Welcome to winter! There are lots of great opportunities during the winter months in Minnesota for farmers and sustainable agriculture supporters to learn and connect more around the important issues of soil health, climate change and local food. Many of our partner organizations have some excellent opportunities, and we would encourage you to check them out.
We have purposefully developed our program to support the rest of the offerings throughout the sustainable agriculture community. We also want to recommend to you our Annual Conference, Feb. 13, 2016 in St. Joseph. SFA is focused on farmer networking, which means everything we do is designed at some level to facilitate a deeper connection among the diversity that makes up the agricultural community.
So, here are some tips to take advantage of the tremendous networking potential available to you at the SFA Annual Conference.
1. Register Early! If you are a member of SFA, you’ll save $10 if you register before Feb. 1.
2. Become a member. See #1.
3. Plan your day. Take a look at the conference schedule and think about which sessions you might want to attend. There’s so much to pick from you’ll want to think about it before you come.
4. Bring a friend, have them attend a couple of different sessions than you and compare notes.
5. Come with a question in mind. Got a specific need on your farm? Bring it, and look for someone who can help.
6. Come looking for a connection to be made. Is there someone specific you’d like to meet, to pick their brain, or learn what they are doing? Check out the presenters on the schedule or the list of folks who have registered, and send them a note suggesting a meeting.
7. Commit to meeting three new people at the conference. Just make a commitment to yourself to do it. Meet someone, get a name and email address, and send them a note afterward. You’ll be glad you did.
8. Bring your phone, tweet and post before during and after the conference with #sfaconf. It’s a great way to connect!
See you on Feb. 13.