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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for S.O.L.E. Click on the logo for more information and/or to register online.
Or, if you wish to register by mail, download the application here. For more information, please email



APRIL 14 - 4 to 7 p.m.

PRODUCERS: If you would like funds to attend this conference and showcase your farm at the April 14th networking social,
please fill out this application and return by Feb. 28.


12 noon to 1 p.m. -- WEEKLY WEDNESDAY WEBINARS - learn how to attend all these great sessions free...Just view this short video.

ALL SESSIONS RECORDED for your viewing pleasure ...

Weekly Wednesday Webinars occurs several times. Please register for the date and time that works best for you:

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.


Jan. 28 – FARRMS offers programs to grow farmers… Want to know more? Join us for a webinar outlining FARRMS and its programs like Grants to Grow, Intern program and upcoming SOLE – Summit on Local Economies…

Feb. 4 – How to Become Certified Organic and the presentation will include an overview of the organic certification process as well as a look at the various organic rules and regulations that should be taken into consideration by an operator prior to applying for organic certification in order to have an understanding of what is expected of an operation wishing to be certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program, and most importantly, a basic overview of the organic certification process and what it entails.

Feb. 11 - Sue will be out of town so help yourself to a recorded session at the FARRMS YouTube channel at

Feb. 18 -- Cool Fruits for Cold Climates.  There's a world of tasty fruit beyond raspberries and strawberries.  The Northern-Hardy Fruit Project in North Dakota will introduce you to healthy and hardy fruiting shrubs that are easy to care for and laugh off winter.  Speaker: Kathy Wiederholt, Fruit Project Manager, Carrington Research Extension Center.

Feb. 25 – The Need to Network with Glenn Muske… no man is an island. Whether searching for a job, starting a business or expanding into new territory – you get by with a little help from your friends…

March 4 – Curing bacon with Glen Philbrick. Everyone loves bacon. Learn how to make your own.

March 11 — What is Gametophytic Incompatibility?  It has a funny name, but this natural trait in corn can prevent unwanted outcrossing with transgenic varieties or other market classes of corn.  Find out about the breeding that is going on with this trait and how to breed your own organic corn from Frank Kutka, a corn breeder and NPSAS Farm Breeding Club Co-coordinator.

March 18th - Chick Brooding and Care with Annie Carlson, Morning Joy Farm… Learn the where, how and when to order chicks; brooder set-up and management, feed and water requirements.

March 25 – Gluten free cooking with Quinoa and Amaranth? Glen Philbrick has been growing ancient grains on Hiddendale Farm near Turtle Lake. Learn about these gluten-free grains and how to use them in your everyday cooking.

April 1st - Backyard Hens with Annie Carlson, Morning Joy Farm. Turning table scraps into eggs means healthy eating and less garbage. Annie will cover where to get hens, housing those birds, laying, feed, water requirements and management.

April 8 – Cooking with pork. Annie Carlson of Morning Joy Farms will cover the most common pork cuts, preparation methods best suited to those cuts, recipes and what to do with leftovers.

April 15 - Everyone met in Medora for the S.O.L.E. - Summit on Local Economies.... click on the link above for more information.

April 22 – Things you should know before you purchase a high tunnel with Holly Mawby, Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture Dakota College at Bottineau.

April 29 – Got Cottonwood trees? Now is the prime time to create a healing balm with cottonwood buds and carrier oils. Stephanie Blumhagen will share her healing balm recipe and tips for harvesting buds.

May 6"If you can’t beat them, eat them! Many of those pesky weeds we pull from our gardens are tasty and nutritious. Stephanie Blumhagen will show how to identify, pick and prepare common weeds including dandelions, nettles, lambsquarters, purslane, and others. She’ll also share some tried and true family recipes starring these weeds."

May 13 – Cooking with lamb. Annie Carlson of Morning Joy Farms will cover the most common lamb cuts, preparation methods best suited to those cuts, recipes and what to do with leftovers.


  • FBC Meeting Scheduled
    Head to Medina, ND on Tuesday, March 3 for the spring FBC meeting, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT, FARRMS/ICS classroom (301 5th Ave. SE).
    We will discuss seed grow outs (Value Added Grain Project), the new vegetable protocol (Specialty Crops Project), radish seed increase (SARE Cover Crops Project), Grants to Grow applications, and so much more! Those taking part in the Specialty Crops evaluation of green beans, nantes carrots, slicing cucumbers, romaine lettuce and yellow storage onions in 2015 MUST attend the meeting in person or log in to a webinar link. Up to 20 NPSAS members may also take part via this link. E-mail Frank for more details. All attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass for lunch.
    Please RSVP to Frank Kutka at or to Northern Plains Sustainable Ag at 701-883-4304. We hope to see you there!
  • FARRMS board meeting March 26.
  • SOLE - Summit on Local Economies - April 14 and 15 - 2015

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