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Soil Health Meetings for South Dakota Women Landowners

July 18, 2019
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
This is one of three day-long learning circle meetings organized by the Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN), supported by conservation districts in eastern South Dakota through a grant from NRCS. These events include an opportunity for any women landowners to learn from peers and local professional women conservationists. Morning presentations are followed by an afternoon visit to a farm to see healthy soils up close.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

High Fat Pastures: A Guide to Managing Forage to Make Butterfat

July 18, 2019
Erieville, New York
This NOFA New York field day is sponsored by Organic Valley and Maple Hill Creamery and will be held twice, at two different farms. By using helpful observational tools such as leaf-count on grasses to determine plant maturity, as well as sward height, Dr. Brickner will discuss ways to optimize cows' efficiency on pasture. Those same tools can help figure out the basic nutritional aspects of pastures, which leads to greater butterfat in the milk and body condition. There will also be a brief discussion on cow genetics and breeding for higher component production.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Meigs Farm High Tunnel Field Day

July 18, 2019
Lafayette, Indiana
Purdue University's departments of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and Entomology will host a field day at Meigs Farm, part of the Throckmorton Purdue Agricultural Center, on high-tunnel production of cantaloupes, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Presentations and tours will feature production of specialty melons in high tunnels; early detection of bacterial wilt; and the impact of crop rotation and rootstock on the resilience of high-tunnel tomatoes. Tours will feature examples of conventional and hydroponic high-tunnel production research.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Farming in Karst Country: Soil Health, Caves & Underground Streams

July 18, 2019
Harmony, Minnesota
This Land Stewardship Project field day will highlight the intersection of soil-building farming practices, water movement, and karst geology. Farmers and geologists will share how practices like no-till, cover crops, and managed rotational grazing can improve the health of the soil and underground streams.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Slow Food Nations

July 19-21, 2019
Denver, Colorado
Slow Food Nations is an international food festival hosted by Slow Food USA. Connect with farmers, foodies, and families over three days packed with events, pop-ups, food, and fun centered around the 2019 festival theme, "Where Tradition Meets Innovation." With free and open festival grounds full of delicious and interactive activities as well as ticketed events, there's something at Slow Food Nations for everyone.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Soil Crawl

July 19, 2019
Geraldine, Montana
Northern Plains Resource Council's third annual Soil Crawl takes place at the Sandy Arrow Ranch. Join Molly Haviland and Joe Barta for a full-day tour and conversation about how they build and use compost on their cutting-edge operation near Geraldine. Space is limited.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Alliance of Sustainable Farms Field Day

July 19, 2019
Crystal Springs, Mississippi
The Alliance of Sustainable Farms presents Module 4 of its free farmers and ranchers training program. The session will be hosted by Mississippi State University's Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station. Major topics for the training include 1) Production: animal nutrition and crop nutrition; 2) Financial: financial statements; 3) Marketing: Branding and promotion; 4) Food Safety: Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule; and 5) Farm Policy: challenges faced by new and beginning farmers. Pre-registration is required; contact AllianceofSustainableFarms@gmail.com.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Rodale Institute Organic Field Day

July 19, 2019
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
At this all-day event, join Rodale Institute's researchers and staff to learn the latest results of research projects and visit demonstration stations on the farm. The day is "go at your own pace," meaning you can spend as much time as you'd like at any station learning from experts.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Produce Food Safety for Military Veterans

July 19, 2019
Weslaco, Texas
Join Texas AgrAbility for a one-day hands-on training to learn the rules, regulations, and safe practices for produce. These regulations can be overwhelming to find, learn, and put into practice. This training will break them down and teach producers how to implement produce safety into their operations. The free course is open to military veterans.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Commercial Hair Sheep Production on Pasture

July 19, 2019
Blakesburg, Iowa
This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day will serve as an introduction to hair sheep for beginning farmers or those who are looking to scale up. Learn how Bart VerEllen manages spring lambing and rotational grazing with electric netting and the help of five guard dogs. Bart will discuss how he supplements grain and bale-grazes on old crop ground, how parasites are managed and how he's developed a specific mineral program.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Season Extension: Hoop Houses, Low Tunnels and Cold Frames

July 21, 2019
Madison, Wisconsin
This day-long course is part of the School for Urban Agriculture's summer workshop series. The School for Urban Agriculture is a collaborative effort of the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and Farm and Industry Short Course at UW-Madison, the Center for Resilient Cities, Community GroundWorks and the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Food Safety Tour for Military Veteran Farmers

July 21, 2019
North Salem, Indiana
Purdue Extension and Indiana AgrAbility are teaming up for a series of free workshops and farm tours focused on food safety and targeted toward military veteran farmers. At the Lowe Farm tour, participants will meet Zach and Brianne Lowe who operate a self-sufficient homestead. This tour will touch on a variety of topics, including home food preservation, top bar beehives, raising small livestock and many others. The Lowes will show participants how to operate a productive homestead without having to quit their day jobs or jumping off the grid.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Lansing Farm Tours

July 22, 2019
Lansing, Michigan
MSU Student Organic Farm's Farmer Field School presents an opportunity to tour several farms in the Lansing area. Stops will include a beekeeper, school garden, vegetable and cut-flower farm, and pasture-based dairy.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Organic Commodities Field Day

July 22, 2019
Kinston, North Carolina
The NC State University Organic Working Group will hold an Organic Commodities Field Day. The half-day event will include research updates, equipment demonstrations, and information sessions. Specific topics will include development of conservation tillage practices in organic tobacco and sweet potato, the emerging organic sorghum market, application of plasticulture for tobacco production, demonstration of new cultivation and no-till equipment, and more.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Supporting Farm Youth through Understanding and Intervention

July 22, 2019
Wilmar, Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is offering a free, three-hour workshop that provides an overview of the stressors unique to growing up on a farm. The MDA encourages teachers, school counselors, school administrators, 4-H leaders, FFA advisors, youth pastors, social workers, mental health professionals, health care professionals, and others who work with farm youth to attend. The workshop is free but space is limited.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Food Safety in Stacked Enterprise Farming

July 22, 2019
Berkshire, New York
This NOFA New York field day takes place at Kingbird Farm. Managing the many facets of a farm that produces vegetables, chickens and other livestock can create some challenges when it comes to Food Safety considerations, but it also provides huge opportunities in developing healthy, living, highly productive soils. Hear how Karma and Michael plan for optimizing their farm's productive capacity while producing safe, nutrient-dense foods.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Organic Certification 101 for Farmers Market Managers

July 22, 2019
Online
CCOF Foundation and the California Alliance of Farmers' Markets are presenting a series of webinars about organic certification geared specifically for farmers market managers. This first free, one-hour webinar will review the basics of organic certification for farms and highlight organic best practices for farmers markets. Jamie Collins of Serendipity Farms will lead the webinar. Drawing on her knowledge as an organic inspector and nearly two decades of organic farming experience, Collins will answer common questions about organic.
In: Online

 

Improving Adoption of Sustainable Water Management Practices

July 23-25, 2019
College Station, Texas
The 2019 Southern Region Water Conference will address irrigation, watershed management, crop water, incentives to growers, ecosystem services, and more aspects of water for drinking and agriculture.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Soil Health in Organic Practices & High Tunnel Production

July 23, 2019
Pickens, South Carolina
In this full-day workshop from Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, participants will learn about both soil health principles and high tunnel production, covering the importance of soil health and how to support it, how to use high tunnels as effective tools for increasing vegetable production, and extending the growing season.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

How to Plant for Success: the Trials and Triumphs of Establishing Pollinator Habitat

July 23, 2019
Online
This Monarch Conservation Webinar is part of the Monarch Joint Venture's 2019 summer series.
In: Online

 

Crops, Covers, & Cows

July 23, 2019
Menoken, North Dakota
This Menoken Farm Cover Crop & Grazing Tour will feature speakers Steve Groff, Justin Zahradka, and Aaron Steckler.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Extend Your Growing Season: High Tunnel Construction

July 23, 2019
Butte, Montana
This free afternoon workshop at NCAT's SIFT farm will cover different designs, costs, materials, and their effectiveness as a season extension tools for Southwest Montana. Presenters will be discussing the EQIP program and how it can help farmers finance greenhouses. This workshop will include a hands on demonstration of high-tunnel construction. No registration is required.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Crop Talk: Blueberry Production at Kiger Island Blues

July 23, 2019
Corvallis, Oregon
Crop Talks are farmer-to-farmer educational opportunities that consist of a tour of a farm by the farmer and a discussion about their area of expertise or interest during the growing season. This farm tour is hosted by Mindi Thorton of Kiger Island Blues and will be focused on blueberry production.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Organic Agronomy Training Series (OATS)

July 24-25, 2019
Crawfordsville, Indiana
The Organic Agronomy Training Series (OATS) is a collaboratively managed, science-based, train-the-trainer program for agricultural professionals working with organic or transitioning producers in the United States. The group seeks to grow domestic organic production by strengthening the educational support network of agronomists, certified crop advisors, extension agents, and technical services providers serving certified organic grain producers. The program will build participants' knowledge base in all key areas of certified organic production.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Introduction to Integrated Pest Management

July 24, 2019
Online
This free, one-hour webinar is part of the Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture Wednesday Webinar series. The webinar will review basic IPM pinciples, control tactics, and how to diagnose problems.
In: Online

 

Farm Incubator Opportunities

July 24, 2019
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
This CRAFT workshop offers a tour of The Seed Farm's incubator site, including a look at the land, infrastructure, and equipment available to aspiring and beginning growers, such as a walk-in packhouse, tractors, and greenhouse. The workshop will discuss the nuts and bolts of the different ways farmers lease and learn at this unique incubator farm.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Kneading Conference

July 25-26, 2019
Skowhegan, Maine
The Kneading Conference gathers farmers, millers, bakers, maltsters, researchers, and grain enthusiasts from around the world for two days of intensive baking workshops, wood-fired oven building workshops, and discussions about grain growing and running grain businesses. Attendees choose from hands-on workshops, live demonstrations, lectures, panel discussions, and more.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Grasstravaganza: Health & Resiliency from Soil to Table

July 25-27, 2019
Cobleskill, New York
This conference is hosted by SUNY Cobleskill, in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Cornell University Cooperative Extension, the New York Grazing Coalition, and Soil and Water Conservation. Grasstravaganza features both regional and national speakers, including special guest Dr. Elaine Ingham, microbiologist and soil biology researcher, as well as workshops, hands-on learning at the college farm, and local farm tours.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Silvopasture Field Day

July 25, 2019
Goldsboro, North Carolina
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems and numerous partners are presenting this day-long workshop on silvopasture, the intentional practice of integrating forages, animals, and trees. The combined workshop, field day, and on-farm instruction includes the latest silvopasture research from North Carolina and Virginia. Participants will also learn about a new NC Choices USDA project aimed at connecting beginning livestock producers with silvopasture and other land opportunities across the state.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Korean Natural Farming Series

July 25 - August 29, 2019
Pahoa, Hawaii
Hawaiian Sanctuary's Plant Aloha sustainable farming class series presents a free, 6-part weekly series on Korean Natural Farming, taught by Eric (Drake) Weinert. Topics include soil health, nutrients, and livestock.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Organic Disease and Pest Management Field Day

July 25, 2019
Brooksville, Kentucky
Open to all, this Organic Association of Kentucky Field Day is geared toward production farmers and features mid-scale, diversified vegetable production. Pre-registration is required. Join Kelly and Nick Brown at Locust Ridge Organic Farm as they discuss their challenges in high tunnel and open field growing conditions and explore the most effective strategies for control with Emily Pfeufer, UK Extension Plant Pathologist, and Ric Bessin, UK Extension Entomologist.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Integrating Produce and Livestock Workshop

July 25, 2019
Bozeman, Montana
Join agricultural experts from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and Montana State University (MSU) for a free morning workshop on integrating livestock with produce production. Food safety considerations will be outlined and demonstrated. Registration is required.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Supporting Farm Youth through Understanding and Intervention

July 25, 2019
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is offering a free, three-hour workshop that provides an overview of the stressors unique to growing up on a farm. The MDA encourages teachers, school counselors, school administrators, 4-H leaders, FFA advisors, youth pastors, social workers, mental health professionals, health care professionals, and others who work with farm youth to attend. The workshop is free but space is limited.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Soil Health Field Day

July 25, 2019
Kankaska, Michigan
Join the Antrim and Kalkaska Conservation Districts for their annual Soil Health Field Day, hosted this year by the Iott Seed Potato Farm in Kalkaska County. The event will highlight second year results of the ongoing three-year cover crop field trail. Additional speakers will address beneficial insects, composting, and more.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Grain School

July 26 27, 2019
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance and several partners present Grain School, an opportunity to learn expert techniques and hands-on skills to grow, harvest, mill, market, and bake with locally adapted grains. Nutritional values of ancient grains will be presented, along with the ecological benefits of adding grains to your garden or farm portfolio. Grain collaborations will also be explored and encouraged.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Farmer-to-Farmer Field Day: 24 Carrot Farm

July 26, 2019
Placerville, California
Join fellow farmers at 24 Carrot Farm for this free afternoon event, to explore direct marketing your goods, from running a farm stand to managing a CSA. The event is open to all farmers, farmworkers, farm interns, and students of Ag.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Vital Signs: Knowing Soil from the Ground Up

July 27, 2019
Quechee, Vermont
NOFA Vermont presents this hands-on soil health workshop with educator and soil enthusiast Cat Buxton at Wild Water Farm. The workshop begins with soil health principles, then introduces practices like composting, compost teas and extracts, incorporating cover crops and green manures, hugelkultur, mulching, and using plant guilds to support ecosystem services. Finally, explore a variety of visual soil assessment tools and evidence-based monitoring techniques.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Northern Nut Growers Association and North American Fruit Explorers Annual Meeting

July 28-31, 2019
Iowa City, Iowa
This joint annual meeting of the Northern Nut Growers Association and North American Fruit Explorers is open to all people with an interest in nut and fruit trees. The agenda includes two full days of technical presentations and an all-day field trip including Blueberry Bottom You-Pick near Brighton, Iowa; Chinkapin Bluff Wildlife area near Columbus City, Iowa; Prairie Grove Chestnut Growers Coop in Columbus Junction, Iowa; and Red Fern Farm north of Wapello, Iowa.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Soil and Water Conservation Society International Annual Conference

July 28-31, 2019
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Bridging the Divide: Uniting Rural and Urban Landscapes for Conservation" includes eight general conservation research and practice topics. Specialty tracks will foster dialogue surrounding unique partnerships in watershed planning and implementation, engagement of the private sector in conservation, and the challenges of adapting the landscape to a changing climate. The agenda includes workshops, concurrent and plenary sessions, and tours.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Getting Started with Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture

July 28, 2019
Spring Grove, Minnesota
This Land Stewardship Project Farm Beginnings Field Day will focus on permaculture practices and regenerative agriculture at Nettle Valley Farm.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Water, Soil, Tools at Deep Root Farm

July 29, 2019
Macedon, New York
At this NOFA New York afternoon field day, join Eric Houppert, owner of Deep Root Farm, and others for an interactive round table that will explore strategies for managing soil and handling produce from field to market. Try out tools from hand weeders to walk behind tractors, taking a look at how Eric manages the soil in his context and what you can do on your farm.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Farm Enterprise Analysis

July 29, 2019
Central Point, Oregon
Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center presents this evening Farm Enterprise Analysis class with Angela Boudro, Small Farms and Holistic Management International Certified Educator. Learn to identify which ideas are winners and which are losers. Learn how to conduct a Gross Profit Analysis and plan for profit as an expense, rather than taking what is left.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Texas Panhandle Soil Health Bus Tour

July 30 - August 1, 2019
Lubbock, Texas
Join No-till on the Plains and experts for a three-day tour of farms in the Lubbock and Amarillo areas. Participants will see how soil health practices used in a robust crop rotation can work for even the driest regions. Tour stops will feature long-term no-till fields growing cotton, corn, sorghum, cowpeas, sunflower, and more. Participants will also see effective weed suppression, moisture conservation, and livestock integration using single and multi-species cover crops.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Wildlife on the Farm Field Day

July 30, 2019
Saybrook, Illinois
This field day from The Land Connection will showcase conservation practices that support wildlife species and will explore why wildlife is so important on the farm. Field day host Dallas Glazik is an organic farmer and Farm Bill Biologist with Pheasants Forever. He will display practices he uses on his own farm and explain programs offered by USDA to help farmers and landowners support wildlife on their land.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Cornell Floriculture Field Day

July 30, 2019
Ithaca, New York
The morning session of the Cornell Floriculture Field Day includes presentations on plant development and trialing, disease management, and labor and policy, as well as research updates from graduate students. The afternoon program includes tours of the annual flower and foliage trial gardens at their new location at Cornell Botanic Garden.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Future of Food and Farming Town Hall Meeting

July 30, 2019
Garden City, Kansas
This is one of five meetings hosted by Kansas Rural Center to facilitate discussion on the food system and farming and how these are related to climate and energy issues, as well as rural/urban revitalization. Discussion will include issues critical to Kansas ranging from the impacts of weather extremes and a changing climate on our food system and farming to population loss (especially of young people), health care, and present and future economic opportunities. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required to ensure a meal as a limited number of meals are available at each meeting.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Hemp Research and Organic Grain Transition Farm Tour

July 31, 2019
Wawaka, Indiana
This free, half-day event at Noble Organic Grains is co-hosted by Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association and Purdue University Extension. It is part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Innovations in Organic Vegetable Production

July 31, 2019
Freeville, New York
This free afternoon event is part of the Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series. Join Cornell researchers and Cornell Cooperative Extension for field tours of ongoing organic research. Learn about soil health, perennial cover crops, hemp production, tarps for weed suppression, variety trials, and vegetable breeding for organic production. The NY Soil Health Trailer will also be on-site with demonstrations to show participants how healthy soil compares to degraded soil.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Future of Food and Farming Town Hall Meeting

July 31, 2019
St. Francis, Kansas
This is one of five meetings hosted by Kansas Rural Center to facilitate discussion on the food system and farming and how these are related to climate and energy issues, as well as rural/urban revitalization. Discussion will include issues critical to Kansas ranging from the impacts of weather extremes and a changing climate on our food system and farming to population loss (especially of young people), health care, and present and future economic opportunities. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required to ensure a meal as a limited number of meals are available at each meeting.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Armed to Farm 2.0: Business Planning Short Course

August 1-2, 2019
Helena, Montana
You must be an Armed to Farm training alumnus to attend this event. Build on the Armed to Farm business planning training and network with participants from all four Montana-based trainings. Financial planning and marketing are on the agenda, with farm examples.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Tomato Day

August 1, 2019
New Franklin, Missouri
University of Missouri's Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center will host a free Tomato Day featuring 10 new tomato trial varieties and other varieties for tasting. There will also be melon tasting.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Johnson Organic Farm Tour

August 1, 2019
Madison, South Dakota
This free MOSES Organic Field Day is organized by Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society. Join the 2013 MOSES Farmer of the Year, Charlie Johnson, on a bus tour of his almost 3,000-acre organic farm.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Purdue Small Farm Educational Field Day

August 1, 2019
West Lafayette, Indiana
The second annual Purdue Small Farm Educational Field Day will emphasize sustainability in small-scale fruit and vegetable production, in terms of plant health and business management. It offers 10 educational sessions presented by Purdue agriculture faculty, designed for small-scale vegetable farmers. Morning educational sessions are followed by hands-on activities and demonstrations at Purdue University Student Farm. Topics will include high tunnels, tools, food safety, and post-harvest processing.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Management Options and Rootstock Varieties for Organic Apple Production

August 1, 2019
Ithaca, New York
The Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series continues with this free evening event. See how mulch compares to tillage and allowed herbicides in terms of weed suppression and soil health in a block of 'Honeycrisp,' and how 'Modi' performs on different rootstocks in a high-density tall spindle orchard. Advances in organic management of insect pests and diseases will also be discussed.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Soil Sisters

August 2-4, 2019
Monroe and Brodhead, Wisconsin
For three days and with five unique components and involving numerous women-owned farms, the jam-packed, award-winning Soil Sisters culinary event celebrates Wisconsin's family farms and rural life in and around the farming communities of Monroe, New Glarus, Blanchardville, and Brodhead, Wisconsin. The agenda includes a local food and drink celebration; on-farm, hands-on workshops; a farm to table dinner; a farm pizza fundraiser meal; and a bus tour of small family farms led by Wisconsin women committed to a healthy, fresh future.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Restoration Agriculture Workshop

August 2-4, 2019
New Paris, Ohio
Restoration Agriculture Development presents this workshop with Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture, and Greg Burns, of Nature's Image Farm. It offers hands-on learning about designs to make your land more resilient in times of flood and drought, using your livestock as your "land managers," how to cash flow until your system starts to produce, and how to begin a design plan of your own.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Klemp Family Farm Organic Grain Field Day

August 2, 2019
Wheatfield, 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. At this morning field day at Klemp Family Farm, participants will learn how the Klemps started into organic grain production, their transition strategy, and the evolution of their organic crop rotations. The field day will also include information about organic corn starter fertility, no-till organic soybean production, and use of different manures in organic nutrient management.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Produce Food Safety for Military Veterans

August 2, 2019
Garland, Texas
Military veterans can join Texas AgrAbility for a free, one-day, hands-on training to learn the rules, regulations, and safe practices for produce. These regulations can be overwhelming to find, learn, and put into practice. This training will break them down and teach producers how to implement produce safety into their operation.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Farm Tour: F.A.R.M.

August 2, 2019
Dallas, Texas
Join Texas AgrAbility for a free evening farm tour of Farmers Assisting Returning Military (F.A.R.M.) Urban Farm Park. Topics will include agritourism, environmental sustainability, determining your niche, specialty crop production, urban farming, veteran programs, and more.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Battleground to Breaking Ground Agriculture Business Workshop

August 3, 2019
Garland, Texas
This free, one-day Battleground to Breaking Ground workshop is designed for military veterans, beginning farmers and ranchers, individuals with disabilities, and anyone interested in starting an agriculture business. Workshop sessions will include rural business ideas, business planning, possibilities for farming/ranching with a disability, funding sources, marketing resources, and resources to support agriculture business operations.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Mother Earth News Fair

August 3-4, 2019
Albany, Oregon
The Mother Earth News Fair includes speakers, workshops, demonstrations, and a product marketplace, with topics including modern homesteading, animal husbandry, real food, and natural building.
In: Western SARE Region

 

One Family's Vision for Agroforestry in Iowa

August 3, 2019
Maxwell, Iowa
Savanna Institute and Practical Farmers of Iowa present an agroforestry field day at Carney Family Farms. Tour Bruce Carney's silvopasture and see how he as used cattle, sheep, and goats to clear invasive species in order to promote forage growth. Keefe Keeley from the Savanna Institute will speak on the costs and benefits of agroforesty on Midwestern farms. Luke Gran from Prudenterra will discuss Bruce's forestry plan, and Clint Miller from Polk County Natural Resources Conservation Service will speak on cost-share opportunities for agroforestry practices.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Blue Mountain Bike to Barns

August 4, 2019
Missoula, Montana
Community Food & Agriculture Coalition and Blue Mountain Montana Growers Co-op present Bike to Barns, a 15-mile round-trip ride through the Target Range and Orchard Homes neighborhoods, with stops at five farms. Guests will hear from local farmers, explore their farms, and get a taste of their products. Afterwards, the celebration of local food will continue with a tasty barbecue.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Next Generation Summit

August 4, 2019
Van Meter, Iowa
Through workshops and networking, this free afternoon event from Practical Farmers of Iowa brings beginning and retired farmers together in a meaningful way to address the challenge of farmland access. The summit includes two workshops aimed at helping farmland owners and beginning and aspiring farmers develop a plan to fulfill their farm visions.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

On-farm Plant Breeding and Variety Improvement

August 5-6, 2019
Chimacum, Washington
Learn the fundamentals of on-farm organic plant breeding at this special two-day workshop led by the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) breeding team. The course will include classroom and field-based instruction and recommended reading materials. Prior knowledge of seed saving is recommended.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Fruit and Vegetable Field Day

August 5, 2019
Ames, Iowa
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting the 2019 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station. The annual event will feature various research and demonstration projects on fruit and vegetable production for commercial growers, extension personnel, non-profit organizations, and Master Gardeners. The field day will provide an opportunity to observe results and evaluate research projects focusing on high tunnels, organic vegetable production, peppers, sweet potato, pest management in cucurbit crops, hops, peaches, and beneficial insects.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Child Agricultural Injury Prevention Workshop

August 6-7, 2019
Lexington, Kentucky
"Protecting the Future of Agriculture" is presented by the the National Children's Center for Rural Health and Agricultural Safety and Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention. This workshop is ideal for farm organizations, insurance professionals, agribusiness, bankers and lenders, healthcare providers, Extension, FFA Advisors, public health officials, and media.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Kansas Range School: Mixed & Short Grass

August 6-8, 2019
Tipton, Kansas
Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition presents an opportunity to learn more about rangeland management in a friendly setting with other ranchers, land managers, range management students, and natural resource professionals. Besides learning plant identification, how to figure stocking rates, how to monitor vegetation response, write a drought mitigation plan (and use it) and the rest of basics needed to manage your rangeland, there will be ranchers and natural resource professionals talking with you about how to plan ahead for whatever nature or market forces bring to your ranching enterprise and how to respond to keep your rangeland health high and your livestock productive.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Soil Health Smorgasbord for Farmers and Family Learning Event

August 6, 2019
Buckingham, Iowa
Practical Farmers of Iowa and the Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative present a hands-on field day in two phases. From 2-5 p.m., farmers and producers will learn about soil health principles, including strip-tillage, grazing cover crops, and interseeding in 60-inch rows. The community is invited to join in for a meal at 5 p.m. Afterwards, children and parents can visit various stations on the farm to learn about steps local farmers are taking to protect water quality and soil health.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Western Kentucky Summer Forage Tour: Resuscitating a Rundown Farm

August 6, 2019
Horse Ranch, Kentucky
Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council's annual field day takes place at D and D Farm. Owners Bud and Lakayah Daugherty will be showcasing their success in improving a neglected farm. The tour will feature frank and open discussions on various approaches to restoring the productivity of neglected farms. Discussion and questions will be highly encouraged. The event is free.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Farmer Olympics

August 6, 2019
Burlington, Vermont
NOFA Vermont presents the 5th annual Farmer Olympics. Individual farm teams will show off their finely-honed skills in events ranging from physical to cerebral to just plain ridiculous. Unwind, celebrate the season, and kick back before that heavy fall workload begins.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Creating Healthy Soil

August 6, 2019
Butte, Montana
NCAT's Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training (SIFT) program presents this free afternoon workshop at the SIFT Farm. No registration is required. Learn about principles for regenerating healthy soil. Presenters will discuss methods for compost, vermicompost, cover crops, and organic soil amendments that can be done on small or large scale. There will be on-farm demonstrations on water infiltration tests, moisture monitoring, and understanding soil quality.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Agritourism Summer Spotlight

August 7, 2019
Summerton, South Carolina
South Carolina Agritourism Association is hosting Summer Spotlight events to help association members and other farmers learn about opportunities in agritourism. These special events offer fresh tourism ideas and discussion of hot topics, as well as an opportunity to network. Presentation topics will include Insurance and Agritourism, Conservation & Camps, and Connecting SCDNR with Farmers.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Production Risk Management

August 7, 2019
Online
This event is part of the Seven Habits for Effective Farmers Webinar Series presented monthly by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture's Center for Profitable Agriculture. Webinars are free.
In: Online

 

Growing, Grading, Selling and Storing Chestnuts

August 7, 2019
Columbus Junction, Iowa
At this free Practical Farmers of Iowa field day, Roger Smith of Prairie Grove Chestnut Growers cooperative will discuss chestnut production, including tree and understory care, labor required during harvest, and proper handling and storage. He will also share his views on pricing, marketing, and Iowa's opportunity as an emerging leader in chestnut production.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Specialty Mushroom Webinar

August 7, 2019
Online
The Cornell Small Farms Program's project focused on specialty mushroom farming enterprises offers a free monthly webinar series highlighting the latest research and stories from experienced growers around the region.
In: Online

 

Balancing Quality and Efficiency amid an Evolving Labor Force: Myth-busting H2A for Small Farms

August 7, 2019
Lisbon, New York
At this NOFA New York afternoon field day, Kent Family Growers will share how their farm manages the challenges of reaching far-flung markets while offering local CSA members maximum choice, despite their rural northern location. This field day covers a range of topics from how to identify 1% efficiencies to help you maximize production, to how you can integrate on-farm fruit and vegetable processing while maintaining high food safety standards. Particular focus of this field day will be on farm labor.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Fenn's Folly: Women Caring for the Land 2019

August 8, 2019
Ferryville, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Farmers Union hosts this Women Caring for the Land event, designed to serve women farmland landowners who are interested in learning more about conservation. Amy Fenn is turning a depleted hayfield and unmanaged woods into a savanna/silvopasture. Attend to learn more about conservation practices and network with other farm women in your region.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Insect and Disease Management in Organic Vegetable Production

August 8, 2019
Pocantico Hills, New York
Stone Barns Center is hosting Abby Seaman, from Cornell University, for a full-day workshop for beginning farmers. The morning session will cover pest and beneficial biology and identification, as well as integrated pest management concepts, with crop-specific examples. The afternoon will be a crop walk, looking at pests and beneficials in the field and discussing possible management strategies.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Grass-milk Production Systems

August 8, 2019
Charlotte, Vermont
At this mid-day NOFA Vermont workshop, join Organic Valley veterinarian Dr. Guy Jodarski and farmers Joe and Emily Donegan to discuss grass-milk production. There will be a particular focus on grazing management, nutrition, animal housing, and labor efficiency.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Crop Talk: Dairy Sheep and NRCS Infrastructure Projects

August 8, 2019
Junction City, Oregon
OSU Small Farms Program's Crop Talks are farmer-to-farmer educational opportunities during the growing season that consist of a tour of a farm by the farmer and a discussion about their area of expertise or interest. This farm tour is hosted by Barbara Talley of The Bear and the Maiden Farm and will be focused on Dairy Sheep and their NRCS Infrastructure Projects.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Farm Fundamentals Workshop

August 10, 2019
Okolona, Mississippi
Alcorn University, NCAT, and the Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance (MMFA) present a free, day-long beginning farmer workshop at the North Mississippi Agribusiness Center. The following training topics are scheduled: profitable goat business, animal and crop nutrition, financial statements, branding and promotion, food safety, and challenges faced by beginning farmers. ?This workshop is the fourth in a series titled "Farm Management Educational Program for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers."
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Organic Grain Production Farm Tour and Grain Growers Chapter Meeting

August 10, 2019
Ottawa Lake, Michigan
Join OEFFA's Grain Growers Chapter for a state-line farm tour. John and Pat Bartholomew, along with son Gary Bartholomew and grandson Josh Fitzpatrick, farm 500 acres on the Ohio-Michigan line. Certified organic since 1988, they grow corn, soybeans, wheat, and clover for cover crop and seed production. Of special interest to fellow grain growers, the Bartholomews' mechanical cultivator guidance system and The Weed Zapper will be on display, in addition to a collection of restored antique tractors. A chapter meeting will take place before the tour.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Farm & Food Leadership Conference

August 11-13, 2019
San Marcos, Texas
Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance, partnering with Texas State University's Small Producers Initiative, hosts the 13th annual Farm & Food Leadership Conference for independent family farmers, artisan food producers, local food advocates, and others interested in sustainable agriculture, farm to table, and growing healthy foods. It includes more than 50 sessions, workshops, demonstrations, and small-group Q&A meetings.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

IOIA Basic Crop Inspection Training

August 12-16, 2019
Coralville, Iowa
International Association of Organic Inspectors Basic Crop Inspection Training includes four days of instruction, including a field trip to a certified organic operation, plus a half day for testing. The registration deadline is June 28, 2019.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Nebraska Grazing Conference

August 12-14, 2019
Kearney, Nebraska
The 19th Annual Conference in the long history of serving Nebraska's graziers includes sessions on grazinglands management, the art and science of winter grazing, and rangeland resilience, as well as a pre-conference tour and welcome session. Regional producers and experts will speak.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Organic Dairy Series: Overcoming Dairy Production Challenges

August 12, 2019
Walpole, New Hampshire
University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program offers an opportunity to join UVM Extension Agronomist Heather Darby and Sarah Flack, Livestock Production Consultant, for a pasture walk and talk addressing strategies for overcoming grass-fed dairy production challenges. Chris and Holly Gowdy have been managing a seasonal grass-fed dairy herd with the cows calving in late summer. This allows them to focus on producing high quality first cut hay and align pasture productivity and herd demand. The event is free.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Innovations in Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackberry Production

August 12, 2019
Burlington, Washington
This afternoon event is part of the Farm Walks series presented by Tilth Alliance in collaboration with Washington State University. Meet the farmers from Arado Farm, Silva Family Farm, Regino's Farm, Pure Nelida Organic Produce, Farias Farm, and Cabrera Farms, who grow at the Viva Farms incubator. Learn from both experienced and beginning growers about their innovations for planting, production and harvesting of strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Hear from WSU researchers and industry experts about best practices for post-harvest handling, shelf life, and fruit longevity. The Farm Walk will also touch on irrigation, pest and disease management, and food safety in organic production.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Soil Health Academy

August 13-15, 2019
Redwood Falls, Minnesota
Soil Health Academy's course on Regenerative Farming and Ranching is hosted by Stoney Creek Farm. Instructors include Allen Williams, Gabe Brown, and Ray Archuleta. This course will examine all aspects of regenerative farming and ranching, soil health, plant health, and animal health. Hands-on experience will be heavily emphasized. Participants will work in teams to solve real-world grazing problems and sharpen their skills.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Packhouse Design & Post-Harvest Handling

August 13, 2019
Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania
During this twilight meeting presented by PASA, you'll tour wash and pack areas at two different farms while examining their advantages and disadvantages. At be.wild.er farm, learn how farming on rented land can impact post-harvest activities. Next, at Blackberry Meadows Farm, learn how relocating and redesigning their wash and pack area has improved efficiency at the farm. Presenters will also review important considerations for installing or improving a packhouse on your own farm.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Companion Cropping Demonstration Field Day

August 13, 2019
Tipton, Kansas
No-till on the Plains is hosting a free morning soil health field day at Palen Family Farms. Through a grant from North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), four producers across Kansas have planted demonstration 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. Comparisons are being made between the plots and the rest of the sorghum field. Water use is also being monitored. The field tour will also include soil health practices on Palen Family farms.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

In Her Boots: Diversifying with Flowers, Pizza, and Summer Camps

August 13, 2019
Long Lake, Minnesota
At this In Her Boots field day, spend the day with an inspiring trio of women farmers who run two businesses on the same farm: Two Pony Gardens & Ladyfern Flower Farm & Design Studio. Summer Badawi and Sanna Beek (the flower side) provide a detailed tour and overview of their specialty cut-flower farm and full-service design studio. Lisa Ringer showcases Two Pony Farm, which includes seasonal pizza nights and a summer camp. Along with gleaning insights from these successful growers, presenters will share ideas for additional income from farming, including farmstays, on-farm food service, and producing value-added products in home kitchens under cottage food law.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Crop Talk: Transitioning orchards and understanding tree fruit varieties with Tamiyasu Orchard

August 13, 2019
Hood River, Oregon
Crop Talks are farmer-to-farmer educational opportunities that consist of a tour of a farm by the farmer, along with discussion. This evening farm tour is hosted by Tamiyasu Fruits and will focus on transitioning orchards to organic and understanding tree fruit varieties.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Bottom Line Conference

August 14-15, 2019
Lakin, Kansas
The Bottom Line Conference focuses on farm and ranch profitability through soil and water conservation in a dry climate. The two-day event will have dozens of presentations, on topics ranging from money management to soil health, grazing strategies, farm programs, and more. Breakout sessions will cover topics including rotational grazing, water infiltration, government programs, grazing sheep, profitability, cover crops, and much more.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Organic Agronomy Training Series (OATS)

August 14-15, 2019
LaCrosse, Wisconsin
The Organic Agronomy Training Series (OATS) is a collaboratively managed, science-based, train-the-trainer program for agricultural professionals working with organic or transitioning producers in the United States. This two-day training provides education and guidance on organic production methods and certification necessary for agronomists, certified crop advisors, extension agents, and technical service providers to serve the needs of certified organic grain producers.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

On-farm Experiments Field Day

August 14, 2019
Cannon Falls, Minnesota
Dana and Karin Jokela of Sogn Valley Farm integrate on-farm experiments and unique conservation efforts into their commercial organic vegetable production. Join hosts Organic Seed Alliance, Sogn Valley Farm, and The Good Acre for a free morning field day to learn about these efforts and get inspired.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Transition to Organic With Diversity to Improve Soil Balance

August 14, 2019
Remsen, Iowa
Practical Farmers of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa offer an opportunity to visit Robert Alexander at 360 Heritage Farms. Tour two on-farm research trials: planting corn in 60-inch row-widths for cover crops, and grazing sheep and spring-seeded cereal rye ahead of soybeans for weed control. View equipment used for field preparation and organic crop. This field day will also discuss rotationally grazing sheep and cattle and how to make compost tea, and participants will have a chance to see a first-year elderberry planting.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Building Resilience into Organic Forage Systems

August 14, 2019
Truxton, New York
This free event is part of the Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series. Visit Kirk and Kathie Arnold at Twin Oaks Dairy and learn about mixed intercropping, interseeding into corn, and double cropping with triticale and sorghum sudangrass. Cornell researchers will discuss improving soil health and other ways farmers can increase resilience to extreme weather events. The NY Soil Health Trailer will also be on-site with demonstrations to show participants how healthy soil compares to degraded soil.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Farm Liability Insurance and Farm Business Structures

August 14, 2019
Online
Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture's Wednesday Webinars series continues with this session on Farm Liability Insurance and Farm Business Structures: How they can work together to protect you and your farming business. Nicole Cook, Environmental and Agricultural Faculty Legal Specialist from University of Maryland Eastern Shore, wil explain the basics of insurance and business structures for your farm, and will zoom in on how farm liability insurance and your choice of business structures for your farm can work together to protect you and your farm.
In: Online

 

Raising Organic Pastured Poultry

August 14, 2019
Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania
PASA is offering a free afternoon tour of Carversville Farm Foundation to see how the farm is expanding its organic pastured poultry operation to raise 400 turkeys, 3,000 broilers, and 1,300 laying hens this year. The tour will focus on examining the farm's systems to husband and harvest certified organic poultry. In addition to reviewing the nuts and bolts of seasonal setup and daily care, the event will explore utilizing appropriate technologies, increasing production efficiency, determining performance objectives, and maintaining records.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Small Grains Conference

August 15-16, 2019
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Practical Farmers of Iowa presents "Rotationally Raised: Making Small Grains Work." Learn about growing small grains and the benefits of an extended rotation at this conference. Twelve breakout sessions throughout the day will include sessions on integrating animals with a small-grains operation, marketing small grains, the agronomy behind successfully raising small grains, and more.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Battleground to Breaking Ground Agricultural Business Workshop

August 15, 2019
San Angelo, Texas
Join Texas AgrAbility for a free one-day agriculture business workshop designed for military veterans, beginning farmers and ranchers, individuals with disabilities, and anyone interested in starting an agriculture business. Workshop sessions will include rural business ideas, intro to business planning, possibilities for farming/ranching with a disability, funding sources for farming/ranching, marketing resources, and resources to support agriculture business operations.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

New Tools for Managing Onion Thrips and Foliar Disease in Organic Onion Production

August 15, 2019
Geneva, New York
NOFA New York offers this free opportunity to join other onion growers and Cornell researchers to learn about current projects on organic management of an important insect pest, the onion thrips, and foliar diseases of onions. Tour active research plots to see how new resistant onion cultivars, plastic mulches, and OMRI-Listed pesticides and adjuvants are managing these pests.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Texas Sheep and Goat Expo and Field Day

August 16-17, 2019
San Angelo, Texas
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo is hosting a free morning Sheep and Goat Field Day, followed by the two-day Sheep and Goat Expo. This year's expo will feature a special practicum session that will provide hands-on demonstrations of some production practices. Concurrent sessions in the late afternoon include business and marketing, health and management, wildlife compatibility with sheep and goats, and integrative crop and livestock systems. Concurrent session topics on day two will focus on youth, hair sheep, wool sheep, club lambs, angora goats, and meat goats.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Cultivating Farm Resilience for a Changing Climate

August 16, 2019
Harlan, Iowa
The Rosmanns use nature-based climate resilience practices on their diversified, organic livestock and crop farm. At this free afternoon field day from Practical Farmers of Iowa, they will highlight how they work small grains into their field crop rotations and use cover crops for rotational grazing. They will also discuss their farrow-to-finish swine operation. Invited speakers for this field day will touch on resilient farm planning, water quality, and cultivating community resilience.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

IOIA Basic Livestock Inspection Training

August 19-23, 2019
Coralville, Iowa
International Association of Organic Inspectors Basic Livestock Inspection Training includes four days of instruction, including a field trip to a certified organic operation, plus a half day for testing. The registration deadline is June 28, 2019.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

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