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Permalink Our Cows Are On Grass

September 1, 2016
Nichols, New York

Join NOFA-NY and Organic Valley for a grass-based field day on Moore Farms. Our hosts Rob and Pam Moore will share their grass-based management system and provide a tour of their farm. Organic Valley Ruminant Nutritionist Silvia Abel-Caines will discuss nutritional requirements in grass-based dairy systems to maintain energy levels, to support reproduction, and to maintain milk production.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Virginia Forage and Grassland Council Summer Forage Tour

September 1, 2016
Raphine, Virginia

This afternoon event will be held at the Cyrus McCormick Farm and will focus on planning for drought in your forage system.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Fourth International Pawpaw Conference

September 1-3, 2016
Frankfort, Kentucky

The Fourth International Pawpaw Conference at Kentucky State University will be a unique experience for scientists, nurserymen, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts to share information on the production and uses of pawpaw. Tours, tastings, invited speakers, a best pawpaw contest, and roundtable discussions on pawpaw will be featured.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Achieving Success in Your Seed-to-Shelf Business

September 1, 2016
Falmouth, Massachusetts

SEMAP’s Twilight Grower Education workshop series for farmers and home gardeners offers hands-on skill building led on-farm by local producers. Join Rooster of Nobska Farms to learn how to start and achieve success in your seed-to-shelf business. Nobska Farms is a microfarm specializing in exotic chili peppers. Pre-registration is required.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Resource Management on a Diverse Livestock Operation

September 6, 2016
Victor, Montana

At this free, afternoon, on-farm field day for beginning farmers from Community Food and Agriculture Coalition of Missoula County, visit Tucker Family Farm. In 2012, Tyler and Kim Tucker bought 84 acres in the Bitterroot Valley and launched their highly successful ranch and creamery. They raise delicious pigs using methods they studied in Germany and grass-fed dairy lambs some of whom are sold for meat and some of whom are kept and milked for their growing cheese business. Tyler will talk about how he manages resources and keeps all of the balls in the air.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Skills Workshop: Small Ruminant Fecal Sampling

September 6, 2016
Cold Spring, New York

This Glynwood workshop will walk participants through the steps of collection, preparation, counting, and assessment of fecal samples to them save time and money, and limit the risk of promoting drug-resistant worms in small ruminants.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm to School and USDA Pilot Project Workshops

September 1 or 6, 2016
Wenatchee or Mt. Vernon, Washington

Washington State Department of Agriculture is offering several workshops across the state to help producers understand how schools buy food, how this market may be a good fit for their farmsm, and what strategies can help them access this market effectively. This training will help build capacity of farmers at all scales to meet schools' demand for locally grown fruits and vegetables and recognize the unique challenges that school sales present. Learn how to meet your buyers' expectations for direct sales to schools and increase your sales and have a positive impact on students in your community. At least half of the workshop will focus on the USDA Pilot Project for Unprocessed Fruits & Vegetables, which allows schools to use their USDA Foods entitlement funds to purchase fruits & vegetables locally.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Open Gate Field Day

September 7, 2016
Parkfield, California

HMI's fun, informative, and interactive field days feature innovative and regenerative agricultural topics and practices. Each day is hosted by an experienced Holistic Management practitioner and offers the opportunity to connect and learn with like-minded folk. This event takes place at the V6 Ranch.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Bison Advantage Outreach and Education Workshop

September 7, 2016
Urbana, Illinois

The sustainably managed Ruhter Bison Ranch will host a workshop for local extension and other ag educators. The workshop will be a hands-on experience in which attendees will be educated on the holistic management of bison, and then shown first-hand the results of a holistically managed bison operation. The workshop will run from 10 am - 3 pm and will include a networking lunch and a ranch tour.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink New Concepts in Pasture & Grazing Management

September 7, 2016
Princess Anne, Maryland

Year-round rotational grazing and new forages is the focus of an upcoming workshop at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The day-long event includes a day session and an evening session. Presenters will help participants put all the pieces together so they can leave with a clear understanding of the subject matter.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink SIFT: Variety and Trial Test

September 8, 2016
Butte, Montana

NCAT's Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training Program (SIFT) is always growing new varieties. They will feature the tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetables that performed best and taste best at this annual event.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginning Farmer Tour: Becker Farms

September 8, 2016
Mooreland, Indiana

Purdue's Beginning Farmer and Rancher program is offering new and aspiring farmers an opportunity to visit 10 Indiana agribusinesses and learn from Purdue Extension educators, producers and other experts. This tour visits Becker Farms to learn about multi-species grazing systems and producing your own feed for livestock and poultry.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Dairy: Infrastructure and Pasture Management

September 8, 2016
Washington, Vermont

This NOFA Vermont afternoon workshop will look at Deberville Dairy's infrastructure, including an Iowa low cost/high efficiency milking parlor, bedded pack barn, calf group housing, and bird feeders. This workshop will also discuss their 100% grass feeding system including pasture management, use of mineral and apple cider vinegar, and their strategies for increasing butterfat.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Florida Local Food Summit

September 8-10, 2016
Orlando, Florida

The 3rd annual Florida Local Food Summit is a weekend gathering of the state's top food and farming entrepreneurs, policy makers, chefs, foodies, and local food fans. There will be farm tours, advanced education, farm-to-table meals, a Grower's Festival, home gardening classes, and much more.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Risk Management for Small Ruminant Operations

September 8, 2016
Prentiss, Mississippi

NCAT will partner with the USDA Risk Management Agency and Dewayne Smith Farms to host this free, day-long workshop for new and beginning farmers, experienced farmers, and military veterans. This workshop will highlight the ways that sustainable practices in particular can reduce risk on small ruminant operations. Topics will include crop insurance for livestock producers, whole farm insurance, safe livestock handling, production risk management, financial risk management, and farm liability issues. For more information about this event, please contact Felicia Bell at 866-643-2767 or e-mail her at feliciab@ncat.org.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Health Care Practices for our Food Animals

September 8, 2016
Kingston, Rhode Island

The University of Massachusetts, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Rhode Island are joining in a SARE antibiotic stewardship initiative. This workshop will focus on maintaining and enhancing protocols to treat sick animals and analyzing production practices through case studies.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Illinois Local Grains and Local Markets

September 9-10, 2016
Urbana and Danforth, Illinois

This two-part event includes a workshop on the University of Illinois campus and a field day at Janie's Farm. Presentations and discussions in this workshop are designed to raise awareness of the potential for regionally adapted grain to serve growing local and regional markets. These events are co-sponsored by the Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program at the University of Illinois, Illinois Extension, and the Illinois Organic Growers Association.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Hazelnut Production and Marketing

September 10, 2016
Fenton, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day visits the Jensen family at Hazel Acres and Nut Haven to learn about nut production from nut cluster to bottle of oil and bag of flour. The Jensens have invested significant resources into processing equipment for husking, sizing, cracking, sorting, and adding value through oil expelling.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Ricotta Lunch Class

September 10, 2016
Lawrenceville, New Jersey

In this hands-on class at Cherry Grove Farm, you'll watch side-by-side demonstrations on making ricotta using different coagulants before creating lunch.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Livestock Options

September 10, 2016
Kansas City, Missouri

This workshop is part of the advanced workshop series from Growing Growers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Seed on Your Farm

September 11, 2016
Whitefish, Montana

This workshop is designed for vegetable farmers with a strong interest in producing seed using organic farming methods. Organic Seed Alliance will provide hands-on instruction to help farmers build their skills in organic seed production, handling, and storage. The workshop will provide a brief overview of seed biology but will mostly focus on seed harvesting and cleaning techniques. Participants will also learn how to choose both dry- and wet-seeded crops that are most appropriate to grow for seed in Montana.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Diversify Your Marketing: Managing Grass Dairy and Meeting Consumer Needs

September 12, 2016
Alfred Station, New York

NOFA-NY welcomes you to join us at Sunny Cove Farm for a two-part field day to learn about marketing your farm products. The morning program will address managing a grass-based dairy, and include a tour of pastures and discussion on maintaining a balanced diet to promote animal health and quality milk production. In the afternoon, Jerry Snyder will discuss meeting market demands with the products offered by the family farm, as well as share how his farm has expanded its offerings to accommodate generational transfer.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Peppers and Potatoes Field Day for Beginning Farmers

September 12, 2016
Santa Cruz, California

Join farmers Darryl Wong, Kirstin Yogg, and Orin Martin of the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden for a free field day on organically grown peppers and potatoes. Field day topics include varietal selection, soil fertility management, bed preparation, irrigation strategies, and pest and disease control techniques. Learn about planting to moisture to minimize weed pressure, as well as harvest and storage practices. The workshop will also address garden-scale production of these crops as well as value-added options for peppers.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink SILT Showcase: Southern Iowa

September 12, 2016
Corydon, Iowa

Designed for landowners interested in leaving a legacy of sustainable food production, each Sustainable Iowa Land Trust showcase day includes a farm tour, presentations by an appraiser and an attorney, and a free, locally sourced lunch.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Starting a Sustainable Draft Powered Farm

September 12, 2016
Walla Walla, Washington

This is part of the Tilth Producers series of Farm Walks that provide farmer-to-farmer education in an experiential learning environment. Visit Hayshaker Farms to learn how these farmers went from interns to successful farm owners. Hayshaker Farm will share their lessons learned and how they have overcome the challenges of starting and running a small farm, from their internship model to their diverse marketing strategies and everything in between -- including farming with draft horses.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Livestock Marketing and Stockmanship Schools

September 12-14, 2016
Exira, Iowa

Join Richard McConnell and Tina Williams as they share information about cattle stockmanship and how to make handling experiences easier and more enjoyable, based on Bud Williams' principles. Marketing School is September 12-13; Stockmanship is September 13-14.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Fundamentals of On-Farm Plant Breeding Workshop

September 13-14, 2016
Pablo, Montana

Join the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) at Salish Kootenai College for a two-day classroom and field-based course on plant breeding. Nationally renowned organic plant breeders from the University of Wisconsin, Cornell University, Oregon State University, and Organic Seed Alliance will lead this course. Participants will learn basic principles and practices for evaluating, developing, improving, and maintaining plant varieties on their farm. The course is intended for farmers, researchers, and agricultural students.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Post-Harvest Process: Wash Station Design

September 13, 2016
Fairlee, Vermont

This NOFA Vermont workshop held at Root 5 Farm will cover wash station and crop storage design for an 8-acre diversified vegetable operation. Join Danielle Allen and Ben Dana, from Root 5 Farm, as they discuss the current renovations to their wash station to improve flow and efficiency and come into compliance with Federal Food Safety regulations.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Fall Grazing Workshop

September 13, 2016
Decatur, Texas

Join the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation at the Dixon Water Foundation and the Clint & Betty Josey Pavilion and tour their operations. Observe the adaptive multi-paddock grazing in action in both fixed- and flexible-paddock designs.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health Impacts on Pest Management

September 13, 2016
Online

This webinar is sponsored by the Soil Health Division of NRCS and presented by Lori A. Hoagland, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Horticulture at Purdue University. This webinar will help participants understand how improving soil health and managing the soil habitat for beneficial microbes can reduce reliance on agrichemical inputs, including those that might have unintended environmental consequences. It will explore mechanisms that regulate plant-soil-microbial interactions and how these interactions can be used to develop strategies that help growers improve productivity and sustainability.

In: Online

 


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