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Permalink IPM In-depth Hands-on Greenhouse Workshop

July 25, 2017
Ithaca, New York

Cornell University offers this full-day workshop with an opportunity to bring samples for plant specialists to diagnose, hear updates on disease-management strategies for edible crops, learn about advances in greenhouse lighting, and focus on learning about aphids for better control.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Smarter Not Harder: Production Efficiency for Onion & Potato Crops

July 26, 2017
South Royalton, Vermont

This NOFA Vermont afternoon workshop will focus on production efficiency for onion and potato crops. Tour the farm with farmer Geo Honigford and consultant Mimi Arnstein, taking a look at how these crops are grown. Go over fact sheets and have a discussion sharing ideas on how to optimize production of these crops efficiently and what factors have the biggest impact on return on investment. Presenters will also discuss step-by-step methods for determining cost of production for any crop, allowing growers to focus on their most lucrative crops and make improvements to increase profitability.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Hiring Farm Employees - Process and Recommendations

July 26, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar from Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture and University of Maryland Extension will explore the hiring process and ways to acquire employees that best fit your operation.

In: Online

 

Permalink Farming Practices that Benefit Pollinators (and a Whole Lot More!) Farm Tour and Workshop

July 26, 2017
Holton, Kansas

The Kansas Rural Center (KRC) will host a "Farming Practices that Benefit Pollinators (and a Whole Lot More!)" day-long farm tour and workshop. The event will provide information about the impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides on pollinators, the efficacy of neonicotinoids on Kansas crops, and farming strategies and practices that can reduce or eliminate the need for neonicotinoid seed treatments and other pesticides. Four Kansas farmers who are successfully utilizing farming practices that benefit pollinators will explain how and why they farm the way they do. Farmers Gail Fuller, Robin Griffeth, Shane New, and Lucinda Stuenkel will discuss strategies they use to increase biodiversity, soil health, and water and air quality on their farms, and how they transitioned towards farming practices that benefit pollinators

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Crops & Soils Field Day

July 27, 2017
Alburgh, Vermont

University of Vermont Extension offers the 10th Annual Crops & Soils Field Day, "A Decade of Innovation - Germination - Application." The day's activities will show how the program is tackling challenges faced by Vermont farmers through researching new crops and new approaches to farming in northern New England. Tours will be offered of research trials, and there will be sessions ranging from pasture management to precision agriculture, as well as commercial production of new crops with tastings of end-products from crop research.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Kentland Beef & Forage Day

July 27, 2017
Blacksburg, Virginia

Virginia Tech's Kentland Farm hosts demonstrations and workshops on feeder cattle quality and marketing, economics of cattle handling, bale-handling and processing equipment, alternative forages and grazing strategies, and practical application of precision technology in livestock and forages. This event is presented by Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink American Community Gardening Association Annual Conference

July 27-30, 2017
Hartford, Massachusetts

This 38th annual conference includes workshops covering cutting edge horticulture practices, community gardening start-up and sustainability, school/youth gardening curricula, and innovative health and workplace programs. There will also be speakers, all-day tour excursions to major community gardening and urban agriculture programs in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crops in Montana: See How They Work

July 28, 2017
Boulder, Montana

Join NCAT Specialist Dave Scott, Kate Vogel of North 40 Ag, and NRCS specialists for a workshop on cover crops and livestock grazing at Chris and Sandy Carey's ranch. The Careys will share information about a multi-species cover crop trial they are conducting this summer. Species selection, harvest, and grazing strategies will be discussed.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems First Fifty Celebration

July 28-30, 2017
Santa Cruz, California

The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The First Fifty Celebration’s three days of events combine an engaging lineup of speakers, workshops, tours, and music, with great local food and time for mingling with old-timers and newcomers to the sustainable agriculture community.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Los Angeles Area Urban Agriculture Workshop Series

July 28, 2017
Pomona, California

This is the second in a series of four urban agriculture workshops from UC ANR. This day-long session focuses on common production challenges. The workshop is hosted by Cal Poly Pomona, and as part of the day, participants will learn about their new Urban Agriculture Program and tour the farm at Cal Poly's Agriscapes. Pre-registration is required.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Monarch Habitat Field Days on Farms

July 25 or 28, 2017
Princeton or Ramsey, Minnesota

At either of these free afternoon field days, join the Xerces Society for hands-on demonstrations, activities, and informational sessions about installing and managing native habitat for monarchs and other wildlife on farms. Topics covered include site selection and site-prep methods for native plantings, seed mix design, planting methods, habitat management, native plant ID, evaluating and monitoring plant establishment, monarch biology and conservation, Farm bill programs and funding opportunities for farmers, and Beyond monarchs: additional benefits of habitat to wildlife and humans.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Youth Urban Farming Tour

July 29, 2017
Cleveland, Ohio

This free tour is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Tour guests can visit Green Corps' oldest farm, established in 1996. Youth farmers will describe the history of "The Little Yellow House" located on site, as well as square foot gardening, composting, herb spirals, and beekeeping. Co-sponsored by OEFFA's Lake Effect Chapter, this event also features food demonstrations, music, and family friendly activities

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Women Who Farm Field Day

July 30, 2017
Sidney, Illinois

The Land Connection's summer field day series celebrates Illinois' local women ag pioneers, visiting one farm each month. Each event will explore the skill or niche that the host farmer does best, and then dive into topics relevant to all women farmers, no matter their production type. The July event visits Cathe Capel at Seven Sisters Farm and focuses on wool fiber and silvopasturing.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Conference

July 30 - August 2, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin

The 72nd International Conference theme is Conservation Connections: Creating Pathways to Sustainability. The conference provides a forum for interdisciplinary discussions that are essential to the success of conservation, a field that depends upon understanding relationships and interconnectedness. The agenda features numerous workshops, speakers, and tours.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Produce Safety Alliance Train the Trainer Course

July 31 - August 1, 2017
Uvalde, Texas

Attendees will become PSA Trainers and are able to offer the PSA standardized curriculum to growers under the direction of a PSA Lead Trainer. This two-day course will provide detailed information about Good Agricultural Practices, co-management of natural resources and food safety, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and a review of the PSA Grower Training curriculum.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Dairy Transition: Developing a Grazing System

July 31, 2017
West Danville, Vermont

Molly Brook Farm began their transition to organic in January of this year. In this NOFA Vermont workshop, tour their pastures with grazing consultant Sarah Flack and UVM Agronomist Dr. Heather Darby; discussing the organic transition process and challenges that have arisen and how they developed a grazing system through new seeding of corn fields. Lunch is provided, and after lunch, service providers will be available to answer any questions you have about transitioning and organic dairy production.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink FarmStarts

August 1, 2017
Jamestown, North Dakota

FarmStarts is providing training for beginning farmers who have been in the business for less than 10 years. Conventional and organic producers are welcome to attend this free, day-long training. Topics include organic farming operations, organic grain marketing, organic crop insurance, soil health, organic certification, financial management, and an introduction to OFARM.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Dry Farming Collaborative Field Day

August 1, 2017
Corvallis, Oregon

Twelve Dry Farming Collaborative sites will be hosting tours in August. Learn about dry farming and see crops (tomatoes, potatoes, squash, melon, zucchini, dry beans, corn, orchard crops) grown with little or no supplemental irrigation in the field. This evening event visits OSU Vegetable Research Farm and OSU Lewis Brown Farm.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Cornell Floriculture Field Day

August 1, 2017
Ithaca, New York

This event includes research and marketing updates, a chance to tour flower trials at Bluegrass Lane, learning stations, and vendors.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Iowa Greenhorn Grazing Workshop

August 1, 2017
Winterset, Iowa

This event is part of the five-part 2017 Iowa Greenhorn Grazing series. The meeting begins with an educational session and concludes with a farm tour.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Results of Organic Focused Conservation Innovation Grants

August 1, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by Oregon Tilth in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)- Science and Technology National Technology Support Centers. This webinar will share the results of two NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) that focused on organic systems. David Redhage will discuss the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture's CIG which focused on establishment and management of native plants for native pollinators. Laura Hedeen will present findings from the Minnesota Food Association’s CIG which explored tools and techniques to increase the accessibility of organic farming for immigrant and minority growers.

In: Online

 

Permalink Saturated Buffer and Cover Crop Field Day

August 1, 2017
Slater, Iowa

This Iowa Learning Farms free evening field day is hosted by Lee Tesdell.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Women Caring for the Land Workshop

August 2, 2017
Belleville, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Farmers Union, in partnership with Pheasants Forever, will host five Women Caring for the Land workshops geared toward women farmers or landowners who are interested in learning more about conservation and networking with other farm women in their region. Each event includes a morning learning circle, potluck lunch, and afternoon tour of the host farm. At this workshop, see how Becky Olson and her husband applied her environmental non-profit experience to transform from dairy to direct grain sales to brewers and bakers. Learn how a trout-fishing easement helped bridge their inter-generational farm transition while protecting the watershed.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Next Gen Transitioning to Organic Tour

August 2, 2017
Chelan, Washington

Join Washington State University and the Next Generation Tree Fruit Network for an free, two-hour afternoon opportunity to learn more about organic tree fruit production. Speakers will discuss compost and fertility, soil renovation, and paperwork and certification. Speakers will be Mike Brownfield, who has farmed organic apples, pears, and cherries since 1990, and Jeff Collin, the WSDA Organic Inspector for North Central Washington.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink IOIA/OEFFA Organic Livestock Inspection Field Training

August 2-3, 2017
Wooster, Ohio

IOIA and Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) will cosponsor Organic Livestock Inspection Field Training, a structured apprenticeship that will include two days of practice inspections with an IOIA trainer mentor. At the Field Training, participants will work with an experienced inspector to participate in and complete, two inspection reports. This training is designed for prospective inspectors who have successfully completed an IOIA basic Livestock Inspection Training, or current inspectors who wish to add livestock inspections to their resume. Both dairy and poultry inspections are available for this training.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink High Tunnel Systems Webinar

August 2, 2017
Online

In this free, one-hour webinar presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center, participants will learn about techniques used in high tunnel cropping systems to address issues with salinity, nutrient management, and pest management. Different cropping systems that can be used in high tunnels will be discussed. Nutrient management and irrigation water management will be presented as techniques that can address salinity issues. Another technique is temperature management to control pest outbreaks and improve crop growth within the high tunnel.

In: Online

 

Permalink 3rd Annual Farmer Olympics and Pizza Social

August 2, 2017
Poultney, Vermont

At this evening NOFA-Vermont event, individual farm teams will show off their finely-honed skills in events ranging from physical to cerebral to plain ridiculous. Unwind, celebrate the season, and kick back before that heavy fall workload begins. Dinner and treats will be provided for all hard working farmers.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Holistic & Organic Livestock Management Webinar

August 3, 2017
Online

Join the CCOF Foundation and Holistic Management International for an introductory webinar that explores the intersections between organic and holistic management systems for cattle operations.This webinar will review the basic principles of both approaches for cattle ranchers. Then, explore how the two approaches can work together for cattle ranchers looking to cultivate economically and environmentally sustainable operations. Joe Morris of T.O. Cattle Company will share his experiences combining both organic and Holistic Management practices on his ranch. This introductory webinar is ideal for organic cattle ranchers looking to find out more about the basics of Holistic Management, Holistic Management practitioners curious to learn more about the organic certification, and cattle ranchers new to both approaches.

In: Online

 

Permalink The Food Project Summer Institute

August 3-5, 2017
Boston, Massachusetts

Learn, Grow, and Connect at The Food Project's Summer Institute. Learn about summer-season planning and youth crew design; the foundations of youth leader development in the context of farming, social justice, and food-access initiatives; how to build a year-round tiered youth leader development structure to support your work; and what it takes to run dynamic farm operations with high school youth.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Managing Potholes and Matching Conservation Efforts to Farm Goals

August 3, 2017
Charles City, Iowa

This free Practical Farmers of Iowa field day is hosted by Wendy Johnson and Johnny Rafkin at Joia Food Farm. At this field day, learn about conservation tactics for your farm, doing what’s best, economically and environmentally, in marginal land while working within the parameters of your farm goals. Research from Team Pothole at ISU shines light on what farmers can do with low areas that do not yield much during wet years.

In: North Central SARE Region

 


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