Meet-up with the NWI Food Council (Knox)
Nov
15
5:30 PM17:30

Meet-up with the NWI Food Council (Knox)

Passionate about food and the food industry? Want to get connected with our growing Northwest Indiana food system? Come meet the NWI Food Council team and others with related interests as we continue our new series of casual meet-ups.

🌱 For those of you that were at FED: Food Expo & Discussion in 2017 & 2018, we've listened to your requests for more events and opportunities to network. Here's your chance to continue the conversations you started there and start new ones. We look forward to seeing you again! For those of you new to the NWI Food Council, come out to a meet-up and introduce yourself!

🌱 These meet-ups are an informal opportunity to relax and talk to others interested in eating local, supporting local food businesses and farms, and advocating for our local food systems. This event will be family-friendly, and admission is free.

🌱 Members of the NWI Food Council board will also be on hand to answer questions about upcoming events, the goals of the Council, and opportunities to get involved.

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Growing For the Future - Beginning Farmer & Rancher Online Virtual Conference
Dec
6
8:00 AM08:00

Growing For the Future - Beginning Farmer & Rancher Online Virtual Conference

National Farmers Union’s “Growing for the Future” is a unique online, interactive virtual conference focused on beginning farmer and rancher issues.

The free, four-day event includes farmer-to-farmer webinars, live Q&A sessions, a discussion board, an online resource center, and free giveaways. The theme of this year’s conference is cooperatives, and it will cover a variety of topics including cooperative development, drought management, conservation, technology, food safety, and more!


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FED: Food Expo & Discussion 2019
Feb
22
9:00 AM09:00

FED: Food Expo & Discussion 2019

FED: Food Expo & Discussion 2019

“re:generation”

Friday, February 23rd, 2019
County Line Orchard, Hobart, IN

Tickets and agenda coming soon!

FED is open to all — whether you eat food, play a role in the food system, or have a passion for food issues!  (Check out agenda from last year's event.)

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and include panel discussions, workshops, locally-sourced lunch, and admittance to the Expo. You can also visit the ticket link to reserve an Expo booth for your farm, business, or non-profit.  

Be a part of the Expo!

Exhibit space is intended for food producers, community groups, food businesses, and anyone who provides services or goods to local growers or consumers. A 6-foot table will be provided.  Electricity will be available but please bring your own extension chords. The booth fee is $50 and also includes event admission and lunch for one. This is a fantastic opportunity to get exposure in front of a very focused audience of 150-200 consumers, farmers, and others who are into local food. You can also provide samples and/or sell items that day if you like (as long as you have necessary permits).


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Indiana Small Farms Conference
Feb
28
to Mar 2

Indiana Small Farms Conference

  • Hendricks County Fairgrounds (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Indiana Small Farm Conference

The 2019 conference at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex, Danville, Indiana begins with a series of daylong workshops on Thursday, February 28. Topics include writing a food safety plan, vegetable crop planning, mushroom cultivation, biological orcharding and two tours: on the subjects of agri-tourism and livestock processing

Breakout sessions on March 1-2 will cover topics ranging from vegetable and livestock production to farm management and marketing. Participants will have an opportunity to network with Extension educators, expert speakers, other farmers and vendors. Check back for a complete list of speakers.

The Small Farm Trade Show takes place on March 1-2 where more than 50 vendors will showcase their products and services. The Small Farm Poster Session on March 2 will feature research and programs on local foods, diversified agriculture, and small farm production and education. Check back for details on the poster session.

Lunch is included with your registration.  Catering will be provided by Lali Hess and the wonderful staff at The Juniper Spoon, using ingredients sourced from Indiana farms and food businesses.

The 2019 Conference Program will available soon. Visit HERE for more details on registration, exhibitor booths and more.

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Land Access Workshop with the National Young Farmers Coalition
Nov
4
1:00 PM13:00

Land Access Workshop with the National Young Farmers Coalition

Accessing land is one of the most complex financial decisions that you will make as a farmer. Join NYFC, the Hoosier Young Farmers CoalitionNWI Food Council, and local farm service providers in a workshop designed to prepare early career farmers to approach land access with confidence.

You will learn about:

  • Organizations that help farmers find secure land tenure

  • The financing process for different methods of accessing land

  • Financial planning using NYFC's Finding Farmland Calculator

  • Case studies of other farmers' paths to land access

The training is offered FREE of charge to participants. Lunch will be served at 12:30pm.

We ask all participants to complete our pre- and post-surveys to help us improve our work.

REGISTER HERE

This project is supported by a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture through its Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, #2016-70017-25499.

Follow the Facebook Event to stay tuned to details!

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Farm Business Accelerator
Oct
19
8:30 AM08:30

Farm Business Accelerator

Nurture the non-production part of your farm or food business with this day-long series of workshops and one-on-one opportunities to consult with experts regarding food safety requirements, permitting, long-range financial planning, insurance, wholesale opportunities, funding and more! Farm entrepreneurs will have ample time to network, share innovative ideas and leave with resources to improve and grow your businesses.

Click HERE for full schedule, ticketing information and scholarship opportunities!

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Meet-up with NWI Food Council (Highland)
Oct
9
5:00 PM17:00

Meet-up with NWI Food Council (Highland)

  • Mrs. Dornberg's Culinary Experience (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Passionate about food and the food industry? Want to get connected with our growing Northwest Indiana food system? Come meet the NWI Food Council team and others with related interests as we continue our new series of casual meet-ups.

🌱 For those of you that were at FED: Food Expo & Discussion in 2017 & 2018, we've listened to your requests for more events and opportunities to network. Here's your chance to continue the conversations you started there and start new ones. We look forward to seeing you again! For those of you new to the NWI Food Council, come out to a meet-up and introduce yourself!

🌱 These meet-ups are an informal opportunity to relax and talk to others interested in eating local, supporting local food businesses and farms, and advocating for our local food systems. This event will be family-friendly, and admission is free.

🌱 Members of the NWI Food Council board will also be on hand to answer questions about upcoming events, the goals of the Council, and opportunities to get involved.

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5th Annual Indiana Homesteaders Festival
Jul
27
to Jul 29

5th Annual Indiana Homesteaders Festival

  • Midian Festivals and Events (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We're about teaching, learning, sharing skills and ideas relating to homesteading, self-sufficiency, sustainability and living off the grid as much or as little as you'd like as well as the community that it requires. Our main event is held the last weekend of July annually and focuses on the skills, know-how and cooperation required to achieve a self-sufficient community. The event is open to all ages and skill levels and we encourage you to make this a family outing. More information about our next event, including ticket sales can be found here: http://campmidian.com/ihf/

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Basics of Beekeeping
Jul
22
1:00 PM13:00

Basics of Beekeeping

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Workshops 🐝 Vendors 🍯 Honey Tasting ☀️ Sunshine & the Beach!

Learn first hand from expert Danielle Ray of the NWI Beekeepers Association how to get started and what tools to use! We will walk you through the process of becoming a backyard beekeeper with hands on demonstrations and exciting, safe tutorials. Enjoy the summer day at the beach learning about bees, tasting samples of honey and exploring the benefits of pollinator gardens. Visit with vendors and experts on all things bees and honey with FREE admission!

Sponsorship and vendor opportunities available.  Contact us at info@nwifoodcouncil.org or call 219-313-8828.

Hosted by the NWI Food Council, Gary Hives and the Gary Food Council

We want to thank our generous sponsors for making this event possible.  Thank you Centier Bank, Big Daddy's BBQ and Sojourner Truth House for your support!

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Hobart Farm to Fork Community Dinner
Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

Hobart Farm to Fork Community Dinner

Save the Date for the first annual Farm to Fork Community Dinner on the Lake.

Johnson's Farm Produce is partnering with Hobart Events to provide fresh locally grown produce, grown right here in Hobart. Chef Teddian Jackson of Montego Bay Grille will be preparing a meal everyone is sure to enjoy.

Tickets will be available on May 7th in the Facebook event.


For more information please email: hobartevents@cityofhobart.org or call Nikki at 942.4511.

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Healthy Food Access in Indiana: Intersections & Opportunities
Jun
21
9:00 AM09:00

Healthy Food Access in Indiana: Intersections & Opportunities

  • Ivy Tech Culinary and Conference Center (Conference Rooms A&B) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch in partnership with the Indiana Healthy Food Access Coalition for an in-depth conversation on the causes and consequences of limited healthy food access in Indiana, as well as some of the many innovative solutions being utilized to address this issue across the state. We hope for a robust discussion between stakeholders across all sectors - this is our chance to explore the intersections that make food access relevant to so many individuals, communities and organizations - and to share best practices and offer policy recommendations to our elected officials. State lawmakers have been invited! Registration is free and a healthy breakfast and lunch will be provided!

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Faith Farms Summer Clean Up
Jun
2
8:00 AM08:00

Faith Farms Summer Clean Up

Join us for Volunteer Day at Faith Farms! Chicken coop building, planting, mulching, beehive building, wildflower planting and more! This event will include beekeeper training as well!

This event is sponsored by Faith Farms and Orchard, Faith CDC, Downtown Gary Emerson Spotlight, and Gary Hives.

For more information, click here.

 

 

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Selling Your Food Products in Gary: What You Need to Know
May
31
5:00 PM17:00

Selling Your Food Products in Gary: What You Need to Know

  • Gary Public Library & Cultural Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Gary Food Council is providing Gary residents with the opportunity to learn about the rules and regulations regarding the public sale of fresh produce, baked goods and other items.  There will be representatives from the City of Gary, State of Indiana and others available to answer questions. 

This event is for anyone who is thinking of selling their products at farmer's markets, to restaurants, or to the public at large.  We plan to make this an annual event.

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Local STEM Celebration Event
May
22
4:00 PM16:00

Local STEM Celebration Event

Everything is FREE!

  • Support the LOCAL high schools in celebrating and showcasing their agricultural STEM project.
  • Find out how your kids may integrate their high school courses explore global food issues from a LOCAL perspective.
  • Enjoy free fresh LOCAL food samples and refreshments.
  • Visit with LOCAL vendors growing products in your community.
  • Learn how to grow your own LOCAL food in the dead of winter.
  • Talk with LOCAL Purdue experts about their innovative research.
  • See the AgBOT in action.
  • Get prizes from the cornhole challenge

Check out the Facebook Event for more information.

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Meet-up with NWI Food Council (Chesterton)
May
9
5:00 PM17:00

Meet-up with NWI Food Council (Chesterton)

Passionate about food and the food industry? Want to get connected with our growing Northwest Indiana food system? Come meet the NWI Food Council team and others with related interests as we continue our new series of casual meet-ups.

🌱 For those of you that were at FED: Food Expo & Discussion in 2017 & 2018, we've listened to your requests for more events and opportunities to network. Here's your chance to continue the conversations you started there and start new ones. We look forward to seeing you again! For those of you new to the NWI Food Council, come out to a meet-up and introduce yourself!

🌱 These meet-ups are an informal opportunity to relax and talk to others interested in eating local, supporting local food businesses and farms, and advocating for our local food systems. This event will be family-friendly, and admission is free.

🌱 Members of the NWI Food Council board will also be on hand to answer questions about upcoming events, the goals of the Council, and opportunities to get involved.

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Food and Farms Community Assembly
Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

Food and Farms Community Assembly

  • 909 East 2nd Street Bloomington, IN, 47401 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From small farmers growing tirelessly for our community, to neighbors questioning where their next meal will come from, to those invested in protecting the right to grow and eat healthy, nutritious food - the Food and Farms Coalition offers a space to come together, build community power, and grow a more equitable food system.

With this in mind, we invite friends, neighbors, family and community members to join us for the Food and Farms Community Assembly!

This event will serve as both the official launch of the Food and Farms Coalition, as well an opportunity to connect with Indiana's Senator Donnelly about the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill.

Though this event is free and open to the public, we ask that individuals please register in advance. The registration link can be found below.

EVENT REGISTRATION:
https://form.jotform.com/80814389066161

For questions regarding the event, please contact either Hannah Lencheck at community@mhcfoodpantry.org or Kate Hess Pace at kate@hoosieraction.org

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Faith Farms Volunteer Work Day
Apr
28
8:00 AM08:00

Faith Farms Volunteer Work Day

Come and help the folks at Faith Farms build a 15 ×8 coop with fenced in run for approximately 20 chickens as well as building and installing honeybee hives.  The chickens will provide fresh eggs for the neighborhood and community and the bees will help pollinate the farm and provide delicious honey.  You can also lend a hand with plenty of planting and cleaning as they work to prepare the farm for the growing season!  Refreshments will be served and volunteers are welcome to come and go as they can.  Carpentry skills are much appreciated for the coop project but not necessary!

 

 

 

 

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9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Apr
25
to Apr 27

9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

  • Duke Energy Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 25-27, 2018. Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene a diverse group of food service professionals, farmers, educators, students, representatives from nonprofits and government agencies, public health professionals and more for three days of learning, networking and movement building. Are you passionate about supporting local agriculture and fostering a culture of food literacy in your community? This event is for you. We hope you’ll join us in Cincinnati!

Early Bird Registration: January 29 - March 9
Scholarship Application Deadline: February 12 at 8pm ET
Regular Registration Deadline: April 9

Learn more at www.farmtocafeteriaconference.org.

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Wild Edibles of the Dunes
Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Wild Edibles of the Dunes

There are tasty wild food growing right outside your door! Experienced botanist and former chef, Dave Hamilla, will give you everything you need to know to take the mystery out of wild foods and bring in the tasty and practical. Come learn what you can eat, basic plant ID, and tasty recipes during this fun Save the Dunes workshop. Following the presentation, we sample a bit of what the Indiana dunes has to offer our taste buds. Let's eat!

FREE for Members

Non-Members donation $20


35 Spots available

Please direct any questions to Heather Pritchard at heather@savedunes.org or 219.879.3564 ext 121

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Meet-Up with NWI Food Council (Rensselaer)
Apr
18
5:00 PM17:00

Meet-Up with NWI Food Council (Rensselaer)

Passionate about food and the food industry? Want to get connected with our growing Northwest Indiana food system? Come meet the NWI Food Council team and others with related interests as we continue our new series of casual meet-ups.

🌱 For those of you that were at FED: Food Expo & Discussion in 2017 & 2018, we've listened to your requests for more events and opportunities to network. Here's your chance to continue the conversations you started there and start new ones. We look forward to seeing you again! For those of you new to the NWI Food Council, come out to a meet-up and introduce yourself!

🌱 These meet-ups are an informal opportunity to relax and talk to others interested in eating local, supporting local food businesses and farms, and advocating for our local food systems. This event will be family-friendly, and admission is free.

🌱 Members of the NWI Food Council board will also be on hand to answer questions about upcoming events, the goals of the Council, and opportunities to get involved.

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Indiana Farmers Union: Building a Farm Food Safety Plan
Apr
15
2:30 PM14:30

Indiana Farmers Union: Building a Farm Food Safety Plan

Come to Dugger Family Farm in Morristown, Indiana, for a free afternoon of learning and socializing with other farmers. Hosted by Indiana Farmers Union, this event will walk guests through the basics of the Food Safety Modernization Act and how it may affect them as produce growers. Participants also will learn the basics to start writing a farm food safety plan to safely grow their farm operations.

Indiana Farmers Union advocates for the economic and social well-being and quality of life of Indiana family farmers and consumers and their communities through education, cooperation and legislation. INFU promotes the sustainable production of food, fiber and feed. For more information about Indiana Farmers Union, visit www.indianafarmersunion.org.

Cost: Free
Date: April 15, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Dugger Family Farm, 6559 E. 1200 N, Morristown, IN 46161
Contact: (317) 371-2970, www.duggerfamilyfarm.com

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Northeast Indiana Local Food Forum
Mar
12
8:00 AM08:00

Northeast Indiana Local Food Forum

 
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Join us for the 2018 Northeast Indiana Local Food Forum on Monday, March 12! This fun, informative and interactive event is intended to celebrate and strengthen connections within our expanding local food community. 

The Local Food Forum will open with a keynote address by Holly Parker from the Fair Food Network in Ann Arbor, Michigan and will be followed by a series of breakout sessions, a lunch that's locally-sourced to highlight our community, and Lightning Talks - where you’ll have the opportunity to share your ideas, news, or stories about local food through a 3-minute presentation. 

The Local Food Forum will conclude with an expo and social hour where attendees can sample local foods, learn more about initiatives and businesses, and mingle with local food producers, professionals and consumers. Admission to the expo and social hour can be purchased separately. See the registration page for more details.  

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Indiana Small Farm Conference 2018
Mar
1
to Mar 3

Indiana Small Farm Conference 2018

The Indiana Small Farm Conference is an annual educational and farmer-to-farmer networking event hosted by Purdue Extension. The inaugural conference was held in 2013, and it continues to grow thanks to the continued support of Indiana farmers and supporting organizations. The event now hosts over 500 attendees, nearly 50 exhibitors, and several national speakers.

The 2018 Indiana Small Farm Conference will be held in Danville, Indiana on March 1-3.  Follow along with this Indiana small and diversified farm community on social media using the hashtag #PurdueSmallFarms

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FED: Food Expo & Discussion 2018
Feb
23
8:00 AM08:00

FED: Food Expo & Discussion 2018

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FED is open to all — whether you eat food, play a role in the food system, or have a passion for food issues!  (Check out photos from last year's event.)

Spread the word with #FEDNWI!

Tickets are $20 now or $25 at the door, and include panel discussions, workshops, locally-sourced lunch, and admittance to the Expo. You can also visit the ticket link to reserve an Expo booth for your farm, business, or non-profit.  Get your tickets today!

Food justice is our theme for FED 2018. This year's topics will include:

  • food access
  • marketing for food businesses
  • grants & funding
  • soil health
  • permaculture
  • resource sharing
  • farm to school
  • urban farming

More: FED Agenda  🥕 FED Speakers   🥕 FED Tickets!


Be a part of the Expo!

You can reserve your booth on Eventbrite now! Exhibit space is intended for food producers, community groups, food businesses, and anyone who provides services or goods to local growers or consumers. A 6-foot table will be provided.  Electricity will be available but please bring your own extension chords. The booth fee is $50 and also includes event admission and lunch for one. This is a fantastic opportunity to get exposure in front of a very focused audience of 150-200 consumers, farmers, and others who are into local food. You can also provide samples and/or sell items that day if you like (as long as you have necessary permits).

Thank you, sponsors!

Thank you to the amazing sponsors who are making this event possible! 

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Sponsorship Opportunities

FED sponsorship is a beautiful opportunity to let your stakeholders know you’re supporting local food system work! Sponsorships start at $100. Download sponsorship information (PDF) and reserve your spot now for maximum visibility! 

Questions? 

Please email us, message us on Facebook, or call Anne: (219) 313-8828.


More: FED Agenda  🥕 FED Speakers   🥕 FED Tickets!


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Feb
19
5:30 PM17:30

Home Vegetable Gardening (session 1)

This series offers current and aspiring vegetable growers the opportunity to learn from the experts about ways to increase the success and satisfaction of quality vegetable production in their gardens.

This series will offer participants a knowledge of tools and techniques that will improve their productivity of quality vegetables. Participants will increase their knowledge of methods which will improve their ability to control pests and diseases while reducing the impact of their operation on the environment. Participants will build a network of vegetable growers, educators and specialists and this program will provide the resources to facilitate their learning well after the conclusion of the series.

Session 1 — February 19: 
Getting Started in Vegetable Gardening 

  • Selecting Site and Plants 
  • Sizing Up Your Garden and Tools 
  • Soil Preparation Techniques 
  • Raised Beds versus In-Ground 
  • Plant Spacing and Layout 

Session 2 — February 26:
Starting Early and Fresh Produce Safety 

  • Starting Seeds Indoors and Lighting 
  • Weed Management (Prevention Techniques & Cultural Practices) 
  • Food Safety in the Garden

Session 3 — March 5:
Vegetable Varieties 

  • Types/Seasons of Plants 
  • Crop Rotation

Session 4 — March 12:
Disease Management 

  • Diagnosing Plant Problems 
  • Disease Management (Identify, Manage & Prevent) 

Session 5 — March 19:
Pest Management 

  • Insect Management
  • Integrated Pest Management 
  • Organic Pest Management 
  • Pest Identification & Pesticide Use 
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Feb
16
8:00 AM08:00

2018 Farmers Market Forum (Indy)

9a-3:30p Eastern/8a-2:30p Central

The 2018 Farmers Market Forum, hosted by Purdue University Extension, the Indiana Cooperative Development Center and the Indiana State Department of Health is your annual networking and learning event as a farmers market manager. Whether you are new or experienced, the Forum is a day for market managers to gather from all over Indiana to share best practices and learn from each other. Catch up on regulations and statewide programming during our lightening round sessions. Strengthen your management skills with our mini workshops on fiscal management and increasing your customer base.

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Feb
6
8:00 AM08:00

Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule Training (Fort Wayne)

8:00am - 4:00pm Central / 9:00am - 5:00pm Eastern

This training is held at several locations across Indiana. The Fort Wayne location is closes to Northwest Indiana.

The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of growers. Modules 1 through 6 align with sections outlined in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.  Module 7 is focused on helping growers develop a written farm food safety plan.  The farm food safety plan is not required by the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, it is included in the curriculum because growers expressed a need for a plan. 

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Jan
30
6:00 PM18:00

Mama can you cook this? Low-carb lasagna

As a mother of 4 and the eldest sibling of 6, Mrs. D has over 40 years of cooking experience. Through her years in the kitchen, she has learned how to balance life, career and family in order to prepare quick, easy and tasty meals that anyone can follow.

As your Kitchen Stylist, she will Demonstrate, Ignite, and Direct you to cooking successful meals with just 5 Easy Steps. So easy, you’ll no longer have to call upon mom to ask: "Mama How You Cook This?".

In this workshop, you will be taught 101 how to prepare a low-carb lasagna. This 60-min demo is made for on-the-go singles, budget-conscience families, entrepreneur to corporate millennials, newlyweds, and curious individuals. Through the D.I.D. (Direct. Ignite. Demonstrate.) System, you will be provided 5 Easy Steps to cooking any homemade meal that you will be proud to share with family and friends.

LEARNING VALUES:

  • Home Kitchen Safety
  • Kitchen Utilities Recognition
  • Essential Cooking Terminology
  • Foundational Ingredients
  • Time Management
  • Grocery Shopping Guidance
  • Basic-Advanced Cooking Skills

Check out Ms. D on Facebook.

Special free events are hosted weekly at ArtHouse to compliment the business and training activity in the facility. Culinary + Art Exploration events are facilitated by local and regional experts, and are free and open to the public. Events are appropriate for novice to expert: growers, food hobbyists, enthusiasts, culinary entrepreneurs, butchers, caterers, bakers, food vendors, chefs and restaurateurs. No experience is necessary to participate in Culinary + Art Exploration events

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Jan
28
12:00 PM12:00

Beginning Beekeeping (South Bend)

12:00-4:00pm Central / 1:00-5:00pm Eastern

This class offered by Peace Bees is for anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper. We will cover upfront cost, required/suggested equipment and sources for purchasing equipment and bees. All that is required is an interest to learn, an open mind, pen and paper. Class fee will be $25 per person including a nonrefundable $5 per person registration. 

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