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May

Restoration Agriculture & Keyline Design for Improving Hydrology
May 6  |  4 p.m.  |  Free  |  Deerwood, Minn.

SFA’s Central Chapter hosts two Central Minnesota farmers who are using keyline design principles on their farms to manage water during upcoming workshops. This demonstration project explores how we can utilize excess water as an asset to increase productivity and resilience by capturing and storing it high on the landscape. This is the second workshop of the series. Jim Chamberlain leads the tour of Island Lake Farm where he has been researching and installing berm and swale terraces for over a decade. This free field day includes hands-on demonstration of surveying and installing a keyline terrace, as well as touring other established systems.
Learn more and register.

Value-Added Producer Grant Webinar
May 6  |  1 p.m.  |  Free  |  Deerwood, Minn.

SFA’s Central Chapter hosts two Central Minnesota farmers who are using keyline design principles on their farms to manage water during upcoming workshops. This demonstration project explores how we can utilize excess water as an asset to increase productivity and resilience by capturing and storing it high on the landscape. This is the second workshop of the series. Jim Chamberlain leads the tour of Island Lake Farm where he has been researching and installing berm and swale terraces for over a decade. This free field day includes hands-on demonstration of surveying and installing a keyline terrace, as well as touring other established systems.
Learn more and register.

Grafting and Top-Working Course at Hoch Orchard
May 7  |  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  $50*  |  La Crescent, Minn.

This course offers the rare opportunity to see top-worked trees of different ages and stages of growth. Participants learn bench grafting techniques with different tools and how to top-work old trees to new modern varieties. Guidance is offered by Jake Overgaard of Winona County Extension and orchard owner, Harry Hoch. Lunch is included and is made from farm products including cider. Please Register with the number planning to attend so the hosts know if it needs to be canceled.
Learn more.
* $50 per orchard or family (includes one set of handouts and one lunch), $25 for students, $15 for additional lunches

University of Vermont Farmer Training Program
May 9-Oct. 28  |  $6,300  |  Burlington, Vt.

UVM’s Farmer Training Program is a 6-month hands-on program providing experiential, skill-based education in sustainable farming. The program is designed for new and beginning farmers, urban and community gardeners, farm educators and students interested in deepening their understanding of sustainable farming systems in an intensive and focused learning environment. Participants leave with a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation, and a network to help support them along the way.
Learn more and apply.

Webinar: Integrating Warm Season Annuals into Cool Season Perennial Grazing Systems
May 10  |  1-2 p.m.  |  Free  |  Online

This NRCS Conservation Webinar focuses on the use of warm season annuals (cover crops), annal management, and tips for revitalizing old mono-culture cool season pastures to improve soil health. Dave Silson, Research Agronomist at Kin’s AgriSeeds Inc. shares his expertise. The seminar’s focus is on selecting summer annuals with the highest forage quality for grazing. It covers grazing management to maximize weight gains while improving soil function, nutrient and water cycles and the benefits of “stockpiling” forage for use in summer or winter.
Learn more and register.

Cottage Food Tier 2 Sales Workshop
May 11  |  2-5 p.m.  |  Free  |  Alexandria, Minn.

The University of Minnesota Extension created this workshop that will meet the training requirements to register as a Minnesota Cottage Food Producer with annual sales of $5,001-$18,000 per year. This advanced course focuses on food safety practices for all processes covered under the cottage food law including drying, baking, confections, jams, jellies, acid and acidified fruit and vegetables and fermentation. Participants also learn packaging, labeling, storage, and transport of safe food products. Graduates of the training will also be qualified for the Tier 1 Sales requirement (applying to sales of $5,000 or less).
Learn more and register.

Women Caring for the Land
May 11  |  10 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  Free  |  Windom, Minn.

Renewing the Countryside and the Women in Food and Agriculture Network partner to host this day-long event for women landowners to connect with one another and learn how they can contribute to conservation efforts across the countryside.
Learn more and register.

Webinar: Life in the Soil – Compost Tea Class
May 12-June 9  |  $997  |  Online

Elaine Ingham teaches how to make aerobic compost teas. Learn how to set up the conditions that allow no foothold for disease-causing fungi, bacteria or pests to establish. The session demystifies how to easily make high quality compost extracts and teas to replenish beneficial organisms in the soil and plant surfaces.
Learn more and register.

Tractor Basics and Implement Demo
May 17  |  10 a.m.-6 p.m.  |  Free  |  Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

The Minnesota Food Association hosts MFA Farm Director, Molly Schaus and Humble Pie farmer, Mike Leck as they share their experience with farm implements and tractor basics.
Learn more and register.

Terra Firma: A Celebration of Women Veterans
May 17  |  $  |  Mt. Vernon, Ky.

Since 2001, over 280,000 women have been sent to the Middle East to serve in the War on Terror. Many return traumatized by their experiences. The film, Terra Firma, weaves together the stories of three women veterans who were among the first to deploy. After years of struggling, each has found ways to heal the hidden wounds of war through farming. The film follows the women as they go about their daily lives, reflecting on their time in the military, the impact of war on their lives, and their newfound purpose and peace of mind serving their country by growing food for their communities. This screening is presented by GROWING WARRIORS.
Learn more.

Women Caring for the Land
May 24  |  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Free  |  Blue Earth, Minn.

The Women Caring for the Land workshop series is facilitated by women for women. The focus is on soil health and farm transitions for female landowners. This session is hosted by the Women, Food and Agriculture Network, Renewing the Countryside, Stearns County SWCD, Buffalo NRCS District, Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Sustainable Farming Association. Take the opportunity to talk about your land, meet other women landowners in your community, and plan for the future of the land in your care.
Learn more and register.

Women Caring for the Land
May 25  | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Free  |  Farmington, Minn.

The Women Caring for the Land workshop series is facilitated by women for women. The focus is on soil health and farm transitions for female landowners. This session is hosted by the Women, Food and Agriculture Network, Renewing the Countryside, Stearns County SWCD, Buffalo NRCS District, Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Sustainable Farming Association. Take the opportunity to talk about your land, meet other women landowners in your community, and plan for the future of the land in your care.
Learn more and register.

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June

Webinar: Emerging Manure to Energy Technologies – Small Scale Digesters
June 1  |  1 p.m.  |  Free  |  Online

This USDA Climate Webinar asks the question: Are Cost Effective Small Scale Digesters Possible? Participants learn about the potential viability of small-scale manure digesters and available resources through the REAP program and how to leverage other federal programs for their energy goals. Stephanie Lansing of the University of Maryland and Deb Yocum of USDA Rural Development lead the webinar.
Learn more and register.

Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Moving Forward Together
June 2-4  |  $150  |  Madison, Wis.

Registration for the conference opens Feb. 15, 2016. This program will include more than 40 workshops, plenary addresses delivered by leaders in the farm to cafeteria and local food movements, networking opportunities, a series of 5-minute “lightning talks”, a poster session and resource share fair, entertainment and an evening reception showcasing Madison’s vibrant local food culture.
Learn more.

In Her Boots Field Day – Grazing and Livestock for Women Farmers
June 3  |  10 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  $30  |  Blanchardville, Wis.

Women farmers are invited to come and join MOSES and Badgerland RC&D for an opportunity to explore integrating livestock enterprises into your farm from a female farmer perspective. Topics include finding mentors, land and capital access, marketing, breed selection, ergonomics, integrating family and more. Several different species are introduced from hogs to goats to poultry with a focus on resource sharing between women committed to raising animals on pasture. The workshop includes a tour of Dorothy’s Grange, a farrow-to-finish hog operation, and a locally-sourced lunch.
Learn more and register.

Elderberry Growers Co-Op Members Meeting
June 4  |  8 a.m.-5 p.m.  |  Free  |  Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

The Minnesota Elderberry Cooperative conducts its annual meeting. The morning includes a vote on final by-laws including the question of including non-Minnesota growers as equal members and a likely name change. Chris Patton and MOSES Mentor Paul Otten provide a free, informal workshop on growing elderberry along with a farm tour of fields in production. Only paid members are able to vote, but the public is welcome to listen to the meeting, participate in the tour, visit with members, and purchase elderberry cuttings.
Learn more.

Webinar: Weed Management in Organic Cropping Systems
June 7  |  2 p.m.  |  Free  |  Online

William Curran and David Mortensen lead this USDA-NRCS webinar focused on a major challenge for organic and transitioning producers – weed management. This webinar discusses the primary weed control strategies for organic systems, the role of prevention, cultural and mechanical control, crop rotation, crop competition, and cultivation. Experts from Penn State introduce the Organic Crop Production guide that includes weed management as well as many other organic topics and case studies of successful organic crop farmers.
Learn more and register.

SILT Showcase Series – NE Iowa
June 9  |  10 a.m.-2 p.m.  |  Free  |  Calmar, Iowa.

Landowners in Northeast 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 Erem.
Learn more.

Webinar: Life in the Soil – Microscope Class
June 9-July 7  |  $997  |  Online

Elaine Ingham leads this course training people to use simple, but effective shadowing light microscope methods to identify soil biology. Learn to identify bacteria, fungi, protozoa and nematodes that drive the health and well-being of our plants. Students are required to have their own microscopes to follow along with the videos.
Learn more and register.

Bison Advantage Workshop
June 11  |  9 a.m.-2 p.m.  |  Free  |  Baldwin City, Kan.

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 Hanna Buffalo Ranch – a working bison operation with sustainable management practices.
Learn more and register.

Rural Women’s Project Potluck – Southeast Wisconsin Chapter
June 12  |  2 p.m.  |  Free  |  Burlington, Wis.

Join Christine Welchler of the Rural Women’s Project and the Southeast Wisconsin Women in Agriculture Network Chapter for a field day and potluck. Laura Pulda of Nature’s Niche Farm is hosting this opportunity for you to join with other women to learn, network, and have fun together.
Learn more.

Rural Women’s Project Potluck – South Central Wisconsin Chapter
June 12  |  4 p.m.  |  Free  |  Albany, 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. Anna Thomas-Bates is hosting 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.

Farm Dreams Workshop
June 13  |  5-9 p.m.  |  $20  |  Bloomington, Ill.

The Land Connection hosts their annual Farm Dreams workshop series to help aspiring farmers discover what it would really take to start their own farm business. From assessing skills and resources to meeting successful farmers in the region to deciding on next steps, this workshop is aimed to help aspiring farmers prepare for the future. This workshop is hosted on Epiphany Farms. Registration costs include a light supper and the Farm Dreams handbook.
Learn more and register.

Food Safety on the Farm Field Day
June 14  |  Free  |  Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

The Minnesota Food Association Farm hosts this field day devoted to teaching vegetable farmers what they need to understand about food safety. Learn how to integrate food safety in your farming practices.
Learn more and register.

Bison Advantage Workshop
June 15  |  9 a.m.-1 p.m.  |  Free  |  Rapid City, S.D.

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 777 Ranch – a working bison operation with sustainable management practices.
Learn more and register.

Advanced Organic Orchard Management — Two Approaches
June 15  |  9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  |  Free  |  Belmont, Wisc.

The Organic Fruit Growers Association (OFGA) is hosting a field day tour of two organic certified orchards which have different approaches to creating sustainable businesses. Some topics covered will include layout, variety selection, marketing, pest and weed management, and tools used in fruit production. Wisconsin researchers will also talk about current topics of interest to fruit growers. The cost is $10 for OFGA members (up to 2 people/farm) and $20 for non-members; the price includes lunch. Email OFGA coordinator Rachel Henderson at info@organicfruitgrowers.org with any questions or to register. Please include names and contact info for the people attending.

Cottage Food Tier 2 Sales Workshop
June 21  |  9 a.m.-12 p.m.  |  $10-$20  |  Thief River Falls, Minn.

The University of Minnesota Extension created this workshop that will meet the training requirements to register as a Minnesota Cottage Food Producer with annual sales of $5,001-$18,000 per year. This advanced course focuses on food safety practices for all processes covered under the cottage food law including drying, baking, confections, jams, jellies, acid and acidified fruit and vegetables and fermentation. Participants also learn packaging, labeling, storage, and transport of safe food products. Graduates of the training will also be qualified for the Tier 1 Sales requirement (applying to sales of $5,000 or less).
Learn more and register.

Harvest Basics & Post-Harvest Handling
June 21  |  Free  |  Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

The Minnesota Food Association Farm hosts this field day devoted to teaching vegetable farmers what they need to understand about harvest and post-harvest handling.
Learn more and register.

Bison Advantage Workshop
June 21  |  12-4 p.m.  |  Free  |  Becker, Minn.

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 Snake River Farm – a working bison operation with sustainable management practices just 45 miles from the Twin Cities.
Learn more and register.

Crop Establishment and Scheduling for Direct Seeded and Transplanted Crops
June 26  |  8 a.m.-5 p.m.  |  $150*  |  Alma, Mich.

This Michigan Farmer Field School course provides an intensive focus on stand establishment in vegetable crop production. It covers seed, seeders, germination, and knowing when to till your field for direct seeded crops. The workshop also covers field establishment from greenhouses and explores various methods of transplanting and transplant management.
Learn more and register.
*$40 for each additional farm member

Farm Dreams Workshop
June 27  |  5-9 p.m.  |  $20  |  Champaign, Ill.

The Land Connection hosts their annual Farm Dreams workshop series to help aspiring farmers discover what it would really take to start their own farm business. From assessing skills and resources to meeting successful farmers in the region to deciding on next steps, this workshop is aimed to help aspiring farmers prepare for the future. This workshop is hosted on Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery. Registration costs include a light supper and the Farm Dreams handbook.
Learn more and register.

Fertility Management Field Day
June 28  |  Free  |  Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

The Minnesota Food Association Farm hosts this field day devoted to teaching vegetable farmers what they need to understand about fertility management in organic agriculture including cover cropping, composting, fertility and how to effectively utilize each on your farm.
Learn more and register.

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July

Organic Small Grain Production and Processing Field Day
July 7  |  10 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Free  |  Lone Rock, Wis.

Join us for the first MOSES and OGRAIN co-hosted field day of 2016! Participants spend the morning on-farm with experienced organic small grain growers learning about food-grade grain production. We’ll travel in the afternoon to tour the mil where the farm’s grain is processed. Farmer Dave Dolan, grain miller Gilbert Williams, baker Andrew Hitchinson, and researcher Dr. Julie Dawson are among the experts who lead the day. Lunch is provided.
Learn more and register.

Webinar: Life in the Soil Class
July 7-Sept. 8  |  $1497  |  Online

Elaine Ingham leads this course of discovering what makes healthy soil. Students look at the elements of a healthy soil foodweb, uncover plant relationships, and explore bacteria to fungi ratios.
Learn more and register.

SILT Showcase Series – Western Iowa
July 9  |  10 a.m.-2 p.m.  |  Free  |  Honey Creek, Iowa.

Landowners in Western 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 Erem.
Learn more.

Farm Dreams Workshop
July 11  |  5-9 p.m.  |  $20  |  North Salem, Ind.

The Land Connection hosts their annual Farm Dreams workshop series to help aspiring farmers discover what it would really take to start their own farm business. From assessing skills and resources to meeting successful farmers in the region to deciding on next steps, this workshop is aimed to help aspiring farmers prepare for the future. This workshop is hosted on Blue Yonder Organic Farm. Registration costs include a light supper and the Farm Dreams handbook.
Learn more and register.

Webinar: Importing and Exporting Goods from the US
July 12  |  2 p.m.  |  Free  |  Online

This Oregon Tilth webinar provides an overview of export requirements and equivalency agreements with the U.S. for Canada, Japan, Taiwan and the EU. Correct documents and shipping requirements are also shared to help producers successfully prepare their products for international trade and demonstrate organic compliance to inspectors and certifiers. This webinar concludes with a question and answer session.
Learn more and register.

Cottage Food Tier 2 Sales Workshop
July 19  |  9 a.m.-12 p.m.  |  Free  |  Worthington, Minn.

The University of Minnesota Extension created this workshop that will meet the training requirements to register as a Minnesota Cottage Food Producer with annual sales of $5,001-$18,000 per year. This advanced course focuses on food safety practices for all processes covered under the cottage food law including drying, baking, confections, jams, jellies, acid and acidified fruit and vegetables and fermentation. Participants also learn packaging, labeling, storage, and transport of safe food products. Graduates of the training will also be qualified for the Tier 1 Sales requirement (applying to sales of $5,000 or less).
Learn more and register.

Harvest Basics & Post-Harvest Handling
July 19  |  Free  |  Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

The Minnesota Food Association Farm hosts this field day devoted to teaching vegetable farmers what they need to understand about harvest and post-harvest handling.
Learn more and register.

Cottage Food Tier 2 Sales Workshop
July 21  |  2-5 p.m.  |  Free  |  Mankato, Minn.

The University of Minnesota Extension created this workshop that will meet the training requirements to register as a Minnesota Cottage Food Producer with annual sales of $5,001-$18,000 per year. This advanced course focuses on food safety practices for all processes covered under the cottage food law including drying, baking, confections, jams, jellies, acid and acidified fruit and vegetables and fermentation. Participants also learn packaging, labeling, storage, and transport of safe food products. Graduates of the training will also be qualified for the Tier 1 Sales requirement (applying to sales of $5,000 or less).
Learn more and register.

Rural Women’s Project Potluck – South Central Wisconsin Chapter
July 24  |  2 p.m.  |  Free  |  Monroe, Wis.

Join Lisa Kivirist of the Rural Women’s Project and the South Central Wisconsin Women in Agriculture Network Chapter partner with the Wisconsin Farmers Union for a field day and potluck. Ashley Wegmueller of the Wegmueller Family Farm hosts this opportunity for you to join with other women to learn, network, and have fun together. The farm tour and potluck begin at 2 p.m.
Learn more.

Agroforestry Academy
July 25-29  |  $1,000  |  Columbia, Mo.

The University of Missouri’s Center for Agroforestry hosts their fourth Agroforestry Academy. The cornerstone of this course is applied planning and design exercises.  Academy trainees work in small groups to gain hands-on practice in agroforestry design based on the needs of a working farm.  Academy trainers and graduates form the core knowledge infrastructure needed to enhance landowner adoption of practices, resulting in increased sustainability of rural communities and both the integrated food and agricultural system.
Learn more and register.

Minnesota Food Association Field Walk
July 26  |  Free  |  Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

The Minnesota Food Association Farm welcomes you to their farm. Participants learn what to look for as they walk their own fields. The focus for this field walk is scouting for diseases and pests, estimating harvest dates, and recognizing other important crop needs.
Learn more and register.

Cottage Food Tier 2 Sales Workshop
July 28  |  2-5 p.m.  |  Free  |  Rochester, Minn.

The University of Minnesota Extension created this workshop that will meet the training requirements to register as a Minnesota Cottage Food Producer with annual sales of $5,001-$18,000 per year. This advanced course focuses on food safety practices for all processes covered under the cottage food law including drying, baking, confections, jams, jellies, acid and acidified fruit and vegetables and fermentation. Participants also learn packaging, labeling, storage, and transport of safe food products. Graduates of the training will also be qualified for the Tier 1 Sales requirement (applying to sales of $5,000 or less).
Learn more and register.

Soil Sisters: A Celebration of Wisconsin Farms and Rural Life
July 31-Aug. 2  |  $  |  Monroe, New Glarus, Blanchardville and Brodhead, Wis.

Soil Sisters spans three days, has several unique components, and involves numerous women-owned farms. This culinary event includes farm tours, workshops, dinner on the farm, ‘taste of place’ and ‘dine fine’ events throughout the countryside in south central Wisconsin. Wear your sun hat, pull on your farm boots, and kick back for a relaxing time on one or all of the farms. Remember to come hungry for some farm-to-table feasts.
Learn more and plan ahead.

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August

Summer Fruiting Crops in High Tunnels (Tomatoes and More)
Aug. 1  |  8 a.m.-5 p.m.  |  $150*  |  Bath, Mich.

This Michigan Farmer Field School course is hands-on and covers the nuts and bolts of successful planning, production, post-harvest handling, packaging and marketing of summer fruit under hoops. The workshop focuses on ginger, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and basil. Led by experienced growers and hosted on their farm, content includes everything from variety overview to planting dates, fertility schemes, trellis systems and management practices.
Learn more and register.
*$40 for each additional farm member

Webinar: Residue and Tillage Management in Organic Farming Systems – Eastern States
Aug. 2  |  2 p.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Oregon Tilth and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) have partnered to create this three-part webinar series featuring organic producers from the Eastern region discussing their methods of residue and tillage management.
Learn more and register.

Cottage Food Tier 2 Sales Workshop
Aug. 4  |  9 a.m.-12 p.m.  |  Free  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

The University of Minnesota Extension created this workshop that will meet the training requirements to register as a Minnesota Cottage Food Producer with annual sales of $5,001-$18,000 per year. This advanced course focuses on food safety practices for all processes covered under the cottage food law including drying, baking, confections, jams, jellies, acid and acidified fruit and vegetables and fermentation. Participants also learn packaging, labeling, storage, and transport of safe food products. Graduates of the training will also be qualified for the Tier 1 Sales requirement (applying to sales of $5,000 or less).
Learn more and register.

Bison Advantage Workshop
Aug. 5  |  12-4 p.m.  |  Free  |  Jamestown, N.D.

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.
Learn more and register.

SILT Showcase Series – Eastern Iowa
Aug. 6  |  10 a.m.-2 p.m.  |  Free  |  West Branch, Iowa.

Landowners in Eastern 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 Erem.
Learn more.

Bee Lawns: How to Have an Insect Haven in Your Lawn
Aug. 20  |  9:30-11:30 a.m.  |  $14  |  Chaska, Minn.

In honor of the new Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Center, join Professor Mary Meyer in an interactive discussion and tutorial for Minnesotans who would like to make their yard a more welcoming place for beneficial insects, pollinators, and humans. The class features an hour of informational lecture and then moves outside to view the Arboretum’s Bee Lawn with commentary, insights and insider stories from Dr. Meyer who helped create it.
Learn more and register.

Grass Identification & Ecology
Aug. 25-26  |  10 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  $193  |  Chaska, Minn.

Mary Meyer of the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum leads this advanced two-day professional-level course on grass identification and ecology. The hands-on course’s focus is on teaching students to identify a multitude of grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape. This grass identification will enable participants to read the landscape’s conditions including soils, habitats, disturbances and past land uses. Utilizing the 1,200 acres of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum as a living laboratory and classroom, participants learn distinguishing features, grass ecology, and identifying species from keys.
Learn more and register.

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September

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.

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 Erem.
Learn more.

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.

CIRANDA Farm, Art & Garden Fair
Sept. 17  |  Free  |  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.

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