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Backyard and small scale poultry workshops

Sick chickens? Do you have issues with predators attacking your flock? No eggs being laid? These are all common issues with small scale and backyard poultry flocks. UMN Extension will be holding workshops in MN to help you deal with these and other issues related to raising poultry.
The program will feature University of MN specialists in small scale poultry production with expertise in feeding, health, and general management.
All workshops run from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Locations include St. Charles, St. Cloud, Gaylord, Elko New Market, and Alexandria. Location and registration information is below. 
Cost of the program is $10 per person, or $20 per household (max of 3 people) and includes lunch. Payment by check is preferred. Please pre-register. Hope to see you there!
February 23, 2019 St. Charles City Hall 830 Whitewater Avenue St Charles, MN 55972 Registration: or (507) 457-6440
March 2, 2019 St. Cloud Regional Extension Office 3601 18th St S, Suite 113 Saint Cloud, M…
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By Annie Klodd, UMN Extension
The Southern Minnesota Wine Grower Alliance and University of Minnesota Extension are hosting a grape grower and wine maker workshop at Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery (near Kasota) on March 23 from 9:00am-1:00pm. Grape growers, wine makers and hobbyists of all levels are welcome to attend. This hands-on workshop will include:
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Registration is $30 for SMWGA members ($35 for non-members).
Learn more about the workshop here, and register here.

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Join Us for the Local Foods College

I hope you're able to join us for this fall's Local Foods College. These one hour webinars start at 6pm for each session.

The first week has passed and covered fall tillage strategies, you can watch the recording here.

Upcoming webinars include;

9/25: Growing Great Garlic in MN10/9: Fall Vegetables: Storage and Preserving Tips10/16: Growing Pains: What the bug is this?10/23: FSMA and Food Safety Introduction Get registered and learn more about the series here.