SFA’s Deep Roots Farmer Development Program is hosting three upcoming skills-based courses, including the spring semester of our popular Farm Skills 101.
First is a short course, “Wintering Livestock,” that will give a hands-on look into how animals are pasture reared year-round in Minnesota. During the course, SFA Livestock & Grazing Specialist Kent Solberg will lead a field tour covering cattle outwintering, windbreaks, hoop structures for chickens and hogs, and principles of low-cost livestock wintering on his Seven Pines Farm near Verndale. Limited to 10 people, this course costs $60. Click here to learn more and register.
Next is our “Introduction to Homestead Dairy” short course, which will be valuable for those wondering about adding a dairy component to their enterprise or would like more information to guide current dairy practices. This course, held at Paradox Farm near Ashby, introduces students to homestead dairy farming, is limited to eight students, and offers two additional milking labs. Click here to learn more and register.
Finally, the comprehensive Farm Skills 101 returns for its spring semester, and limited spots remain. Consisting of around 50 hours of on-farm education in three weekends of fun and fulfilling learning, Farm Skills 101 students engage in all activities in a hard-working, hands-on learning environment at farms near Alexandria, Minn. This is real-world, real-time education. Spring 2016 classes will be held on April 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30. Friday classes run from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Pack sack lunches and breakfasts; Friday local-foods suppers are included. Tuition also includes housing at nearby Viking Valley Hunt Club. To learn more and register, click here.
For questions about SFA Deep Roots programming and potential scholarships, contact Sue Wika, Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org.