Upcoming Workshops, Field Days, and Meetings

The following is a listing of upcoming workshops, field days and meetings of potential interest to beginning farmers. These opportunities are available in late July and early August, 2013.

CSA Vegetables, Machinery, and Finances July 27, 2013 * Hutchinson, Minnesota "This Farm Beginnings Field Day tour takes place at Loon Organics, and is open to the public for a fee." Farm Dreams Workshop July 28 or August 4, 2013 * Minneapolis or Winona, Minnesota "Land Stewardship Project presents Farm Dreams, an entry level, four-hour, exploratory workshop designed to help people who are seeking practical, common sense information on whether sustainable farming is the next step for them. Participants will assess their resources, skills and motivations for farming, develop an educational plan toward farming, learn about regional training opportunities and support networks, and prioritize their next steps in moving closer toward their farming goals." New Entry Sustainable Farming Project Annual Farm Tour August 1, 2013 * Dracut, Massachusetts "Join New Entry Sustainable Farming Project for an insider's tour of their beginning farmer training sites. Speak with project farmers and staff to learn about the beginning farmer training programs, farmland preservation efforts, and farm employment resources. Discover what motivates New Entry farmers. Learn about actions that New Entry farmers take to mitigate risks on their farms."

Farm Beginnings Field Day: Hogs, Cattle, Fruit, Flowers, Greenhouse August 3, 2013 * Afton, Minnesota "This Farm Beginnings Field Day visits Little Foot Farm. Field days are free to LSP members and open to the public for $35 each." Floating Hydroponic Gardens August 6, 2013 * Bushnell, Florida "This workshop is part of the Small Projects for Small Farms monthly series of hands-on workshops for beginning and small farmers, presented by Marion County Florida Extension Service." Is Entrepreneurial Farming for You? August 6, 2013 * Decatur, Illinois "University of Illinois Extension will host an evening workshop to facilitate new farm businesses and address the needs of a new generation of aspiring entrepreneurial farmers. Topics to be discussed include goal setting, financial planning, and marketing options. Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to meet experienced sustainable farmers and other prospective farmers."

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