Signature Events

Our annual flagship events are farmer-led and draw people from all over the state.

Regardless of membership, folks flock to our Annual Conference and Midwest Soil Health Summit for networking and education. Several regional SFA chapters also host vibrant local festivals in the summer and fall: Sowing Seeds, Garlic Festival, Salsa Fest, Deep Roots Festival, and Harvest Festival. Scroll down to see what's cookin' this year, or visit our Event Calendar.

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Sowing Seeds

Together let’s plant the seeds of a more sustainable and resilient future!

A fun and memorable afternoon that is all about celebrating local foods and rediscovering traditional self-sufficiency skills.

Sunday, July 14, 2024
Madelia, MN

MN Garlic Festival

Garlic Festival

Minnesota Garlic Festival is the premier event for lovers of garlic, great local foods and good times! Family friendly, fun filled and fragrant, this festival features fantastic foods, celebrity chefs, marvelous music, area artisans, goofy games…and lots of GARLIC.

Saturday, August 10, 2024
Hutchinson, MN

Harvest Fest

Harvest Festival

A family-oriented event featuring a huge farmers market, live music all day, renewable Energy Fair, nonprofit exhibitors tent, educational demonstrations, chicken poo bingo, and much more!

Saturday, September 7, 2024
Duluth, MN

Deep Roots Festival

Deep Roots Festival

The Lake Agassiz Chapter invites the community to celebrate the growing season in early fall! Farm tours, hands-on food workshops, kids activities, live music, locally-sourced meals and beverages, and a farmers market.

Saturday, September 14, 2024
Frazee. MN


Salsa Fest

Minnesota Salsa Fest is central Minnesota's "hottest" autumn harvest festival! This free public event celebrates the harvest of fresh, locally-grown produce with the spicy taste of salsa in all its wonderful variations of flavors and ingredients.

Saturday, September 21, 2024
Wadena, MN


Annual Conference

Featuring topics largely requested by our members, the SFA Annual Conference is a showcase of the wisdom of the Minnesota sustainable ag community. Tickets usually sell out, with a few hundred of farmers, ag professionals, aspiring growers, homesteaders, and local foods supporters in attendance. It is known for its warm and welcoming environment, enjoyed by emerging and seasoned farmers alike.

Saturday, February 8, 2025
College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph


Midwest Grazing & Soil Health Summit

The Summit is the longest-running soil health event in Minnesota, and our largest of the year. Drawing together local and national experts with attendees for education, discussion and networking, this event is especially popular among farmers, ranchers, and ag resource professionals. All are welcome to attend to connect and learn together.

2025 dates to be announced soon.