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Permalink Horse Progress Days

July 1-2, 2016
Northern Indiana

This is a showcase event for newly manufactured and modified horsedrawn equipment. It features field demonstrations, educational seminars, a parade of breeds, and something for everyone in the horse industry.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Adding Value to Your Farm

July 1, 2016
Milladore, Wisconsin

Farmshed's day-long Adding Value to Your Farm workshop is hosted by Joel Kuehnhold of Lonely Oak Farm in Milladore and Kat Becker and Tony Schultz of Stoney Acres Farm in Athens. Both farms feature commercial kitchens and have entered into endeavors that add value to what they grow and raise.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Lake County Pasture Walk: Jan and Chris Niemeyer

July 6, 2016
Ronan, Montana

Jan and Chris Niemeyer operate a cow/calf operation where they have been making progressive changes to their grazing over the past three years. At this free afternoon event sponsored by Lake County Conservation District and NRCS, walk through their pastures and see
how they have been able to grow far more grass, significantly reducing winter feeding costs. For information, contact Ben Montgomery, 406-676-2841 ext. 111,

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Organic Small Grains Production and Marketing

July 7, 2016
Lone Rock, Wisconsin

Spend the morning at Dolan Farms with Dave Dolan, an experienced organic small grain grower, who will share his knowledge of food-grade grain production. In the afternoon, tour Lonesome Stone Milling where the farm's grain is processed. This is the first of four field days MOSES hosts with OGRAIN, the Organic Grain Resources And Information Network at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Getting an Organic Farm Off the Ground: Small Scale Direct Market

July 7, 2016
Dummerston, Vermont

In this NOFA Vermont evening workshop, join Noah Hoskins and Jen O'Donnell of The Bunker Farm, a diversified farm producing naturally raised meats, flowers, and maple syrup, to discuss how they started their farm in Vermont. This workshop will discuss the process by which The Bunker Farm planned and launched a new small direct market farm business focused on maple, meat, and flowers. Topics include finding start-up capital, equipment and tools needed, scaling and skilling up, and basic materials that they have found invaluable.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Integrated Pest Management Field Day

July 7, 2016
Columbia, Missouri

This event is hosted by University of Missouri's Bradford Research Center.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink SILT Showcase Series

July 8, 2016
Honey Creek, Iowa

Iowa's only land trust dedicated to protecting food farms announces its first SILT Showcase Series, highlighting four Sustainable Iowa Land Trust farms across the state this summer. Each day includes a farm tour, presentations by an appraiser and an attorney, and a free, locally sourced lunch. This showcase visits SILT’s Loess Hills farm in Honey Creek near Council Bluffs, donated by Joe and Sue Driscoll, with appraiser Dan Dvorak on land values with and without ag easements and attorney Kyle Marcum on the tax benefits of different kinds of land donations. RSVP is required.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Historic Farm Tour and Biochar Workshop

July 9, 2016
Evendale, Ohio

This farm tour will explore the historic property, including the three original buildings at Gorman Heritage Farm, a 122-acre working farm and outdoor education center. Visit the gardens, explore the farmyard, and meet the farm's friendly animals. Before the tour, a biochar workshop will cover the history, production methods, and benefits of biochar in sustainable agriculture. The tour is free; there is a charge for the workshop. Pre-registration is required for both.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Sustainable Beekeeping Farm Tour and Workshop

July 9, 2016
Delaware, Ohio

Join Stratford Ecological Center apiarist Dave Noble for a discussion of the challenges and benefits of incorporating bees, beekeeping, and apiculture into a sustainable, organic farming system. Gain an overview of the issues related to establishing an apiary, or just a few hives. After the free tour, a workshop will be offered, providing a more in-depth look at the hives. This event is part of OEFFA's 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Developing a Diversified Horse Powered Farm

July 9, 2016
Cazenovia, New York

Matt Volz is developing a highly diversified, horse-powered farm that includes a raw milk dairy and meat and vegetable production. Join him for this NOFA NY afternoon tour of Greyrock Farm and discussion of how to grow a farm with multiple complementary enterprises and handle the management, production and business challenges on the diversified farm. Learn more about NOFA-NY's Beginning Farmer Project and the On-Farm Skills Development Guide.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Garlic Growers Field Day

July 9, 2016
Howard Lake and Clearwater, Minnesota

Sustainable Farming Association offers a free field day for current and prospective garlic growers at Living Song Farm and Plum Creek Garlic. Joining the farmer presenters will be Dr. Carl Rosen, a soil scientist who has done extensive research on growing garlic in northern climates and is head of the Department of Soil Water and Climate at the University of Minnesota.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

July 9-10, 2016
West Bend, Wisconsin

This weekend event offers more than 150 workshops from the leading authorities on Modern Homesteading, Animal Husbandry, Organic Gardening, Green Building, Natural Health, Renewable Energy, Real Food and more. Regional and national vendors will feature sustainable lifestyle products and services.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Montana Organic Association 2016 Farm Tour

July 9, 2016
Big Sandy, Montana

The second MOA Farm Tour of the season will be at the Quinn Farm & Ranch and The Oil Barn. Quinn Farm & Ranch is 100% Certified Organic and grows Kamut® khorasan wheat, winter wheat, peas, barley, safflower, clover, alfalfa, and experimental plots of dry land produce, including squash, potatoes, sweet corn, and mountain painted corn. There is also an experimental orchard with many varieties of apples, plums and berry bushes. The Oil Barn is an on-farm oilseed processing facility that specializes in organic high-oleic safflower oil for culinary and cosmetic purposes. The Oil Barn recovers used cooking oil from its customers, processes it, and uses it to fuel farm equipment. This day-long event is free.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Summer Pruning and Management on a Medium-Scale Orchard

July 10, 2016
Central City, Iowa

This event is part of the Practical Farmers of Iowa 2016 field day series.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Small-Scale Dairy: Goat Health and Lactation

July 10, 2016
Lexington, Massachusetts

This NOFA Massachusetts workshop offers an opportunity to spend the afternoon in the goat yard with farmer Allison Houghton and Halé Sofia Schatz, who has over 40 years of experience with holistic human nutrition. Explore preventative and holistic approaches to goat health and lactation, with a focus on high quality nutrition and behavioral care.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Beginning Farmer Tour: Harvest Moon Flower Farm

July 10, 2016
Spencer, Indiana

Purdue's Beginning Farmer and Rancher program is offering new and aspiring farmers an opportunity to visit 10 Indiana agribusinesses and learn from Purdue Extension educators, producers, and other experts. On this tour, learn about flower production and selling at farmers markets. The tours are free, but registration is required.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Farm Dreams

July 11, 2016
North Salem, Indiana

Farm Dreams is a four-hour workshop for aspiring farmers to discover what it would really take to start a farm business. From assessing your skills and resources, to meeting successful farmers in your region, to deciding next steps for pursuing your farm dream, this workshop is the perfect setting for you to find out what it takes to own a successful farm business. This session will be held at Blue Yonder Organic Farm.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink CSA Vegetable Production with Organic Farmers of Year

July 11, 2016
Evansville, Wisconsin

At this organic field day, MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year Steve Pincus and Beth Kazmar of Tipi Produce will discuss production techniques, vegetable pest and disease diagnostics and management, and market opportunities for vegetable farms.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Advanced Financing -- Farm Startup Workshop

July 11, 2016
Olathe, Kansas

This workshop is part of the advanced workshop series offered by Growing Growers.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Small Grain Harvesting and Cleaning Management

July 11, 2016
Livingston, New York

Cornell University Small Farms Program offers this field meeting and grain handling tour at Stone House Farm, providing a look at and discussion of harvest machinery and grain cleaning equipment.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Biological Indicators of Soil Health

July 12, 2016

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the Soil Health Division of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. This webinar will explore how soil biota contribute to soil health and high functioning soils and methods currently in use to measure soil biological indicators. However, no one approach is perfect. The advantages and limitations for a variety of these methods will be presented to help audience members better understand how to use them and interpret their values as well as be aware of new tests that are being investigated.

In: Online


Permalink Nourishing Traditional Diets: The Key to Vibrant Health

July 12 or 13, 2016
Sioux Falls, South Dakota or Fargo, North Dakota

Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society presents Sally Fallon Morell, founding president of The Weston A. Price Foundation, giving free evening presentations in two locations.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Cover Crop Field Day

July 12, 2016
Correctionville, Iowa

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Woodbury County Natural Resource Conservation Service and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop field day at John Wilcox Farm. The field day will feature Woodbury County producers John and Roger Wilcox, Shane Susie, and Cherokee County farmer Nathan Anderson. They will share their experiences adding a cover crop to their operations, including the benefits and challenges they have faced. NRCS Agronomist Mike Henderson will discuss soil health and provide a slake-test demonstration. Joel DeJong, extension field agronomist, will share information on herbicide carryover effects on cover crops and provide tips to help with planning and management of cover crops. The Conservation Station rainfall simulator will also be on hand to demonstrate the effects of rainfall on different agricultural and urban land use scenarios through the collection of water runoff and subsurface drainage.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Agroforestry Field Days

July 11-12, 2016
Sauk Centre and Pine River, Minnesota

Farmers in Sauk Centre and Pine River who received funding through Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program and the Central Chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association present two on-farm field days. Both field days will start with a farmer-led presentation about the project followed by presentations by agroforestry experts. On July 11, participants will tour the nursery and in-field plantings at both Camphill Village and Early Boots Farms; both farms are located in Sauk Centre. On July 12, participants will tour the nursery and in-field plantings at the Hunt Utilities Group Campus in Pine River. The field days will culminate with a woods walk to demonstrate the use of Ecological Classification Systems to determine the native plant communities of each farm.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Organic High Tunnel Tomatoes at Cedar Circle

July 12, 2016
East Thetford, Vermont

In this NOFA Vermont evening workshop, join Luke Joanis as he explains his strategies for managing Cedar Circle Farm's high tunnel space dedicated to the production of certified organic tomatoes. Luke will discuss varietal selection, pruning, and disease and pest management.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Postharvest Vegetable Workshop

July 6 or 12, 2016
Oaktown or West Lafayette, Indiana

Purdue Extension will offer two programs to update vegetable growers on federal regulations involving postharvest food safety and show how they can reduce the risk of contamination. The free program will offer an update on the Food and Drug Administration's produce rule as well as updates by both the Indiana Department of Health and Indiana Department of Agriculture. The workshop will include sessions on postharvest good agricultural practices, use of postharvest sanitizers, good manufacturing practices, and food safety in the retail environment.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Organic Produce Summit

July 13-14, 2016
Monterey, California

Network with industry leaders, educators, and innovators in fresh organic produce. The Organic Produce Summit is offering a number of concurrent educational sessions and dynamic speakers. These engaging and informative discussions promise to leave attendees with a fresh perspective when it comes to rethinking the important role organic produce plays in today's grocery marketing environment.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Conservation Practices on a Century Farm

July 13, 2016
Slater, Iowa

This event is part of Practical Farmers of Iowa's 2016 summer field day series.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Lake County Pasture Walk: Foust Farms

July 13, 2016
Moiese, Montana

The Foust Family is working to transform their farm and ranch by using improved grazing and cropping strategies. In 2016 they seeded multiple fields to diverse annual cover crop mixes. They will graze these annual cover crops to provide livestock forage while improving the health and fertility of their soil. This free afternoon event sponsored by Lake County Conservation District and NRCS is a great opportunity to learn about some exciting new farming and ranching strategies. For information, contact Ben Montgomery, 406-676-2841 ext. 111,

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Michigan Farm to Institution Network and Michigan Food Hub Network Joint Meeting

July 13-14, 2016
Kalamazoo, Michigan

The second joint meeting of the Michigan Farm to Institution Network (MFIN) and the Michigan Food Hub Network is organized by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems, Kalamazoo Valley Community College Food Innovation Center, and MSU Extension's Greening Michigan Institute. Cultivate connections and collaboration across networks.

In: North Central SARE Region




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