workshops and events



  • Monday, February 26, 2018 at 01:00 PM
    Rice County 4-H Building in Faribault, MN

    FSA programs and Women Farmers Rice County Area

    You are invited to a fun gathering on Monday, Feb. 26, 1-4 p.m. at the Rice County 4-H Building, Faribault. You will be treated with refreshments we’ve procured from local women farmers and get to hear from different government agencies that offer programs for your farms.
    You’ll learn about low-interest microloans, crop insurance for produce farmers, livestock grants, conservation, value-added grants, etc. and how to apply for them.

    Presenters include:
    FSA – Farm Service Agency
    NRCS – Natural Resources Conservation Service
    SWCD – Soil & Water Conservation District
    DNR – Department of Natural Resources
    RD – Rural Development
    UME – University of Minnesota Extension
    Xerces Society

    This is a free gathering – but you do have to register:

    More information about the programs being covered can also be found at

  • Tuesday, April 03, 2018 at 08:30 AM · 4 rsvps
    The Butler Building in Aitkin, MN

    GAPs Training April 2018

    WHO: This GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) training is for fruit and vegetable growers and project managers participating in the Farmers Market Aggregation Project. This training will help farmers reduce risk & maintain food safety throughout the project.

    WHY: More and more schools, restaurants and institutions are buying locally produced fruits and vegetables. Producers doing business with these schools and restaurants often need some type of safety documentation to meet buyers’ requirements.  

    COST: The training is FREE. Lunch arrangements will be made separately. Keep your eye on a pre-training email for details.

    BONUS:  One-on-one assistance will be provided to help you get started on your farm food safety plan.

    BRING: Your laptop, any farm food safety plan you have, and a map of your location.

    Need language interpretation? Contact: Grace at or 612-520-1675