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Permalink The World of Watermelons

August 25, 2016
Warrenton, Virginia

The Fauquier Education Farm and VSU Small Farm Outreach Program invite you to attend an on-site workshop that showcases the farm's seedless watermelon demonstration plot with five melon varieties sponsored by VSU. Presenters will talk about everything that goes into growing this fabulous treat. This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Vegetable Farmer Field Day

August 25, 2016
Columbia, Missouri

The University of Missouri's Bradford Research Center will host this afternoon event.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Women Caring for the Land

August 23, 24, or 25, 2016
Amery, Ridgeway, or Jefferson, Wisconsin

Women Caring for the Land is an innovative program that brings together women landowners and female conservation professionals to discuss practices for improving air, water and soil quality on the land. Each of the workshops run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and includes an informational morning session followed by a tour of the host farm. Attendees will learn to improve the health of their soils through rotational grazing, no-till, and other conservation practices. Project partners include USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Wisconsin Farmers Union, and others.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing with Healthy Soil Biology

August 26-27, 2016
Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Rodale Institute offers a workshop designed to explain the relationships between soil biology and healthy soil and the roles of management practices in soil health. The world of soil biota will be illuminated through the use of microscopic pictures and videos. Details linking farming system practices (crop rotation, cover crops, compost, and reduced tillage) to the creation or destruction of healthy soils will be provided. Case studies will be discussed to illustrate how these regenerative practices enhance the entire system.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Field Workshop on Growing and Caring for Elderberries

August 26, 2016
Greensboro, Vermont

This two-hour workshop at Thornhill Farm will provide you with an overview of site preparation, soil fertility and health, weed and pest management, and the basics required to grow certified organic berries. Also, compare seven different cultivars. Presenters are some of the most experienced elderberry growers and processors in the state.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Open Gate: Circle Ranch Day

August 26, 2016
Van Horn, Texas

This event is part of HMI's Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are on-the-ground learning days for producers and consumers who care about land health and creating nutritious food systems to come together and discover their role in regenerative agriculture. The day includes 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 Helping Water Flow Where it Needs to Go.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginner Grazing School

August 26-27, 2016
Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Minnesota Grazing Lands Conservation Association presents this two-day course, which includes an introduction to grazing basics, plant identification, and rotational grazing. It also offers grazing exercises and demonstrations in the field and an opportunity to work with grazing experts to develop a plan for your farm.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Finger Lakes Permaculture Tour & Convergence

August 26-28, 2016
Ithaca and Montour Falls, New York

This event includes tours of permaculture farms, gardens, parks, and homes, as well as presentations, demonstrations, a gathering of permaculture practitioners and enthusiasts, and a sale of perennial plants.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Ruminant Conference

August 6, 20, or 27, 2016
Fayetteville, Hope, or Monticello, Arkansas

University of Arkansas Research & Extension is offering free, one-day conferences around the state this summer on small ruminants. Brush up on small ruminant basics and learn about advanced aspects of caring for sheep and goats. The afternoon session will focus on FAMACHA, a technique for detecting parasites in ruminants.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Innovations in Marketing

August 29, 2016
Lawrence, Kansas

This afternoon workshop is part of the Growing Growers Advanced Workshop Series.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Summer Fun Farm Tour Series

August 29, 2016
Bonner Springs, Kansas

Kansas Farmers Union, Farmer Veteran Coalition of Kansas,Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition, Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops, and Kansas AgrAbility are partnering to present the Summer Fun Farm Tour Series, with funding through Farm Aid. The free event includes morning tours of Green Dirt Farm, Oregon Trail Farm, and Hillside Honey Apiary, followed by a local foods lunch and an afternoon educational session on solid record keeping practices for your farm and developing a business plan. Aspiring, beginning, and veteran farmers encouraged to attend.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Armed to Farm in the West

August 29 - September 2, 2016
Great Falls, Montana

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is accepting applications from military veterans who want to attend our free, week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) Training. ATF gives veterans and their spouses an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as a viable career. ATF offers a dynamic blend of farm tours and hands-on experience with classroom instruction. Participants will learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, vegetable production, small grain production, and more. Participants will leave the training with a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farming enterprise. Applications are due by July 22, 2016.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Grow Me the Money! Resources for Organic Family Farms

August 29, 2016
Austin, Texas

Grow Me the Money! is a workshop experience for organic producers--or anyone thinking about certified organic production--that outlines program options, presents the basics you need to know, and offers an interactive experience to help understand the types of programs available and how to engage with USDA offices. Workshop leaders include Scott Marlow (RAFI-USA) and Susie Marshall (TOFGA). The workshop is free and includes lunch.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink High Tunnel Systems: Conservation Practice, Successes, and Bumps in the Road

August 30, 2016
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Participants will learn about the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service High Tunnel System conservation practice standard (CPS 325), as well as several states' successes with implementation of the practice and "bumps in the road."

In: Online

 

Permalink Producing Healthy Brassicas with Biocontrols and Rotation

August 30, 2016
Shaftsbury, Vermont

At this NOFA Vermont evening workshop, join Andrew Knafel of Clearbrook Farm, a certified organic fruit and vegetable farm, as he discusses their strategy for growing brassicas spring through fall. He will present the farm's various management strategies for fertility, insect and disease control in their full season brassica production plan.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Certification Workshop

August 30, 2016
Petersburg, Virginia

Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia State University present this free half-day workshop on organic production and marketing. Presentations and a panel discussion are on the agenda.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink PastureMap Webinar

August 30, 2016
Online

North East Texas Grazing Land Coalition offers a webinar with Christine Su, creator of the PastureMap app, teaching you to use this handy tool. The webinar begins at 7 pm CDT. This tool helps you map and subdivide pastures, photo document grazing moves, record herd and animal weights, download and share records, and more.

In: Online

 

Permalink Grazing Workshop with Greg Judy

August 30 and September 1, 2016
Faith and Gary, South Dakota

The South Dakota Grassland Coalition, SDSU Extension, American Bird Conservancy, and World Wildlife Fund present this workshop at Wedge Tent Ranch and K Creek Ranch. During this workshop, Greg will share his knowledge of growing and managing winter stockpile, monitoring animal performance, building healthy soil through mob grazing, securing economical grazing leases, and multi-species grazing.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink High-Diversity Prairie Restoration and Management Workshop

August 30, 2016
Ponca State Park, Nebraska

Landowners and conservation practitioners are invited to join Nebraska Environmental Trust and Nebraska Natural Legacy at Ponca State Park to learn new management techniques for prairie restoration and pollinators, and tour Natural Legacy’s Demonstration areas at Ponca State Park. The free event includes field visits to local prairie restoration sites to discuss seeding and management methods including invasive plant control.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Grass Based Milk Production

August 31, 2016
Cazenovia, New York

NOFA-NY and Organic Valley invite you to learn how to make milk with a no-grain feed ration. Host Mark Yoder will provide a tour of his pasture setup, and share his insights on maintaining milk production and animal health in a grass-fed dairy production system. Organic Valley Ruminant Nutritionist Silvia Abel-Caines will share her research and practical experience on how to balance high-forage diets for optimal animal health, milk production, and milk nutritional profile.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink An Overview of NRCS's PLANTS Database and Website

August 31, 2016
Online

This free one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. Participate to learn the basics of the National Plant Data Team's PLANTS database and website. Established in 1990, the PLANTS database is an international standard for plant information. PLANTS provides data for the approximately 25,000 native and naturalized plant species in the United States and its possessions. Plant data available include scientific and common names, distribution, photographs and illustrations, characteristics important for conservation and wildlife planning, legal status information (endangered and threatened, invasive, noxious, wetland), and scientific references.

In: Online

 

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

 


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