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Permalink Cover Cropping on a Diversifed Vegetable Farm

June 1, 2015
Oakville, Washington

In this afternoon farm walk sponsored by Tilth Producers of Washington, visit Let Us Farm to learn about integrating cover cropping with a diversified, certified-organic vegetable production system. There will also be a hands-on learning opportunity with soil-blocking.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Integrated Weed Management

June 2, 2015
Lexington, Kentucky

This Organic Association of Kentucky field day takes place at the University of Kentucky Horticulture Research Farm, led by Mark Williams and Tiffany Thompson of the UK Department of Horticulture. Topics will include how to optimize each step of production to create an integrated weed control system, and the development and use of a range of scale-appropriate cultivating tools, from hand tools to tractor-driven cultivators.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Mitigating Soil Disturbance in Organic Systems

June 2, 2015
Online

In the Understanding Organic Agriculture series, this free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. The presenter will discuss production practices that can offset the negative impacts of tillage in organic systems including the use of cover crops, compost, and other additions of organic matter. In an attempt to quantify the mitigation impact, this webinar will use RUSLE2 as a measure. A case study will be used to illustrate some of the presented principles.

In: Online

 

Permalink USDA Organic and Local Food in New York

June 2, 2015
Chester, New York

Join the U.S. Department of Agriculture and local service providers for a meet-and-greet with New York farm producers and food processors. Get resources to grow and market high-quality organic agricultural products, including conservation incentives, crop insurance, microloans and grants. Connect with buyers, field agents, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Advanced Postharvest Handling for Enhanced Shelf Life

June 2, 2015
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

To assist growers in developing skills that will provide a competitive advantage within the fresh produce market, North Carolina Growing Together will offer a series of Postharvest Handling Workshops, in collaboration with NC State University Cooperative Extension. Participants will learn approaches and technologies to maintain product quality and extend shelf-life, limiting postharvest disorders and loss of sales. Geared toward producers selling into wholesale markets, as well as Extension Agents who are assisting growers with wholesale market expansion, this full-day, hands-on workshop will offer a variety of tools to assist growers in meeting US Grade #1 Standards.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Pastured Poultry Research Tour

June 3, 2015
Wooster, Ohio

Muddy Fork Farm, in collaboration with the Ohio State University, will demonstrate a pastured poultry project using small moveable shelters and a novel feed ingredient. This project was funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic Research Extension Initiative (OREI) grant, and explored a whole farm approach to incorporating pasture-raised organic poultry and the cereal grain naked oats into a multi-year organic rotation. This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Women Caring for the Land

June 3, 2015
Verona, Wisconsin

These free workshops support women landowners in learning about land conservation and connecting with various state agencies for program and local resource information. Women landowners who attend this meeting will learn to assess and improve the health of their soils through cover crops, no-till and strip-till, and other conservation practices. The meeting includes a bus tour of area conservation practices

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Strolling of the Heifers

June 3-7, 2015
Brattleboro, Vermont

This multifaceted event celebrates local food systems. It includes the fifth annual Strolling of the Heifers Slow Living Summit, June 3-5, focused on farms, food, and food systems. Subtitled “Food, Mindfully,” the Summit will explore “the journey of food”, with topics including nourishment and wellness, food entrepreneurship, food systems, food justice, and food policy. The Strolling of the Heifers parade and Slow Living Expo are on June 6, and the Farmers Breakfast and Tour de Heifer bike rides are June 7.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Prairie on Farms Demonstration Workshop

June 2 or 4, 2015
Dysart or Nashua, Iowa

Discover how prairie installation improves water quality, soil health, and pollinator habitat in addition to personal enjoyment in the field. Technical Service Providers, land managers/producers, Soil & Water Conservation District staff, seed company representatives, decision makers, and anyone interested in learning more about the benefits of prairie on working farms are highly encouraged to attend. Practical uses of prairie for water quality improvement efforts and pollinator habitat, site assessment and preparation, and tips to determine an appropriate location for prairie plantings on working farms will be discussed. The event also offers a side-by-side comparison of three prairie seed mixes planted in mid-spring.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Blueberry/Small Fruit Workshop and Field Day

June 4, 2015
Maiden Rock, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin Extension and North Central Region SARE present this event at Rush River Produce Farm. Presenters will address cultivars, soil nutrients, disease and insect management, and pollinator habitat. There will also be a field walk with UW Extension specialists.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm to Fork

June 5-7, 2015
Durham, North Carolina

Join in a weekend celebrating sustainable farming, the bounty of local agriculture, and the relationships that continue to bloom in the food community between farms, restaurants, fishermen, beverage producers, and consumers. The weekend features a local-food dinner with five acclaimed North Carolina chefs, presentations on the seafood industry, and the Farm to Fork Picnic more than two dozen chefs and farms paired together and another two dozen food artisans featured.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Rodale Institute Annual Tour for Pennsylvania Women in Agriculture Network

June 5, 2015
Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Rodale Institute will host its Annual Tour for the Pennsylvania Women's Agricultural Network (PA-WAgN). The event is open to all women (and their families) interested in learning more about the work of the Institute and the many practical applications of its research in organic food production. The Rodale team will conduct a wagon tour of the 333‐acre Rodale Institute farm with planned stops at each project site for presentations and discussions.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Spring Elderberry Workshop, Farm Tour & Plant Sale

June 6, 2015
Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota

Minnesota Elderberry Cooperative free workshop on growing elderberry and farm tour of some beautifully productive berry fields. Presentation topics to include elderberry planting - land management strategies, soil health, weed control, irrigation, overview of elderberry cultivation, varieties, harvesting and market potential. Events will include a walking field tour education and hands-on experience. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Upstate Farm Tour

June 6-7, 2015
Anderson, Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Laurens, Greenwood and Spartanburg counties, North Carolina

In this 9th annual tour presented by Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, visit local, sustainable farms and discover the delicious meat, dairy, fruits, and veggies produced in upstate North Carolina. The tour is self-guided. Choose participating farms to visit over the course of two afternoons.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink HMI Open Gate Learning Day: Triple Cross Farm

June 6, 2015
Fruitvale, Texas

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 at Triple Cross Farm is titled "Improving Water and Nutritional Cycles for Land, Animal and Human Health."

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Planning for a Permaculture Swale System on Pasture

June 6, 2015
Maxwell, Iowa

Bruce Carney will walk participants in this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day through the swale-design process, and discuss his future plans to incorporate fruit and nut trees. Luke Gran, forester and owner of Prudenterra, will be there to answer questions related to planting diverse perennials, and will walk participants through the Web Soil Survey, demonstrating how soils determine species selection. Paul Miller, a local NRCS district conservationist, will speak about cost-share opportunities for these conservation practices.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Ride to Farm

June 6, 2015
Barneveld, Wisconsin

This bike ride through the rolling hills of Iowa County starts and finishes at Botham Vineyards. Riders will enjoy food and camaraderie at farm rest stops. Ride to Farm is a fundraiser for the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Spring Native Pollinator Workshop

June 6, 2015
Poteau, Oklahoma

The workshop will include general information about native pollinators and habitat as well as information specific to ecoregions in Oklahoma. Topics will include polllinators and pollinator plants, how to incorporate pollinator habitat into a home landscape, garden, ranch, or farm, and beneficial insects. Participants will also get outside and see pollinators and habitat on the Kerr Ranch, horticulture farm, and office landscape.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

June 6-7, 2015
Albany, Oregon

The Mother Earth News Fair is a fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event featuring practical, hands-on demos and workshops. More than 150 practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops are offered, along with sustainable lifestyle products and services from hundreds of regional and national vendors.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Lamb Production and Wholesale Marketing

June 7, 2015
Williams, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day visits Three Sisters Farm, where Ortrude Dial has 400 ewes and 330 acres of row crops. Ortrude will discuss her future plans regarding non-GMO certification and the ability to sell to different markets, such as Whole Foods. Mark Tjernagel, a lamb buyer, will speak on lamb supply and demand for nationwide markets. The discussion will include pasture management, organic row crops, cover crops, small grain production and conservation practices Ortrude has incorporated.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Postharvest Handling Workshop

June 8, 2015
Lawrence, Kansas

This evening workshop is part of the Growing Growers monthly workshop series.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Building Soil Tilth: Grazing Sheep on Cover Crop

June 8, 2015
Pullman, Washington

Join Tilth Producers of Washington for an afternoon Farm Walk at Zakarison Partnership on the Palouse. Learn from these experienced farmers and WSU researchers about building soil fertility through grazing sheep on cover crops in a dryland system.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Grassland Birds and Pastures

June 9, 2015
Hickory Corners Michigan

The Pasture Dairy Center at Kellogg Biological Station offers a wagon tour of the pastures. Learn about the birds of Michigan's agricultural landscapes and about agricultural practices that conserve grassland birds. Talk with Pasture Dairy staff about robotic milking machines and sustainable dairy practices.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Improving Soil Health in Orchards, Vineyards, and Groves

June 9, 2015
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology at 2:00 pm Eastern. Participants in this webinar will learn how the soil-health principles of minimizing soil disturbance, increasing diversity, keeping living roots growing throughout the year, and maintaining residue cover can be applied in orchards, vineyards, and groves to improve soil health, increase productivity, and minimize environmental impacts.

In: Online

 

Permalink Heirs' Property and Sustainable Forestry Forum

June 9, 2015
Jackson, Mississippi

USDA, the Foundation for the Mid-South, the Center on Community Philanthropy, and project partners invite the public to a presentation by the Center for Heirs' Property Preservation about the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Project. The day-long forum will include presentations from USDA about why heirs' property and forestry are a priority, highlights on the practice and outcomes of sustainable forestry and land retention pilots, and discussion on work on heirs' property and forestry in Mississippi. To register, email MSForum@heirsproperty.org.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing 102

June 9-10, 2015
Dubois, Indiana

Purdue Extension presents Grazing 102, a program designed to help producers understand important concepts needed to make a management-intensive grazing program work for their own operations. Presentations will cover forage, fencing, and watering. There will also be hands-on activities, pasture walks, and field tours.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Should Crop Insurance Be Part of Your Farm Risk Management Plan?

June 10, 2015
Online

Join ASAP, along with the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI), North Carolina Cooperative Extension, and Farm Service Agency (FSA) for a series of online workshops designed to help you manage risk for your farm. This workshop will be examining the newly created Whole Farm Revenue Protection policy, new organic crop price elections for organically produced crops, and new Non-insured Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) buy-up options.

In: Online

 

Permalink Organic Apple Production: Managing Productivity, Insects, Disease and Weeds

June 10, 2015
Geneva, New York

At this NOFA-NY field day, join Entomologist Arthur Agnello, Horticulturists Terence Robinson and Susan Brown, and Plant Pathologist Kerik Cox for a workshop at New York State’s Agricultural Experiment Station, Loomis Farm, where they will discuss organic orchard practices informed by their ongoing research. Growth and productivity will be discussed, including new and upcoming disease-resistant varieties, rootstocks, training systems, pruning, weed control options, and nitrogen fertilization. Basic and advanced seasonal management approaches to insect control will be shared such as the use of entomopathogenic nematodes for biological control of plum curculio, and predatory mite seeding for the control of European red mite. The group will also go over organic fire blight management techniques and share results from last year’s summer disease trials.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Montana Organic Association Farm Tour: Alger Ranch

June 10, 2015
Stanford, Montana

The Alger Ranch is 100% Certified Organic. Jess Alger grows, uses and sells lentils, Kamut®, winter wheat, peas, barley, Sainfoin and alfalfa as well as grass-fed cattle. Researchers Dr. Perry Miller, MSU Agronomist, Dr. Pat Hatfield, MSU Livestock Specialist, and Dr. Fabian Menalled, MSU Weed Specialist will also be presenting research findings and observations during the tour. Jess and the MSU researchers will share information on weed management that is working well and will share the results of the use of vinegar to control Bindweed, White-top and Canada Thistle. The Alger Farm Tour is free and open to the public and lunch will be provided.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Quad Cities Pollinator Conference

June 10-11, 2015
Rock Island, Illinois

Nahant Marsh, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Rock Island, Scott and Henry counties will host the inaugural Quad Cities Pollinator Conference. The conference features an outstanding lineup of speakers on topics such as: plant-pollinator relationships, pollinator decline, designing pollinator support plantings, land conservation practices, pollinator-friendly landscapes in agricultural and urban settings, and more. An optional pollinator truffle workshop and two post-conference tours are offered.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Grow Riverside

June 11-13, 2015
Riverside, California

This Grow Riverside conference on The Future of Local Food, presented by Seedstock in partnership with the City of Riverside, will assist cities in examining and forming solutions to develop and strengthen their urban agriculture and local food infrastructure. Experts in farming small plots, new business creation, local food marketplace development, and community food access will come together to offer solutions on how Riverside can become a model for other cities to follow.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Iroquois White Corn Project: Preserving a Past, Providing a Future

June 11, 2015
Victor, New York

Join Peter Jemison, farmer and manager of the Ganondagan State Historic Site, and Kim Morf, Manager of the Iroquois White Corn Project in this NOFA-NY event which will provide the history of white corn, Three Sisters planting traditions, a field walk discussing weed and pest issues, and tour of the WCP processing center.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Farm Field Day

June 11, 2015
Glenwood, Georgia

Lola's Organic Farm, a USDA Certified Organic family farm, will hold a Field Day from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The free event is for beginning farmers and ranchers interested in sustainable ag practices, and those interested in transitioning to organic production. Topics include cover crops, pollinators, grafting and pruning, and transitioning to organic production. For information, contact lolasorganics@gmail.com

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Twilight Horticulture Field Day

June 11, 2015
Poteau, Oklahoma

This free evening tour of the Kerr Center’s certified organic Cannon Horticulture Project will be hosted by George Kuepper and David Redhage. Kuepper will discuss the practices that have enabled the conversion of former bermudagrass pasture, without the use of herbicides, to productive organic horticulture plots. He will detail the cover cropping and crop rotation practices that suppress weeds and maintain soil fertility.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Juneberry Production Workshop

June 12, 2015
Ovid, New York

Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension is hosting a Juneberry Production Workshop. This class is a complete, in-depth introduction to juneberry cultivation in Upstate New York, covering site selection, natural history, planting, pest control, and harvesting. Regional juneberry expert Jim Ochterski will explain the basics of production and what to expect from different varieties of juneberries. The workshop includes lunch and a field tour to Juneberry Farm in Willard, New York.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Holistic Planned Grazing Workshop

June 12-14, 2015
Fort Bidwell, California

This three-day workshop at Springs Ranch covers the foundations of holistic management and holistic decision-making. It is a comprehensive study of the methods, tools and techniques of Holistic Planned Grazing. Participants gain hands-on experience developing their own grazing plans.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink International Conference on Birch Sap and Syrup

June 12-14, 2015
Paul Smiths, New York

The first ever International Conference on Birch Sap and Syrup will bring together many people who are currently producing birch sap and syrup products to network with each other, share ideas, and learn about the latest research and developments in this growing industry. It is also intended for sugarmakers who have birch trees and are considering adding birch syrup production to their existing operations.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

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

June 13-14, 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.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 13, 2015
Unity, Maine

Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA is a free, volunteer-driven event offering hands-on workshops based on re-skilling for resiliency. Workshops this year include splicing rope, tying knots, making round poles, scarfing wood joints, riveting, goat-milking, cheese-making, blacksmithing, knife sharpening, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Vegetables For Health, Quality, and Profit

June 14, 2015
Dartmouth, Massachusetts

In this season-long NOFA Massachusetts workshop series, participants learn about profitable, small-scale vegetable production throughout the 2015 growing season at Brix Bounty Farm. Participants will see and experience how Brix Bounty’s production evolves from early season fertility and plant propagation to mid-season management and fall harvest rhythms. This workshop session is Fertility Foundations: Dry Mineral Applications & In-Season Management (Crop Monitoring, Water Management, and Foliar Sprays).

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Farm School

June 15 - August 17, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Women's Environmental Institute presents this 10-week course, held on Monday evenings. The educational summer program is composed of lectures, related readings, hands-on workshops and field trips related to sustainable agriculture, food justice, and today's local food movement, bringing urban farming and small rural farms together.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Marketing Your CSA and Keeping Your Customers Happy

June 15, 2015
Grimsley, Tennessee

This is the concluding event in the six-workshop series, "Are You Ready to Start a CSA?" from the University of Tennessee. This workshop will help participants develop a marketing plan and provide tips for marketing their CSA. It takes place at Herb and Plow Farm.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainable Farmstead Goat Dairy

June 15, 2015
Nordland, Washington

This Tilth Producers of Washington Farm Walk visits Mystery Bay Farm. The farmers of this WSDA certified Grade A Dairy will provide details about making their farmstead goat cheese and yogurt. The number of participants is limited.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Multiple Benefits from Wetlands, Prairies and Cover Crops

June 15, 2015
Winterset, Iowa

At this Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day, Frederick Martens will share his experience with cover crops and grid-sampling for variable-rate planting and fertilizer application. He will also lead a tour of his nitrate removal wetland and adjacent prairie currently being established. Anna MacDonald will discuss efforts to improve water quality in the Badger Creek Lake watershed. Matt Helmers of Iowa State University will talk about the role of conservation practices in reducing nitrate losses. Jessie Lowry, with the Blank Park Zoo, will speak about the zoo's Plant.Grow.Fly. initiative to increase the amount of pollinator habitat.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Commercial Berry and Vegetable Field Day

June 16, 2015
Ettrick, Virginia

Learn from Extension specialists about soil nutrition, insect and weed control, best practices and more. The event takes place at Virginia State University's Randolph Farm agricultural learning center.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Biodiversity

June 17, 2015
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. It is the second in a four-part series exploring the environmental benefits of organic agriculture. This session will present scientific research examining the biodiversity benefits of organic farming practices in temperate and tropical farm systems. The presenters are John Quinn and Betsy Rakola.

In: Online

 

Permalink Impact of Hedgerows and Wildflower Plantings on Bees

June 17, 2015
Esparto, California

This morning workshop will focus on the benefits of hedgerows of California native plants in agricultural landscapes, including enhanced populations of native bees and beneficial insects on farms. Presenters will also discuss establishment and maintenance practices for planting habitat on field crop edges and provide an overview of plant species appropriate for hedgerows in the Sacramento Valley and beyond.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink How to Pay for it: Grant, Loan and Cost Share Options for Farms

June 17, 2015
Online and Bryson City, North Carolina

Join ASAP, along with the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI), North Carolina Cooperative Extension, and Farm Service Agency (FSA) for the second in a series of online workshops designed to help you manage risk for your farm. This workshop will offer an overview of options for accessing capital. Hear about services and resources available through your local FSA chapter, what records you need to be eligible for loans, and how to stay connected with grant or cost share opportunities for farms in the region.

In: Online

 

Permalink Midwest Farm Energy Conference

June 17-19, 2015
Morris, Minnesota

The conference will be held at the University of Minnesota's West Central Research and Outreach Center. The event will address energy-optimized systems for dairy production and energy conservation and generation in swine facilities. It will provide practical information for agricultural producers, as well as an opportunity to network with energy experts and professionals. Renewable energy bus tours are also offered.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmer Field Day: Lifeline Produce

June 17, 2015
Victor, Montana

This free, evening event is part of the Farmer Field Days series presented by Community Food & Agriculture Coalition of Missoula County. Lifeline Produce encompasses about 40 acres of pasture, hay, mixed vegetables, flowers, and herbs. At this event, Steve Elliott and Luci Brieger will be focusing on the ways in which they incorporate livestock into their rotations and how they've specialized their tools and equipment for their specific farm operation.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Humane Handling at the Processing Plant

June 17, 2015
Online

This Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar is presented in collaboration with Animal Welfare Approved. Learn about humane handling practices at the processing plant. Presenters will discuss steps producers and processors can take to ensure humane treatment and how animal handling impacts meat quality. Humane handling experts Anna Bassett and Tim Holmes will speak about the research that backs AWA's technical info and slaughter standards as well as their Animal Welfare Officer and Poultry Welfare Officer courses. All NMPAN webinars are free and open to the public. The one-hour webinar begins at 10 am PDT.

In: Online

 

Permalink Making Milk on Grass

June 17, 2015
Earlville, New York

Join NOFA NY, Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative and David Stratton of Stone Mill Dairy to learn more about managing a grass-based dairy. David Stratton will share what makes his farm successful including pasture management, calf raising and milk quality in a no-grain system. Karen Hoffman, NRCS Animal Scientist, will discuss the intricacies of grass based nutrition while DVM Guy Jodarski expands on maintaining herd health. Learn from Troy Bishopp, Grazing Specialist for Madison County Soil and Water, on pasture planning and using a grazing chart to aid in pasture management.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop & Field Tour

June 18-19, 2015
Jefferson City, Missouri

During this event at George Washington Carver Center, learn about elderberry research, culture, and marketing. Meet experienced growers and processors. Harvest, post-harvest handling, and processing quality standards will also be addressed.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Creative Financing for Food

June 18, 2015
Online

This National Good Food Network webinar is free, and takes place 1:30 - 2:45 pm MDT. Whether you run a farm, food hub, processing facility, retail store, co-op or shared kitchen this webinar will introduce you to new and creative sources of capital.

In: Online

 

Permalink Ready to Roll? New Field Research on Organic No-Till Soybean and Rolled-Crimped Cover Crops

June 18, 2015
Aurora, New York

Join Cornell Researchers at this twilight meeting held at a Cornell University research farm to demonstrate equipment for successfully rolling down cover crops and planting soybeans into the resulting mulch. Also, field plots will show results of several different rolling dates and cover crop species.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Value-added Products for Commercial Lavender Growers

June 19, 2015
Yerington, Nevada

This workshop is an exploration of the variety of products that can be made from lavender and what is required, including time, equipment, and financial resources. This workshop is offered by the Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Farm Field Day

June 19, 2015
Goodman, Mississippi

This on-farm event is part of a monthly series of field days presented by the Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production. Topics will include crops scouting and integrated pest, disease, and weed management, as well as vendor opportunities. Pre-registration is required. Contact Keith Benson, 601-988-4999, keithmdp@yahoo.com.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Introduction to Tree Fruit Production

June 20, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri

This workshop is offered as part of the Growing Growers workshop series. Workshops are geared toward beginner farmers, but all the classes offer great information and skill development for more experienced farmers as well.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Small-Plot Market Farming Master Class

June 21, 2015
North Bend, Ohio

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. Join Carriage House Farm Garden Manager Kate Cook for an in-depth look at successful small-plot market gardening. She will give a tour of her four acre market garden and discuss her planting techniques, tools, crop choices, and the variety of outlets she sells through. This class is well-suited for serious gardeners looking to start a business or small-scale market growers interested in fine-tuning their operation. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Going Organic Workshop

June 22, 2015
Salinas, California

Join CCOF, the California Strawberry Commission, and Driscoll's for this workshop on the tenets of organic certification. The workshop will help assess how close your operation is to being organic and will detail the steps necessary to transition towards certification. The day will include a tour of an organic berry farm as well as talks by organic growers, presentations about the rules and regulations of organic certification and resources for transitioning to organic, and pest-control information. This workshop will focus on berries and mixed vegetable production, but presenters will be able to answer questions about going organic in any production system. The workshop will be offered in English and Spanish.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Raise Better Vegetables with Chickens in Crop Rotations

June 23, 2015
Cranston, Rhode Island

In this free CRAFT workshop, John Kenny of Big Train Farm will explain how rotating 125 organic chickens around his 2-acre certified organic farm has improved produce yields. Beginning and experienced growers will learn how to improve soil biology, fertility and specialty crop yields by including a chicken tractor in their crop rotation plans.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink NRCS and Wildlife Habitat in Urban Environments: Linking Farm, School, and Community Agriculture

June 23, 2015
Online

In this webinar, join Nancy Adamson to learn how NRCS staff and partners are working in urban areas to conserve and create wildlife habitat, while at the same time protecting watersheds and supporting agricultural production. The one-hour webinar begins at 2:00 pm Eastern.

In: Online

 

Permalink Sell What You Grow: Diversifying Your Market Opportunities

June 24, 2015
Online

Join ASAP, along with the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI), North Carolina Cooperative Extension, and Farm Service Agency (FSA) for a series of online workshops designed to help you manage risk for your farm. Join this webinar to learn more about the pros and cons of selling to a variety of local markets and how to determine if they are a good match for your operation. Find out more about strategies and tools for connecting with buyers and promoting your products.

In: Online

 

Permalink Bridging the Past, Cultivating the Future: Exploring Sustainable Foodscapes

June 24 - 28, 2015
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Chatham University will host the Joint 2015 Annual Meetings and Conference of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society. This year's theme emphasizes the need to plan forward by looking backwards, by imagining and creating spaces where agricultural and culinary practices mesh with opportunities for environmental, social, cultural, and material sustenance.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Forage Budgeting and Rotational Stocking for Equine Operations

June 24, 2015
Online

This webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center.

In: Online

 

Permalink Organic Pastured Swine Field Day

June 24, 2015
Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Rodale Institute has partnered with The Fertrell Company and Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) to hold a field day for farmers focusing on integrating a pastured swine enterprise into the farm operation and will highlight swine nutrition on pasture. The field day is an opportunity for interested farmers to learn first-hand how to integrate a pastured hog operation into their farm. Serious farmers will gain the knowledge they need to begin setting the foundations of a successful organic hog herd.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink I.D. those Pasture Plants! Free Evening Workshop

June 25, 2015
Poteau, Oklahoma

Get hands-on experience identifying common pasture plants during this free evening workshop at the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Montana Organic Association Farm Tour: Lassila Farm

June 26, 2015
Great Falls, Montana

This tour at the farm operated by Daryl and Linda Lassila will focus on innovative approaches to soil, nutrient and moisture management in an organic cropping system. Scheduled speakers are Max Blodgett from Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); Ron de Yong, Director of Montana Dept. of Agriculture; David Oien, CEO of Timeless Seeds; and Ron Milo from Dave's Killer Bread. Come and participate in the discussion about crop rotations, nutrient and weed management practices that have been working while improving crop yields, moisture retention and reducing weed, disease and pest issues for the Lassila operation. The event is free and open to the public.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Orcharding Series: Summer Orchard Care Workshop

June 27, 2015
Durham, Maine

Join CJ Walke, MOFGA's Organic Orchardist, in Durham, where he will present organic methods for growing tree fruit. CJ will discuss soil and nutrient requirements, explain organic pest and disease control, and provide ample time to answer questions and concerns about cultivating fruit trees organically.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing Field Day

June 27, 2015
Caldwell, Idaho

This day-long event is presented by Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture and other sponsors. Presentations will cover grass finishing, pastured dairy, grazing management, genetics, water conservation, cover crops, soil health, profitability, and regenerative agriculture.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Bobwhite Quail Management in Modern Agriculture Field Day

June 27, 2015
Columbia, Missouri

This event will showcase management practices and techniques farmers and ranchers can use to improve bobwhite habitat and increase populations on their property. The event is sponsored by the University of Missouri's College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, the Missouri Department of Conservation, MU Extension, the Missouri Soybean Association, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Integrating Livestock with Organic Perennial Fruit Production Field Day

June 28, 2015
LaCrescent, Minnesota

Land Stewardship Project offers this afternoon field day at Hoch Orchard as part of the Farm Beginnings program.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Sunny Meadows Flower Farm Open House

June 28, 2015
Columbus, Ohio

Join Steve and Gretel Adams for a guided tour of Sunny Meadows Flower Farm. This seven acre urban flower farm specializes in mixed cut flower bouquets for local farmers’ markets, grocery stores, florists, weddings, special events, and for sale at their recently opened on-site retail farm stand.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Production Systems for Successful Urban Farming

June 28, 2015
Dayton, Ohio

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. Experienced farmer and Findlay Market Farm Manager Mike Hass will compare and contrast different bed and production systems from urban and rural settings, and share ideas for inexpensive post-harvest handling setups for urban growers. The workshop will start with a private tour of Mission of Mary Farm before heading to Garden Station. Pre-registration is required.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Field Day in Eastern Iowa

June 28, 2015
Tripoli, Iowa

This field day will begin at the Bremer County Extension Office 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 Rob Faux will speak about the role of the Iowa Organic Association and lead a tour of his Genuine Faux Farm, nearby. The field day is co-sponsored by NCAT, the Iowa Organic Association, and Genuine Faux Farm, with support from the USDA Risk Management Agency. RSVPs requested to Ann Robinson, annr@ncat.org by Friday, June 26.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Pest & Disease Management in Apples and Pears

June 29, 2015
Zillah, Washington

This afternoon Farm Walk is part of the series offered by Tilth Producers of Washington. Hear from an experienced certified organic fruit grower at Leach Orchards on ways to manage pests and diseases of apples and pears.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Dairy Herd Health Workshop

June 29, 2015
Maria Stein, Ohio

Join OSU Extension veterinarian Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann for a workshop held at Othmary Farm, a family-owned certified organic dairy farm managed by Daniel and Rebecca Fullenkamp and family. Gustavo will discuss herd health monitoring and recordkeeping, and perform an on-farm risk assessment with an emphasis on herd health and productivity to identify areas for improvement. This workshop, co-sponsored by OEFFA, the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council, and Organic Valley, is intended for veterinarians, Extension educators, farmers, and other animal health professionals who work with certified organic farmers and dairy herds.

In: North Central SARE Region

 


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