SFA has announced a series of presentations that you can bring to your chapter or networking group. Include one or more of these at your annual meetings or as stand-alone programs at no cost to your chapter/group. For more information or to book these programs, contact Jerry Ford at email@example.com or 763-244-6659.
Here’s the roster:
The Garlic Project presentations
Growing Great Garlic in Minnesota – The latest information and best practices for new or current growers who want to increase their their yields and improve their stock. Jerry Ford, a longtime garlic grower and director of the Minnesota Garlic Festival, will take you through choosing seed stock, planting, cultivation, harvest, curing and storing, and everything in between. There will also be information about The Garlic Project, which begins in November, 2017, and will increase the production, quality and marketability of Minnesota Premium Garlic. Presentation is 45-75 minutes.
Growing and Marketing Great Garlic in Minnesota – This presentation includes everything from the “Growing Great Garlic” program and goes on to include
tips and techniques for marketing your garlic in all parts of the state. Led by Connie Carlson from U. of M. Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, this longer-format presentation can be done as either two-sessions in a single day, or as a partial-day workshop. This presentation will be available starting Summer 2018.
Either garlic program can also be presented “on location” at a garlic operation in your area during spring and summer, or in October to coincide with planting.
Soil Health presentations
Soil Health and Your Farm – How can your group’s farmers incorporate the Five Principles of Soil Health on their operations? Kent Solberg, SFA’s Livestock & Grazing Specialist, leads you through these principles using real-world examples. Wherever you are in your soil health efforts, you will learn new techniques and a step-by-step plan to implement them.
Soil Health for Small Farms – How can the Five Principles of Soil Health be applied to operations like CSAs, market gardens and small livestock farms? Kent Solberg has developed techniques and practices scaled for such operations.
An introductory overview is available for either in a 60-75 minute format, or there can be an more extensive half-day workshop. During the growing season, Kent can also bring the half-day workshop to a farm in your area and that can include onsite hands-on evaluation and recommendations.
Farm Service Agency Programs for Small to Mid-Sized Farms – How often have you heard or said, “The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is all about the big operations and doesn’t have anything for smaller operations?” SFA is part of a project coordinated by Renewing the Countryside to reach out of producers – in particular beginning farmers, women and people of color – to let folks know more details about FSA programs and provide hands-on information about how to apply for them. SFA Executive Director Theresa Keaveny leads these 60-minute presentations, which discuss resources like farm ownership loans, farm operating loans, crop insurance, organic certification reimbursement, NAPP and other FSA programs specifically designed for farms like those in your chapter or group. This presentation works well as an outreach tool for non-members and new producers, and Theresa can help with this outreach.