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Friday, February 24, 2017

Living on the Land: Learning to Live on a Few Acres

Colleen Carlson
UMN Extension Educator

Pining to be in the woods? Want to raise lambs but have been too sheepish to ask for
information? Don't know the difference between an eggplant and an egg shell? Would you like
to live in the country or get more enjoyment out of your current acreage?

Living on the Land is an eight-week course, offered by University of Minnesota Extension, aimed
toward people new to land ownership. Living on the Land begins with goal setting and
individual property inventory, then addresses soil, plant, livestock, and water basics.

Living on the Land will provide you with a solid background in all aspects of land management. The basic agricultural information will help you be a good steward of your land and prepare you for more advanced learning opportunities. You’ll also have plenty of time for networking and questions.

What:  A team of instructors will share their knowledge and experience to address topics including:

● what do you have and what do you want
● what you can do with your land (legal issues)
● record-keeping and finances
● protecting water quality
● maintaining wildlife, woodland and pasture
● getting dirty with soils
● profitably growing fruit, vegetables and other crops
● caring for and managing your animals.

When: Monday nights, March 13 – May 1, 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Where: Belle Plaine High School Library, Belle Plaine, MN

$220.00/farm if registered before March 10, two people can attend per farm.  A $20 late
fee applies to registrations on or after March 11, 2017.

● Access to many subject matter experts face-to-face
● Numerous booklets, fact sheets and other resources
● Soil test kits
● Access to the series material online.
● Opportunity to interact with other beginning farmers
● Tours to gather ideas and inspiration

Register by calling the Scott County Extension office 952-492-5410 or us the form on the brochure,


Colleen Carlson, Extension Educator Carver/Scott (952) 492-5386 or email

Jason Ertl, Extension Educator Nicollet/Sibley (507)237-4100 or email

Monday, February 13, 2017

Improve lambing management - Workshop on 3/11

Sheep numbers continue to decline throughout the USA, while demand remains strong - a situation which provides a great opportunity for those who raise sheep, whether the flock is small or large. 

This workshop is designed for the person who is interested but with no experience raising sheep, or who already has a few sheep but wants to improve management skills. The morning will be spent in the Beef Barn Classroom, and in the afternoon there will be time for hands-on activities with the sheep. 

The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017, 9:00-3:30, in the Beef Cattle Barn. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Pre-registration is encouraged so that we can plan for food. Cost of the workshop is $15/adult, $20/couple or business partners, and $10/student. Please contact Wayne Martin at, or (612) 625-6224.

The workshop will be taught by Kyle Rozeboom, Livestock Specialist in the Animal Science Department, and Wayne Martin, Alternative Livestock Systems Specialist with Extension. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to the following:

Agenda topics:

  • Flock Management Overview, including  Sheep Management Calendar
  • Ewe Care- Preparing for Lambing
  • Housing/facilities
  • Post-Lambing Management Practices
  • Vaccinations, how and when to administer,
  • Parasite control, Hoof care,
  • Semen Testing for Rams
  • Artificial Insemination
  • Marketing
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