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Permalink Organic Seed Alliance Research Farm Field Day

September 26, 2016
Chimacum, Washington

Join Organic Seed Alliance's Washington research team for its annual field day in Chimacum, Washington. The event will kick off with a field tour to showcase projects and research, followed by a vegetable variety tasting.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Regional Farm to School Trainings

September 20, 22, or 27, 2016
Boyne Falls, Grand Rapids, or Detroit, Michigan

These trainings will be an opportunity to deepen your knowledge of local purchasing practices and strategies in K-12 schools, districts, and early childhood program; provide information on farm to school opportunities in Michigan; and offer the chance to connect with other champions of farm to school in your region.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Using NRCS's PLANTS Database in Conservation Planning

September 28, 2016
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. Participate to learn how the data available in the National Plant Data Team’s PLANTS database and website (http://plants.usda.gov) can be used in conservation planning. PLANTS is the central repository of basic plant information for NRCS, and provides data for the approximately 25,000 native and naturalized plant species in the United States and its possessions. This webinar will review how PLANTS data can be used in conservation planning, including pollinator plantings; alternative and cover crop selections, establishment and maintenance; rangeland management; managing for culturally significant plants; ecological site descriptions; invasive and noxious plant species control; and phytoremediation.

In: Online

 

Permalink Farm Skills Workshop: Cover Cropping

September 28, 2016
Cold Spring, New York

This free afternoon workshop at Glynwood offers an opportunity to learn about the different types of seasonally appropriate cover crops, how to fit cover crops into crop rotations, and how cover crops can support beneficial insect populations.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Using Ultrasound as a Tool in Grass-Finishing Cattle

September 28, 2016
Maxwell, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day is the first in a two-part series. Visit Carney Family Farms to observe grass-fed cattle two weeks before they are harvested at a local locker. Visually inspect these cattle for finish and compare observations to ultrasound data. Discussion will focus on grazing management, forage quality for grass finishing, what role cattle genetics play in grass-based production, and how ultrasound scans can help producers determine the optimal harvest window for grass-finished cattle.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Vegetable Insect IPM Series: Carrot Rust Fly, Cabbage Maggot & Cabbage Moths

September 28, 2016
Aurora, Oregon

This half-day workshop is part of an OSU Extension series for small-scale commercial farmers looking to refine their pest management strategies. This workshop will cover prevention, avoidance, monitoring, and suppression of carrot rust fly, cabbage maggot, and cabbage moths. There will also be a tour and discussion on farmscaping for beneficials.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Pecan 101 Workshop

September 29, 2016
Ardmore, Oklahoma

This course from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will cover all aspects of annual production of pecans, including fertilization and pest management.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Silvopasture Walk

September 29, 2016
Lancaster, Wisconsin

The Lancaster Agricultural Research Station will host a pasture walk of its newly established silvopasture trial. The event will look at the silvopasture and comparison plots and discuss preliminary observations of the value of silvopasture for animal welfare and managing heat stress, as well as potential environmental impacts and management challenges.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Webinar on Market News Price Reporting

September 29, 2016
Online

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) invites you to a free webinar on its Market News price reporting for local and regional and organic markets, as well as a new farmers market app function for customers to self-report prices. Registration is required and space is limited.

In: Online

 

Permalink The Future of Organic Dairy Farming: Regenerate, Renew, Refresh

September 29-30, 2016
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

The 2016 Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Association (NODPA) Field Days will focus on regenerating our soil, renewing our farms' infrastructures, and refreshing ourselves in order for our farms and families to thrive into the future. There will be workshops focused on the soil: Managing for Milk Production per Acre; renewing the farm’s infrastructure: Milking System Tune-Ups; the growing support and infrastructure for the grass-fed milk market, along with an update on the Certified Grass Fed Label, as well as news about the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program in New York and Pennsylvania. Participants will hear about an OREI research project being conducted by the Rodale Institute and the University of Iowa that is Integrating Crops and Livestock to Enhance Organic Farm Stability, Safety and Resilience. And there will be critically important updates on the Animal Welfare Rule, Origin of Livestock, Organic Checkoff, and other issues relevant to the organic community.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Ginseng Field Day

September 29, 2016
West Lafayette, Indiana

Purdue Extension's Ginseng Field Day will offer an introduction to American ginseng, laws relating to ginseng harvesting and marketing, sources of seed and plants, planting site selection and preparation, planting and management options, timelines, and economic models.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginning Farmer Tour: River Ridge Farm

September 29, 2016
Roann, 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 about topics ranging from organic produce to aquaponics. This event visits River Ridge Farm to learn about four-season vegetable farming, operating an on-farm store, and farm-to-school programs.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Year-Round Production at The Charm Farm

September 29, 2016
Beverly, West Virginia

Join Future Harvest CASA at The Charm Farm to learn about the planning, labor, and passion that powers their year-round, full-diet CSA production. Tour the farm’s fall crops, along with their new walk-in cooler that allows them to store large quantities of root crops throughout the winter. Learn more about the organic certification process, and how it helps The Charm Farm reach new wholesale markets.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Holistic Planned Grazing with Kirk Gadzia

September 30 - October 1, 2016
Aurora, Colorado

This two-day workshop allows ranchers to spend time both in the classroom and on the land learning about key grazing strategies and implementation as well as create their own holistic grazing plan to achieve their goals. This workshop is designed to allow land managers to create their own grazing plan.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Urban Agriculture and the Next Farm Bill Symposium

September 30, 2016
Washington, D.C. and Online

The George Washington University, AGree, Michigan State University, and the University of the District of Columbia present this free, one-day symposium focusing on the forthcoming 2018 Farm Bill. The event will also livestream. Panels will discuss social justice and urban agriculture, business and financing of urban agriculture, innovations, and more.

In: Online

 

Permalink Understanding Ecosystem Function

September 30, 2016
Wimberley, Texas

In this free Soil for Water day-long workshop, presenters will be riparian management specialist Steve Nelle, range ecologist Dr. Richard Teague (Texas A&M AgriLife Research), and Peggy Sechrist (Certified Educator in Holistic Management). In the afternoon participants will go on a pasture walk to see key indicators of ecosystem function and learn about their relationships to drought and floods.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Conservation Biological Control Short Course Workshop

September 30, 2016
Carson City, Nevada

The Xerces Society has developed the Conservation Biological Control Short Course, a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Cows Love Grass: Intensive Rotational Grazing and Natural Cattle Husbandry Workshop

October 1, 2016
Lovingston, Virginia

This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn more about the benefits of intensive rotational grazing: increasing pasture production, stocking rate, animal health and welfare and decreasing disease. This is a workshop on the nuts and bolts of producing all-natural, grass-fed beef. It is appropriate for anyone interested in selling grass-fed beef at their local farmers market or for their homestead or for anyone considering adding cattle to their farm. If you'd like to try raising cattle, but didn't inherit a farm and all the equipment and are working with a limited budget, this workshop is for you. Presenters emphasize a flexible, low-tech approach, working with the pasture you have and the animals you have and using rotational grazing to increase forage production and animal health.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Get Yer Goat: Goat Education Day

October 1, 2016
Central Point, Oregon

This annual event is sponsored by the Rogue Valley Dairy Goat Association. Both Beginner and Advanced workshop tracks are offered. Topics include Goats 101, diseases, parasites, genetics, poisonous plants toxic to goats and other livestock, and building a milk stand.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink WNC Garlic Fest

October 1, 2016
Asheville, North Carolina

This free celebration of all things garlic offers an opportunity to eat some creative, awesome, and inspired garlic dishes. WNC Garlic Fest was founded with a mission to educate people in the simple skill of growing great garlic and offers free garlic lessons.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Hoes Down Harvest Festival

October 1 - 2, 2016
Guinda, California

In the heart of breathtaking Capay Valley, immerse yourself in a festival of rural living, domestic arts, and local agriculture. Full Belly Farm, one of the first and most prolific organic farms in the country, hosts the Hoes Down Harvest Festival, which includes farm tours, traditional arts and crafts, farm-fresh food, folk music, dancing, hands-on workshops, and seminars, offering the public a special chance to enjoy rural life and deepen our understanding of and connection to the local food system.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Pasture Walk

October 1, 2016
Harper, Texas

Dr. Richard Teague (Texas A&M AgriLife Research) will lead a morning pasture walk on Dr. David Hopf's ranch. This site is one of the long-term monitoring sites for the Soil for Water project. Participation is limited, so please send an e-mail to soilforwater@ncat.org to reserve your spot.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Pasture-Raised Multi-Species Livestock Farm Tour

October 1, 2016
Fredericktown, Ohio

This event is part of the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Hear how Jacob and Elizabeth Coleman of Sweet Grass Dairy are building their soil with about 60 pastured dual-purpose cows and how they raise grass-fed beef, pastured pork, pastured eggs, meat chickens, and pastured Thanksgiving turkeys for direct market and herdshare sales. Learn about multi-species grazing, dairy calf rearing, grazing management, milking, and marketing, and observe cows, chickens, turkeys, and hogs on pasture.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Women Working in the Meat Business

October 2-4, 2016
Efland, North Carolina

NC Choices' Women Working in the Meat Business brings together women farmers, processors, and professionals from across the country who raise, butcher, prepare, and/or market pasture raised meat. In a focused, hands-on setting, women convene in North Carolina for over two days of training, from on-farm management to butchery, by the nation's top professionals. Courses are designed to help women tackle real and perceived barriers in their career by offering educational, technical, and business planning assistance while also providing opportunities to build and expand professional networks.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Agritourism: Farm to Wedding Venue at Rocklands Farm

October 3, 2016
Poolesville, Maryland

Join Future Harvest CASA and Chesapeake CRAFT for this afternoon event at Rocklands Farm.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Skills Workshop: Developing and Managing a Diverse Farm

October 4, 2016
Cold Spring, New York

In this free afternoon workshop at Glynwood, the founders of Old Ford Farm will discuss the how they established the various enterprises of their farm–dairy, laying hens, pigs, turkeys, broilers, and vegetables–on rented land that originally had no infrastructure.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Residue and Tillage Management in Organic Farming Systems: Central States

October 4, 2016
Online

In the Understanding Organic Agriculture series, this free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Several Iowa organic producers will be interviewed about their management practices to maximize soil health and reduce erosion. Join this webinar for a discussion of these challenges and opportunities in the context of organic farms in Central states.

In: Online

 

Permalink Fence Construction Workshop

October 4, 2016
Ardmore, Oklahoma

Join the Noble Foundation at its Red River Research and Demonstration Farm to see the latest fencing materials and technologies offered in the industry and being used in the construction of this 640-acre Grazing Research Facility. Gallagher and Stay Tuff representatives will demonstrate tools, techniques, and construction of high-tensile electric and net wire fences. The day-long event is free.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Indiana Flower Growers Association Purdue Conference

October 5, 2016
Lafayette, Indiana

Greenhouse operators and horticulturists will have an opportunity to network with industry experts and Purdue Extension specialists. The agenda addresses marketing, business, and resources available from Purdue for flower growers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Solar Energy on the Farm

October 5, 2016
Stanwood, Washington

Join Tilth Producers and Northwest SEED at Rents Due Ranch to learn how to pursue solar energy on your farm. Fire Mountain Solar and Snohomish Conservation District will demonstrate a solar energy installation at this free event.

In: Western SARE Region

 


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