Learn the potential for capturing carbon through soil health, how to grow and market asparagus, ways to address farm stress and much more at the Sustainable Farming Association’s Annual Conference, set for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, February 8 at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph.

With over 20 educational topics the SFA Conference provides relevant information for all farmers, chefs, food buyers, eaters and anyone interested in local food. Other session topics include: Small Farms Fighting Back: Diversifying Your Farm with Markets in Mind; Stay Ahead of the Game: How to Capitalize on Local Food Trends; and Untapped Potential – A Landscape View of the Minnesota Halal and Kosher Meat Market.

Also planned is an overview of SFA’s new initiative to promote managed woodland grazing, or silvopasture, as well as a special luncheon for emerging farmers featuring Minnesota Dept. of Ag Deputy Commissioner Patrice Bailey and Compeer Financial’s Sai Thao.

SFA members may register for $50 and nonmembers $60 through January 31. All-day children’s programming with Veggie Buds will return for just $10/child. For a complete schedule, attendee registration, sponsor registration and much more, visit sfa-mn.org/conference.


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