Dane County Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday through April 14th, 8:00am–noon at the Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin. Breakfast served 8:30am-11:00am. Come and join us where your favorite local farmers offer cheese, veggies, potatoes, apples, meat, bakery, cider, yarn, plants and more! Know where your food and drink comes from and meet the farmers who produce it. Free admission, free music. Each Saturday a savory breakfast is made with local, fresh, scrumptious products for only $6.50. Vegetarian options and children portions are available.

Michael Fields Pre-Season Workshops

  • March 2nd, 9:00am–noon. Apple Orchard Management with Bob Willard, Ela Orchard; 1:30pm–4:30pm. Soft Fruit Production with Dale Secher, Carondale Farm
  • March 8th, 9:00am–noon. Free Range Eggs and Pastured Poultry with Petra Zinniker: 1:30pm–3:30pm. Bees and Bee-Keeping with Dan O’Leary
  • March 9th, 9:00am–noon. Raising Sheep on Pasture with Bob Vandeboom, VDB Organic Farm; 2:30pm–5:00pm. Raising Dairy Goats with Dela Ends, Scotch Hill Farm
  • March 15th , 9:00am–noon. Organic Certification 101 with Harriette Behar, MOSES; 2:00pm–5:00pm. Tractor Safety I
  • March 17th, 10:00am–4:00pm. Maple Syrup Production/Tour Sunny Hill Farm

Designed for interns, beginning farmers, urban farmers, and experienced farmers. Visit www.michaelfieldsaginst.org for details and registration or contact Janet Gamble at jgamble@michaelfieldsaginst.org or call 262-642-3303 x127.

17th annual Marquette Neighborhood Scholarship Chili Dinner

Saturday, March 3rd, 5:30pm at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, 953 Jenifer St. The sumptuous dinner with veggie and meat chili and side dishes provided by neighborhood (and beyond) restaurants will be served starting at 5:30pm. The entertainment, starting at 7:00pm, will be provided by The Dang-Its featuring Tom Waselchuk. All proceeds from the event will fund two Marquette Neighborhood Scholarships given to graduating high school seniors residing in the Marquette neighborhood. There will be a $10 charge for adults and $6 for pre-teens at the door. For more information or to volunteer call 241-7143.

Celebrate Leopold Discovery Day

Saturday, March 3rd, 6:00– 7:30pm at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 300 Femrite Drive in Monona. Nature activities, a Shadow Play of Aldo Leopold’s life and refreshments. Free event. Pre-registration is recommended; call 221-4038 or visit our website at www.naturenet.com/alnc.

Aldo Leopold Nature Center Black Earth Land Steward Work Days

Wednesday, March 7th, 9:00am–12:00pm and 12:00pm–3:00pm; and Saturday, March 10th, 9:00am–12:00pm and 12:00pm–3:00pm. Volunteers are welcome to come to one or both sessions. Activities are seasonally based but focus mainly on land management projects and invasive species removal. Workdays may be cancelled due to inclement weather, or planned activities may be modified. Anyone with an interest in participating should call or email the Nature Center at (608) 221-0495 or amy@naturenet.com.

Still Juicy: Enjoying Sexuality and Intimacy Through and Beyond Menopause Workshop

Thursday, March 8th, 6:30–8:30pm held at A Woman’s Touch, 600 Williamson Street. Join Dr. Myrtle as she explains what goes on in the body during and after menopause, and offers tips and tricks for getting through the transition with a minimum of medical interventions. She’ll also offer strategies for enjoying sex after the transition, and discuss resources and techniques to make sure that you enjoy a long and healthy sex life as long as you wish. Come prepared to ask questions and open your mind to the possibilities that exist as you inhabit this next phase of your life. All women are welcome, and your partner (if you have one) is also welcome to attend. $25 per person, pre-registration is required to hold your space, contact us at awt@chorus.net or 250-1928.

“The Spirit of Community”—All Ages Benefit Variety Show/Silent Auction for the East Madison/Monona Coalition of the Aging

Sunday, March 11th, Silent Auction: 12:00–2:45pm, Show: 1:00–3:30pm at Monona Grove High School Auditorium, 4400 Monona Drive. Headlining is Ken Lonnquist, other musicians, dancers, clowns, and karate demo and police dog demo. Seniors and children 12 and under: $3; adults: $7; families: $10. Tickets available at EMMCA at 4142 Monona Drive, the Monona Senior Center at 1011 Nichols Rd. and the day of show at the high school. Call 223-3100 for more info.

FERMENT—Monthly Local/Sustainable Food & Agriculture Happy Hour

Monday, March 12th, 5:30pm (Second Monday of every month).FERMENT is an informal social gathering dedicated to providing all the good folks involved in local food and sustainable agriculture efforts a place to meet others, cultivate connections and have fun! Please see www.fermentmadison.org for details and location.

Simple Chinese Cooking Class

Tuesday, March 13th, 6:00–8:30pm in the Community Room of Willy Street Co-op. The heart of Chinese cooking is simple - combining everyday ingredients according to their Yin and Yang energies, flavors, textures, and colors. This class teaches you exactly that with healthy, fast, and easy to cook recipes. All supplies included in the course fee - just bring your appetite and a container for any leftovers. Class fee is $30. Please pre-register by sending a check or a money order to: Pu Yong, PO Box 2404, Madison, WI 53701. Make the check or money order payable to: Pu Yong. Please include your name, your current phone number, and your email address on the check. For further information, contact 608-237-1375 or puyong@yahoo.com.

Madison Area CSA Annual Open House

Saturday, March 24th, 1:00–4:00pm at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. An opportunity to learn more about Community Supported Agriculture and meet 20 CSA farmers who will share information about their 2007 CSA membership opportunities. For more information, log on to www.macsac.org or call 226-0300.

Maple Syrup Fest

Sunday, March 25th, 1:00–3:00pm at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 300 Femrite Drive in Monona. Visitors will participate in hands-on activities and see demonstrations of various methods by which Native Americans, pioneers, and people today tap trees for the production of maple syrup and sugar.

Cost is $6 per person or $20 per family ($5/person or $15/family for ALNC members). Pre-registration is recommended; call 221-4038 or visit our website at www.naturenet.com/alnc.

Weston A. Price Foundation—Madison Chapter Meeting

Monday, March 26th, 7:00pm, Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer St. The public is invited. For more info, call Carolyn at 221-8696 or see www.geocities.com/madison_wapf.
Dane County Food Council Planting Seeds for Our Future Conference
Monday, March 26th, 8:30am–4:00pm at the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center. Come together to celebrate local food, network, learn, strengthen collaborations, and sow the seeds for future action. More detailed information is available at www.co.dane.wi.us/foodcouncil or call 266-4540.