National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit
Oct
7
to Oct 9

National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit

The Summit provides a unique networking opportunity for direct agricultural market practitioners to form new partnerships and learn new business strategies that can improve the performance of their farms and businesses.

The Summit features resources to assist market managers, direct marketing farmers, and agribusinesses as well as practitioners or technical assistance providers in understanding and enhancing direct marketing efforts. Summit attendees represent diverse backgrounds from public and private sector representing farmers, academics, entrepreneurs, service providers, mission-focused investors, business operators, community practitioners, students, consultants, and government employees from state and Federal agencies.

The Summit focus on “Entrepreneurship Opportunities Across the Food Value Chain” focusing on direct to consumer markets, local food systems and value added technical assistance. Experts and resources from the public and private sector will be highlighted throughout the 3-day event. This year’s conveners include:

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service

Farm Credit

MarketMaker and the Global Food Agricultural Network

University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

Illinois Farm Bureau

Agricultural Marketing Resource Center at Iowa State University

Farmers Market Coalition

Summit will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois ( a northwest suburb of Chicago – https://www.rosemont.com/desconvention/ October 7-9, 2019.

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4th National Farm Viability Conference
Oct
22
to Oct 24

4th National Farm Viability Conference

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The National Farm Viability Conference is focused on strengthening farm sustainability, building stronger and more resilient local food systems and supporting the long term profitability of farming and agri-entrepreneurs from start-ups to generational businesses.

The National Farm Viability Conference is geared towards professionals in the fields of farm and food business planning, financial planning, agricultural financing, farmland conservation, agricultural market development, and food hub management. It offers attendees the opportunity to network and learn from industry leaders and other professionals in their fields, develop new knowledge and skills, and tour nearby farms and value-added processing facilities. Our Minnesota hosts - Renewing the Countryside and the MN Department of Agriculture - are collaborating with past conference hosts to draw supporters of agriculture and agribusiness from around the country for this four national educational event.

Conference Topics:
Finance and Business Development
Accessing Capital for Growth
Food and Farm Marketing and Distribution
New and Beginning Farmers
Equity and Social Justice in the Food System
Succession Planning and Land Transfer
Program Development, Funding and Design

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Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day 2019
Sep
18
8:30 AM08:30

Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day 2019

The 3rd annual Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day is bringing this hands-on learning event to Waukesha, WI. We have gathered weeding tools and allied equipment, keynote speakers, company representatives, farmer-to-farmer networking, and in-field equipment demonstrations.

This year’s Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day is an ideal opportunity for farmers to learn about weeding tools and techniques, including precision guidance. This year’s event will continue the strong focus on vegetable and specialty-crop machines, but new this year is a row-crop section – with its own weeding tool companies, round-table topics, and field demonstrations. Effective mechanical weed control is the key to creating a comprehensive plan that not only combats unwanted plants but also promotes responsible land stewardship.

DATE: Wednesday, September 18
TIME: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Gwenyn Hill Farm (W294 N130 Bryn Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188

REGISTRATION: Early-bird $40 (through August 25); $50 after August 25

This year you'll:
- Hear from national and international experts on weeding tools and techniques
- Meet with over 150 farmers from all over the Midwest and Canada
- See exhibits of most of the cultivation tools currently manufactured, speak with company reps, and see extensive field demos
- Learn about new and retro-fitted camera-guided cultivators and see them running in the field

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
The first 100 registrants will receive the last 4 issues of Oregon Tilth's magazine "In Good Tilth" as well as a FREE subscription to the magazine.

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40th ACGA Conference 2019 | Gardening At the Crossroads
Sep
12
to Sep 15

40th ACGA Conference 2019 | Gardening At the Crossroads

  • Ivy Tech Culinary & Conference Center (map)
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Time & Location

Sep 12, 12:00 AM – Sep 15, 12:30 PM

Ivy Tech Culinary and Conference Center, 2820 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA

About the Event

Community garden enthusiasts from Indiana and across the country will be meeting in Indianapolis at the Ivy Tech Culinary and Conference Center on September 12th through 15th for the 40th Annual Conference of the American Community Garden Association (ACGA). The ACGA is committed to building strong communities and enhancing community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada. Over the course of the four-day conference, experts will conduct workshops on a wide variety of community gardening and greening topics. Full Conference Registration includes all activities and events. Or, single activity tickets may be purchased. We look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis!

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Yoga on the Farm (Perkins Good Earth Farm)
Sep
5
8:00 AM08:00

Yoga on the Farm (Perkins Good Earth Farm)

One of my favorite “slowing-down” activities is morning yoga out by our prairie—and I want to share this experience with others in our community!

Farm member and yoga instructor Karen Price will be teaching Thursday morning yoga classes on our farm in September (5, 12, and 19). I’ve taken yoga classes with Karen and always come away feeling restored and strong.

$10 per class
Everyone is welcome!
Bonus: Our farm stand opens at 9 am on Thursdays, so you can pick up fresh veggies right after yoga!

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Indiana Land Use Summit
Aug
28
8:30 AM08:30

Indiana Land Use Summit

Purdue Extension and the Indiana Land Resources Council are proud to announce the development of a new document series designed to assist local governments on current and emerging land use issues. Titled Community Planning for Agriculture and Natural Resources, the series will be unveiled at a one day community planning workshop, which will include an overview of the series, guest speakers, breakout sessions and panel discussions.


Registration: https://bit.ly/2RLBNxO

Press Release: https://bit.ly/2FRbHov

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Chicago Wash Station Design for Produce Safety and Efficiency
Aug
24
9:00 AM09:00

Chicago Wash Station Design for Produce Safety and Efficiency

Come learn about wash/pack station design for produce safety and efficiency, and leave with your very own portable handwashing station!

About this Event

We know that farmers are always looking to improve washing and packing spaces and to make them easier to clean, more pleasant to use, less wasteful in terms of time and movement, and improved for produce safety. After an introduction to FSMA's Produce Safety Rule, this workshop will dive into the Rule's requirements and suggestions related to washing and packing spaces. While the session will focus on food safety, it will also touch on increasing efficiency, body-saving innovations, cost-saving measures, and more. We will tour Farm on Ogden's washing and packing space to brainstorm how we could put these practices to work, and each participant will make and take home a portable handwashing station. We'll answer tricky on-farm food safety questions specifically, so come with questions about your own farm!

This conversation will be led by Maggie Kaiser, an urban farmer and nursery grower, who also helps farmers navigate FSMA's Produce Safety Rule for the National Young Farmers Coalition and facilitates various trainings on the subject. In addition to this workshop, Maggie would be happy to have one-on-one produce safety farm walks with beginning farmers leading up to the workshop or afterward. Reach out at maggie@youngfarmers.org.

Please let us know if you need childcare, translation services, or accessibility accommodations at the email listed above.

We are grateful to our partners Windy City Harvest for hosting us at the Farm on Ogden and Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) for making it happen!

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A Fair Shot for All Children
Aug
22
4:30 PM16:30

A Fair Shot for All Children

  • Noblesville First United Methodist Church (map)
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Help hungry Hoosier kids!


Indiana ranks 42nd in infant mortality.
1 in 6 Hoosier children are food insecure. 
Food insecurity is rampant on college campuses.
Event Purposes: 
1. Create urgency to better address child hunger in Indiana, and improve their lives.
2. Deepen engagement of more Hoosiers in solutions to child hunger.

Event Program:
- Dr. Wade Clapp, Chair of Pediatrics, IU School of Medicine, on nutrition & infant mortality
- Andrew Hartley, Superintendent of Plymouth Schools, on good nutrition and academic success for school aged children
- Dr. Harriet Giles, Auburn Univ Hunger Solutions Institute on hunger on college campuses
- Sen. Todd Young on the reality of a Fair Shot of All Children related to hunger issues
- Dave Miner with a call to action

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Farm Workplace Safety: Caring for your body while caring for the land
Aug
22
8:30 AM08:30

Farm Workplace Safety: Caring for your body while caring for the land

Description

All too frequently, farmers and their employees are injured on the job, both by accidents and by wear and tear on their bodies. In this workshop, we will cover proper lifting techniques, nutrition, recovery, breathing drills (hands-on), body mechanics, yoga for farmers (hands-on), OSHA for farmers, packhouse hazards (scavenger hunt), and assessing risk on your farm (self-assessment). We will also discuss how corrective actions can be built into your employee manual and safety plan. The workshop is going to be packed with a ton of great information, tips and tricks, and some easy routines and procedures to implement on your farm to ensure that you and your employees are all operating safely. Lunch will be provided by Epiphany Farms.

Presenters and Topics

Donovan Muldrow, A.C.E.-CPT, is a Certified Functional Training Specialist who works as a personal trainer and powerlifting coach. Donovan will demonstrate good recovery techniques with a focus on nutrition and hydration, proper body positioning during work activities, as well as some breathing drills to help with back stabilization and core activation.

Maggie Taylor is the co-owner of Delight Flower Farm and a certified yoga instructor. Maggie will be discussing body mechanics and the pivotal role they play in on-farm activities. She will then lead a session of yoga exercises specifically geared towards farmers and many of the positions and motions they make in their day-to-day activities.

Brian Bothast is with the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Peoria-area office. Brian will give a presentation on OSHA specifically for farmers and what farmers need to be aware of when considering OSHA regulations and guidelines.

Katie Bishop from PrairiErth Farm will then lead a “scavenger hunt” around the Pack House where groups will be asked to identify possible dangers to employees. After the scavenger hunt, participants will talk through their own operations in small groups and begin a safety assessment of their farm. They will then be given materials and resources to take back to their farms.

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Farm Workplace Safety Workshop
Mar
27
10:00 AM10:00

Farm Workplace Safety Workshop

What: Farm Workplace Safety Workshop: Caring for Your Body While Caring for the Land

When: Wednesday, March 27, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where: PrairiErth Farm, Atlanta, IL

Registration: Early-bird registration (through March 13) is $30 | Regular registration (starting March 14) is $40

DESCRIPTION:

When imagining a farm, many will conjure a picture of an idyllic landscape, but a farm can be a dangerous place. All too frequently, farmers and their employees are injured on the job, both by accidents and by wear and tear on their bodies. In this workshop, we will learn about best practices for maintaining a safe farm workspace and explore the ergonomics of common farm tools and equipment. Prevention is the best protection against a farm workplace injury.

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Valparaiso University Earthtones Environmental Conference
Mar
23
8:30 AM08:30

Valparaiso University Earthtones Environmental Conference

Earthones' second annual Environmental Conference is an interdisciplinary event intended to bring together like minded students, professors, professionals, and community members to discuss a wide variety of environmental topics. At this conference, attendees can generate new ideas, discuss environmental concerns, and network with professionals from many different fields. The conference will consist of many great speakers, discussions and panels! If you have any questions, feel free to email vuearthtones@valpo.edu.

We hope to see you there!

Sign up here: bit.ly/earthtones19

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Indiana Farmers Union Regenerative Agriculture Meeting
Mar
19
5:00 PM17:00

Indiana Farmers Union Regenerative Agriculture Meeting

Indiana Farmers Union advocates for the sustainable production of food, fiber, feed, and fuel, and we believe regenerative agriculture is central to sustainable food systems. Regenerative agriculture is a holistic land management practice that leverages the power of photosynthesis in plants to close the carbon cycle and build soil health, crop resilience, and nutrient density. If you're interested in learning more about regenerative agriculture or in networking with other Hoosier farmers who believe in this holistic land management system, please join us for this Webex meeting.

This group will work together to host events throughout the year offering opportunities for networking, providing educational opportunities for farmers and consumers on the merits of these systems, and promoting the goods and services of regenerative agriculture producers throughout Indiana. Join us to learn more!

To join, go to https://goo.gl/bWtvfz

Indiana Farmers Union Regenerative Agriculture Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
6:00 pm | Eastern Daylight Time (New York) | 1 hr
Meeting number (access code): 623 644 957
Meeting password: RGgJ495x

Join by phone
1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)

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Northeast Indiana Local Food Forum
Mar
18
8:00 AM08:00

Northeast Indiana Local Food Forum

Join us as we Learn, Eat, & Mingle

WHERE: Walb Union at Purdue University Fort Wayne.

WHEN: Monday, March 18, 2019

Come for the whole day or join the party after work!

Local Food Forum programming - 8:30am - 3pm. Forum attendees will listen to inspiring speakers and choose from 8 different breakout sessions for opportunities to learn from and interact with local experts. Lightning Talks will share information about opportunities to collaborate, and attendees can talk with Forum Exhibitors. A delicious lunch made with locally-sourced ingredients is included.

Local Food Social Hour - 3pm - 5pm. Forum attendees and guests arriving in the late afternoon are encouraged to network and mingle while they enjoy light local refreshments hosted by the Northeast Indiana Local Food Network.

Local Food After Party will kick-off at 5pm and run until 7pm. Join MC Greg Gunthorp as we toast our local scene. Guests can meet their favorite chefs, bakers, producers, brewers, winemakers and distillers and enjoy samples of their latest local food products and creations. Interactive demos by local chefs and butchers and live music will make this celebration a not-to-be-missed event.

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Farming While Black Book Tour with Leah Penniman!
Mar
17
12:00 PM12:00

Farming While Black Book Tour with Leah Penniman!

  • 1100 East Hyde Park Boulevard Chicago, IL, 60615 United States (map)
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Join Black, Latinx farmers and community members in a conversation with Leah Penniman, author of Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land, on Sunday March 17th, 2019, in Chicago IL. Connect with individuals doing land justice work, environmental justice work, and social justice work across the Chicagoland area.

Chicago Black and brown farmers are hosting Leah Penniman and the groundbreaking book: Farming While Black!! Come get your copy and break bread with the author on Sunday March 17th! We will be holding the event at our co-host, KAMII Food Justice and Sustainability Program's space. . RVSP via eventbrite because space is limited! In FARMING WHILE BLACK: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land, Leah Penniman offers the first comprehensive manual for African-heritage people ready to reclaim their rightful place of dignified agency in the food system. It’s a one-of-a-kind guide that offers both how-to instructions and inspiration!

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This event is wheelchair accessible.
Please let us know if you will be needing childcare or spanish translation.

See you there!

Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol educator, farmer, author, and food justice activist who has been tending the soil for twenty years and organizing for an anti-racist food system for fifteen years. She currently serves as founding co-executive director of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York, a people-of-color led project that works to dismantle racism in the food system. She has been recognized by the Soros Equality Fellowship, NYSHealth Emerging Innovator Awards, and Fulbright Distinguished Awards, among others. Her new book is Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land (Chelsea Green Publishing, November 2018). Find out more about Leah’s work at www.soulfirefarm.org and follow her @soulfirefarm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

www.farmingwhileblack.org

www.soulfirefarm.org

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Green Drinks Gary: Farmers Markets and Urban Agriculture as a Social Enterprise
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Green Drinks Gary: Farmers Markets and Urban Agriculture as a Social Enterprise

Please join Green Drinks Gary and welcome local farmers market crew and urban farmers as they give a presentation focused on a call to action with regards to collectively coordinating and cooperating to create a vibrant food economy and local food system within the City of Gary. Gary has the potential to be revitalize and redefine itself by fostering the advent of a new and bourgeoning industry around Urban Farming, Indoor Vertical Farms, and Green Tech - making it a model all post-industrial cities could follow.

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Indiana Small Farms Conference
Feb
28
to Mar 2

Indiana Small Farms Conference

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

FED: Food Expo & Discussion 2019

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FED: Food Expo & Discussion 2019

“re:generation”

Friday, February 22nd, 2019
County Line Orchard, Hobart, IN

FED is open to all — whether you eat food, play a role in the food system, or have a passion for food issues!  

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.  

This collaborative event will be focused on regenerative farming, food waste and community building across Northwest Indiana. Let's get to know one another, learn together, and brainstorm ways to work together. Check out the agenda!

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).

Become a Sponsor

Join us and build a better food system for all!


Sponsorship is a beautiful opportunity to let your stakeholders know you’re supporting local food system work. We offer a wide range of levels and opportunities for you to support local food programming while receiving exposure all year long. Join us!


More: Agenda  🥕  Speakers   🥕  Sponsorship Opportunities   🥕  Expo Booth Reservations   🥕  FED Tickets!

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Midwest Sustainable Working Group Conference Call
Jan
24
10:00 AM10:00

Midwest Sustainable Working Group Conference Call

There are sustainable agriculture working groups in many areas of the country, but not the Midwest. Over the years many have asked: Why no Midwestern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group? Have you ever worked on a state policy issue that is not applicable to national coalition work? Or do you see value in connecting with other sustainable agriculture groups in the Midwest to hear about how they are addressing state-level challenges? Would it be helpful to talk through challenges you are dealing with on a local level?

We are reaching out to invite you to join a call with other Midwest sustainable agriculture organizations on Jan. 24, 2019 at 10 a.m. (Eastern) to talk about opportunities to learn and network on state-level sustainable agriculture issues.

Please RSVP by Jan. 14 to indianafarmersunion@gmail.com if you are interested in learning more and can join us. Also, please feel free to share this email and the attached image in your networks and on social media.

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MSU Extension 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series
Jan
16
to Apr 3

MSU Extension 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series

MSU Extension 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series

January 16, 2019 - April 3, 2019

Beginning farmers and others with basic information needs are invited to participate in a series of twelve online programs addressing crop and livestock production, farm business and marketing on Wednesday evenings January 16 through April 3, 2019. Participants will get an overview of a variety of farming enterprises and topics, and have an opportunities through live, online chat to ask questions of MSU and other agriculture experts.

Several archived recordings of MSU Extension Beginning Farmer Webinars on a variety of topics from previous years are available for viewing at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/info/beginning_farmer_webinar_series.

Programs include:

  • The Physical Labor of Farming

    • January 16; Ned Stoller, Easterseals Michigan AgrAbility Program

  • Growing Specialty Mushrooms

    • January 23; Matt Hall, Midnight Harvest

  • Pruning Fruit Trees

    • January 30; Bob Tritten, MSU Extension

  • Soil Physical Properties for Field and Hoophouse

    • February 6; Fred Springborn, MSU Extension

  • Seed Saving

    • February 13; Eric Kampe, Ann Arbor Seed Company

  • Small Farm Business Start-Up

    • February 20; Wendy Wieland, MSU Product Center Innovation Counsellor

  • Small Farm Meat Chicken Production

    • February 27; Zachary Williams, MSU Animal Science Department

  • Pruning Small Fruits

    • March 6; Steve Fouch, MSU Extension (retired)

  • Quality Hay and Pasture

    • March 13; Jim Isleib, MSU Extension

  • Selling to Wholesale Buyers

    • March 20; Jae Gerhart, MSU Extension

  • Farm Financial Management: The Next Step

    • March 27; Frank Wardynski, MSU Extension

  • Cover Crop Types and Uses on your Farm

    • April 3; Vicki Morrone, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

Pricing

Each 60 minute live webinar presentation will begin at 7 PM EST and will include opportunities for chat-based 'question & answer' with the presenter. A $5 fee is charged for each webinar in the series, or $30 for the full series (50% savings!).

Individuals should contact Jim Isleib if they have financial obstacles to participation.

How to Register

Registration, a brochure containing details on each individual program, and on-line or mailed payment options can be found at https://events.anr.msu.edu/begfrmr19/. You may register for all or some of the courses at any time, even if the session has already taken place. In that case, you will get a link to the recorded program.

A high-speed internet connection is required. You will receive webinar connection information after you register.

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Brown Bag Gardening Series Local Food Panel
Jan
16
12:00 PM12:00

Brown Bag Gardening Series Local Food Panel

  • LaPorte County Extension Office (map)
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Have you ever wondered what the buzz is about local food? Why is it important to our communities? How can you find out who is knowledgeable about it and why it might be good for people? This panel will bring folks to you who are in the know and working on local food issues. Come hear from a local farmer growing food for local families, managers of a local farmer’s market, and representatives from the Northwest Indiana Food Council and the Pax Center of LaPorte all dedicated to putting local, nutritional food in the hands of the people.

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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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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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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.

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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)
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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)
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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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