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Permalink Water Rights Flexibility and Drought Planning

April 13, 15, 22, or 29, 2015
Gardnerville, Lovelock, Yerington, or Fallon, Nevada

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension presents these drought classes for agricultural producers. The same course is offered in four different locations.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Resources for Organic Producers Selling Local Foods

April 29, 2015

The USDA Organic Working Group will host a webinar highlighting USDA's resources for organic producers marketing local foods. Learn about organic certification, labeling, and online directories of local markets. Learn about more resources for local and regional food programs through the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative. Pre-registration is not required for these webinar sessions. To participate, dial in by phone: 866-740-1260 with access code 7206000. Also access the Web:
On the left side of the screen, enter Participant Access Code 7206000.

In: Online


Permalink Grazing Workshop with Ian Mitchell-Innes

April 29, 2015
Nunnelly, Tennessee

Ian Mitchell-Innes, Holistic Management Educator Specializing in High Density (mob) grazing, will be teaching the 5th annual workshop at Pinewood Farms in a three-day class with pasture tours. Piney River Cattle Company hosts the event.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Targeted Grazing Online Workshops: Choosing and Developing the Animal for the Job

April 30, 2015

Learn the principles of targeted grazing to manage landscape with online workshops from the Targeted Grazing Committee of the Society for Range Management. This session features Dr. Rachel Frost, Missouri River Conservation Districts Council.

In: Online


Permalink National Hmong American Farmers Annual National Farm Conference

April 30, 2015
Fresno, California

Coming Together in the Asian American Pacific Islander Farming Community is the theme for this conference. In partnership with Lideres Campesinasm, the NHAF has invited Latino and Latina Farmers, beginning farmers, and farm workers to join in this 6th National event. National Hmong American Farmers, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to helping and improving the social and economic development services of small, minority farmers who traditionally have limited access to farm services and programs

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Growing Farm to School in Iowa Through Partnerships

May 1, 2015
Altoona, Iowa

This is the second of three Iowa workshops that will highlight practical examples of farm to school in action, with discussion of benefits, challenges, and opportunities. Participants will receive a digital toolkit of farm to school resources compiled to address the challenges and opportunities unique to Iowa. These farm to school workshops are being coordinated by the National Center for Appropriate Technology's Midwest Office and FoodCorps Iowa, in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Iowa Nutrition Network.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink The Art and Science of Composting and Ehrenfried Pfeiffer's Chromatography

May 1-3, 2015
Ghent, New York

The Nature Institute offers a weekend workshop that will engage in a phenomenological approach to the Art of Composting. It will explore not only all the practical and technical details of composting but also how we can develop a qualitative understanding of the dynamic processes in the compost pile, and it will consider the significance of compost in the whole farm organism.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Farm Dreams?

May 2, 2015
Asheville, North Carolina

Farm Dreams? is an entry level, five-hour, exploratory workshop designed to help people who are seeking practical, common sense information on whether sustainable farming is the next step for them, and how to move forward. This is a great workshop to attend if you are in the exploratory stages of getting started farming.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Growing Your Community Food System "From the Ground Up" Workshop

May 2-3, 2015
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Growing Power's "From the Ground Up" Workshops are intensive, hands-on trainings offering diverse groups the opportunity to learn, plan, develop, operate, and sustain community food projects. Project participants leave the workshop with improved skills that they can take back into their communities and pass on to others. These workshops are for both rural and urban projects.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Creating the Cooperative Farm: Designing for Diversity

May 2, 2015
Hudson, New York

Letterbox Farm Collective is a growing collective of farmers, producing specialty vegetables, herbs, pork, pastured poultry, eggs and value added products. In this NOFA New York Field Day, learn how Letterbox has developed their team, systems, markets, skills, and security in their first two years, and delve into the structural components (member agreements, business planning, and more) that make their business work.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink California Farm to School Conference

May 4-6, 2015
Pacific Grove, California

The conference will 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 on Monday offers optional activities and field trips (most for an additional fee) and opportunities to see programs in action. Five tracks will be offered at the Conference: Education in the Cafeteria and Classroom; Programs on the Farm and in the Garden; Making The Case; Local Procurement; and The Big Picture.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Pastured Poultry Workshop

May 4, 2015
Dartmouth, Massachusetts

This evening event at Copicut Farms kicks off SEMAP's Twilight Workshop Series. There will be a farm tour, where folks will get a close up of the brooder, the broiler field coops, the laying hens, and the pig pastures. Following this, participants will tour the slaughtering facility. There will be in-depth conversation about the set up and daily functioning of the slaughtering facility as well as discussion about the resources available in the state for folks to do their own poultry processing using the State licensed Mobile Processing Unit.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Decoding Organic Feed and Supplement Requirements for Livestock

May 5, 2015

This webinar will help participants understand the livestock feed requirements of the National Organic Standards in more detail. Join Oregon Tilth and presenters Jackie Sleeper and Jeff Mattocks for a breakdown of the livestock feed standards and how they apply to specific systems; an overview of feed supplements, including how they are classified and regulations for use; and guidelines for ensuring that your animals' nutritional needs are being met while remaining compliant with the standards.

In: Online


Permalink Pain Management on Organic Dairy Farms Webinar

May 5, 2015

This event is part of an educational livestock health series offered by Veterinary Extension at The Ohio State University and OEFFA. During this webinar led by Dr. Ulrike Sorge DVM and Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann, you will learn how to recognize signs of pain in animals, the economic impact of pain on the well-being and production of animals, and about approaches to address pain in animals within the organic guidelines. The session is geared toward veterinarians, Extension educators, farmers, and others who work with certified organic livestock.

In: Online


Permalink Sound and Sensible Organic Certification Workshop

May 5, 2015
College Park, Georgia

NCAT's Gulf States office, in partnership with Quality Certification Services (QCS) of Gainesville, Florida, is offering a free workshop about organic certification for producers in the Gulf States region. The workshop is intended to enlist new farmers and ranchers and help them learn how to become National Organic Program (NOP)-certified. It will provide information and expertise to farmers interested in NOP and answer questions regarding organic farm practices and NOP certification.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Farm to School & Preschool: Building Healthier Kids & Healthier Communities

May 6, 2015
Shelburne, Vermont

In this workshop offered twice at Shelburne Farms, Emily Jackson, Program Director of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, will share ASAP's success story of connecting young children, food, and farmers. Take part in taste tests, soil exploration, and planting seedlings.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Exploring the Small Farm Dream

May 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2015
Peninsula, Ohio

This highly rated four-session evening course will take a small group of participants through the process of setting personal and farming goals, assessing available resources, and developing an action plan to guide next steps. Along the way, participants will take a close look at the realities of working for themselves and managing a successful agriculture venture. This is not a farm business planning course, but a precursor to farm business planning, with the ultimate goal of helping participants answer the question, “Is starting an agricultural business right for me?”

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Sound and Sensible Organics, Part II

May 6 or 7, 2015
Atlanta or Commerce, Georgia

NCAT's Gulf States office, in partnership with Quality Certification Services (QCS), is continuing its free workshop series about organic certification for producers in the Gulf States region. This second part of the workshop series will include mock organic certification inspections. This half-day training is designed to help farmers understand what types of records and information are required during an inspection of an organic farm, as well as the ways inspectors verify that all applicable farm activities are in compliance with the national organic standards.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Farm Skills Refresher

May 7, 2015
Purcellville, Virginia

Future Harvest CASA offers this workshop with folks from Wheatland Vegetable Farm, Potomac Vegetable Farms, and Moutoux Orchard. Topics will include tractor maintenance, vegetable implement repair, irrigation, basic carpentry and electrical work, and workshop tools.
A tour of these diverse, productive operations follows.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Mob Grazing School

May 7-9, 2015
Clark, Missouri

Greg Judy and Ian Mitchell Innes team up for this school covering all the critically important steps in implementing high density planned grazing. There will be classroom sessions in the morning; pasture walks covering all aspects of mob grazing in the afternoons.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Women Caring for the Land

May 5, 6, or 7, 2015
Altoona, Medford, or Marshfield, Wisconsin

The Rural Women's Project, a project of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), is partnering with the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN) to bring the Women Caring for the Land℠ program to Wisconsin. These free workshops support women landowners in learning about land conservation and connecting with various state agencies for program and local resource information. Women landowners who attend this meeting will learn to assess and improve the health of their soils through cover crops, no-till and strip-till, and other conservation practices. All workshops run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and include lunch and a bus tour of area conservation practices.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Cover Crops and Fertility Management Field Day

May 7, 2015
Berea, Kentucky

This Organic Association of Kentucky Field Day will be held at Berea College. Topics will include cover crops to choose in a given situation, methods for termination such as rolling/crimping, mowing, and plow-down, as well as general organic field crop management.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Resilient Food Systems Conference

May 8-9, 2015
San Luis Obispo, California

Join Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for this free, public event. Learn from industry and community leaders from across the food and agricultural landscape who are helping to build a more resilient food system through their innovative enterprises.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Plasticulture Workshop: Using Plastic Mulch in your Home or Market Garden

May 9, 2015
Poteau, Oklahoma

The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture offers an opportunity to learn about using plastic mulch and drip irrigation for vegetable production. The program will include indoor presentations and outdoor demonstration. Pre-registration is required.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Women in Farming Risk Management Education Workshop

May 9, 2015
Linn, Kansas

The Kansas Rural Center's third "Women in Farming" Risk Management Education Workshop will focus on business, financial, and legal risk management during the morning session. In the afternoon a farm tour of Lucinda Stuenkel's farm near Palmer, Kansas, will focus on conservation practices including cover crops and no till, and cattle management for women.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Holistic Management Workshop

May 9, 2015
San Jose, California

Each of the Holistic Management modules--grazing planning, financial planning, land planning, and biological monitoring--is covered as well as the foundations of Holistic Management. Expect to spend some time in a classroom setting and the rest out in the field on pasture walks to observe ecosystem processes.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Small Farm Equipment and Drip Irrigation

May 11, 2015
Lawrence, Kansas

The Growing Growers workshop series continues with this evening event designed to help farmers increase local food production and grow their businesses.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Choosing Equipment for a Small, Diversified Farm

May 11, 2015
New Tazewell, Tennessee

This event is part of a six-workshop series, "Are You Ready to Start a CSA?" from the University of Tennessee. These two-hour workshops are scheduled for one Monday afternoon a month, and will be offered on working farms throughout Tennessee from January to June 2015. Workshops will be taught by experienced growers and UT personnel and will provide growers with training in planning, structuring, marketing, managing, analyzing profitability, and expanding a CSA. This session at Terraced Gardens Farm will cover choosing equipment for a small, diversified operation.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Sound and Sensible Organics, Part II

May 12, 2015
Toney, Alabama

NCAT's Gulf States office, in partnership with Quality Certification Services (QCS), is continuing its free workshop series about organic certification for producers in the Gulf States region. This second part of the workshop series will include mock organic certification inspections. This half-day training is designed to help farmers understand what types of records and information are required during an inspection of an organic farm, as well as the ways inspectors verify that all applicable farm activities are in compliance with the national organic standards.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Cover Cropping and Organic No-Till Strategies for Weed Management

May 13, 2015
Clemson, South Carolina

Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture Program offers this one-day course that will focus on selection and management of cool and warm season cover crops to suppress weeds and to provide benefits to improve soil fertility and soil health. Participants will also learn about allelopathic cover crops and about ongoing research at the Clemson Organic Farm to evaluate cost-effective ways to manage cover crop residue for weed control using a no-till vegetable production system.

In: Southern SARE Region




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