GrazeFest - Learn about sustainable livestock production, collect recipes for grass-fed meat, and even get a sample or two at the Mill City Farmers Market as it hosts this Sustainable Farming Association project within the regular market. June 7, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Mill City Farmers Market/Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis
Books and Bees - Get your copy of Keeping the Bees signed by author and melittologist Laurence Packer and hear his rollicking tales of tracking bees as well as his concern over the disappearing bee population. He's got suggestions about how to keep them here and is supported by the event's hosts and local apiary activists, the Beez Kneez. After the talk, Dr. Marla Spivak from the U of MN Bee Squad has a special local announcement to make. June 7, 7 p.m., The Beez Kneez Honey House, 2204 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis
">Farm Dreams - Fantasizing about escaping the rat race and starting your own sustainable farm? The Land Stewardship Project's four-hour workshop will give you the skinny on what it takes to make that dream a reality. June 22, 1 - 5 p.m. Gale Woods Farm, 7210 County Rd. 110 W., Minnestrista
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Lakewinds Food Co-op in Richfield - The last weekend of the month brings the south suburbs a new shopping alternative with the opening of the organization's third store, which will have a Peace Coffee bar, Kombucha on tap from Verdant Tea, raw juice, a butchery with local, grass-fed meats, and many other fun features. Opening weekend promises bites of house-made and locally created products including items from Lucia Watson's new line of packaged foods. June 28-29, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. 6420 Lyndale Ave. S., Richfield
Green Dating, anyone?
Weed Dating at Sandbox Farm - If you are sustainable and ready to mingle, this is your jam. Here's a chance to meet a bunch of like-minded folks while you weed rows of crops on a lovely summer evening. As the Eventbrite says, "Come dressed to get dirty!" June 16, 6 - 8 p.m. Sandbox Farm, 16501 Buchanan St. NE, Ham Lake