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Sustainable Food Production program now enrolling

The Sustainable Farming Association’s (SFA) Sustainable Food Production (SFP) program is now accepting enrollment for the fall 2014 semester of Farm Skills 101, which covers the hands-on skills for a forage-based livestock producer.

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The class will teach students methods to elevate handiness while building community and competence. All students will also receive a free one-year SFA membership.

Farm Skills 101 consists of around 50 hours of on-farm education in three weekends of learning. These are days in the field, not field days. Participants will need pants, closed-toe shoes, gloves and safety glasses.

Topics include fencing strategies for forage-based livestock systems, compassionate animal husbandry and handling, pasture management and grazing basics, and farm equipment and tools.

Instructors Sue Wika, Ph.D.; Tom Prieve, DVM; and Kent Solberg, MS are all farmer educators. Each possesses both real-world experience and the educational background to provide comprehensive sustainable food production education.

Classes are Fridays, October 3, 10 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, October 4, 11 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at farms near Alexandria.

Pack sack breakfasts and lunches. A Friday local foods supper is included. Housing is available at Faith Haven Camp on Eagle Lake. Free camping is available at the farm site.

To view payment information and enroll, visit

To learn more or view a more detailed curriculum, visit the SFP Program homepage at or contact Wika at