The Future of Farming in the Age of Climate Change / February 2

Dr. Mark Seeley, former Extension Climatologist and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota (1978-2018)

In recent decades there has been increasing recognition by scientists that the climate is showing several distinct trends or changes quantity and in character. In our own Great Lakes Region there are measurable changes going on.  Among these are: (1) warmer temperatures (with seasonal and diurnal disparity); (2) higher frequency of tropical-like dew points, especially in the summer months; (3) and an overall increase in variability of precipitation and other hydrologic features, as well as a change in the character of extremes. These climate trends are clearly linked to visible consequences in the landscape.   In addition climate models, validated against three independent sets of climate measurements, suggest our climate will continue to change in the directions shown by these recent trends. There are both quantity and character changes in climate that are important for us to understand if we are to adapt effectively, especially in our agricultural practices.


Menu: Global Foods featuring Tahini Scallion Salad, Couscous Salad, Russian Mushroom & Potato Soup, Mongolian Beef, Chicken Kiev, Five Blend Rice, Orzo with Parmesan & Basil, Naan Bread and Tres Leche Cake

Getting Bees Back On Their Own Six Feet / April 6

Dr. Marla Spivak, Distinguished McKnight Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota

Honey bees have remarkable behaviors to maintain colony health, through what is called "social immunity."  Despite this efficient health care system, honey bee health is failing.  I will review the stressors that honey bees, and our diverse native bees, are facing and describe ways we can all help them survive and thrive once again. 


Menu: Hint of Honey featuring French Spring Soup, Spring Salad with Chive Blossom Vinaigrette, Honey Rack of Lamb, Honey Glazed Carrots & Leeks, Honey Roasted Baby Reds and Peach Lassi Sorbet with Crushed Blackberries


Lodging is on-site in our dormitory. If you are interested, you have the option to add this on to your admission ticket when registering. 

Room and Suite Features:     

> Private toilet and shower
> Two side-by-side sinks
> Gear storage cubbies
> Handicap accessible rooms available 
> Linens and towels provided

Additional Dormitory Amenities:

> Climate controlled rooms
> Two large lobby spaces with wood-burning fireplaces
> Lounge with refrigerator, microwave, sink and coffee maker
> Wireless Internet 
> Elevator


Dinner Timeline

We have a new schedule for our dinners this year!