Events calendar

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
9:30 am ET

Embrace conflict and change: Navigating Conflict & Tough Conversations in Agriculture

Stressful times in agriculture can trigger difficult conversations that many of us dread – whether we’re delivering bad news, are on the receiving end of it, or are helping farmers or farm families make sense of it all.  Fortunately, these situations don’t have to be uncomfortable or unproductive. 

In this series of five engaging 30-minute sessions, you’ll learn tips and strategies for having constructive interactions that can lead to better outcomes for everyone involved. You will also learn precautions to keep yourself safe in highly charged situations. These online sessions are an adaptation of a three-hour workshop we offered in 2019 . Whether the content is new to you or you simply want a refresher, we hope you’ll participate and share the opportunity with colleagues.


Lenders, mediators, farm advocates, agency staff, Farm Business Management and Extension educators, agricultural advisors and business people, farmers, veterinarians, clergy, social service providers, and anyone else who interacts with farmers or agriculture.

DATES:  MondaySeptember 14 – Friday, September 18, 2020

TIME: 8:30-9:00 a.m. each day


COST:  None



Monday - Bring your best self forward

Tuesday - Embrace conflict and change 

Wednesday - Name and frame the conversation 

Thursday - Listen for success

Friday - Be safe: de-escalation and personal safety


  • Reduce personal anxiety and fear about interpersonal conflict.
  • Explore the connection between conflict and change.
  • Understand how self-awareness and group dynamics contribute to successful outcomes.
  • Recognize the importance of using framing and reflecting techniques in discussion.
  • Learn precautions you can take to keep yourself safe at work – both in and outside your office.


Denise Stromme, M.A. is a University of Minnesota Extension educator in the Center for Community Vitality. She has more than 35 years of experience helping adults develop the skills, connections, and confidence they need to realize their goals. Born and raised in Detroit Lakes, Denise has degrees in Education and Intercultural Management which have led her to live and work across the U.S. and abroad. A member of the Minnesota law enforcement community will teach Friday’s session on de-escalation and personal safety.

This workshop is supported by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2018-38640-28416 through the North Central Region SARE program under project number ENC18-170. The MDA and USDA are equal opportunity employers and service providers. The opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this workshop do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event please contact Stephen Moser at 651-201-6012 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 711 as soon as possible.

12:00 pm ET

History, Land Access, and Race

Join Penn State Extension for an upcoming webinar series: Exploring Racial Equity and Access in Our Food System.  The series will cover the many ways that racism and injustice impact farming and food systems in the United States.  Our intention is to listen to and learn from farmers, businesses, organizations, and researchers working to build a just and sustainable food system for all.  Join us for any, or all, of the following panel discussions:  


History, Land Access, and Race: Tuesday, 9/15, 12-1:30pm 

This webinar will examine the impact of structural and systemic racism within the food and agricultural systems on Black and brown farmers in the US.  Our panelists will share their lived experiences with racism in farming and food system work, as well as barriers faced in accessing resources needed to grow and succeed.  



Food Access, Equity, and Farmers Markets: Monday, 9/21, 12-1:30pm 

If you ask, most farmers markets will tell you that the market is for everyone in the community.  Despite this, farmers markets and CSA programs can feel exclusive and inaccessible to members of some communities.  In this webinar, we will explore how farmers markets and community CSA programs can transform food systems by becoming a driving force for equitable food access.   



Financing and Land Access Inequities: Thursday, 10/1, 12-1:30pm 

In this webinar we will examine the history of agricultural land ownership disparities and historical lockouts of financing with private institutions and the USDA.  Panelists will speak on their own experiences with operating a farm project, funding, and financing a farm startup.   



Racism in the Value Chain of Food and Agriculture: Wednesday, 10/7, 12-1:30pm 

In this webinar we explore historical and current inequities in starting-up a food or beverage-based business.  Panelists will speak on their experience in being a BIPOC owner and working, marketing, and selling within industries that are historically white-owned.  


5:30 pm ET

Entrepreneurs & Emergency Food

Get Healthy Philly (GHP) believes that all people should live to their fullest potential in environments that allow them to grow and thrive, and that progress only happens when we treat all people with dignity, care, and respect. As part of its efforts, GHP works toward creating a healthy, sustainable, and fair local food system, or what we call a good food economy. But we know a good food economy cannot exist in a racist system. To realize the health of individuals, the environment, and the economy, we have to dismantle systems of oppression that directly and covertly undermine the health and humanity of people of color, particularly white supremacy’s erosion of the health and self-determination of Black people.

What does it take to build a good food system for all? GHP is going to ask around. In partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Division of Cultural and Civic Engagement, GHP will present 6 conversations between good food leaders around the country and local good food advocates. These inter-city digital dialogues will showcase progress in developing a good food economy through anti-racist strategies, and inspire all of us to envision and work toward an equitable food system.

September 15

Entrepreneurs & Emergency Food

"Pivot" is the word most often used when reporting on food entrepreneurs' response to COVID-19, but what does it take to pivot into better food access and an equitable food future? This dialogue features two professionals coming from different backgrounds, Carly Pourzand of 215 People’s Alliance and Jen Faigel of Boston's CommonWealth Kitchen, now focused on the same questions: how do we fund better food access and livelihoods for those creating that access? How do we address the root issues of discrimination in the food system, and lift up equitable entrepreneurship? And how has COVID-19 forced us to reimagine the intersection between entrepreneurship and food access?

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