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Permalink Second Annual Cut-Flower and Herb Conference

December 1, 2017
Renssalaerville, New York

Cornell Cooperative Extension presents this day-long conference, with sessions on weed management, high tunnel nutrient management, dahlia production, and more, as well as a farmer panel geared toward beginners.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Grains: Production Tips & Opportunities in Southern Illinois

December 1, 2017
Ava, Illinois

At this Southern Illinois Farming Alliance field day, Matthew Currier will talk about transitioning the family farm to organic grain crops, what equipment and implements he's worked with, and tips about growing different grains and varieties. Scratch Brewery will discuss how they plan to incorporate local grains in their brewing process and for milling flours for baked goods.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Feast! Local Foods Marketplace

December 1-2, 2017
Rochester, Minnesota

Feast! Local Foods Marketplace is co-hosted by the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and Renewing the Countryside. More than 100 jury-selected exhibitors show, sample and sell their artisan food products to wholesale buyers during the Friday tradeshow and to consumers during the Saturday festival. Businesses selected to attend and exhibit are operating at a distributor-ready scale and utilizing locally grown ingredients in their supply chains.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Farm Equipment Field Day

December 1, 2017
Reno, Nevada

The second annual Small Farm Equipment Day is a collaboration of WNC Specialty Crop Institute, UNR Desert Farming Initiative, commercial suppliers, and local farmers. Demonstrations will be held throughout the day, along with tours of the facilities and equipment at the university farm. It will be an opportunity to share old and new products and ideas and favorite tools and equipment. Bring your favorite tools or pictures of equipment and share them with fellow producers.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Practical Farmers of Iowa Beginning Farmer Retreat

December 1-2, 2017
Indianola, Iowa

This event is presented by Practical Farmers of Iowa. The 2017 Beginning Farmer Retreat is intended for aspiring and beginning farmers who are motivated to improve their financial and business knowledge for their existing or future farm. The weekend will feature plenty of social time, small group discussions, group activities led by an expert, and individual work time. Beginning farmers from all enterprises are encouraged to attend. Attendance is very limited.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Dreams Workshop

December 2, 2017
Asheville, North Carolina

Farm Dreams is an entry-level, day-long workshop designed to help people who are seeking practical, common-sense information on sustainable farming and how to move forward. Presented by Organic Growers School, this is a great workshop to attend if you are in the exploratory stages of starting a farm.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Professional Agricultural Workers Conference

December 3-5, 2017
Tuskegee, Alabama

The Professional Agricultural Workers Conference (PAWC) is a forum committed to a world that values and promotes equal opportunity equitable access to information and technology for sustainable development of communities and natural resources. The 2017 theme is "Building Bridges to a Productive, Just and Sustainable Future." The agenda includes tours, conference speakers and sessions, and a poster contest. Topics include urban farming, agriculture in the classroom, innovations in animal science, and social and economic justice in agriculture and rural communities.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Pasture Poultry Workshop

December 4-7, 2017
Davis, California

A Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program project on Pastured and Free-Range Poultry is offering a four-day course at UC Davis for any prospective, beginner, or intermediate farmer interested in raising poultry flocks (layers and/or broilers) on pasture. Topics will include husbandry practices, housing, records maintenance, biosecurity, and more. The courses will include both lecture and hands-on labs and provide farmers with the knowledge and resources to succeed. This course will provide insightful information on successfully raising poultry flocks on pasture, as well as practical expertise, connections with other farmers and professionals in the field, and better awareness and knowledge of resources and opportunities available.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Maine Farmland Access Conference

December 4, 2017
Augusta, Maine

Join co-hosts Land For Good & Maine Farmland Trust, fellow farmers, and colleagues from around New England for a day of discussion and practical information on the challenges of farmland access, transfer, and succession, and ways to address those challenges together.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing for the Future: Beginning Farmer and Rancher Online Virtual Conference

December 4-7, 2017
Online

National Farmers Union is hosting Growing for the Future, a unique online, interactive virtual conference focused on beginning farmer and rancher issues, including mentorship, business planning, USDA programs, women and veterans in farming, conservation, and much more. The conference is free. This nationally focused online conference provides an opportunity for beginning farmers to acquire the skills they need to run a successful operation. The conference will highlight leaders in the field of agriculture and focus on building a network for beginning farmers and ranchers throughout the country.

In: Online

 

Permalink Community Food Systems Conference 2017

December 5-7, 2017
Boston, Massachusetts

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes between food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture including obstacles in urban and rural environments and fostering community empowerment to create and sustain resilient local food systems. The conference will bring together leaders in, and advocates of, food security, sustainable agriculture and social justice movements to discuss their range of perspectives, how these areas overlap, and how to support one another’s work.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show

December 5-8, 2017
Columbus, Ohio

Hear presentations by some of the world's leading authorities and practitioners of ecological agriculture--successful large-scale farmers, leading consultants, and cutting-edge scientists. Ask them questions specific to your needs, your farm. Other events on the agenda include Eco-Ag University Advanced Learning, eco-consultants' halls, and a trade show.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Opportunities in Organics Buyer/Grower Networking Event

December 5, 2017
Canby and Silverton, Oregon

Join Koch Family Farm, Oregon Tilth, and other growers for a two-hour farm tour addressing Commingling and Contamination Prevention for Split Organic/Conventional Operations. In the afternoon there will be a Wholesale Organic Buyer/Grower Networking Event. The event will kick off with lunch and a presentation by Organic Produce Network (OPN) co-founders Tonya Antle (previously of Earthbound Farm) and Matt Seeley (previously of Nunes Company). Tonya and Matt will share their experiences growing organic specialty crops and discuss opportunities for farmers to participate in the growing organic space. Buyers and growers will then have the opportunity to interact face to face and discuss production, pricing, and purchasing details during a facilitated "speed-dating" round.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO and Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo

December 5-7, 2017
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Over three days, the program includes sessions on fruit crops, vegetable crops, other specialty crops, greenhouse crop production and marketing, farm marketing ideas and operations, farmers markets and organic production and marketing. There will also be sessions covering a diversity of general interest topics, including food safety and labor. The EXPO offers many special events, receptions, and other networking opportunities, as well as a trade show with more than 450 exhibitors.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Produce Safety Workshops in Arkansas

December 6, 2017
Forrest City, Arkansas

NCAT is collaborating with the Arkansas Agriculture Department and the U of A Division of Agriculture to offer a series of Produce Safety Workshops throughout the state. Each of these one-day workshops will teach you what you need to know about the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and ensure that your farm is compliant with the training requirement under the rule. You will also learn many practical strategies for reducing the food safety risks on your farm. Registration is required.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink High Tunnels, Low Tunnels, Row Covers, Field Production, and Appropriate Technologies

December 5 or 6, 2017
Beaumont or Greenwood, Mississippi

The Alliance, with support from Southern SARE PDP and in collaboration with Mississippi NRCS, Mississippi State University Extension Service, and Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Experiment Station, will offer two training sessions on consecutive days. These events are designed for AG professionals, Educators, Service Providers, and Farmer Group Leaders who support farmers who are practicing or interested in these topics/issues. Farmers who serve as trainers or mentors to other farmers are also eligible to attend the free event. Registration is required. To register, send e-mail to keithmdp@yahoo.com

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Frontiers in Alley Cropping: Leveraging Multiple Species and Tree Crops

December 6, 2017
Online

This presentation by Kevin J. Wolz, PhD, is part of the Agroforestry in Action Webinar Series presented by the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri. Advance registration is required for this free webinar.

In: Online

 

Permalink Produce Safety Alliance - Grower Training

December 6, 2017
Great Falls, Montana

The Montana Department of Agriculture is hosting statewide Grower Trainings, offering the approved course developed by the Produce Safety Alliance. This one-day training will cover an introduction to the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, worker training, soil amendments, post-harvest handling, and more. For farms that will be covered by the new Produce Safety Rule, this training also satisfies the requirement that one person from your farm must attend an approved grower training course.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Purdue Extension Beginning Farmer Workshop - Central Region

December 6, 2017
Indianapolis, Indiana

Presented by Farm Commons, a nonprofit organization providing legal education to sustainable farmers to build resilient and healthy food systems, this Sustainable Farm Law 101 workshop is a fun, six-hour interactive workshop co-facilitated by an attorney and two farmers who say developing a strong, legally resilient farm business can be easier than you may think.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Young Farmers Conference

December 6-8, 2017
Pocantico Hills, New York

Stone Barns Center hosts a gathering of beginning farmers, chefs and leaders in the food and agriculture movement to explore practical approaches and innovative ideas for changing our food system. Registration for this event was by lottery. Select sessions from this year's Young Farmers Conference will be streamed live.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Legal Issues in Tribal Food Safety (Part 2)

December 7, 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 one-hour webinar will discuss very specific legal issues pertaining to farms that grow produce (fruits and vegetables) in Indian Country and will provide key discussion points to ensure differences in jurisdiction and authority are identified. It will also assist the Tribal producer or those producing food on Indian Country lands in identifying and spotting key issues that face us as unique producers.

In: Online

 

Permalink Produce Safety Alliance Training

December 7, 2017
Calmar, Iowa

The PSA courses are designed for growers of fruits and vegetables. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.' The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in seven modules.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Midwest CSA Conference

December 7-8, 2017
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Farmers Union, working in partnership with a range of Midwest organizations, will again convene the Midwest CSA Conference. The conference will provide a forum for CSA farmers and advocates to come together for deliberative discussion and peer-to-peer learning. Full-group sessions will discuss shared values of the movement and strategies for promoting cooperation and shared risk among farms and communities. A set of workshop tracks, each with four workshops, will provide hands-on and peer-to-peer learning for CSA farmers in the areas of Beginning CSA Farming, Production & Logistics, Building Community, and Financial Management & Business Planning.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Local Lamb Lessons

December 7, 2017 - June 7, 2018, twice monthly
Hudson, New York

Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation (HVADC) will be offering a series of classroom presentations and related farm field trips to explore all aspects of sheep farming with a focus on the characteristics and potential of the local market in the Hudson Valley. The Local Lamb Lessons program will begin December 7, and run on the first Thursday of each month through June, with site visits as applicable scheduled for the third Thursday of each month. During the program, local business experts, educators, sheep farmers, and wool producers will present sessions covering breed selection and product development suited to the local land, dairying, wool development, and meat market development. The curriculum will also feature a module on the necessary business expertise to help new sheep farmers master the balancing act of serving all three market segments within their farm management plan.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Montana Organic Association Conference and Member Meeting

December 7-9, 2017
Great Falls, Montana

The 15th annual conference will feature presentations from a variety of experts in organic agriculture, including farmers, researchers, policy analysts, and business specialists. There will also be Organic University for people interested in learning what it takes to become a certified organic producer. Tour choices include options to visit Prairie Heritage Farm, Wilcox Family Farms' egg processing facility, and/or Timeless Natural Foods' facility.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health

December 7-8, 2017
Indianapolis, Indiana

This meeting will be a great opportunity to learn recent developments in how cover crops are being used by innovative farmers across the country and gain important insights on improving soil health from producers, conservation leaders, and scientists. The conference is intended for anyone interested in the practical use of cover crops and soil health improvement, including farmers; conservation agents; certified crop advisers and agribusiness staff; and university, nongovernmental organization, and agency representatives. There will be six breakout tracks available for participants to choose from: Basics of Cover Cropping, Advanced Cover Cropping Insights from Farmer Experts, Diving into Soil Health, Cover Crop Role in the Cropping System, Impacts of Cover Crops on Economics/Environment, and Special Topics with Cover Crops and Soil Health.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Food Safety Workshop

December 8, 2017
Streator, Illinois

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) offers an opportunity to learn everything you need to know to meet the new rules laid out in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), especially the Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Food rules.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink New Farmer U

December 8-10, 2017
Streator, Illinois

MOSES and Renewing the Countryside partner with Angelic Organics Learning Center to bring New Farmer U to Illinois. New Farmer U kicks off Friday night with beginning farmer networking opportunities and goes through Sunday. The weekend training includes your choice of 90-minute hands-on workshops and round table discussions, as well as local and organic food, dorm-style lodging, and social networking fun. Saturday's general session includes a panel of regional farmers in their first ten years of farming answering the question, "What would you do differently and keep the same in your first five years?" New Farmer U events also include an exhibit hall of helpful folks with resources and relevant information for beginning farmers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Fearless Farm Finances Workshop

December 8, 2017
Streator, Illinois

This one-day training is based on the book Fearless Farm Finances, by Jody Padgham, MOSES, Dr. Craig Chase, Iowa State University, and Paul Dietmann, Compeer Financial. You'll learn basic farm financial management.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Food & Farm Forum

December 8-9, 2017
Nauvoo, Alabama

Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network presents this conference, with meals incorporating local farm products.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Winter Growing in Unheated Low Tunnels at Roots Farm

December 10, 2017
Tiverton, Rhode Island

In this Winter Growing on-farm workshop from NOFA Rhode Island, Mike and Kelli Roberts will show the winter crops in their low tunnels and moveable high tunnels and discuss crop selection, rotation, planting schedules, and tunnel logistics. This event is free and open to the public.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Produce Safety Workshops in Arkansas

December 11, 2017
Fayetteville, Arkansas

NCAT is collaborating with the Arkansas Agriculture Department and the U of A Division of Agriculture to offer a series of Produce Safety Workshops throughout the state. Each of these one-day workshops will teach you what you need to know about the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and ensure that your farm is compliant with the training requirement under the rule. You will also learn many practical strategies for reducing the food safety risks on your farm. Registration is required.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Value-Added Processing & Certification Webinar

December 11, 2017
Online

Join CCOF for a webinar that reviews requirements for certifying value-added products under the USDA National Organic Program. This webinar is ideal for small- to mid-sized organic farms looking to explore organic certification requirements for their value-added products. Jessie Nichols, senior hander certification specialist at CCOF, will review the requirements for organic growers looking to certify their value-added products--such as jams, salsas, and dried fruit--through the USDA National Organic Program. In addition, she will highlight different avenues for integrating value-added processing into a farming operation, including processing products in a farm kitchen, using a commercial kitchen, or hiring a co-packer. Finally, Nichols will touch on special considerations related to shared commercial kitchens, CSA boxes, as well as simple on-farm processing. In the second half of the webinar, gain the on-farm perspective from Rebecca Courchesne (a.k.a. Chef Becky) from Frog Hollow Farm. Courchesne will share her experience producing a diversity of organic value-added products from Frog Hollow Farm fruit, including conserves, marmalades, and chutneys.

In: Online

 

Permalink Tillage and Residue Management Systems and Impacts on Soil Health in Drylands

December 11, 2017
Online

This webinar is part of a series on Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest. Scientists present timely information aimed at helping farmers and agricultural professionals interpret the results of recent research on dryland cereal systems in the region. This webinar series stems from the new book Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest, a publication of the six-year Regional Approaches to Climate Change (REACCH) project, aimed at increasing the sustainability of dryland farming.

In: Online

 

Permalink Growing Pennsylvania's Organic Farms Annual Conference

December 12-13, 2017
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The GPOF Conference is a collaboration of private, public and government agencies including organic farmers, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture, Rodale Institute, Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO), Organic Valley Dairy, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), GMO Free Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Farm Link. This event supports Northeast and Mid-Atlantic farmers by presenting information on the best organic farming practices currently available.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference

December 12-14, 2017
Manchester, New Hampshire

New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference and Trade Show includes more than 25 educational sessions covering major vegetable, berry, and tree-fruit crops as well as various special topics. A Farmer-to-Farmer meeting after each morning and afternoon session will bring speakers and farmers together for informal, in-depth discussion.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Microbes Every Agronomist Should Know

December 12, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the Soil Health Division of NRCS.

In: Online

 

Permalink High Tunnel Production Intensive

December 13, 2017
Mercer, Pennsylvania

This is a full-day PASA farmer-to-farmer exchange event.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Grower Summit

December 13-14 2017
Monterey, California

Launched by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), the Organic Grower Summit (OGS) will bring organic growers, producers and processors together for two days of education, information and networking opportunities with their production supply chain and support service providers. This year's event features engaging educational sessions, thought-provoking keynote presentations, and an exhibit area.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Illinois Farmer Veteran Meeting

December 13, 2017
Bloomington, Illinois

This quarterly meeting for the Illinois Farmer Veteran's Group offers information regarding programs and resources for veterans who are currently farming and/or part of agri-business, as well as veterans interested in an agri-business career.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink High Tunnel Tomatoes

December 14, 2017
Mercer, Pennsylvania

This is a full-day intensive presented by PASA farmer-to-farmer exchange. Pre-registration is required.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink The Soil Revolution: Digging Deeper

December 14, 2017
Longmont, Colorado

This event invites farmers and ranchers of all scales and production systems to join in digging deeper into the science, benefits, and practical applications of farming for soil health. Third-generation biotic specialty potato farmer Brendon Rockey of Rockey Farms in Center, Colorado, will deliver the keynote address. Brendon's approach focuses on supporting flourishing ecosystems. He will be joined by producers from Boulder County, the State of Colorado, and the southwestern United States. Other soil health experts from the USDA-NRCS and Colorado State University will share their expertise.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Integrated Weed Management and Insect Pests in Dryland Cereal Systems

December 18, 2017
Online

This webinar is part of a series on Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest. Scientists present timely information aimed at helping farmers and agricultural professionals interpret the results of recent research on dryland cereal systems in the region. This webinar series stems from the new book Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest, a publication of the six-year Regional Approaches to Climate Change (REACCH) project, aimed at increasing the sustainability of dryland farming.

In: Online

 

Permalink Growing Staple Crops for Local Markets

December 19, 2017
Joliet, Illinois

Bill Davison and James Theuri (University of Illinois Extension local food systems/small farm educators) will discuss small grains and staples that can grow in backyards or on a larger scale, addressing agronomy, challenges, marketing, and resources available for information. On-going work with beans, oilseeds, hazelnuts, Chinese chestnuts, open-pollinated corn and upland rice will be presented. The local foods movement, and the niche marketing opportunities it affords, have led to producers' renewed interest in growing grains and other staple crops for the local market. Small grains include wheat, buckwheat, oats, rye, sorghum and barley.

In: North Central SARE Region

 


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