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Permalink Kneading Conference and Maine Artisan Bread Fair

July 30 - August 1, 2015
Skowhegan, Maine

The Kneading Conference is an intimate convening of passionate bakers, millers, grain growers, and wood-fired oven builders, coming together to share ideas and expertise in growing grains and baking artisan breads. The conference is followed by The Maine Artisan Bread Fair, dedicated solely to Real Bread and everything associated with this most ancient and central staple.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Choosing the Right Breed for Grass-Fed Beef Production: Highland Cattle

July 31, 2015
Glen Rock, Pennsylvania

PASA’s Farm-Based Education series presents this event at Lisa Mansperger's M&M Farm, a 72-acre farm that focuses its efforts on pasture-raised Scottish Highland and Scottish Highland Cross cattle. The Field Day will include Lisa’s experience with raising this breed, a chance to see her herd and rotational grazing system and explanations and demonstrations on the value-added products that can be produced from the unique hide and bones. Dwight Eisenhower of Bull Run Farm will speak as to why this particular breed is well suited to for a grass-based system and help you to better understand their behavior, temperament, nutritional requirements and benefits of choosing Highland cattle.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Diversification 101: CSAs, Cover Crops, Currants and More

July 31, 2015
Browntown, Wisconsin

This "In Her Boots Workshop" is presented by MOSES. Tour the highly diversified Christensen Farm with over 80 varieties of vegetables, along with raspberries, strawberries, currants, rhubarb, eggs, and honey. Katy Dickson will take participants through the growing fields, cover crops, hoophouses, and packing systems, explaining how she manages her CSA operation.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Sisters

July 31 - August 2, 2015
Monroe and Brodhead, Wisconsin

For three days and with five unique components and involving more than twenty farms, this jam-packed culinary event celebrates Wisconsin’s family farms and rural life. Events include farm tours, workshops, and meals featuring local cuisine.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainable Winegrowing Field Day

July 31, 2015
Forestville, California

The Sonoma County Winegrowers and Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation presents an event that focuses on viticultural issues and sustainable practices useful to winegrowers. There is no charge to attend for growers, vintners and industry personnel. Speakers will address diseases, weed control, IPM, and more.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Shop Talk and Field Day

August 1, 2015
Elkhart, Iowa

This free field day is co-sponsored by NCAT, the Iowa Farmers Union and New Family Farm, with support from the USDA Risk Management Agency. This field day will begin with a presentation of the new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) crop insurance program by Jeff Schahczenski, agriculture policy and funding research director with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Diversified producer Tony Thompson will then lead a tour of his farm.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Controlling Worms in Sheep and Goats: Hands-On FAMACHA Instruction and Pasture Walk

August 1, 2015
Whitehall, Montana

Learn how to increase your dewormer's efficiency by creating refugias with the FAMACHA system. Better yet, learn how to reduce your dependence on dewormers by grazing to control parasites.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Equipment 101 and Demonstration

August 2, 2015
Van Horne, Iowa

Eric and Ann Franzenburg use a diverse set of farm equipment – both large and small – to manage Pheasant Run farm. Join them at a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day as they demonstrate how to use machinery, implements and tools, and discuss how each is employed within the farm enterprises. Participants will be able to try out tools in the field. Eric and Ann will also provide an overview of tractor safety for beginners.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Fertility, Compost, and Organic Farming

August 3, 2015
Pullman, Washington

Tilth Producers of Washington presents an all-day workshop to learn about biologically improving soil. It will be held at WSU Eggert Organic Farm and the WSU Composting Facility.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Introduction to Cut Flowers

August 3, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri

This evening workshop is part of the Growing Growers workshop series, featuring instruction and farm tours.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Bus Trip to Gabe Brown's Ranch in North Dakota

August 3-6, 2015
Bismarck, North Dakota

Practical Farmers of Iowa members can join in a bus trip to Burleigh County, North Dakota, where they will spend two days learning about soil health, cover crops, and grazing with a full-day tour of Gabe Brown’s ranch followed by a hands-on workshop and tour with Jay Fuhrer at the Menoken farm. Buses depart from Ames and Clear Lake, Iowa.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Dry Farming Field Day

August 3, 2015
Corvallis, Oregon

OSU Extension Small Farms will host a free, afternoon field day at the dry farming plots at Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture. Taste dry-farmed vs. irrigated tomatoes.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Open Farm Week

August 3-9, 2015
Vermont

For Open Farm Week, farms across Vermont will open their doors, giving you the opportunity to meet farmers, try new foods, and get your hards dirty. Farm stands, CSA farms and farmers markets are participating, and more than 50 farms across the state will participate. Specific locations, activities, and events are listed online.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Revisiting Organic Agriculture Webinar Series: Nutrient Sources

August 4, 2015
Online

American Society of Agronomy is offering a monthly series of webinars that will examine several issues associated with organic production and management. Cost for each individual webinar is $25 for members and certified professionals and $40 for non-members. Cost for the series is $113 for members and certified professionals and $180 for non-members.

In: Online

 

Permalink Opportunities for Conservation in Organic Livestock Systems

August 4, 2015
Online

Join this webinar to learn about the wide range of opportunities for NRCS support in organically-managed livestock operations. The presenters will discuss opportunities for conservation in organic livestock systems from both the NRCS and producer perspectives. They will present common organic management practices and National Organic Program (NOP) regulations relevant to livestock, including pasture and outdoor access, feed management, and pasture management. The presentation will highlight NRCS practices that can fit well in organic systems, such as rotational grazing, fencing, and pasture management.

In: Online

 

Permalink Spotted Wing Drosophila Workshop: Team Approach From Around the World

August 4, 2015
Eugene, Oregon

Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides is offering this workshop that soft fruit growers should attend. Develop your farm's management plan, using a range of sanitation and cultural tactics from around the world. The agenda will focus on understanding SWD biology, behavior, and seasonal needs. The workshop is presented by Amy J. Dreves, Oregon State University, Beverly Gerdeman, Washington State University, and Emilio Guerrieri & Massimo Giorgini, Institute for Plant Protection at the National Research Council of Italy. There will also be a presentation on whole-farm revenue insurance.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing Lands Field Day and Tour

August 4, 2015
Forbes, North Dakota

North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition, in partnership with the North Dakota Natural Resources Trust, is hosting its annual grazing lands field day and tour from 1 to 5:30 pm at the Sand Ranch. RSVP by July 30 is required to attend the evening meal and can be made by contacting Sue Balcom at sbalcom@farrms.org or 701-527-5169.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cornell Soil Health Train the Trainer Workshop

August 5, 2015
Ithaca, New York

This intensive training workshop focuses on measuring and improving soil health through holistic, adaptive, and data-driven soil management. The target audience is professionals working with agricultural or urban soil management issues. This workshop will include a mix of in-depth classroom training, hands-on field and laboratory experiences, and opportunities to work with national and international colleagues. There will be an optional field trip to discuss soil health practices, field assessment of soil health status, and appropriate management options. Participants will learn about soil health principles, analysis, reporting, interpretation, and management from experts.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Retail Farm Market School: Rohrbach's Farm Market

August 5, 2015
Catawissa, Pennsylvania

Enhance your retail farm marketing skills with this free at-market workshop on a diverse, multi-generation farm. This evening gathering will be focused on retail marketing and agritourism activities of this diverse, multi-generation farm. Conversations will center on meeting the ever-changing demands of customers, as well as common methods of pricing and price strategies.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink HMI Open Gate Learning Day: Stigge & Sons Ag Day

August 5, 2015
Washington, Kansas

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 Integrating Livestock & Cover Cropping for Profit.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Dairy Farm Tour

August 5, 2015
Hillsboro, Ohio

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. Join Landis Weaver and tour co-sponsor the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council for a pasture walk and tour, filled with spirited conversation about the finer points of organic, grass-based dairying.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production

August 6, 2015
Zionsville, Pennsylvania

This evening class is on Plant Disease Scouting, ID, and Management. The event will include a farm tour, effective organic disease management at Good Work Farm, a hands-on scouting and disease identification exercise, and an exercise on identifying effective controls.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Fall Farm Boosting: Integrating Season Extension and Overwintering Practices for Better Farm Performance

August 6, 2015
Dryden, New York

At this NOFA-NY Field Day, take a detailed tour of the newly constructed season extension infrastructure (a heated greenhouse, two movable tunnels, and one stationary tunnel) at the Tompkins Cortland Community College Farm. Experienced farmer and college farm manager Todd McLane will share his decision-making process for building each structure and how the farm plans to integrate each technology into the overall farm business model. Learn how to make decisions about season extension methods that work for your farm, and how those decisions might affect your farm's finances.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Bradford Research Center Organic Field Day

August 6, 2015
Columbia, Missouri

The annual Organic Field Day is designed for organic and small-scale farmers. This free event will feature five different tours at Bradford Research Center, addressing topics such as pollinators, weed control, fish farming, composting, and organic vegetable research.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink PASA's 2015 Soil Health Summer Conference

August 6-7, 2015
Centre Hall, Pennsylvania

This two-day in-depth learning experience will dive into practical and effective practices to build and maintain soil health on your farm. Lead speaker Gary Zimmer of Midwestern BioAg brings extensive knowledge on biological farming, and will share practical methods to work with nature--feeding soil life, balancing soil minerals and tilling soils with a purpose. Through a combination of classroom style presentations and on-farm experiences led by a team of speakers, attendees will gain a deep insight into soil function and management strategies for any farm.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Manure as a Solid Waste and Clean Air Issues in Animal Agriculture Webinar

August 6, 2015
Online

Dr. Shannon Ferrell, associate professor of agricultural economics, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University, will discuss the implications of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Clean Air Act (CAA) on animal agriculture, recent litigation, and other legal issues. This webinar is open to livestock producers, Extension educators, agricultural service professionals, and anyone else interested in learning more about the potential impacts of RCRA and the CAA on livestock operations. The one-hour webinar is free to attend and begins at noon Eastern Time.

In: Online

 

Permalink Irrigation and Water Efficiency Workshop

August 7, 2015
Valley Center, California

Join Community Alliance for Family Farms for an irrigation/water efficiency workshop at Triple B Ranches to discuss drought, rootstocks, and dry farming wine grapes.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Grain and Alfalfa Production Farm Tour

August 7, 2015
Lindsey, Ohio

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. On the tour of Turnow Ventures, attendees will see a corn, soybean, wheat, black bean rotation; test plots studying various weed control cultivation methods, and soil-fertility approaches utilizing soil-balancing techniques.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink FarmFest

August 7-8, 2015
Centre Hall, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Certified Organic presents its 4th annual FarmFest, a free event with speakers, local food market, family activities, entertainment, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink VegScout School

August 8, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota

This third session of VegScout School offered by Women's Environmental Institute focuses on Plant Disease Identification & Management. Workshops will have a lecture component and in-class assignments using live and photo samples to ID and 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.

In: North Central SARE Region

 


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