• 2018 North American Biodynamic Conference, Transforming the Heart of Agriculture

    Learn, discuss, and build community this fall at the 2018 Biodynamic Conference. Join us for the 2018 North American Biodynamic Conference, Transforming the Heart of Agriculture, from November 14-18 in Portland, Oregon. Five days of programming will include field days at local farms and vineyards, inspiring and thought-provoking keynotes, hands-on workshops for beginners and experienced practitioners, delicious local and Biodynamic food and wine, artistic and cultural activities, facilitated conversations, and many new connections. Gather, share, question, and explore together with[masked] farmers, gardeners, vintners, entrepreneurs, educators, researchers, activists, and enthusiasts from the region, across North America, and around the world. Contribute to the Conference We are currently welcoming proposals for workshops and presentations (http://www.biodynamics.com/workshop-proposal-form) and research posters (https://www.biodynamics.com/research-posters) for the 2018 North American Biodynamic Conference. Help us plan a vibrant and diverse program by submitting your ideas! Proposals for both are due no later than Friday, March 23.

  • 2018 Hunger & Health Summit

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    • What we'll do The 2018 Hunger and Health Summit, sponsored by UnitedHealthcare, will be held on April 9 and 10 at the Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. With continuing uncertainty regarding revenue streams to fund important health programs like Medicaid and nutrition programs like SNAP, our ability to break through the gridlock and polarization to fight hunger and improve health is more important than ever. Therefore, our theme for our 2018 conference is "Breaking Through." Like last year's theme "Forward Together," we hope that this theme is a clear call to all stakeholders - hunger fighters, nutrition advocates, healthcare providers, physicians, legislators, growers, and food industry - to come together to share best practices and collaborate to develop realistic, evidence-based solutions in order to break through barriers toward reducing food insecurity and poverty, and ultimately improving the health of our friends and neighbors throughout the state of Wisconsin. Register to attend if you are concerned about health and hunger in WI. http://www.feedingwi.org/programs/conferences/2018_summit.php#agenda • What to bring A good attitude and ideas for solutions? • Important to know http://www.feedingwi.org/programs/conferences/2018_summit.php#agenda

  • Edible Landscaping!

    Waukesha State Bank

    Register on Eventbrite --> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/edible-landscaping-tickets-43532674401 Edible Landscaping! "Learn what’s possible for your family, yourself, and your yard! We will discuss the potential for healthier and more environmentally friendly practices that will save you time and money by growing your own healthy food right on your property. "March 15th at the Waukesha State Bank, Oconomowoc Branch, 6:30-8:00. A $5 Donation is requested to support Waukesha County Green Team educational outreach. Presenter Alec LePoidevin is a Master Gardener, this event WILL qualify for MGV education hours. Hosted by the WCGT Permaculture & Gardening Group DATE AND TIME Thu, March 15, 2018 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT LOCATION Waukesha State Bank 1227 Corporate Center Drive Oconomowoc, WI 53066 PLEASE SHARE WITH FRIENDS You may let other members know you are going here on MeetUp, but PLEASE Register on Eventbrite --> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/edible-landscaping-tickets-43532674401

  • 2017 Wisconsin Permaculture Convergence

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    2017 Wisconsin Permaculture Convergence Who: Permaculture Enthusiasts and their Families, People interested in Homesteading, Farmers... Anyone! What: 2017 Wisconsin Permaculture Convergence When: August 4th-6th, 2017 Where: Troy Gardens 502 Troy Drive Madison, WI 53704 Why: To connect people involved in Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture through a social event which includes educational workshops and presentations. The Wisconsin Permaculture Convergence is a yearly event that brings people together to network, build community, skill share and celebrate life. Session Topics include: Intro to Permaculture, Community Composting, Forest Gardens, Tai Chi, Regenerative Economics, Farm to School, Growing Chestnuts in WI, Fermentation 101, and more! For more info, visit http://www.wisconsinpermacultureconvergence.com xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Register on the Convergence website!! We just posted here as a courtesy. You can always click on the meetup and let others know you are going, but this is not considered a registration. Registrations are limited so do it soon! Make it a great day! :-) KC

  • Farminar (online)

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    http://practicalfarmers.org/2016-fall-farminars/ 2016 Fall Farminar Series Featured topics span a wide range of farming enterprises, and are geared toward beginning and established farmers alike. The interactive format allows attendees to listen in and ask questions using a chatbox. Each farminar is recorded and archived (http://practicalfarmers.org/farmer-knowledge/farminar-archive/) for later viewing. The 2016 fall farminar series begins November 15 and runs each Tuesday, from 7-8:30 p.m. CST, through December 20. The winter farminar series beginning January 10 will be announced in early January. Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2016 fall farminars are made possible with funding from Ceres Trust, Farm Service Agency, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Water Quality Initiative, McKnight Foundation and Natural Resources Conservation Service. Nov. 15 – “Growing in High Tunnels: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” – Jill Beebout After more than 10 years of high tunnel production, Jill Beebout of Blue Gate Farm has made mistakes, celebrated successes and collected lots of data. Jill will share her experiences, the numbers, and her best and worst high tunnel ideas – or as she says, “the good, the bad and the ugly.” Jill Beebout farms at Blue Gate Farm with her husband, Sean Skeehan. They steward 40 acres of family land in southern Marion County, where they raise Certified Naturally Grown produce, laying hens, honey bees, hay and alpacas; their marketing is done primarily through their CSA and farmers market.

  • Midwest AgTech Conference - Call for Pitches

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    Interested in pitching your AgTech Startup at the first annual Midwest AgTech Conference? Send your non-confidential Executive Summary to [masked] Register Here - http://www.eventbrite.com/e/midwest-agtech-conference-chicago-il-tickets-26829214904 Join us for a day of expert panels with deep AgTech industry knowledge and SV style pitching. Featuring on-stage pitches by 15 of the most promising AgTech companies. Working Agenda: 8:30 - 9:00 am Registration 9:00 - 9:30 am Keynote Address 9:30 - 10:10 am Investment Outlook Panel 10:10 - 10:30 am Break 10:30 - 11:10 am Grower's Fireside Chat 11:10-11:30 am Break 11:30 - 12:10 pm AgTech (Fund)amentals- getting funded, launching, and partnering 12:10 - 1:10 pm Lunch 1:10 - 1:50 pm Soil & Crop Health 1:50 - 2:10 pm Break 2:10 - 2:50 pm Predictive Farming 2:50 - 3:00 pm Break 3:00 - 5:00 pm Startup Pitches 5:00 - 6:00 pm Networking / Reception Event Partners: - Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator - Brain Tree Business Development Center - Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity - Barchart.com Speakers & Panelists: Arash Amini, FarmBoxSystems.com Andy Christensen, Arthur Ventures Justin Durdan, Durdan Farms Mark Haraburda, Barchart.com, Inc. Kerry Jordan, D'Orazio Capital Partners Josh Katz, McKinsey & Company Jeff Musson, DynamiteNetwork.com Lisa Prassack, Prassack Advisors, LLC Ryan Rakestraw, Monsanto Growth Ventures Erica Riel-Carden, Royse Law Firm Roger Royse, Royse Law Firm David C. Rummler, CleanTech Strategy Rob Schultz, Serra Ventures, LLC Guy Turner, Hyde Park Venture Partners Ben Weiner, GTCR LLC Jason Wrone, Open Prairie Ventures Andy Ziolkowski, Cultivian Ventures Lots More...

  • The Energy Fair!

    Midwest Renewable Energy Association

    The Midwest Renewable Energy Association's "Energy Fair" is 6/17-19! The workshop schedule is packed full of cool info and teachers, from solar panels to building with cob to rocket stove construction. Let's save some gas and get some carpools organized! https://www.theenergyfair.org/

  • Permaculture Design Studio

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    May 13-15, Racine, WI, with Peter Bane and Rhonda Baird We're working to bring more permaculture opportunities to SE Wisconsin. If you've taken a permaculture design course and want to get more experience and mentoring in the design process, please join us. Get more info and register at permacultureactivist.net/DesignCourse/PcSyllabus.htm Email peter@permacultureactivist or call[masked]

  • Peter Bane talk at the Golden Rondelle Theater in Racine

    Golden Rondelle Theater

    Garden Farming: How Small Plots Can Save our Bacon and Grease the Wheels of a New Local Economy Thursday, May 12,[masked]:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. (Late seating until 7:15 p.m.) Cost: Free! Registration required (these talks often sell out): https://reservations.scjohnson.com/Info.aspx?EventID=3 Peter Bane, author, permaculture teacher and long-time landscape designer will highlight the role of urban gardening and farming in building food security and nutrition and re-shaping the local economy. Peter has taught permaculture worldwide for more than 25 years. The word permaculture was originally coined as a contraction for permanent agriculture or, more broadly, permanent culture. It is a response to the global environmental crisis based on the science of ecology and the art of design. On a practical level, permaculture teaches people how to design the living space around them to get the most out of the plants and structures they install. Peter is the author of The Permaculture Handbook, and long-time editor of the quarterly publication Permaculture Design (formerly, The Permaculture Activist). A wealth of possibility for a better world lies just beneath our feet! Homeowners with 1/8 acre or 25 acres will be interested to know that a good living can be made on small acreage and, even as a hobby, that food growing in the front or back yard can directly address the great environmental challenges of our time.

  • WI Local Food Summit 2016

    Blue Harbor Resort

    https://wilocalfood.wordpress.com/summit-2016/ The 2016 Wisconsin Local Food Summit: Digging Into Local Food. Dates: January 14-15 Location:Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, WI Tickets On Sale Now! Tickets for the 2016 Local Food Summit are on sale now! Don’t miss out! Save your seat today. More information at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2426343 or click on the icon below. The local food industry is inherently a vital part of Wisconsin’s economy. Join us this January as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Wisconsin Local Food Summit. Celebrate and learn about the components of Local Food System Development with more than two days of breakout sessions and workshops, leading presentations, Community Food Systems Tours, and more! This wonderful and unique opportunity is an event that you won’t want to miss! Mark your calendars now and plan to attend. Attendees can expect to gather with a diverse group of local food advocates to exchange information, strengthen regional alliances, and gain practical strategies and best practices that address issues within local food system development. 2016 Summit Keynote Speakers: WLFN is very excited to host Winona LaDuke and Darrell Smith as the Keynote Speakers for the 2016 Summit. Winona LaDuke search Winona LaDuke is an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg who lives and works on the White Earth Reservations, and is the mother of three children. Winona is a farmer, grandmother, economist and writer. Her work is primarily in the restoration of Anishinaabe agricultural traditions, Slow Food, transitional economics- from a fossil fuel economy. Directing Honor the Earth,, a national Native foundation, she works on pipeline threats to the north country, and transitional economics. Author of seven books, LaDuke was a two time vice presidential candidate ( l996 and 2000) , and with White Earth Land Recovery Project, won the international Slow Food award for biodiversity, in the work to protect wild rice from genetic engineering. Her most recent award, The Eagle Spirit award , was granted by the American Indian Film Institute for her longstanding work to protect Mother Earth. Darrell Smith Darrell Smith’s business and non-profit work has centered around the belief that soil is thDarrellinChapelHill2015e common denominator in local food and our society as a whole. Darrell owned a natural landscaping business in Milwaukee for 10 years, where he pioneered organic soil building techniques and then transferred that experience to working in sales and consulting to farmers through Purple Cow Organics (Middleton and Oconomowoc, WI). Darrell has served on the board of Wellspring Organic Farm and Education Center since 2003, where he has been involved in expanding the farm’s production while maintaining and improving soil fertility levels in fields that are repeatedly cropped. Darrell brings a passion for soil restoration that focuses on biological-mineral interactions to improve productivity for long term soil health. For a full schedule and list of breakout sessions speakers, please click here. Request for Poster Presentations is now Open. All applications are due by November 27th, 2015. For more information, please click here. Who Should Plan To Attend? All those who have a passion and interest in food and local food system development. This includes, but is not limited to: Advocates Community Members Community-based organizations Corporate Food Buyers Food Producers Farmers Grocers Farm-to-School Administrators Health Care providers Hospital Administrators Non-profit Organizations Policy Makers (at both a community and national level) Researchers Restaurant Owners Students Pricing: Pricing for the 2016 Summit is as follows: General admission—$115/($120 after 12/19/14, $150 at the door) Student/Farmer—$95/($110 after 12/19/14, $130 at the door) Single Day – $85 ($105 at the door). REGISTER --> http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2426343 PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOT ORGANIZED BY THE ORGANIZERS OF THIS MEETUP. IT IS POSTED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE.