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August

 

Beginner Grazier School
Aug. 26–27  |  $100  |  Grand Rapids, Minn.

This beginner grazing school will cover grazing basics, plant identification, rotational grazing, grazing exercises in the field, and allow you to network with other graziers and with faculty on a grazing plan for your farm. The cost is $100 per person and $50 for each additional person from the same operation. See the website for more information and to register.

Gathering Of The Guilds Permaculture Convergence
Aug. 26–28  |  $ |  Geneva, Minn.

This event is three days of permaculture skill-shares, workshops, and networking. Camping is available.  Register  and RSVP with a proposal here.

Edible & Medicinal Herb Walk
Aug. 27  |  2–4 p.m.  |  $5  |   Lake, Wis.

This two hour walk includes lots of stops and will look at the many edible and medicinal plants that grow on their own in this area. RSVP is required — learn more here.

Potato Field Day at Yellow Rose Organic Farm
Aug. 27  |  2–4 p.m.  |  Free  |  Sebeka, Minn.

Toxic Tators, known for its work battling potato giant RD Offutt, is inviting people to come and learn about the alternatives to pesticide intensive agriculture. Learn more here.

Pathfinders RC&D Solar Energy Fair
Aug. 27  |  Free  |  Creston, Iowa

This solar energy fair is designed to be a “one-stop-shop” for farmers, business owners, and homeowners considering solar PV for electricity production at their farm, home, or business. Fair attendees will learn about solar technology, the local and regional solar industry, and how to finance a solar energy project. Learn more here.

Crop Mob at Riverbend Farm
Aug. 27  |  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  |  Delano, Minn.

Birchwood Café is hosting a Crop Mob at Greg & Mary Reynold’s organic Riverbend Farm. This is a very family-friendly event; kids are welcome and encouraged to come! Farmer Greg will supply the gloves and tools, the know-how, and a farm tour. Birchwood Cafe will be providing lunch. Learn more and RSVP here.

Agritourism Farmer Training Intensive
Aug. 27-28  |  $175  |  Ottawa, Ill.

This two-day intensive workshop includes expert speakers and a full day of tours of successful agritourism operations that will leave participants with a deeper understanding of the marketing options, legal issues, operations and infrastructure, and aesthetics that make for a successful agritourism enterprise. Learn more and register here.

Warren County Farm Tour
Aug. 28  |  11 a.m.–6 p.m.  |  Warren County, Iowa

This free, self-guided family event showcases a variety of crops, a horse farm, a kids’ fishing pond, food samples, vendors selling jams, jellies, fruit pies, and goat milk soaps, and more. Restrooms and air-conditioned rest areas will be available. Learn more here.

Innovations in Marketing
Aug. 29  |  4–7 p.m.  |  $15  |  Lawrence, Kan.

This workshop is being brought to you by K-State Research and Extension, a partner of the Growing Growers program. Cost to attend this workshop is $15. If you have questions, or for further information, contact Zac Hoppenstedt at zhoppenstedt@ksu.edu. Learn more here.

Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference
Aug. 30  |  $  |  Lancaster, Wis.

The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute coordinates their annual Cover Crops Conference in partnership with NRCS and University of Wisconsin Extension and Agricultural Research Stations. The one-day conference boasts the theme “Coupling Soil Health and Economics” and features a bus tour highlighting the operations of several local cover crop uses from livestock production to dairy to cash crops. Special emphasis is placed on using cover crops to improve the economic bottom line of producers.
Learn more and register.

Farm to Institution MythBusters
Aug. 30  |  11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  |  Fergus Falls, Minn.

This free educational event about food safety and regulations related to local food and farm-to-institution will answer questions about local food purchasing. RSVP here. The location is Lakes Country Service Cooperative 1001 E. Mt. Faith in Fergus Falls, 56537. The full event is from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and includes lunch. Contact Noelle Harden at harde073@umn.edu, 218-280-5253 with any questions.

Pasture Walk with Emile Smith and Jay Glommen-McCloskey
Aug. 30  |  10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.  |  Seneca, Wis.

This pasture walk will discuss gauging soil health and fertility, as well as sward composition, density, and animal stocking rate of converted CRP (with trees) paddocks via rapid rotational grazing and silvopasture principles. Contact Emile or Jay at (608) 874-4310 for more information.

Webinar: High Tunnel Systems – Conservation, Successes, and Bumps in the Road
Aug. 30  |  2 p.m. EST  |  Online

Participants will learn about the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service High Tunnel System conservation practice standard (CPS 325), program implementation of the practice, and implementation successes and “bumps in the road” from several States. Learn more here.

No Till Cover Crop Field Day
Aug. 30  |  1-4 p.m.  |  Barrett, Minn.

Presenters will discuss soil indicators and how to manage the soil to improve water infiltration, root growth, reduce compaction, and improve the overall soil health.  Contact Jodi DeJong-Hughes at dejon003@umn.edu for more information.

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September

Radical Mycology Presentation
Sept. 1-4  |  $  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Big River Permaculture is bringing author and Radical Mycology co-founder Peter McCoy to Minneapolis for a 2.5-day intensive on the art, science, and regenerative applications of mushroom cultivation. This course will teach you not only the life skills of fruiting mushrooms and growing mycelium (spawn), but also how to integrate fungi into any regenerative urban, rural, or alternative lifestyle. Student, low-income, and group discounts available. Pre-registration is required. (There will be a free presentation on Sept. 1). Learn more here.

Beekeeping Workshop
Sept. 3  |  1 p.m. – 6 p.m.  |  $  |  Wautoma, Wis.

Workshop  participants will be able to a tour the farm, learn about management, see the inside of the hive & honey house, and see the queens, eggs, & larvae. The cost is $65 for members and $80 for non-members. Learn more here.

PrairiErth Farm field day
Sept. 6  |  9 a.m.–noon |  Atlanta, Ill.

Topics covered include our food future, building the soul and building the system, funding infrastructure, diversity and value adding on the farm, University of Illinois research & plot tour, and funding infrastructure. Lunch is available. RSVP to The Land Connection at (217) 840-2128.

Bison Advantage Workshop
Sept. 7  |  10 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Free  |  Urbana, Ill.

The National Bison Association has received SARE funding to host a series of workshops across the country introducing producers to this emerging sector of sustainable American agriculture. This introductory course covers holistic management and marketing of bison, a free bison “toolkit” of invaluable production education materials, a tour of the host ranch, lunch, and a networking hour. This workshop and field day is hosted on the Ruhter Bison Ranch – a working bison operation with sustainable management practices.
Learn more and register.

Managing Risk in Organic Grain Marketing Workshop
Sept. 8  |  9 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  Danforth, Ill.

Workshop participants will learn how to establish pre-season contracts for organic and transitional crops; how processing, such as milling or roasting, can add value to your crop, and what it takes to invest in and tap into such markets; and how successful Illinois organic grain growers have established consistent marketing channels for their crops, and worked to create or expand existing markets. Learn more and resister here.

Variety Trials to the Extreme
Sept. 8  |  9 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  Danforth, Ill.

This farm has converted 80 acres into several small plots and conducts research on cover crops, plant populations and organic farming. Topics covered include soil fertility, weed control, cover crops, successes and failures, and how varieties are responding to this year’s weather. Lunch is included. Learn more on page 49. RSVP for meal to Willcross Seed at 660-535-444 by Wednesday, September 7.

Cover Crop Field Day
Sept. 8  |  9 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  Free  |  East Troy, Wis.

This field day will cover topics including Sunn hemp cultural trials, no-till cover crop sequences, economics of interseeding red clover in wheat and management of oilseed radish biomass for pest suppression. Advance registration is required by phone at (262) 642- 3303 by September 7 to assist with material preparation. For more information, please contact Jim Stute at jstute@michaelfields.org or (262) 642-3303 x 112. Learn more here.

calendarwheatTransitioning to Organic Dairy Field Day
Sept 8  |  1–4 p.m.  |  Goodhue, Minn.

Join MOSES and Organic Valley as we visit Robert and Melanie Hinsch’s family farm, a 100-head dairy and field crop operation that they are transitioning to certified organic by May 2017. Learn about the realities of transitioning a dairy and large crop acreage from farmers in the middle of the process. See here for more information.

Gourmet Beef on Grass X
Sept. 8–10  |  Dubuque, Iowa

Nationally recognized leaders will lead educational workshops on the production and marketing of grassfed beef. There will also be a field day at a local farm featuring Devon cattle genetics and principles of grass farm management, as well as an annual national cattle show and cattle sale. Learn more and register here.

Florida Local Food Summit
Sept. 9-10  |  Orlando, Fla.

The summit will serve as an opportunity for collaboration, learning, networking and sharing on all things local food and farming. There will be on-farm workshops, panel discussions, farm-to-table dining, farm hack demonstrations and more. Learn more here.

Hazelnut Production and Marketing Field Day
Sept. 10  |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  Fenton, Iowa

This field day will cover topics such as sourcing hazelnut plants, selecting genetics, site selection, establishment, best management practices, yield record keeping, processing, marketing, and regulations. There will be a lunch provided; please bring your own table service. Please RSVP to Lauren at lauren@practicalfarmers.org. Learn more here.

Edible Landscaping 3-Day Intensive
Sept. 10-12  |  $175 before Sept. 2  |  Benzonia, Mich.

This classroom and hands-on intensive will cover design and planning an edible landscape, annual and perennial crops, hands-on site prep and implementation, integrating animals, management of your landscape, and the opportunity to design your own site using the info you’ve received. Learn more and register here.

Livestock Options
Sept. 10  |  9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  |  $15  |  Kansas City, Mo.

This workshop is being brought to you by K-State Research and Extension, a partner of the Growing Growers program. Cost to attend this workshop is $15. If you have questions, or for further information, contact Zac at zhoppenstedt@ksu.edu. Learn more here.

Pathfinders RC&D Solar Energy Fair
Sept. 10  |  Free  |  Perry, Iowa

This solar energy fair is designed to be a “one-stop-shop” for farmers, business owners, and homeowners considering solar PV for electricity production at their farm, home, or business. Fair attendees learn about solar technology, the local and regional solar industry, and how to finance a solar energy project. Learn more here.

Harvest Festival
Sept. 10  |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Free  |  Duluth, Minn.

The 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! Everything is locally focused and sourced. Admission and parking is free. See more here.

HAFA Farm Open House
Sept. 11  |  1 – 4 p.m.  |  Free  |  Hastings, Minn.

The Hmong American Farmers Association is hosting their third annual open house in Hastings, Minnesota. Learn more here.

Organic Vegetable Research Showcase
Sept. 11  |  2–5 p.m.  |  Madison, Wis.

This field day will cover organic vegetable variety trials and production. You can walk through ongoing trials and ask questions of plant breeders, pathologists, entomologists, seed company representatives and fellow farmers about current issues, management practices and varieties. Learn more here.

PolliNATION
Sept. 11  |  Noon  |  $  |  Stillwater, Minn.

Pollinator Friendly Alliance presents POLLI*NATION 2016 to celebrate the tiny giants of our eco-system. There will be bee science and gargantuan art interactives, Aveda massage and herbal remedies, henna tatoos, pollinator awards and awesome performances by a lineup of indie bands. MOSES Organic Specialist Lauren Langworthy will also be speaking at this event. Tickets are non-refundable and the event is rain or shine. Ride your bike for a discounted $12 ticket at the gate. Learn more.

Rural Women’s Project Potluck – South Central Wisconsin Chapter
Sept. 11  |  4 p.m.  |  Free  |  New Glarus, Wis.

Join Lisa Kivirist of the Rural Women’s Project and the South Central Wisconsin Women in Agriculture Network Chapter for a field day and potluck. Jamie Baker of Love Rock Farm hosts this opportunity for you to join with other women to learn, network, and have fun together. Food is served at 5 p.m.
Learn more.

SILT Showcase Series – Southern Iowa
Sept. 12  |  10 a.m.-2 p.m.  |  Free  |  Corydon, Iowa.

Landowners in Southern Iowa are invited to learn how to leave a legacy by permanently protecting their land to grow healthy food. This event is hosted by A Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT) and includes a farm tour, lunch and presentations by both appraisers and an attorney. Participants have plenty of time for questions, so please come prepared. For more information, please contact Suzan EremLearn more.

SILT Showcase Series: Rose Haven Farm
Sept. 12  |  10 a.m.-2 p.m.  |  Free  |  Corydon, Iowa.

The day will include lunch, a farm tour, SILT founder Mary Ellen’s story in her own words and the professionals’ presentations with time for questions and answers. Attendee will also receive handouts with more information. A locally sourced lunch will be provided. RSVP for meal to info@silt.org or 515-875-4922 by Friday, September 9. For more information, please contact Suzan EremLearn more here.

Twilight Tour: UnderToe Farm
Sept. 12  |  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  |  Kewadin, Mich.

The goals of this small scale organic farm and CSA are to improve soil biodiversity; grow delicious, fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables; and have ethically-raised chickens for neighbors and friends. This is a special tour for farmers, the Chefs of the American Culinary Federation and culinary students from Northwestern Michigan College. Learn more and RSVP here.

Livestock Marketing and Stockmanship Schools
Sept. 12–14  |  $700*  |  Exira, Iowa

The Stockmanship school will cover tools to keep your livestock in proper mental state through the production process, rotating pastries, sorting and weaning, backgrounding, and feedlot management and loading. The Marketing School will assist you in making profitable management decisions about what to buy and sell. Lunch and snacks are provided for each full day registered. Pre-registration is required by August 31. For more information and pricing, see here.
*For attendees 18 and older

Twilight Tour: Light of the Day Organic Farm and Tea Shop
Sept. 13  |  6 – 8 p.m.  |  Traverse City, Mich.

Michigan’s only certified Demeter Biodynamic farm will show you how they run the operation known for home-grown flowers, herbs and fruit blended into fine teas. You’ll also see the licensed commercial farm kitchen and packaging operation. Learn more and RSVP here.

Webinar: Soil Health Impacts on Pest Management
Sept. 13  |  2-3 p.m. EST  |  Online

This webinar will focus on management activities that create conditions for beneficial soil microbes to flourish. Learn more.

Grant Opportunities for Farmers Workshop
Sept. 16 |  9 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  $15  |  Barron, Wis.

This workshop will discuss when grants make sense and will cover ways to plan your project and strengthen your application. Lunch is included. Learn more and register here.

calendarwheatOrganic Crops on a Large Scale Field Day
Sept 15  |  1–4 p.m.  |  Cottonwood, Minn.

The Olsons grow organic corn, soybeans, and small grains on 1,100 acres using a three-year cash crop rotation with cover crops. This MOSES and OGRAIN field day covers weed management, soil fertility and cover crops—particularly tillage radishes planted in late summer. See here for more information. 

CCOF Organic Dairy Health Webinar
Sept 15  |  Noon-1:30 p.m. CST |  Online

Join the CCOF Foundation on September 15 for a webinar on healthcare practices for organic dairy farms. Learn the basics of healthcare management for organic dairy herds, including both preventive health measures and methods allowed in organic production to treat sick animals. This webinar is ideal for those interested in transitioning to organic or current organic dairy producers looking to improve their healthcare practices. Learn more and register here.

Bison Advantage Workshop
Sept. 16 |  9 a.m.-1 p.m.  |  Free  |  Wolcottville, Ind.

The National Bison Association has received SARE funding to host a series of workshops across the country introducing producers to this emerging sector of sustainable American agriculture. This introductory course covers holistic management and marketing of bison, a free bison “toolkit” of invaluable production education materials, a tour of the host ranch, lunch, and a networking hour. This workshop and field day is hosted on the Cook’s Bison Ranch – a working bison operation with sustainable management practices.
Learn more and register.

Buffer Science & Design Symposium
Sept. 16 |  St. Paul, Minn

The University of Minnesota Extension and College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences is presenting a one-day symposium to explore the current science behind the design, effectiveness, and implementation of riparian buffers. The symposium will provide a scientific foundation to inform future training, rules, implementation projects, and research. The event will be held in the Northstar Ballroom on the St. Paul campus. Contact Diomy Zamora, zamor015@umn.edu for more information.

CIRANDA Farm, Art & Garden Fair
Sept. 17  |  9 a.m.-1 p.m.  |  Hudson, Wis.

The CIRANDA group hosts the annual Farm, Art & Garden Fair in downtown Hudson. Shop local farm stands and art booths, participate in the “Green living” education series, and enjoy treats and refreshments. Demonstrations and children’s activities will be offered throughout the day.
Learn more.

Pathfinders RC&D Solar Energy Fair
Sept. 17  |  Free  |  Tipton, Iowa

This solar energy fair is designed to be a “one-stop-shop” for farmers, business owners, and homeowners considering solar PV for electricity production at their farm, home, or business. Fair attendees will learn about solar technology, the local and regional solar industry, and how to finance a solar energy project. Learn more here.

Pasture Walk – Shadow Ridge Ranch
Sept. 17  |  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  |  River Falls, Wis.

This new ranch with a registered polled Hereford cow calf herd has established a pastureland with seeding, perimeter fences, and a water system. Register here or see the full schedule of farm walks here.

Raising & Processing Meat Chickens
Sept. 18  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  $225  |  Gerald, Mo.

This workshop will consist of a short lecture and farm tour followed by hands-on processing.  The cost covers handouts, including sample feed rations and online resources, a tour of the farm set-up, and 4 processed and packaged chickens ($80 value) to take home. Learn more and register here.

Communications & Marketing for Farm Success
Sept. 19  |  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  $150  |  Holt, Mich.

This workshop will cover tools and strategies to build relationships with potential customers and buyers, an understanding of what you need to communicate about your business, and steps on how to brand your business for direct and whole-sale success. Registration is limited. Learn more here.

Soil Health and Nutrient Management for Immigrant Farmers
Sept. 19-20  |  $20   |  Falcon Heights, Minn.

This hands-on training will give immigrant farm leaders ideas and tools to share knowledge with other growers in their communities, as well as enable Ag educators to more effectively work with immigrant growers on cover crop and soil health topics. A $20 course fee will help cover food and materials.  Need-based scholarships are available to help cover registration and travel. No one turned away for inability to pay. Register here.

Pasture Walk with Susie and Doug Konichek
Sept. 20  |  10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  Steuben, Wis.

This pasture walk discusses the high water table, creek and marsh/swamp pasture management for dairy rotational grazing options, and paddock/pasture renovation. The farm is located at 54226 Duha Ridge Road in Steuben. Contact Susie or Doug at (608) 874-4310 for more information.

Student Organic Farm Field Day
Sept. 20  |  4-6 p.m.  |  St. Paul, Minn.

The University of Minnesota will be hosting two Open House and Field Days this summer and fall at Cornercopia, the student organic farm and research plots. Participants can learn about the innovative organic growing practices students at the U of M are involved with as well as talk with researchers about their work in organic and sustainable agriculture. These events are free & open to the public. See the website and map here.

Organic Seed Production Webinar Series: Seed Quality, Harvesting Techniques, and Equipment
Sept. 20  |  2 p.m. EST  | Free  |   Online

A new six-webinar series on organic seed production provides training for seed growers and seed production interns throughout the 2016 growing season (June – November). This series will cover a range of topics, from planting to harvest to the economics of seed production. The free webinars are open to the public and appropriate for farmers, interns, students, and other agricultural professionals. Register here.

National Small Farm Conference
September 20-22  |  $325 before Aug. 5  |  Virginia Beach, Va.

The conference features strategies for small farmers and ranchers to enhance farm income and stories from small farm activities. Registration is now open. Learn more here.

Twilight Tour: Blackbird Gardens
Sept. 21  |  6 – 8 p.m.  |  Petoskey, Mich.

Topics covered include value added and food processing on this vegetable farm. Learn more and RSVP here.

American Pastured Poultry Workshop
September 22  |   6-10 p.m.  |  Northfield, Minn.

The American Pastured Poultry Producers Association is doing a US tour and stopping in Minnesota at Carleton College. Topics covered include an introduction to pastured poultry, advanced skills of managing and feeding, direct marketing or on-farm processing, troubleshooting poultry health, and homeopathy. Register here.

Soil Health Network Field Day
September 22  |   5-7 p.m.  |  Pine City, Minn.

This free field day will discuss best practices through presentations on diagnosing pasture problems, rotational grazing, soil health programs, and use of a no-till drill.  RSVP here. For more information, contact Rod Greder at gred0014@umn.edu or 763.682.7381.

APPPA Pastured Poultry Seminar
September 23  |  11:30 a.m.– 4 p.m.  |  Eleva, Wis.

Topics covered in this seminar series include backyard and pastured poultry, advanced feeding and management of poultry, poultry marketing and production economics, and diagnosing and treating common poultry health problems. Register here.

Prairie Festival
Sept. 23–25  |  Salina, Kan.

More 40th anniversay of The Land Institute will be celebrated at this year’s Praire Festival. Camping is encouraged. There will also be a fundraiser concert for The Land Institute that includes a performance by Peter Buffett and short reading by Wendell Berry (tickets are sold separately). See the website for more information and to register.

Greenhouse Crop Options Workshop
Sept. 24  |  9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  |  $15  |  Olathe, Kan.

This workshop is being brought to you by K-State Research and Extension, a partner of the Growing Growers program. Cost to attend this workshop is $15. If you have questions, or for further information, contact Zac Hoppenstedt at zhoppenstedt@ksu.edu. Learn more here.

Packhorse Tour and Harvest Efficiency Field Day
Sept. 25  |   1 – 3:30 p.m.  |  Decorah, Iowa

This field day will cover topics such as design and construction of the packhouse, packhouse equipment, packhouse flow, design and construction of the root cellar, crop rotations, machinery for potatoes, preferred crop varieties, and selected harvest methods. Hearty snacks will follow the program. Please RSVP to Lauren at lauren@practicalfarmers.org by September 22. Learn more here.

Permaculture Workshop
Sept. 25  |   $  |  Almond, Wis.

Topics covered include diversifying food production, rainwater harvesting, solar & biofuel energy sources, passive solar shelters, waste/nutrient cycling for soil building, and community engagement in food & farming education & CSA products. Price is $65 for members & $80 for non-members. Learn more here.

Cold Cellars for Four Season Storage
Sept. 25  |   1-3 p.m.  |  $30  |  Traverse City, Mich.

Whether you’re a farmer or a homesteader, cold-storing crops allows you to feed your family and your CSA members all winter long. This workshop will cover how to properly store produce for four season selling and enjoying. Learn more here.

Webinar: The Effect of Climate Change on Animal Agriculture
Sept. 27  |   1 p.m. EST  |  Online

Participate in this webinar to understand the current and potential effects that climate change will have on livestock farmers across the country. Learn more.

Growing Apples for Hard Cider
Sept. 28  | 6-9 p.m.  |  $  |  Traverse City, Mich.

Learn what apples make the best ciders and the basics of growing cider apples. This workshop will also cover an overview of the fermentation process and enjoy a tour of the Horticulture Research Station’s cider apple plot. Learn more and register here.

Using Ultrasound as a Tool in Grass-Finishing Cattle
Sept. 28  |  1 – 5 p.m.  |  Maxwell, Iowa

This field day is the first in a two-part series. At the farm you will observe grass-fed cattle two weeks before they are harvest at a local locker. ou will visually inspect these cattle for finish, and compare observations to the ultrasound data. Discussion will focus on grazing management, forage quality for grass-finishing, what role cattle genetics play in grass-based production, and how ultrasound scans can help producers determine the optimal harvest window for grass-finished cattle. Learn more here.

Fosston Fiber Festival
Sept. 30 – Oct. 3  |  Fosston, Minn.

This festival celebrates the fiber heritage of northern Minnesota while showcasing local fiber producers and artists. A range of workshops taught by fiber artists will make fiber art and craft technique accessible to anyone. This festival is part of a larger endeavor to revitalize the sheep industry in northern Minnesota. Learn more here.

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October

Fermentation Fest
Oct. 1–9  |  Reedsburg, Wis.

Fermentation Fest celebrates live culture in all its forms, from dance to yogurt, poetry to sauerkraut. Farmers, chefs, artists, poets and cheese makers will converge in Sauk County Sauk County with a series of tastings, demonstrations, cooking classes, art events, performances, food carts and more. See here for more information. 

Pasture Walk at Cavadini Farm
Oct. 6  |  1–3 p.m.  |  Marshfield, Wis.

This pasture walk will look at how cover crops can be used to extend your grazing season and improve your soil health. Cover crop species and variety selection, seeding methods and timing, and site preparation will be discussed. The farm is located at M431 Drake Avenue in Marshfield. Contact William Kolodziej at 715-261-6038 or email william.kolodziej@co.marathon.wi.us for more information.

Natural Fiber Alliance Wool Conference
Oct. 7  |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Twin Cities, Minn.

Application of the research regarding the emerging consumer driven market for local, natural, sustainable fiber will be provided during the conference for all small and large sheep farmers, fiber business and wool advocates. Learn more here.

Grading Grass-Finished Carcasses for Meat Quality
Oct. 15  |  12-3 p.m.  |  Mingo, Iowa

This is the second field day of a two-part series. At the locker, you will inspect four grass-finished beef carcasses and discuss meat processing, meat quality, carcass grading, and grass versus grain-finished beef. Light snacks will be provided. RSVP to lauren@practicalfarmers.org by October 12. See more information here.

Equipment Maintenance Workshop
Oct. 17  |  9 a.m.-2 p.m.  |  $15  |  Kansas City, Kan.

This workshop is being brought to you by K-State Research and Extension, a partner of the Growing Growers program. Cost to attend this workshop is $15. If you have questions, or for further information, contact Zac at zhoppenstedt@ksu.edu. Learn more here.

Organic Seed Webinar Series: Cleaning and Recordkeeping
Oct. 18  |  1 p.m.  |  Free  |   Online

A new six-webinar series on organic seed production will provide training for seed growers and seed production interns throughout the 2016 growing season (June – November). This series will cover a range of topics, from planting to harvest to the economics of seed production. The free webinars are open to the public and appropriate for farmers, interns, students, and other agricultural professionals. Learn more hereYou can register once here for all of the webinars.

Pasture Walk with Olaf Haugen
Oct. 18  |  10 a.m.-3 p.m.   |   Canton, Minn.

This pasture walk will look at Sorghum Sudan versus grazed corn as a summer annual solution for both managing the summer pasture slump and paddock renovation options, as well as setting up the paddocks for fall grazing. It will also review the overall soil health after 22 years of rotational grazing. The farm is located at 12620 Deer Road in Canton.

New Farmer U
Oct. 21–23  |  $125  | Lanesboro, Minn.

Learn from experienced organic farmers and agriculture experts about the field and financial aspects of farming. This two-day event will help you find creative options for accessing land, get funds for farm improvements, make a farm business plan, meet food safety rules, obtain organic certification, grow better using organic practices, market your farm products, and connect with other new farmers. Hosted by MOSES, Renewing the Countryside, and the Land Stewardship Program. Learn more and register here.

Farm Beginnings: Central Illinois
Oct. 22  |  Champaign, Ill.

Applications are open for this year-long farmer training program. Learn more here.

 

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November

Grazing Ambassador Presentation: Rabbits
Nov. 1  |  7–8 p.m.  |  Fort Atkinson, Wis.

The Dwight Foster Public Library at 209 Merchants Avenue in Fort Atkinson will be hosting a Grazing Ambassador Presentation by Julie Engel. Contact the library for more information: 920-563-7790; alutzke@fortlibrary.org.

Organic Seed Webinar Series: Seed Contracting, Economics and Policy
Nov. 15  |  1 p.m.  |  Free  |   Online

A new six-webinar series on organic seed production will provide training for seed growers and seed production interns throughout the 2016 growing season (June – November). This series will cover a range of topics, from planting to harvest to the economics of seed production. The free webinars are open to the public and appropriate for farmers, interns, students, and other agricultural professionals. Learn more hereYou can register once here for all of the webinars.

Pasture Walk with Herb and Nona Bechtel
Nov. 15   |  10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  |   Richland Center, Wis.

This pasture walk will discuss the changes that 19 years of grazing has done for the farm, focusing on erosion issues. It will also examine the different methods for managing fall paddocks for optimum spring production. The farm is located at 23385 Buckhorn Lane in Richland Center. For more information, contact Herb or Nona at (608) 647-3447.

The Web of Life – Three Days with Fred Provenza
Nov. 15 – 17  |  8 a.m.-5 p.m.  |  Winterset, Iowa

This field day explores how behavior links the health of soil, plants, herbivores and humans. Topics discussed include epigenetics, value of plant diversity, grazing and plant palatability, and producing nutrient-rich food. There is no fee for the event. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. Learn more here.

Biodynamic Conference
Nov. 16-20  |  $  |   Santa Fe, N.M.

This conference for farmers, gardeners, educators, activists, and stewards of the earth will feature 10 keynote speakers, more than 80 presenters, and more than 50 workshops on the principles, practices, and philosophies of biodynamis and regenerative agriculture. A full schedule of workshops for children is also available. Check out the full schedule here and register early to save.

Growing Power Pre-Conference Training
Nov. 16-18  |  $  |  Butler, Wis.

This training will take place before the Growing Power Conference on November 18–20. Learn more and register here.

Growing Power Conference
Nov. 18-20  |  $  |  Butler, Wis.

This conference includes topics such as urban aquaculture, urban farming, planning strategies, education, youth programming, food policy and food justice. Participants include: farmers, academics, chefs, policy makers, organizers, and people from countless other walks of life. Register here.

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December

Young Farmers Conference
Dec. 7–9  |  $285  |   Pocantico Hills, NY

Past workshops have included topics such as soil health, agricultural policy, and marketing. Due to high interest, registration for the conference will be by lottery. Beginning farmers (farming for more than one year and less than 10) will be given registration preference. Lottery registration will open at 9:00 am on September 6 and close at 5:00 pm on September 19. Learn more here.

Managing Financial Risk in Organic Grains
Dec. 8  |  $25  |   Pocantico Hills, NY

Lenders, insurers, and farmers will discuss the details of how to seek financing and insurance for your organic crop, how to manage financial risk during organic transition and beyond, and how to make the most of your organic premium. Learn more and register here.

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