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Permalink Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Shop Talk and Field Day

August 1, 2015
Elkhart, Iowa

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

In: North Central SARE Region

 

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

August 1, 2015
Whitehall, Montana

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

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Equipment 101 and Demonstration

August 2, 2015
Van Horne, Iowa

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

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Fertility, Compost, and Organic Farming

August 3, 2015
Pullman, Washington

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

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Introduction to Cut Flowers

August 3, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri

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

In: North Central SARE Region

 

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

August 3-6, 2015
Bismarck, North Dakota

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

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Dry Farming Field Day

August 3, 2015
Corvallis, Oregon

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

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Open Farm Week

August 3-9, 2015
Vermont

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

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Revisiting Organic Agriculture Webinar Series: Nutrient Sources

August 4, 2015
Online

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

In: Online

 

Permalink Opportunities for Conservation in Organic Livestock Systems

August 4, 2015
Online

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

In: Online

 

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

August 4, 2015
Eugene, Oregon

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

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing Lands Field Day and Tour

August 4, 2015
Forbes, North Dakota

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

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cornell Soil Health Train the Trainer Workshop

August 5, 2015
Ithaca, New York

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

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Retail Farm Market School: Rohrbach's Farm Market

August 5, 2015
Catawissa, Pennsylvania

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

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

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

August 5, 2015
Washington, Kansas

The Open Gate Learning Series from Holistic Management International consists of farm/ranch days held on the land and hosted by an experienced Holistic Management practitioner. Attendees have the opportunity to identify common challenges and discuss creative solutions in a friendly atmosphere. The goal of the day is to create a forum for sharing practices, ideas, advice, and solutions. This event focuses on Integrating Livestock & Cover Cropping for Profit.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Dairy Farm Tour

August 5, 2015
Hillsboro, Ohio

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

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production

August 6, 2015
Zionsville, Pennsylvania

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

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

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

August 6, 2015
Dryden, New York

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

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Bradford Research Center Organic Field Day

August 6, 2015
Columbia, Missouri

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

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink PASA's 2015 Soil Health Summer Conference

August 6-7, 2015
Centre Hall, Pennsylvania

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

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

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

August 6, 2015
Online

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

In: Online

 

Permalink Irrigation and Water Efficiency Workshop

August 7, 2015
Valley Center, California

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

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Grain and Alfalfa Production Farm Tour

August 7, 2015
Lindsey, Ohio

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

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink FarmFest

August 7-8, 2015
Centre Hall, Pennsylvania

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

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink VegScout School

August 8, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota

This third session of VegScout School offered by Women's Environmental Institute focuses on Plant Disease Identification & Management. Workshops will have a lecture component and in-class assignments using live and photo samples to ID and will involve using dissecting scopes or hand lens to view distinct diagnostic features of pests, followed by hands-on and in-field activities to test knowledge and problem solve.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Post-Harvest Handling

August 8, 2015
Chatham, Michigan

This afternoon workshop is part of the North Farm Extension Workshop Series. Learn about techniques, tools, and systems that will help you maximize the salable portion of your harvested crop while maintaining a level of efficiency and safety.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

August 8-9, 2015
West Bend, Wisconsin

These fun-filled, sustainable-lifestyle fairs deliver practical, hands-on training and experience taught by leading experts in renewable energy, organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, green home building and more. Speakers for this fair include Will Allen, Harriet Behar, Gianaclis Caldwell, Jean-Martin Fortier, and Joel Salatin.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Student Organic Seed Symposium

August 9-12, 2015
Madison, Wisconsin

The symposium will provide an environment that facilitates the continued network established in the previous years, which has led to new research initiatives and post-graduate career opportunities in the organic seed sector. It will also foster the free exchange of ideas, knowledge, and research surrounding organic seed breeding, production, and ethics. The conference theme, "Growing the Organic Seed Spectrum, a Community Approach," will be explored through lectures from invited organic community experts and field trips showcasing the Midwest's organic seed spectrum.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 2015 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day

August 10, 2015
Ames, Iowa

Commercial production topics and practices will be featured at this afternoon event at ISU Horticulture Research Station. This year's field day will showcase small-scale fruit and vegetable production systems, cropping practices, research projects, and tools and equipment needed. The field day is organized in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Walk: Washington's First Certified Organic Cranberry Farm

August 10, 2015
Long Beach, Washington

At this afternoon farm walk presented by Tilth Producers of Washington, visit Starvation Alley Farms. Washington’s first certified organic cranberry farm will share their passion for growing cranberries and creating in-house, value-added products.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Growers Field Day

August 10, 2015
Olathe, Kansas

This evening event presented by Growing Growers will include a field day and horticultural research update.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink NCSU Vermiculture Conference

August 10-11, 2015
Raleigh, North Carolina

This event provides the tools you need to start or expand an earthworm or vermicompost production operation. Learn about the latest research on the effects of vermicompost and extracts (tea) on plant growth and disease suppression. Discover how to effectively market earthworms and vermicompost, and the different technologies being utilized. At this conference there will be ample opportunities to get answers to your questions from industry experts and other growers.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Northern Pear Cultivars, Rootstocks, and Orchard Floor Management

August 11, 2015
Decorah, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa evening field day will feature an orchard walk looking at and discussing the pear cultivars and rootstocks growing at Sliwa Meadow Farm. The Sliwas will discuss management practices mimicking forest-edge ecology used to bolster the health and productivity of fruit trees.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Fertility Improvements and Organic Transition

August 11, 2015
St. Albans, Vermont

Join NOFA-Vermont at Holyoke Farm, run by John & Heather Brigham, to see the progress of management and infrastructure investments such as a fertility practices, pasture improvements, and an underground manure pipe. Hear about the Brigham’s lessons learned from their farm's transition to organic. There will also be an opportunity for interested farmers to have questions answered by regional milk buyers and VOF certification staff.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Dairy Day

August 11, 2015
Morris, Minnesota

The University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center’s organic dairy day will feature Organic Valley's Mark Kopecky and his seminar on soil fertilty in dairy pastures and interpreting soil analysis. Updates of current research on organic projects at the West Central ROC will also be included. Field tours and a pasture walk will feature grazing and species selection, as well as a stockmanship demonstration.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Conservation in Action Tour

August 11-12, 2015
Red Wing, Minnesota

See how innovation, decades of commitment to our natural resources, and collaboration combine to yield some of America’s most productive conservation partnerships. Join CTIC and partners for an up-close look at innovative conservation partnerships and practices on a wide range of crops and farms. During the tour, you’ll meet a wide range of farmers and their partners committed to conservation agriculture. Every stop is a chance to hear new voices and gain new insight on conservation.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Wisconsin Edge-of-Field Monitoring Experience: Perspectives and Lessons Learned

August 12, 2015
Online

This webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS Central National Technology Support Center. Participants will learn how field conditions and the timing of field-management activities affect the quantity and quality of runoff from agricultural fields. The presenters will share their experiences from more than a decade of small-scale field-edge monitoring in Wisconsin and neighboring states.

In: Online

 

Permalink Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) Workshops

August 4, 6, or 13, 2015
Woodland, Santa Rosa, or Willows, California

These workshops will assist producers in understanding available buy-up options and will provide an overview of the use of a web-based decision tool to determine NAP crop eligibility and estimate NAP fees, premiums, and payments.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference

August 14, 2015
East Troy, Wisconsin

The theme of this year's conference is "Cover Crops and Agricultural Resiliency." This event at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute features a mix of general sessions and bus tours highlighting successful cover crop practitioners in southeast Wisconsin in a variety of cropping systems. Concurrent tours focus on organic production, no-till systems, and fresh market production.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink NOFA Summer Conference

August 14-16, 2015
Amherst, Massachusetts

Join the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) for three days with 144 workshops on farming, gardening, nutrition, land care, food politics, and much more. The theme for this year's Conference is "Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology." The conference is fun for the whole family with more than 100 exhibitors, contra dance, country fair, organic meals, in-depth preconferences, and children and teens conferences. This year's keynote speakers are Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, medical doctor and nutritional consultant, and Ronnie Cummins, consumer activist and regenerative agriculture advocate.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink First Coast Specialty Crop Conference

August 15, 2015
Jacksonville, Florida

The First Coast Specialty Crop Conference is designed to provide multiple networking and educational opportunities for farmers and other stakeholders in the regional food system. This conference is the first of the new regional events created by a team of UF/IFAS Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises extension team. The training program has been carefully crafted to attend the needs of the local farmers. Whether you are interested in improving your farming skills by enhancing your soils and pest management, obtaining practical knowledge for food safety and post-harvest practices, or diversifying your farm through cut flower production, mushrooms, or microgreens, this is the event for you.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Pastured Poultry Class

August 15, 2015
Rancho Cordova, California

This workshop at Soil Born Farms is presented by NCAT agriculture specialist Pame Wolfe, DVM. This free, afternoon workshop will cover a variety of poultry topics: layers, meat birds, health, breeds, nutrition, and equipment.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Pizza Farm Field Day

August 15, 2015
Wykoff, Minnesota

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Dream Acres Farm, a successful pizza farm operation, including the commercial kitchen set-up, wood-fired oven and pizza-preparation process. Host farmers will share their start-up experience, challenges and advice for farmers wanting to diversify into such on-farm food service.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants: Growing on Challenging Sites

August 15, 2015
Plainfield, Vermont

In this NOFA Vermont workshop, Nicko Rubin will share his experience and insights gained developing a permaculture site on exhausted hill farm soils, through a tour of East Hill Tree Farm. Discussion will include techniques as they apply to both perennial fruits and annual vegetables.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink One-Day Holistic Management Workshop

August 15, 2015
Siskiyou County, California

Gain an understanding of the processes and practices of Holistic Management at this one-day 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.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Multi-Species Livestock Farming Field Day

August 16, 2015
Mondovi, Wisconsin

This afternoon field day at Together Farms is part of the Land Stewardship Project's Farm Beginnings program.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Value-Added Fruits and Vegetables Farm Tour

August 16, 2015
Fredericktown, Ohio

Enjoy a self-guided tour of Ann's Raspberry Farm to see red raspberries produced using season extension methods and to learn about growing Brussels sprouts all season long. Celebrating 10 years growing specialty crops and crafting artisan products from seed to jar, Daniel and Ann Trudel will share the challenges and rewards of growing a hobby farm into a full-time operation during this multi-faceted event. This event is sponsored by OEFFA and the Clintonville Farmers Market and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Irrigation Distribution Uniformity and Wise Water Use for Small Farms

August 17, 2015
Santa Cruz, California

In this free, afternoon workshop geared toward beginning farmers and managers of demonstration and teaching farms, instructors will show participants how to accurately assess irrigation distribution uniformity and system output (drip and sprinkler) to better inform irrigation design and operation decisions and better instruct their students, interns, and co-managers about wise water use. Learn how to fine-tune water use on the farm, identify and address problems in irrigation systems, and eliminate some of the guess work when it comes to irrigation scheduling. Participants will help collect data and analyze uniformity tests on sprinkler and drip irrigation systems on the CASFS/UCSC Farm. The workshop will also address irrigation scheduling and provide participants with the tools to easily determine system output as a way to improve overall water use efficiency.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Storage Crops

August 17, 2015
Baldwin City, Kansas

This afternoon workshop is part of the Growing Growers workshop series.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Don’t Bare Your Soil: Cover Cropping Options

August 18, 2015
Randolph, Vermont

At this NOFA Vermont workshop held at Vermont Technical College, examine test plots of a wide range of cover crops suitable for Vermont conditions like field peas, crimson and sweet clover, soybeans, sorghum, and forage brassicae. Prepare for fall cover cropping now by inspecting the nutrient building, weed suppressing and soil structure impacts of various cover crops.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Neely-Kinyon Organic Ag Field Day

August 18, 2015
Greenfield, Iowa

Organic agriculture specialist Kathleen Delate and Cynthia Cambardella (USDA-ARS) will present results of research underway at Neely-Kinyon Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm, including the farm's Long Term Agroecologcial Research (LTAR) study, organic no-till for vegetable production, and the new Integrating Livestock in Organic Cropping Systems NIFA project.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Agricultural Risk Management and Business Development Training Workshop

August 19-21, 2015
Mobile, Alabama

This is an annual event presented by the Small Farms Research Center (AAMU) in collaboration with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System that focuses on the risk faced by new and beginning and experienced producers, business development training to enhance their business planning, and ways to handle those risks and improve their farm operation. The event includes a farm field day and instructional sessions.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmer Field Day: River Road Farm

August 19, 2015
Missoula, Montana

This free, afternoon field day is part of the Farmer Field Day series offered by Community Food & Agriculture Coalition of Missoula County. River Road Community Garden and Neighborhood Farm is one of four urban farms managed by Garden City Harvest. Established in 1996, River Road sits on 3.5 acres and includes 55 community garden plots and a farm that offers 15 winter CSA shares and 64 summer CSA shares. Farm manager Greg Price will talk about the unique benefits and drawbacks of farming as a nonprofit, along with a discussion of the ins and outs of managing a large CSA program and his seed saving, cover cropping, and weed- and pest-management techniques.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Pasturing Alternative Forages

August 19, 2015
Preble, New York

Join NOFA-NY and Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative for a field day that will explore the use of alternative forages on Cobblestone Valley Farm with Paul and Maureen Knapp. The Knapps will discuss their pasture management including what alternative forages succeeded on their farm. Tim Darbishire, Grazing Consultant, will talk on forage options, seeding, maintaining a stand, and rotations.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Crop Diversity and Grazing Livestock for Soil Health

August 19, 2015
Jefferson, Iowa

At this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day, Bill Frederick will showcase how he pairs crop and livestock management on his farm. He will describe growing small grains and how, after harvesting the grain for seed, he then plants the field with a diverse cover crop forage mix for grazing cattle. Attendees will see cattle grazing on this mix and observe forage growth where the cattle have not yet grazed. The field day will also feature a demonstration with the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District's soil health unit.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Dry Beans Production: From Field to Processing at Cayuga Pure Organics

August 20, 2015
Brooktondale, New York

NOFA New York offers this opportunity to join Anne Riordan at CPO for a field walk through her cannellinis beans, with experimental mustard plantings for disease control. She will provide an overview of planting, nutrient management, weed control, harvest, and drying. This will be followed by a limited tour and demonstration of the newly renovated beanery.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production: Insect Scouting, ID and Management

August 20, 2015
Horsham, Pennsylvania

This evening workshop continues the Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production series with a Farm Tour, Farmscaping, Enhancing Beneficials and Managing Key Insects at Pennypack Farm, and Hands-on Pest Monitoring, Sampling, and Identification.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink NGFN Webinar: One-Page Cost-Benefit Analysis Tool

August 20, 2015
Online

The National Good Food Network offers an opportunity to learn about the One-Page Cost-Benefit Analysis Tool in this webinar. Recently created by Farm Credit, this tool is designed to make your difficult purchasing (or other financial) decisions a little easier. Join this one-hour webinar at 1:30 PM MDT to learn how this powerfully simple tool can help your business today, or how you can use this tool to assist the farms and other business owners you work with.

In: Online

 

Permalink Getting Started with Pasture-Based Livestock

August 21, 2015
West Branch, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day introduces Greg and Katie Lipes, how they got started farming in 2013, and how they made the decision to transition to full-time farming. They will discuss the adjustments they made during the transition, marketing strategies, inexpensive housing and equipment design, and low-stress cattle handling. Greg will also offer a tour of their pasture-based beef, pork, and poultry operations, and will discuss various aspects of how they manage their livestock.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Role of Mycorrhizal Fungi in Soil Health

August 21, 2015
Salina, Kansas

This Amazing Grazing event features Larry Simpson of Mycorrhizal Applications and a tour of The Land Institute with Wes Jackson. Reestablishing a mycorrhizal fungal element to crops as well as understanding the role of mycorrhizal fungi in soil and plant health will be the focus of the full-day workshop.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Mushroom Cultivation and Application Course

August 21, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Radical Mycology founder Peter McCoy conducts a 2.5 day intensive on the art, science, and regenerative applications of mushroom cultivation. The course covers the essential principles and practices of high yield mushroom production for all budgets. Whether you are looking to grow your own edible and medicinal mushrooms for personal use or start a mushroom farm, this course will cover the core skills needed to hit the ground running.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Farm Field Day

August 21, 2015
Goodman, Mississippi

The Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production continues its monthly field day series with this event focusing on growing fall crops, fermentation, preserving the harvest, and vendor opportunities. To RSVP, contact Keith Benson, 601-988-4999.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crop Bus Tour

August 22, 2015
Salina, Kansas

An all-day bus excursion will highlight the benefits of using cover crops, with tours of a Star Seed test plot and four farms using cover crops. This event is part of the Amazing Grazing summer 2015 series.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Pizza Farm Field Day

August 22, 2015
Athens, Wisconsin

Renewing the Countryside offers an opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of a successful pizza farm operation, including the commercial kitchen set-up, wood fired oven and pizza preparation process. Host farmers at Stoney Acres Farm will share their start-up experience, challenges, and advice for farmers wanting to diversify into on-farm food service. The day will include a Q&A session, farm and pizza operation tour including detail on the kitchen set-up, informational session on business start-ups, legal issues and marketing with Rachel Armstrong of Farm Commons and Lisa Kivirist, author of Homemade for Sale, and conclude with a pizza-sampling lunch. This field day will focus on Wisconsin state-specific content.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crops and Soil Health

August 25-26, 2015
Emporia, Kansas

The fourth Fuller Field School will feature Dr. Christine Jones, of Amazing Carbon in Australia, and Gabe Brown, Brown’s Ranch in North Dakota. The field school includes expert presentations, in-field activities, goal setting, and networking. Registration is limited.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Pest & Disease ID and Scouting at Hurricane Flats Farm

August 25, 2015
South Royalton, Vermont

NOFA Vermont offers an opportunity to walk the fields of Hurricane Flats farm with Ann Hazelrigg, UVM Plant Diagnostic Clinic director, and Katie Campbell-Nelson, UMASS Vegetable Extension Educator. During the field walk, presenters and participants will discuss insect and disease identification and scouting techniques for vegetable crops.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Local Food Economic Development Summit - SOLE2

August 25-26, 2015
Bottineau, North Dakota

FARRMS presents a second Summit On Local Economies. Learn about opportunities to grow your community with local foods projects; meet some farmers; and build a web of service providers to support your growth. Ken Meter will be the keynote speaker. Working session and asset mapping will provide tools, grants, loans, information, and technical assistance for community champions to begin working on building rural economies with local foods and farmers.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Nisqually Tribal Community Garden Program: Building Food Community

August 25, 2015
Olympia, Washington

This Tilth Producers of Washington farm walk visits the Nisqually Tribal Community Garden to learn how these five acres of fruits, vegetables and traditional plants work toward Tribal self-sufficiency and overall community, family, and individual health.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Fall Cattle Seminar and Summer Integrity Beef Meeting

August 25, 2015
Ardmore, Oklahoma

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation presents two events on the same day. First, the Fall Cattle Seminar focuses on weaning calves and planning to get the beef herd through the winter. This free seminar will focus on ​weaning ​management, ​supplementation ​strategies, ​and ​marketing ​considerations ​based ​on ​price ​outlook. In the evening, the Integrity Beef Alliance will hold its summer meeting. The ​Integrity ​Beef ​Alliance ​is ​a ​cow/calf ​program ​with ​goals ​of ​increasing ​marketability ​of ​ranch-raised ​calves ​through ​increased ​brand ​recognition, ​addition ​of ​stacked ​value-added ​traits, ​and ​volume ​sales ​of ​high ​quality ​calves. ​The ​summer ​Integrity ​Beef ​Alliance ​membership ​meeting ​will ​allow ​producers ​interested ​in ​or ​new ​to ​the ​program ​to ​meet ​seasoned ​program ​producers ​and ​to ​learn ​about ​program ​specifics ​and ​the ​protocol ​for ​the ​upcoming ​year.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Propagating Native Trees and Shrubs for Your Farm

August 26, 2015
Woodward, Iowa

At this Practical Farmers of Iowa morning field day, Mike Bevins, owner and operator of Iowa Native Trees and Shrubs, will guide participants through his process for collecting native seed, germinating various trees and shrubs, root pruning, and caring for and maintaining young trees. He'll talk about the importance of planting species native to Iowa, and offer suggestions for trees and shrubs for your farm.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Northeast Annual Buckwheat Field Day

August 26, 2015
Moravia, New York

Learn about commercial buckwheat grain production and meet other buckwheat growers. Find out how buckwheat fits into organic field crop rotations where it has value for soil building and weed suppression. See how effectively buckwheat addresses the weed concerns on Hatfield Farm. This free event is produced by NOFA-NY and Cornell University with support from USDA/OREI.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Seeding, Infrastructure, and Zero-Grain

August 26, 2015
Addison, Vermont

Join NOFA Vermont for a morning at Harrison's Homegrown where they will be discussing a variety of projects including establishing new seedings, installing tile drainage, new laneways and fencing, and lessons learned from the Harrison's transition to organic. For the second half of the day we will be at Mike's Farm, where Mike Eastman, a seasoned grazier and no-grain farmer, will be hosting a pasture walk and discussion about lessons learned during his herd's transition to a no-grain ration.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Learn How to Attract Native Pollinators to Fields, Farms, and Orchards

August 27, 2015
Corning, New York

This day-long short course by The Xerces Society looks at the importance of pollinator conservation, bee and butterfly biology, habitat, and bee-friendly farming. It will include an outdoor laboratory session and seedling identification demonstration.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Feral Hog Management Workshop

August 27, 2015
Poteau, Oklahoma

At this evening workshop at the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Josh Gaskamp and Russell Stevens from the Noble Foundation will discuss methods of managing feral hogs, and David Redhage will address the Kerr Center’s experiences with hog management. The workshop will focus on the basics: preventing feral hog infestations where possible, and managing them where populations already exist. They will also review rules and regulations governing the management of feral hogs. Specific topics include agricultural issues, wildlife habitat destruction, population dynamics, disease issues, and population control.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Soil

August 27, 2015
Online

This one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. It is the third in a four-part series exploring the environmental benefits of organic agriculture. This session will present scientific research examining the benefits of organic farming practices to soil. The webinar begins at 1 pm Eastern.

In: Online

 

Permalink Pagosa Verde Symposium: Community Benefits of Renewable Energy and Sustainable Agriculture

August 27-28, 2015
Pagosa Springs, Colorado

The 2015 theme for this annual symposium focuses on direct-use geothermal and other technologies. Keynote speakers and expert panelists will emphasize sustainable economic diversity. Participants can look forward to discussion of Colorado's conservation of natural resources, renewable energy projects, and 21st century agriculture.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Summer Cover Crop Mix for Forage, Cover and Soil Health

August 28, 2015
Stanton, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day takes place at Mark and Melanie Peterson's Bent Gate Farm. Mark Peterson has experimented for several years with different methods for getting cover crops to work on his farm and has learned a few things he'd like to share. Colton Catterton, of Green Cover Seed, will talk about how a cover crop mix was designed to benefit Mark's operation, and an NRCS soil scientist will also be present.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Regional Farm Tour: Post-Harvest Handling Facilities on Vegetable Farms

August 30, 2015
New Richmond, Wisconsin

This is a Land Stewardship Project Farm Beginnings field day.

In: North Central SARE Region

 


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