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Permalink Food Sovereignty Summit

October 2-3, 2017
Green Bay, Wisconsin

First Nations Development Institute and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin are pleased to announce the national Food Sovereignty Summit, a forum for sharing and collaboration to build healthy food systems within communities. Native farmers, ranchers, gardeners, businesses, policymakers, Tribal agriculture staff, Native non-profits working in agriculture, small producers, Tribal producers and Tribal leaders are invited to attend. Experiential learning opportunities are offered on October 4.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Seed Production

October 2, 2017
Chimacum, Washington

In this two-part Tilth Alliance farm walk, learn how Organic Seed Alliance and Essential Blooms are contributing to the organic seed supply. Organic Seed Alliance is non-profit that educates farmers and the agricultural community, conducts professional plant breeding and production research, and advocates on the national level for organic seed. Essential Blooms is a certified organic operation which sells wholesale quantities of unusual and unique flower varieties. Experts from WSU and High Mowing Organic Seeds will also be on hand to provide more information about trials, breeding, and the organic seed market.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Women – Takin' On the Stewardship Challenge

October 2-3, 2017
Fredericksburg, Texas

This conference, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, is an effort to reach women landowners who want to learn more about stewardship of the land. This third year of the conference will focus on the land and potential financial avenues not typically thought about, such as poultry, birding, and wildlife. The conference includes presentations and tours.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Purdue's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Tour: Aficionado Farms

October 2, 2017
Elberfeld, Indiana

As part of Purdue's Indiana Beginning Farmers program, Purdue Extension offers tours across the state that offer beginning farmers the opportunity to learn from experts and to network with fellow farmers at a variety of farming operations. This event will visit Aficionado Farms, which produces organically grown produce, herbs, and flowers. Learn about their farm and Farm to School programs.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farming With Beneficial Insects for Pest Control

October 3, 2017
Pierre, South Dakota

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Join Thelma Heidel-Baker, Conservation Biocontrol Specialist at the Xerces Society, at this full-day workshop as she overviews conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Non-Ruminant Organic Livestock on Pasture

October 3, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar about conservation opportunities for producers with pigs, chickens and other livestock on pasture is part of the Understanding Organic Agriculture series presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. This webinar will focus on resource concerns and opportunities for conservation with non-ruminant animals on pasture. The presentation will also discuss the pasture and outdoor access requirements for producers raising these animals organically.

In: Online

 

Permalink Silvopasture Establishment with Pastured Pigs, Adaptive Grazing

October 4, 2017
Monticello, Wisconsin

This Savanna Institute field day takes place at Green Fire Farm. Join Jacob and nonprofit, extension, and agency personnel for a field day highlighting how a conventional row-crop operation is transitioning to multi-species pasture systems. Topics include silvopasture establishment research, cost-share opportunities, techniques to extend the grazing season, and mentorship programs.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Season Extension--Stretching Tomato Season and Winter Greens

October 4, 2017
Allegany, New York

At this evening NOFA New York event held at Canticle Farm, Mark Printz will share his experiences. NOFA-NY and the Cornell Vegetable Program will discuss what they are learning through the New York Farm Viability Institute funded initiative, "Best Management Practices for Long Term Profitable High Tunnel Soil Fertility and Health."

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Oklahoma 2017

October 4-5, 2017
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

This event begins with a Food Safety Modernization Act workshop on October 4, where participants will receive the approved Food Safety Training that is required of certain farms by the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule. October 5 is the fall organic farming workshop, where presentations will address topics including soil stewardship, pest and pollinator management, organic farming experiences, and crop production and marketing.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Silvopasture Showcase at Green Pastures Farm

October 4, 2017
Clark, Missouri

Join Green Pastures Farm owner Greg Judy and University of Missouri experts for this afternoon tour of silvopasture areas in different stages of establishment and learn how timber, forages and livestock are managed in an integrated system.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Georgia Farm to School Summit

October 5-6, 2017
Augusta, Georgia

The Farm to School Summit connects schools, early care centers, and local farms and distributors to serve and champion healthy, local meals in cafeterias, improve student nutrition, and increase farm and gardening educational opportunities. This year's Summit welcomes farmers, teachers, early care educators and administrators, school nutrition staff, students, parents, and others interested in learning more about Georgia's farm to school movement.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink The Ogallala Water Coordinated Agricultural Project: Optimizing Water Use for Agriculture and Rural Communities

October 5, 2017
Online

The Ogallala Water Coordinated Agriculture project (OWCAP) is a four-year project funded by USDA-NIFA in 2016 to support a regional, interdisciplinary research and outreach effort to water and long-term agricultural sustainability issues facing the High Plains. This free, one-hour joint Climate Learning Network/ANREP Community Science Initiative webinar presents new data from OWCAP to help address the issue of how we will respond as a region to challenges in a way that maximizes water use efficiency and perhaps even stabilizes groundwater levels.

In: Online

 

Permalink Hoop House Production

October 7, 2017
Fallon, Nevada

From basic hoop house practices to advanced techniques, this full-day workshop from Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute is ideal for the intermediate or advanced grower. The workshop is taught by a seasoned professional with a background in research and commercial production. Attendees will learn how to maximize growing space to increase production and profits. The workshop includes a hoop house tour.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Hoes Down Harvest Festival - Dirty Thirty

October 7-8, 2017
Yolo County, California

Full Belly Farm, one of the first and most prolific organic farms in the country, hosts the Hoes Down Harvest Festival, which includes farm tours, traditional arts and crafts, farm-fresh food, folk music, dancing, hands-on workshops, and seminars, offering the public a special chance to enjoy rural life and deepen our understanding and connection to the local food system. The main festival takes place on Saturday, with specialized,hands-on seminars that require pre-registration taking place on Sunday.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Homestead Dreams

October 7, 2017
Candler, North Carolina

Homestead Dreams is an entry level, exploratory workshop designed to help you incorporate small-scale, self-sufficiency and sustainability into your life. Organic Growers School's full-day workshop covers commonsense, relevant information to help maximize your independence, increase your connection to community, place, and self, and plan out your dreams for the next one to five years.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Open Gate Field Day: Goode Farm

October 7, 2017
Central Park, Oregon

This event is one of HMI's Open Gate learning days. These fun, informative, and interactive field days feature innovative and regenerative agricultural topics and practices. Each day is hosted by an experienced Holistic Management practitioner and offers the opportunity to connect and learn with like-minded folk.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Missouri Chestnut Roast

October 7, 2017
New Franklin, Missouri

The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry will host its 11th annual Missouri Chestnut Roast, a celebration of Missouri specialty crops. The event includes educational presentations and demonstrations, as well as fun family activities.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cornell Maple Program Fall Open House

October 7, 2017
Van Etten, New York

This event will take place at Cornell's research and production sugarbush in the Arnot Forest and will feature demonstrations, free samples, and information on cutting edge maple research. Admission is free and open to all.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink WNC Garlic Fest

October 7, 2017
Asheville, North Carolina

WNC Garlic Fest is a food-focused festival that offers an exciting and eclectic set of garlic experiences. The event is free to attend and family friendly, with the aim of getting everyone involved with local food and local business. It also offers free garlic eating, preserving, and growing workshops.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Building Healthy Soil with Managed Grazing: A Workshop with Greg Judy

October 7, 2017
Hudson, New York

Greg Judy comes to Churchtown Dairy to run a workshop exploring the building of healthy soil through managed grazing techniques including multi-species grazing. He will also speak about monitoring animal performance on pasture.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Food As If The Earth Matters

October 8, 2017
Newbury, Massachusetts

In this full-day NOFA Massachusetts workshop, veteran grower Ricky Baruc, co-creator of Seeds of Solidarity, will provide low-cost, easy-to-implement, minimal maintenance techniques to sequester carbon and build life in the soil. The morning session is Carbon-Smart Regenerative Growing Principles and Practices: Learn to grow on marginal land using local resources for fertility and never tilling (no machinery necessary). The afternoon session is Designing a Garden as if the Earth Matters: Learn how to design and implement a garden the carbon smart way. Using Earth Harmony Farm and Sanctuary as a template, Erin Stack, manager of the Earth Harmony Farm, and Ricky will discuss how to ensure your garden is multi-functional, aesthetically pleasing, and ecologically integrated. Specific topics may include creating borders, designing habitats, reclaiming overgrown garden areas, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers Fall Grower Meeting

October 8, 2017
Columbus, Ohio

This event offers a chance spend a day at Sunny Meadows Flower Farm, one of the fastest-growing and successful cut flower farms in the country. In less than ten years, Steve and Gretel Adams have created a profitable urban farm which values maintaining a healthy environment as it produces quality cut flowers. The agenda includes presentations, demonstrations, and a tour.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Open Farm Tours

October 8, 2017
Corralitos, California

Eleven family-owned farms are participating in this year's tours. Tour the farms at your own pace and learn what is involved in growing our food and how important sustainable farming methods are to the health of the Earth and our community.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Low-Stress Cattle Handling

October 9, 2017
Ardmore, Oklahoma

Noble Research Institute offers an opportunity to learn about low-stress cattle handling from Tom Noffsinger, DVM, in a free morning workshop. Noffsinger is a world-renowned expert on cattle handling and stockmanship.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Raising Pastured Poultry for Profit

October 9, 2017
Buncombe, Illinois

At this Southern Illinois Farming Alliance evening field day, Andrew Banks of Five Hen Farm will share his thoughts on pasture rotation, chicken tractor design, sourcing non-GMO feed, processing, and electric fencing and how to scale up for profitability. Participants will also learn about how they rotate pork on pasture and how pasture rotations differ for pork and poultry.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Connecting Health Insurance and Agricultural Viability: Helping farmers and ranchers address health-related risks

October 10, 2017
Online

Health, access to care and health insurance affect the vitality of agricultural enterprises and farm and ranch families, according to results from a national research project funded by the USDA. Designed for Extension, tax, loan, health and other agricultural advisors, this webinar will provide an overview of the research findings and introduce some practical tools that educators and advisors can use to help farmers and ranchers make informed decisions for their businesses and households.

In: Online

 

Permalink ABCs of Trademarking for NC Farm & Food Businesses

October 10, 2017
Online

This one-hour webinar is part of the NC Growing Together Food and Farm Business Development Webinar Series. This seminar focuses on various aspects of trademarks – from choosing between a federal or a state trademark or both to filing for one. Attendees can expect to get an overview of the costs, benefits, and pitfalls of trademarks.

In: Online

 

Permalink Interseeding, Precision Planting and Management of Cover Crops in a Corn and Soybean Rotation

October 10, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS Soil Health Division. At the conclusion of this webinar participants will be able to develop a prescription for interseeding cover crops, understand the potential benefits of the practice, and describe situations where it will have the most potential for success.

In: Online

 

Permalink Postharvest Handling (Part 2)

October 12, 2017
Online

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative has developed a series of food safety webinars designed to help Native American farmers, ranchers, and food producers to begin to understand the importance of food safety and what is necessary to reach compliance under the FSMA. This webinar will discuss standard operating procedures and the importance of maintaining strict controls on biological, chemical, and physical food-safety risks on the farm and in the packing and shipping areas of the business. It will discuss general packing-area maintenance and principles of sanitary design and controls.

In: Online

 

Permalink Greenhouse and High Tunnel Workshop

October 12-13, 2017
Mountain Grove, Missouri

The State Fruit Experiment Station Mountain Grove - Missouri State University will host this event presented by Missouri State, University of Missouri Extension, Lincoln University, and Industry Sponsors. Topics will include cucurbit and tomato production in high tunnels, tomato and ginger rotation in high tunnels, seed starting, raspberry production in grow bags, bedding plant and ornamental container production, hydroponics, soil health, and greenhouse and high tunnel tours on site.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Grassland Management Workshops

October 10, 11, or 12, 2017
Pierre, Mitchell, or Watertown, South Dakota

The South Dakota Grassland Coalition, SDSU Extension and partner organizations are cooperating to improve landowner understanding of grassland establishment and maintenance through a series of free morning workshops. Workshops will begin with a short presentation on critical issues and will quickly move toward more of an open discussion format between agency staff and landowner attendees.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink It's Alive! Principles and Practices to Build Soil Health on your Farm

October 12, 2017
Winters, California

UC Davis Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility will host a free morning workshop for all farmers who want to learn about soil health. It will focus on organic systems, but will include principles and practices relevant to all systems. Participants will learn through demonstrations, hands-on exercises, and field observations how to assess soil health and how management practices affect soil health.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Mississippi Farm to Cafeteria Conference

October 12, 2017
Jackson, Mississippi

Gather with farm to school practitioners from all fields for an all-day conference. Topics from cafeteria, classroom, and community connections to farm to school will be discussed. A keynote, delicious lunch featuring local foods, and huge networking session will all be included.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Grass Based Dairy Management

October 13, 2017
Worcester, New York

Interested in transitioning to grass-based milk production or looking to find out more about fine tuning your pasture management? Join NOFA-NY and Maple Hill Creamery to learn more about grass-fed organic cow health, breeding, grazing, and feed production. Tom McGrath will share his success with restoring depleted pastures through bale grazing, chicken manure, and lime applications. Tour Autumn Valley Farm and hear from Tom as he shares his experiences in producing quality feed to meet your herd's nutritional needs in a grass-based system. Tom will also share his thoughts on dairy genetics and inline breeding with the group.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Purdue's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Tour: Blue Yonder Organic Farm

October 14, 2017
North Salem, Indiana

As part of Purdue's Indiana Beginning Farmers program, Purdue Extension offers tours across the state that offer beginning farmers the opportunity to learn from experts and to network with fellow farmers at a variety of farming operations. Blue Yonder Organic Farm is a Veteran-owned and -operated farm near North Salem, Indiana, producing pastured poultry, sheep, and other products. Learn from a licensed certifier about organic certification process, and Sara Creech, owner and operator of Blue Yonder Organic Farm, will discuss her journey to develop an organically certified poultry farm.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Homesteaders of America Conference

October 14, 2017
Warrenton, Virginia

The Homesteaders of America conference is a self-sustainable conference of education and support for homesteaders across the United States and beyond. The conference will have multiple keynote speakers, demonstrators, outdoor speakers, vendors, food stands, and more. Topics include off-grid living, cheese making, soap making, fiber art, food preservation, and more.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Assessing Fruit Quality at Harvest

October 14, 2017
Trumansburg, New York

This workshop from Know Your Roots will cover how to assess fruit quality. Learn how much fruit quality can change over just a few days or weeks. Learn how to determine optimal harvest time by knowing your objectives, taking note of obvious changes such as seed color, skin color, aroma, acidity, tannins, and overall taste, and measuring brix, starch, titratable acidity, tannins, firmness, and more. The workshop will go over each metric and how to use affordable instrumentation accurately.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Vision Workshop

October 15, 2017
Columbus, Ohio

Are you an aspiring or new farmer planning your dream farm? This four-hour workshop will help you map out your farm vision, clarify your goals and values, and assess your strengths, resources, and needs before beginning a farming enterprise. Participants will hear from a panel of early career farmers and will receive important planning resources.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink SOIL 2017

October 16-17, 2017
Boulder, Colorado

The Slow Money conference this year focuses on bringing our money back down to earth. Day one offers an opportunity to meet the thought leaders, activists, farmers, food entrepreneurs, and investors who are leading the charge around the country. Sessions will explore everything from soil biology to human health to investing in local food systems. Day two is an opportunity for up to 125 people to focus on SOIL—Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally—a new Colorado initiative. The event will explore the state of the local food system and what success would look like for this new program. The day will culminate with members of SOIL selecting one or more farmers/food entrepreneurs to receive 0% loans.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Protected Agriculture Conference

October 17-18, 2017
Ardmore, Oklahoma

At this Noble Research Institute event, conference attendees will learn about the many ways low-cost, passive greenhouse structures, commonly referred to as high-tunnel hoop houses, are being used locally and around the world to make fruit and vegetable production more sustainable.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Seed Production Webinar Series: Seed Contracting, Economics and Policy

October 17, 2017
Online

Join Organic Seed Alliance for the last of its six-part Organic Seed Production webinar series that provides training for seed growers and seed production interns. In this month's webinar, participants will hear from seed company representatives and a seed grower about when and how to plan for contract production and how to assess profitability. Presenters will also share perspectives on the details to consider in a contract, including terms for pricing, over-production, field roguing, and seed cleaning.

In: Online

 

Permalink Farm Food Safety and Purchasing Locally Grown Produce; What’s It All Mean?

October 17, 2017
Geneva, New York

Cornell Cooperative Extension, through the Cornell Vegetable Program, the Lake Ontario Fruit Team, and NOFA-NY, is presenting an educational session on farm food safety for all types of locally grown food buyers. Learn about the farm food-safety alphabet of programs and what they might mean for you. The agenda will cover GAPs, HGAPs, other third-party audit schemes, FSMA federal regulations, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Community-based Pollinator Conservation in Cities

October 18, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is part of The Ohio State University's Bee Lab series. No registration is required.

In: Online

 

Permalink Grazing School

October 18-19, 2017
Vernon Hill, Virginia

Designed with beginning and experienced producers in mind, this two-day, intensive course from Virginia Forage and Grassland Council will teach you everything you need to know to better manage grazing on your farm. The last day of the school features a workshop where you can sit down with instructors to begin developing a custom grazing plan.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Kentucky Grazing Conferences

October 17 or 18, 2017
Lexington or Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council and UK Cooperative Extension present a conference on Pasture Management to Control Weeds and Improve Production, held in two locations. The agenda features several sessions on grazing for weed control.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Workshop: Whole Farm Planning with Base Mapping, Site Analysis, and Schematic Design

October 19, 2017
Alexander, North Carolina

This Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy afternoon workshop will be an introduction of how to approach planning and layout of land for small-scale farming production. Participants who already own or lease land as well as those who plan to in the future are welcome.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Farm Equipment Selection, Operation, & Maintenance

October 19, 2017
Clemson, South Carolina

Clemson University Madren Center & Student Organic Farm offer an opportunity to join farm equipment expert and author Andy Pressman from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) for this special day-long workshop focusing on equipment and tools for intensive crop production on a small-scale commercial farm. Workshop topics will include understanding scales of production, selection of appropriate equipment, proper tool use and maintenance, buying new vs. used equipment, tractor safety, and more. The workshop will include a tour of the Clemson Student Organic Farm.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink AERO Expo and Annual Meeting

October 20-22, 2017
Butte, Montana

The event theme is "Ready, Set, Lead!" The agenda features area tours, keynote speakers Gabe Brown and John Farrell, and panels on food, agriculture, and energy. Local meals, a silent auction, and more are planned.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Bioneers

October 20-22, 2017
San Rafael, California

Bioneers 2017 will be an electrifying kaleidoscope of breakthrough models, strategies and solutions inspired by nature: climate action; ending extreme inequality and creating democracy; racial and gender equity and healing; women's leadership; restoring land, water, air, biodiversity; and exploring how nature's profound intelligence can guide us.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Grant-Writing Workshops

October 11, 12, 18, or 20, 2017
Bayfield, Jackson County, Milwaukee, or Madison, Wisconsin

Wisconsin's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) is partnering with Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, UW-Extension, USDA's Rural Development agency, and Wisconsin's Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection to present four all-day grant-writing workshops around the state.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Open Gate Field Day: 77 Ranch

October 21, 2017
Blooming Grove, Texas

HMI offers another in its international series of fun, informative, and interactive field days that feature innovative and regenerative agricultural topics and practices. Each day is hosted by an experienced Holistic Management practitioner and offers the opportunity to connect and learn with like-minded folk.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Pasture-Raised Livestock Beginning Farm Tour

October 21, 2017
Ashtabula, Ohio

This free afternoon workshop is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Pre-registration is required. Join this tour, co-sponsored by ALFC, to learn about Randall and Connie Moores' experiences as beginning farmers seeking organic certification, and what they have planned for 2017.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Looking Back at the First Year of Farming With Experienced Eyes

October 21, 2017
Hancock, Iowa

At this free Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day, join beginning farmer Jayme Fowler as she wraps up her first season at Wild Furrow Farm. During a tour of the farm, Jayme and retired CSA vegetable farmer Susan Jutz will discuss production and management, the farm's layout, and harvesting and packing. Jayme will also share the experience of converting a tractor-based vegetable farm to draft power.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

October 21-22, 2017
Topeka, Kansas

This sustainable-lifestyle event offers more than 150 workshops over the course of the weekend. Keynote speakers include Dan Chiras, Joel Salatin, and Howard Garrett. Also look for regional and national vendors and demonstrations.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Agriculture and Climate Change

October 21, 2017
Ithaca, New York

Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming invites you to come to this day-long event to learn about how we can work together as a community to ensure local stability in local food production and security.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Seed Sovereignty Field Day

October 22, 2017
Dartmouth, Massachusetts

There is now a growing movement to reclaim seeds and breeds, to re-localize them to particular bioregions, and to return to growers the power to participate in the process. Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB), as this movement is called, suggests that through partnerships between professional breeders and growers, we can develop better genetics and provide growers with new streams of income. This NOFA Massachusetts full-day field day brings together growers, veteran breeders, and seed experts to discuss how we can reclaim our seed systems while also diversifying our enterprises.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Women Who Farm Field Day: Season Extension

October 22, 2017
Urbana, Illinois

This is the final event in a summer field day series celebrating Illinois' local women ag pioneers. This event will tour the host farm, Blue Moon Farm, and include time to gather for refreshments and networking, providing an opportunity for women farmers to meet and build a supportive community.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Louisiana Farm to School Conference

October 24, 2017
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The LSU AgCenter is hosting a statewide farm-to-school conference to bring together school administrators, teachers, parents, food service managers, farmers and food distributors in the interest of Louisiana agriculture, school gardens and healthy school meals. The conference will center on education, gardening and procurement, with technical assistance in areas such as curricula incorporation and culinary education, food and garden safety and local food procurement. The first track will include sessions on best practices for school gardens, connecting menus with the seasons and education. The second track will focus on local purchasing, food safety, local sourcing and a buyers' panel.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Conservation Systems for Micro-Scale Livestock Operations

October 25, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by NRCS East National Technology Support Center.

In: Online

 

Permalink Organic Crops Field Tour

October 26, 2017
Knoxville, Tennessee

This event is hosted by the East Tennessee AgResearch Education Center Organic Crops Unit. It offers an opportunity to see current research and hear the latest organic recommendations. The keynote address is "Sustainable Agriculture in Tennessee – The Time is Right!" by Steve Muntz, Executive Director, Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink NC State's Vermiculture Conference

October 26-27, 2017
Raleigh, North Carolina

The only annual training in the world on commercial vermiculture, this event provides the tools you need to start or expand an earthworm or vermicompost production operation. 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 Open Gate: Lowry Range Day

October 26, 2017
Aurora, Colorado

Lowry Range Day is part of HMI's Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers. Visit Piedmont Prairie and see firsthand how grazing management has regenerated grasslands. Learn about enterprise diversification and land-planning strategies.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing Workshop & Field Training

October 27, 2017
Ono, Pennsylvania

The Capital Resource Conservation and Development Council and its partners are hosting a Grazing Workshop and Field Training. The program will showcase experienced and successful grass-based farmers as well as technical experts and will provide participants with opportunities to network and learn from each other. The morning offers classroom and breakout sessions. Afternoon sessions will take place at Garden Meadow Farm, a grass-based beef operation, with a pasture-walk and in-field training. Speakers with varying operations will focus on elements of operating a successful grass-based system.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Backyard Poultry 101

October 25, 26, or 27, 2017
Pikeville, Newport, or Jasper, Tennessee

University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture will present a free workshop in multiple locations, designed to help poultry farmers learn the basics of backyard poultry production and how to manage the risks of on-farm poultry processing. It will present information about raising poultry, USDA poultry exemptions, considerations of getting started, marketing and labeling requirements and business management. The workshop is designed for small poultry farmers who want to raise birds and for those who want to consider processing their birds and direct marketing the meat. Pre-registration is required as space is limited and a meal is provided.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Graze River Country Pasture Walk

October 28, 2017
Colfax, Wisconsin

The Graze River Country Pasture Walk series concludes with a visit to Brad and Melissa Larson, focusing on fall cover crops and how they fit in with a grazing operation.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Purdue's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Tour: Freedom Valley Farm

October 28, 2017
Freedom, Indiana

This tour is part of a series of farm tours sponsored by Purdue Extension and the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program. It takes place at Freedom Valley Farm, an organically managed vegetable farm. During the morning session, you will learn from Dr. Maria Marshall about developing farm business plans. After lunch, participants will tour the farm.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginning Farmer East Regional Workshop.

October 28, 2017
Winchester, Indiana

Purdue Extension offers a day-long workshop addressing business planning, pasture management, fruit and vegetable pest management, pastured poultry, greenhouse and high tunnel management, and marketing products. The event offers networking, information, resources, and community.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink International Conference on Sustainable Environment and Agriculture

October 28-30, 2017
Los Angeles, California

This international conference presents novel and fundamental advances in the fields of Sustainable Environment and Agriculture. It also serves to foster communication among researchers and practitioners working in a wide variety of scientific areas with a common interest in improving Sustainable Environment and Agriculture-related techniques.

In: Western SARE Region

 


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