Sustainable Farming Association

SFA Experts Appearing at Upcoming Winter Conferences

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As you’ve probably noticed in SFA Connect and elsewhere, the winter conference season is quickly approaching. In addition to the SFA-produced Annual Conference (Feb. 8, St. Joseph) and the Midwest Soil Health Summit (March 5, Elk River), there are several other events that SFA is either sponsoring or where its staff or member experts are presenting. These include:

SFA is a sponsor of the Minnesota Organic Conference on Jan. 9-10 at River’s Edge Center in St. Cloud and is hosting three workshops: “Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship” with Angie Walter; “Growing & Marketing Minnesota Asparagus” with Paul Schmidt and Annie Klodd; “Adaptive High Stock Density Grazing” with Kent Solberg; and “Growing the Perennial Future: Kernza” with Connie Carlson.

SFA is also a sponsor of the Northern Growers & Marketers Conference on Jan. 16-17 at River’s Edge Center in St. Cloud, and SFA is leading the session “Growing Minnesota Asparagus” with Schmidt, Theresa Keaveny and Terry Nennich.

Then, the Emerging Farmers Conference, set for Jan. 24-25 at the UMN Continuing Education & Conference Center in St. Paul, includes two panels led by SFA farmers: “Soil Health for Fruit & Vegetable Growers” with Josh Reinitz and Sarah Lindblom; and “Growing Minnesota Asparagus” with Schmidt and Keaveny.

Finally, SFA’s Jerry Ford and Ryan Pesch are leading “Garlic Marketing, Seed Stock & Diseases” on Feb. 29 at the MOSES Conference in La Crosse. This session will include research from commercial garlic operations as benchmarks to help you analyze your situation and chart your strategies for pricing and marketing. You’ll also get tips on selecting seed stock and the latest information on garlic diseases and pests.

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