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February

 

NOFA Vermont 36th Annual Winter Conference
February 17 – 19  |  $$  |  Burlington, Vt.

Join this gathering of organic farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, and consumers. The program features over 80 workshops, 2 inspiring keynote addresses, a dozen roundtable discussions, 6 all-day intensives, and much more. Learn more.

Webinar: Regenerating Soils with Adaptive, High-Stock Density Grazing
February 20  | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Learn grazing management principles that will regenerate your soils. The expert presenter is Justin Morris, Regional Soil Health Specialist with the USDA-NRCS Soil Health Division. Learn more.

Supporting Farmers in Stressful Times Workshop
February 21  |  9 a.m. – noon or 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.  |  Free  |  Austin, Minn.

Stress factors are on the rise for Minnesota farmers. Many face financial problems, price and marketing uncertainties, farm transfer issues, production challenges, and more. You may know farmers who are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, feelings of indecision, or suicidal thoughts, and don’t know how to help. Learn more.

Webinar: Soil Health
February 21  |  Noon – 1 p.m.  |  Free  | Online

This FREE webinar series highlights the latest Wisconsin research on cover crops and soil health. Learn more.

Supporting Farmers in Stressful Times Workshop
February 22  |  9 a.m. – noon or 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.  |  Free  | North Mankato, Minn.

Stress factors are on the rise for Minnesota farmers. Many face financial problems, price and marketing uncertainties, farm transfer issues, production challenges, and more. You may know farmers who are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, feelings of indecision, or suicidal thoughts, and don’t know how to help. Learn more.

MOSES Organic Farming Conference
February 22-24  |  $  | La Crosse, Wis.

The MOSES Conference is the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming, offering 66 workshops over 6 sessions, 11 all-day course, inspiring keynotes, engaging roundtables, and a resource-packed Exhibit Hall with over 170 vendors. Learn more.

SFA Central Annual Meeting
February 24  |  8 – 11 a.m.  |  Free – $30  | Little Falls, Minn.

After breakfast, the chapter will recap its 2017 accomplishments, preview event plans for 2018, provide an update from the Salsa Fest Committee, lay out strategic goals for the chapter, and hold annual board elections. Learn more.

A Year in the Life of Bees (Bee-Keeping Training)
February 25 – Oct. 28 (every 4th Sunday)  |  1 – 4 p.m. |  $250  | North Branch, Minn.

If you ever wanted to learn the science and art of beekeeping, take this class — you will find it thorough, affordable, and a user-friendly hands-on and personal one-on-one learning experience at the hives and for an entire season. Learn more.

Central US Hemp Growers Conference & Expo
February 26 – 27  |  $$  | Madison, Wis.

The Central US Hemp Growers Conference & Expo will teach valuable information from industry leading experts who have been spear heading the charge to legalize a commodity that will help our farmers
and future generations for years to come. Learn more.

2018 Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference
February 27  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  $  |  Stevens Point, Wis.

There will be something for everyone, from farmer’s that have never tried cover crops to veteran cover croppers. The conference also has a trade show where participants and interact with industry representatives. Learn more.

High Plains Organic Farming Conference
February 27 – 28  |  $50  | Cheyenne, Wyo.

Organic farming in the high plains west of Colorado and Wyoming. Topics from dry-land grain production, vegetables and strawberry production, irrigation systems, seed selection, weed and insect control. Including livestock systems from sheep to cattle and much more. Learn more.

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March

Sustainable Farm Law 101
March 2  |  9:30 a.m. – Noon  |  Free  |  Falcon Heights, Minn.

Sustainable Farm Law 101 will help you learn to choose and form the right business entity for your farm, address often difficult employment law issues, create effective land leases and sales contracts, work effectively with insurance agents, and manage food safety liability risks, whether for on-farm events or at farmers’ markets. Learn more.

Seed Swap
March 3  |  9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  |  $25  | East Troy, Wis.

No seeds to share? No problem! There will be plenty of native flowers seeds, spinach, lettuce, sunflower, calendula, chive, basil, pea, dill, and tomato seeds and more! Learn more.

Fruit Tree Pruning Class
March 3  |  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  $25  |  New Ulm, Minn.

This half-day workshop, presented by organic orchardist John Knisley, Alternative Roots Farm, will cover the basic principles of pruning your fruit trees, fruit tree anatomy, timing of pruning events, pruning for consistent fruit production and different tree shaping techniques. Learn more.

Webinar: Planning Ahead for Turkeys
March 6  | 6 – 7:30 p.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Mike Badger, Executive Director of the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) and owner of Badger’s Millside Farm in Pennsylvania, will share expert advise on how to raise turkeys on pasture – from concerns about bird health, to designs for outdoor housing, to ideas for creative marketing. Learn more.

Annual Organic Farming Research Foundation’s Benefit Luncheon
March 8  |  $$  |  Anaheim, Calif.

The Annual OFRF Luncheon is a long-standing tradition that kicks off the Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Learn more.

Land Trust Conference
March 8 – 10  |  $$  |  Onalaska, Wis.

Join land trust staff and board members from across the state to develop strategies for communicating and advocating for the value of land conservation in Wisconsin. Participate in presentations and round-table discussions on priority topics to propel land conservation forward in Wisconsin. Learn more.

Beekeeping for Beginners Workshop
March 10  |  9 a.m. – noon  |  $40  |  East Troy, Wis.

In this class, you will learn the basic steps on how to start beekeeping. Local beekeeper, Dan O’Leary, of Honey Valley Beekeeping, will tell you 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 also how to overwinter your hive. This is the perfect beginner class for the hobby beekeeper. Learn more.

The Herbal Apprentice: From Self Care to Community
March 10 – 11  |  9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily  |  $295  |  North Branch, Minn.

Core components of this inspiring course include: foundations in natural & botanical medicine, history, philosophy and practices in Herbalism, herbs for the life cycle, top herbs in North America, botanicals for contemporary life stressors, anxiety, depression, and herbal home apothecaries. Learn more.

Supporting Farmers in Stressful Times Workshop
March 14  |  9 a.m. – noon or 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.  |  Free  | Grand Rapids, Minn.

Stress factors are on the rise for Minnesota farmers. Many face financial problems, price and marketing uncertainties, farm transfer issues, production challenges, and more. You may know farmers who are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, feelings of indecision, or suicidal thoughts, and don’t know how to help. Learn more.

Organic Apple Growing Class
March 16  |  9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  |  $40  | East Troy, Wis.

This workshop is designed for individuals and school gardeners and community gardeners who manage trees non-commercially. Learn more.

Wyoming Bee University
March 16  |  $125  | Cheyenne, Wyo.

All-day workshop, includes lunch, snacks and coffee. Chose from: 1- Advanced Beekeeping, this is an intro class for a master beekeeper. 2- the Hive as Your Medicine Chest, using honey, royal jelly, bee bread apitherapy and much more. 3- Mead Making with Tom Rapas MD two time winner of the Mazer Cup. 4- Raising Queens for your hive with Melanie Kirby of Zia Queen Bees. Learn more.

Wyoming Bee College Conference
March 17 – 18  |  $85  | Cheyenne, Wyo.

Curious about honeybees, beekeeping, improving your current beekeeping skills or gardening for bees? Open to everyone concerned about the welfare of honeybees or native bees, The Bee College offers five (5) tracks on day one and four (4) tracks on the second day. Learn more.

FSMA Grower Training
March 20  |  $25  | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  Monticello, Minn.

After attending the entire day-long course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. This is a great opportunity to get a valuable credential, as the training credential belongs to the participant who attended and is good for life. Learning about GAPs and food safety is beneficial to all produce farms, no matter what size or type of operation, and can help prepare for a GAP audit if desired. Learn more.

2-part Webinar: Conducting On-Farm Variety Trials to Manage Risk for Organic and Specialty Crop Producers
March 20 & April 11  |  Free  |  1 – 2:15 p.m.  |  Online

The goal of this two-part webinar series is to provide horticultural crop and small grain growers with the skills and information necessary to conduct effective on-farm trials, and manage risk in crop variety and seed sourcing decisions. Learn more.

Webinar: Organic Tomato Foliar Pathogen IPM
March 21  |  Free  |  1 p.m.  |  Online

Effectively managing foliar pathogens is one of the biggest challenges facing organic tomato growers. This webinar will provide an overview of practices that can help synergistically address this challenge. Learn more.

Women’s Chainsaw Safety Class
March 24  |  9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  |  $40  |  North Branch, Minn.

This class is designed for women who actively care for their land and have little or no chainsaw experience or who would like to refresh their knowledge. This full-day class will cover chainsaw basics such as proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and how to purchase a saw that is right for you; chainsaw use emphasizing proper handling and safety; and basic chainsaw maintenance. There will also be outdoor tree felling and brush cutter demonstrations. Learn more.

Angelic Organics Open House
March 25  | 1 – 4 p.m.  |  1 – 4 p.m.  | Caledonia, Ill.

Enjoy refreshments and seasonal goodies while touring the newly renovated Lodge, surrounding pasture & woodlands, and a series gorgeous trails that connect to the Learning Center and CSA Farm on the south campus. Learn more.

Ray Archuleta Soil Health Workshop
March 27  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  $20  |  Lewiston, Minn.
March 28  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  $20  |  Faribault, Minn.
March 28  |  6 – 9  p.m.  |  Free  |  Austin, Minn.
March 29  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  $20  |  Kasson, Minn.

In his presentations, Archuleta shares the tenets of building ecological and economic integrity on farms and challenges attendees to take part in the soil health revolution that is nurturing new types of leaders in the farming community. He’ll also show attendees how using new soil assessment tools, systems thinking and an ecological understanding of soils can help them confidently reduce the use of synthetic fertilizers and other chemical inputs without sacrificing yields. Learn more.

Ray Archuleta Soil Health Workshop
March 28  |  6 – 9 p.m.  |  $20  |  Austin, Minn.

In his presentations, Archuleta shares the tenets of building ecological and economic integrity on farms and challenges attendees to take part in the soil health revolution that is nurturing new types of leaders in the farming community. He’ll also show attendees how using new soil assessment tools, systems thinking and an ecological understanding of soils can help them confidently reduce the use of synthetic fertilizers and other chemical inputs without sacrificing yields. Learn more.

Webinar: Abrasive Weeding: Efficacy, Multifunctionality, and Profitability
March 29  |  Free  |  1 p.m.  |  Online

Join eOrganic for a new webinar on abrasive weeding by Sam Wortman of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Learn more.

“Searching for Sustainability” Movie Showing
March 29  |  6 p.m.  |  Free  |  East Troy, Wis.

From our climate, to our waters, to our air, in our soils, throughout our food chains, and even within our bodies, sustainability affects every filament of life here on Planet Earth. That’s why everyone needs to know about and consciously consider “sustainability” when making decisions about navigating through life. It will determine our environmental legacy. Learn more.

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April

Our Farms, Our Future Conference
April 3 – 5  |  $$  |  St. Louis, Mo.

This national event will bring together a diverse agricultural community including farmers and ranchers, agribusiness stakeholders, students, researchers, scientists, agency representatives and nonprofit leaders. Every decade SARE hosts a conference to look at the progress of sustainability in agriculture and to understand our trajectory for the future. Learn more.

Weed Workshop: Identifying Invasive Plants and Restoring With Natives
April 14  |  8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  |  Belmont, Wis.

Learn to identify terrestrial and aquatic invasive plants on your land and in your community. Find out where to report what you find to invasive species coordinators. Also, learn about restoring areas to healthy, natural states using native plants. Cost-sharing programs that can help you control invasive plants on your land will also be covered. The event is sponsored by Southwest Badger RC&D, Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin, Lafayette Environmental Action Group, Pecatonica Pride Watershed Association, Wisconsin First Detector Network, and University of Wisconsin Extension. RSVP before April 9 to Jeff Jackson.

Conference: Gardening for Success 2018
April 14 – 15  |  $125  |  Cheyenne, Wyo.

Topics include: growing lavender, landscape conifers, perennials for the Rocky Mountain Region, growing iris, growing vertical, using worms for composting, native bee habitat, roses, seed saving, soil basics, medicinal herbs, growing herbs or strawberries in a high tunnels/hoop houses, hands on food processing, food safety and much more. Learn more.

Angelic Organics Open House
April 28  | 1 – 4 p.m.  | Noon – 3 p.m.  | Caledonia, Ill.

Enjoy refreshments and seasonal goodies while touring the newly renovated Lodge, surrounding pasture & woodlands, and a series gorgeous trails that connect to the Learning Center and CSA Farm on the south campus. Learn more.

Designing your Packing Shed
April 30  |  9 a.m. – 4: 30 p.m.  |  Free  |  East Lansing, Mich.

A well-designed packing shed is a crucial component of an efficient farming operation. The value of high-quality produce can be lost quickly if it isn’t cleaned, cooled and moved into cold storage in a quick and efficient manner. Good postharvest facilities can dramatically improve speed, efficiency, health, safety and employee morale. Learn more.

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