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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

 

Permalink Opening the Black Box: Rebuilding our food infrastructure to serve regional farmers and eaters

May 14, 2015
Portland, Oregon

This evening event will unveil the results of a one-year study Ecotrust has undertaken to understand our region’s food infrastructure and identify obstacles to creating a robust regional food system. Experts will discuss how entrepreneurs are working to create new markets and how funders are approaching strategic investments with the whole system in mind.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Using Case Studies to Facilitate Farmer Conservation Decisions

May 14, 2015
Online

This webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. Participants in this webinar will learn how to use case studies of producer experiences to facilitate conservation decision-making.

In: Online

 

Permalink From Tillage to Drainage: Working with Your Farm's Diverse Soils

May 14, 2015
Victor, New York

This NOFA New York Field Day will take place at Mud Creek Farm. Hear from Ruth Blackwell about Mud Creek Farm’s existing soil health management as Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Crystal Stewart adds insight about techniques for making most of the soil and land. Farmers of all experience ranges and land situations will be able to apply the day’s lessons about creative cover cropping, testing soil health, management practices based on soil type, fertility practices, soil microbiology, conservation practices, and infrastructure back to their own soils.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Crop Insurance for Small Farms: A Crash Course

May 14, 2015
Online

This National Good Food Network webinar offers an opportunity to learn about crop insurance options, find out about what it means to be in an insurance contract, and learn how to think about the best options for your farm or the farms that you advise and work with. This free webinar is 1:30 - 2:45 pm MDT.

In: Online

 

Permalink Business of Making Hard Cider

May 15, 2015
Burlington, Washington

The Northwest Agriculture Business Center, WSU - Northwest Washington Research & Extension Center, and the Northwest Cider Association will present a one-day cider making business development workshop for new or existing operations. Industry professionals will provide information about production, economics, risk management and marketing that will provide assistance to both the veteran and the aspiring cider maker. The goal of this workshop is to help maximize cidery business performance.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink IOIA Webinar: On-Farm Food Safety Training

May 15, 2015
Online

The Independent Organic Inspectors Association offers this on-farm food safety training online in two 3.5-hour sessions.

In: Online

 

Permalink Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Farm Field Day

May 15, 2015
Goodman, Mississippi

The Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production continues its series of monthly, free on-farm learning opportunities with training on expanding market opportunities, networking, and having an on-line presence. The workshop will also introduce a farm plan, "How to be Highly Profitable and Sustainable on 1 Acre." To register, contact Keith Benson at 601-988-4999 or keithmdp@yahoo.com.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Field Day

May 15, 2015
Davis, California

The Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility is a unique 300-acre facility near the UC Davis campus dedicated to investigating irrigated and dry-land agriculture in a Mediterranean climate. It’s also a unit of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute. The theme of the 2015 field day is "Nitrogen through soil, space and time--Using tools and amendments to optimize nitrogen cycling." Register online.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Purdue Extension's Southern Regional Sheep and Goat Conference

May 15-16, 2015
Scottsburg, Indiana

The first day of the conference will consist of training on FAMACHA. The second day will cover a variety of topics, including hoof trimming, common diseases, vaccinations, rotational grazing, pasture management, forage analysis, and goat and sheep nutritional requirements.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Slow Poultry: Sustainable Poultry Production

May 16, 2015
Lanesboro, Massachusetts

This Sustainable Poultry Network workshop looks at poultry history and two aspects of sustainable production--breeding and growing. The workshop presents three different models of sustainable poultry production and considers the practical elements of facilities, feed, finances, and pasture foraging.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink HMI Open Gate Learning Day: Green Fields Farm

May 16, 2015
Rogers, Texas

The Open Gate Learning Series from Holistic Management International consists of farm/ranch days held on the land and hosted by an experienced Holistic Management practitioner. Attendees have the opportunity to identify common challenges and discuss creative solutions in a friendly atmosphere. The goal of the day is to create a forum for sharing practices, ideas, advice, and solutions. This event focuses on Producing Healthy Soil and Water for Nutrient-Dense Foods.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Intro to Small Ruminant Husbandry Class

May 16, 2015
Ashby, Minnesota

Anyone considering adding goats or sheep to their sustainable food production system or those who want to manage their small ruminants more holistically should attend this SFA Deep Roots class. This course provides students opportunity for hands-on work with sheep and goats. In a working-farm setting, students can learn how small ruminants can fit into a natural systems farm. Course topics include: holistic management, ruminant nutrition, animal handling, fencing, grazing strategies, holistic veterinary care, shelters, weight and age estimation.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Whole Systems Agriculture Tours

May 16, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Join Permaculture Research Institute for a whole-systems design tour of two unique farms in Minnesota: Northfield's Mainstreet Project and SouthWoods Center.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Tractor Workshop

May 17, 2015
Decatur, Illinois

Join The Land Connection for a workshop on how to use a small tractor well. This workshop goes over basic maintenence tasks, safe and efficient operation, and includes supervised tractor-driving lessons.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink National Heritage Breeds Week and Day

May 17-23, 2015
National

The first annual National Heritage Breeds Week sponsored by The Livestock Conservancy will be held May 17-23, 2015 across the United States to raise awareness about nearly 200 endangered heritage breeds of livestock and poultry. Heritage breed farmers, enthusiasts, and the public are encouraged to spread the word throughout their networks. The week of awareness will culminate on Saturday, May 23 with National Heritage Breeds Day where many farms and ranches will choose to hold local events such as farm tours, workshops, or lectures to raise awareness in their communities.

In: National

 

Permalink Ranch Sustainability Forum

May 18-20, 2015
Sheridan, Wyoming

This event is hosted by Sheridan College and Padlock Ranch. It includes a two-day forum on low-stress livestock handling, sessions on practical software for ranching and on ranch business, and keynote speaker Nina Teicholz.

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Permalink Start Your Growing Season Strong

May 18, 2015
Exeter, Rhode Island

This evening workshop is part of the free Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) workshop series. Learn to develop a crop plan for abundant produce offerings for June CSAs and farmers markets. At Little River Farm, Camille Abdel-Nabi and Bob Payne use high and low tunnels to start spring and summer crops early, giving them a distinct advantage at farmers markets.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 


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