Farming

PorkBridge and SowBridge: Jan. 20 is the registration deadline for University of Minnesota Extension distance education programs that begin in early February. The six-session PorkBridge is aimed at those who own, manage or work in swine grow-finish facilities. The 12-session SowBridge is for people involved in managing or caring for sows, and/or their litters, and boars, including operation owners, caretakers, technicians, managers and technical service providers. Online registration at z.umn.edu/PorkBridgeRegistration or z.umn.edu/SowBridgeRegistration.

Multi-generation farm transition planning: Thursday, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25, noon to 1 p.m., free, online. The University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota State system have partnered to offer hands-on farm transition education focused on multi-generation farm businesses. An emphasis of the sessions is how to transfer both the “financial business” and how to transfer the “management and responsibility” of the farm business. The retiring generation and incoming generation should attend the sessions together, including spouses, partners and other relevant parties. The instructors will be Jim Molenaar (Farm Business Management Instructor at St. Cloud Technical and Community College) and Extension educators Megan Roberts and Amber Roberts. Advance registration is required at https://extension.umn.edu/event/multi-generation-farm-transition-planning.

Gardening

Nutritional world of dried edible beans: Jan. 20, noon to 1 p.m., online by the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris. Learn the importance of pulses (dried edible beans) in your daily diet, and why pulses are good for the soil. Discover the wide variety of pulses and how to grow dried peas, beans and lentils in your home garden. Presented by Sara Thronsedt, a gardener for more than 45 years and a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener since 2012. She currently serves on the center's Horticulture Advisory Committee and grows perennials and vegetables and has a half-acre restored native prairie. 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.

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Prairie Yard and Garden screening: 4 p.m. Jan. 14, online screening and discussion with executive producer/director Mike Cihak behind the camera and host Mary Holm. Register on the Pioneer PBS website at pioneer.org.