Posts Tagged ‘events’

South Dakota Local Foods Conference & GAPs Training Nov. 11-12

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture, Dakota Rural Action, Buy Fresh Buy Local SD, and the SD Cooperative Extension are all teaming up to hold a South Dakota Local Foods Conference, November 11th and 12th at the Huron Events Center in Huron, SD.

Friday break-out sessions include discussions on farmers markets, high tunnels, value-added, food safety, farm to school, and Buy Fresh Buy Local. Saturday focuses on GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) training–good for all producers, but especially important for producers looking to sell to institutions or through distributors.

Contact Alison Kiesz at the SD Dept. of Ag for more information or to register: (605) 626-3272 or


Sally Fallon Morell in Sioux Falls Feb. 18 & 19

Sally Fallon Morell, founder & president of the Weston A. Price Foundation and author of Nourishing Traditions, will be presenting The Oiling of America and a seminar on traditional diets seminar in Sioux Falls, SD on February 18 & 19.

For more information, e-mail or call [corrected number!] (605) 661-8642.

Garden Club Plant Sale this Saturday!

I’ve gotten a couple of requests for information on this great annual event, and this morning received an e-mail from Garden Club President Sandi King:

The Vermillion Garden Club annual plant sale will be held this Saturday, May 9th from 9-11 a.m. at the Clay County Fairgrounds/4-H shelter.

No early sales–bring bags, buckets, or boxes to carry away your plant treasures!

Art of the Earth Event Tonight!

Come on out to the Buffalo Run Winery this evening from 6-9pm for the Art of the Earth event.

There’ll be music, information, and lots of great food (I know–I helped prep some of it yesterday!).  Obviously, there’ll be some locally produced wine, too!  An art auction featuring the works of great local artists will round out the festivities.

Tickets are $10 at the door.  It’ll be a lovely evening to stand out on the patio and view the sunset, so don’t miss it!

Permaculture Institute in Brookings!

What to do this summer…

From: Glacial Lakes Permaculture!

“Well-known Australian permaculturist, Darren Doherty, will be offering a two-week Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course on the campus of South Dakota State University, June 4-17. The intensive, 72-hour course will lead participants through the history, theory, and practical application of Permaculture and culminate in a formal design project of their own making. Successful completion of the course will result in the award of a Permaculture Design Certificate.

Permaculture, which originated in Australia in the 1970s, is a design system for ecological and sustainable living, integrating plants, animals, building, people, and communities. The philosophy behind Permaculture is one of working with, rather than against nature, to meet human needs.

Topics covered during the PDC will include:

History, theory, ethics, and principles of Permaculture
Nature-friendly house placement and design
Keyline Design, Holistic Management® and Carbon Farming
Energy conservation techniques for all climates
Recycling and waste management
Organic food production
Water harvesting, irrigation systems management
Waste water treatment systems
Ecological pest control
Soil rehabilitation and erosion control
Livestock systems
Catastrophe preparedness and prevention
Windbreaks and fire control
Community development
Enterprise development models
GIS/CAD design, project costing and management

Doherty, owner of Australia Felix Permaculture, is a registered teacher with the Permaculture Institute of Australia and has taught on more than 30 PDCs (more than 10 solo) across the world with renowned teachers such as Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, the two co-originators of the Permaculture concept.

Since 1993, Doherty has been a full-time Permaculture designer, involved with the design and development of more than 1,100 properties including apartment balconies to 110,000-acre ranches. He has extensive international experience in Permaculture design and management on four continents and is considered a pioneer in the field of retrofitting broadacre agricultural systems. In addition, Doherty is a qualified Whole Farm Planner (University of Melbourne), Approved Keyline Design Consultant, & Accredited Permaculture Training (APT) Trainer.

Darren’s design experience in Permaculture is wide-ranging. His work on broadacre farm design should be of particular interest to many people interested in converting some or all of their farmland into a Permaculture.

The cost of the 72-hour PDC training is $800 and will include the cost of instruction, as well as twice-daily tea/coffee breaks. As an added bonus, the course includes an evening Permaculture Film Series.

Seven (7) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for those completing the 2-week course.

This Permaculture Design Course is hosted by Glacial Lakes Permaculture Education, a South Dakota non-profit based in Estelline, in collaboration with Project Sustainability at SDSU, the SDSU Sierra Club (student chapter) and the Office of International Affairs.”


Sign up soon–space is limited–this is a really special opportunity for this area!

Volunteers/Artists Needed for Art of the Earth Event

Volunteers and artists are needed for an anti-Hyperion fundraiser event to be held to the Buffalo Run Winery on Friday, April 24th from 6-9pm.

Tickets for the event are $10 and include wine and hors d’eouvres.  There will be poetry, music, informational speakers, and great conversation.  All proceeds go toward the anti-Hyperion movement.

Artists are encouraged to submit their work for both silent and live auctions, with the artist keeping the reserve price they set.

Volunteer opportunities include serving, set-up and clean-up, ticket-taking, making/donating food, and advertising.  Some of these volunteer needs can be fulfilled before the night of the event in case you have other plans or just want to relax and enjoy the event.

Contact Adrienne Lewis at or call (605) 491-2349.

An Evening of Green!