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Permalink Growing Farm to School in Iowa Through Partnerships

May 1, 2015
Altoona, Iowa

This is the second of three Iowa workshops that will highlight practical examples of farm to school in action, with discussion of benefits, challenges, and opportunities. Participants will receive a digital toolkit of farm to school resources compiled to address the challenges and opportunities unique to Iowa. These farm to school workshops are being coordinated by the National Center for Appropriate Technology's Midwest Office and FoodCorps Iowa, in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Iowa Nutrition Network.

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Permalink Farm Dreams?

May 2, 2015
Asheville, North Carolina

Farm Dreams? is an entry level, five-hour, exploratory workshop designed to help people who are seeking practical, common sense information on whether sustainable farming is the next step for them, and how to move forward. This is a great workshop to attend if you are in the exploratory stages of getting started farming.

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Permalink Growing Your Community Food System "From the Ground Up" Workshop

May 2-3, 2015
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Growing Power's "From the Ground Up" Workshops are intensive, hands-on trainings offering diverse groups the opportunity to learn, plan, develop, operate, and sustain community food projects. Project participants leave the workshop with improved skills that they can take back into their communities and pass on to others. These workshops are for both rural and urban projects.

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Permalink Creating the Cooperative Farm: Designing for Diversity

May 2, 2015
Hudson, New York

Letterbox Farm Collective is a growing collective of farmers, producing specialty vegetables, herbs, pork, pastured poultry, eggs and value added products. In this NOFA New York Field Day, learn how Letterbox has developed their team, systems, markets, skills, and security in their first two years, and delve into the structural components (member agreements, business planning, and more) that make their business work.

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Permalink California Farm to School Conference

May 4-6, 2015
Pacific Grove, California

The conference will offer a series of workshops, panels, and discussions that will be of significant educational and networking value to attendees who will represent all facets of the farm to school movement, including farmers, distributors, government representatives, procurement officers, educators, and food program administrators. The pre-conference day on Monday offers optional activities and field trips (most for an additional fee) and opportunities to see programs in action. Five tracks will be offered at the Conference: Education in the Cafeteria and Classroom; Programs on the Farm and in the Garden; Making The Case; Local Procurement; and The Big Picture.

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Permalink Decoding Organic Feed and Supplement Requirements for Livestock

May 5, 2015
Online

This webinar will help participants understand the livestock feed requirements of the National Organic Standards in more detail. Join Oregon Tilth and presenters Jackie Sleeper and Jeff Mattocks for a breakdown of the livestock feed standards and how they apply to specific systems; an overview of feed supplements, including how they are classified and regulations for use; and guidelines for ensuring that your animals' nutritional needs are being met while remaining compliant with the standards.

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Permalink Farm to School & Preschool: Building Healthier Kids & Healthier Communities

May 6, 2015
Shelburne, Vermont

In this workshop offered twice at Shelburne Farms, Emily Jackson, Program Director of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, will share ASAP's success story of connecting young children, food, and farmers. Take part in taste tests, soil exploration, and planting seedlings.

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Permalink Farm Skills Refresher

May 7, 2015
Purcellville, Virginia

Future Harvest CASA offers this workshop with folks from Wheatland Vegetable Farm, Potomac Vegetable Farms, and Moutoux Orchard. Topics will include tractor maintenance, vegetable implement repair, irrigation, basic carpentry and electrical work, and workshop tools.
A tour of these diverse, productive operations follows.

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Permalink Mob Grazing School

May 7-9, 2015
Clark, Missouri

Greg Judy and Ian Mitchell Innes team up for this school covering all the critically important steps in implementing high density planned grazing. There will be classroom sessions in the morning; pasture walks covering all aspects of mob grazing in the afternoons.

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Permalink Resilient Food Systems Conference

May 8-9, 2015
San Luis Obispo, California

Join Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for this free, public event. Learn from industry and community leaders from across the food and agricultural landscape who are helping to build a more resilient food system through their innovative enterprises.

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Permalink Plasticulture Workshop: Using Plastic Mulch in your Home or Market Garden

May 9, 2015
Poteau, Oklahoma

The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture offers an opportunity to learn about using plastic mulch and drip irrigation for vegetable production. The program will include indoor presentations and outdoor demonstration. Pre-registration is required.

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Permalink Women in Farming Risk Management Education Workshop

May 9, 2015
Linn, Kansas

The Kansas Rural Center's third "Women in Farming" Risk Management Education Workshop will focus on business, financial, and legal risk management during the morning session. In the afternoon a farm tour of Lucinda Stuenkel's farm near Palmer, Kansas, will focus on conservation practices including cover crops and no till, and cattle management for women.

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Permalink Small Farm Equipment and Drip Irrigation

May 11, 2015
Lawrence, Kansas

The Growing Growers workshop series continues with this evening event designed to help farmers increase local food production and grow their businesses.

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Permalink Choosing Equipment for a Small, Diversified Farm

May 11, 2015
New Tazewell, Tennessee

This event is part of a six-workshop series, "Are You Ready to Start a CSA?" from the University of Tennessee. These two-hour workshops are scheduled for one Monday afternoon a month, and will be offered on working farms throughout Tennessee from January to June 2015. Workshops will be taught by experienced growers and UT personnel and will provide growers with training in planning, structuring, marketing, managing, analyzing profitability, and expanding a CSA. This session at Terraced Gardens Farm will cover choosing equipment for a small, diversified operation.

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