workshops and events



  • Friday, August 02, 2019 at 12:00 PM through August 05, 2019
    Monroe and Brodhead, Wisconsin

    Soil Sisters Tour

    Soil Sisters Farm Tour: A Celebration of Wisconsin Farms and Rural Life. For three days and with five unique components and involving more than twenty farms, the jam-packed SOIL SISTERS culinary event celebrates Wisconsin's family farms and rural life in and around the farming communities of Monroe and Brodhead, Wisconsin, over the first weekend of August 2019.

    From heirloom tomatoes to emus, sheep to solar energy, bed & breakfasts to beef, the farmers and artisan food producers share a unique diversity of farm experiences showcasing the summer's bounty.  Choose from a variety of activities including “Farm-to-Table Dinner at Dorothy’s Range and Pizza on the Farm at Inn Serendipity, plus area restaurants featuring "locavore" specials throughout the weekend.

    Starting on August 2nd and running through August 4th, 2019, SOIL SISTERS offers an immersive farming and culinary experience, led by women -- the soil sisters -- committed to a healthy, fresh product or farm-made, artisanal food products and other items.  Some of these soil sisters are assisted by their husbands (aka "brothers") and/or their family.

    Wear your sun hat, pull on your farmboots or overalls, and kick back for a relaxing time on one, or all, of the farms.  And come hungry for some farm-to-table feasts.


    Workshop and culinary event registrations NOW OPEN on Brown Paper:

  • Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM through September 02, 2019
    Minnesota State Fair in St Paul, MN

    Healthy Local Foods at the MN State Fair

    Come visit the Healthy Local Food exhibit each year 

    at the “Great Minnesota Get-Together!”

    Healthy Local Food Exhibit


    Click here for more information

  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 01:00 PM through October 25, 2019
    Red Wing, MN

    National Farm Viability Conference


    Renewing the Countryside is proud to serve as the regional host for the fourth National Farm Viability Conference happening October 22-24 in Red Wing, Minnesota! The Conference features three days of workshops, discussion and tours focused on strengthening farm sustainability, building more resilient local food systems and supporting the long term profitability of farming and agri-entrepreneurs from start-ups to generational businesses. This year, the Conference is coming to the Midwest for the first time and will be hosted by Minnesota-based organization Renewing the Countryside

    The Conference is geared towards professionals in the fields of farm and food business planning, financial planning, agricultural financing, crisis management, 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. 

    Early Bird Registration ends August 15. Visit for registration links and more information.