Lake Superior – Events

Upcoming Events

What You Can Do For Native Pollinators: Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Garden Habitat ⋅ Wednesday, September 24, 7:00pm at the Hartely Nature Center

First Annual Apple Expo ⋅ Saturday, September 27, 8:45am – 4:00pm at the Grand Marais Community Center

The morning workshop is geared towards backyard, beginning and “wanna-be” apple growers of any level.  The class will provide an overview of issues related to growing apple trees in NE Minnesota and an introduction to organic and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). There will be handouts on specific topics covered, including an introduction to apple trees and varieties and rootstock and the primary pests and diseases to be aware of in our growing region. You will be introduced to the “annual cycle of orchards” including methods for monitoring and dealing with potential pests or diseases. Lots of discussion and hands-on activities, so bring your questions!

Location: Grand Marais Community Center, 317 W. 5th Street, Grand Marais, MN

8:45  Welcome & refreshments
9 – 11:30  Introduction to Apple Growing and Integrated Pest Management in NE-MN (Cindy Hale, instructor)
11:30-12:45  Lunch on your own  (or bring a bag lunch)
1:00 – 1:30  Apple tasting  – try different varieties and some value-added products.  (David Bedford, UMN and Cindy Hale) Bring your apples for taste testing too!!
1:30 – 4:00  Tours of 3 newly planted High-Density Apple Orchards with opportunities for questions & answers

Cost: $5 person or $10 family. Please call CC Extension at 218-387-3015 to pre-register so we can plan for handouts!

Apple Workshop: Winter Injury and Variety Tasting ⋅ Saturday, October 4, 2:00pm at the CLC Ag and Energy Center campus and orchards in Staples, Minnesota

Orcharding in the North and fruit scientist, Thaddeus McCamant are wrapping up the season with a late fall event including a discussion on winter injury to fruit trees, an apple varietal taste test, a honeyed apple chips workshop, and Q&A. Enrollement is limited to 25; to pre-pregister, contact Session cost is $10. Directions: from the CLC main campus on Airport Road at the north edge of Staples, turn west on #2, approximately 1/2 mile to the field station office and plant trials.

Floodwood Farm Tour ⋅ Tuesday, October 15, Noon – 3:00pm at Scott Peterson’s Farm, 7826 Hwy. 73 Floodwood, MN

Free admission and lunch with topics including Fall cover crops for forage (2014 SARE Farmer/Rancher Grant), canola and wheat crop management, and sustained release cattle dewormer. TO PRE-REGISTER CALL: Carlton County Extension, 218-384-3511. Pre-registration required for meal.

Local Food Buyers’ Exchange ⋅ Thursday, November 6, 8:00am – 6:00pm at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago, IL

What to Expect:

  • Best practices that can help your business thrive
  • Cutting-edge information from the local food landscape
  • Networking with other local food professionals
  • Discussions about how public policy can support local food business
  • Enhanced professional credibility and effectiveness
  • Plus, an inspirational keynote from celebrity chef and local food champion, Rick Bayless

Farm Dreams Workshops

Farm Dreams is a four-hour workshop offered by the Land Stewardship Project designed to help people clarify what motivates them to farm, get their vision on paper, inventory their strengths and training needs and get perspective from an experienced farmer.

Past Events

Urban Farm Tour ⋅ Saturday, July 26, 10:00am – 2:00pm

From Lakeside to Spirit Mountain, enjoy the day visiting Duluth area urban gardens and farms! Held in conjunction with the Duluth Community Garden Program, this event is a great opportunity for all ages to explore food being raised in our city by your own neighbors. Meet your local farmers and learn about their innovative farming techniques in an urban setting. Choose to visit one or all of our participating farms–see the map below!

Farmers Take the Stage ⋅ Friday, March 21, 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Clyde Iron Works

Please join us at Clyde Iron Works on Friday, March 21st from 7:00-9:30 p.m. for a fun-filled night of musical and variety talent presented by members and supporters of the LS-SFA. A suggested donation of $10 goes directly to the work of the LS-SFA. This year, the event will be held in conjunction with the CSA Guild’s Local CSA Farm Open House on March 21st from 5:00-8:00 p.m. for free at the same venue. Here, you can meet local CSA farmers and sign up to share in the 2014 harvest. There will be kids’ activities, hors d’oeuvres, and a raffle for local prizes. For more information, visit and find the CSA Guild on Facebook.

Farmers Take the Stove ⋅ Thursday, November 14, 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Peach Church in Duluth

Are you hungry for sustainability? This much-anticipated event is a fundraiser for Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association, with a splendid dinner grown, cooked, and served by farmers and LS-SFA members. We’ll also have local music by the Riverside Bog Stompers, and our unique “sustainable silent auction” will feature farm experiences and products, as well as delicious desserts. It’s also Give to the Max Day in Minnesota, so you can support our mission by donating or becoming a member. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for kids 6-10, and free for kids ages 5 and under. Doors open at 5:30; music and program starts at 6:00. To donate a menu item or to volunteer in the kitchen, contact Joel Rosen at 218-389-3306. To donate an item for the silent auction, email us.