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COVID-19 response plan template and FAQ for fruit and vegetable farms

Authors: Natalie Hoidal, Extension Educator, Local Foods & Vegetable Production and Annalisa Hultberg, Extension Educator, Food Safety In response to the needs of farmers and gardeners in the state, the University of Minnesota Extension fruit and vegetable and food safety educators and partners at UW Wisconsin Extension have created template COVID-19 response plans for fruit and vegetable farms as well as community gardens. The COVID-19 farm template plan can be accessed here: https://z.umn.edu/COVIDplan The COVID-19 garden template plan can be accessed here: https://z.umn.edu/ COVIDgardenplan They are set up as Google documents that you can download as a Word file, or copy into your own Google drive, and then edit. Plans and FAQ doc will be updated regularly as new information and research is released. We've also created an accompanying FAQ page specific to issues that fruit and vegetable farmers and gardeners are asking about in relation to COVID-19 such a
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Meat and Dairy Goat Workshop

University of Minnesota Extension will host a goat-focused educational event in Le Center, MN on February 22, 2020. Both meat and dairy goat producers throughout southern Minnesota are invited to attend. This includes either small scale hobbyists, commercial producers as well as 4-H families. Cost of the program is $10 per person, or $20 per household (max of 3 people), and includes lunch. Payment by check is preferred. The workshop will be located at the 4-H Building in the Le Sueur County Fairgrounds, 320 South Plut Avenue, Le Center. The event includes lunch and will begin at 9:30 am and run until 3:00 pm. The event will touch on goat breeds, nutrition, kidding season, marketing, and more. The agenda for the day is below: 9:30-10:00       Registration and coffee 10:00-10:50      Introduction and overview of goat production (Travis Hoffman) 11:00-11:50     Marketing to delis and restaurants in the Twin Cities (Rashed Ferdous) 12:00-12:45     Lunch  1:00- 2:00

Small Farms Newsletter - December, 2019

Take advantage of the off-season Conference and workshop season is upon us. I hope you have time to leave the farm for a bit, get some new ideas, and chat with fellow farmers. In this newsletter, I'm highlighting workshops and conferences happening in the next few months, as well as a survey for produce growers. Happy holidays! -Jake Overgaard  Extension Educator UPCOMING EVENTS Local foods college  Local Foods College  is a weekly @ 6 pm webinar series going from January 28th to February 25th with topics on pastured hogs, edible insects, hazelnuts, and soil health. Participate in these from the comfort of your own home. More info and link to register is  here .   Regional conferences MN Organic Conference , January 9-10, St. Cloud, MN. Northern Growers and Marketers Conference , January 16-17, St. Cloud, MN. GrassWorks Grazing Conference , January 23-25, Wisconsin Dells, WI. Northern Plains Food and Farming Conf

Farms and Woodlands Course

BRAND NEW OFFERING!  UMN Extension developed the  Farms and Woodlands Course  especially for landowners who want to get the most out of every acre of their land. This comprehensive program gives landowners insight on taking a whole system approach to farm and woodland management. The course consists of 12 self-paced modules offered online. Each module contains exercises and group discussions. Complete the work on your schedule, while still contributing to group learning. 3 in-person meetings and 2 virtual meetings will be held to help answer your questions and to provide an opportunity to meet with and learn from professionals and fellow landowners. The course will run from November 21, 2019 through April 2020, click here to see the course schedule. Learn: - How to map your property - How to identify noxious weeds and invasive species in your fields and woods - How to handle land transitions and estate planning - How your farm practices can impact your woods, and vice versa - A

Food Safety Workshop in Rochester

Do you grow fresh produce for sale or donation?  If so, join U of MN Extension to learn practical steps for keeping your produce safe, your customers healthy, and your business flourishing (and growing!). Learn how Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) can improve the quality and safety of your produce and help you access new markets. This training is designed for small- to medium-sized fruit and vegetable growers, but any farmer or gardener is welcome to attend. Learn from Extension educators and your fellow farmers in this interactive session. Topics include: Best practices (GAPs - Good Agricultural Practices) to improve safety in growing, harvest, washing and handling of fresh fruits and vegetables What is a GAP audit? What is FSMA? How do they apply to me? Learn about water testing, compost and manure use, animal intruders, safely washing vegetables, low-cost handwashing stands, and more Includes donation garden walk-and-talk to discuss practical setups for safe harve