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Riverland Community College-Austin

1900 8th Avenue NW

West Building

Austin, MN 55912

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Join us for a meaningful two days of networking and education with our regional community of organizations, growers, producers and those thinking of beginning a local foods or niche market business. Enjoy the spaces created for conversations on how to plan, implement and grow a healthy local food culture. Please visit us online for full program details.

Additional event specifics will be added to our website at www.growingacres.com as they are confirmed (exhibitors and activities) - so please connect with us to get the latest news!


Friday, February 15th | 8:45am to 5:00pm

Saturday, February 16th | 9:15am to 4:00pm

Location:
Riverland Community College
Austin Campus, West Building
1900 8th Ave NW, Austin, MN 55912

Cost:
$20 + Suggested Donation of $10 to the Riverland Food Pantry
(Admission price includes both days or drop-in for 1 or more sessions)

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COMMUNITY SESSIONS OF INTEREST
Basic Vegetable Gardening with Mower County Master Gardeners Don, Therese & Karen
Growing Mushrooms with Fiddlehead Knob with Kalvin Stern
Garvin Heights Vineyards with the Seppanin’s

ORGANIZATIONS SESSIONS OF INTEREST
Keynote: Ellen Kehr, Blue Zones Albert Lea, Connecting Community, Wellness & Local Foods
Regional Sustainable Development Partnership: As A Potential Tool, Okey Ukaga, MBA, Ph
UMN Extension Southeast Region Programs with Thelma Garcia & Susan Draves
A Visit w/Our Friends from Healthy Harvest of N. Iowa and Jan Libbey, Executive Director
Farmers’ Market Aggregation Pilot Update, Jan Joannides, Renewing the Countryside

SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT SESSIONS OF INTEREST
Developing a Business Plan with Kyle Huneke, Farm Business Management Instructor
Understanding MN Tax Laws Relating to Niche Markets, MN Department of Revenue
3 Essential Questions You Need to Ask to Lead a Successful Business with Mary Holtorf
Getting Social with Facebook, Da’Nela Higgins, DH Consulting

PRODUCTS OF THE FARM & HOME SESSIONS OF INTEREST
Cottage Food Producer Food Safety Training-Keep It Safe! Keep It Legal, Suzanne Driessen
Keynote: Kathy Zeman, MFMA, 2019 Update: Food Licensing, Exemptions & Exclusions
Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI), Presentation & 1:1 Visits with Lolly & Michael
What it takes to transition to Organic Certification, Matt Leavitt from Albert Lea Seed
Niche Markets on the Farm (Organics/Cover Crops for Grazing) w/Jon Jovaag, Local Farmer
Marketing Whole Animals: Decoding Cut Sheets, Emma Schroeder
Blazing Trails through the Jungle of Food Regulations Workshop, Kathy Zeman, MFMA



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All registrations are available on Eventbrite - including registration for students, teachers and scholarships. Funds go directly to the Riverland Foundation for the Growing Acres Conference after the conclusion of the event.

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1900 8th Avenue NW

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