Local Foods College 2017: Sheep on a small farm Feb. 7

University of Minnesota Extension
Farm Forum

The University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships offer the 6th annual Local Foods College. This interactive distance learning opportunity supports gardeners and farmers interested in community-based food systems. The webinar series began on Jan. 24 and is a series of eight sessions, meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. Local Foods College is free but registration is required. Learn more by visiting http://bit.ly/2jzkhu5.

On Feb. 7, Dr. Travis Hoffman will conduct “Sheep on a Small Farm – A Natural Fit,” a presentation on opportunities for sheep and lamb production with small operations. American consumers continually want to know more about where their food comes from. As entrepreneurs with an emphasis for local foods, we can provide the solution for producing lamb and wool that garners premiums and meets the expectations in a changing marketplace. Are you ready and prepared to shine as a sheep producer and capitalize on local lamb and wool products?

The webinar format is handy for many participants to access from home or office locations and there are public sites around the state that offer opportunities to network with neighbors. Topics include disease management in high tunnels, post-harvest handling, raising sheep and poultry, soil health, cottage food law, seed saving and accessing capital for your business.

The Local Foods College is part of a movement to strengthen local and regional food systems. The 2017 Local Foods College is supported by University of Minnesota Extension.

The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships leverage University knowledge and seed funding with local talent and resources in four areas: agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy.

Travis Hoffman. Courtesy photo