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Small Farms Newsletter - Winter Learning Opportunities

'Tis the season for conferences
Winter is full of conferences and other learning opportunities.  
The list of conferences seems to be growing.  In this newsletter, I'm sharing a non-exhaustive list of conferences in the region you may be interested in.
Also, we have several online learning opportunities from Extension, you'll find those in this list as well.
Plus! My conference survival tips.
Hope you're enjoying this holiday season.
Online options Local Foods College is a weekly webinar series going from January 17th to March 7th with topics on  poultry production, high tunnel disease management, accessing capital, and other topics.  Watch these from home or gather with others at a viewing site.
Beef Home Study Courses are self- paced online courses that start January 17th.  Options include Cow/Calf Nutrition, Health Management for the Cow/Calf Herd, and Introduction to Cattle Feeding.
Regional conferences

MN Organic Conference,

Join us for the 2017 Local Foods College

Local Foods College is a series of eight educational webinars on topics related to local food production. The webinars (what's a webinar?  It's a seminar conducted on the web) are at 6 PM on Tuesdays from January 24th to March 14, 2017.  Topics for this year include;
Soil healthHigh tunnel disease managementSheep, goats, and fiberFarm to market vegetable handlingPoultry productionCottage food lawAccessing capitalSeed saving Local Foods College is free, but registration is required to access the webinars, visit the Local Foods College site.
This is the sixth year for this series, and the 2017 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 neighbors.

Sponsors include University of Minnesota Extension and the Statewide Health Improvement Program (aka SHIP).