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Employees On Your Farm - Webinar
This webinar is part of the free specialty crop series offered by Countryside Conservancy. In this evening webinar, Tom Green of Kastner, Westman & Wilkins will discuss what you need to have in place before you make the first hire. Learn the differences between laws for employees, contractors, and apprentices so you can make the appropriate choice when the time comes. Click here for more information and to register.
Organic Dairy Pasture Walk / Barley Sprout System
The NW Wisconsin Graziers Network invites you to an organic dairy cow pasture walk at the Mervin, Diana and Philip Johnson Farm south of Poskin in Barron County. In addition to organic milk and rotational grazing, the Johnsons employ a unique barley sprout system to supply energy to their herd instead of using conventional grain. Directions (From Barron): From Barron, go west about 5 miles on Hwy 8 past Poskin, go left or south for 3 ½ miles on Cty F, then go left or east ½ mile. Watch for the signs. 10-Noon.
Truax No Till Drill Demonstration
Topics: Drill Calibration (Seed Rate / Depth), Planting Mixes, Field Conditions, Types of Drills & Grazing Preparation. The Silver Bison Ranch has been in the business of raising North American Plains Bison since 1992. Approximately 400 healthy and happy Bison/Buffalo currently reside at the 1000 acre ranch near the Western Wisconsin town of Baldwin. This Ranch utilizes principles of Management Intensive Grazing to managing ranch resources. Directions (From Hwy 94): Take exit #19 / US 63, go south on US 63, turn right onto 50th Avenue & follow ~ 1.4 miles, farmstead is on right. Watch for signs. 1954 50th Avenue, Baldwin, WI. 1-3pm.
Farm-Scale Composting: A Means to attaining Farm Resilience through building Soil Fertility - Workshop
This workshop will provide the theoretical and practical basis for reconsidering the importance of composting in agriculture in order for it to become a central element for developing healthy and thriving farms. This course will explore, through composting, how one is able to begin to build a solid base to counteract the enormous loss of soil fertility and biological fragility of our farms. Drawing from the pioneering work of the German biochemist, Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, we’ll explore how his hot controlled fermentation compost process becomes a major pillar in establishing farm resilience and a strong and viable means to build soil fertility.Click here for more information and to register.
Using Life Cycle Assessment to drive sustainability decisions - Webinar
Attend this webinar and learn how companies use life cycle assessment to (a) evaluate product environmental impacts and design options and (b) evaluate an entire portfolio of products to help drive overall corporate product strategy with the environment in mind. The webinar will cover the basics of life cycle assessment, and its strategic and tactical uses. It includes a case study on the use of life-cycle assessment by Annie’s Homegrown to understand company impacts and communicate the benefits of organic versus conventional ingredients. Click here for more information and to register.
MOSES Field Day - New Organic Stewards - Farm Hack
MOSES New Organic Stewards partners with the Greenhorns, the National Young Farmers' Coalition and Organic Field School to showcase implements "hacked" to make farm chores easier. Click here for more information.
Organic Farm School
Organic Farm School is a unique educational summer program composed of lectures, related readings, hands-on workshops and field trips related to sustainable agriculture, food justice and today's local food movement, bringing urban farming and small rural farms together. Class is held Monday evenings June 5th - August 5th. Click here for more information.
Farm Tour & Specialty Crops Equipment Showcase
Hans Bishop of PrairiErth Farm will showcase specialty crops equipment that he uses to reduce hand work, and improve efficiency and employee job satisfaction. A tour of the farm will follow as well as hands-on time—weather permitting—to experience how the machines work. For more information contact Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org, 217-782-4617.
MOSES Field Day - Restoration Agriculture: Farm-Scale Permaculture
Mark Shepard shows us how he's converting a typical row-crops grain farm into a commercial-scale, perennial agricultural ecosystem using oak savanna, successional brush land and eastern woodlands as the ecological models. The farm is entirely solar- and wind-powered, and farm equipment is powered with locally produced biofuels. Click here for more information.
Resoration Agriculture Permaculture Design Course
Using nature as a model, Restoration Agriculture is the intentional restoration of healthy, functional ecosystems as the context for economically-viable farm operations. Perennial crops, livestock, fungus, and pollinators are integrated to produce abundant food, fiber, and fuel and simultaneously restore critical ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, water purification and infiltration, nutrient cycling, and biodiversity. In addition to the basic elements of Permaculture design, our certified curriculum is expanded to cover the design, development, and management of farm-scale agricultural ecosystems. Click here for more information.
International Aquaponics Conference
“The International Aquaponics Conference: Aquaponics and Global Food Security” will bring together individuals with the goal of making an impact on food quality, security and sustainability using aquaponic methods, in which fish and plants are grown together in a symbiotic environment. Industry experts will share experience and knowledge in a fun and informative conference setting, providing participants a wealth of information on the rapidly growing aquaponics industry. Click here for more information and to register.
Spaulding's Famous Goat School
Weekend of hands-on training and education in the care, breeding, and management of dairy and meat goats. Subjects will cover disease prevention, dehorning, emergencies, kidding, parasites control through rotational grazing, and good milking procedures. Optional after-session will cover cheese making and soap making from goat milk. Goat school will be presented by Ken and Janice Spaulding; hosted by Elizabeth Pendergast at North County Farm near the MN/ON border. Call 218-278-8888.
Hops Growers Roundtable
For New & Existing Hop Farmers. 2 Presentations on Sustainable Hopyard Establishment and Marketing Hops + Lunch Reception + A hop farming forum discussion with a panel of 2 commercial hop growers. Click here for more information and to register.
Vegetable Seed Saving - Workshop
Detailed hands-on classes will teach you how to grow, collect and properly store seed for vegetable crops. Learn how to raise true-to-type seed from your farm or garden, whether you want to sell or simply be self reliant for your seed needs. Workshops will cover crop-specific techniques, hand pollination, overwintering for biennial and winter vegetables, and harvest procedures. For information or to request registration forms, call 717-647-3033.
MOSES Field Day - Organic Row Crops with Farmer of the Year
Charlie Johnson, MOSES Farmer of the Year, hosts a tour of his farm with 2,800 acres of corn, soybeans, oats and alfalfa. We'll see it all from the comfort of a tour bus. Plus, Charlie will explain how the farm's simple, yet successful systems for crop rotations and cultivation have created clean fields and good yields for many years. Lunch will be provided by the neighboring Lutheran Church. Partners: Dakota Rural Action and Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society. Click here for more information.
Socail Media Workshop
An effective social media strategy is a critical component to any successful farm business these days. Yet with new tools and techniques popping up every year, it becomes a constant struggle to build and maintain sustainable connections with customers. Just as you master one tool, a new one pops up that requires a different set of skills and marketing strategy. In order to stay relevant and connected with your customers, you must learn to adapt quickly and effectively. This workshop will provide the guiding principles necessary for building sustainable connections through social media, regardless of the tools used. It will include an overview of the most popular tools currently available, an introduction to the guiding principles of social media marketing, easy steps that farmers to take to enhance interactions, and examples of effective posts. Click here for more information.
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