Local Foods College - University of Minnesota Extension
An interactive distance learning opportunity for gardeners and farmers interested in community-based food systems.Join us in 2017 for the 6th annual Local Foods College webinar series! These FREE online classes are available to anyone interested in strengthening food systems, and run from January 24 through March 14, 2017. Sessions are held Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. and can be viewed from any computer with internet access.
Local Foods College is free but registration is required: 2017 Local Foods College Dates & Topics January 24 Disease Management in a High Tunnel - Presenter: Michelle Grabowski, UMN Extension High tunnels provide unique environments that can be highly beneficial for plant growth, crop quality, and yields. However, there are disease issues that can crop up that differ from field grown crops. In this session, Michelle Grabowski from UMN Extension will provide guidance to growers on how to manage diseases in high tunnel production. January 31 Postharvest Handling - Presenter: Lisa Baker, Baker's Acres This session will cover a set of Harvest-to-Sale resources created by Laura Frerichs (Loon Organics), Lisa Baker (Bakers' Acres), and Joan Olson (Prairie Drifter Farm) for the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. Topics covered will include harvest techniques, cleaning and cooling fresh produce, packing area infrastructure, sorting and grading produce, transportation of fresh produce, and more. February 7 Sheep on a Small Farm - A Natural Fit February 14 Soil Health February 21 Cottage Food Law February 28 Accessing Capital for Growing your Commercial Scale Production March 7 Seed Saving March 14 Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit