UM-Extension set to offer land workshop

Do you have the dream of owning acreage in the country? Do you have an existing acreage that is in need of a plan and strategies for the best possible results? The Living on the Land Workshop Series, offered by University of Minnesota Extension, will equip you with the education and resources to be successful.

The eight-week course is designed to arm landowners with agricultural information to enable them to be good stewards of their land. The course will begin with goal-setting and individual property inventory, then address soil, plant, water and animal basics.

The Living on the Land curriculum addresses a growing need for information regarding small acreages. The series incorporates knowledge and experience from a team of instructors to address topics including: what do you have and what do you want, what you can do with your land, protecting water quality, what to do about weeds, lawn and pasture maintenance, getting down and dirty with soils, and caring for and managing your animals. The series also includes a farm tour.

The series will be taught by Extension educators and natural resource professionals at two locations, the closest to Carver County being in Gaylord at the Sibley County Service Center. In Gaylord, the series will be held on Monday evenings from Feb. 4 to March 25. The workshops will run from 6 to 9 p.m. with light meals provided at each session.

Early registration is $175 until Monday, Jan. 28 for the Gaylord location. All registrations received after those dates will be $200. Each registration is valid for up to two people representing a single farm who will share materials. For example, a husband and wife team or two siblings may attend together. Benefits include useful educational publications, an educational farm tour, soil tests, a site visit/consultation from a University of Minnesota Extension educator in your area, as well as the tools to help you succeed with your goals and dreams on your country acreage.

For more information about the series in Gaylord, contact Julie Sievert at (507) 237-4100 or schu0944@umn.edu or Christian Lilienthal at (507) 934-0360 or lili0004@umn.edu. Register now — space is limited at each location. Additional information and the Living on the Land workshop series brochure can be found at z.umn.edu/2013lotl.

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