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Permalink Monarch Habitat on Farms Demonstration Days

September 20 or 21, 2017
Cedar Falls or Dike, Iowa

These free field days offer hands-on demonstrations, activities, and information about installing and managing native habitat for monarchs and other wildlife on farms. Topics include site selection, habitat planting, monarch biology, native plant ID, funding opportunities, and more. Pre-registration is requested.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Minority Landowner Magazine Farmers and Landowners Conference

September 21-23, 2017
Greensboro, North Carolina

Minority Landowner's 11th anniversary conference focuses on "RESOURCES: The Agencies, Organizations, and Professionals Who Support Family Farms."

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Farm School

September 21, 2017
Oregon City, Oregon

Small Farm School is a full day event with hands-on and classroom workshops for commercial beginning farmers and small acreage rural landowners.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink How Regional Food System Investment Creates More Equitable Communities

September 21, 2017
Online

This webinar will explore examples of regional food system actors that have been proactive and thoughtful in how they incorporate equity and inclusion considerations into their efforts, including where those have been successful, and where there is opportunity to improve. This webinar is an outgrowth of the book focused on the community and economic development opportunities of regional food system investments that was developed by the Federal Reserve System and USDA.

In: Online

 

Permalink Association for Vertical Farming Summit

September 22, 2017
Washington, DC

The Association for Vertical Farming presents a day-long summit with focused lectures, panels, and breakout sessions on the future of vertical farming and the policies needed to sustainably scale the industry. Learn how to leverage your position to affect policy on the local, federal, and international level. Hear from industry leaders and network with vertical farming professionals to learn about new and exciting prospects in this growing field.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Land Institute Prairie Festival

September 22-14, 2017
Salina, Kansas

The Prairie Festival offers a unique opportunity to interact with some of the world's most compelling authors, thinkers, artists, and advocates focused on agriculture, food, the environment, science, sustainability, and social and environmental justice. The science staff provides tours and an in-depth update on plant breeding and ecology work and partnerships. This year's theme--Urban Agriculture and Rural Agrarianism: Toward a Perennial Future – will put thinkers, advocates and innovators from both sectors together in the barn for a lively and timely dialogue.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Common Ground Country Fair

September 22-24, 2017
Unity, Maine

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA) annual Common Ground Country Fair offers more than 750 workshops, demonstrations, talks, and other events. Keynote speakers are Jill Agnew, Sherri Mitchell, and Jonathan Rosenthal.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Cheesemaking and Homestead Tour

September 23, 2017
Lewisville, Ohio

This free event at Blackstone Farm is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. The tour of this diversified homestead will feature learning stations and local Master Gardeners, who will be on hand to share details about projects.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Graze River Country Pasture Walk

September 23, 2017
Colfax, Wisconsin

Charles Flodquist and John Richmond host this event, featuring the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program, tips for transitioning the farm, and the River Country RC&D annual picnic. Please RSVP.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Eastern Triangle Farm Tour

September 23-24, 2017
Raleigh area, North Carolina

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's annual self-guided tour offers the opportunity to visit any of 26 participating farms during the course of two afternoons. Tour local, sustainable farms and discover the delicious meat, dairy, fruits and veggies produced in the Eastern Triangle.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Midlands Farm Tour

September 23, 2017
Richland and Lexington counties, South Carolina

Sustainable Midlands hosts the 2017 Midlands Farm Tour at ten sustainable farms to connect Midlands consumers with local producers practicing farm stewardship and sustainability. This year promises a unique experience with the inclusion of niche products like indigo and chestnuts, as well as a range of interesting farming practices, such as aquaponics, organic, "hyperlocal" wine production, and farms utilizing the 360-method of composting, harvesting rainwater, and the use of alternative energy sources. Participants can interact with animals, learn about farm stewardship and specialty cultivation, and purchase farm goods at each stop.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Monarchs Across Georgia Pollinator Symposium

September 23, 2017
Conyers, Georgia

Join Monarchs Across Georgia for a day of renowned speakers, butterfly and nature walks, exhibitors, and demonstrations. Topics include native bees, monarchs, hummingbirds, and more.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Dried Flower Production

September 23, 2017
Cumming, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day takes place at Howell's Greenhouse and Floral. Join Fred for a lively tour through the dried-flower process on the farm, from production to finished dried arrangements. Fred will discuss perennial and annual flower production in the field and the greenhouse, and his preferred ways to harvest and store different types of flowers. Attendees will also see how the flowers are dried and how beautiful dried arrangements are created.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Livestock Options Workshop

September 23, 2017
Kansas City, Missouri

This one-day workshop is part of the Growing Growers advanced workshop series.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Specialty Crop Workshop

September 23-24, 2017
Wheatland, Wyoming

University of Wyoming Extension offers this event featuring University staff and specialty-crop producers. Topics will include hops, strawberries, lavender, brewing, grapes, distilling, and economic and legal aspects of specialty-crop diversification.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm and Food Leadership Conference

September 24-26, 2017
McKinney, Texas

This unique conference focuses on the policies and regulations affecting our farms and our food as well as the latest developments in sustainable agriculture. Whether you are a farmer, consumer, chef, local foods business owner, or nonprofit advocate, you will find useful information and tools to help support the growth of the local and sustainable food movement.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Seed Production Workshop and Field Day

September 24, 2017
Red Bluff, California

Join Organic Seed Alliance and Elliot Proffitt of Red Gate Ranch for this field day and workshop. Learn seed production basics including harvesting and cleaning practices with hands-on equipment demonstrations. Tour seed crops in the field and see how they fit into a diversified produce and animal operation.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink National Young Farmers Coalition Boulder County Water Bootcamp

September 24, 2017
Longmont, Colorado

Join the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), local NYFC chapter the Flatirons Young Farmers Coalition, and CSU Extension for a half-day Water Bootcamp to explore what you need to know about water as a beginning farmer or rancher. NYFC Water Bootcamps are educational water workshops that provide young and beginning farmers and ranchers with tools to understand water rights and water policy, resources to enhance water stewardshp, and information to enter roles of water leadership.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Mushroom Short Course

September 24-26, 2017
Mendenhall, Pennsylvania

Penn State University will be hosting and celebrating the 59th Mushroom Short Course. The conference will feature speakers from both industry and academia and will highlight the latest advances, challenges, and opportunities on a broad range of subjects. Topics will include up-to-date progress at the forefront of mushroom quality, food safety, dietary health, regulatory concerns, disease and pest management, cultivation practices, compost quality, spawn technology, energy usage, spent compost, and others.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Women Who Farm Field Day: Fruit and Herbs

September 24, 2017
Eureka, Illinois

The Women Who Farm field day series visits five women-led farms, showcasing what they do best and providing an opportunity for women farmers to meet and build a supportive community. We will tour the host farm, Sunny Lane Aronia, learn about her specialty, and then gather for refreshments and networking.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cider Production, From Tree to Tap

September 25, 2017
Carlton, Washington

This Tilth Alliance Farm Walk visits Sixknot Cider, a certified organic cidery and orchard located in the Methow Valley. Learn why Sixknot chose to build a taphouse instead of developing a less expensive, canned product to compete for retail shelf space. Additional information will be provided by Bri Ewing, WSU Extension Fermentation Specialist, and Tianna DuPont, WSU Extension Tree Fruit Specialist.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Carolina Meat Conference

September 25-26, 2017
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

At the largest gathering of pastured meat-makers in the country, farmers, chefs, butchers, and industry leaders convene for two days of unparalleled networking, hands-on training, and technical and business assistance. This conference supports a growing community committed to advancing market opportunities and increasing customer access to pasture-based meats. Attendees can expect more than twenty innovative class sessions on diverse topics, butchery demos, special technical tracks for professionals, and many opportunities for social networking. New this year, NC Choices is holding a Pre-Conference event on September 24 for Extension agents, specialists, and associates seeking additional meat-related training in a smaller atmosphere.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Indiana Food Summit

September 25-26, 2017
Indianapolis, Indiana

Each year, Purdue Extension, along with many partnering organizations, hosts the annual Indiana Local Food Summit. This event provides learning, networking and sharing opportunities for the people, communities, and organizations working to create an Indiana food system that is more resilient, economically vibrant, and diverse. Attendees will learn about new topics and be able to take a deep dive into learning and professional development as well as share their own community work with those from their region.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Microgreens Production

September 25, 2017
Kansas City, Missouri

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

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Wellness Tourism Field Day

September 25, 2017
St James, Missouri

The Vintage Homesteader Potager Herb Farm received SARE support to test market new agritourism opportunities specifically designed for niche wellness tourism consumers in Missouri. Join them for an afternoon Field Day to learn more.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Building Your Own Farm's Food Safety Manual Workshop

September 25, 2017
Gainesville, Florida

This program is a one-day workshop to help growers develop their own food safety manuals. It is targeted to fresh fruit and/or vegetable farming operations, field or greenhouse. The workshop is conducted using computers (one laptop is provided for in-house use per farm if necessary, limited laptops available) to access a web-based food safety manual development program. The workshop is limited to 20 farms on a first come, first serve basis. The workshop was developed and is presented by the University of Florida, Small Farms Academy Extension Agents, and is partially supported by a grant through the Florida Specialty Crops Block Grant program from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Your Market with Grant Funding

September 25, 2017
Online

Are you a farm market manager looking for local, state, federal, and foundation grant programs to expand your market and available programs? If so, plan to attend this introductory 90-minute webinar to learn more about grant writing basics and available grant opportunities. Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, from New Leaf Consulting, will provide a brief overview of developing and implementing grants, followed by examples of grants that are available for farmers markets. There will be a time set aside at the end of the program for participants to ask questions. This unique webinar is free and open to the public.

In: Online

 

Permalink Twilight Chestnut Field Day

September 26, 2017
Gibsonville, North Carolina

North Carolina Cooperative Extension has organized a Twilight Field Day to feature Chestnut Production at High Rock Farm. This Field Day is intended for anyone interested in growing chestnuts, including experienced chestnut growers, farmers looking for a new enterprise, and beginner farmers. High Rock Farm is the largest chestnut orchard in the mid-Atlantic region.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crop Field Day

September 26, 2017
Fargo, North Dakota

North Dakota State University Extension Service is hosting a half-day field day with a bus tour that will feature information about 32 different cover crop species and how they can fit into a farming operation. In addition, a soybean research plot interseeded with cover crops will be showcased. At a third station, the effect of cover crops on soil health will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about cover crop research findings, as well as interact with other participants who already have experience in incorporating cover crops into their farm operations. Registration is required.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Uncommon Fruits for Backyard and Market

September 26, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar from NOFA Massachusetts will describe the flavor and the cultivation of Juneberry, cornelian cherry, lingonberry, and other uncommon fruits.

In: Online

 


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