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Permalink Agriculture Innovation Forum Series: Soil Health and Benefits of Compost

May 26, 2015
Minden, Nevada

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers the last of four free presentations on topics important to agricultural producers and small-acreage owners in northern Nevada. This evening presentation is presented by Chris Savastio, Natural Resources Conservation Service soil scientist, and Craig Witt, Full Circle Compost owner.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Advances in Hi- and Lo-Tech Irrigation Systems

May 26, 2015

This free, one-hour webinar beginning at 2:00 pm EDT is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Participants will be provided with a summary of the major irrigation systems including recent advances and their utility. Some recent technological advancements in these systems have been introduced to enhance performance, ease management, and reduce energy use, or meet other specific needs.

In: Online


Permalink Introduction to Agroforestry Systems

May 27, 2015

This webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. Participants will learn about the five recognized agroforestry practices: Windbreaks, Alleycropping, Silvopasture, Forest Farming and Riparian Forest Buffers. The presenter is Rich Straight, US Forest Service Lead Agroforester, USDA National Agroforestry Center.

In: Online


Permalink Sound and Sensible Organics, Part II

May 27, 2015
Hermanville, Mississippi

NCAT's Gulf States office, in partnership with Quality Certification Services, 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 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 Louisiana Farm to School Conference

May 27, 2015
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The LSU AgCenter will host a statewide farm-to-school conference to bring together school administrators, teachers and parents, food service managers, farmers, food distributors, and others involved with Louisiana agriculture, school gardens, and healthy school meals.The conference will center on education, gardening, and procurement and provide technical assistance in areas such as local food procurement, food and garden safety, culinary education, and incorporating curricula into existing core classes.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Oil Seed Crops & On-Farm Processing of Edible and Non-Edible Oils

May 28, 2015
Clemson, South Carolina

In this one-day workshop from Clemson Sustainable Agriculture Program, join Clemson University oilseed crop researcher David Thornton and Virgin Oils Co-founder Mathew Rudolf to learn about ideal edible and high value specialty oil crops for the southern climate and lessons learned from their experience producing food- and non-food-grade oils. Clemson Extension Program food safety experts Kimberly Baker and Adair Hoover will provide information on regulatory guidelines for making and selling edible oils. This workshop will cover the following topics: crop selection, process techniques, food grade processing guidelines and potential markets. Participants will perform hands-on activities expelling and processing their own edible oils to take home.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Profiles in Small-Scale Processing: Blue Ridge Meats

May 28, 2015

This is a free webinar presented by the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network. On this webinar, participants will get a "behind the scenes" peek at Blue Ridge Meats, a small, USDA-inspected slaughter and processing facility in Front Royal, Virginia. Lois Aylestock, VP, will describe how they manage day to day operations, getting and keeping customers, bookkeeping, employee management, and more. She will tell us about systems they've developed, what has worked, and what she wishes she had known before they got started.

In: Online


Permalink Piedmont Region Come to the Table Conference

May 28, 2015
Elon, North Carolina

These full- day events bring together members of the faith community with farmers, gardeners, farm workers, educators, health professional,s and community organizations to find ways to relieve hunger and support local agriculture. The conferences include plenaries, topical breakout sessions, lunch, and networking opportunities.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Conservation Agriculture and Sustaining Soils

May 28, 2015
Lawrence, Kansas

This day-long Growing Growers workshop is designed for anyone growing fruits and vegetables for sale. The workshop includes a farm tour.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Food Safety for Organic Growers in Texas

May 28, 2015

For Texas growers who want to sell to grocery retailers and major distributors, a written farm food safety plan is mandatory. This webinar offered by the National Center for Appropriate Technology will go over the basics of a farm safety plan and how to get GAP certified. An update on revisions to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will also be covered. Presenters will be Susie Marshall, President of the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (TOFGA) and Dr. Juan Anciso, Extension Specialist in Vegetables and Citrus, Texas A & M University.

In: Online


Permalink Women Caring for the Land Workshop on Farm Transition Planning

May 28, 2015
Morris, Minnesota

The Land Stewardship Project will be holding this four-hour Women Caring for the Land workshop on Farm Transition Planning.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Sound and Sensible Organic Certification Workshop

May 28, 2015
Gulfport, Mississippi

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 Grass-Fed Beef Conference

May 28-29, 2015
College Station, Texas

Grass-fed beef producers will have the opportunity to learn more about marketing opportunities and production trends. The conference will cover a broad range of important topics pertaining to grass-fed beef production and is open to both beef producers and consumers. The following topics will be discussed: overview of the beef industry; defining natural, grass-fed and organic beef; forage-growing fundamentals; cattle types suited for grass-fed beef; forage-based nutrition for cattle; preventive herd health; handling cattle for wholesome beef; carcass fabrication; consumers and their expectations; marketing a unique product; and economics and sustainability. A live carcass fabrication demonstration will be a second-day highlight.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink HMI Open Gate Learning Day: Ranney Ranch

May 29, 2015
Corona, New Mexico

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 at Ranney Ranch focuses on marketing and grazing practices to survive drought.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Animal Fiber Production Opportunities

May 30, 2015
Phillipsburg, Kansas

In this day-long Amazing Grazing event, Sally Brandon, Shepherd’s Mill, and Rachael Boyle, K-State Research and Extension Livestock Agent, will guide you through the world of animal fiber production, from determining which animals are right for you and your farm to selecting a mill and marketing your fiber.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Hoop House Production Workshop

May 30, 2015
Yerrington, Nevada

This workshop is sponsored by the Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute. Topics will include season extension practices, mulches for hoop houses, and rotational planting. The featured speaker is Steve Moore, professor and director of AgroEcology at Elon University and founder of Harmony Essentials. He will be joined by a panel of local farmers who will share their own experiences and take questions.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink North American Agroforestry Conference

May 30 - June 3, 2015
Ames, Iowa

The conference title is "Agroforestry as a Catalyst for On-Farm Conservation and Diversification." A pre-conference agroforestry field tour on May 30 will visit a variety of agroforestry systems including riparian forest buffers, windbreaks, and specialty forest products. Up to three concurrent half-day advanced agroforestry workshops will be offered on May 31. The main conference June 1-3 features keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, tours and field demonstrations, and poster sessions.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Slow Poultry: Sustainable Poultry Production

May 30, 2015
Bozeman, Montana

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.



Permalink VegScout School

May 30, July 11, and August 8, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Women's Environmental Institute offers this three-workshop series taught by Dr. Loretta Ortiz- Ribbing. Workshops will have a lecture component and in-class assignments using live and photo samples to ID. They will involve using dissecting scopes or hand lens to view distinct diagnostic features of pests, followed by hands-on and in-field activities to test knowledge and problem solve. Full-day workshops in May, July, and August will each build on the skills of the previous workshop.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Cover Cropping on a Diversifed Vegetable Farm

June 1, 2015
Oakville, Washington

In this afternoon farm walk sponsored by Tilth Producers of Washington, visit Let Us Farm to learn about integrating cover cropping with a diversified, certified-organic vegetable production system. There will also be a hands-on learning opportunity with soil-blocking.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Integrated Weed Management

June 2, 2015
Lexington, Kentucky

This Organic Association of Kentucky field day takes place at the University of Kentucky Horticulture Research Farm, led by Mark Williams and Tiffany Thompson of the UK Department of Horticulture. Topics will include how to optimize each step of production to create an integrated weed control system, and the development and use of a range of scale-appropriate cultivating tools, from hand tools to tractor-driven cultivators.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Mitigating Soil Disturbance in Organic Systems

June 2, 2015

In the Understanding Organic Agriculture series, this free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. The presenter will discuss production practices that can offset the negative impacts of tillage in organic systems including the use of cover crops, compost, and other additions of organic matter. In an attempt to quantify the mitigation impact, this webinar will use RUSLE2 as a measure. A case study will be used to illustrate some of the presented principles.

In: Online


Permalink USDA Organic and Local Food in New York

June 2, 2015
Chester, New York

Join the U.S. Department of Agriculture and local service providers for a meet-and-greet with New York farm producers and food processors. Get resources to grow and market high-quality organic agricultural products, including conservation incentives, crop insurance, microloans and grants. Connect with buyers, field agents, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Advanced Postharvest Handling for Enhanced Shelf Life

June 2, 2015
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

To assist growers in developing skills that will provide a competitive advantage within the fresh produce market, North Carolina Growing Together will offer a series of Postharvest Handling Workshops, in collaboration with NC State University Cooperative Extension. Participants will learn approaches and technologies to maintain product quality and extend shelf-life, limiting postharvest disorders and loss of sales. Geared toward producers selling into wholesale markets, as well as Extension Agents who are assisting growers with wholesale market expansion, this full-day, hands-on workshop will offer a variety of tools to assist growers in meeting US Grade #1 Standards.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Pastured Poultry Research Tour

June 3, 2015
Wooster, Ohio

Muddy Fork Farm, in collaboration with the Ohio State University, will demonstrate a pastured poultry project using small moveable shelters and a novel feed ingredient. This project was funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic Research Extension Initiative (OREI) grant, and explored a whole farm approach to incorporating pasture-raised organic poultry and the cereal grain naked oats into a multi-year organic rotation. This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Women Caring for the Land

June 3, 2015
Verona, 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. The meeting includes a bus tour of area conservation practices

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Strolling of the Heifers

June 3-7, 2015
Brattleboro, Vermont

This multifaceted event celebrates local food systems. It includes the fifth annual Strolling of the Heifers Slow Living Summit, June 3-5, focused on farms, food, and food systems. Subtitled “Food, Mindfully,” the Summit will explore “the journey of food”, with topics including nourishment and wellness, food entrepreneurship, food systems, food justice, and food policy. The Strolling of the Heifers parade and Slow Living Expo are on June 6, and the Farmers Breakfast and Tour de Heifer bike rides are June 7.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Prairie on Farms Demonstration Workshop

June 2 or 4, 2015
Dysart or Nashua, Iowa

Discover how prairie installation improves water quality, soil health, and pollinator habitat in addition to personal enjoyment in the field. Technical Service Providers, land managers/producers, Soil & Water Conservation District staff, seed company representatives, decision makers, and anyone interested in learning more about the benefits of prairie on working farms are highly encouraged to attend. Practical uses of prairie for water quality improvement efforts and pollinator habitat, site assessment and preparation, and tips to determine an appropriate location for prairie plantings on working farms will be discussed. The event also offers a side-by-side comparison of three prairie seed mixes planted in mid-spring.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Blueberry/Small Fruit Workshop and Field Day

June 4, 2015
Maiden Rock, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin Extension and North Central Region SARE present this event at Rush River Produce Farm. Presenters will address cultivars, soil nutrients, disease and insect management, and pollinator habitat. There will also be a field walk with UW Extension specialists.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Farm to Fork

June 5-7, 2015
Durham, North Carolina

Join in a weekend celebrating sustainable farming, the bounty of local agriculture, and the relationships that continue to bloom in the food community between farms, restaurants, fishermen, beverage producers, and consumers. The weekend features a local-food dinner with five acclaimed North Carolina chefs, presentations on the seafood industry, and the Farm to Fork Picnic more than two dozen chefs and farms paired together and another two dozen food artisans featured.

In: Southern SARE Region




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