Workshops related to food systems and/or community development.

USDA’s Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement, in collaboration with the Regional Rural Development Centers, is inviting you to join a multi-day virtual workshop on Building Community Capacity around Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers. This event is designed for community organizers and planners that work on this important topic on a state or community level, such as:

  • Community Planners/Organizers
  • Cooperative Extension Service Professionals
  • Elected/Appointed County and City Officials
  • National/State Forestry Associations
  • 2501 Recipients Working with Landowners
  • Land Trust and Conservatory Organizations

 

The workshop will take place over a series of dates/times to facilitate online learning.  

  • Session 1: August 5th @ 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. CT/9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET
  • Session 2: August 6th @ 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. CT/9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET

 

Special Topics Include: Heir's Property, Farm Stress, Value Chain Partnership Strategy, Innovations in Marketing and Equity, Justice and Access

 

Participants will:

  • Learn about resources and strategies to meet emergent needs and challenges of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers:
  • Examine up-to-date information on USDA programs
  • Engage in peer-to-peer connections among participants
  • Learn methods to access public data to assess needs
  • Develop stakeholder engagement strategy to build partnerships and accomplish shared goals 

 

Come join the conversation as we help create a better tomorrow! 

To learn more about the workshop and register, please click here.

 

Event Date 8/5/2020 9:00 am ET
Individual Price Free

USDA’s Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement, in collaboration with the Regional Rural Development Centers, is inviting you to join a multi-day virtual workshop on Building Community Capacity around Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers. This event is designed for community organizers and planners that work on this important topic on a state or community level, such as:

  • Community Planners/Organizers
  • Cooperative Extension Service Professionals
  • Elected/Appointed County and City Officials
  • National/State Forestry Associations
  • 2501 Recipients Working with Landowners
  • Land Trust and Conservatory Organizations

 

The workshop will take place over a series of dates/times to facilitate online learning.  

  • Session 1: August 5th @ 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. CT/9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET
  • Session 2: August 6th @ 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. CT/9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET

 

Special Topics Include: Heir's Property, Farm Stress, Value Chain Partnership Strategy, Innovations in Marketing and Equity, Justice and Access

 

Participants will:

  • Learn about resources and strategies to meet emergent needs and challenges of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers:
  • Examine up-to-date information on USDA programs
  • Engage in peer-to-peer connections among participants
  • Learn methods to access public data to assess needs
  • Develop stakeholder engagement strategy to build partnerships and accomplish shared goals 

 

Come join the conversation as we help create a better tomorrow! 

To learn more about the workshop and register, please click here.

 

Event Date 8/6/2020 9:00 am ET
Individual Price Free

This workshop will explore strategies for building regenerative farming systems and working landscapes. You will leave this workshop with an understanding of regenerative principles, observational exercises and tools to implement regeneration at any scale. Ecological Design will share insights, lessons, and stories from their 20 years of transitioning urban and rural lands. This two part "Building Land Resilience" workshop for farm managers and land stewards is facilitated by Ecological Design, hosted by Main Street Project, and funded in part through a USDA - Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program grant. There is no cost to participate, use links below to register.

Part 1: Deepening Your Land Relationship

Oct. 25th 5:00-8:00pm Central Time 

  •   Oak savanna ecology

  •   Land assessment

  •   Regenerative disturbance and transition strategies

Part 2: Activation Strategies

Oct. 26th 5:00-8:00pm Central Time

  •   Soil building and water strategies

  •   Getting started

  •   Agroforestry systems

  •   Live Q&A with Paula and Lindsay

 

Facilitators:

Paula Westmoreland and Lindsay Rebhan are designers, educators, and owners of Ecological Design, a regenerative agriculture and landscape design company working throughout the Midwest. Over the past 20 years they have helped transition hundreds of sites including rural and urban farms, homesteads, public spaces, campuses, and backyards.  

 

Paula Westmoreland, Ecological Design, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Paula Westmoreland is a permaculture designer, agroecologist, teacher and author who started Ecological Design in 2000.  She is passionate about bringing the land back to life, laying the foundation for abundance, and finding pathways for people to reconnect to the land. Paula serves as Board vice-president of the Permaculture Institute of North America.

Lindsay Rebhan, Ecological Design, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lindsay Rebhan is co-owner of Ecological Design, an agrarian specialist in land planning, agroecology, farm design and land management. Lindsay works with farmers, land owners, food nonprofits, and organizations to increase the natural wealth of land over time. Lindsay co-teaches an annual Regenerative Farm Design Course at Mastodon Valley Farm and an undergraduate course on Environmental Sustainability with HECUA at Lily Springs Farm.  She serves on the Advisory Council of the Savanna Institute. 

 

Host:

Since 2016, Ecological Design has been a foundational partner in Main Street Project's effort to restore 100 acres of corn on corn farmland located in Northfield, MN into a healthy ecosystem by covering the soil, planting perennials, cleaning up waterways, and adding wetlands. The Main Street Project exists to innovate a path toward a more just, resilient, and healthy food system; welcome, support, and value the expertise of immigrant, low income, new and transitioning farmers in a shared economy; and demonstrate perennial agriculture's capacity to heal the land and care for community.

Event Date 10/25/2020
Event End Date 10/26/2020
Individual Price Free

How to Start your own CSA: Learned Experiences from Moshky Farm

Friday, 12-18-2020 @6:00p-7:30p

Come and hear the story of how two innovative friends came together to start their CSA. Marisa and Heather will share their story on their challenges and success on starting their first year of CSA while farming at Big River Farms and accessing land in their community.

 

Presenters: Moshky Farm

Marisa Benasutti

Marisa has been farming for 5 years in Minnesota on small-scale, organic vegetable farms. She’s passionate about building a stronger, more resilient & equitable food system. She designed her own major in college in Food Policy & Sustainable Agriculture which is what led her to farming. Once she felt the sunshine on her skin and tasted broccolini right off the plant, there was no going back. Marisa loves to discover new ways to enjoy the flavors of the farm like through cocktails! She's also a yoga & meditation instructor and astrologer. Her life is all about connecting with people & the earth, and food, farming & cocktails is an ideal way to do that.

 

Heather Drake

Heather grew up in Zimbabwe and learned to grow food and steward the land as a child. She's managed & worked on organic CSA farms in Minnesota for 10 years until starting Moshky Farm. She studied horticulture & organic farming at the University of Minnesota. Since starting Moshky Farms with Marisa Benasutti, she is excited to live out her dream to grow traditional African crops in Minnesota for her community (especially all things collards!). Heather is passionate about soil health, sustainability, and cultivating a balanced eco-system on the farm. She loves to experience plants in all their possible forms from greenhouse to kitchen, collard greens to teas to cocktails! Nature is her classroom and she wants to spend her lifetime learning from all Mother Nature’s wisdom that she’s willing to bestow.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-start-a-csa-learned-experiences-from-moshky-farm-tickets-131954077197

Interpretation will be provided if requested by Friday 12-11-2020.

Event Date 12/18/2020 7:00 pm ET
Individual Price Free