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Summer Field Days planned in North Dakota, South Dakota

Northern Plains Sustainable Ag is holding Summer Field Days throughout North Dakota and South Dakota.

Prairie Road Organic Farm near Fullerton, N.D., will host a field day on Aug. 2. The farm is run by the Podoll family and has been certified organic since 1977. They produce a variety of small grains and certified organic vegetable seed.

Glen Philbrick of Hiddendale Farm will host the final field day on Aug. 9 near Turtle Lake, N.D. Visitors will see quinoa, amaranth, hulless oats, several vegetable varieties and various tomato and pepper variety trials.

For more information, visit Fees may apply.

TV personality to host science boot camp for educators

Science teacher, author, toy designer and Emmy award-winning TV personality Steve Spangler is leading a hands-on science boot camp Aug. 14 in Fargo for teachers, Extension Service staff and other educators.

The program is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Great Plains Room at North Dakota State University’s Memorial Union. The NDSU Center for 4-H Youth Development is hosting the event.

Spangler turns ordinary science experiments into unforgettable learning experiences. His now-famous Mentos Geyser Experiment became an Internet sensation in 2005 and spawned more than 1,000 related exploding-soda videos.

The registration fee for the boot camp is $65, which includes a $40 take-home kit filled with science materials and an activity guide. The registration deadline is July 22.

Participants can receive one 600-level professional development credit from NDSU Distance and Continuing Education for an additional $60 to be paid the day of the event) or 1.5 continuing education credits for an additional $10 to be paid the day of the event.

For more information, contact Linda Hauge, NDSU Extension youth development specialist, at (701) 231-7964 or or visit Go to to register.

Conference to feature celebrity designer, best-selling author

Celebrity designer Taniya Nayak and best-selling author Julie Powell will be here in September for the 3rd annual WILD (Women in Leadership Development) Conference.

Nayak hosts HGTV’s “House Hunters on Vacation” and the Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible.” She will share center stage Sept. 18, with Powell, who wrote the book, “Julie & Julia,” which was later turned into a movie. Powell cooked all 524 recipes of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year and then wrote about her experience.

The conference, put on by the North Dakota Farmers Union, will be held Sept. 17 and 18. The event’s theme is “It’s a Flippin’ Good Life.” The conference goal is to focus on the inner and outer core of women, said Chelsey Thronson, Farmers Union staff member and conference leader.

“We hope this conference will provide the inspiration that women need to make a flip in their lives for the good,” she said.

The conference kicks off Sept. 17 with a Ladies Night celebration. Participants are encouraged to bring a gently-used business attire item to donate to Dress for Success, which helps promote economic independence for disadvantaged women.

The conference costs $99 to attend and is open to all women. Register online at

The first 150 women to register will be entered into a random drawing for three personal makeovers from the Jamestown-based Layered salon and virtual room design tips from Nayak.

For more information, contact Jennifer Sundeen at (800) 366-8331 ext. 107 The conference is also on Twitter #WILD14 or Facebook/NDFUWild.

The North Dakota Farmers Union, Dress for Success Red River Valley of the Upper Midwest, Layered salon and Farmers Union Insurance are sponsoring the conference.