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Permalink California Farm to School and Garden Conference

March 27-29, 2017
Modesto, California

The California Farm to School and Garden Conference, "Connecting the Garden, Cafeteria, and Classroom," 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 offers optional activities and field trips to see programs in action. The main conference offers workshops, breakouts, and speakers, as well as regional dinners.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Farmers Conference

March 27-29, 2017
Greenville, Mississippi

Alcorn State University Extension's Small Farmers Conference has the theme "The Farm, The Family and The Business."

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Using High Tunnels for Season Extension

March 27 or 28, 2017
Concord or Greensboro, North Carolina

Center for Environmental Farming Systems and others are offering these workshops where participants will be equipped with the knowledge to increase their high tunnel production efficiency through proper management techniques. The March 27 workshop features high tunnel production, transplant production, grafted heirloom tomatoes in a high tunnel, and NRCS high tunnel cost share programs. It will also discuss regional marketing opportunities for high tunnel production. The afternoon hands-on portion will be at the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm. The March 28 workshop offers separate sessions for beginning and advanced producers. The latest research results from A&T will be shared. Presenters will also discuss various high tunnel equipment vendors, noting the features important to include for extended season growing in the Piedmont region. NRCS high tunnel cost share program details will be available. The day will conclude a high tunnel farm tour at NC A&T research farm.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Considerations for Beginning Farmers

March 28, 2017
Sparta, Tennessee

A new workshop offered by University of Tennessee Extension has been planned for those who have been dreaming of green acres. Co-sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development and UT-Tennessee State University Extension, is offered to anyone interested in becoming a farm owner-operator. The full-day workshop is designed for those with little or no farming background. Program topics include the language of agriculture; a self-assessment of goals, desires and commitment; basic crop and livestock needs; evaluating land suitability; equipment and tools; potential risks; and more.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crops Demonstration Workshop

March 28, 2017
Cheriton, Virginia

Join Small Farm Outreach Program agents at Bayview Community Center for a discussion and demonstration of the use and potential advantages of cover crops for farming, including a demonstration of a BCS Walk-Behind Tractor.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainability Metrics and Food Chain Transparency Webinar

March 28, 2017
Online

Join the CCOF Foundation for a free webinar on meeting consumer demand for sustainability and transparency in the food chain. Representatives from the Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA) and Whole Foods Market will lead a discussion on meeting consumer demand for transparency throughout the food supply chain.

In: Online

 

Permalink How to Manage Solitary Orchard Bees for Crop Pollination

March 28, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is part of the eXtension Bee Health Webinar Series "Ensuring Crop Pollination in U.S. Specialty Crops." Registration is required.

In: Online

 

Permalink Wheat Streak Mosaic Workshop

March 28, 2017
Havre, Montana

Montana Organic Association is sponsoring this event from 9 am until 2:30 pm at the Northern Agriculture Research Center. Speakers will introduce Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus, talk about pest identification as a cornerstone of IPM, discuss kamut and wheat streak, and provide information on kamut. RSVP for this event at 406-654-4391.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crop Soil Health Workshop

March 29, 2017
Xenia, Ohio

This day-long workshop is offered by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Greene Soil and Water Conservation District. Farmers who want to learn more about cover crops, including how to decide which is best for their soils, can attend. Topics include biology and economics of cover crops.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Vermont Farmers Market Conference

March 29, 2017
South Royalton, Vermont

This one-day conference offers an array of learning and networking opportunities for market managers, board members, and organizers. Presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities are scheduled.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Illinois Farmers Market Association Statewide Conference

March 29, 2017
Chicago, Illinois

The Illinois Farmers Market Association Annual Statewide Conference is packed with informative and inspiring speakers across four diverse educational tracks: Market Managers, Market Vendors, SNAP, and Presentations, each offering targeted break-out sessions at all experience levels. In addition, there are networking opportunities, a fabulous winter market and vendor fair, and delicious locally sourced culinary creations. The conference theme is "Growing Together."

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Regional Agritourism Summit

March 29, 2017
Riverside, California

Join your regional agritourism community for a day of sharing, learning, and planning together at one of four Regional Agritourism Summits hosted by the UC Small Farm Program, UC Cooperative Extension advisors, and collaborating partners. Each summit will be a participatory all-day session with lunch provided. Participants are invited to bring marketing and organizational information to display and share.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Direct Marketing Success with Atina Diffley

March 29, 2017
Decatur, Illinois

This day-long workshop addresses growing success for direct-market farmers, market strategies, farm-identified marketing, and crop planning.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Exploring the Small Farm Dream

March 29, April 5, and April 12, 2017
Central Point, Oregon

This three-session evening course from OSU Extension provides an excellent framework to help new farmers assess their skills and interests, learn the realities of farm business ownership, and become connected to local resources. The aim is to help those thinking about small-scale commercial farming learn what it will take to start and manage a farm business and decide whether that is something they really want to pursue.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Is Shade Needed for Livestock in the Eastern US?

March 29, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. Participants will see the data from limited scientific research on considering shade in the eastern United States. This will be discussed by livestock species and type. Experienced animal scientists will discuss their observations of the use of shade or no shade on pastured livestock operations in the eastern United States.

In: Online

 

Permalink Educational Marketing Program Workshop

March 28 or 30, 2017
Reynoldsburg or Piketon, Ohio

Specialists from the Direct Agricultural Marketing Program of Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Department of Agriculture's Ohio Proud program will present this day-long workshop in several locations. The workshop is designed to offer food producers practical information on best marketing practices, including strategies that can be used to better promote their direct-marketing businesses. The program will also feature an overview of the Ohio Proud program.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink New York State Livestock Summit

March 30, 2017
Eight locations in New York

Cornell University’s Small Farms Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension are partnering to host the NYS Livestock Summit from 1-4 pm at eight locations throughout the state. The aim is to prioritize needs to grow the livestock sector in New York. The target audience for the Summit is experienced producers (beef, swine, sheep, goat, poultry) and supporting agencies/industries.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Post Harvest Handling with Atina Diffley

March 30, 2017
Atlanta, Illinois

A morning workshop is followed by an afternoon farm tour at PrairIErth Farm. Topics covered include Growing Success for Direct Market Farmers, postharvest handling, and designing your packing shed.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Management for High Tunnels

March 30, 2017
Online

University of Illinois Extension's Small Farms Winter Webinar Series features practical, lunch-hour presentations on small farm enterprises and strategies. Log in at noon for this free, one-hour webinar, which concludes the series. This session features Nathan Johanning, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator.

In: Online

 

Permalink Using Biofungicides, Biostimulants and Biofertilizers to Boost Crop Productivity and help Manage Vegetable Diseases

March 30, 2017
Online

Join eOrganic for a free webinar on biofungicides, biostimulants, and biofertilizers. In this webinar, participants will describe the different types of products available in the marketplace today, provide an overview of recent studies evaluating their efficacy, and discuss strategies for identifying the most effective products and application practices. Presenters are Giuseppe Colla of Tuscia University in Viterbo Italy, MariaTeresa Cardarelli at the Italian Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Rome, Italy, and Dan Egel and Lori Hoagland of Purdue University. Advance registration is required.

In: Online

 

Permalink Poultry on a Small Scale

March 30, 2017
Online

This webinar by NCAT's Kevin Ellis is part of the Small Producers Initiative webinar series. Kevin will be sharing information about starting and maintaining a small poultry flock.

In: Online

 

Permalink National Young Farmers Coalition's Water Boot Camp

March 30, 2017
Gunnison, Colorado

The goal of this workshop is to provide young and beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as interested community members, tools to build knowledge and understanding of water in Colorado. This half-day workshop held in conjunction with Western's 5th Annual Farm-to-Table Conference will be addressing water law and policy, local water administration and history, access to financial resources, and what to know about water when looking for land.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crop Caravan

March 28, 29, or 30, 2017
Albion, Reinbeck, or Maxwell, Iowa

Practical Farmers of Iowa has planned a series of spring field days focused on cover crop issues in grazing and row crop systems. Farmers and community members are invited to see cover crops in action on a farm, and learn about cover crop basics as well as practices used to maximize the financial return from cover crops. The afternoon field days are free. The March 28 and 30 events focus on integrating cover crops and livestock, while March 29 will explore the fundamentals of working with cover crops.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Forestry & Agroforestry Workshop

March 29, 30, or 31, 2017
Orange, Halifax, or Milford, Virginia

Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach Program offers an afternoon workshop in three locations to help you learn more about how to maintain and improve the health, diversity, and productivity of your forested land. Topics include managing forest land for vegetation, restoring ecosystems, improving forest health, and more.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crops Demonstration Workshop

March 31, 2017
Rocky Mount, Virginia

Join Small Farm Outreach Program agents at Franklin Center for a discussion and demonstration of the use and potential advantages of cover crops for farming.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Agroforestry Trainings for Veterans: Log-Grown Shiitake Mushroom Production

March 31 - April 1, 2017
Norwich, New York

The Cornell Small Farms Program, with support from New York State and the USDA, is offering three trainings in agroforestry t to support Veterans looking to get into agricultural production. These trainings are exclusively for veterans and active military personnel who are residents of New York State with an interest in selling commercial farm products (filing a Schedule F) in 2017 or 2018. This course discusses the appropriate wood species and set up for economical production of log-grown shiitake mushrooms. Participants will get hands-on experience in inoculating logs and receive budget planning tools to help them decide on the scale of their operation.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Food Tank Summit: Investing in Discovery

April 1-2, 2017
Boston, Massachusetts, and live-streamed

On April 1, experts and top leaders across all sectors of the food world will come together for interactive panels and discussion moderated by top journalists. The entire first day will be live streamed on www.FoodTank.com. On the morning of April 2, Food + Future coLAB will host a walking tour of their facility. After a networking breakfast, Food + Future will share with attendees its vision of using radical collaboration and transparency to innovate within the food system.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Institutional Buying Workshop

April 1, 2017
LaCrosse, Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is co-hosting a series of workshops designed to help Hmong and beginning agricultural growers access "institutional" markets in Wisconsin such as K-12 schools. The goal of the workshops is to provide information to Hmong growers and beginning agricultural growers interested in learning about accessing institutional markets and connecting with local supply chain partners like processors and distributors. The workshops will introduce growers to market avenues beyond farmers markets, including institutional markets such as K-12 schools, early childhood programs, and hospitals. Morning sessions are presented with a Hmong interpreter; afternoon sessions are in English.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Dreams Workshop

April 2, 2017
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Farm Dreams is a four-hour workshop designed to help people clarify what motivates them to farm, get their vision on paper, inventory their strengths and training needs, and get perspective from an experienced farmer.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Local Foods Impact Conference

April 3-4, 2017
Washington, DC

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, in partnership with The George Washington University, will host a Local Food Impacts Conference to explore how to best measure the impacts of local food investments, improve coordination across USDA agencies, and evaluate the extent to which disparate local food investments are complementary and reinforcing. Beyond metrics, this conference provides an opportunity to share local food stories with incoming members of the new Administration and Congress. The conference is free and open to the public, with livestreaming keynotes.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 


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