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September

 

Building Soil While Extending the Grazing Season
September 16   | Free  |  Goodhue, Minn.

The Luhman family of Dry Creek Red Angus and Kaleb Anderson of Belle Creek Cattle will host the Land Stewardship Project Soil Builders’ Network field day. Learn more.

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.

Building Soil with Livestock
September 16  | Donation for lunch  |  Noon – 4:30 p.m.  | Goodhue, Minn.

This Land Stewardship Project Soil Builders’ event begins at the Anderson farm (12535 335th St., Goodhue, MN) with a 12-noon lunch and registration, and then car caravans to the Luhman farm for a second stop (23166 350th St. Goodhue, MN). Key topics: Mob grazing, grazing warm season cover crops, stockpiling forage for winter grazing, and weed control in organic row crops. 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.

Bike the Barns
September 17  | $65 – 125  |  9 a.m.  | Madison, Wis. area

Bike the Barns is FairShare CSA Coalition’s largest fundraiser. Bike the Barns helps increase access to fresh food for Wisconsin families.  All pledges raised by Bike the Barns participants support Partner Shares, ensuring a strong and just local food system. Learn more.

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.

Florida Organic Food & Farming Summit
September 17 – 18  |  $  |   Gainesville, Fla.

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Florida Organic Growers will be hosting its inaugural Organic Food & Farming Summit in September! This exciting new event will serve as an opportunity for growers, educators, advocates, academics & researchers to interact and gain knowledge through farm tours, workshops, a trade show, and day-long training sessions. Learn more.

Dodge SWCD Conservation & Cover Crop Field Day
September 19  |  Free  |  8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |   Prior Lake, Minn.

This free event includes a full day of programming on the establishment, care and management of cover crops. The program includes U. of M. Worthington’s Liz Stahl, farmer Tom Cotter, farmer Ed McNamara, field and equipment demonstrations, and much more. Learn more.

Second Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition
September 17 – 20  |  $300  |   Prior Lake, Minn.

Join tribal officials, researchers, and practitioners to discuss the state of Native nutrition and food science, and identify new areas of work. Learn more.

Conservation Field Day
September 19  |  Free  |  8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Dodge Center, Minn.

This free event includes a full day of programming on the establishment, care and management of cover crops. The program includes U. of M. Worthington’s Liz Stahl, farmer Tom Cotter, farmer Ed McNamara, field and equipment demonstrations, and much more. Learn more.

Webinar: Evaluation Planning for your BFRDP Grant
September 19  |  Free  |  Noon  |  Online

A goal of the webinar is to provide information to develop a useful plan for both your organization’s own use, as well as for a BFRDP proposal. Participants will gain an understanding of the basic steps, and will have a list of resources to use in developing future plans. Learn more.

Webinar: To Fence or Not to Fence (Out a Stream)
September 19  |  Free  |  1 – 2 p.m.  |  Online

Webinar participants will learn that considerations for fencing livestock out of a stream are not as simple and clear cut as many may assume. Learn more.

Fruit Tree Planting Work Day
September 20  |  Free  | Time TBD  | Maplewood, Minn.

Help install donated fruit trees at MFA’s Harvest Park Site! The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation will do an educational workshop on how to plant and care for fruit trees. Call 651-433-3676 or email laura@mnfoodassociation.org to register.

Prairie on Farms Program Field Day
September 20  |  Free  |  9 a.m.  | Cedar Falls, Iowa

The field day will highlight the installation of an in-field prairie strip in a state identified priority watershed (Dry Run Creek). Participants will learn proper prairie establishment and management techniques for conservation practices involving native prairie vegetation and about the Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project. Learn more.

Webinar: Adaptation Forestry Practices for Climate Change Mitigation
September 20  |  Free  |  10 – 11 a.m.  | Online

The seventh in the Eastern Seed Zone Forum’s online lecture and discussion series aimed at providing both information about the creation of seed zones in general and a forum in which professionals, experts, and interested parties discuss the possibility of drafting seed zone guidelines for the eastern United States. Learn more.

Prairie on Farms Program Field Day
September 21  |  Free  |  4:30 p.m.  | Dike, Iowa

Topics include the installation of prairie strips and a saturated buffer. Staff will discuss proper seed mix design techniques and proper prairie establishment and management techniques. Researchers from the Iowa State STRIPS team and saturated buffer team will discuss project results and discuss the water quality benefits these conservation practices provide. Learn more.

Minority Landowner Magazine Farmers and Landowners Conference
September 21-23  |  $75  | Greensboro, N.C.

This 11th anniversary conference focuses on “RESOURCES: The Agencies, Organizations, and Professionals Who Support Family Farms.” Learn more.

Farm Tour/Pasture Walk
September 22  |  Free  |  1 – 3 p.m.  | Hewitt, Minn.

SFA and NRCS are co-sponsoring a farm tour & pasture walk at Freyholtz Oak Ridge Farm, 46081 131st Ave, Hewitt. This free event will discuss cover crops, alternative forages, rotational grazing, no-till pasture renovation and outwintering of livestock. RSVP here.

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.

Benefit Bash for Farmshed 2017
September 23 |  $10  |  Noon – Midnight  | Stevens Point, Wis.

Come join an all-day celebration of music to benefit Central Rivers Farmshed in Stevens Point on Saturday, September 23rd from noon – midnight. There will be bands from all over the geographic and stylistic map lending their support to raise funds. This event is generously organized and hosted by Renee’s Red Rooster along with Farmshed volunteers. Learn more.

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.

Growing & Selling African Crops in Minnesota
September 26  |  Free  |  4:30 – 7:30 p.m.  | Big River Farms, Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

Learn how two farmers have built up their businesses by growing and selling bitter ball and hanchotte, two traditional African crops, here in the cold climate of Minnesota. We will tour the farms of Kano and Choua who will demonstrate and explain the practices they use to grow, harvest, store, and market these rare vegetables. Call Laura for more information: 651-433-3676 ext. 13

Miller Lecture
September 26  |  Free  |  7:30 p.m.  | St. John’s University, Minn.

Daphne Miller, M.D., will deliver the 2017 Norman L. Ford Science Literacy Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater, Saint John’s University. Her lecture, “Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up,” is free and open to the public. Info: mcampos@csbsju.edu.

Webinar: Hybrid, F1, Double Cross, and Open-pollinated Corn: What Does it All Mean?
September 27  |  Free  |  Noon  | Online

In the webinar, presenters Margaret Smith of Cornell and Richard Pratt of New Mexico State University will explain what different types of corn varieties are, how uniform or variable each type is, and highlight the relative advantages and disadvantages of the different variety types. 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.

Deep Winter Greenhouse Open House
September 30  | Free  |  1 – 4 p.m.  |  Bemidji, Minn.

Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, SFA and the Bemidji Community Food Shelf are hosting the next in a series of Deep Winter Greenhouse Open House events at 1260 Exchange St, Bemidji. This free event will showcase a passive solar greenhouse that enables the Bemidji Community Food Shelf to produce crops all winter long. Register here.

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.

Growing Power Training at WEI
September 30 – Oct. 1  |  $275  |  North Branch, Minn.

This year’s training will focus on extending Minnesota’s growing season to include deep winter farming, using farming techniques that are easy to build and affordable while creating collective sustainability in a time of climate change and political strife.  Learn more.

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October

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.

East Central SFA Meeting
October 1  |  Free  |  4 – 6 p.m.   |  East Bethel, Minn.

SFA East Central Chapter will host its annual meeting at Minnesota Fresh Farms. This meeting will include an overview of the last year and a chapter budget update. Chapter leaders are also seeking ideas and volunteers for potential 2018 events. Bring a dish to share. 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.

Webinar: Non-Ruminant Organic Livestock on Pasture
October 3  |  Free  |  2 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.

Holistic Financial Planning Online Course
October 3 – Nov 7  |  $250  |  Tuesdays, 10 – 11 a.m.   |  Online

This course provides key financial principles that help you learn how to work on your business, not just in your business. This simple approach to financial planning will help you understand the big picture view as well as make critical production decisions based on a clear sense of cost of production for different enterprises. Learn more.

Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference
October 4  |  9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Jackson, Wis.

During the conference, attendees will have the unique opportunity to observer select on-farm demonstrations, including no-till cover crops after wheat, interseeding clover into corn, and low disturbance manure injection into cover crops. Attendees will also have opportunity to hear from farmers practicing cover crops and professionals like Dr. Jaime Patton with Shawano County UW-Extension, who is featured to discuss cover crops and soil health. Learn more.

Webinar: Fall Cankerworm Biology, Ecology, and Management in Urban and Rural Landscapes
October 4  |  Free  |  Noon  |  Online

This webinar will discuss the biology, ecology, and management of the native fall cankerworm. Management strategies in the urban and rural environment will be covered. 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.

Open-Pollinated Corn Field Day
October 6   |  Free  |  1 – 3 p.m.  |  Lewiston, Minn.

Organic crop and livestock farmer, Stan Smith, of 20975 Echo Ridge Dr, Lewiston, MN will host a field day on his farm on Friday, Oct 6th from 1-3pm.  The event will look at a field demonstration of six different open-pollinated corn varieties. The farm is located seven miles south of Lewiston, and the public is invited to attend. For more information about this event, contact Stan Smith at 507-523-2874  or by e-mail at  sssorganicfarm@yahoo.com.

Stone Barns Center Harvest Fest 2017
October 7   |  $150+  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  Tarrytown, N.Y.

Celebrate the best of the farm in fall at Harvest Fest 2017. Enjoy activities, crafts, live music, and seasonal fare from local vendors for the whole family. 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.

Fosston Fiber Festival
October 7 – 8  |  $15 – 85  |  Fosston, Minn.

The Fosston Fiber Festival takes place October 7-8, 2017.  The festival celebrates the fiber heritage of northern Minnesota while showcasing local fiber producers and artists. A range of workshops taught by fiber artists make fiber art and craft technique accessible to anyone. Come join us for a fun, fiber-filled weekend, take a class (or many), shop for yarns, fiber or art, enjoy the beautiful northern Minnesota countryside and meet the farmers who produce the fibers that make our clothing, arts and crafts possible. Learn more.

Cover Crops Field Day
October 9 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Free | Spring Green to Dodgeville, Wis.

This free event tours a market farm, grain farm, and dairy to show how cover crops build soil fertility at each farm. The tour ends with a seafood lunch with fish caught by Gulf Coast fisheries to illustrate the connection between Wisconsin farm practices and water quality in the Gulf of Mexico. This MOSES-sponsored field day is organized by the Iowa County Farmer-Led Watershed Group and Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. Register online or call 608-238-1440.

Webinar: Interseeding, Precision Planting and Management of Cover Crops in a Corn and Soybean Rotation
October 10  |  Free  |  1 p.m.  |  Online

At the conclusion of this webinar participants will be able to develop a prescription for interseeding cover crops, understand the potential benefits of the practice, and describe situations where it will have the most potential for success. 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.

 

2017 Food Access Summit
October 25 – 27  |  $150-185  | Duluth, Minn.

The 2017 Summit will be bigger and better than ever. It has been expanded to welcome up to 800 participants from a growing network of individuals and organizations dedicated to increasing healthy and equitable food access across Minnesota. Learn more.

Whole Farm/Ranch Business 
October 27 – 28, Nov 3 – 4, Nov 10 – 11  |  $300  |  9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day  | Mancos, Colo.

This in-depth course is designed to help both new and experienced farmers and ranchers learn key business, marketing and financial planning skills. 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.

Grazier Gathering
October 31 – Nov. 1  |  Free  | Cold Springs, Minn.
LSP member Bonnie Haugen is organizing a gathering of veteran and new graziers Oct. 31 to Nov. 1 in Cold Spring, Minn. Haugen, who is the Minnesota Education Coordinator for the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship initiative, is using the meeting as a way to connect different generations of grass-based livestock producers. For details, contact Haugen at 507-421-7170 or bonnie.haugen@gmail.com.

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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.

Organic Transition for Commercial-Scale Farmers Workshop
November 8   |  $90 early bird/$100 regular  | 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  St. Louis, Mo.

In this workshop, farmers who are considering or just starting a transition to organic will have an opportunity to learn from key experts in the field of organics, and get to know other farmers who are transitioning to organic as well. Learn more.

Organic and Non-GMO Forum
November 6 – 7   | $499 – $650 |  St. Louis, Mo.

Attend the only event that covers both the practical and business end of the organic, non-GMO, and conventional supply chain issues and addressing the growing opportunities and significant challenges in this sector.

Tickets are $799, but farmers in the MOSES community may use the following discounts: producers with more than 5,000 acres under organic or transitional production use the code MOSES to reduce registration to $650; those with fewer than 5,000 acres use code ORGFARMER to reduce registration to $499. Learn more.

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.

Fearless Farm Finances Workshop
November 10   |  $50  |  Montour, Iowa

Learn farm financial management based on the book Fearless Farm Finances. Includes a copy of the book. Learn more.

Food Safety Workshop
November 10   |  $50  |  Montour, Iowa

You’ll learn everything you need to know to meet the new rules laid out in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), especially the Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Food rules. Learn more.

New Farmer U
November 10 – 12   |  $125  |  Montour, Iowa

New Farmer U will help you learn the latest field and financial aspects of farming. Learn from experts, ask all your burning questions and network with peers in a small and supportive setting. 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.

2017 Green Lands Blue Waters Conference
November 28 – 29  | $  |  Madison, Wis.

The theme of this year’s conference, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, is Continuous Living Cover: Bridging the Gaps with Livestock. Now in its sixth year, the Green Lands Blue Waters Conference is a gathering place for agency, university and nonprofit staff, and farmers and other citizens who share an interest in conservation in the Mississippi River watershed and beyond. Learn more.

FSMA Produce Safety Alliance Train the Trainer Course
November 28 – 29  | $75  |  Saint Paul, Minn.

This training is for produce safety educators and others who work with fruit and vegetable growers who are interested in becoming PSA Trainers or PSA Lead Trainers. 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

Feast! Local Foods Marketplace 2017
December 1 – 2   | $5  | Rochester, Minn.

The award-winning Feast! Local Foods Marketplace hosts over 100 exhibitors who show, sample and sell their artisan food products to wholesale buyers during the Friday tradeshow and to consumers during the Saturday festival. Learn more.

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.

Young Farmers Conference at Stone Barns Center
December 6-8  |  $295  | Tarrytown, N.Y.

Due to high interest, registration for the 2017 Young Farmers Conference will be by lottery. Beginning farmers (farming for more than one year and less than 10) will be given registration preference. 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.

Fearless Farm Finances Workshop
December 8   |  $50  |  Streator, Ill.

Learn farm financial management based on the book Fearless Farm Finances. Includes a copy of the book. Learn more.

Food Safety Workshop
December 8   |  $50  |  Streator, Ill.

You’ll learn everything you need to know to meet the new rules laid out in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), especially the Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Food rules. Learn more.

New Farmer U
December 8 – 10  |  $125  | Streator, Ill.

New Farmer U will help you learn the latest field and financial aspects of farming. Learn from experts, ask all your burning questions and network with peers in a small and supportive setting. 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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January

National Farmers Union Women’s Conference
January 14 – 18  |  $$  | San Diego, Calif.

The conference will prepare attendees and their operations for their own future in many areas, including: business planning, succession planning, running for local office, networking, telling their own stories, innovative marketing and much, much more. NFU hopes to provide attendees with a network of female producers that they can reach out to throughout the year, as well as provide attendees with important tools that will help set their operations up for a future of success. Learn more.

EcoFarm Conference
January 24 – 27  |  $$$  |  Pacific Grove, Calif.

Featuring over 70 workshops, intensives, keynote speakers, an exhibitor marketplace, seed swap, live entertainment, mixers, and organic culinary fare. Workshops cover practical information on crop production, livestock, soil health, marketing and distribution, farming issues, and cutting edge information to help farmers succeed. Learn more.

 

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