You can join the below virtual events from the comfort of your own home, maybe while getting away from the midday heat or escaping a downpour. Take advantage of many events moving online this year and participate in a field day that would normally be too far to travel!

Virtual Field Days by the Savannah Institute

Grafting webinar - Kathy Dice and Tom Wahl, Red Fern Farm on July 21 at 7:00pm

Elderberry propagation - Elle Sullivan, Lily Springs Farm on July 28 at 9:00am

Silvopasture & supply chain food safety - Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquín, Regenerative Agriculture Alliance on August 11 at 6:00pm

(Click on the link above for more field days later in the season!)

Starting a food business in Wisconsin

Keep food safety in mind when starting a food business in Wisconsin (What are the licensing requirements for starting a food business in Wisconsin?)

Time: August 10, 2020 9:00am, Zoom meeting by the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Berry Update: Spotted Wing Drosophila, Fall Bed Prep

Fall berry update, including spotted wing drosophila (Christelle Guedot, Bill Hutchison); and fall bed preparation (UMN faculty)

Time: August 12, 2020 1:00pm, Zoom webinar by the UMN Extension

Harvesting Fruit and Nut Crops at Red Fern Farm – Cornelian Cherries & Asian Pears

During this virtual visit (the second one out of three throughout the harvest season), you will also learn a bit about each crop’s growing method and profitability.

Time: September 16, 2020 12:30 – 1:05 pm, Facebook live by Practical Farmers of Iowa

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