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Natural Awakenings Twin Cities

Cultivating the Wisdom of the Community

The Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) annual conference, Minnesota’s farmer networking showcase, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., February 13, at the Gorecki Center at the College of Saint Benedict, in St. Joseph. This year’s theme is Cultivating the Wisdom of the Community.

Included in the day’s itinerary are workshops, seed swap, exhibitors, speakers, children’s activities and more. Topics of the breakout sessions include Beyond the Farmer’s Market, Homemade with Honey, How to Grow Fruits in the Northern Climate and many more.

The seed swap will be from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the lobby at the center; bring seeds to trade and techniques to share with other growers from around the region.

The venue at St. Ben’s will be familiar, centrally located and easily accessible. Lunch is not included with registration; instead, participants will enjoy a lengthy break, eat at St. Ben’s, walk to one of the local foods restaurants in St. Joe or bring a sack lunch. The idea is to allow people the freedom to network at their own pace and to take advantage of the quaint surroundings.

Budding Farmers Kids Program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. Admission for children ages 3 to 12 is just $10 and includes fun and educational programming from Budding Farmers. Children will rejoin their parents for lunch.

The SFA supports the development and enhancement of sustainable farming systems through farmer-to-farmer networking, innovation, demonstration and education.

Cost: $55/members; $65/non-members. Location: 27 Minnesota St. W., St. Joseph. For more information, visit

Read the full June 2020 Magazine