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Permalink Grazing Workshop

May 25, 2017
Spring Green, Wisconsin

Join Iowa County's Farmer-Led Watershed Group for a tour of two grazing farms followed by lunch at Hillside Pastures Farm. See and discuss grazing practices at Butler Family Farm and Hillside Pastures Farm: grazing rotations, a demonstration of moving fence, no-till drilling for pasture improvement, goats for brush control, stream stabilization and crossings, overwintering fields in recovery, challenges with erosion and runoff, and a rainfall simulator showing impacts of land cover on erosion.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Berry Field Night

May 25, 2017
Piketon, Ohio

Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon will provide information about increasing the yield on strawberry plants, reducing production costs, and using winter protection techniques. Attendees can participate in a blind taste test of 18 varieties of strawberries. Topics will include extending the strawberry growing season in Ohio and robotic picking.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network Webinar: Poultry Exemptions Revisited

May 25, 2017

In this free, one-hour Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar, USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) staff will be on hand to respond to some of the more challenging questions regarding the federal poultry processing exemptions (Public Law 90-492). NMPAN has gathered questions from producers ahead of time regarding issues such as where you can market your poultry, can you cut-up and further process your poultry, what category do producers or groups of producers fall under, what kind of records should be kept, are there any facility requirements expected, and more.

In: Online


Permalink Hands-On Biodegradable Plastic Mulch Field Day

May 25, 2017
Ephrata, Washington

Participants will have opportunities for hands-on access to mulch films (plastic, polyethylene, paper) and will learn about the latest advances in materials and techniques in this free afternoon field day at Cloudview Farm.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Follow-On Workshop Field Day: Irrigation

May 26, 2017
Booneville, Mississippi

At this free event held at Jumpertown High School by the Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production, learn how to set up and operate an irrigation system for a small farm and find out where to get affordable irrigation supplies and support. Pre-registration is required. To register, e-mail

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Grazing Cover Crops Field Day

May 30, 2017
Sioux Center, Iowa

This free afternoon field day from Practical Farmers of Iowa is hosted by Matt Schuiteman. Topics will include grazing rye and hairy vetch, baling rye, growing cover crops for seed, and water quality.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Producer Engagement Field Day with Allen Williams

May 31, 2017
Decatur, Texas

At this full-day event at Dixon Water Foundation, Allen Williams, Ph.D., will provide insight and share his experiences as a consultant, rancher, and pioneer in grass-finished beef production. During an in-field discussion, he will also share his perspectives on soil health, adaptive multi-paddock grazing and forage management, high attribute pasture-based meat production, and alternative marketing systems.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink MarketReady Training

May 31, 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana

LSU AgCenter presents the MarketReady Producer Training Program for those interested in selling products to restaurants, grocers/wholesalers/retailers, and schools/institutions. MarketReady provides professional marketing education to improve sales relationships and get you up to speed with the latest local food programs and resources.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Entrepreneur to Table

June 1-2, 2017
Brattleboro, Vermont

The Slow Living Summit and Windham Grows present this free summit focusing on how to start or grow a conscious small business. The 2017 Summit will cover the Entrepreneur to Table lifecycle, including how to bootstrap your business, branding and marketing strategies, distribution, local sourcing, creating and implementing a sustainable business model, stages of financing, design thinking, lean startup, time management for innovation, and more. The Summit tracks are farm to table, entrepreneurship, and permaculture.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Using Fire and Grazing to Maintain Productive and Ecologically Resilient Grasslands

June 1, 2017

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. The webinar will provide training on the value of biological diversity and ecological resilience and discuss how fire and grazing can be used to sustain resilience, wildlife habitat, pollinator communities, and other important ecosystem components. Examples will be given of how ranchers might incorporate some important principles into existing management systems and evaluate the success of their management from a conservation standpoint.

In: Online


Permalink Small Property Wildlife and Livestock Field Day

June 1, 2017
Madill, Oklahoma

This free, informal, morning field day at the Noble Foundation McMillan East Farm will discuss the management techniques of prescribed fire, brush control, and grazing to improve wildlife habitat on small properties.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Battleground to Breaking Ground

June 2-3, 2017
Adkins, Texas

Texas AgrAbilty and the Battleground to Breaking Ground Project are hosting a farm tour and workshop geared toward veterans, beginning farmers and ranchers, individuals with disabilities, and those interested in starting an agriculture business. On the evening of June 2, there will be a farm tour of the K Bar M Grass-Fed Belted Galloway Ranch and networking opportunity. The full-day workshop on June 3 covers griculture business start-up, business plan development, possibilities for farming/ranching with a disability, financial funding sources for farming/ranching, marketing, and Resources to support agriculture business operations.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Purdue's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Tour: The Farm Connection

June 3, 2017
Clay City, Indiana

This event is part of a 10-tour summer series organized by Purdue Extension as part of Purdue's Indiana Beginning Farmers program. The Farm Connection creates artisanal cheeses from their pasture-raised animals, as well as a variety of other products. The event will include information on cheese-making and developing business plans.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Holistic Orchard Intensive

June 3-4, 2017
Groveton, New Hampshire

This "organic apple everything" weekend with Michael Phillips at the farm inspires people to pursue their own orchard dreams. Gain the practical insights needed to establish your own fruit planting based on the biological systems approach used at Lost Nation Orchard.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Minnesota Farmers Union Womens Conference

June 3, 2017
Little Falls, Minnesota

This day-long conference features sessions on marketing for your farm, how to get funding for your ideas and your farm, the best way to get on a local board, the best insurance for your dreams, and stories from local women farmers sharing their successes and how they got there.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Perennial Fruit Crops Short Course

June 4, 2017
Chatham, Michigan

MSU North Farm's short courses are an in-depth afternoon exploration of farming fundamentals and best practices, taught by multiple instructors. From familiar raspberries to novel types like goji berries, perennial fruits are gaining popularity with market gardeners and farmers alike. Find out about variety selection, establishment, and cultural practices – including growing in high tunnels – for growing berries in a northern climate.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Farm Animal Safety and Management Training

June 5-7, 2017
Alfred, New York

Farm Animal Safety and Management is hosted by the CCE Allegany County at Alfred State College. Focus of the training will be on understanding how to work with livestock. With classroom and hands-on workshops covering safe handling and restraint, safe moving and transporting, and basic animal care skills, producers will enhance knowledge and skill to work safely with livestock. Fee is $125/person which includes housing and meals; active or retired NYS Military Veterans may apply for stipends toward training fee.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Farming With Beneficial Insects for Pest Control: Conservation Biological Control Short Course

June 5, 2017
Jackson, Tennessee

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course from the Xerces Society. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Presenters will overview conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Farm Dreams

June 5, 2017
North Salem, Indiana

This evening workshop held on a working farm helps aspiring farmers you 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 from The Land Connection is the perfect setting for you to find out what it takes to own a successful farm business.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink PASA Education Event - Agroforestry Design Intensive

June 5-6, 2017
Pottstown, Pennsylvania

This two-day, hands-on design intensive will introduce concepts of agroforestry systems and walk attendees through the process of accessing the landscape for opportunities for incorporating perennial agricultural systems into an already actively managed farm. This training is intended to mix landowner/operators with professional service providers to encourage a dynamic group learning process through experience sharing, reality checking and innovative idea generating conversations. This event will take place on Lundale Farm.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Specialty Crops: High Value and Sustainable

June 6-8, 2017
Liberal, Kansas

This three-day professional development workshop will provide information for alternative high value crops, focusing on vegetable production. The activities and discussion time are focused on helping agriculture instructors incorporate curriculum based on alternative and high value crops as a potential supervised agriculture project for students. The workshop presents hands-on activities you can take back to the classroom to help students see and experience the potential of vegetable production. Specifically, the labs will address hydroponic and aeroponic growing systems in greenhouses, potential for high tunnels, and vegetable production in a 4-acre demonstration plot with drip irrigation, plastic mulch, and other intensive production techniques.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Beginning Farmer Regional Workshop

June 6, 2017
Wilton, Iowa

Iowa Agricultural Development Division offers a free opportunity to learn more about the Division's Beginning Farmer Programs, including low-interest loans for the purchase of land, buildings and equipment; Iowa tax credits for landowners who lease to beginning farmers; and Iowa tax credits for farmers to hire a beginning farmer for custom work. This is a morning workshop.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink All About Food: From Farm To Fork Conference

June 6, 2017
Clinton, Michigan

This is an annual event sponsored by the Macomb Food Collaborative to help inform and educate the community about food. Sessions address pollinators, food access, school gardens, poultry processing, nutrition, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Iowa Greenhorn Grazing Workshop

June 6, 2017
Winterset, Iowa

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is leading a five-part workshop series that covers concepts relevant to all producers of grass-based livestock with topics ranging from the importance of managing forage, soil fertility, and water and fencing systems, to forage species selection, fencing and lease issues, and winter feeding plans. Experts from Iowa State, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and private industry will lead the discussions. Local producers will host the pasture walk portions of the course, explaining their operation goals and management practices. Participants are urged to attend all sessions, but fees for individual sessions are available.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Results of a National Transition to Organic Survey

June 6, 2017

In the Understanding Organic Agriculture series, this free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. The webinar will present the results of a national survey of producers who are transitioning or have recently transitioned to organic. Breaking New Ground: Farmer perspectives on organic transition was conducted by Oregon State University and Oregon Tilth.

In: Online


Permalink Food Safety Training Webinar Series for Farmer Support Organizations

June 6, 2017

The final session in this series of two-hour online trainings provided by Agriculture and Land-Based Training Center (ALBA) focuses on Equipment Sanitation: SSOPs and Practices. These webinars are designed for organizations that provide farmer support and technical assistance, such as incubator farms, producer groups, food hubs, and extensionists. The objective of the program is to strengthen capacities of professionals working with small-scale farmer on food safety compliance and counsel them on adoption on appropriate food safety certifications options, including GroupGAP.

In: Online


Permalink High Tunnel Tomato Production

June 7, 2017
West Kingstown, Rhode Island

This evening workshop from NOFA Rhode Island at Brandon Family Farm is open to all but is geared to commercial production. It will briefly cover the basics and focus more on advanced management. Topics will include high tunnel design considerations for tomato production, trellis and pruning systems, variety selection and grafting, irrigation and fertilization strategies, monitoring nutrition, and organic pest and disease management.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Agroforestry Field Day

June 8, 2017
Barnes, Kansas

This Agroforestry Field Day provides landowners, farmers, ranchers, and natural resource professionals the opportunity to learn science-based information regarding design, function, management, and benefits of trees and shrubs within contemporary agricultural systems. This year's event features the Downard Family Farms, 2017 Kansas Agroforestry Award winners for their streambank stabilization and riparian forest buffer plantings on the Little Blue River.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink UC ANR Bay Area Urban Agriculture Workshop Series

June 8, 2017
Oakland, California

Learn the basics of urban farming from UC advisors and local partners in the third of a four-workshop series. This session focuses on Food Safety Basics for Urban Farmers: How to ensure a safe harvest, from the field to the fork. Each workshop is $20 for a full day of expert speakers, which includes lunch and refreshments.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Small Grains Management Field Day

June 8, 2017
Aurora, New York

Cornell University hosts this annual field day at the Musgrave Research Farm.

In: Northeast SARE Region




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