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Chicago Wash Station Design for Produce Safety and Efficiency
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

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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Indiana Small Farms Conference
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
9:00 AM09:00

FED: Food Expo & Discussion 2019

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FED: Food Expo & Discussion 2019


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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MSU Extension 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series
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

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


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