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Upcoming Events

Annual Meeting and Breakfast Social

Saturday, March 9, 2024    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Sprout MN
609 13th Ave NE #8, Little Falls, MN 56345

Please join us for our annual meeting at Sprout in Little Falls!

As is tradition, the board will be preparing breakfast for everyone with local food from our farms.

We'll explore ideas for farm field days and socials, hear about a new dinner on the farm concept, and hear about farm nutrient management from local consultant, Glen Borgerding.
We also hope to be able to introduce our new coordinator for the Central Chapter.

Agenda for the day:

  • 8-9:30am: Potluck Breakfast, Socializing and Idea Generation (using flip charts)
  • 9:30-9:45am: Opening comments from Board Chair, Michael Dahlquist, and solicitation for Board member candidates
  • 9:45-10:00am: Amber Aspengren - The Crowded Table
  • 10:00-11:30am: Plenary: Practical Soil Health and Nutrient Management for Organic Farming - Glen Borgerding
  • 11:30-12:00pm: Vote for new board members; Board meeting to follow

We hope to see you there!

Registration requested, walk-ups welcome.

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

Sunday, March 24, 2024    1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Little Elk Organic Farm
207 W 6th St, Randall MN 56475

Michael Dalquist from Little Elk Oranic Farm will be presenting a class where you will be taught the basics of pruning your fruit trees. Pruning is very important for training your tree to grow properly, eliminating unproductive branches, and helping prevent disease. While you're pruning your trees, you may also select scions (twigs of the previous year's growth) to use for grafting later.

This class will mostly be out-of-doors, where you will be shown in person what to be looking for when pruning fruit trees, and even get to do some lopping and clipping yourself.

Note: This involves work with sharp knives and possibly climbing in trees or on ladders. If you bring children along, please be aware of the inherent risks.

$5 adults, or $10 per family
Pre-registration Required.

Topwork grafting workshop

Sunday, May 19, 2024   1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Little Elk Organic Farm
207 W 6th St, Randall MN 56475

Michael Dalquist will be hosting this class on topwork grafting on backyard fruit trees. In this class we will be replacing existing branches on a standing fruit tree with scions from a totally different variety of the same species.

If you have limited space in your yard, this will allow you to effectively grow more cultivars of fruit without planting additional trees. Isn't it fun to think of picking two, five, or ten different types of apples from the same tree?

Note: This involves work with sharp knives and possibly climbing in trees or on ladders. If you bring children along, please be aware of the inherent risks.

What to bring: If you have any of these items, please bring them along if you can:
- bypass shears   - pruning saw
-grafting knife     - stepladder.
If you want to do some topwork on your own trees at home after the class, we will have some supplies on hand that you can purchase.

$5 adults, or $10 per family
Pre-registration Required.

Minnesota Salsa Fest

Saturday, September 21, 2024

Burlington Northern Park: 100 Aldrich Ave SW Wadena, MN 56482

Free to attend! Learn more on our Minnesota Salsa Fest page.

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Chapter Leadership

Chapter Board of Directors

    • Chairperson: Michael Dalquist
    • Co-Chair; State Board Delegate: Tyler Carlson
    • Treasurer: Joe Luetmer
    • Secretary: Jon Thompson
    • Chapter Delegate: Tyler Carlson

    • Michael Salzl
    • Vickie Kettlewell
    • Angie Walter
    • Judy Worm
    • Anthony Adams

Biochar Committee

  • Tyler Carlson, SFA Central Chapter
  • Joe Luetmer, SFA Central Chapter
  • Kyle McClure, SFA Central Chapter
  • Vickie Kettlewell, SFA Central Chapter

Biochar Committee

    • Robert Pennington, Epiphyte Environmental Services
    • Nick Vetsch, MN Composting Council
    • Samantha Hunt, University of Minnesota Intern
Minnesota Salsa Fest

Hosted by SFA's Central Chapter, 2022 Salsa Fest was held in Wadena -- visit the official Salsa Fest webpage HERE.

Central Chapter + SFA Annual Conference

Central member Dayle Reinke shares how her experiences at the SFA Annual Conference over the years encouraged her to grow her family farm and live their dream in this new video.