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Understanding Irrigation Systems and Technology for Pecans

August 27, 2019
Ardmore, Oklahoma
This free, half-day course from the Noble Research Institute will allow you to gain a better understanding of different irrigation systems and the technologies you can use to develop irrigation scheduling. With the extreme environmental swings that we are experiencing, irrigation is critical for maximizing production and profitability in pecans.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Organic Certification Cost Share Program: A Webinar for Farmers Market Managers

August 27, 2019
Online
Join the CCOF Foundation and the California Alliance of Farmers' Markets for a free webinar that highlights the benefits of the USDA Organic Certification Cost Share Program, as well as reviews what organic farmers in California need to do to apply. The training will be led by long-time organic farmer and inspector Jamie Collins of Serendipity Farms.
In: Online

 

Virginia State University Ag Fest Field Day

August 28, 2019
Petersburg, Virginia
Virginia State University College of Agriculture hosts AgFest, showcasing the diversity, complexity, and challenges of Virginia's agriculture industry and the innovative solutions VSU's agricultural researchers, Cooperative Extension specialists, and teaching faculty have developed to ensure the industry's growth and safety. Topics will include aquaculture, goat and sheep management, niche crops (like hops, hemp, berries, ginger and turmeric), sustainable and urban agriculture, and high tunnel production.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Soil Regen Forum

August 28-29, 2019
Belton, Texas
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research present the Soil Regen Forum, a unique opportunity to learn first-hand from leading farmers, ranchers, and scientists with extensive personal experience in soil health and regenerative agriculture. Registration includes two days of presentations and discussions.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Grazing Cover Crops for Soil Health

August 28, 2019
Richmond, Missouri
The Pasture Project is offering a series of three free full-day workshops on grazing cover crops with Dr. Allen Williams and host farms. Each workshop will include a classroom portion on the principles of grazing cover crops and a pasture walk with producers sharing their successes and challenges with the practice. Topics include principles of soil health, how to design cover crop mixes, nutrient management, and considerations for grazing cattle on cover crops.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Organic Dairy Series: Dairy & Forage Production and Nutrient Management

August 28, 2019
Highgate, Vermont
This free event is part of the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program's organic dairy series. Join UVM Extension Agronomist Heather Darby; Sarah Flack, Livestock Production Consultant; and host Guy Choiniere for a farm tour and discussion on grass-fed dairy production, soil fertility and nutrient management, forage production and quality, and much more. The Choinieres' farm is grass-fed and emphasizes the importance of supporting forage and animal productivity and quality through managing soil fertility and health.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Chestnut Agroforestry in the Northeast: Implementation Strategies, Economics and Remaining Challenges

August 28, 2019
Online
The Agroforestry in Action webinar series continues with this session featuring Jono Neiger and Russell Wallack of Regenerative Design Group and Terra Genesis International.
In: Online

 

Boost Your Email Newsletter Open Rates

August 28, 2019
Online
Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture continues its Wednesday Webinars series with this session. Learn a few simple strategies to increase your chances of someone opening your e-newsletter instead of clicking the dreaded "delete" button.
In: Online

 

Growing Christmas Trees for Winter Income

August 28, 2019
Boyertown, Pennsylvania
During this PASA farm tour, Marlo Weidenbaugh from Mar-Jo Farm will describe different tree types, desirable growing conditions, tree diseases and pests, and general tree maintenance. He'll also review marketing outlets for Christmas trees and managing on-farm sales.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Companion Cropping Demonstration Field Day

August 29, 2019
Osage City, Kansas
No-till on the Plains is hosting a free soil health field day at Thompson Farms. Through a grant from the North Central Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE), four producers across Kansas have planted demonstrations plots of grain sorghum with companion species (mung beans, guar, flax, mustards, buckwheat). The plots are designed to assess whether the companion plantings can reduce the need for herbicides and pesticides to protect the sorghum crop.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Dry Bean Field Day

August 30, 2019
Lachine, Michigan
The northern lower Michigan dry bean field day, hosted in cooperation with ADM Edible Bean of Auburn, Michigan, will highlight dry bean research across the state, including a white mold fungicide trial conducted locally. Pest management and market updates will be discussed as well with MSU Extension, ADM Edible Bean and the Michigan Bean Commission.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

So You Want To Grow Pecans

September 3, 2019
Ardmore, Oklahoma
Join Noble Research Institute horticulturists for a free evening event as they review the various production and management practices required for successful pecan production. At the end of this seminar, you will have a basic understanding of the various practices used in pecan production. Pecan culture presents unique management challenges due to factors including tree size, nutrient and water requirements, and the need for specialized equipment.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Soil Health School

September 4-6, 2019
Salem, South Dakota
S.D. Soil Health Coalition Soil Health School is designed for agriculture producers and others interested in managing their soils for resiliency and profit. Soil Health School brings together soil health experts, experienced producers and those new to soil health, to discuss tried and true management practices. Topics will include holistic management, cover crops, soil assessment and monitoring, soil biology and beneficial insects, fencing and watering systems, and more.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Seven Habits for Effective Farmers Webinar Series: Goal Setting and Marketing

September 4, 2019
Online
This session presented by Megan Leffew of the Center for Profitable Agriculture is part of the free webinar series presented by the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture.
In: Online

 

A New Pest: The Spotted Lanternfly

September 4, 2019
Online
This free, one-hour webinar from Southern Regional Extension Forestry will cover the biology, identification and management of the spotted lanternfly in the southeastern United States. This insect has the potential to greatly impact agricultural crops such as grapes, hops, and hardwoods. It is also reducing the quality of life for people living in heavily infested areas. This webinar will instruct homeowners on what they can do to help slow the spread of this invasive pest, and how to report sightings of spotted lanternfly outside of the quarantine.
In: Online

 

Cover Cropping Workshop

September 4, 2019
Cold Spring, New York
At this afternoon workshop at Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming, participants will learn about the different types of seasonally appropriate cover crops, how to fit cover crops into crop rotations, and how cover crops can support beneficial insect populations.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Cornell Specialty Mushroom Project Webinar

September 4, 2019
Online
The Cornell Small Farms Program's project focused on specialty mushroom farming enterprises is holding a free monthly webinar series highlighting the latest research and stories from experienced growers around the region.
In: Online

 

Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts

September 5, 2019
Barnesville, Minnesota
Dirt Rich offers a chance to dig deeper into soil health opportunities, challenges, and monitoring with soil health experts. This field day will begin at the Dave & Will Grommesh Farm; a bus will take attendees to view additional sites including Ryan & Michael Hough's farm. Topics include soil pit discussion, grazing full-season cover crops, no-till, perennial pasture management, and interseeded cover crop in cash crop.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Organic Field Crop Production Field Day at Ramerview Holstein

September 5, 2019
New Paris, Indiana
Purdue Extension is hosting an organic agriculture program series focused on transitional strategy, crop rotation, nutrient management, weed management, and markets targeted for organic, transitional, and conventional farmers, agriculture professionals, and landowners. The Ramer family manages a certified organic dairy, producing organic milk for Organic Valley. The Ramers raise corn, soybeans, wheat, spelt, oats, and hay, along with a diverse mix of cover crops in the crop rotation. They have expanded crop acreage in recent years with grain going to the dairy and being sold to local organic grain buyers. Participants will learn about their cropping system and visit corn hybrid variety plots that incorporate a fertility trial.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

State & Federal Agriculture Delivery of Technical and Financial Assistance Conference for Producers and Landowners

September 5, 2019
Summit, Mississippi
Alcorn State University Extension Program in partnership with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and The South Mississippi Grazing Land Coalition will host an informational outreach conference designed to inform existing, new, and beginning agricultural producers of the availability of State and Federal Agriculture programs designed to make family farms more profitable and sustainable. Pre-registration is required by August 28, 2019, by calling 601-833-9321 Ext. 3
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Pasture Management & Annuals for Summer Grazing

September 5, 2019
Cornwall, Vermont
NOFA Vermont presents a pasture walk focusing on forage quality and soil health. The mid-day event takes place at The Severy's Dairy Farm, where, joined by grazing consultant Sarah Flack, they will share their approach to incorporating annual species into their summer grazing system and how that has increased the resiliency of their pastures.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Organic Growers School Harvest Conference

September 6-7, 2019
Swannanoa, North Carolina
The Organic Growers School Harvest Conference offers affordable classes on organic growing and sustainable living. The September 2019 conference features eight stand-alone, one-day workshops taught by outstanding guest speakers. Topics include Wild Foods, Medicine Making, Hemp Farming, and Forest Farming.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Industrial Hemp Production Field Day

September 6, 2019
East Troy, Wisconsin
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute presents this Industrial Hemp Production Field Day.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Pawpaw Production and Marketing Workshop

September 6, 2019
Petersburg, Virginia
Virginia State University hosts this day-long Pawpaw Production and Marketing Workshop. Mr. Neal Peterson, the nationally known pawpaw plant breeder, will be the keynote speaker, presenting on basic pawpaw production. He will be joined by additional speakers who will share their experiences growing this tasty fruit.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Farm Fundamentals Workshop

September 7, 2019
Collins, Mississippi
Alcorn University, NCAT, and the Covington County Self-Help Project present a free, day-long beginning farmer workshop. Topics will include livestock vaccination protocols, integrated pest management, measuring profitability, marketing, biosecurity issues, and farm policy updates. This workshop is the fifth in a series of workshops titled "Farm Management Educational Program for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers." Lunch will be provided, and registration is required.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Whatcom Farm Tour Weekend

September 7-8, 2019
Whatcom County, Washington
See, taste, feel, and learn hands-on what goes into local food production. Meet unique Whatcom County farms and experience the passion and care that goes into producing local food. At this free, family-friendly, self-guided tour, start anywhere you like and make an itinerary that works for you. Information on participating farms is available online.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Soil Health Journey Bus Tour

September 7, 2019
Ellendale, Minnesota
Freeborn Area Soil Health Team presents a free coach bus tour showcasing three different experience levels of farmers improving their soil health by using reduced tillage and cover crops. Discussion will include the economics of management, pros and cons of change, equipment modifications, nutrient management, and soil health demonstrations.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Harvest Festival

September 7, 2019
Duluth, Minnesota
For 26 years, the Lake Superior Chapter of Sustainable Farming Association has put on this free Harvest Festival, connecting producers and consumers. Located in Bayfront Festival Park, Harvest Festival features one of the best and largest farmers markets in the region, along with live music, crafts, nonprofit showcase, educational exhibits, family activities and more.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Silverwood Park Alley Cropping Field Day

September 7, 2019
Edgerton, Wisconsin
Silverwood Park and the Savanna Institute host a free afternoon field day that includes a general introduction to alley cropping by the Savanna Institute, an overview of the vision for the whole property by the Friends of Silverwood, and a representative of Doudlah Farms discussing their experience in this first growing season with the process. There will also be a site tour and discussion of successes and challenges encountered, particularly focused on designing the planting plan and managing the trees during the first growing season.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

How Not to Start a Goat Dairy: Lessons Learned & Models for Success From a Veteran, Female Farmer

September 9, 2019
Olympia, Washington
At this Tilth Alliance afternoon Farm Walk, join farmers Rachael Taylor-Tuller and Matthew Tuller of Lost Peacock Creamery as they share their story of how they came to be farmers, why they landed on a goat dairy, and how they are working to create a sustainable business model, while sharing some of the harsh and humorous lessons they've learned along the way.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Fall Kentucky Grazing School

September 10-11, 2019
Versailles, Kentucky
The Fall Kentucky Grazing School offers an opportunity for new and experienced graziers to learn valuable grazing methods, with the goal of extending the grazing season and minimizing stored feed. Topics include rotational grazing, temporary fencing, portable/seasonal water systems, rejuvenating run-down pastures, and economics of grazing.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

National Conference for Outreach and Agriculture Development

September 10-11, 2019
Richmond, Virginia
Virginia State University's Small Farm Outreach Program, in partnership with Minority Outreach Network and USDA, will host the first National Conference for Outreach and Agriculture Development. Outreach Professionals who lead or conduct activities to support farmers and agricultural production through non-governmental organizations (NGOs), grass roots organizations (GROs), schools, universities, and state and federal organizations are encouraged to attend. Participants will learn ways to grow and strengthen their programs in expert educational sessions and panel discussions on the most important emerging issues for agriculture-related outreach.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Soil Health Field Day

September 10, 2019
Almena, Kansas
Join No-till on the Plains, Colorado Conservation Tillage Association, the Nature Conservancy of Kansas, the Kansas Rural Center, the Kansas Watershed Restoration and Protection program and Thompson Farms at a soil health field day. Speakers include farm co-owner Michael Thompson, Trego county producer Brice Custer, and Nebraska farmer/stockman Jake Miller. There will be a field tour of crops and cover crops, and topics will include livestock integration, water infiltration, soils demonstrations, and soil health economics.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Veterans in Ag: High Tunnel Workshop II

September 10, 2019
Honeoye Falls, New York
The Cornell Small Farms Program project Farm OPS is providing series of training workshops throughout 2019 for veterans interested in agriculture. Veterans interested in these programs must be enrolled at a VA facility in NYS (VISN2 area). At this event, tour EquiCenter's new high tunnel and share in learned lessons from construction to planting. Look at crops on hand and discuss sustainable fertility as well as pest ID and scouting. Bring your questions on growing vegetables in protected settings. The topics covered will include site prep and construction, soil types, management and fertility in high tunnels, crops to grow in cool and cold seasons, and high tunnel cover crop considerations such as timing and species benefits.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Aspen Farm Silvopasture Field Day

September 10, 2019
Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin
The Savanna Institute and Kickapoo Grazing Initiative present this Aspen Farm Silvopasture Field Day. Host Mike Lind will discuss silvopasture management progress since 2017 and soil improvement and fertility issues.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

The Start-Up Farm: Year 4

September 10, 2019
New Kensington, Pennsylvania
PASA is presenting this afternoon CRAFT workshop at Old Tin Roof Farm, where second-career farmers Steve and Olga Nonn will share their farming journey during their first four years of operation, including how they've dealt with challenges like growing on sloped terrain and how they've worked to scale up production.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Introduction to Integrity Beef

September 10, 2019
Ardmore, Oklahoma
At this free evening event, connect with Noble Research Institute consultants and Integrity Beef Alliance members to learn more about the Integrity Beef Alliance terminal calf program and replacement heifer development program. You will learn about membership benefits and advantages of being associated with a regionally and nationally recognized marketing program.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Seed Saving: Understanding the Importance of Biodiversity

September 10, 2019
Butte, Montana
This free afternoon workshop is presented by NCAT's Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training project. Learn the basics of seed saving and the importance of biodiversity. Learn what you can save, how you can save it, and what to avoid when growing plants for seed. Presenters will also discuss seed libraries and how you can help share seeds for common use.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Organic Confluences Conference

September 11, 2019
Baltimore, Maryland
The Organic Center's annual Organic Confluences Conference, addresses issues at the intersection of research and policy for the organic community. This year's conference will focus on mitigating and adapting to climate change. It will bring together scientific experts, farmers, policy makers, and organic stakeholders to address the current impacts of climate change and best practices within the organic sector for mitigation and adaptation, while examining methods for encouraging the adoption of strategies for fighting climate change. The Conference format will include case studies, panel presentations, roundtable talks, and break-out discussion sessions.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Guiding Minnesota Farmers to Legal Resilience

September 11, 2019
St. Paul, Minnesota
Farm Commons offers a day-long workshop for agricultural service providers that covers six core legal subject areas, including business structures, land purchasing and leasing, insurance and liability, employment law, and agritourism and adding value. Presenters highlight core "action steps" or legal best management practices that advisors should recommend to help farmers reduce risk.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Prescribed Grazing Plan Workshop

September 11-12, 2019
Anna, Illinois
The Pasture Project presents a free, two-day workshop for land managers and technical service providers who want to learn more about the benefits of using grazing as a land management tool. The training will provide technical training on the science and decision-making for planning and implementing successful prescribed grazing.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Introduction to CBD Hemp Production

September 11, 2019
Barto, Pennsylvania
PASA presents this CRAFT workshop at Wild Fox Farm & Provisions. During this free afternoon farm tour, Wild Fox farmer Ben Davies will discuss the opportunities hemp production provides to farmers, even at small scales. Ben will talk about entering the hemp market, agronomic aspects of growing the crop, and lessons learned after his second year of production. He'll also provide a brief overview of seed sourcing and propagation; growing, harvesting, and processing techniques; and marketing.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Southwest Research Center Field Day

September 12, 2019
Mt. Vernon, Missouri
The University of Missouri's Southwest Research Center presents its annual field day.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Heritage Poultry

September 12, 2019
Charlotte Court House, Virginia
Brent Wills, President of Virginia Association for Biological Farming, will present this free workshop hosted by VSU Small Farm Outreach Program. The workshop will provide comprehensive information for farmers who are currently raising poultry or considering starting a heritage breed poultry enterprise. Learn the definition and types of heritage breeds and more about the advantages and disadvantages of raising heritage breeds. Wills will also provide a comparison of commercial, heritage breed and hybrid poultry for meat production and discuss poultry profits to explore the potential financial advantages of raising heritage breeds for meat or eggs. Niche marketing strategies for heritage breed poultry will be discussed as well as how you can improve soil with a poultry operation.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Guiding Wisconsin Farmers to Legal Resilience

September 13, 2019
Madison, Wisconsin
Farm Commons offers a day-long workshop for agricultural service providers that covers six core legal subject areas, including business structures, land purchasing and leasing, insurance and liability, employment law, and agritourism and adding value. Presenters highlight core "action steps" or legal best management practices that advisors should recommend to help farmers reduce risk.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Mother Earth News Fair

September 13-15, 2019
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania
This Mother Earth News Fair features expert speakers on organic gardening, modern homesteading, real food, and natural building, as well as a wide range of workshops and a marketplace featuring exhibitors offering related products.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

CBD Hemp Field Day

September 13, 2019
Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
This CBD hemp field day, organized by West Star Organics, Circadian Organics, UW-Madison Horticulture, and Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, will focus on the harvesting, processing, and markets of CBD hemp. Included in the afternoon will be a panel discussion led by experienced producers, tour of an ongoing fertility trial, harvest demonstration, as well as a panel discussing markets with retailers, extractors, and those involved in the process.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Harvest Tour

September 14, 2019
St. Lawrence County, New York
Celebrate the bounty of St. Lawrence County and support local farmers. The Harvest Tour is a free, family-friendly event that will offer a behind-the-scenes look at a dozen of the region's talented local food producers. Each farm will offer product sales, as well as demonstrations, animal interaction, tours, product samples, and more.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Pittsburgh Urban Farm Tour

September 14, 2019
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Pittsburgh Urban Farm Tour highlights the agricultural potential in the urban areas of Pittsburgh and surrounding neighborhoods. This self-guided tour of small commercial farms, community gardens, and apiaries provides a unique opportunity to connect with local food, farmers, and the promise that sustainable agriculture holds for the future.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Mixed Vegetables, Hay, and Hops Farm Tour

September 14, 2019
Hillsboro, Ohio
This event is part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. The Wilson Family Farm is a multi-generational, conventional farm that raises beef cattle, corn, soybeans, and hay. Brady and Amanda moved back to the farm and started Old Dutch Hops, where they produce pasture-raised poultry, lamb, and beef, grow a small amount of organic vegetables and hops, and make maple syrup. Amanda and Brady will discuss the difficulties and pleasures of trying to make a full-time living on a small, diversified family farm.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Research to Action: The Science of Drawdown

September 16-18, 2019
State College, Pennsylvania
Project Drawdown is partnering with Penn State to hold the first international conference on Drawdown—Research to Action: The Science of Drawdown. Join leading scientific experts and researchers from around the world in a critical discussion about the most innovative and promising climate change solutions and upcoming research. This conference aims to connect international partners and research institutions. The three-day conference will focus on analysis and peer review of the portfolio of over 100 individual solutions, discuss synergies and interactions among sectors and evaluate implementation pathways including successful examples from around the world.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Agroforestry in the Pacific Northwest Workshop

September 17-19, 2019
Spokane, Washington
Washington State University, Oregon State University, and USDA Forest Service, National Agroforestry Center present this agroforestry workshop for technical assistance providers, extension staff, and anyone else who works with farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to promote agroforestry in the Pacific Northwest. The workshop on the first day will be followed by an agroforestry tour the second day and an optional training on how to become a technical service provider on the third day.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Grazing Field Days Series

September 17, 2019
St. Charles, Minnesota
Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) and Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship are hosting a series of grazing field days, all of which include paddock viewing, grazing tours, and farmer discussion. Other graziers or anyone interested in dairy farming and/or grazing are welcome. These events are free and include lunch. This event visits the Arlene Hershey farm.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Demonstrating Pecan Orchard Floor Management

September 17, 2019
Madill, Oklahoma
Join the Noble Research Institute at McMillan Farm to see the common equipment used to prepare a pecan orchard floor and the crop management practices you can use to cover your orchard floor without decreasing harvest efficiency. This afternoon event is free.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Establishing Pollinator Habitat at Scattergood Friends School Farm

September 17, 2019
West Branch, Iowa
At this Practical Farmers of Iowa free afternoon field day, learn from Scattergood staff and students, as well as Xerces Society biologist Sarah Foltz Jordan, about the why, when, where and how of pollinator habitat design and installation. Mark Quee of Scattergood Friends Farm and Sarah will address farmer concerns about weed control using organic methods. Sarah Nizzi, the Natural Resources Conservation Service partner biologist for Xerces Society, will join to offer insights about cost-share opportunities available through farm bill programs.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Exploring Practices & Policies for Improving Soil Health Series: Diversified Livestock Focus

September 17, 2019
Brattleboro, Vermont
This workshop is part of a three-part series from NOFA Vermont, focusing on soil health solutions for commercial farmers and opportunities to create meaningful policy change to expand healthy soils practices in Vermont. Join Ashlyn and Abraham McClurg of Rebop Farm, a highly diversified, grass-based livestock farm in Brattleboro, as they share techniques they have used to improve the health of their soils and the productivity of their pastures. Some of the strategies discussed will include frost seeded perennials, interseeded annual cover crops, poultry tractors, and intensive rotational grazing.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day

September 18, 2019
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Learn about the basic principles and available tools for precise mechanical weed control at the 3rd annual Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day. It features weeding tools and allied equipment, keynote speakers, company representatives, farmer-to-farmer networking, and in-field equipment demonstrations. It will feature demonstrations for both specialty crops and row crops.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts

September 18, 2019
Becker, Minnesota
The Sustainable Farming Association hosts an opportunity to dig deeper into soil health opportunities, challenges, and monitoring with soil health experts. This field day will include a tour of Snake River Farms' managed grazing and oak savanna restoration and discuss managed grazing in woodlands.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Organic Hemp Production

September 18, 2019
Frankfort, Kentucky
Join Organic Association of Kentucky for this afternoon field day to explore the research, logistics, and production realities of growing organic hemp in Kentucky. Dr. Shawn Lucas, (Kentucky State University), Doris Hamilton (Kentucky Department of Agriculture), and Tony Silvernail (Beyond the Bridge Organics/OAK) will share legal updates, KDA and organic certification requirements, genetics, propagation, weed/pest management, fertility, cultivation, protected culture, and more.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Opportunities with Chinese Chestnuts

September 18, 2019
New Franklin, Missouri
University of Missouri Extension and the Center for Agroforestry are presenting this free farm field day for Missouri producers. Tour chestnut orchards at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center, meet with MU researchers and experienced growers, and get up-to-date information on successfully growing and marketing. Registration is required.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Guiding Illinois Farmers to Legal Resilience

September 19, 2019
Bloomington, Illinois
Farm Commons offers a day-long workshop for agricultural service providers that covers six core legal subject areas, including business structures, land purchasing and leasing, insurance and liability, employment law, and agritourism and adding value. Presenters highlight core "action steps" or legal best management practices that advisors should recommend to help farmers reduce risk.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Regenerative Grazing From the Ground Up

September 19, 2019
Wernersville, Pennsylvania
At this PASA event, Forrest and Greg Stricker from Spring Creek Farms—a 287-acre dairy and poultry farm that has been certified organic for two decades—will share how they optimize soil health through their pasture management practices as they strive to improve their forage productivity, quality, and longevity.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Alternative Tree Crop Field Day

September 20, 2019
Mt. Vernon, Missouri
Join University of Missouri researchers, extension specialists, and experienced growers at MU Southwest Research Center for a free afternoon field day to learn about alternative tree crops that have economic potential for Missouri. Topics will include jujube, pawpaw, American persimmon, hazelnuts, black walnut, tree-crop economics, sustainable urban orchards, and the Ag Intel Crop Decision Tool.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Common Ground Country Fair

September 20-22, 2019
Unity, Maine
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) hosts Common Ground Country Fair annually. It celebrates the rural and agricultural traditions of Maine. The event includes keynote speakers, numerous events, and exhibits.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Farm Aid 2019

September 21, 2019
East Troy, Wisconsin
Farm Aid's annual festival is a an all-day celebration of music and family farmers featuring a unique lineup of artists and genres, along with family farm-identified, local and organic foods. The Farm Aid 2019 lineup includes Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Bonnie Raitt, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Margo Price, Jamey Johnson, Tanya Tucker, Brothers Osborne, Yola and Particle Kid. At the Homegrown Village, hear farmers and artists talk together about pressing issues on the FarmYard Stage, attend demonstrations to learn agrarian skills, and connect with farmers and organizations doing critical food and farm work all over the country.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

A Day on the Farm with Joel Salatin

September 21, 2019
Graham, North Carolina
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund presents a day at Reverence Farms with Joel Salatin. Spend the day mingling with farm animals, taking a hay wagon tour to learn about farming methods, and enjoying presentations.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Rotationally Raising Poultry on Pasture

September 21, 2019
Iowa City, Iowa
This Practical Farmers of Iowa free afternoon field day visits Susan Young at Lucky Star Farm. Susan will share her tips and tricks for raising poultry rotationally on pasture. See her setup for raising Thanksgiving turkeys. Susan will discuss how she has started the process of incorporating silvopasture into her system. The day will conclude with a marketing discussion about using home delivery to sell eggs.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Mission Mountain Area Pedal to Plate

September 22, 2019
Ronan, Montana
This annual 40-mile cycling event highlights local farms and food products in Montana's Mission Valley.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Seed Saving for Northern Climate

September 22, 2019
Two Harbors, Minnesota
Join Zachary Paige of North Circle Seeds for an informative Seed Saving Gathering hosted by SFA Lake Superior Chapter. Paige will present a hands-on demonstration of seed processing as well as discuss opportunities for interested growers to partake in North Circle, which seeks to specialize in seed varieties that thrive in northern Minnesota. There will also be a farm tour plus plenty of networking time for seed growers and keepers to share seedy knowledge.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Beekeeping in Iowa: Challenges and Sweet Rewards

September 22, 2019
Glenwood, Iowa
This Practical Farmers of Iowa free afternoon field day will focus on the basics of beekeeping in the fall and winter months in Iowa. Carol Fassbinder-Orth of Bountiful Blossoms Bee Company will discuss a range of topics, including honey harvesting, marketing, and storage options; preventing and detecting colony collapse and loss; site selection for beehives; bee forage considerations; supplemental feeding of bees; parasite and pest treatment options; bee breed characteristics; winterizing colonies; and more.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Got Farm Records...Now What?

September 24, 2019
Franklin, Tennessee
University of Tennessee is offering this workshop in numerous locations during the fall and winter. This workshop is designed for existing or would-be operators of a value-added farm business. Using records developed for an example farm with value-added enterprises, presenters will teach how to export the example farm records into a spreadsheet and how to analyze and use them in making business management decisions.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Caterpillar Tunnel Construction Field Day

September 24, 2019
Richfield, North Carolina
North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, and others present an opportunity to get hands-on experience with caterpillar tunnel construction. Participants will also learn from season extension experts about crop management and tunnel selection.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Developing a Food Safety Plan & Building Wholesale Capacity

September 25, 2019
Conway, South Carolina
In this full-day workshop, Krista Morgan, Market Access Coordinator at Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, will share what farms should consider before scaling up business and what adjustments need to be made before entering wholesale markets. She will also address how to choose which crops to grow based on market choice, how to choose the right wholesaler for your farm, and how to develop a good working relationship with your buyers. Kim Butz, Local Produce Safety Coordinator, will provide an overview of the Harmonized GAP Food Safety Standard. Kim will provide farmers with the tools necessary to reduce food safety risks, meet market requirements, and closely align with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements. By the end of the workshop, you will have a personal GAP food safety plan tailored to your farm.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Conservation Resources Workshop

September 25, 2019
Jacksonville, North Carolina
Through this morning workshop, participants will learn about many conservation practices and how local organizations can assist in the implementation on-farm. This workshop is being conducted in cooperation between CFSA, NC Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Onslow County SWCD.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Managing Your Forested Farmland

September 25, 2019
Online
Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture's biweekly Wednesday Webinar Series continues with this free, one-hour session. This webinar will outline how farmers can best profit from and maintain their forested acres. Learn about the Maryland forestry legal framework and how you can benefit from creating a forest conservation plan.
In: Online

 

Growing & Processing Medicinal Herbs

September 25, 2019
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
PASA presents this free CRAFT workshop for beginning and aspiring farmers at Barefoot Botanicals. Learn about growing and processing medicinal herbs, farming at a "human scale," and producing a variety of value-added herbal products. The farmers will also share lessons they've learned in transitioning from vegetable production to herbs, and how they work to enhance the ecological diversity of their land while growing their products.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Farming & Gardening: Biodynamic Principles & Practices

September 26-28, 2019
Floyd, Virginia
This workshop will give both beginners and experienced farmers/gardeners a solid basis for understanding the major ideas and principles of Biodynamic Agriculture. Join biodynamic practitioners and teachers Gunther Hauk and Alex Tuchman at Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary as they share a combined 50 years of experience.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Exploring Practices & Policies for Improving Soil Health Series: Dairy Focus

September 26, 2019
Highgate Center, Vermont
Vermont NOFA offers an opportunity to join Guy Choiniere of Choiniere Family Farm, a fourth generation, 100% grass-fed dairy farm in northwestern Vermont, as he shares lessons learned over the past 15 years about maximizing soil health while improving animal health and financial stability. Tour the Choiniere's grazing operation as Guy discusses his approach to soil health, which is centered around the principles of keeping it simple, replacing what you harvest, and building soil resiliency.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

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