Listening Sessions, Workshops and Training Events

Listening sessions

At the start of this project, we held listening session meetings with established organic farmers and transitioning farmers in our region. They helped the project by providing us with their opinions and giving insights on the problems they faced while transitioning. We have found that these types of meetings can be a great way for farmers to network and to offer the opportunity for transitioning farmers to meet experienced organic farmers in their areas and add to their support system.

Workshops on transitioning topics

Extension educators and other team members will hold workshops on topics relating to transitioning in different cities. Our first series of daylong workshops was held in December 2015.  We covered several topics of interest to transitioning producers including resources during transition, certification, and an introduction to weed management.  Our next set of workshops will include new topics and are scheduled for December, 2016. Information and registration is available here. To get the latest updates, please see How You Can Participate below to sign up for our mailing list.

Intensive training course for transitioning farmers

An in-depth training course on transitioning using the materials we create will be developed and offered at the end of this project. This course will integrate the entirety of the learning materials we develop into a comprehensive class. Stay tuned for more information!

Educational materials for undergraduate students

Our modules and decision case studies are being used in several of the classes at the University of Minnesota. Once completed and evaluated in the classroom, our educational materials will be made available to faculty at other colleges and universities.

How You Can Participate

If you are interested in learning about our project or participating in our project, please contact Connie Carlson ( to be added to our email list for future events associated with our project such as workshops relating to transitioning to organic.