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May

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.

Webinar: Value of Habitat for Pest Management
May 25  |  1-2 p.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Thelma Heidel-Baker of the Xerces Society presents the benefits of creating on-farm habitat to support conservation biological control. The USDA-NRCS webinar emphasizes the most current scientific research on enhancing native beneficial insects and why maintaining habitat is so critical to these insects. Learn how adding diversity into agricultural cropland can provide the basic requirements to support these insects and how other farm management practices may have an impact.
Learn more and register.

Webinar: NRCS National Organic Farming Handbook
May 26  | 2-3 p.m.  | Free  |  Online

Lindsay Haines and Ben Bowell present the new Organic Farming Handbook developed by USDA-NRCS staff and partners to support NRCS field staff and conservation professionals working with organic producers and those transitioning to organic. The webinar explores the handbook, including a description of organic farming principles and relevant USDA organic regulations. The presentation describes considerations and resources for planning conservation practices on organic operations such as cover crops, nutrient management, crop rotations, and livestock management.
Learn more and register.

SFA Grazing Workshop
May 26-27  | 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  | $50 (children & students — $20)  |  Wolf Lake & Menagha, Minn.

This grazing workshop with two-time Midwest Soil Health Summit speaker Dr. Allen Williams begins on May 26 at the Lions Hall in downtown Wolf Lake and concludes on May 27 with a field day in Menagha. Registration is $50 for both days and includes lunch.
Learn more and register here.

 

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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.

Spring Soil Health Field Day
June 4  |  8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  |  Free  |  Clarks Grove, Minn.

The Freeborn Area Soil Health Team hosts its annual spring soil health field day promoting soil health, water quality and cover crops. the event takes place at Fritz Jensen’s Farm with lunch provided. Researcher Tim Radatz from the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resources Center presents data on the movement of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment into surface waters. Jamie Scott, a farmer and cover crop consultant, also shares his knowledge concerning regulations and farmer concerns with watershed protection efforts. Please RSVP to this event by contacting Senja Viktora at 507-373-5607 ext. 105 or e-mailing senja.viktora@mn.macdnet.net

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.

Film: Bringing it Home
June 9  |  6:30 p.m.  |  Free  |  East Troy, Wis.

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute presents a free screening of this thought-provoking documentary.  Hemp, a non-psychoactive plant grown around the world that is the key ingredient to thousands of sustainable products and offers solutions to many of our nation’s problems, could be a money-making crop for farmers with far-reaching benefits. But why cant we grow it here? Bringing It Home tells the story of hemp: past, present and future within a global industry that includes textiles, building materials, food products, bio-plastics, auto parts and more.
Learn more.

Lincoln University Alan T. Busby Organic Field Day
June 9  |  8 a.m.-6 p.m.  |  $  |  Jefferson City, Mo.

Before noon, choose from seven $15 workshops including: Mushroom Production in Agroforestry Systems, Predator Control for Small Ruminant Producers, Native pollinators, Organic Small Fruit Production, Organic Disease Management, Internal Parasite Management for Small Ruminants and Organic Management of Spotted Wing Drosphila. Morning workshop fee includes lunch. At noon, the free keynote speech from Dr. John Ikerd begins. After 2 p.m., a free field day with 14 stations showcasing organic research commences.
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.

Webinar: Managing Soil Quality in Forests
June 14  |  1 p.m.  |  Free  |  Online

USDA-NRCS offers this webinar focused on managing soil in forest environments. Some forest soils are susceptible to compaction and rutting by heavy equipment, erosion, and sedimentation due to poorly-designed roads or nutrient and organic matter loss through removed forest products. These cumulative changes in physical and chemical soil properties can affect the soil biota and cause further concerns. The webinar provides an overview of soil management issues and an introduction to practices that limit degradation.
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.  |  $20*  |  Belmont, Wis.

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 price includes lunch. For questions or to register, please contact Rachel Henderson at info@organicfruitgrowers.org. Please include names and contact info for the people attending.
*$10 Reduced rate for OFGA members (up to 2 per farm)

Cottage Food Tier 2 Sales Workshop
June 21  |  9 a.m.-12 p.m.  |  $35  |  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.

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.

Grazing in the Woods Tour
June 22  |  5-8 p.m.  |  $10  |  Brainerd, Minn.

Woodland grazing is a common practice in Minnesota. While uncontrolled livestock can degrade woodlands, well-managed woodland grazing has potential benefits. Sunup Ranch hosts this tour in which there will be discussion on how trees, livestock (particularly cattle) and forage an coexist as one system for economic production and environmental protection. Farmers, researchers and extension educators are present to provide insight. The tour also visits sites participating in a 3-year University of Minnesota Extension Study in Crow Wing County to demonstrate silvopasture practices.
Learn more and register.

Quad Cities Pollinator Conference
June 23  |  $  |  Davenport, Iowa

This conference is committed to promoting pollinator protection and support from all members of our communities from farmers to urban dwellers. Because pollinators are so critical as a natural resource to agriculture and healthy ecosystems in general, the decline of pollinators over the past few decades is particularly alarming. Join the many organizations and individuals learning together and pushing to change the paradigm of pollinators on our landscape.
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

Rotational Grazing Field Day
June 26  |  9 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  $75  |  Champaign, Ill.

Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, Seven Sisters Farm, Bane Family Meats and Rush Creek Farms give participants in this multi-site field day the opportunity to see pasture rotations in action. This Land Connection field day showcases how successful farmers use fencing, forage, feed, and careful planning to tap into the high demand of local meats and dairy markets. The field day particularly emphasizes practices for goats and sheep, but also includes examples of rotational grazing for pigs, cattle, and poultry. Lunch is included.
Learn more and register.

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

Winter Cover Crops for Spring Forage
July 1  |  3-4 p.m.  |  Richmond, Minn.

Dan and Crystal Ley host an open house on their farm to view the first harvest of silage from winter small grain cover crops planted as part of a three-year Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant received from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The purpose of the grant is to determine the potential economic value of various winter small grains planted as cover crops in the fall and harvested in the spring as silage. Participants see the crops at time of harvest and learn more about the grant and the project’s findings. For more information and to RSVP, contact Brad Wenz of Stearns County SWCD at 320-251-7800 ext. 3.

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.

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.

SFA Garlic Growers Field Day
July 9  |  10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  Free  |  Howard Lake, Minn.

Living Song Farm and the Kudrna’s farm serve as the hosts for this garlic-focused Sustainable Farming Association field day. Production techniques and soil health are the primary focuses. Lunch is offered as a potluck, so please bring a dish to pass
Learn more and register.

Rural Women’s Project Potluck – Dane/Iowa Co. Wisconsin Chapter
July 10  |  4-7 p.m.  |  Free  |  Blue Mounds, Wis.

Join Holly Deschenes of the Rural Women’s Project and the Wisconsin Women in Agriculture Network Chapter serving Dane and Iowa Counties for a field day and potluck. Reverie Valley Farm is hosting this opportunity for you to join with other women to learn, network, and have fun together.
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.

Forage Council Summer Tour
July 14  |  5:30-8:30 p.m.  |  Free  |  Wadena, Minn.

Attend an evening workshop covering the results of several years of bale grazing on pasture productivity, an overview of the Cloverleaf Farm grazing systems, grazing warm season natives and cover crops to address the summer slump and extend the grazing season, and an opportunity to try a variety of portable energized fence materials in the field. Presenters include the Reinkes, SFA Livestock & Grazing Specialist Kent Solberg, and NRCS Grazing Specialist Jeff Duchene. The event is free and dinner is included; a freewill donation will be accepted at the door to cover the meal. Register here.

North American Prairie Conference
July 17-20  |  $  |  Normal, Ill.

Illinois State University hosts their 24th American Prairie Conference. Sessions include landscape-scale restoration, status of grassland birds, and much more. More than 70 oral papers on a wide variety of prairie ecology, restoration, management and innovative ideas for working lands concepts are featured. This year, Pete Schramm, the individual responsible for organizing the first North American Prairie Conference, is honored at the conference.
Learn more and register.

Cottage Food Tier 2 Sales Workshop
July 19  |  9 a.m.-12 p.m.  |  $35  |  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.  |  $35  |  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.  |  $35  |  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.

Horticulture Night
July 28  |  5-9 p.m.  |  Free  |  Morris, Minn.

Horticulture Night is organized by the University of Minnesota and features several horticultural demonstration and presentations on annual flowers, shade trees, hostas, heirloom vegetables, garlic and more. A tour of the University’s organic low tunnel day-neutral strawberry plot and a hands-on demonstration for building your own version are included.
Learn more and register.

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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.  |  $35  |  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.

Soil Sisters: A Celebration of Wisconsin Farms and Rural Life
Aug 5-7  |  $  |  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.

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.

Otter Creek Organic Field Day
Aug. 16  |  10 a.m.  |  Free  |  Avoca, Wisc.

This Midwestern BioAg Field Day focuses on organic practices that build soil fertility and profitability in both the short and long term. It covers a range of topics, including nutrient management, transitioning steps, marketing, dairy production, and more. This event is great for both experienced organic farmers and those who are just considering transitioning to organic. RSVP here.

Minnesota Employment Taxes and Employer Responsibilities
Aug. 16  |  8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  |  Free  |  Stillwater, Minn.

Take a guided tour through the maze of state and federal employment tax and other employer reporting requirements. Topics covered include worker status, employment tax withholding and deposit rules, filing requirements, unemployment insurance, worker’s comp, labor standards, and new hire reporting. Minnesota state and federal laws are the focus. Your tour guides are experts from the IRS, Minnesota Department of Revenue, Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program, Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Insurers Association and the United States Department of Labor.
Learn more and register.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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