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Permalink Cultivate Baltimore Hands-On Urban Agriculture Workshop

April 25, 2015
Baltimore, Maryland

This hands-on workshop at Real Food Farm will cover container gardening, flower farming, keeping produce fresh after harvest, gardening with youth, from seed to transplant, and enriching your soil with compost.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Piedmont Farm Tour

April 25-26, 2015
Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Person counties, North Carolina

Come learn about the Triangle's local and organic farm and food scene. Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the oldest and largest farm tour of its kind, meet local farmers, and tour their farms. This self-guided tour offers the opportunity to visit any of 40 participating stops over the course of two afternoons.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink MAFO National Farmworker Conference & Convention

April 26-30, 2015
Albuquerque, New Mexico

The conference theme is "Building Stronger Rural Communities." Conference tracks include rural health care, rural asset building, community issues, workforce solutions, and more.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink IOIA Basic Crop and Processing Inspection Trainings

April 26 - May 8, 2015
Flat Rock, North Carolina

IOIA will sponsor Crop Inspection Training on April 26 - May 1, followed by Processing Inspection Training on May 4-8. IOIA Basic Organic Inspection Training courses are recommended for inspector trainees, certification agency staff, regulatory agency staff, farmers, and Ag service providers who want to better understand the organic inspection and certification process. The basic courses include four days of instruction including a field trip to a certified organic crop or processing operation, plus a half day for testing.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic, Efficient, and Profitable: Sassafras Creek Farm Tour

April 27, 2015
Leonardtown, Maryland

Sassafras Creek Farm is a certified organic vegetable operation located in Saint Mary's County, Maryland. David and Jennifer Paulk are second career farmers starting their fifth growing season. They cultivate approximately six acres, including two high tunnels and strawberries. David will give an in-depth farm tour, focusing on their learning process as new farmers and how they are actively improving their efficiency and profitability while meeting organic standards.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Multi-Species Rotational Grazing at a Family Farmstead

April 27, 2015
Ellensburg, Washington

This Tilth Producers of Washington Farm Walk takes place at Green Bow Farm, a family farmstead that focuses on multi-species rotational grazing to produce nutrient dense eggs and grass-fed meats. Farmers Christina Miller and Matthew Cox will share their process for maintaining a sustainable livestock rotation that promotes the health of their land, animals, family, and community.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Management-Intensive Grazing Schools

April 21, 24, 25, 28, and May 1, 2015 or April 28, 29, and 30, 2015
Halfway or Mount Vernon, Missouri

MiG is also known as rotational grazing management. Producers manage for both the benefit of livestock and forage, reducing feed costs and increasing production. These schools include a field day.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Sound and Sensible Organics, Part II

April 28, 2015
Homestead, Florida

NCAT’s Gulf States office, in partnership with Quality Certification Services (QCS) of Gainesville, Florida, is continuing its free workshop series about organic certification for producers in the Gulf States region. This second part of the workshop series will include mock organic certification inspections. This half-day training is designed to help farmers understand what types of records and information are required during an inspection of an organic farm, as well as the ways inspectors verify that all applicable farm activities are in compliance with the national organic standards.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Agriculture Innovation Forum Series: Fruit Trees

April 28, 2015
Minden, Nevada

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is offering free presentations, the last Tuesday of each month through May, on topics important to agricultural producers and small-acreage owners in northern Nevada. The evening presentations are free, and no registration is required.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Water Rights Flexibility and Drought Planning

April 13, 15, 22, or 29, 2015
Gardnerville, Lovelock, Yerington, or Fallon, Nevada

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension presents these drought classes for agricultural producers. The same course is offered in four different locations.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Resources for Organic Producers Selling Local Foods

April 29, 2015
Online

The USDA Organic Working Group will host a webinar highlighting USDA's resources for organic producers marketing local foods. Learn about organic certification, labeling, and online directories of local markets. Learn about more resources for local and regional food programs through the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative. Pre-registration is not required for these webinar sessions. To participate, dial in by phone: 866-740-1260 with access code 7206000. Also access the Web: http://www.readytalk.com
On the left side of the screen, enter Participant Access Code 7206000.

In: Online

 

Permalink Grazing Workshop with Ian Mitchell-Innes

April 29, 2015
Nunnelly, Tennessee

Ian Mitchell-Innes, Holistic Management Educator Specializing in High Density (mob) grazing, will be teaching the 5th annual workshop at Pinewood Farms in a three-day class with pasture tours. Piney River Cattle Company hosts the event.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Targeted Grazing Online Workshops: Choosing and Developing the Animal for the Job

April 30, 2015
Online

Learn the principles of targeted grazing to manage landscape with online workshops from the Targeted Grazing Committee of the Society for Range Management. This session features Dr. Rachel Frost, Missouri River Conservation Districts Council.

In: Online

 

Permalink National Hmong American Farmers Annual National Farm Conference

April 30, 2015
Fresno, California

Coming Together in the Asian American Pacific Islander Farming Community is the theme for this conference. In partnership with Lideres Campesinasm, the NHAF has invited Latino and Latina Farmers, beginning farmers, and farm workers to join in this 6th National event. National Hmong American Farmers, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to helping and improving the social and economic development services of small, minority farmers who traditionally have limited access to farm services and programs

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Farm to School in Iowa Through Partnerships

May 1, 2015
Altoona, Iowa

This is the second of three Iowa workshops that will highlight practical examples of farm to school in action, with discussion of benefits, challenges, and opportunities. Participants will receive a digital toolkit of farm to school resources compiled to address the challenges and opportunities unique to Iowa. These farm to school workshops are being coordinated by the National Center for Appropriate Technology's Midwest Office and FoodCorps Iowa, in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Iowa Nutrition Network.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink The Art and Science of Composting and Ehrenfried Pfeiffer's Chromatography

May 1-3, 2015
Ghent, New York

The Nature Institute offers a weekend workshop that will engage in a phenomenological approach to the Art of Composting. It will explore not only all the practical and technical details of composting but also how we can develop a qualitative understanding of the dynamic processes in the compost pile, and it will consider the significance of compost in the whole farm organism.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Dreams?

May 2, 2015
Asheville, North Carolina

Farm Dreams? is an entry level, five-hour, exploratory workshop designed to help people who are seeking practical, common sense information on whether sustainable farming is the next step for them, and how to move forward. This is a great workshop to attend if you are in the exploratory stages of getting started farming.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Your Community Food System "From the Ground Up" Workshop

May 2-3, 2015
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Growing Power's "From the Ground Up" Workshops are intensive, hands-on trainings offering diverse groups the opportunity to learn, plan, develop, operate, and sustain community food projects. Project participants leave the workshop with improved skills that they can take back into their communities and pass on to others. These workshops are for both rural and urban projects.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Creating the Cooperative Farm: Designing for Diversity

May 2, 2015
Hudson, New York

Letterbox Farm Collective is a growing collective of farmers, producing specialty vegetables, herbs, pork, pastured poultry, eggs and value added products. In this NOFA New York Field Day, learn how Letterbox has developed their team, systems, markets, skills, and security in their first two years, and delve into the structural components (member agreements, business planning, and more) that make their business work.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink California Farm to School Conference

May 4-6, 2015
Pacific Grove, California

The conference will offer a series of workshops, panels, and discussions that will be of significant educational and networking value to attendees who will represent all facets of the farm to school movement, including farmers, distributors, government representatives, procurement officers, educators, and food program administrators. The pre-conference day on Monday offers optional activities and field trips (most for an additional fee) and opportunities to see programs in action. Five tracks will be offered at the Conference: Education in the Cafeteria and Classroom; Programs on the Farm and in the Garden; Making The Case; Local Procurement; and The Big Picture.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Pastured Poultry Workshop

May 4, 2015
Dartmouth, Massachusetts

This evening event at Copicut Farms kicks off SEMAP's Twilight Workshop Series. There will be a farm tour, where folks will get a close up of the brooder, the broiler field coops, the laying hens, and the pig pastures. Following this, participants will tour the slaughtering facility. There will be in-depth conversation about the set up and daily functioning of the slaughtering facility as well as discussion about the resources available in the state for folks to do their own poultry processing using the State licensed Mobile Processing Unit.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Decoding Organic Feed and Supplement Requirements for Livestock

May 5, 2015
Online

This webinar will help participants understand the livestock feed requirements of the National Organic Standards in more detail. Join Oregon Tilth and presenters Jackie Sleeper and Jeff Mattocks for a breakdown of the livestock feed standards and how they apply to specific systems; an overview of feed supplements, including how they are classified and regulations for use; and guidelines for ensuring that your animals' nutritional needs are being met while remaining compliant with the standards.

In: Online

 

Permalink Pain Management on Organic Dairy Farms Webinar

May 5, 2015
Online

This event is part of an educational livestock health series offered by Veterinary Extension at The Ohio State University and OEFFA. During this webinar led by Dr. Ulrike Sorge DVM and Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann, you will learn how to recognize signs of pain in animals, the economic impact of pain on the well-being and production of animals, and about approaches to address pain in animals within the organic guidelines. The session is geared toward veterinarians, Extension educators, farmers, and others who work with certified organic livestock.

In: Online

 

Permalink Sound and Sensible Organic Certification Workshop

May 5, 2015
College Park, Georgia

NCAT's Gulf States office, in partnership with Quality Certification Services (QCS) of Gainesville, Florida, is offering a free workshop about organic certification for producers in the Gulf States region. The workshop is intended to enlist new farmers and ranchers and help them learn how to become National Organic Program (NOP)-certified. It will provide information and expertise to farmers interested in NOP and answer questions regarding organic farm practices and NOP certification.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm to School & Preschool: Building Healthier Kids & Healthier Communities

May 6, 2015
Shelburne, Vermont

In this workshop offered twice at Shelburne Farms, Emily Jackson, Program Director of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, will share ASAP's success story of connecting young children, food, and farmers. Take part in taste tests, soil exploration, and planting seedlings.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Exploring the Small Farm Dream

May 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2015
Peninsula, Ohio

This highly rated four-session evening course will take a small group of participants through the process of setting personal and farming goals, assessing available resources, and developing an action plan to guide next steps. Along the way, participants will take a close look at the realities of working for themselves and managing a successful agriculture venture. This is not a farm business planning course, but a precursor to farm business planning, with the ultimate goal of helping participants answer the question, “Is starting an agricultural business right for me?”

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Sound and Sensible Organics, Part II

May 6 or 7, 2015
Atlanta or Commerce, Georgia

NCAT's Gulf States office, in partnership with Quality Certification Services (QCS), is continuing its free workshop series about organic certification for producers in the Gulf States region. This second part of the workshop series will include mock organic certification inspections. This half-day training is designed to help farmers understand what types of records and information are required during an inspection of an organic farm, as well as the ways inspectors verify that all applicable farm activities are in compliance with the national organic standards.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Skills Refresher

May 7, 2015
Purcellville, Virginia

Future Harvest CASA offers this workshop with folks from Wheatland Vegetable Farm, Potomac Vegetable Farms, and Moutoux Orchard. Topics will include tractor maintenance, vegetable implement repair, irrigation, basic carpentry and electrical work, and workshop tools.
A tour of these diverse, productive operations follows.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Mob Grazing School

May 7-9, 2015
Clark, Missouri

Greg Judy and Ian Mitchell Innes team up for this school covering all the critically important steps in implementing high density planned grazing. There will be classroom sessions in the morning; pasture walks covering all aspects of mob grazing in the afternoons.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Women Caring for the Land

May 5, 6, or 7, 2015
Altoona, Medford, or Marshfield, Wisconsin

The Rural Women's Project, a project of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), is partnering with the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN) to bring the Women Caring for the Land℠ program to Wisconsin. These free workshops support women landowners in learning about land conservation and connecting with various state agencies for program and local resource information. Women landowners who attend this meeting will learn to assess and improve the health of their soils through cover crops, no-till and strip-till, and other conservation practices. All workshops run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and include lunch and a bus tour of area conservation practices.

In: North Central SARE Region

 


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