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Permalink Monarchs Across Georgia Pollinator Symposium

September 23, 2017
Conyers, Georgia

Join Monarchs Across Georgia for a day of renowned speakers, butterfly and nature walks, exhibitors, and demonstrations. Topics include native bees, monarchs, hummingbirds, and more.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Dried Flower Production

September 23, 2017
Cumming, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day takes place at Howell's Greenhouse and Floral. Join Fred for a lively tour through the dried-flower process on the farm, from production to finished dried arrangements. Fred will discuss perennial and annual flower production in the field and the greenhouse, and his preferred ways to harvest and store different types of flowers. Attendees will also see how the flowers are dried and how beautiful dried arrangements are created.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Livestock Options Workshop

September 23, 2017
Kansas City, Missouri

This one-day workshop is part of the Growing Growers advanced workshop series.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Specialty Crop Workshop

September 23-24, 2017
Wheatland, Wyoming

University of Wyoming Extension offers this event featuring University staff and specialty-crop producers. Topics will include hops, strawberries, lavender, brewing, grapes, distilling, and economic and legal aspects of specialty-crop diversification.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm and Food Leadership Conference

September 24-26, 2017
McKinney, Texas

This unique conference focuses on the policies and regulations affecting our farms and our food as well as the latest developments in sustainable agriculture. Whether you are a farmer, consumer, chef, local foods business owner, or nonprofit advocate, you will find useful information and tools to help support the growth of the local and sustainable food movement.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Seed Production Workshop and Field Day

September 24, 2017
Red Bluff, California

Join Organic Seed Alliance and Elliot Proffitt of Red Gate Ranch for this field day and workshop. Learn seed production basics including harvesting and cleaning practices with hands-on equipment demonstrations. Tour seed crops in the field and see how they fit into a diversified produce and animal operation.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink National Young Farmers Coalition Boulder County Water Bootcamp

September 24, 2017
Longmont, Colorado

Join the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), local NYFC chapter the Flatirons Young Farmers Coalition, and CSU Extension for a half-day Water Bootcamp to explore what you need to know about water as a beginning farmer or rancher. NYFC Water Bootcamps are educational water workshops that provide young and beginning farmers and ranchers with tools to understand water rights and water policy, resources to enhance water stewardshp, and information to enter roles of water leadership.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Mushroom Short Course

September 24-26, 2017
Mendenhall, Pennsylvania

Penn State University will be hosting and celebrating the 59th Mushroom Short Course. The conference will feature speakers from both industry and academia and will highlight the latest advances, challenges, and opportunities on a broad range of subjects. Topics will include up-to-date progress at the forefront of mushroom quality, food safety, dietary health, regulatory concerns, disease and pest management, cultivation practices, compost quality, spawn technology, energy usage, spent compost, and others.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Women Who Farm Field Day: Fruit and Herbs

September 24, 2017
Eureka, Illinois

The Women Who Farm field day series visits five women-led farms, showcasing what they do best and providing an opportunity for women farmers to meet and build a supportive community. We will tour the host farm, Sunny Lane Aronia, learn about her specialty, and then gather for refreshments and networking.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cider Production, From Tree to Tap

September 25, 2017
Carlton, Washington

This Tilth Alliance Farm Walk visits Sixknot Cider, a certified organic cidery and orchard located in the Methow Valley. Learn why Sixknot chose to build a taphouse instead of developing a less expensive, canned product to compete for retail shelf space. Additional information will be provided by Bri Ewing, WSU Extension Fermentation Specialist, and Tianna DuPont, WSU Extension Tree Fruit Specialist.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Carolina Meat Conference

September 25-26, 2017
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

At the largest gathering of pastured meat-makers in the country, farmers, chefs, butchers, and industry leaders convene for two days of unparalleled networking, hands-on training, and technical and business assistance. This conference supports a growing community committed to advancing market opportunities and increasing customer access to pasture-based meats. Attendees can expect more than twenty innovative class sessions on diverse topics, butchery demos, special technical tracks for professionals, and many opportunities for social networking. New this year, NC Choices is holding a Pre-Conference event on September 24 for Extension agents, specialists, and associates seeking additional meat-related training in a smaller atmosphere.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Indiana Food Summit

September 25-26, 2017
Indianapolis, Indiana

Each year, Purdue Extension, along with many partnering organizations, hosts the annual Indiana Local Food Summit. This event provides learning, networking and sharing opportunities for the people, communities, and organizations working to create an Indiana food system that is more resilient, economically vibrant, and diverse. Attendees will learn about new topics and be able to take a deep dive into learning and professional development as well as share their own community work with those from their region.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Microgreens Production

September 25, 2017
Kansas City, Missouri

This afternoon workshop is part of the Growing Growers Advanced Workshop Series.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink On-Farm Food Safety Workshop

September 25, 2017
Clark Fork, Idaho

This two-hour on-farm food safety workshop takes place at Breigh Peterson and Darren Cloud's Mountian Cloud Farm. Certified trainer David Wise will teach participants how to look at the farm through the lens of food safety by leading us through the process of conducting an on-farm food safety assessment using the Good Agricultural Practices checklist as a guide.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Wellness Tourism Field Day

September 25, 2017
St James, Missouri

The Vintage Homesteader Potager Herb Farm received SARE support to test market new agritourism opportunities specifically designed for niche wellness tourism consumers in Missouri. Join them for an afternoon Field Day to learn more.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Building Your Own Farm's Food Safety Manual Workshop

September 25, 2017
Gainesville, Florida

This program is a one-day workshop to help growers develop their own food safety manuals. It is targeted to fresh fruit and/or vegetable farming operations, field or greenhouse. The workshop is conducted using computers (one laptop is provided for in-house use per farm if necessary, limited laptops available) to access a web-based food safety manual development program. The workshop is limited to 20 farms on a first come, first serve basis. The workshop was developed and is presented by the University of Florida, Small Farms Academy Extension Agents, and is partially supported by a grant through the Florida Specialty Crops Block Grant program from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Your Market with Grant Funding

September 25, 2017
Online

Are you a farm market manager looking for local, state, federal, and foundation grant programs to expand your market and available programs? If so, plan to attend this introductory 90-minute webinar to learn more about grant writing basics and available grant opportunities. Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, from New Leaf Consulting, will provide a brief overview of developing and implementing grants, followed by examples of grants that are available for farmers markets. There will be a time set aside at the end of the program for participants to ask questions. This unique webinar is free and open to the public.

In: Online

 

Permalink Twilight Chestnut Field Day

September 26, 2017
Gibsonville, North Carolina

North Carolina Cooperative Extension has organized a Twilight Field Day to feature Chestnut Production at High Rock Farm. This Field Day is intended for anyone interested in growing chestnuts, including experienced chestnut growers, farmers looking for a new enterprise, and beginner farmers. High Rock Farm is the largest chestnut orchard in the mid-Atlantic region.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crop Field Day

September 26, 2017
Fargo, North Dakota

North Dakota State University Extension Service is hosting a half-day field day with a bus tour that will feature information about 32 different cover crop species and how they can fit into a farming operation. In addition, a soybean research plot interseeded with cover crops will be showcased. At a third station, the effect of cover crops on soil health will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about cover crop research findings, as well as interact with other participants who already have experience in incorporating cover crops into their farm operations. Registration is required.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Uncommon Fruits for Backyard and Market

September 26, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar from NOFA Massachusetts will describe the flavor and the cultivation of Juneberry, cornelian cherry, lingonberry, and other uncommon fruits.

In: Online

 

Permalink On-Farm Food Safety Workshop

September 26, 2017
Athol, Idaho

This two-hour on-farm food safety workshop takes place at Luke & Emily Black's Lone Mountian Farms. Certified trainer David Wise will teach participants how to look at the farm through the lens of food safety by leading us through the process of conducting an on-farm food safety assessment using the Good Agricultural Practices checklist as a guide.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Iowa Greenhorn Grazing Workshop

September 26, 2017
Winterset, Iowa

This workshop is in the five-part Greenhorn Grazing series. The sessions include workshop and field segments. This series 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, legal fencing and lease issues, and winter feeding plans.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day

September 26, 2017
Holt, Michigan

From finger weeders to flex-tines to Allis G's and beyond, come to this full-day event at MSU Horticulture farm to learn the principles and tools for precise mechanical weed control from farmers and researchers. New weeding machines are recently available from Europe and many types and models of mechanical weeders will be on display and demonstrated in the field - old and new, American and European. You will hear from farmers using these tools, learn about cultivation techniques in Europe, see tools demonstrated, and enjoy lunch and time to speak with all the growers in attendance. Weeding machinery manufacturers will be displaying their wares as well. Bring your favorite weeding machine to show others if you wish.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Central Florida Agri-Tourism Conference

September 26-27, 2017
Bartow, Florida

Join UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service for a regional agritourism conference, including informational presentations and farm tours. This two-day event is for farmers considering or already pursuing agritourism, policy-makers, and businesses interested in developing cooperative efforts with agritourism operators.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink American Goat Federation Webinar Series

September 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2017
Online

The American Goat Federation is hosting an evening webinar series in September. The first webinar will give a brief history and overview of the current state of the goat industry. The speaker is Dr. Reid Redden, Extension Sheep & Goat Specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. To participate go to http://purdue.webex.com/ at 7-8 p.m. EST.
When prompted for meeting number, enter 649 382 652
When prompted for password, enter Goat1

In: Online

 

Permalink Soil Health Bootcamp

September 27, 2017
Fort Scott, Kansas

Kansas SARE and K-State Research and Extension present this training that includes presentations on cover crops, soil arthropods, and soil texture, followed by a tour of a local fruit/veg farm, including discussions of compaction and soil structure.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Purdue's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Tour: Full Hand Farm

September 27, 2017
Noblesville, Indiana

As part of Purdue's Indiana Beginning Farmers program, Purdue Extension offers tours across the state that offer beginning farmers the opportunity to learn from experts and to network with fellow farmers at a variety of farming operations. This event will visit a diverse vegetable farm. The tour will include information on the use of high tunnels in vegetable production.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Kentucky Grazing School

September 27-28, 2017
Versailles, Kentucky

This two-day event includes presentations on pasture and animal health and fencing, as well as case studies and field exercises on setting up a grazing plan.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Hybrid, F1, Double Cross, and Open-pollinated Corn: What Does it All Mean?

September 27, 2017
Online

Join eOrganic for a webinar about different types of corn: Hybrid, F1, Double Cross, and Open-pollinated Corn: What Does it All Mean? The intended audience is anybody with an interest in different types of corn varieties and their relative merits. In the webinar, corn breeders Margaret Smith of Cornell University and Richard Pratt of New Mexico State University will explain what different types of corn varieties are, how uniform or variable each type is, and highlight the relative advantages and disadvantages of the different variety types. Advance registration is required for the free, one-hour webinar.

In: Online

 

Permalink Farm Smarter Not Harder: Harvest Efficiency for Carrot & Beet Crops

September 27, 2017
Jericho Center, Vermont

Learn about the work that NOFA-VT is doing on cost of production for vegetable growers. This workshop will discuss step by step methods for determining cost of production for any crop, so growers can focus on their most lucrative crops and make improvements to increase profitability. Participants will tour Jericho Settlers Farm with consultant Richard Wiswall, taking a look at the equipment they use and how they maximize efficiency harvesting these root crops. Learn tricks and techniques to improve yield before the root crop harvest kicks into gear.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 


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