Local Foods College
Local Foods College
Local Foods College is a series of eight sessions, meeting at 6 PM
on Tuesdays from January 13 to March 3, 2015. This is the fourth year for
this series, and the 2015 series will provide many options for participants to
interact with one another. The webinar format is handy for many participants to
access from home or office locations. There are also public sites that
offer opportunity to network with your
Schedule of Sessions
· January 13, 2015 - Natural Soil Fertility - Mark Boen, Owner of Bluebird Gardens near Fergus Falls
This session will look at the importance of achieving and maintaining good soil biology, the importance of cover crops and some natural soil amendments used in sustainable production systems.
· January 20, 2015 - Vegetable Production Tips & Tricks - Courtney Tchida, Student Coordinator, Agronomy & Plant Genetics Dept, CFANS
Courtney will cover Arugula to Zucchini and most of the vegetables that you can grow in Minnesota, with tools and tips discovered from growing them all over the last ten seasons at Cornecopia Student Organic Farm
· January 27, 2015 - Small Farm Business Planning – Ryan Pesch, Extension Educator, Community Economics who owns Lida Farm near Pelican Rapids
Participants will learn about basic financial analysis including how to measure profits in their operation as well as simple measures growers can make to guide management decisions. We will touch on cash flow analysis, marketing costs, and recordkeeping.
· February 3, 2015 - Native
Pollinator/Bee Keeping - Karl Foord, Extension Educator in Horticulture, Farminton Regional Center; Emily Cambell of the American Honey Princess and UMC Students
This session covers pollination including native pollinators and honey bees. Karl Foord will share strategies for protecting pollinators and providing habitat. Emily campbell, American Honey Princess will rcord a presentation on honey and honey bees that will be available online.
· February 10, 2015 - Deep
Winter Greenhouses and Season Extension – Carol Ford of Milan MN
A new movement in passive solar greenhouse
design is sweeping Minnesota. Learn
about passive solar greenhouse design and winter production techniques from one
of the movement’s pioneers.
· February 17, 2015 - Growing
in small spaces – Alex Liebman of Stone’s Throw Urban Farm (Minneapolis); Jason Bergstrand from Lake Region Takes
Root (Fergus Falls)
You can maximize your production and get more
out of your small yard/farm/garden plot. Learn about techniques like interplanting, succession planting, and
maximizing season extension from experienced farmers.
· February 24, 2015 - Food
Hubs: Community Connectors in Northwest and Central Minnesota – Jessica Saucedo of
Rail River Food Hub; Melissa Mattson of Fresh Connect Food Hub; Arlene Jones
of SPROUT MN Food Hub
hubs are springing up across the country and Greater Minnesota is no
exception. Food hub leaders from Central and Northwest Minnesota will
share the story of their start up, lessons learned, community supported agriculture
(CSA) models, building relationships with institutions and
growers, and how a food hub can serve as a community connector.
· March 3, 2015 - Farm
- Eric Sannerud from
Mighty Axe Hops; Ron Leasman from Leatherwood Vinegary; Mike Swanson and Cheri Reese
from Far North Spirits
Hear the story
of three innovative farm to bottle businesses from around Minnesota, and how
they are adding value to locally grown grain, herbs and fruit through the
process of fermentation.
Local Foods College is free, but registration is required to
provide you access to the Moodle classroom. Please register online here, or use this printable brochure.
Sponsors and Partners
· University of Minnesota Extension
· Statewide Health Improvement Program