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Permalink Controlling Worms in Sheep and Goats: Hands-On FAMACHA Instruction and Pasture Walk

August 1, 2015
Whitehall, Montana

Learn how to increase your dewormer's efficiency by creating refugias with the FAMACHA system. Better yet, learn how to reduce your dependence on dewormers by grazing to control parasites.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Farm Equipment 101 and Demonstration

August 2, 2015
Van Horne, Iowa

Eric and Ann Franzenburg use a diverse set of farm equipment – both large and small – to manage Pheasant Run farm. Join them at a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day as they demonstrate how to use machinery, implements and tools, and discuss how each is employed within the farm enterprises. Participants will be able to try out tools in the field. Eric and Ann will also provide an overview of tractor safety for beginners.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Soil Fertility, Compost, and Organic Farming

August 3, 2015
Pullman, Washington

Tilth Producers of Washington presents an all-day workshop to learn about biologically improving soil. It will be held at WSU Eggert Organic Farm and the WSU Composting Facility.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Introduction to Cut Flowers

August 3, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri

This evening workshop is part of the Growing Growers workshop series, featuring instruction and farm tours.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Bus Trip to Gabe Brown's Ranch in North Dakota

August 3-6, 2015
Bismarck, North Dakota

Practical Farmers of Iowa members can join in a bus trip to Burleigh County, North Dakota, where they will spend two days learning about soil health, cover crops, and grazing with a full-day tour of Gabe Brown’s ranch followed by a hands-on workshop and tour with Jay Fuhrer at the Menoken farm. Buses depart from Ames and Clear Lake, Iowa.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Dry Farming Field Day

August 3, 2015
Corvallis, Oregon

OSU Extension Small Farms will host a free, afternoon field day at the dry farming plots at Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture. Taste dry-farmed vs. irrigated tomatoes.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Open Farm Week

August 3-9, 2015

For Open Farm Week, farms across Vermont will open their doors, giving you the opportunity to meet farmers, try new foods, and get your hards dirty. Farm stands, CSA farms and farmers markets are participating, and more than 50 farms across the state will participate. Specific locations, activities, and events are listed online.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Webinar on NOP Organic Integrity Database

August 4, 2015

AMS National Organic Program and Information Technology Service will host an interactive webinar updating the organic community about the development of the Organic Integrity Database. The webinar will include an overview of the capabilities planned for the first release of the database, review of categories, and discussion of how stakeholder feedback and the certifier user group has informed this first release. The webinar begins at 2 pm Eastern.

In: Online


Permalink Revisiting Organic Agriculture Webinar Series: Nutrient Sources

August 4, 2015

American Society of Agronomy is offering a monthly series of webinars that will examine several issues associated with organic production and management. Cost for each individual webinar is $25 for members and certified professionals and $40 for non-members. Cost for the series is $113 for members and certified professionals and $180 for non-members.

In: Online


Permalink Opportunities for Conservation in Organic Livestock Systems

August 4, 2015

Join this webinar to learn about the wide range of opportunities for NRCS support in organically-managed livestock operations. The presenters will discuss opportunities for conservation in organic livestock systems from both the NRCS and producer perspectives. They will present common organic management practices and National Organic Program (NOP) regulations relevant to livestock, including pasture and outdoor access, feed management, and pasture management. The presentation will highlight NRCS practices that can fit well in organic systems, such as rotational grazing, fencing, and pasture management.

In: Online


Permalink Spotted Wing Drosophila Workshop: Team Approach From Around the World

August 4, 2015
Eugene, Oregon

Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides is offering this workshop that soft fruit growers should attend. Develop your farm's management plan, using a range of sanitation and cultural tactics from around the world. The agenda will focus on understanding SWD biology, behavior, and seasonal needs. The workshop is presented by Amy J. Dreves, Oregon State University, Beverly Gerdeman, Washington State University, and Emilio Guerrieri & Massimo Giorgini, Institute for Plant Protection at the National Research Council of Italy. There will also be a presentation on whole-farm revenue insurance.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Grazing Lands Field Day and Tour

August 4, 2015
Forbes, North Dakota

North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition, in partnership with the North Dakota Natural Resources Trust, is hosting its annual grazing lands field day and tour from 1 to 5:30 pm at the Sand Ranch. RSVP by July 30 is required to attend the evening meal and can be made by contacting Sue Balcom at or 701-527-5169.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Cornell Soil Health Train the Trainer Workshop

August 5, 2015
Ithaca, New York

This intensive training workshop focuses on measuring and improving soil health through holistic, adaptive, and data-driven soil management. The target audience is professionals working with agricultural or urban soil management issues. This workshop will include a mix of in-depth classroom training, hands-on field and laboratory experiences, and opportunities to work with national and international colleagues. There will be an optional field trip to discuss soil health practices, field assessment of soil health status, and appropriate management options. Participants will learn about soil health principles, analysis, reporting, interpretation, and management from experts.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Retail Farm Market School: Rohrbach's Farm Market

August 5, 2015
Catawissa, Pennsylvania

Enhance your retail farm marketing skills with this free at-market workshop on a diverse, multi-generation farm. This evening gathering will be focused on retail marketing and agritourism activities of this diverse, multi-generation farm. Conversations will center on meeting the ever-changing demands of customers, as well as common methods of pricing and price strategies.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink HMI Open Gate Learning Day: Stigge & Sons Ag Day

August 5, 2015
Washington, Kansas

The Open Gate Learning Series from Holistic Management International consists of farm/ranch days held on the land and hosted by an experienced Holistic Management practitioner. Attendees have the opportunity to identify common challenges and discuss creative solutions in a friendly atmosphere. The goal of the day is to create a forum for sharing practices, ideas, advice, and solutions. This event focuses on Integrating Livestock & Cover Cropping for Profit.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Organic Dairy Farm Tour

August 5, 2015
Hillsboro, Ohio

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. Join Landis Weaver and tour co-sponsor the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council for a pasture walk and tour, filled with spirited conversation about the finer points of organic, grass-based dairying.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production

August 6, 2015
Zionsville, Pennsylvania

This evening class is on Plant Disease Scouting, ID, and Management. The event will include a farm tour, effective organic disease management at Good Work Farm, a hands-on scouting and disease identification exercise, and an exercise on identifying effective controls.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Fall Farm Boosting: Integrating Season Extension and Overwintering Practices for Better Farm Performance

August 6, 2015
Dryden, New York

At this NOFA-NY Field Day, take a detailed tour of the newly constructed season extension infrastructure (a heated greenhouse, two movable tunnels, and one stationary tunnel) at the Tompkins Cortland Community College Farm. Experienced farmer and college farm manager Todd McLane will share his decision-making process for building each structure and how the farm plans to integrate each technology into the overall farm business model. Learn how to make decisions about season extension methods that work for your farm, and how those decisions might affect your farm's finances.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Bradford Research Center Organic Field Day

August 6, 2015
Columbia, Missouri

The annual Organic Field Day is designed for organic and small-scale farmers. This free event will feature five different tours at Bradford Research Center, addressing topics such as pollinators, weed control, fish farming, composting, and organic vegetable research.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink PASA's 2015 Soil Health Summer Conference

August 6-7, 2015
Centre Hall, Pennsylvania

This two-day in-depth learning experience will dive into practical and effective practices to build and maintain soil health on your farm. Lead speaker Gary Zimmer of Midwestern BioAg brings extensive knowledge on biological farming, and will share practical methods to work with nature--feeding soil life, balancing soil minerals and tilling soils with a purpose. Through a combination of classroom style presentations and on-farm experiences led by a team of speakers, attendees will gain a deep insight into soil function and management strategies for any farm.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Manure as a Solid Waste and Clean Air Issues in Animal Agriculture Webinar

August 6, 2015

Dr. Shannon Ferrell, associate professor of agricultural economics, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University, will discuss the implications of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Clean Air Act (CAA) on animal agriculture, recent litigation, and other legal issues. This webinar is open to livestock producers, Extension educators, agricultural service professionals, and anyone else interested in learning more about the potential impacts of RCRA and the CAA on livestock operations. The one-hour webinar is free to attend and begins at noon Eastern Time.

In: Online


Permalink Irrigation and Water Efficiency Workshop

August 7, 2015
Valley Center, California

Join Community Alliance for Family Farms for an irrigation/water efficiency workshop at Triple B Ranches to discuss drought, rootstocks, and dry farming wine grapes.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Grain and Alfalfa Production Farm Tour

August 7, 2015
Lindsey, Ohio

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. On the tour of Turnow Ventures, attendees will see a corn, soybean, wheat, black bean rotation; test plots studying various weed control cultivation methods, and soil-fertility approaches utilizing soil-balancing techniques.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink FarmFest

August 7-8, 2015
Centre Hall, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Certified Organic presents its 4th annual FarmFest, a free event with speakers, local food market, family activities, entertainment, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink VegScout School

August 8, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota

This third session of VegScout School offered by Women's Environmental Institute focuses on Plant Disease Identification & Management. Workshops will have a lecture component and in-class assignments using live and photo samples to ID and will involve using dissecting scopes or hand lens to view distinct diagnostic features of pests, followed by hands-on and in-field activities to test knowledge and problem solve.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Post-Harvest Handling

August 8, 2015
Chatham, Michigan

This afternoon workshop is part of the North Farm Extension Workshop Series. Learn about techniques, tools, and systems that will help you maximize the salable portion of your harvested crop while maintaining a level of efficiency and safety.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

August 8-9, 2015
West Bend, Wisconsin

These fun-filled, sustainable-lifestyle fairs deliver practical, hands-on training and experience taught by leading experts in renewable energy, organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, green home building and more. Speakers for this fair include Will Allen, Harriet Behar, Gianaclis Caldwell, Jean-Martin Fortier, and Joel Salatin.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Student Organic Seed Symposium

August 9-12, 2015
Madison, Wisconsin

The symposium will provide an environment that facilitates the continued network established in the previous years, which has led to new research initiatives and post-graduate career opportunities in the organic seed sector. It will also foster the free exchange of ideas, knowledge, and research surrounding organic seed breeding, production, and ethics. The conference theme, "Growing the Organic Seed Spectrum, a Community Approach," will be explored through lectures from invited organic community experts and field trips showcasing the Midwest's organic seed spectrum.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Growing Cut Flowers for Market

August 10 and 17, 2015
Pittsboro, North Carolina

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a two-part workshop on Growing Cut Flowers for Market. The August 10 workshop will be a full day of presentations and the August 17 workshop will take place at Perry-winkle Farm in northern Chatham County. This is a very unique and rare opportunity to learn from two very successful cut flower growers.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 2015 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day

August 10, 2015
Ames, Iowa

Commercial production topics and practices will be featured at this afternoon event at ISU Horticulture Research Station. This year's field day will showcase small-scale fruit and vegetable production systems, cropping practices, research projects, and tools and equipment needed. The field day is organized in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

In: North Central SARE Region




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