full trade show, and demonstrations. MOSES will be at this event with a booth, so stop on in to speak with one of our Organic Specialists! Learn more and register.

Organicology
Feb. 2-4  |  $  |  Portland, Ore.

This conference about a sustainable food future will include a wide variety of workshops and new educational tracks, an all-day trade show, an organic seed swap and variety tasting, several keynotes, and more. Learn more here.

Organic Vegetable Production Conference
Feb. 3-4  |  $  |  Madison, Wis.

This producer initiated conference is built around farmer to farmer skill sharing and is expected to attract growers from Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Learn more and register here.

Holistic Management Workshop: Financial Management
Feb. 3-4  |  $100-250  |  Red Oak, Iowa

This workshop will cover the proper application of holistic management principles, which will enhance the health of your land and increase productivity while reducing operating costs. Meals are included. Contact lesliecarbaugh@yahoo.com for more information.

Grassfed Beef Workshop
Feb. 4  |  $  |  9 a.m. – noon  |  Troy, Wis.

Instructor Steve Deibele, and his wife Marie have operated a small certified organic farm, Golden Bear Farm, since 2002 that produces grass-fed beef and pastured Berkshire hogs. He was formally trained as an electrical engineer, and brings an analytical perspective to the operation while continually experimenting to improve systems. Learn more.

Webinar: Transitioning Small Grains to Organic
Feb. 7  |  3 p.m. EST  |  Online

Join this webinar to learn about the transition from conventional to organic small grain production and related management practices. Learn more.

OEFFA Grain Growers Chapter Meeting
Feb. 7  |  9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  |  Upper Sandusky, Ohio

Join OEFFA’s Grain Grower chapter for a round table discussion on what worked and what didn’t in 2016. The business meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and include election of officers, a 2017 dues decision, and a discussion on future meeting topics. Learn more.

Webinar: Excavation Safety
Feb. 8  |  2 p.m. EST  |  Online

Participants will learn the OSHA requirements for excavation safety along with general guidelines and successful practices for keeping people safe when working around excavations. Learn more.

FSA Opportunities
Feb. 9  |  6-8 p.m.  |  Free  |  East Troy, Wis.

Spend an evening with Tom Olsen of the FSA and learn about some of the conservation programs, disaster assistance, farm loan programs, and more that FSA has available. Learn more here.

Grazing for Change Workshop – Keynote Gabe Brown
Feb. 9  |  8 a.m. – 6 p.m.  |  $  |  Amery, Wis.

This is an essential event for farmers and ranchers seeking new tools and practices to cope with drought, rising production costs, and pasture availability. Subjects for discussion include soil regeneration, cover crops, integrating livestock, stacking enterprises, direct marketing farm products, and generational transitioning. Learn more.

Farm Scale Seed Starting Workshop
Feb. 9  |  $  |  Champaign, Ill.

This workshop will cover the craft of starting your own seeds at scales large and small. Learn more.

Wisconsin Land Trust Retreat
Feb. 9-10  |  $  |  Madison, Wis.

This annual event is an opportunity for learning and networking among land trust professionals, volunteers, and industry experts from around the state. Register here.

OEFFA’s Annual Conference
Feb. 9-11  |  $  |  Dayton, Ohio

Register by January 23 for Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference. This event offers educational and networking opportunities for farmers, backyard growers, home cooks, homesteaders, and others committed to local food, sustainable agriculture, and green living. Learn more.

Market Manager Certification Course
Feb. 10-11  |  Mount Vernon, Ill. & Indianapolis, Ind.

The Market Manager Certificate Program is a voluntary program designed to encourage farmers market managers to pursue leadership skills and professional development in topics essential to market management. Market managers will be recognized with a certificate upon completion of the full program. The course incorporates 3 day-long sessions, in both Mount Vernon, IL and Indianapolis, IN on February 10-11 and March 7, as well as 7 webinars. Learn more here. 

SFA Annual Conference
Feb. 11  |  $  |  St. Joseph, Minn.

The topics of this conference will be determined by an online voting system where SFA members submit session topics and vote on their favorites. Learn more here.

Farm Services Agency Workshop
Feb. 11   |  $20  |  Champaign, Ill.

Officials from the Illinois state FSA office will walk attendees through programs designed to assist farmers with access to operating credit, real estate financing, conservation support programs, and disaster relief. Attendees will learn about eligibility and preferential funding groups such as beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers. Learn more here.

Small Farm Business Planning Workshop
Feb. 11   |  $20  |  9 a.m. – noon  |  Troy, Wis.

The Small Farm Business Planning workshop will discuss setting up a recordkeeping system, preparing enterprise budgets, cash flow planning, calculating family living costs, and other topics that are more critical for a beginner. Learn more.

Women Farmer & Landowner Learning Circles
Feb. 15 |  Ord, Neb.

The workshop series will include five classroom sessions, field tours to local farms, and presentations by experts in Nebraska cropping systems, conservation and climate change. Participants will receive individual consultation from conservation and climate change experts and use location-specific climate projections to create or update their existing conservation plans based on each participant’s individual production methods, region, and other factors. The presentations will also include discussions of financial opportunities to make implementation of such practices easier and more affordable. Learn more.

Webinar: Integrative Forest Management
Feb. 15 |  1 p.m. EST  |  Online

This webinar will discuss forest management strategies to improve wildlife habitat in forests while maintaining productivity and health. Different methods to meet these objectives will be covered. Learn more.

Risk Management in the Emerging Organic Grain Industry
Feb. 16  |  $25  |  Central Ill.

This series of workshops is designed to help you manage risk in organic grain production, marketing, and financing. Learn more and register here.

Grazing Power Training Program
Feb. 16  |  Gladstone, Va.

This training program is designed to lessen the steepness of your learning curve and heal your soils faster while saving you time and money. The program runs live over a four-month span, featuring case studies of what worked, and eight in-depth modules. All content is downloadable and yours to own forever. Learn more.

Midwest Soil Health Summit
Feb. 17-18  |  $   |  Fergus Falls, Minn.

The SFA Midwest Soil Health 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 here.

Small-Scale Sustainable Sheep Farming Event
Feb. 18  |  10 a.m.  |  Fosston, Minn.

Speakers include Julie Zilka on wool, Jeff Duchene on improving forage and livestock production through managed grazing, sheep shearer Byron Johnson on how clean fleeces bring higher prices, MDA meat inspector Andy Siira on Minnesota Meat Inspection and how producers can get their products to consumers, and much more. Learn more.

Wisconsin Cut Flower Growers School
Feb. 18-19  |  8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.  |  Waunakee, Wis.

The Wisconsin Cut Flower Growers School is a two-day workshop designed to help new and beginning growers learn the ins and outs of producing and marketing cut flowers. Learn from experienced growers about variety selection, seed starting, planting and harvest schedules and methods, post-harvest handling, pest management, tools and equipment, and direct marketing. Learn more.

OEFFA Heart of Ohio Chapter Meeting: Farm & Garden Panel
Feb. 20  |  7-9 p.m.  |  Alexandria, Ohio

Ask the farm and garden panel your questions on trouble with insects, wilt, or other problems. Learn more.

Women Farmer & Landowner Learning Circles
Feb. 22 |  Ord, Neb.

The workshop series will include five classroom sessions, field tours to local farms, and presentations by experts in Nebraska cropping systems, conservation and climate change. Participants will receive individual consultation from conservation and climate change experts and use location-specific climate projections to create or update their existing conservation plans based on each participant’s individual production methods, region, and other factors. The presentations will also include discussions of financial opportunities to make implementation of such practices easier and more affordable. Learn more.

MOSES Organic Farming Conference
Feb. 23-25  |  $220  |  La Crosse, Wis.

This high-energy launch to your 2017 farming season features six workshop sessions with a total of 65 topics, 10 additional full-day courses, expert-led roundtables, great organic food and lively entertainment. This will be the 28th annual MOSES Conference, the world’s premier event about organic and sustainable farming. Keynote speakers are Mas Masumoto, a certified organic farmer and author of Changing Seasons, A Father, A Daughter, A Family Farm; and, Liz Carlisle, Stanford University lecturer and author of Lentil Underground. Reduced rates are available for Conference Volunteers. Early Bird rate ends Jan. 17, 2017 and reduced Pre-Registration ends Feb. 9, 2017. Learn more on our Conference webpages.

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March

Better Buildings: Better Business Conference
March 1-3 |  $  |  Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

The Better Buildings: Better Business Conference provides one central hub where builders, suppliers, manufacturers, contractors and the industry can find out what they need to know to stay current and ahead of trends. Learn more.

CSA Fair
March 3 |  4-7 p.m.  |  Urbana, Ill.

Customers will have the opportunity to meet local farmers and businesses that offer CSA programs and buying clubs, learn about their farms or businesses, and select a share or club that best meets their needs. There will also be educational information about local food, free samples and recipes, free activities for children, music, and more. Learn more.

Midwest School for Beginning Apple Growers
March 10-12 |  Madison, Wis.

This intensive, three-day course gives a realistic picture of what it takes to run a successful orchard operation—including capital, management, labor and other resources. Topics include soil fertility, pest management, business planning, risk management, recordkeeping, marketing and economics. Grower-instructors primarily teach the course, with featured presentations and hands-on labs by UW faculty and other specialists. Learn more.

Beekeeping for Beginners
March 11 |  $  |  Madison, Wis.

This class will teach you the basic steps on how to start beekeeping, such as how to choose a site for your hives, where you can obtain your bees and equipment, how to properly care for your bees, how to collect the honey, and to overwinter your hive. Learn More.

OEFFA Moon Chapter Meeting: Let’s Get Growing
March 11 |  $  |  10 a.m. = 1 p.m.  |  Oxford, Ohio

Ray Arlinghaus will lead a fruit tree grafting demonstration and discuss pruning and general orchard care. A donation of $5 is requested. Grafted trees can be purchased for $10. Learn more.

Midwest Cover Crop Council Meeting
March 14-15  |  $  |  Grand Rapids, Mich.

Check back to their website for more information.

Women Farmer & Landowner Learning Circles
March. 15 |  Ord, Neb.

The workshop series will include five classroom sessions, field tours to local farms, and presentations by experts in Nebraska cropping systems, conservation and climate change. Participants will receive individual consultation from conservation and climate change experts and use location-specific climate projections to create or update their existing conservation plans based on each participant’s individual production methods, region, and other factors. The presentations will also include discussions of financial opportunities to make implementation of such practices easier and more affordable. Learn more.

Good Food Industry Conference
March 16-18  |  $  |  Chicago, Ill.

This conference will connect farmers, food producers, investors, trade buyers, policy makers, activists, families and Good Food lovers over the course of three days. Learn more here.

OEFFA Heart of Ohio Chapter Meeting: Building Healthy Soil
March 20 |  7-9 p.m.  |  Alexandria, Ohio

SWCD representatives will share their expert advice on how to build healthy soil. Learn more.

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April

Women Farmer & Landowner Learning Circles
April 12 |  Ord, Neb.

The workshop series will include five classroom sessions, field tours to local farms, and presentations by experts in Nebraska cropping systems, conservation and climate change. Participants will receive individual consultation from conservation and climate change experts and use location-specific climate projections to create or update their existing conservation plans based on each participant’s individual production methods, region, and other factors. The presentations will also include discussions of financial opportunities to make implementation of such practices easier and more affordable. Learn more.

OEFFA Heart of Ohio Chapter Meeting: Gardening for Pollinators & Beneficial Insects
April 17 |  7-9 p.m.  |  Alexandria, Ohio

Denise Ellsworth of the Department of Entomology at OSU will lead a discussion on some of the most common pollinators/beneficials, and how to adapt the landscape to favor them. Learn more.

Beyond Pesticides Conference
April 28- 29  |  $  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

This years’ Forum, Healthy Hives, Healthy Lives, Healthy Land: Ecological and Organic Strategies for Regeneration, will focus on the adoption of policies to protect human health and the environment, and organic land and building management strategies. The Forum, with its broad range of speakers and collaborators, will provide an opportunity for grassroots advocates, scientists, and policy makers to share efforts in building local, state and national strategies for strength and growth. Learn more.

Beekeeping for Beginners
April 29  |  $  |  Madison, Wis.

This class will teach you the basic steps on how to start beekeeping, such as how to choose a site for your hives, where you can obtain your bees and equipment, how to properly care for your bees, how to collect the honey, and to overwinter your hive. More information to come.

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May

Beekeeping for Beginners
May 8 – Oct. 27  |  $6650  |  Burlington, Vt.

The UVM Farmer Training Program is a six-month intensive program where students run the 10-acre Catamount Educational Farm from seed to market, learning from expert farmers and educators in the classroom, and working alongside successful, inspiring farmers in the field. Participants leave with a Certificate in Sustainable Farming from UVM, a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation, and a network of incredible people to support them along the way. Learn more here.

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