“Feeding the Future” is the theme for the 11th annual Iron Range Earth Fest, and it’s all about continuing to improve local food systems.

There will be free classes on solar energy, sustainable hunting, cold-climate veggie sales and more starting at 6 p.m. April 12, and running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13.

Ag expert Mark Shepherd will deliver a cold-weather gardening presentation on restoration agriculture, and expect to see four-legged friends, Earth-friendly inventions and a silent auction with proceeds headed toward sustainability projects. Also, archery and bubbles.

Admission is free, and events start at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Virginia, and run at different locations along Highway 169 in Mountain Iron. Visit www.irpsmn.org/earthfest for more info.