New Farmer University in Minnesota

New Farmer University: 2-day training to move your farm forward!

Learn from experienced organic farmers and agriculture experts about the field and financial aspects of farming. $125 for training, lodging, & meals Farm Partners: Save $25 (Register for $100) Scholarships available • Registration opens in August Click here for more information! Hosted by MOSES & Renewing the Countryside
WHEN
October 21, 2016 at 12pm - October 23, 2016
WHERE
Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota
Plus Optional 1 Day Farm Finance Training:
fearless farm financesFearless Farm Finances Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. $50  |   $25 for New Farmer U participants Learn how to set up and manage your farm’s financial system. You’ll get this 264-page book, too!

Breakout Workshops

Two topics will be offered in each 90-minute workshop session. You’ll get to attend 5 workshops total. Coming with a farm partner? Split up and catch all the workshops! Soil Fertility Allen Philo, Soils Consultant, Wis. Learn how to improve your soil and increase productivity and quality with low-cost inputs including cover crops. Weed and Pest Management Laura Frerichs & Adam Cullip, Loon Organics, Minn. Laura and Adam have been showing weeds and pests who’s the boss on their certified organic 40 acres for 10 years. Learn best organic weed and pest control methods from the best. Setting Up a Fruit Farm Rachel Henderson & Anton Ptak, Mary Dirty Face, Wis. Anton and Rachel have built their certified organic fruit farm over the past 10 years. This farmer team will give you the tools for a realistic plan to build your fruit farm business. Farm Machinery 101 Adam Cullip, Loon Organics, Minn. Learn hands-on basic tractor mechanics, including how to change the oil and maintain the engine, and what to look for when it just won’t start. Farm Business Planning & Decision Making Aimee Finley, Western Technical College, Wis. Aimee teaches farm business management and runs her own dairy farm. Walk through different models and start or refine your farm’s plans. Season Extension Ryan Pesch, Lida Farm, Minn. From root cellars to high tunnel spring, summer and winter production, learn what has and hasn’t worked to extend the short farming season in northern Minnesota. Pastured Poultry Jody Padgham, MOSES & Wild Crescent Farm, Wis. Jody has written and contributed to numerous books on farming, and served with the American Pastured Poultry Association. Add this low-input, high-quality enterprise to your young farm with her helpful instruction. Opportunities for Beginning Farmer Impact Nick Olson, Land Stewardship Project & Prairie Drifter Farm, Minn. As the faces and climate of organic farming evolve, new opportunities arise to be active in policy and organizing. Learn how getting involved in farm policy off the fields can directly benefit your work in the fields. Impact and Benefits of Certification Harriet Behar, MOSES & Sweet Springs Farm, Wis. Harriet lives and breathes National Organic Program regulation as MOSES’ Senior Organic Specialist, and a member of the National Organic Standards Board. Learn from the expert how certification can take your farm business to the next level. Land Access and Funding for Farmers Jan Joannides & Brett Olson, Renewing the Countryside, Minn. Jan and Brett will bring the dirt on the current realities of land access for young farmers, and how to find funding to buy it. ________________________________________________________________________

Ask an Expert Roundtables

(Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m.) Choose one or more of these discussion roundtables led by experts. Ask burning questions, hear qualified answers, plus engage in discussion with your farming peers. Adding Value to Your Farm, Lisa Kivirist, Inn Serendipity, Wis. Farm Law Small-Group Consultations, Rachel Armstrong, Farm Commons, Minn. Harvest and Post-Harvest with a Side of FSMA, Expert to be determined Farming While Raising Children, Jennifer Nelson, MOSES + Humble Pie Farm, Wis. Alphabet Soup: An Acronym Introduction, Lauren Langworthy, MOSES + Blue Ox Organics, Wis. ___________________________________________________________________________

Lodging

Dorm room lodging (4-6 people/room) at the conference center is included. Or, you may find your own lodging/campground in Lanesboro. See lodging options.

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