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Sustainable Agriculture Speaker Series in Winona this fall

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Explore Sustainable Agriculture in Winona this fall

Renowned author Mark Shepard will speak on campus on September 20

Mark ShepardUpdate: These events are FREE for students! Just present your student ID at the door.  

This fall, the Sustainable Agriculture Speaker Series at Minnesota State College Southeast will offer a chance to meet several inspiring individuals who are challenging conventional food and farming systems with alternatives that are socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable. Four exciting speakers will come to the college's Winona campus on select Thursday evenings to share their insights into this important field. 

The common thread among the speakers is a shared value system based upon community, economic security, and environmental protection. The first speaker will be Mark Shepard on September 20. He has graciously offered to come to Winona to show his support for Sustainable Agriculture at Minnesota State College Southeast.

Sustainable Agriculture Speaker Series
5-6 pm Social Hour, 6-7 pm Speaker Presentation
MSC Southeast Winona Campus
1250 Homer Road, Winona, MN
Cost: $15 per meeting; $50 for the series of all four meetings
Register online or call 507-453-2740

Speakers:

  • September 20 - Mark Shepard, author: Restoration Agriculture: Real World Permaculture for Farmers
  • October 25 - Jim Riddle, Blue Fruit Farm: The past, present, and future of agriculture in the Winona area
  • November 15 - Norm Erickson, Hazelnut Valley Farm LLC: Growing hazelnuts in Minnesota as a sustainable, environmentally friendly crop
  • December 13 - Bruno Borsari and Liz Micheel: Introducing the new Sustainable Agriculture program at MSC Southeast

A sought-after speaker both nationally and internationally, Mark Shepard is the renowned author of Restoration Agriculture: Real World Permaculture for Farmers. He is also the CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises LLC and founder of Restoration Agriculture Development, Inc. He runs New Forest Farm, a 106-acre perennial agricultural savanna considered by many to be one of the most ambitious sustainable agriculture projects in the United States. 

In addition to speaking on Thursday evening, September 20, Mark will present a workshop on local permaculture design concepts on September 21. Registration is limited for the Permaculture Workshop and the cost is separate from the Speaker Series. For more information about the workshop, please contact Liz Micheel at 507-458-4829 or emicheel@southeastmn.edu. 


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