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Upcoming Educational Opportunities:

  • Anytime:
    • SARE 2018 Conference: Our Farms, Our Future.  All conference materials available as video, podcasts, and posters.
    • ATTRA Tutorials – self-guided and comprehensive multi-lesson tutorials in Scaling Up for Regional Markets, Pest Management, Farm Business Planning & Marketing for Beginnners, and Getting Started in Farming.
    • USDA Science & Technology Training Library – contains hundreds of archived webinars on Bioenergy, Conservation, Forestry, and Sustainable Forests.  Lists of upcoming webinars are also available on the site.
    • Farmer-to-Farmer Podcast with Chris Blanchard.  "Chris is a veteran farmer and educator who draws on over 25 years of experience to get at the big ideas and practical details that go into making a farm work.  Whether his guests are discussing employment philosophy or the best techniques for cultivating carrots, his down-to-earth conversations with experienced farmers - and the occasional non-farmer - will be time well spent."
    • Summaries of presentations at the 2016 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium are now available online at http://eorganic.info/node/16778. Many of the workshops and keynote presentations were recorded live and may be viewed via the eOrganic YouTube channel.
    • Recorded presentations and associated materials from the Bionutrient Association's Soil & Nutrition Conferences over the past several years.  Too many well-known names to list, connecting the dots between healthy soils, healthy people, and a healthy planet.
    • Videos and presentations from the 2017 National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health sessions are now available.


OEFFA Begin Farming Program Winter 2022 Course: December 5, 12, & 19, 2022

Use Your Numbers to Assess Profitability and Full Cost of Production
Registration is now open for this three-part online winter course with farm consultant Ellen Polishuk of Plant to Profit!
This course will build on the material covered in our introductory sessions in January and March 2022 (available here). Take a deep dive into the numbers you gathered from the season to understand your farm’s costs of production and calculate fair prices and wages.
December 5, 12, 19, 2022 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Registration and more information can be found on the OEFFA website.

Michigan Family Farms Conference – March 16-19

MIFFS Hands LogoSave the Date for the 18th Annual Michigan Family Farms Conference brought to you by MIFFS
March 16-19, 2022
After taking a year off, we are excited to gather again (virtually) for the Michigan Family Farms Conference on March 16-19! This year’s conference, Growing Back Stronger, will be presented over multiple days streaming live from www.miffs.org.  
The Michigan Family Farms Conference is a forum for beginning, small-scale, and culturally diverse farmers to network, learn, and build sustainable family farms. The conference celebrates rural and urban producers with diverse production methods, cultures, and backgrounds. It is designed to help build equity for immigrant, multicultural, limited resource, Indigenous, and beginning farmers and veterans in the Great Lakes region.
We invite you to check back in here as the planning committee finalizes plans for workshops, storytelling, breakout discussions, and more!  During the planning process, we would like your help: we are looking for award nominations to be a part of our next conference and would like to hear from you! Follow the link to submit your nomination and register for the conference here.