Supporting farm youth in stress: Dec. 7-10, 8:30 to 9:15 a.m., online. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture presents Monica Kramer McConkey in interactive sessions to help you develop insights and skills to recognize, understand and support farm children and adolescents experiencing stress. It is designed for teachers, coaches, school counselors, school administrators, 4-H leaders, scout leaders, FFA advisers, pastors, youth pastors and youth leaders, social workers, mental health professionals, health care providers, and others who interact with farm youth. Register at minnesota.webex.com/minnesota/k2/j.php?MTID=t6856c0a1d5ae9d615f9f7d804585c153.
Going no-till with your garden: Nov. 18, noon to 1 p.m., online only. Why do we dig? Frequent tilling leads to soil crusting, enhanced erosion, reduced organic matter, degraded soil structure and health. The benefits of tilling a garden are often short-lived and can create more work long term and limit your garden’s potential. We will discuss how to apply the benefits of no-till management to your garden instead. These principles will lead to healthy soil, productive plants, and happy gardeners. Presented by Dr. Joe Storlien, professor of environmental studies at St. John’s University and a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener for Stearns County.
This “Come Grow with Us” class is free, but donations are accepted. Details to log in will be available on the website. For more information, call 320-589-1711.