Community Events

This is a curated list of events happening in Minnesota relevant to our ecosystem. If you have an upcoming event, share it with us.


2nd Tuesday of Each Month | Midwest Pantry Meetups

Midwest Pantry meetups and networking happy hours are free, informal professional events that encourage bold thinking and practical solutions to solve business problems.

Morning meetups: 2nd Tuesday of each month 7:30-9:00am 

Entrepreneur Happy Hours: 3rd Monday each month 7:00-9:00pm


April 21-23 | WCR National Conference 2018

Join us at the WCR National Conference for a conversation between Renske Lynde, Director of Food System 6 and our own Lauren Pradhan on entrepreneurs and innovators in food and ag and the ecosystems developing to support their success. They  will provide a national and local perspective and ways the WCRC membership can engage. Read about the conference here.


April 24 | 4th Annual Aquaponics Symposium

The Center for Animal Health and Food Safety invites you to the 4th annual Minnesota Aquaponics Symposium, featuring talks from experts, a primer for aquaponics beginners, a poster session, and panel discussion Q&A with industry leaders. 


May 15 | Applications Due For FEAST! Smart Start Grant

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), in partnership with the FEAST! Local Food Network, is accepting applications for the new FEAST! Smart Start Grant program. Up to foru applicants will receive a total of up to $10,000 each to support individual farm and food entrepreneurs in their community through a defined, structured technical assistance and customized coaching process.


May 21-22 | Food Defense Training

As the food system is becoming ever more global, companies need to be prepared to protect not only their products but also their reputation. The Food Protection and Defense Institute will be hosting a 2-day Food Defense Certification Training Course on May 21 & 22, 2018 that will teach food industry professionals how to navigate basic food defense principles, recognize vulnerabilities, and create a tailored food defense plans.


August 9 | Cottage food producer food safety training

This advanced course focuses on food safety practices for all processes covered under the cottage food law including drying, baking, confections, jams and jellies, acid and acidified fruit and vegetables and fermentation. You will learn how to produce, package, label, store and transport a safe food product. If you want to see if your product is as an allowable non-potentially hazardous food, then you can bring it along to the class and have it tested.