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July

Stored Grain Workshops
July 17, 18, 19, 20  |  Free  |  All day  |  Southeast Ala.

A series of workshops in Alabama will provide farmers with practical advice for managing stored grain pests.  The workshops are hosted by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and sponsored by the Alabama Wheat and Feed Grain Producers. Topics include stored grain pest biology, moisture management, temperature management, bin monitoring systems, sanitation, and chemical control. Learn more.

Give Peas a Chance
July 18  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Carrington, N.D.

Learn about field pea and oat varieties well suited to organic rotations by touring the university’s test plots with researcher Steve Zwinger and oat plant breeder Mike McMullen, along with Tom Rabaey and other reps from General Mills, and Fred Kirschenmann and Dan Barber of Stone Barns Center. Learn more.

What is Your Soil Saying?
July 18  |  Free  | 9 – 12:30 p.m.  | Swift County, Minn.

Join the Land Stewardship Project and the Swift County Soil and Water Conservation District for a soil monitoring field day on a Swift County farm. The field day will include presentations by soil scientists Jodi DeJong-Hughes and Sharon Weyers and an opportunity to get hands-on experience with soil monitoring tools such as the Solvita and Haney tests. Learn more.

Cover Crops: Different Methods for Different Folks
July 18  | Free |  9 a.m. – Noon  |  Grundy Center, Iowa

During the workshop, attendees will learn about diverse cover crops, zone tillage, under- and inter-seeding cover crops, strip tillage, the impact of soil health on natural processes and establishing skip rows for next year’s corn when planting cover crops. Learn more.

BFRDP Webinar: Building Successful Collaborations
July 18  | Free |  Noon  |  Online

Presented by New Entry and Allison Goin, this webinar will focus on the importance of building and cultivating strong partnerships and collaborations for BFRDP. Learn more.

Webinar: Risky Business – Assessing Areas of Risk for Current and Potential Organic Operations
July 18  |  Free  |  Noon – 1 p.m.  |  Online

Risks are threats but also opportunities in life and business. Organic operations can make strides in managing various forms of risk. Topics covered in this webinar will be risk assessment and management for farmers and processors as well as transitioning, new, and long-time producers. Register.

Webinar: Farm to Early Care
July 18  |  Free  |  10 a.m.  |  Online

This webinar series is designed to empower anyone working in an early care and education setting to purchase fresh locally-grown foods, incorporate food- and farming-themed lessons into the classroom, and engage parents and caregivers in Farm to Early Care activities. Register here.

Webinar: Diseases and Pests in Organic Seed Production
July 18  |  Free  |  11:30 p.m.  |  Online

Join Jared Zystro of the Organic Seed Alliance and Jodi Lew-Smith of High Mowing Seeds, who will discuss basic field practices for avoiding diseases and pests in seed production and post harvest. They will also provide guidance on prevention, testing and treatment for seed borne diseases in organic seed production. Learn more.

Brand Design Workshop
July 18  | $10 |  5 – 7 p.m.  |  Hopkins, Minn.

This interactive workshop will give entrepreneurs the information they need to get the most out of the design process. Led by Sharon Gorney, Vice President of Ultra Creative and Kitty Hart Director at Capsule in partnership with Lunds & Byerlys. Learn more.

Twilight Tour: Peltonen/Lehnert Homestead
July 18  | Free |  6 – 8 p.m.  |  Williamsburg, Mich.

Denise Peltonen and Mike Lehnert own 40 acres of apples, cherries, currants, gooseberries, saskatoons, and haskaps (or edible honeysuckle) as well as a variety of cane berries. Take an evening walk through their orchards and learn about how they utilize permaculture, among other tools, on their homestead. Learn more.

BFRDP Webinar: Community Food Projects Logic Model Examples and Q&A
July 20 | Free | Noon  |  Online

These webinars are being developed for applicants of Community Food Projects grants but applicants of BFRDP are encouraged to attend as well, as logic models will be useful in preparing an application for the program. Learn more.

Safe Food Sampling Workshop
July 20  | $20 |  1 – 3 p.m.  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Vendors and food demonstrators will learn how to prepare and offer food samples implementing safe food handling practices to minimize the risk of foodborne illness. This class will provide helpful information for those who want to provide free samples at events. Learn more.

Golden Bee Acres Farm Tour
July 21  | Free |  9 – 11 a.m.  |  Cold Springs, Minn.

Golden Bee Acres raise and harvest over 20 varieties of produce and sell free-range eggs at the St. Cloud Farmer’s Market and to their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members. Learn more.

Diversified Organic Rotations
July 21  |  9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  |  Ridgeway, Wis.

Farmers Paul Bickford and John Wepking explain their organic systems, which protect not only local watersheds, but also Gulf Coast fisheries at the other end of the country. They’ll talk about large-scale small grain production, processing, and marketing, plus explain how they design crop rotations and market their whole rotation, and touch on crop storage; growing organic seed corn, mentorship models, and farm transfer. Learn more.

Pasture Walk and Annual GrassWorks Picnic
July 21  |  Free  |  2:30 – 4:30 p.m.  |  Custer, Wis.

Walk the farm at Farm Sweet Farm LLC, which has been in all grass for 11 years. The Flashinskis are graduates of the Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Beginnings course and have been grazing animals for 15 years. Learn more.

Together Toward a Sustainable Future
July 21  |  Free  |  6:15 – 8:30 p.m.  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

A joint presentation with Phil & Kathy Dahl-Bredine including discussion of the book “Milpa: From Seed to Salsa. Ancient Ingredients for a Sustainable Future” which explores how the ancient agricultural knowledge and the wealth of 1000 year-old seeds and planting practices can help us to meet the ecological and food crises of today. Learn more.

J40 Farm Crawl
July 22  |  Free  |  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  Van Buren County, Iowa

Farms, businesses and artists along J40 open their doors for the day and invite you in. The one day event has something for all ages including demonstrations, food, drink, locally grown fruits and veggies, home baked breads, hand cranked ice cream, and much much more! Learn more.

Hmong Agriculture Workshop
July 22  |  Free  |  9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  |  Hastings, Minn.

Take a deep dive into how Hmong agriculture is maintained in Minnesota and learn about HAFA’s role in our food system. Then get your hands dirty and help out your fellow Hmong farmers on the beautiful fields in Hastings. Attendees will get to take home a HAFA-curated bag of fresh produce! Learn more.

Farm Tour: Whitefeather Organics
July 22  |  Free  |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Cadott, Wis.

Whitefeather Organics is a diverse farm offering CSA shares, eggs, meat (chicken, turkey, pig), tours, workshops, and pizza night! Tour the farm and then have the option to purchase fresh baked pizza. Learn more.

Beekeeping: Mite Control
July 23  |  $35  |  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  |  North Branch, Minn.

Varroa mites are tiny external parasites of honey bees. Although mites can feed and live on adult bees, they mainly feed and reproduce on larvae and pupae in the developing brood, causing malformation and weakening of the colony as well as transmitting numerous viruses. Methods of testing and treating for mites will be demonstrated in this course. Learn more.

Farm Dreams Workshop
July 23  |  $20 – $40  |  1 p.m. – 5 p.m.  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Farm Dreams is a four-hour workshop designed to help people clarify what motivates them to farm, get their vision on paper, inventory their strengths and training needs and get perspective from an experienced farmer. Learn more.

Artisanal Grain Production
July 24  |  1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  |  Pecatonica, Ill.

Farmer Andrea Hazzard covers everything from seed selection and planting to harvesting, drying and cleaning of corn and small grains for specialty markets. Ellen King, co-owner and artisan baker of Hewn Bread in Chicago, shares insights from the buyer’s perspective. Learn more.

GMOs & Wisconsin Panel Discussion
July 24  |  Free  |  Noon – 2 p.m.  |  Madison, Wis.

This forum will focus on the complex issues surrounding GMOs, especially relevant in Wisconsin as the university’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is at the forefront of GMO-related research. Panelists include university researchers, MOSES Executive Director John Mesko, Wisconsin Farm Bureau President Jim Holte, and Margaret Krome, from Michael Fields Agriculture Institute. Learn more.

Women Caring for the Land: Brooks Farm
July 25  |  8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Waupaca

Join former Alice in Dairyland Zoey Brooks at her family’s state-of-the-art dairy farm, where animal comfort and environmental stewardship are at the forefront of day-to-day operations. Lunch is a potluck. For details or to RSVP, contact Deb: 715-590-2130 or djakubek@wisconsinfarmersunion.com

Webinar: Drought and Urban Forests
July 25  | Free | 1 p.m. | Online

Recent droughts have caused stress and mortality in urban forests, reducing the cooling, clean air, and carbon storage provided by trees. Because human populations are growing in most U.S. cities, it will become increasingly important to maintain healthy, productive urban forests. Scientists and urban foresters are working together to quantify recent drought-related stress and find management strategies for sustainable urban landscapes. Learn more.

Webinar: Native Thistles – Important and Misunderstood Plants for Conservation
July 25  | Free | 1 p.m. | Online

Learn about the value of native thistles to pollinators and other wildlife, the precarious conservation status of native thistles, and ways we can conserve the wide diversity of native thistles in North America. Learn more.

Soil Builders’ Field Day: Building Soil in a Time of Weather Extremes & Financial Pressure
July 26  | Free | 10 a.m. – Noon  |  Rollingstone, Minn.

Fifth generation farmer Rory Beyer and his family milk cows and raise beef, crops, hay and pasture. Focused on soil health, Rory tests and monitors soil carbon levels, breaks weed cycles with cover crops, plants a cover crop cocktail to extend the grazing season and adapts the crop rotation for soil building. Learn more.

MFU Farm Bill Rural Voices Discussion
July 26  | Free | 1: 30 – 3:00 p.m.  |  Mankato, Minn.

This consists of a listening panel sitting in the front of the room, listening.  Each panelist will be able to speak for 2-3 minutes at the beginning, and then we will ask them to reflect on what they heard at the end of the session.  For more information call Bruce: 651-288-4064.

MFU Farm Bill Rural Voices Discussion
July 27  | Free | 9:30 – 11 a.m.  |  Willmar, Minn.

This consists of a listening panel sitting in the front of the room, listening.  Each panelist will be able to speak for 2-3 minutes at the beginning, and then we will ask them to reflect on what they heard at the end of the session.  For more information call Bruce: 651-288-4064.

Farm Law 101 for Ag Professionals
July 27  | Free | 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  | Falcon Heights, Minn.

Calling all farm educators, advisors, and related professionals! Confidently, safely help farmers understand farm law basics. Attend this Farm Law 101 Workshop for Farm Professionals. Learn more.

Horticulture Night at WCROC
July 27  | Free | 5 – 9 p.m.  | Morris, Minn.

Demonstrations will include cold hardy grapes for wine making, designing containers, growing strawberries and raspberries in Minnesota, integrated pest management for homeowners, pollinator friendly gardening, quality tomatoes for the home garden, and information about trees and shrubs. Learn more.

Land Stewardship Project Potluck & Cookout
July 27  | Free | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.  | Minneapolis, Minn.

Connect with LSP members and others in the community interested in building a sustainable farm and food system while enjoying delicious local food. Learn more.

Soil & Water Conservation Society Conference
July 30 – Aug 2  |  $$  |  Madison, Wis.

The conference provides a forum for interdisciplinary discussions that are essential to the success of conservation, a field that depends upon understanding relationships and interconnectedness. Learn more.

Webinar: Disease Update for Fruit and Vegetables
July 31  |  9 – 9:30 a.m.  | Online

Disease update for fruit and vegetables, presented by Ed Sikora. Learn more.

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August

Webinar: Results of Organic Focused Conservation Innovation Grants
August 1  |  Free  | Noon – 1 p.m.  |  Online

This webinar will share the results of two NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) that focused on organic systems. David Redhage will discuss the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s CIG, which focused on establishment and management of native plants for native pollinators. Laura Hedeen will present findings from the Minnesota Food Association’s CIG, which explored tools and techniques to increase the accessibility of organic farming for immigrant and minority growers. Register.

Women Caring for the Land: Autumn Moon Farm
August 2 |  Free  | 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  Belleville, Wis.

Learn how Becky Olsen and her husband, Steve, transitioned their dairy operation into a new niche with specialty grains and on-farm processing. The duo have strong conservation roots and Becky will share how a trout easement, cover crops and other conservation efforts on the farm help protect the watershed. For details or to RSVP, contact Deb: 715-590-2130 or djakubek@wisconsinfarmersunion.com

Webinar: High Tunnel Systems
August 2  |  Free  | 1 p.m.  |  Online

Participants will learn about techniques used in high tunnel cropping systems to address issues with salinity, nutrient management, and pest management. Learn more. Learn more.

Sandor Katz Fermentation Workshop
August 2  |  $70  | 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  |  Amery, Wis.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Fermentation in the Home | $30
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Beyond Sauerkraut | $50
Both workshops | $70
Learn more.

Field Day at Doudlah Farms
August 3  |  $20  |  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  Evansville, Wis.

Erin Silva will speak on roller crimping cereal rye at this field day, which will showcase Mark’s use of this system for dark red kidney beans. Dr. Don Huber of Purdue will discuss herbicide interactions, and Joel Gruver of Western Illinois University will speak about diversity of cover crop seeds. Paul Dietmann with Badgerland Financial will talk about finances, marketing and the organic transition years. Learn more.

Managing Potholes and Matching Conservation Efforts to Farm Goals
August 3  |  Free  |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  Charles City, Iowa

At this field day, learn about conservation tactics for your farm, doing what’s best, economically and environmentally, in marginal land while working withing the parameters of your farm goals. Learn more.

Bus Trip to Dave Brant’s Farm in Ohio
August 3 – 6  |  $167 – 250  |  Carroll, Ohio

This visit to Dave Brandt’s farm will offer participants an in-depth chance to learn about growing and managing cover crops from one of the country’s most knowledgeable cover crop farmers. Learn more.

In Her Boots: Realize Your Farming Dream
August 4  |  $50  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Blanchardville, Wis.

The Wisconsin Soil Sisters, an innovative network of local women who farm, share their seasoned perspectives to answer your questions and help you gather resources for your farm launch. This event is offered in conjunction with the annual Soil Sisters weekend of farm tours, workshops, and culinary events. Learn More.

Silvopasture Workshop
August 4-5  |  $20 – 45  | La Crescent, Minn.

Silvopasture can provide economic and environmental benefits that complement regular forestry and open pasture production, such as shade for livestock and pasture, and habitat for birds and beneficial insects. Learn more.

Soil Sisters
August 4-6  |  $  | South Central Wis.

For three days the jam-packed SOIL SISTERS culinary event celebrates Wisconsin’s family farms and rural life in and around the farming communities of Monroe, New Glarus, Blanchardville and Brodhead, Wisconsin, This event features five unique components involving numerous women-owned farms, presented by South Central Wisconsin Women in Sustainable Agriculture. Learn more.

Mighty Axe Hops Tour
August 5  |  Free  | 1 – 3 p.m. | Foley, Minn.

Tour Minnesota’s largest hop farm, Mighty Axe Hops! See the construction of a new harvest facility, and building out of 80 acres of trellis. It’s an event for the whole family. Learn more.

Grazing Skills & Pasture Management Field Day
August 6  |  Free | 1 – 4 p.m.  | Finlayson, Minn.

During the field day, we will bring an experienced grazier onto their farm to help them troubleshoot the issues and questions facing a beginning grazing operation. We’ll take a tour of the farm, and discuss beginning infrastructure and strategies for establishing and maintaining a high-quality, diverse pasture. Learn more.

Farm Tour: Nami Moon Farm
August 6  |  Free | 2 – 4 p.m.  | Custer, Wis.

Nami Moon Farm raises poultry, pork, vegetables and more. Tour the farm with Chris Holman and enjoy free snacks from the farm. Learn more.

2017 Tomato Project Field Day
August 6  |  Free | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  | Plato, Minn.

The long term objective of the Tomato Project is to answer a simple question: what is a nutrient dense tomato? To answer that question we must take a deep dive into minerals and microbes in the soil. Learn more.

Know Your Buyer, Know Your Supplier
August 8  |  Free  |  8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Viroqua, Wis.

A day-long training and networking event to connect more Wisconsin-grown foods to cafeterias around the state. The morning will feature a local food procurement training, and the afternoon will feature a “supply chain networking mixer” to make more connections between farmers and buyers. Learn more.

Oyster Mushroom Production
August 8  |  Free | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  | Plato, Minn.

The long term objective of the Tomato Project is to answer a simple question: what is a nutrient dense tomato? To answer that question we must take a deep dive into minerals and microbes in the soil. Learn more.

Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts
August 8-9 |  $80/100 | 4 – 6 p.m.  | Columbus Junction, Iowa

Tyson Allchin will demonstrate and show every aspect of his mushroom farm, including substrate preparation, inoculation, the fruiting room, and harvest. Learn more.

Women Caring for the Land: Glacial Lake Cranberries
August 9  |  Free | 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

See how conservation is at the heart of this 6,000-acre operation. Cranberries have been produced on the property since 1873. For details or to RSVP, contact Deb: 715-590-2130 or djakubek@wisconsinfarmersunion.com.

Soil Health & Cover Crops Field Day
August 9  |  Free | 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Blooming Prairie & Austin, Minn.

The Land Stewardship Project’s Soils Builders’ Network is co-sponsoring this field day on soil health and cover crops, which will be held on farms in the Blooming Prairie and Austin areas. Learn more.

In Her Boots: Field to Plate Perennial Fruit
August 9  |  $50  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Winona, Minn.

Experience organic berry growing at peak harvest time. Farmer Joyce Ford and her husband, Jim Riddle, raise a variety of “blue” berries and plums for wholesale and direct-from-the-farm markets. Learn what it takes to nurture these fruits from field to plate. Learn more.

GAPs Online Course
August 9 – 29  | $190  |  Online

This course is intended to improve your understanding of GAPs to guide assessment of risks and implementation of practices to reduce risks on fresh produce farms. Learn more.

Kernza Field Day at A-Frame Farm
August 10 |  Free | 1 – 3 p.m.  | Madison, Minn.

The Kernza Field Day will be held on A-Frame Farm in Madison, Minnesota, owned and operated by Carmen Fernholz. Fernholz has been working with the University of Minnesota and growing intermediate wheatgrass for six years and will be on-hand to talk about his experience growing kernza. Learn more.

Grazing Field Day
August 10 |  Free | 4 – 8 p.m.  | Starbuck, Minn.

The Grazing Field Day will consist of a tour of Shane and Jessica Blair’s rotational grazing system where they will share information on their projects, which include fencing, watering systems, utilizing cover crops and grazing native pastures. Learn more.

How to Save Tomato Seeds
August 10 |  $50/65 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  | Chaska, Minn.

Tim, an accomplished seed saver and educator, will guide you in understanding the theory and importance of seed saving. You will leave the workshop fully able to produce your own true-to-type tomato seeds while also learning the basics of seed saving: isolation, population size, seed cleaning, and seed storage. Learn more.

Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts
August 10-11 |  $80/100 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  | Blue Earth, Minn.

The Sustainable Farming Association is hosting a pair of two-day events featuring Dr. Allen Williams, “Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8-9 in Faribault and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 10-11 in Blue Earth. Spend time with soil health experts digging deeper into soil health opportunities, challenges, and monitoring. Learn more.

Capturing the Benefits of Biodiversity in Agriculture
August 11 |  Free | All Day  | Macomb, Ill.

This daylong event will feature presentations in the morning and field tours and equipment demonstrations in the afternoon. For more information, call or email Andy Claton: 217-322-2639, aw-clayton@wiu.edu.

Minnesota Garlic Festival
August 12  |  $5 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  | Hutchinson, Minn.

Minnesota Garlic Festival is the premier event for lovers of garlic, great local foods and good times! Family friendly, fun filled and fragrant, this festival features fantastic foods, celebrity chefs, marvelous music, area artisans, goofy games…and lots of GARLIC – all in support of a healthy environment, sustainable farms and vital rural communities in Minnesota. Learn more.

Alternative Poultry Production Pasture Walk and Farm Breakfast
August 12  |  $5  | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  | Mineral Point, Wis.

The discussion and farm tour will cover the market potential of poultry, mobile production methods, diets and ration selection, breeding and genetics, challenges of species, and poultry processing. Learn more.

2017 Tomato Project Field Day
August 12  |  Free  | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  | Plato, Minn.

The long term objective of the Tomato Project is to answer a simple question: what is a nutrient dense tomato? To answer that question we must take a deep dive into minerals and microbes in the soil. Learn more.

Graze River Country: Mittag Pasture Walk
August 12  |  Free | 1 – 3 p.m.  | River Falls, Wis.

This field day will take place at the f arm of Randy and Liz Mittag, N6834 County Road E, River Falls,Wis. For details or to RSVP, contact Deb: 715-590-2130.

Farm Tour: Liberation Farm
August 13  |  Free | 1 – 3 p.m.  | Almond, Wis.

Tour this diversified homestead, CSA farm, permaculture education and direct trade coffee business rolled into one. Enjoy free snacks on the farm. Learn more.

Farm Tour: Liberation Farm
August 13  |  Free | 2 – 4:30 p.m.  | Clear Lake, Iowa

Food hubs have received a lot of attention in recent years as a way to expand local food markets. Join the farmer-members of North Iowa Fresh and the staff at Opportunity Village to see what’s involved with this young food hub. Learn more.

Know Your Buyer, Know Your Supplier
August 14  |  Free  |  8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Footeville, Wis.

A day-long training and networking event to connect more Wisconsin-grown foods to cafeterias around the state. The morning will feature a local food procurement training, and the afternoon will feature a “supply chain networking mixer” to make more connections between farmers and buyers. Learn more.

Grass-Based Dairy Farming and Value-Added Cheese Production
August 14  |  Free  |  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  Jewell, Iowa

The field day will begin with a tour of the cheesery and milking facilities, which were constructed in 2016. Kevin and Ranae will discuss the challenges of starting a new business – from designing and building facilities, to navigating regulations, to developing marketing and growth strategies, to managing scarce time and resources. During a pasture walk, Kevin will discuss his cattle genetics and breeding philosophy. Learn more.

Twilight Tour: Gill’s Pier Ranch
August 14  |  Free | 6 – 8 p.m.  | Northport, Mich.

High-quality grass and healthy Lake Michigan winds near the Gills Pier Ranch create an amazing environment for raising multipurpose livestock that are grass-fed, sustainable, and light on the land. From composting manure, harvesting fiber, to producing meat, this tour will offer a look at sustainable ranching in Northern Michigan. Learn more.

Women Caring for the Land Field Day: Blue Ox Farm
August 15  |  Free | 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Wheeler, Wis.

Join Lauren Langworthy, co-owner of Blue Ox Farm, for this woman-centered field day. Topics covered will include: Soil health, ecosystem health (particularly as it pertains to grazing), connecting women landowners and female farmers in the area, and how you can make your interest in conservation on your land a reality. For details or to RSVP, contact Deb at 715-590-2130 or djakubek@wisconsinfarmersunion.com.

Know Your Buyer, Know Your Supplier
August 15  |  Free  |  8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  De Pere, Wis.

A day-long training and networking event to connect more Wisconsin-grown foods to cafeterias around the state. The morning will feature a local food procurement training, and the afternoon will feature a “supply chain networking mixer” to make more connections between farmers and buyers. Learn more.

Organic Dairy Day
August 15  |  Free | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  | Morris, Minn.

Organic Dairy Day at the U of MN West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris, will showcase the latest advancements in organic dairy herd health, pasture and forage, and herd management. Featuring guest speaker Larry Tranel from Iowa State University. Lunch provided. Call or email Brad Heins: 320-589-1711, hein0106@umn.edu.

BFRDP Webinar: The Grant Budget and Matching Funds
August 15 | Free | Noon  |  Online

Presented by New Entry and Allison Goin, this webinar will dive into the budget and match requirement for BFRDP. Learn more.

Know Your Buyer, Know Your Supplier
August 17  |  Free  |  8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Eagle River, Wis.

A day-long training and networking event to connect more Wisconsin-grown foods to cafeterias around the state. The morning will feature a local food procurement training, and the afternoon will feature a “supply chain networking mixer” to make more connections between farmers and buyers. Learn more.

Know Your Buyer, Know Your Supplier
August 17  |  Free  |  9 a.m. – Noon  |  Walker, Iowa

Got goats – or thinking of adding some? Learn about raising Boer and Kiko meat goats in a rotational grazing system, from kidding to marketing. Learn more.

Practical Farmers Small Grains Conference
August 17 |  11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  |  Ames, Iowa

Practical Farmers of Iowa is answering the call for more resources and education on small grains production with a “Rotationally Raised – Making Small Grains Work” conference and five field days devoted to the topic. Registration is required by Thursday, Aug. 10, and is free for PFI members and $40 for non-members. Featured speakers include Don Halcomb (Kentucky Small Grain Promotion Council), Sam Raser (Grain Millers), and Erin Silva (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Learn more.

Wisconsin Farmers Union Summer Conference
August 17 |  Chippewa Falls, Wis.

Summer conference and County Presidents Meetings at Kamp Kenwood, 19161 79th Ave, Chippewa Falls, Wis. RSVP here.

Movable & Fixed Fencing for Livestock
August 17  |  9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  | La Crescent, Minn.

Harry and Jackie Hoch are in the midst of a three-year demonstration grant trialing livestock fencing to maintain pastured pigs in their orchards. Learn initial results, and get expert advice on a variety of fencing systems, including movable, energized systems as well as permanent woven wire fencing. Learn more.

York Farm Concert Series
August 17 | $20 | 5 – 8 p.m. | Hutchinson, Minn.

Andy Cotter and Irene Genelin from York Farm are pairing up with Bella Lue Photography to bring local musicians to play in York Farm barn. It will be an intimate setting where the audience can listen to the songwriters play their music. Some seating is available with standing room as well. Learn more.

Webinar: Biodynamic Beekeeping, Winter Preparation
August 17 | Free | 6:30 – 8 p.m. | Online

In this webinar we will review the signs of health and illness in relation to the contractive gesture of the honeybee organism at this time of year—an understanding which gives rise to methods for the best possible overwintering success. Learn more.

Flame Weeding Workshop
August 18  |  $100 | 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Concord, Neb.

Presenting results from the 7 years of research conducted by the teams of Dr. Stevan Knezevic (Weed Science) and Dr. George Gogos (Mechanical Engineering). This work resulted in 20 scientific publications, 100 abstracts, and equipment for flame weeding. For more information, contact Dee Foote: 402-584-3837.

Graze River Country: Midtling Pasture Walk
August 19  |  Free | 10 a.m.  | Wilson, Wis.

This pasture walk will take place at the farm of Brad Midtling, Townside Jerseys, 2891 US Highway 12, Wilson. For details or to RSVP, contact Deb at  715-590-2130.

Upper Iowa Organics Field Day
August 19  |  Free | 1 – 3:30 p.m.  | Decorah, Iowa

Whether you are trying to transition land out of CRP or you’re thinking about making a transition with a tenant farmer, this field day will help answer your questions. Farm owner Marty Grimm transitioned his land out of CRP into organic cropland and utilized EQIP grants to help grow his farm.  He will introduce the rare breeds of livestock that he keeps on his farm and their contribution to the farm ecosystem. Learn more.

Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Day: Pasture-Raised Pork, Beef, Chickens, Eggs, & Raw Dairy in the Chicago Suburbs
August 20  | $20/free for members | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Dundee Township, Ill.

Spend a day touring the diverse operations of All Grass Farms, a 150 acre farm on leased public land located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago just north of I-90. Learn more.

Grazing Heritage Cattle & Sheep on Converted Crop Ground and Prairie
August 21  |  Free | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  | Bedford, Iowa

Russ’ herd of Murray Grey cattle and St. Croix sheep are grazed together (with horses, too) using very little infrastructure. Learn about the process of seeding former crop fields to pasture species and how grazing former Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land has helped bring native prairie species back. Learn more.

Hoop Full Harvest
August 21  |  Free | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  | Bedford, Iowa

Email today to reserve your spot in this free exciting workshop: SRA.SEMichiganHighTunnel@gmail.com.

Know Your Buyer, Know Your Supplier
August 22  |  Free  |  8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Wausau, Wis.

A day-long training and networking event to connect more Wisconsin-grown foods to cafeterias around the state. The morning will feature a local food procurement training, and the afternoon will feature a “supply chain networking mixer” to make more connections between farmers and buyers. Learn more.

Twilight Tour: RealEyes Homestead
August 22  |  Free | 6 – 8 p.m.  | Detroit, Mich.

RealEyes Homesteads main focus is on Permaculture which teaches how to use plant and animal systems as tools. Enjoy a homestead tour and a conversation about this low cost, low maintenance farming system and more. Learn more.

Webinar: The Use of the National Hierarchical Framework of Ecological Units for Seed Zone Demarcation
August 23  |  Free | 10 a.m.  | Online

Dr. Greg Nowacki, Regional Ecologist, Acting Soil Program Leader, USDA Forest Service, will deliver a presentation on how to use and understand ecological subdivisions in relation to the development of seed zones. Learn more.

Master Class in Permaculture Teacher Training
August 23-27  |  $650 – $750  | Fountain City, Wis.

Permaculture, as an idea, has reached its prime. As courses flourish all over the world, there is a pressing need for experienced and well-trained instructors. This is an immersion course based on practice and independent work with guidance and input from other students and the instructor. Students will work on curriculums, content, and personal presentations. Learn more.

In Her Boots: Market Farming in Suburbs
August 24  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Libertyville, Ill.

Farmer Alison Parker and her husband, Alex Needham, raise diversified vegetables for a CSA, farmers market and farm stand on a 10-acre certified organic farm. Learn how Alison creatively connects resources and learning opportunities to access the education and land the operation needs to grow into a successful farm business in a unique urban/suburban setting. Learn more.

Adding Organic to Large-Scale Farms
August 24  |  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Grand Marsh, Wis.

The Wallendal family manages 3,200 acres of diversified crops, and is in the process of transitioning around a third to organic production. Learn about imaginative crop rotations, managing a parallel operation (conventional/organic), strip tilling, navigating the organic transition process, farm transfer to the next generation, cultivation and fertility practices, and on-farm research. Learn more.

Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council Tour
August 24  |  Free  |  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  | Des Moines, Iowa

Come celebrate Angela and John Tedesco, Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2017 Farmland Owner Legacy
Award recipients! Learn more.

Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council Tour
August 25  |  Free  |  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Staples, Minn.

This event, which is free and open to all, includes an open house at the CLC agricultural center and tour of its Byron Township site. There, the college, R.D. Offutt Co. and SFA, among other partners, are working to research soil health principles through cover cropping, crop rotation, and other principles. Learn more.

Growing Chestnuts and Other Michigan Nut Crops
August 26  | Free | 9 a.m. – Noon  | Traverse City, Mich.

Did you know that Michigan is the number one producer of chestnuts in the United States? Interested in learning more about growing chestnuts and other Michigan nut crops? Learn more.

‘Farm2Families’ Community Event
August 26  | Free | 3 – 7 p.m.  | Aitkin, Minn.

SFA’s Greater Mille Lacs Chapter is hosting a community event at the Heimark Farm, 33683 Dove St, Aitkin. The full program will include farm demonstrations, food, entertainment, kids activities and a farm store. For more info email: greatermillelacs@sfa-mn.org.

Webinar: Hiring Farm Employees – Process and Recommendations
August 26  | Free | 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.  | Waupaca, Wis.

Employees are an important part of the business but can also be a big challenge. If you currently have employees, or have been considering adding a work force to your organization, this webinar is for you.  The session will explore the hiring process and ways to acquire employees that best fit your operation. Learn more.

WEI Beekeeping: Extracting Honey
August 27  |  $35  |  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  | North Branch, Minn.

Join CLC researchers as they highlight the many different aspects of research and community/industry partners connected with the center. Planned are demonstrations on water quality and agronomic research, irrigation, local foods integration, children’s programming, drone demonstration, tractor rides, forage and pasture tours, and more. Learn more.

Veteran Farm Dreams Workshop
August 28  |  Free | 1 – 5 p.m.  | Caledonia, Ill.

Angelic Organics Learning Center and the Farmer Veteran Coalition are hosting a workshop for veterans interested in becoming the future farmers of America. Learn more.

A Look at Soil Regeneration with Jill Clapperton
August 29  |  $40  |  1 – 6 p.m.  | Shanendoah, Iowa

The Teachouts welcome internationally renowned soil scientist Jill Clapperton to their farm to talk about soil regeneration and soil health. Learn more.

OEFFA Heart of Ohio Chapter Planning Meeting
August 29  |  7 p.m. – 9 p.m.  | Alexandria, Ohio

Join OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter planning meeting for the 2016-17 season to help select the topics for the 2016-17 meetings and identify individuals who might want to lead the discussions. Learn more.

Soil Fertility in Organic Grain Production
August 30  |  9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  | Pendleton, Ind.

Learn from farmer John-Paul Franks about transitioning a small grain farm to organic. Soil fertility, organic N sources, and risk management will be discussed. Long-time dairy farmer John Martin will also be presenting. Learn more.

Webinar: Building Relationships and Meeting Needs of Small Farming Operations
August 30  |  Free  |  1 p.m.  | Online

Participants will learn about strategies and techniques to address the needs of small farming operations. Learn more.

Biodynamic Principles and Practices
August 30  |  Free  |  6:30 – 8 p.m.  | Online

In this webinar, we will explore the unique and practical ways that you can apply biodynamics to grow the most nutrient-dense and vibrant food possible, build soil organic matter, revitalize landscapes, and protect the climate by bringing more carbon into the living realm. Learn more.

Introduction to Holistic Management Online Course
August 30 – Oct 4  |  $250  | Online

You’ll develop a whole farm (holistic) goal which clearly articulates the vision for your farm/ranch, the organizational structure, and the resources available. Incorporate a triple bottom line analysis filter to help you make decisions more effectively. Learn the principles of how Nature functions and understand how tools affect ecosystem health. Learn more.

Profitability of Farming Prairie Potholes
August 31  |  Free  |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  | Arlington, Wis.

Research from Team Pothole at ISU shines light on what farmers can do with these low areas that do not yield much during wet years. This information is especially valuable now, with the volatility that climatologists predict for weather patterns in the next 10 to 20 years. Learn more.

University of Wisconsin Organic Agriculture Field Day
August 31  |  $10  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Jefferson, Iowa

At this field day, you will learn about organic no-till soybenas, organic soil health, cover crops, organic no-till corn, and organic wheat breeding. Learn more.

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September

Webinar: Texas – Meet Our Native Pollinators
September 1  |  1 p.m.  | Online

Pollinators have been in the news a lot in the last couple of years.  While many of us are familiar with the European honeybee, we are not so familiar with our native pollinators.  Join Molly Keck, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension as she introduces us to some of our native pollinators, their habitats, and ways to preserve them. Learn more.

Webinar: Organics and Regenerative Agriculture
September 5  |  Free  |  Noon – 1 p.m.  | Online

Within the sustainable agriculture community “regenerative agriculture” has emerged as a new and popular buzzword to signify an approach to farming that is “beyond organic”, or “Organic 2.0”. This webinar explores the different schools of thought behind organic and regenerative agriculture, highlights the differences and overlapping similarities between both practices, and provides examples of regenerative practices that can be incorporated into organic production systems. Register.

Oat, Hay and Feed Production and Direct Marketing
September 7  |  Free  |  3 – 6 p.m.  | Dunkerton, Iowa

The Canfield Family has spent the last two years relearning how to grow small grains in Iowa. They have researched machinery, production strategies and varieties, in addition to seeking potential market streams. One opportunity is to direct-market small grains to small-scale livestock owners as either whole grains or as part of complete mixed feeds. Learn more.

Opportunities in Organic Farming
September 8  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  | Atlanta, Ill.

The MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year, the Bishops, showcase their diverse livestock, crop, and vegetable operations, sharing their organic management practices and reasons for choosing them, and highlight the on-farm research they’re doing. Additional presentations focus on legislative initiatives relevant to farmers, plus opportunities with universities, lending institutions, and more to encourage farmers to transition to organic. Learn more.

Graze River Country: Lulich Pasture Walk
September 8  | Free | Noon – 3 p.m. | Mason, Wis.

This pasture walk will take place at Lulich Farm, 63375 US Hwy 63, Mason, Wis. For details or to RSVP, contact Deb at  715-590-2130.

Rosman Family Farm Field Day
September 9  | Free | 1 – 4:30 p.m. | Harlan, Iowa

Join the Iowa Organic Association and the Practical Farmers of Iowa for the final event in its 2017 field day series. This field day, hosted at the Rosmann Family Farm on Saturday, September 9th at 1:00 PM, will focus on organic crop and swine production and will be of special interest for farmers exploring organic transition. Learn more.

Renewable Energy Fair
September 9-10   |  Saint Paul, Minn.

For the first time, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association will be holding a second Energy Fair in St. Paul, MN, in addition to the Energy Fair in Custer, WI. You are invited to exhibit, present a workshop, or sponsor this new event! Learn more.

Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Day: The Good, The Bad, & the Ugly of Transitioning to a Grass-Based System
September 10 | $20/free for members | Noon – 4 p.m. | Brodhead, Wis.

Riemer Family Farms specializes in pasture-raised, beef cattle, Berkshire pigs, chickens, laying hens, and turkeys. Learn how to successfully transition your livestock to a grass-based system from a grain-based system. Learn more.

National Farmers Union Fall Fly-In
September 10-13 | Washington, D.C.

Teams of Farmers Union members will stop by the office of every member of Congress. Grassroots efforts at their finest, Farmers Union members will highlight the key priorities for the organization, struggles they are facing, and goals for future legislation and the next farm bill. Learn more.

Local Food Collective Tour: The Village Hive
September 12 |  Free | 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Amherst, Wis.

Indulge your appetites by visiting The Village Hive to find locally crafted cakes, pies, artisan breads, jams, cheese, eggs, meats, grain-free treats, and savory options!! Also, they offer seasonal produce and an array of fanciful & unique gifts. Their kitchen space is available for rent. Learn more.

Cover Cropping & Fertility Management on Vegetable Farms
September 12   | Free | 5:45 – 8 p.m. |  Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

Held at Big River Farms by the Land Stewardship Project, in partnership with the Minnesota Food Association. Contact Dori Eder: dori@landstewardshipproject.org, or 612-578-4497.

Winter Marketing, Pricing and Economics
September 12   | Free | 6 – 8 p.m. |  Ann Arbor, Mich.

Email today to reserve your spot in this free workshop at Matthaei Botanical Garden. SRA.SEMichiganHighTunnel@gmail.com

GAPs Online Course
September 13 – Oct 3  | $190  |  Online

This course is intended to improve your understanding of GAPs to guide assessment of risks and implementation of practices to reduce risks on fresh produce farms. Learn more.

Cottage Food Producer Advanced Food Safety Training
September 14   | $35 | 9 a.m. – Noon |  Grand Marais, Minn.

By attending this session, you will meet the training requirement to register as a Minnesota cottage food producer with annual sales over $5000 per year. You will learn how to produce, package and label a safe food product. Learn more.

Cottage Food Producer Advanced Food Safety Training
September 14   | Free | 1 – 3 p.m. |  Everly, Iowa

Come enjoy some produce talk in northwest Iowa! Join Michael and Darla for a tour of the high tunnels, outdoor
rotational vegetable fields and strawberry beds on their small farm. Learn more.

Food Safety for Organic Vegetable Production
September 16  |  9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  | Northfield, Minn.

Farmers Ben Doherty and Erin Johnson, and Annalisa Hultberg, U of M Extension Food Safety Educator, discuss food safety in organic vegetable production in the field and packing shed. Also learn about weed management tools and growing/storing/marketing winter root crops. Learn more.

Minnesota Salsa Fest
September 16  |  $5  |  10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  | Long Prairie, Minn.

Celebrate all things related to salsa and enjoy local farm vendors, workshops, music, food, and a salsa contest. More info.

Regenerative Grazing to Produce Gourmet Grass-Fed Beef
September 16  | Free  |  Noon – 4 p.m.  | Bellevue, Iowa

Jamie Hostetler’s primary goal for this field day is to educate attendees on regenerative grazing and grass-efficient beef genetics. Enjoy a hayride through his pastures, stopping to see annuals interseeded in perennial pastures and a PlantO-Vator minimum-till drill. Learn more.

Farm Aid 2017 Concert
September 16  | $49.50 – 199.50  |  Noon  | Burgettstown, Pa.

The concert lineup will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well as Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, Valerie June, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Insects vs Robots. More info.

Farm Tour: Black Rabbit Farm
September 17  |  Free  |  2 – 4 p.m.  | Amherst, Wis.

Tour a small Certified Naturally Grown family farm on the Tomorrow River specializing in pastured rabbit, chicken, duck, and mixed vegetables. Learn more.

Graze Rover Country: Flodquist/Richmond Pasture Walk
September 23 |  Free  |  11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  | Colfax, Wis.

This field day will take place at Charles Flodquist/John Richmond Farm, 12454 20th St., Colfax, Wis.  For details or to RSVP, contact Deb at  715-590-2130.

Dried Flower Production
September 23 |  Free  |  3 – 5 p.m.  | Cumming, Iowa

There’s never a dull moment at Howell Farm! Join Fred for a lively tour through the dried flower process on the farm, from production to finished dried arrangements. Learn more.

WEI Beekeeping: Making Mead
September 24  |  $35  |  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  | North Branch, Minn.

Mead is fermented with three basic ingredients: honey, yeast and water. It isn’t classified as beer or wine in the typical sense, but stands apart in its own rank of alcoholic beverage. In this course, you will start a batch and sample some finished mead. Learn more.

Webinar: IPM Updates
September 25  |  Free  |  9 – 9:30 a.m.  | Online

Alabama Extension hosts a webinar on Integrated Pest Management updates, hosted by Avanava Majumdar. Learn more.

Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day
September 26  |  Free  |  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  | Holt, Mich.

See mechanical cultivation tools demonstrated in vegetables, learn about cultivation innovation in Europe, learn from farmers about in-row tools, and meet vendors who sell or manufacture cultivation equipment. Learn More.

Cottage Food Producer Advanced Food Safety Training
September 27   | $35 | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. |  Willmar, Minn.

By attending this session, you will meet the training requirement to register as a Minnesota cottage food producer with annual sales over $5000 per year. You will learn how to produce, package and label a safe food product. Learn more.

Southeastern Biodynamic Conference
September 29 -October 1  | Red Boiling Spring, Tenn.

The Conference will begin on Michaelmas, and there will be a special Michaelmas celebration on Friday evening.  Share a great weekend with the Southeastern regional biodynamic community. Learn more.

Field Day: Fall Biodynamic Preparations
September 30  | Free  |  1:30 – 5:30 p.m.  |Elkhorn, Wis.

Attendees will tour the farm, fill and stuff the Biodynamic preparations, and then bury them. There will be a potluck supper and bonfire at the farm. Bring a dish to share. Learn more.

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October

Webinar: Non-Ruminant Organic Livestock on Pasture
October 1  |  Free  |  Noon – 1 p.m.   |  Online

This webinar is presented in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)- Science and Technology National Technology Support Centers. The webinar will examine pasture and outdoor access requirements for non-ruminant organic livestock. The presentation will focus on resource concerns and opportunities for conservation. Learn more.

Extending the Vegetable Season with Storage Crops
October 1  |  Free  |  2 – 5 p.m.   |  Amery, Wis.

Held at Blackbrook Farm by the Land Stewardship Project, in partnership with the Minnesota Food Association. Contact: Dori Eder: dori@landstewardshipproject.org, or 612-578-4497.

Webinar: Non-Ruminant Organic Livestock on Pasture
October 1  |  Free  |  Noon – 1 p.m.   |  Online

Presented in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)- Science and Technology National Technology Support Centers, this webinar will examine pasture and outdoor access requirements for non-ruminant organic livestock. Learn more.

Field Day: Agrotourism at Kinnikinnick Farm
October 3  |  $20  |  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   |  Caledonia, Ill.

Attendees will help with the daily farm chores and learn about the ins and outs of operating an agritourism operation and how Kinnikinnick Farm evolved from a half acre market garden to a diversified small farm.​ Learn more.

Master Class in Permaculture Design
October 4-8  |  $650 – $750   |  Fountain City, Wis.

So, you have your PDC, now what? This advanced, applied Permaculture design course is for anyone looking to study Permaculture design at a deeper level. Enhance your understanding of the Permaculture ethics and principles and practice applying them to property designs with input and guidance from experienced Permaculture consultant and designer, Wayne Weiseman. Learn more.

Wisconsin Solar Tour
October 7   |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Saint Paul, Minn.

Join folks across Wisconsin for a state-wide Solar Tour. Homes and businesses throughout Wisconsin will open their doors to demonstrate and share strategies for energy-efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable living. Site tours are free and open to the public. Learn more.

GAPs Online Course
October 11 – 31  | $190  |  Online

This course is intended to improve your understanding of GAPs to guide assessment of risks and implementation of practices to reduce risks on fresh produce farms. Learn more.

Webinar: Practical Carbon Solutions
October 12   | Free | 6:30 – 9 p.m. |  Online

In this webinar, we will discuss carbon farming solutions through a biodynamic lens and address topics including: compost, humus, biodynamic preparations, biochar, carbon, and more. Learn more.

History and Health Situations Related to GMO’s
October 14   | $32 | 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. |  St. Cloud, Minn.

Dr. Don Huber, the World Leading GMO and Glyphosate Research Scientist, will share his extensive knowledge on history of GMOs, current health situations related to GMOs, and long-term effects of GMOs. Learn more.

Field Day: Farm Business Transitions
October 16  | $20 | 10:30 – 2:30 p.m. |  Grayslake, Ill.

Are you at a turning point with your farm business? Angelic Organics Learning Center (AOLC) and the Liberty Prairie Foundation (LPF) are hosting an Upper Midwest CRAFT field day to explore the many facets of farm business transition and how to make them work for you. Learn more.

Looking Back at the First Year of Farming with Experienced Eyes
October 21  |  Free  |  3 – 5 p.m.  | Hancock, Iowa

Join beginning farmer Jayme Fowler as she wraps up her first season at Wild Furrow Farm. During a tour of the farm, Jayme and retired CSA vegetable farmer Susan Jutz will discuss production and management, the farm’s layout, and harvesting and packing. Jayme will also share the experience of converting a tractor-based vegetable farm to draft power. Learn more.

WEI Beekeeping: Winterizing Hives
October 22  |  $35  |  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  | North Branch, Minn.

Learn what it takes to prepare your hive to survive a Midwestern winter at the Women’s Environmental Institute. Learn more.

Graze River Country: Larson Pasture Walk
October 28  |  Free  |  10 a.m. – Noon  | Colfax, Wis.

This pasture walk will take place at the farm of Brad and Melissa Larson, N10688 County Rd M, Colfax.  For details or to RSVP, contact Deb at  715-590-2130.

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November

WFAN Conference
November 2-4 | $$$ | St. Louis, Mo.

Join more than 200 women from all areas of sustainable agriculture, including farmers, aspiring farmers, landowners, policy-makers and advocates. The conference includes field tours, on-site intensives, workshops, keynotes, special 20th anniversary presentations, and a locally sourced lunch. All are welcome; workshops include topics ranging from production and marketing to conservation, leadership development and policy issues. Learn more.

Great River Women in Sustainable & Organic Agriculture Potluck
November 5  | Free | 10 a.m. – Noon | TBD

Meeting format: the GRWSOA meet at someone’s house, do introductions, share dreams and needs, and participate in an activity. For more information, contact Nad at Learnitoday@yahoo.com or (608) 738-1321.

Hand Tools and Implements for Small Vegetable Farms
November 5  | Free | 2 – 5 p.m. | Iowa City, Iowa

At this “try before you buy” field day, Jason and Scott will show various hand tools and small implements, including wheel hoes, stirrup hoes, a BCS tiller and more. Learn more.

Organic & Non-GMO Forum: Oilseeds & Grains at the Crossroads
November 6-7  |  $499 – 650* | St. Louis, Mo.

This event brings together producers, handlers, buyers and processors to address the challenges of meeting the growing demand for organic and non-GMO products, plus emerging opportunities for specialty production. Sessions cover the latest information regarding opportunities for producers while addressing processors’ production needs.

*Tickets are $799, but farmers in the MOSES community may use the following discounts: producers with >5,000 organic/transitional acres use the code MOSES for $650 registration; those with <5,000 acres use code ORGFARMER for $499 registration.

Webinar: Compliance Strategies – Sanitation, Contamination Prevention and Facility Pest Management for Organic Processors
November 7  |  Free  |  12 – 1 p.m.  | Online

Curious about what you can and can’t use for sanitizing equipment and food contact surfaces? Worried about whether your operation is taking the proper steps to ensure the prevention of contamination and commingling of your organic products? Confused about pest management practices within or around your organic facility? Have no fear. Oregon Tilth staff will cover all of these topics in great detail. Register here.

Cottage Food Producer Advanced Food Safety Training
November 9   | $35 | 1 – 4 p.m. |  Little Falls, Minn.

By attending this session, you will meet the training requirement to register as a Minnesota cottage food producer with annual sales over $5000 per year. You will learn how to produce, package and label a safe food product. Learn more.

Field Day: Quality of Life
November 12   | $20 | 3 – 7 p.m. |  Lena, Ill.

The daily work as a farmer can sometimes tip the scales of your work-life balance more towards work than life. So how do you prioritize your work life, farming, and family? Learn more.

WEI Beekeeping: Everything Honey
November 19  |  $35  |  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  | North Branch, Minn.

A WEI Swarm Party! Bring a friend and come and celebrate the end of a wonderful season. Learn more.

GAPs Online Course
November 29 – Dec 19  | $190  |  Online

This course is intended to improve your understanding of GAPs to guide assessment of risks and implementation of practices to reduce risks on fresh produce farms. Learn more.

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December

Cottage Food Producer Advanced Food Safety Training
December 2   | $35 | 9 a.m. – Noon or 1 – 4 p.m. | St. Cloud, Minn.

By attending this session, you will meet the training requirement to register as a Minnesota cottage food producer with annual sales over $5000 per year. You will learn how to produce, package and label a safe food product. Learn more.

Webinar: Organic Poultry and Outdoor Access
December 5  |  Free |  2 – 3 p.m.  | Online

This webinar is presented in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)- Science and Technology National Technology Support Centers. USDA Organic Regulation create new outdoor access requirements for poultry. This webinar will discuss the new requirements (once finalized), potential resource concerns and opportunities for conservation. Learn more.

Midwest CSA Conference
December 7-8  |  $135  | Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

With the continued growth of the CSA movement in the Midwest comes opportunities and complexities. The conference will provide a forum for CSA farmers and advocates to come together for deliberative discussion and peer-to-peer learning. Full-group sessions, including a keynote, will discuss shared values of the movement and strategies for promoting cooperation and shared risk among farms and communities. Learn more.

Organic Grower Summit
December 13-14  |  $$  | Monterey, Calif.

Launched by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), the Organic Grower Summit (OGS) will bring organic growers, producers and processors to Monterey for two days of education, information and networking opportunities with their production supply chain and support service providers. Learn more.

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