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Permalink Collaborative CSAs: Some Assembly Required

July 6, 2015
Mount Pleasant, Iowa

At this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day, hear from Morgan Hoenig and Shanti Sellz of Muddy Miss Farms about the start-up process for Green Share LLC, a collaborative CSA in eastern Iowa. They will discuss the benefits and management of a collaborative CSA, as well as the roadblocks they’ve encountered along the way.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Managing and Monitoring Hypocalcemia in Dairy Cows

July 6, 2015
Online

Join OEFFA and Veterinary Extension at The Ohio State University to learn how to manage organic dairy herd health during this webinar. During the webinar, Ohio State University Associate Professor and Extension Veterinarian Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann will provide information on best transition cow management practices to avoid a drop in dry matter intake, prevent hypocalcemia and ketosis, and maintain a strong immune system for animals under certified organic management. There is no cost to attend the webinar, but pre-registration is required.

In: Online

 

Permalink Understanding Organic Labeling Requirements and Label Claims

July 7, 2015
Online

This webinar from Oregon Tilth and the Natural Resource Conservation Service will address labeling requirements under the National Organic Program as well as other labeling claims such as non-GMO, natural, and more. Join OTCO staff and other guest speakers in this free, one-hour webinar to learn about the intricacies of various label claims and how to ensure that your labels are compliant. The webinar begins at noon PDT.

In: Online

 

Permalink Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference

July 7-8, 2015
Springfield, Missouri

Farm tours will be held to local pasture-based dairy operations on day one of the conference. Presentations will be given by university faculty, industry, and dairy producers on the latest information related to dairy grazing systems on day two. A trade show is planned. This conference is a great opportunity for dairy producers and industry professionals to learn about the latest in grazing systems and network with other producers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Learning Together: Evaluating a Cover Crop Terminator

July 7, 2015
Hampton, Iowa

Doug Alert and Margaret Smith at Ash Grove Farm have used cover crops in their organic crop rotation for years. At this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day, you will view the results of using a modified rolling cornstalk chopper to crimp and terminate hairy vetch before corn and cereal rye before soybeans. You'll get to evaluate this method and weigh in on whether it is worthy of broader adoption.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Revisiting Organic Agriculture Webinar Series: Definitions and Regulatory Requirements

July 7, 2015
Online

American Society of Agronomy is offering this 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 Grassroots Grazing

July 8, 2015
Monticello, Iowa

Grassroots Grazing is a new grazing systems education and networking program intended for young and beginning farmers and hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This second session takes place at the Dave Lubben farm, where Lubben uses a controlled strip grazing system to increase forage utilization for his beef cattle. There is no fee to attend, but preregistration is requested.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crops: What, How and When?

July 8, 2015
Reinbeck, Iowa

Lifetime Practical Farmers members Jack and Marion Boyer invite those interested in learning more about cover crops in corn-soybean systems to visit their farm. Attendees will learn about N-WATCH, a soil-testing program to track nitrogen in the soil, launched by Illinois Council on Best Management Practices. Equipment to seed covers into standing crops will also be on display.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Forage Management for Livestock Production

July 8, 2015
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS Central National Technology Support Center. This webinar is a refresher course on the basics of conservation planning on pastureland. Participants will learn how to balance forage supply with animal demand.

In: Online

 

Permalink Crop Quality Control on Small Scale Organic Farms & High Tunnels

July 8, 2015
Eden, New York

At this NOFA-NY afternoon field day, learn about quality control and small-scale organic farming in Western New York at Falkimmer Farms. Beginning farmers Lisa and Bryan Falkowski grow Certified Organic vegetables, and have recently constructed a high tunnel to improve their production and extend the growing season for high-value crops like tomatoes. Tour several acres of cultivated fields for the full picture of how they produce quality organic produce (as well as maintain some sheep and laying hens), and how they market it through direct-to-consumer opportunities.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Cornell's Willsboro Research Farm to Reber Rock Farm's Draft-Powered Foodscapes

July 8, 2015
Willsboro, New York

At this NOFA-NY field day, journey to an Essex County agricultural Renaissance farm, Reber Rock Farm, where they use draft horsepower to produce grains, meats, and vegetables. Also, join Cornell researcher Mike Davis, and Dr. Heather Darby of UVM in a tour of the vast variety trials and innovative research projects at Willsboro Farm, encompassing cereal grains, fruits, forages, and greenhouses at the farm's annual open house.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Certification through the Texas Department of Agriculture

July 9, 2015
Online

In this hour-long webinar from the National Center for Appropriate Technology, Mary Ellen Holliman, Coordinator for Organic Certification with the Texas Department of Agriculture, will explain TDA's new fee structure for organic certification, demonstrate tools on TDA website that applicants may use to calculate fees, provide an overview of the National Organic Program Cost-share Program, and answer your questions. Whether you are just exploring certification as an option, transitioning to organic production, or already certified, this webinar will be packed with practical advice. The webinar begins at 11 am MDT.

In: Online

 

Permalink Livestock Winter Pasture/Stocker Seminar

July 9, 2015
Ardmore, Oklahoma

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation presents this free, afternoon seminar. This ​seminar ​will ​cover ​cool-season ​forage ​variety ​selection, ​grasshopper ​and ​armyworm ​control, ​careful ​use ​of ​antibiotics ​including ​the ​most ​recent ​information ​on ​veterinary ​feed ​directives, ​economic ​projections ​for ​the ​cattle ​market, ​and ​value ​of ​gain ​this ​fall. ​Current ​and ​upcoming ​Noble ​Foundation ​research ​will ​also ​be ​presented.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainable-Organic Production on the Coast

July 9, 2015
Oxnard, California

The all-day seminar presented by the California Association of Pest Control Advisers and others will focus on sustainable and organic production of local crops. Topics will include an update by the Ventura County Ag Commissioner, soil health, IPM, nutrition and plant health, micronutrients and disease control, insect control, biochar use, mycorrhizal inoculants, and biostimulant use. A panel of local growers will discuss challenges of fertility and pest control in sustainable and organic systems. Exhibits will include firms providing products acceptable for sustainable and certified organic production.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing Management and Pasture Forage Quality

July 9, 2015
Howard Lake, Minnesota

University of Minnesota Extension and Natural Resources Conservation Service are teaming up with SFA to sponsor a free pasture field day at Living Song Farm. Jerry Ford, who has been rotationally grazing since 2006, will be the host. Other speakers include Tom Gervais, NRCS grazing specialist; Julie Reberg, NRCS District Conservationist; and Rod Greder, Wright County Extension Educator. This field day will present management strategies to help improve your bottom line from pastures while also enhancing soil health and protecting water quality.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Adaptive High Stock Density Grazing

July 10, 2015
Online

This free webinar is part of a monthly series for grazing specialists, land managers, or grazing educators, hosted by Green Lands Blue Waters and The Pasture Project. The series presents topics important to grazing, with perspectives from scientists, experts, and producers.
The webinar begins at 9 a.m. Central Time.

In: Online

 

Permalink Holistic Management Workshop

July 11, 2015
Mendocino County, California

Invest one day out of your busy schedule to gain an understanding of the processes and practices of Holistic Management in this Jefferson Center workshop. Each of the Holistic Management modules--grazing planning, financial planning, land planning and biological monitoring-- are covered as well as the foundations of Holistic Management. Expect to spend some time in a classroom setting and the rest out in the field on pasture walks to observe ecosystem processes.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Grain Field Day at Spence Farm

July 11, 2015
Fairbury, Illinois

Spence Farm is a leader in the local-food movement in central Illinois. Marty, Kris, and Will Travis grow 40 acres of diverse grains as well as fruits, vegetables, and livestock. The tour will focus on all aspects of growing and milling (equipment, cultivation, soil fertility, and challenges with each crop) and marketing grain directly to consumers. Marty Travis will discuss how he helped create Stewards of the Land, a farmer cooperative that helped to increase the diversity of products that can be sold into the Chicago market.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Women in Farming Risk Management Education Workshop

July 11, 2015
Emporia, Kansas

This is the final workshop in a four-part series. This workshop will focus on building soil health, utilizing cover crops, integrating crops and livestock into the operation; organic farming practices; and high tunnel production of specialty crop options. The morning portion of the workshop will take place at the Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia and an afternoon farm tour will be held at Gail Fuller’s farm. The farm tour will also include a visit to a native prairie with plant identification and pollinator discussion.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink VegScout School

July 11, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota

This workshop is part of a three-part series presented by Women's Environmental Institute. This workshop focuses on Insect Identification & Management. All three workshops in the series will be taught by Dr. Loretta Ortiz- Ribbing. 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

 

Permalink Water & Livestock Workshop: Ranch Watering Systems and Stream and Pond Conservation

July 11, 2015
Poteau, Oklahoma

Kerr Center livestock staff will present this Saturday afternoon and evening workshop, covering riparian area management, stabilized stream crossings, and livestock watering systems. The earlier, afternoon portion of the workshop will consist of indoor presentations, followed by a tour of the Kerr Center watering systems in the evening.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Festival of Farms

July 11-12, 2015
Across Minnesota

Sustainable Farming Association’s Festival of Farms™ is an opportunity to learn about sustainable agriculture, network within the community, and have fun at various farms across the state. The Festival is unique to each chapter, but the goal is the same—to build a unified sense of SFA’s presence in communities across Minnesota and tighten connections within the local food community. Events will include a Garlic Growers Field Day & Gathering, farm tours, speakers, local foods, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cut Flowers for Market Growers Field Day

July 12, 2015
Northfield, Minnesota

This Land Stewardship Project Farm Beginnings Field Day takes place in the afternoon at Humble Pie Farm.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink HMI Open Gate Learning Day: Markegard Family Grass-Fed Day

July 12, 2015
Pescadero, California

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 Grass-Fed Beef on Conservation Lands.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Field Day and Farmer Training

July 12, 2015
Gilroy, California

Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) will host a field day and training for farmers at Welten Farms to share progress in their Northern California organic variety trials, which include over 30 varieties of cabbage, cauliflower, and kale. Participants will also learn simple techniques to conduct useful, accurate variety trials on their own farms.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Small Fruit: Raspberries, Blueberries, Currants and Goumis

July 12, 2015
Harvard, Massachusetts

This NOFA Massachusetts workshop will join Linda Hoffman and Charlotte Trim for an afternoon of berry talk. Meet at Old Frog Pond Farm where Linda grows fall raspberries for her pick your own operation and blueberries for their farm stand. Charlotte grows berries, goumis, and currants at her home in Lincoln and sells her crop to local restaurants. Talk about remineralizing the soil, foliar sprays, and getting your raspberries healthy enough to ward off the the Asian fruit fly.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Optimizing the Herd Through Grass-Fed Genetics

July 13, 2015
Oxford, Iowa

Doug Darrow at Rapid Creek Ranch has transitioned his conventional row crop farm into pasture that supports mob-grazed, grass-fed beef cattle. Doug will discuss his recent purchase of two Pharo bulls and his breeding plan for optimizing grass-based genetics in his Angus herd. Pat Wall, beef specialist from ISU Extension, will share his expertise on genetic selection and carcass quality. Justin Wade, Doug’s son, will also discuss the broiler and layer operation, and how the poultry flock is incorporated into the grazing system.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm-to-Resort: Agritourism with a Certified Organic Garden

July 13, 2015
Leavenworth, Washington

This Tilth Producers farm walk visits Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort Garden. This certified organic two-acre garden provides much of the produce and herbs used in Sleeping Lady's restaurants as well as fresh flowers. Learn about sustainable gardening, agritourism, marketing, and farm-to-table at this beautiful mountain resort's garden.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Equipment Maintenance

July 13, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri

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

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cut Flower Field Days

July 8 or 14, 2015
Nokesville or Fredericksburg, Virginia

Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach Program invites you to join them for two on-site tours with area cut-flower growers. Register for one or both of these educational field days to learn from program agents and network with local producers.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Certified Organic Agriculture; Planning your Organic Dairy Farm Transition

July 14, 2015
Alfred, New York

If Organic Certification is part of your Farm Plan this Field Day is for you. Join Alfred State Organic Dairy Farm Manager, Virginia Chamberlain, and the NOFA-NY certification team to learn from the ground up what organic dairy certification is all about. You can "Hit the Ground Running" after this in-depth look at the organic transition process, applying for certification, record keeping and field requirements for your farm. A farm tour and pasture walk will be included.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Pasture-Based Cheese Open House

July 14, 2015
Hickory Corners, Michigan

Kellogg Biological Station will host a pasture-based cheese open house. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the cheese-making process and sample KBS dairy's pasture-based cheese along with other cheeses from the MSU Dairy Store.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Value-Added Processing Facility Tour

July 14, 2015
Hardwick and Craftsbury, Vermont

This NOFA-VT workshop will review the big picture of regulatory compliance and food safety considerations, and provide a tour of the Vermont Food Venture Center, with industrial kitchens set up with equipment, tech assistance and trainings. It will also tour Pete's Greens on farm operation in Craftsbury, where their farm kitchen provides the cooking and processing for value-added products direct to consumers.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Managing Cows, Pasture, and Nutrients

July 15, 2015
Westfield, Vermont

Join NOFA Vermont at Spring Brook Farm, within the Lake Champlain watershed, for a mid-day workshop that will discuss herd management, grazing and other practices to best manage nutrients on the farm.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Keeping Old Tractors Alive and Well

July 15, 2015
Starksboro, Vermont

In this NOFA Vermont evening workshop, join Hank Bissell from Lewis Creek Farm as he discusses tricks and techniques on how to maintain older tractors and keep them in peak performance. Topics and hands-on demonstrations will range from maintenance issues, repair tips, finding parts, and general well-being of older tractors.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink A Vegetable Farm Start-Up: The First 5 Years

July 15, 2015
Logan, Iowa

Learn about beginning farmer Danelle Myer's experiences in starting a diverse vegetable and herb farm at this Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day. Enjoy a tour of One Farm and learn how Danelle created a business plan, established marketing outlets, availed herself of mentors and is settling into the first year at a new growing site – her own farm. In addition, she will share details about the biggest opportunities captured during the 2015 growing season.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmer Field Day: Paula's Garden

July 15, 2015
Paradise, Montana

This event is part of a series of farmer field days hosted by Community Food & Agriculture Coalition of Missoula County. Paula will be telling participants in this free field day all about her flowers and the market opportunities that exist for these high-value crops, as well as how she's grown her online sales, while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Michigan Food Hub Network & Michigan Farm to Institution Network Statewide Collaborative Meeting

July 15-16, 2015
Flint, Michigan

This two day long joint meeting will highlight synergies and areas of collaboration between the Michigan Food Hub Network and the Michigan Farm to Institution network. It will include tours, networking, and updates.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crops in Corn in July: Will They Make It to the Fall?

July 16, 2015
Orange City, Iowa

This year, farmers Jon Kiel, Kirk Den Herder, and Denny Vande Brake are trying something different: seeding various cover crop species into their corn when the corn is six to eight inches tall. This Practical Farmers of Iowa evening field day will be taking a look at what has germinated, and ponder what species might persist beneath the corn canopy and provide cover into the fall and next spring.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Deer & Pest Control on an Organic Farm

July 16, 2015
Irwin, Pennsylvania

At this PASA event, Randy Morris of Morris Farm will demonstrate his dynamic means of growing vegetables without crop damage or loss, while coexisting with area wildlife. The techniques are simple and work in harmony with organic practices while maintaining good relations with neighbors that like to have a thriving deer herd. The methods covered also apply to turkeys, groundhogs and insect pests such as cabbage worms, squash bugs, vine borers, and cucumber beetles.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Aurora Farm Field Day

July 16, 2015
Aurora, New York

New York's farming community is invited to learn about the latest research on field crops, soil, and pest management during the annual field day at Cornell University's Musgrave Research Farm in Aurora, featuring farm tours, demonstrations and presentations. The event is hosted by the Integrated Field Crop, Soil, and Pest Management Program Work Team in conjunction with Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Holistic Land Planning and Biological Monitoring Workshop

July 16-19, 2015
Fort Bidwell, California

This is a four-day workshop at Springs Ranch that covers the foundations of holistic management, holistic decision-making and is a comprehensive study of the methods, tools and techniques of Holistic Land Planning and Biological Monitoring. Participants gain hands-on experience developing their own land plans.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Iowa Prairie Conference: Working Prairies

July 16-18, 2015
Cedar Falls, Iowa

This year's conference theme – "Working Prairies" – reflects the evolving role of prairie in today's landscape. The event includes plenary and concurrent sessions, tours and field trips, and a symposium on prairie restoration.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink CCOF Organic Labeling Webinar

July 16, 2015
Online

Join the CCOF Foundation for a webinar on developing product labels for processors that comply with organic standards. This webinar will give you new insight into the most common mistakes companies make with their organic labels and will provide a step-by-step process for developing labels that comply with the USDA National Organic Program standards. After this webinar, you will understand the relevance of product composition and percentage calculations to your product claim, the correct use of CCOF and USDA "Organic" seals, ingredient listing, and the steps in the CCOF label approval process.

In: Online

 

Permalink Fruit & Vegetable Market News Organic Reporting Webinar

July 16, 2015
Online

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) invites you to a live, interactive webinar on our Fruit & Vegetable Market News Organic Reporting. The webinar will provide an introduction to Fruit & Vegetable Market News and how it works, and it will explain how you can put Market News Organic reports to work for you. The free, one-hour webinar will be presented by Kimberly Mercer, Assistant to the Director, AMS’ Fruit and Vegetable Market News Division, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern. Registration is required as space is limited.

In: Online

 

Permalink HMI Open Gate Learning Day: Piojo Ranch

July 17, 2015
Watrous, New Mexico

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 Raising Profit and Grassfed Beef with Cooperatives.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Farm Field Day

July 17, 2015
Goodman, Mississippi

At this Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Field Day beginning at 10 am, topics covered will be risk management and insurance and legal and contractual training. To pre-register, contact Keith Benson, 601-988-4999 or keithmdp@yahoo.com

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Annual Field Day: Rodale Institute under the microscope

July 17, 2015
Kutztown, Pennsylvania

This one-day event will feature dozens of research and demonstration projects on Rodale Institute's 333-acre farm. In addition to hearing presentations about the latest research results from the many current projects on Rodale's farm, participants will learn about the soil-building practices and compost experiments conducted by Rodale research staff and collaborators.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Tools for the Small Farm

July 18, 2015
Chatham, Michigan

This afternoon workshop is part of The North Farm Extension Workshop Series. Join The North Farm staff for a discussion on the tools that they use on their small farm. These purpose-built tools serve to lessen labor inputs, decrease worker fatigue, and maximize yields. The workshop will also discuss suppliers from which you can source tools and supplies.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Goats and Compost Partner for Soil Health

July 18, 2015
Ames and Ogden, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day starts at Steenhoek Farms with a tour of Chad's farming and composting operation. Chad will demonstrate the Steenhoek Environmental Liquid Compost Extract machine, as well as other equipment, and will share new methods for planting cover crops with compost and with the extractor machine. After lunch, the group will travel a few miles west to the farm of Raymond Hansen; Goats on the Go is assisting with a grant project on this farm that compares the effects of goat grazing, prescribed burning and the combination of grazing and burning on invasive multiflora rose and honeysuckle.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Making Better Use of Forages and Pasture Systems

July 18, 2015
Great Valley, New York

Join NOFA-NY and Don Wild at Wild Acres Family Farm to learn how to make better use of your forages through small-scale intensive pasture management. Don Wild will demonstrate how he manages his pastures for optimum health in his sheep flock, reducing pest pressures while producing a highly nutritious forage diet. He will show examples of expanding your grazing capacity through incorporating small grains, summer annuals and alternative forages into your pasture plan. Don will also discuss fencing options including polywire, polytape, electro netting and high-tensile fencing. Dr. tatiana Stanton from Cornell University will discuss the on-farm study that Wild Acres is part of, looking at the effect of grazing birdsfoot trefoil on parasitic worm populations in sheep.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Women Grow Ohio Farm Tours

July 19, 2015
Athens, Fairfield, Franklin, Lorain, Muskingum, and Perry counties, Ohio

This one-day event features seventeen women-run farms, gardens, and homesteads. Connect and unite with women in agriculture and learn how they are feeding Ohio’s families through urban gardens, permaculture, community gardens, community supported agriculture (CSA) programs, and commercial family farms. Pre-registration is required for each site.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink On-Farm Safety for Agritourism and U-Pick

July 19, 2015
Donnellson, Iowa

During this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day, join the Hohls of Harvestville Farm and Brandi Janssen, of the Iowa Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH), on a safety walk-through of the Harvestville Farm agritourism operation. Learn about problem areas and discuss best practices for keeping your guests--and your farm--safe.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink HMI Open Gate Learning Day: Avila Valley Barn

July 20, 2015
San Luis Obispo, California

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 Improving Planet, Profits and People on your Farm. Learn how to mitigate drought with sustainable farming practices and land stewardship and discuss how agro-tourism can increase profits.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Agroforestry Academy

July 20-24, 2015
Columbia, Missouri

This week-long training includes integrated classroom workshops, multiple on-farm visits, and content integration into practical on-farm agroforestry planning and design. Advanced training will be provided on the main temperate-zone agroforestry practices integrated with options for bioenergy, marketing, financial, social dimensions, and environmental services. The cornerstone of the academy will be an applied planning and design exercise. Limited scholarships are available to military veterans.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Appropriate Planters for Small-Scale Mixed Vegetable Operations

July 20, 2015
Santa Cruz, California

Geared toward beginning farmers, this free afternoon workshop at the CASFS/UCSC Farm will demonstrate three types of seeders that are most commonly used on small-scale, diverse vegetable farms: the Planet Jr., the Jang "small seed" seeder (aka clean seeder), and the Earthway. It will also demonstrate the Stanhay precision seeder and John Deere 71 large-seed seeder. Demonstrations will include how to set up, adjust, and use each type of seeder. Presenters will also discuss each seeder's advantages and disadvantages, with the goal of providing participants with enough information to help inform purchase decisions.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink MOSES Organic Field Day: Sweet Springs Farm

July 21, 2015
Gays Mills, Wisconsin

Harriet Behar and her husband, Aaron Brin, have a 216-acre certified organic farm in southwestern Wisconsin. They grow a variety of vegetables for the wholesale and retail markets and sell bedding plants directly to growers. They have years of experience growing various cover crops to improve the soil. This free field day will address cover crops, living mulches, soil health, and finding grants to fund solar energy projects.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Strawberry Production at Cedar Circle Farm

July 21, 2015
East Thetford, Vermont

At this NOFA-Vermont evening field day, Megan Moore will share lessons learned from growing and producing strawberries at Cedar Circle Farm, a certified organic diversified farm. Tour Cedar Circle Farm and learn key strategies for cultivating and managing organic strawberries in both plastic and as bare roots. Managing a U-pick strawberry operation will also be discussed.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink North Carolina Egg Grading School For Small Producers -- Organic/Range

July 22, 2015
Raleigh, North Carolina

This class from North Carolina Cooperative Extension is directed at new and established small producers of natural/organic eggs, extension agents, and purchasers of locally grown products. If you are an individual who wants to learn more about the proper methods of grading and evaluating the internal and external quality of the shell eggs they produce, then this workshop should be of interest. This will include a review of the North Carolina Egg Law and components which will apply to small producers.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crops 101 to 401 and Everything In Between

July 22, 2015
Grundy Center, Iowa

Soil health and cover crop workshops are coming to the Grundy County Fair. During these morning workshops, learn from experts about cover crops and livestock usage; herbicide considerations; aerial seeding; new overseeding machinery for ground application; cover crop seed selection; and how can cover crops fit best with seed corn, and with corn and soybean production.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink 2015 Annual UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Field Day

July 23, 2015
Alburgh, Vermont

This event at Borderview Research Farm will highlight Innovative Ways to Seed Cover Crops and Equipment, Drone Technology to Monitor Crops, Heirloom Dry Beans Trials, Hop Fertility and Downy Mildew, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Certification Options in Texas

July 23, 2015
Online

Most organic farmers in Texas are certified by the Texas Department of Agriculture. But what other options are available, how are they different, and how do you go about choosing a certifier? In this webinar from the National Center for Appropriate Technology, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Justin Duncan will review options, profile some of the more active certifying organizations in Texas, and interview growers to learn how they chose a certifier. Whether you are ready to change, shopping around, or considering organic certification for the first time, this webinar is a must. The one-hour webinar begins at 11 am MDT.

In: Online

 

Permalink Miracle Orchard Workshop

July 25-26, 2015
Maysville, Missouri

This is Open Source Ecology's first immersion workshop on regenerative agriculture. The workshop is a two-day intensive, hands-on course that features the innovative work of Stefan Sobkowiak of the Miracle Orchard. The Miracle Orchard is an orchard model that involves a diverse array of species – instead of a single crop – to promote natural pest control, natural fertility, biodiversity improvement, and economic feasibility.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Establishing On-Farm Pollinator Habitat

July 25, 2015
Ames, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day will focus on incorporating pollinator habitat into annual and perennial food production. Mustard Seed Farm has used a variety of strategies for on-farm pollinator habitat, including five acres of tallgrass prairie buffers, a beneficial insect bank, prairie gardens, perennial strips in annual vegetable beds, flowering trees and shrubs, and annual flowers. Tour and discuss these habitats and bring your own ideas to compare and discuss.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink The Piggery and Bluebird Dream Farm: an Adventure in Cooperative Farming

July 25, 2015
Trumansburg, New York

Join NOFA-NY, Nicholas Martielli of Bluebird Dream Farm and Brad Marshall of The Piggery for an educational on farm field day. Learn how these two farmers are working together to produce exceptional livestock products. The morning program will focus on Bluebird Dream Farm. They will show and discuss, as a relatively new operation, what they have learned about the ups and downs of running a medium-sized (~2000 pastured turkeys/year) operation. The afternoon talk will show how The Piggery took control of its feed supply by building a simple, on-site electric feed mill for under five thousand dollars. Then it will take a look at The Piggery's freely available Feedulator app to talk about different ways farms can customize feeds for their own goals while saving money.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center Field Day

July 25, 2015
Chatham, Michigan

Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch is inviting the public to tour several of its research facilities across Michigan this summer. Visitors will spend the morning touring the North Farm's farm incubator and hoophouses. In the afternoon, visitors will move to the South Farm, where they'll receive updates on the center's systems projects, rainfall simulator, and research plots, including the results of malting barley and forage variety trials.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Insect, Disease, and Weed Management

July 25, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri

This workshop is 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 Michigan Sustainable Farm and Business Tour

July 26, 2015
Grass Lake, Michigan

This three-in-one tour will stop at Salomon Gardens, a pastured livestock and poultry farm, Argus Farm Stop, a new retail outlet for year-round local food sales, and Sunseed Farm, a diverse vegetable farm with a year-round community supported agriculture (CSA) program. There is no cost to participate in these tours. 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 Northern Nut Growers Association Annual Meeting

July 26-29, 2015
La Crosse, Wisconsin

This year, the NNGA is partnering with UW-Extension, the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, and the Upper Midwest Hazelnut Development Initiative in organizing the 106th annual meeting. In addition to the usual NNGA events, this year's meeting will feature technical sessions with a focus on perennial polycultures, hazelnuts, and the business of processing and marketing nuts. It will also feature talks on a wide range of nut-growing topics, and a nut grower tour.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society Conference

July 26-29, 2015
Greensboro, North Carolina

This conference, "Coming Home to Conservation: Putting Science into Practice," will provide a forum to celebrate past conservation accomplishments as well as share and promote science-based knowledge on critical, current issues facing soil, water, and environmental sustainability. The event includes plenary, concurrent, and poster sessions, as well as conservation tours and technical workshops.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Cider & Perry Production - Principles & Practice

July 20-24 or 27-31, 2015
The Dalles, Oregon, or Walla Walla, Washington

Northwest Ag Business Center offers this two-part course, with optional NACM certification, in two locations. Part one may be taken separately, with or without the certification. The course is suitable for beginners, new businesses, and existing producers (large & small-scale) alike.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Hops Production

July 27, 2015
Toppenish, Washington

This Tilth Producers of Washington farm walk takes place at Perrault Farms. It offers an opportunity to discuss certified organic hops production and research with a family that represents over 100 years and four generations of hop farming in the Yakima Valley.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Emerging New Fruits at The Farm Between

July 28, 2015
Jeffersonville, Vermont

At this evening workshop from NOFA-Vermont, join John and Nancy Hayden at The Farm Between for a tour of their diversified organic fruit farm and nursery. Highlights will include tastings and tips on growing uncommon fruits such as currants, aronia, elderberry, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Silviculture for Non-foresters: Managing a forest for multiple objectives

July 28, 2015
Online

This free, one-hour webinar beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. The webinar will examine the growth and development of trees and forests and how to manipulate these characteristics to maximize multiple benefits, including forest products, forest health, wildlife habitat, and visual quality. The presenter is Karen P. Bennett, Extension Forestry Professor and Specialist with University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.

In: Online

 

Permalink Managing Prairie with Bison and Fire

July 28, 2015
Lovilia, Iowa

At this Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day, hear Mike DeCook talk about his year-round bison grazing operation. Researchers and prairie experts from Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Iowa State University and Grinnell College will join to talk about prairie management, prairies on working lands, the benefits of prairies, pollinators, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink MSU Viticulture Field Day

July 29, 2015
Benton Harbor, Michigan

The Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center will host the 26th annual MSU Viticulture Field Day. The event will feature workshops related to the task of rebuilding Michigan's winter-damaged vineyards, as well as presentations on day-to-day vineyard management and demonstrations of vineyard equipment. The day will begin with a trade show at 9 a.m. followed by a series of morning workshops from MSU researchers. The afternoon begins at 1:15 p.m. with equipment demonstrations, followed by a second series of workshops.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Certified Organic Cut Flowers

July 29, 2015
Natick, Massachusetts

During this NOFA-Massachusetts workshop, Lynda Simkins, Executive Director of Natick Community Organic Farm and long-time organic flower grower, will welcome participants to the farm to learn about all aspects of organic flower production. The workshop will explore harvest and post-harvest of certified organic cut flowers, weed management, marketing and selling, and strategies for season extension.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Dairy Environmental Systems & Climate Adaptation Conference

July 29-31, 2015
Ithaca, New York

This two-day regional conference will feature a unique opportunity to learn about emerging dairy housing and manure management systems in conjunction with regional climate trends and national and international drivers, along with adaptation strategies for the Northeast and upper mid-west United States. The conference will feature an optional day of tours on July 31, featuring multiple options that showcase on-farm integrated waste handling/treatment systems, on-farm climate adaptation strategies, unique agricultural enterprises, artisanal cheese makers and much more. Target audiences for the conference include leading dairy farmers and their key advisors, government officials, policy makers, extension educators, lenders, agri-business, and agri-service professionals

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Montana State University Horticulture Farm Field Day

July 30, 2015
Bozeman, Montana

Farmers and other interested individuals who are interested in touring the Horticulture Farm at MSU and learning about its 10 high tunnels are invited to a public field day. The day will include farm tours, high tunnel research tours, taste testing and informational talks on a variety of research projects.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Tennessee Small Farm Expo

July 30, 2015
Nashville, Tennessee

Tennessee State University is holding its annual Small Farm Expo and Small Farmer Recognition. The free event will feature sessions on beekeeping, organic vegetable production, land trusts, fencing, and grant programs.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Ruminant Conference

July 30 - August 1, 2015
Knoxville, Tennessee

The 2015 Small Ruminant Conference sponsored by UT Extension and Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension will include a tour of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, portable fencing demonstration, and trade show. Featured speakers include UT Extension specialists, staff from the Center for Profitable Agriculture, and small ruminant specialist Dr. An Peischel.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

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 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

 


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