Annual Conference


Saturday, February 11, 2023
Gorecki Conference Center
College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph

Early bird registration is now open!

$50 for current SFA members, $75 for nonmembers.  Ends December 31, 2022. Prices go up by $25 on January 1, 2023!
Emerging Farmers:  Free

Children's program (ages 5-12): $10

Lunch ticket in St. Ben's excellent cafeteria: $15.  (You may also do lunch on your own.)

Register HERE.


With topics including:

  • Fruit & Vegetable Soil Health and Profitability
  • Grazing Strategies
  • "Burn the Box" Changing Ag Paradigms
  • Beekeeping
  • Farm Profitability
  • Emerging Farmer Resources
  • Climate Adaptability
  • New Cooperative Marketing Models
  • and more!

Full schedule coming soon.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

Please consider partnering with us on SFA's flagship event for farmer-to-farmer education and networking.

More information and an application form are HERE.

Our 2023 Sponsors


Afternoon Social Sponsor

Lakewinds Co-op

A community owned grocery store with 3 locations in the Twin Cities Metro area, Lakewinds' mission is to promote sustainable agriculture, support local makers. and nourish our community. No membership required to shop, and all are welcome!

Opening Plenary Session Sponsor




A voluntary opportunity for farmers and ag landowners to take the lead in conservation practices that protect our water while obtaining regulatory certainty for 10 years.

MN Department of Agriculture

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture mission is to enhance all Minnesotans' quality of life by equitably ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment and the strength and resilience of our agricultural community.


Solar Farm LLC

Solar Electric (PV) design, sales and installation.

A look back at our 2022 conference:
Why attend our Annual Conference? Take it from these farmers:

Our Blog

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.

TC Growers Farm Tour is Sept. 11 at Urban Roots Rivoli Bluffs Farm

By SFA of MN | Aug 30, 2023 |

Join us for an educational tour and reunite with the Twin Cities Metro Growers Network for our last event of 2023, set for 3:30-6 p.m. Mon., Sept. 11, at Urban Roots Rivoli Bluffs Farm, 749 Arkwright St, St. Paul. Take a guided walking tour and learn from Market Garden Farm Manager Skyler Hawkins and youth…

Read More

Dirt Rich: Grazing Management, Drought, & the NRCS

By SFA of MN | Aug 24, 2023 |

Jeff Duchene is a Grazing Specialist for the Minnesota NRCS, which offers both financial and technical assistance to producers to help them meet their land management goals and address their natural resource concerns. In conversation with host Jonathan Kilpatrick, Duchene shares how his formal education combined with years of learning directly from producers has been…

Read More

New Discrimination Financial Assistance Program (DFAP)

By SFA of MN | Aug 22, 2023 |

The Discrimination Financial Assistance Program (DFAP) is a new program from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will provide financial assistance to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners who experienced discrimination by the USDA in USDA’s farm lending prior to 2021. Section 22007 of the Inflation Reduction Act provides $2.2 billion in assistance for…

Read More

New Upper Midwest Garlic Directory

By SFA of MN | Aug 14, 2023 |

If you missed the Garlic Festival (and even if you didn’t), you can still get your garlic! The 2023 Upper Midwest Garlic Directory is now live. Inside this online directory you’ll find nearly two dozen growers selling both seed and culinary garlic, plus other garlic products. There are over twenty-five varieties to choose from. The…

Read More

Minnesota Garlic Festival Seeks Volunteers

By SFA of MN | Aug 4, 2023 |

By Olivia Olson • MN Garlic Fest Volunteer Coordinator As we’re gearing up for the Garlic Festival on August 12, we are looking for a few more volunteers to join us and help make the day run smoothly. We are especially looking for volunteers with the information tent, kids games and kite building, end of…

Read More

Foundations of Fencing Workshop

By SFA of MN | Aug 1, 2023 |

Are you intimidated by the thought of building your own fences? Do you simply need a hands-on refresher? There are limited seats remaining for our Foundations of Fencing workshop on August 11 in Pine River! Join Kent Solberg and Jonathan Kilpatrick, along with members of the Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council, for a day in the field learning…

Read More

Dirt Rich: Dealing with Drought

By SFA of MN | Jul 28, 2023 |

July has seen swaths of Minnesota move into increasingly intense drought conditions, per the U.S. Drought Monitor. With the 2021 drought in the rearview mirror, five SFA farm consultants from across Minnesota gathered for a roundtable drought discussion on our latest episode of Dirt Rich. Listen in to hear how Angie Walter, Derek Schmitz, Doug Voss,…

Read More

Beyond Your Backyard: Prairie Conferences

By SFA of MN | Jul 27, 2023 |

By Megan Benage The last week of June was the North American Prairie Conference in Altoona, Iowa. The conference kicked off with a trip to the Hayden Prairie Preserve. We learned that Hayden prairie is one of the largest Iowa remnants outside of the Loess Hills. It is a beautiful prairie filled with life and…

Read More

Networking Groups Welcome Lia Spaniolo

By SFA of MN | Jul 24, 2023 |

SFA is pleased to welcome Lia Spaniolo from the University of Minnesota Extension as our collaborator in coordinating two of our networking groups! Lia will work with us to co-lead the Twin Cities Metro Growers Network and Ecological Service Livestock Network. Keep a look out for events this fall with both networks. And, a special…

Read More

Say ‘Hey’ to SFA at FarmFest

By SFA of MN | Jul 21, 2023 |

Will you be at FarmFest this year? Come say hello at the Soil Health Tent! We will be at the Redwood County event all three days, August 1-3, co-hosting the Soil Health Tent with Minnesota Soil Health Coalition and a whole crew of great partners. We’ll have rainfall demonstrations, cover crop and Kernza plots, live…

Read More

Our Blog

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.

With eyes on 2024, Give to the Max!

By SFA of MN | Nov 13, 2023

This Thursday, November 16 marks Minnesota’s ‘biggest giving holiday.’ Early givers have already rounded up a total of $10,500 for our Give to the Max campaign! TWO Generous donors — one a Minnesota-based family foundation and the other a corporate community fund —  are putting up a $20,000 match. Our lofty goal is to fully match…

Read More

We have a BIG Match!

By SFA of MN | Nov 10, 2023

We have exciting news! TWO Generous donors — one a Minnesota-based family foundation and the other a corporate community fund —  are putting up a $20,000 match for our Give to the Max campaign. Our lofty goal is to fully match these funds, and raise a total of $40,000 for our 2024 programming. Early giving has begun,…

Read More

Annual Conference registration open

By SFA of MN | Oct 24, 2023

Come one, come all! Registration for the 2024 Annual Conference is open. We can’t wait to reconvene with hundreds of you farmers, ag professionals, aspiring growers, homesteaders, and local foods supporters. Join us at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph on Saturday, February 10, 2024. Members can take advantage of a $25 Early Bird discount. Register…

Read More

Urban Roots Farm Tour and Soil Discussion

By SFA of MN | Oct 23, 2023

Twin Cities Metro Growers Network event, September 11, 2023 Writing and photos by Lia Spaniolo, University of Minnesota Extension Educator “Prepping the beds” and “harvesting” are Nana’s and Malachi’s responses when asked about their favorite farming activity on the farm. They both are youth interns who work at Urban Roots, a non-profit organization based on…

Read More

Enchanted Meadows Pasture Walk

By SFA of MN | Oct 20, 2023

Our last pasture walk of the season with Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship will be held Thursday, October 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in La Crescent, Minn. Click here to register. Meet Angie Walter at Enchanted Meadows, an organic, pasture-based dairy in La Crescent. Chad & Melissa Crowley and Art & Jean Thicke milk Ayrshires here on the Mississippi…

Read More

Granite Falls Café Chat

By SFA of MN | Oct 10, 2023

SFA is bringing a café chat to Granite Falls! Join us at Falls Cafe & Canoe on Tuesday, October 24 from 12:00-1:30 PM for lunch and a casual conversation featuring the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program as well as SFA’s popular On-Farm Consulting services. Come to this informal gathering for lunch during the busy harvest season and a chance to have a…

Read More

Midwest Soil Health Summit 2024 Early Bird registration open

By SFA of MN | Oct 3, 2023

Early Birds get the deal! We’ve got some big news… Early Bird registration for the next Midwest Soil Health Summit is open!  Our biggest soil health event of the year will be held at the Courtyard Marriott in Mankato on March 13 & 14, 2024. We’re excited to really dig into our theme: “Managing for Profit with the Soil Health…

Read More

Ag Water Quality Field Days coming to Ogilvie; Parkers Prairie

By SFA of MN | Sep 12, 2023

View two diverse farms, discuss soil health and find out what motivated them to get Ag Water Quality Certified at two field days this September. At each event, the farmers will be on hand to discuss their soil health practices as well as the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program certification process. Fri., Sept. 22 •…

Read More

Adaptive Grazing Management in Drought Discussion Sept. 13 near Spicer

By SFA of MN | Sep 1, 2023

Are you suffering from drought over the past growing season(s)? Has drought forced you to make financial decisions that set your farm and goals back? Join SFA’s Soil Health Lead Jonathan Kilpatrick and Grazing Lead Doug Voss for a free event to discuss livestock management in drought from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 13,…

Read More