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Permalink Grazier's Marketing School

October 17-18, 2018
Indianapolis, Indiana

Joel Salatin and Sheri Salatin present a limited-enrollment course on the advantages and disadvantages of many forms of direct marketing. Also covered will be abattoir issues, frozen versus chilled meats, product sampling, risk management and government regulations.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Windy City Harvest: Season Extension

October 20, 2018
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Botanic Garden's Windy City Harvest one-day intensive workshops are perfect for the small-scale urban farmer or gardener. This is a technical training course intended for aspiring urban agriculture entrepreneurs and individuals who are interested in learning best-practice season-extension techniques. It will combine classroom and hands-on work to prepare students to utilize season extension effectively in their existing urban agricultural projects.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Michigan Good Food Summit

October 22, 2018
East Lansing, Michigan

The Michigan Good Food Summit will amplify under-represented voices across the food system to continue advancing the Good Food Charter's vision of equity, sustainability, and a thriving economy for all of Michigan and its people. Food consumers, growers, or buyers; line cooks, servers, or chefs; advocates, educators, or policymakers are invited to connect with others advancing good food and equity in Michigan.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink South Dakota Local Foods Conference

November 1-3, 2018
Brookings, South Dakota

This conference features keynote speaker Mark Winne, a variety of pre-conference workshops, and conference sessions on local food policy, mentoring the transition of a farm business, food sovereignty, rainwater harvesting for greenhouses, growing mushrooms and microgreens, the significance of fruits and vegetables to human health, Honey Lodge honey and youth advocacy, goat production, agritourism, and more. A Local Foods Showcase will bring together talented area chefs to promote the local fare of South Dakota in inventive and creative ways.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Women, Food & Agriculture Network Annual Conference

November 2-3, 2018
Des Moines, Iowa

WFAN's annual conference is an opportunity to learn from our diverse peers, build a stronger network, and foster connections for long-lasting change. This conference, "Stepping into Action: Changing Foodscapes through Individual and Community Power" will feature women in the network through regional field tours, day-long intensives, a farm-to-table dinner, an art + story gallery featuring work by women farmers, creative community building, and workshops.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Windy City Harvest: Value Added Foods

November 3, 2018
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Botanic Garden's Windy City Harvest one-day intensive workshops are perfect for the small-scale urban farmer or gardener. These courses are intended for aspiring food entrepreneurs and/or urban farmers who are hoping to create or expand their farm/local food business by providing seasonal, local food products all year long. The workshop aims to cultivate an understanding of the basic techniques, food safety regulations and business basics of producing a value-added, local-foods product. Each class will provide an overview of value-added foods with hands-on time in the kitchen preparing and/or tasting different value-added products.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Iowa High Tunnel Short Course

November 5, 2018
Ames, Iowa

This short course is designed to highlight production and management of several high tunnel crops along with information on economics and marketing aspects of high tunnel crop production. The course will also provide an update on the status of high tunnel research across the Midwest. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Lewis Jett.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Root and Tuber Crop Production

November 8, 2018
Sioux Center, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day visits John and Janna Wesselius at The Cornucopia. John and Janna will show several crops still in the ground and share their production methods for each crop. They will demonstrate implements, including a bed lifter (undercutter), and will show their walk-in cooler and root cellar.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Greenhorn Grazing Workshop Series

November 8, 2018
Chariton, Iowa

The Greenhorn Grazing series at the Iowa State University McNay Research Farm covers concepts relevant to all producers of grass-based livestock, with topics ranging from managing grass growth and plant diversity to watering alternatives, cost share programs and pasture leases, and optimizing winter grazing. Each session includes a classroom session and a field session.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Organic Farming Conference

November 8-9, 2018
Millersburg, Ohio

The Organic Farming Conference will take place at the Mt. Hope Event Center. Educational speakers are lined up throughout both days to go along with a building full of vendors. Topics include heritage horses, understanding soils, grass-based milk production, organic produce, farm succession, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Heritage Livestock Conference

November 8-11, 2018
Fishers, Indiana

The Livestock Conservancy's annual conference features pre-conference clinics, classroom sessions, interactive experiences, and live-animal sessions. Topics include charcuterie, breed associations, oxen, artificial insemination, agritourism, marketing, and many more.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Fall Harvest Gathering for Women in Sustainable Ag

November 9-11, 2018
Whalan, Minnesota

Enjoy sharing and learning from each other at the annual Fall Harvest Gathering for Women in Sustainable Agriculture. Kay Wold presents "Empowering Women in Sustainable Agriculture." The event also includes virtual tours, networking, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Season Extension with High Tunnels

November 12, 2018
Cobden, Illinois

Southern Illinois Farming Alliance presents this afternoon field day at All Seasons Farm. Hear from experienced growers about succession planting, winter crops, grants, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Organic Apple Field Day

November 14, 2018
Belmont, Wisconsin

Two Onion Farm offers a free afternoon opportunity to tour the orchard and packing shed and discuss variety selection, growing methods, pest control, post-harvest handling, and marketing. Chris and Juli McGuire will also focus specifically on an on-farm research project which conducted this year, involving raising more than 600 grafted apple trees inside a hoophouse and evaluating two organic methods for developing branches (“feathers”) in the nursery trees.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Courses

November 9, 14, or 28, 2018
Bemidji, Windom, or Morris, Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Agriculture Produce Safety Program is presenting this day-long course in locations across the state. If your farm is covered by the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, attending this Grower Training Course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement. However, all growers interested in learning about produce safety, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule are encouraged to attend and will find the course material valuable.

In: North Central SARE Region



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