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Permalink Pasture Walk: Optimizing Forage in the Grazing Dairy

May 22, 2018
Mansfield, Pennsylvania

PASA offers this mid-day pasture walk at Backwoods Organic Dairy. The walk will focus on forage quality in the grazing paddocks and hay fields, including identification and discussion of various grass, legume, and forb species, and what they can bring to the animals' diet and health. This is a good walk for graziers looking to optimize their pastures and gain exposure to a farm transitioning into a grass-fed management system.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Bumble Bee Ecology and Conservation

May 22, 2018
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the NRCS Science and Technology Deputy Area. Participants will learn the status of North America's nearly 50 species of bumble bees, the threats they face, and the role that important habitat features and land management play in supporting robust bumble bee communities. Participants will also learn basic identification skills as well as the resources available for a more in-depth investigation.

In: Online

 

Permalink Food Marketing Trends

May 23, 2018
Online

This free webinar is part of the Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture Wednesday Webinar series. Look at what food trends have surfaced so far in 2018 and how that affects your product offerings and marketing strategies. Knowing what's "hot" and "what's not" could seriously affect your bottom line.

In: Online

 

Permalink Webinar: Financial Planning 101 for Farmers

May 23, 2018
Online

Join the CCOF Foundation and California FarmLink for a webinar that reviews the basics of financial planning for farmers. Learn about risk-management tools—including crop insurance—that can help you reduce financial risk while growing your farm business.

In: Online

 

Permalink Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Spring Fling Pasture Walk

May 24, 2018
St. Cloud, Minnesota

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship presents this Spring Fling pasture walk at Molitor Organic Farm. The main focus is on pasture production to improve farm economics.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Answering the Call: Veteran Farm Tour

May 24, 2018
Lincoln, Nebraska

The second part of Center for Rural Affairs' "Answering the Call" conference includes a farm tour showcasing three farms of veterans who have transitioned from military service to agriculture. The tour is open to veterans interested in or currently engaged in farming or ranching, or looking to mentor or transition your farm or ranch to a beginning veteran farmer. The tour, transportation and meals are free. Registration is required.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Using Social Media to Grow Your Farm Business

May 25, 2018
Online

This free, one-hour webinar from the National Center for Appropriate Technology and University of Arkansas Extension will discuss how you can use social media for your farm business to grow your customer base and market your products. We will provide an overview of the most popular social media platforms for farms, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and we will discuss strategies for creating content and how to engage with customers. This webinar will serve as a good introduction if you are wondering how to get started with social media on your farm or are looking for ways to improve your social media skills.

In: Online

 

Permalink Field Day: Biodynamic Spring Prep

May 26, 2018
Elkhorn, Wisconsin

At this free afternoon field day with potluck to follow, attendees will tour the Zinniker Family Farm, unearth the Biodynamic preparations that were buried last fall, and prepare new ones for the summer months. This is an Open House for Upper Midwest CRAFT members, those interested in joining, or those interested attending this field day.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink New Cowgirl Camp

May 28 - June 1, 2018
Cheney, Washington

Roots of Resilience offers a five-day intensive course for forward-thinking women who are interested in becoming farmers or ranchers. Learn new skills and discover a holistic approach to farming, life, and land management.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Pastured and Free Range Poultry Course

May 30 and June 2, 2018
Salinas, California

UC Davis and partners including NCAT present a course for beginning free-range and pastured poultry farmers, with information on husbandry practices, housing, records maintenance, biosecurity, and more. The course includes an evening instructional session, with an afternoon farm tour on a separate date.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Climate Resilience: An Online Course for Farmers

May 30 - July 30, 2018
Online and 1 Farmer-to-Farmer Field Day in California

In this interactive online course from MESA, you will learn and share knowledge with climate resilient agriculture experts, experienced farmers, and MESA's network of agroecology educators. You will build relationships to a peer group to share expertise and strengthen community-based farmer-to-farmer networks. You’ll learn to create and apply strategies to improve environmental conditions on your farm while helping build resilience and productivity within your management practices, all oriented to confronting climate change in your context. After July 30, there's an in-person farmer-farmer field day to wrap up the course.

In: Online

 

Permalink Develop a Forage Chain for Your Livestock

May 30, 2018
Online

In this free webinar from Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), Kent Solberg, Grazing and Livestock Specialist with the Sustainable Farming Association, will discuss options for building a forage chain. Make the most of your livestock operation by sequencing a combination of annual, perennial, and stored forages to feed your ruminant animals.

In: Online

 

Permalink Slow Poultry Seminar

May 31, 2018
Escondido, California

This eight-hour seminar with Sustainable Poultry Network founder Jim Adkins provides an overview and strategy for developing sustainable poultry production. Learn how to start effectively breeding, growing, and marketing poultry products that are both sustainable and profitable.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Strolling of the Heifers Slow Living Summit

May 31 - June 1, 2018
Brattleboro, Vermont

The Future of Farm & Food Entrepreneurship Summit 2018 focuses on growing conscious food and agriculture businesses, giving current and aspiring entrepreneurs the tools, resources, and mentorship needed to evolve businesses, create positive change in your community, and revolutionize the future of food.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Perennial Pasture Tour at St. Brigid's Farm

May 31, 2018
Kennedyville, Maryland

Join Future Harvest CASA for an afternoon tour of St. Brigid's Farm with experienced dairy and beef farmer, Judy Gifford. St. Brigid's Farm is the second in Maryland to install a voluntary milking system. Attend this farm tour to learn about perennial pasture management and hear Judy Gifford talk about caring for her herd of cows and how she markets and sells her products.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Garlic and Marketing the Farm

May 31, 2018
Johnston, Iowa

Jordan Clasen and Whitney Brewer at Grade A Gardens host this mid-day Practical Farmers of Iowa field day. They'll begin the day in the field, discussing garlic production and soil fertility using mobile chicken coops. After a break for lunch, Jordan and Whitney will discuss their farm's branding and marketing techniques and materials.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Greenhouse Design

May 31, 2018
Pocantico Hills, New York

Join Stone Barns Farm Director Jack Algiere and Nexus Vice President of Sales and Northeast lead Jeff Warshchauer as they dive into soil-based greenhouse design during this full-day immersion course. It will begin by understanding your management goals and practices, then discuss how to work with greenhouse designers, and cover what is involved during the greenhouse construction process.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Greenhorn Grazing

May 31, 2018
Chariton, Iowa

This is the first session in the five-part Greenhorn Grazing course hosted by Iowa State University McNay Research Farm. Livestock producers who want to learn about optimizing forage and livestock production while conserving natural resources are invited to attend the series. Individual workshops take place in May, June, July, August, and November. Each of the five sessions will be half in a classroom setting and half in the field. Topics range from managing grass growth and plant diversity to watering alternatives, cost share programs and pasture leases, and optimizing winter grazing.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Adaptive Grazing 101 Webinar Series

May 24, 29, and 31, 2018
Online

The Wallace Center's Pasture Project is presenting a free, three-part webinar series on adaptive grazing with Dr. Allen Williams. In the first evening webinar, Dr. Allen Williams will help farmers and land managers understand the essential principles and practices of using adaptive grazing management practices to build healthy and productive soil while building a profitable and diverse farm enterprise. In the second session, Williams will expand on three specific principles and associated practices necessary for successful adaptive grazing and management systems. The Principles of Compounding, Diversity, and Disruption will be reviewed and broken down into manageable actions that any farmer, grazier, or landowner can take. In the third and final session, Williams will tie together adaptive grazing theory and practice by sharing case studies of farmers and graziers from different backgrounds that have successfully transitioned and grown their adaptive grazing and management operations.

In: Online

 

Permalink Sheep and Goat Financial Management Workshop

June 1, 2018
Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Penn State Extension hosts a free one-day workshop on analyzing farm resources, developing cash flow statements, how to prepare materials to apply for a loan, and developing budgets. Workshop participants will complete hands-on activities to practice budgeting skills and show how management practices and production affect profitability.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Strolling of the Heifers

June 1-3, 2018
Brattleboro, Vermont

This year's theme is "May the FARMS be With You." Events include The Strolling of the Heifers Parade, a Slow Living Expo, the local-food farmers breakfast, the Tour de Heifer cycling rides, and guided tours at area farms.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Open Gate: Bean Hollow Grassfed Day

June 2, 2018
Flint Hill, Virginia

Bean Hollow Grassfed Day is part of HMI's Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are peer-to-peer, action-based learning days with short presentations and small-group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers. This event focuses on carbon, grass, and meat. Whether you are an agricultural producer, local agency representative, or just interested in ranching, land stewardship, and the production of grassfed meats, this is a day for you.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

June 2-3, 2018
Frederick, Maryland

With a wide range of workshops and speakers, this event offers the opportunity to interact with some of the most sought-after experts in the world of sustainability. Topics include food, health, homesteading, livestock, and renewable energy. The event is held in conjunction with Fiber Fest 2018, featuring local yarn dyers and spinners, fiber animals and products, and herding dog demonstrations.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Egg Production with Farmers Hen House

June 2, 2018
Kalona, Iowa

Join Farmers Hen House and the Iowa Organic Association for an afternoon workshop to learn about the history of Farmers Hen House, best practices for organic egg production, and how their packing facility works. Also, visit a poultry farm that supplies eggs to the family business.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Field Day: Livestock Tour

June 3, 2018
Delavan, Wisconsin

Midwest CRAFT offers a four-farm afternoon tour on managing various types of livestock on pasture: sheep, cattle, and hogs.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink An Assessment of Organic Farming on Soil Physical Properties

June 5, 2018
Online

In the Understanding Organic Agriculture series, this webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Join this webinar to learn about the long term impact that organic farming practices can have on various soil properties. Researchers from University of Nebraska have published recent articles assessing the soil impacts of forty years organic farming practices. The research found that organic practices can increase soil organic matter content, fertility, and water storage, and reduce the soil's susceptibility to compaction.

In: Online

 

Permalink Low Stress Livestock Handling and Grass Growth Response to Grazing

June 4, 5, or 6, 2018
Shelby, Chester, or Havre, Montana

This day-long workshop presented in three locations by NRCS and local conservation districts includes live cattle handling demonstrations on foot and by horseback, featuring Curt Pate, Stockmanship Clinician, and Rick Caquelin, NRCS Range Management Specialist.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginners' Hops Clinic: Management and Handling at Brookeville Beer Farm

June 6, 2018
Brookeville, Maryland

Future Harvest CASA presents this event.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Integrated Pest and Disease Management

June 5 or 6, 2018
Brookhaven or Verona, Mississippi

The Alliance for Sustainable Farms, with support from Southern SARE PDP and in collaboration with Mississippi NRCS, Mississippi State University Extension Service, and Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Experiment Station, will offer two free training sessions focused on "Integrated Pest and Disease Control; and Appropriate Technologies." These events are designed for AG professionals, educators, service providers, and farmer group leaders who support farmers who are practicing or interested in these topics/issues. Farmers who serve as trainers or mentors to other farmers are also eligible to attend. To register, send email to AllianceofSustainableFarms@gmail.com or call 601-988-4999.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink VSU/USDA Field Day at Randolph Farm: Ag Innovations for Small Farms

June 7, 2018
Petersburg, Virginia

Randolph Farm will be open to the public for this exciting opportunity to learn about the latest trends, research, and proven techniques designed especially to help small, limited resource, urban, and beginning farmers. USDA representatives will be on hand to explain how their agency resources can offer services and support for a wide variety of operations. This half-day event is free and includes a light breakfast and boxed lunch.

In: Southern SARE Region

 


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