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Permalink Starting a Cattle Operation with Contract Grazing

September 3, 2015
Norway and Amana, Iowa

This event is presented by Practical Farmers of Iowa, Iowa County Farm Bureau, and Price Creek Watershed. The afternoon will showcase a variety of ideas, options, and solutions that have been put into practice with cattle and conservation in mind. The tour of two farms will provide insight into planning the infrastructure to support a grazing operation. A water quality project, beef handling facilities, and cover crops will be highlights.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink High Tunnel Build at Prairie Sky Farm

September 3-4, 2015
Bridgewater, Iowa

During this two-day, hands-on workshop from Practical Farmers of Iowa, attendees will learn all the steps to building a high tunnel. The workshop will start with post-pounding, and finish with a 72-by-30-foot Four Season Tools high tunnel ready for use at Prairie Sky Farm.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production: Soil Quality and Management

September 3, 2015
Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

This event is part of Penn State Extension's Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production, a course for people planning to make the leap from vegetable gardening to production for profit and beginning organic vegetable producers who are ready to refine their techniques in order to optimize their production and profit. The agenda includes a tour of the farm and a soil quality demonstration covering soil texture, aggregate stability, water-holding capacity, soil biology, assessing soils on your farm, cover crops, and compost.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Soil Health Field Day: Building Better Soils With Cover Crops

September 3, 2015
Schoharie, New York

Cornell Cooperative Extension and partners are hosting this field day with keynote speaker Ray Archuleta. The program of speakers, demonstrations, and cover crop plots is designed for all farms including livestock, dairy, row crop and vegetable farms. The field day will feature soil health demonstrations as well as guided tours of over 35 plots of warm and cool season cover crops species.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Beginning a Successful Small Farm Short Course, Part II

September 3 - October 15, 2015
Frederick, Maryland

Everyone is invited to participate in the upcoming short course series, Beginning a Successful Small Farm, Part II, to be held six Thursday evenings. This short course series is being presented by University of Maryland Extension and is designed to provide the basic knowledge needed by new farmers as they begin the process of starting their new farming operation, or are just trying to improve their farming skills.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Adaptive Grazing Farm Tour: Taking Soil to the Next Level

September 4-5, 2015
Tionesta, Pennsylvania

Headwaters RC&D Council presents this pasture walk and grazing field day at Wilson Land & Cattle Co. Speakers include Greg Bran, multi-species grazier and NRCS Grazing Land & Soil Health Specialist and Russ Wilson, multi-species grazier and owner of Wilson Land & Cattle Co. The field day will take an in-depth look at how adaptive grazing management techniques can reduce costs, increase production, and improve the land, using healthy soils as a basis for success.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Farm Business Management

September 5, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri

This half-day workshop is part of the Growing Growers workshop series.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Field Day to Evaluate Organic Variety Trials

September 6, 2015
Columbiaville, Caro, Mt. Pleasant, Alma, and Ithaca, Michigan

Michigan State University Extension offers an opportunity to evaluate several organic variety trials. More than 50 non-GMO soybeans, 36 black and navy beans, and nearly a dozen corn varieties are being compared under organic production systems. Join other organic producers to view and voice your preference about characteristics that are desirable for you. Participants may attend for the whole day, or any of the seven stops.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Livestock Water Development & Electric Fencing

September 8, 2015
Salina, Kansas

Mark Green, NRCS specialist from Missouri, will return to Kansas to offer his popular workshop on electric fencing and livestock watering options for all species of livestock. Green will explain electric fence products, the pros and cons of various materials used in electric fence construction, and installation techniques. He will also cover livestock watering topics, water distribution for improved grazing distribution, permanent and portable tanks, above and below ground pipeline, and water sources—wells, streams, springs, and ponds.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Integrating Cash Crops, Cover Crops and Livestock

September 8, 2015
Bedford, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day will take place at Paul and Nancy Ackley's farm. Learn about how the wheat + cover mix + grazing is a soil-builder that has also reduced P and K applications and herbicide use. Doug Peterson, with the State Soil Health Conservation in Gallatin, Missouri, will be a featured speaker.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink UW Organic Vegetable Field Day

September 8, 2015
Verona, Wisconsin

At this University of Wisconsin field day at West Madison Agricultural Research Station, scientists will share the results of vegetable variety trials for organic systems, including tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, sweet corn, beets, peppers, squash, cabbage and kale. The event includes a tour the station’s 10+ acres of certified organic land and a vegetable flavor evaluation.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink The National Heirloom Expo

September 8-10, 2015
Santa Rosa, California

Dubbed "The World's Pure Food Fair," this event is a massive assembly of pure food enthusiasts, talented home gardeners, farmers, school groups, and leaders in the food industry. It includes speakers, demonstrations, displays, music, contests, and vendors.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Use of NRCS Conservation Practice Standards and Specifications

September 9, 2015

This webinar is a review of the purpose and structure of NRCS conservation practice standards. Participants will learn to use NRCS conservation practice standards to support the NRCS conservation planning process. The presenter will discuss documenting the specifications of how an NRCS conservation practice standard is locally applied in a conservation plan. This one-and-a-half hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS Central National Technology Support Center beginning at 2 pm Eastern.

In: Online


Permalink From Seed to Market: Profitable Small-Scale Vegetable Farming

September 9, 2015
Mount Vernon, Washington

In this full-day Tilth Producers of Washington workshop, Andy Ross of Skagit Flats Farm will share the ins-and-outs of operating a successful small-scale vegetable farm, from planting seed through selling to markets. Andy thinks there are lots of romantic notions about small-scale farming but he has found that operating a small farm can be a profitable, respectable vocation – even without a farming background.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Food Safety Training for the Organic Grower or Handler - Bakersfield

September 9-10, 2015
Bakersfield, California

This CCOF course is designed for growers and handlers who are new to Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Food Safety, staff members who need training in food safety, and organic professionals needing to update and improve their food safety program and/or documentation. Participants will learn the key elements in a food safety plan, how to create a food safety plan, and how to successfully host a food safety audit. The course will include a lecture, individualized instruction, sample food safety documents to use in your plan, and small group activities.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Graze for Green--Managing for Fall Pasture

September 9, 2015
Leaf River, Illinois

Join specialists from University of Illinois Extension and Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service for a workshop and pasture walk on grazing management for fall pasture. The classroom portion of the event covers fundamentals of grazing management, season extension, fencing and watering, and utilizing woodland pasture. During the pasture walk at Dietrich Ranch, Dan and Erin Dietrich will discuss management-intensive and contract grazing, high stock density grazing, optimizing a grazing system for diversified livestock species, and selling identity-preserved products through niche markets.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Enterprise Budgets and Basic Accounting

September 9, 2015
Pocantico Hills, New York

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture hosts this free workshop. Longtime organic farmer Richard Wiswall will demystify production costs for various farm ventures and show which ones are making money or not. This group working session will simplify and enlighten the process of determining profitability for any of your farm endeavors.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink NOP Organic Crop Standards Webinar

September 9 and 11, 2015

IOIA's NOP Organic Crop Standards webinar is a 100-level course designed to prepare participants to verify compliance with the NOP Crop Standards. This webinar training course will focus on topics including the National List of allowed synthetic and prohibited natural inputs for crop production. Participants will also gain skill in understanding and navigating the NOP regulations. This webinar will be given in two sessions, on two dates, each three hours long. Enrollment is limited.

In: Online


Permalink MOSES Organic Field Day: Standard Process

September 10, 2015
Palmyra, Wisconsin

Tour the 450-acre certified organic farm where Standard Process grows the pure ingredients for its whole food supplements. Farm Manager Christine Mason will discuss using cover crops to enhance large-scale production of vegetables, field crops and forages, on-farm composting, and weed control.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Organic Growers School Harvest Conference

September 11-12, 2015
Swannanoa, North Carolina

Organic Growers School presents the second Harvest Conference, with a focus on the fall growing season, harvesting, canning, growing, gardening, energy, cooking and more. Friday features a wide selection of whole- and half-day pre-conference workshops on topics such as mushrooms, beekeeping, and wild food. Saturday offers 26 workshop classes in seven tracks.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Ventura County Agricultural Summit

September 11, 2015
Camarillo, California

County of Ventura Agricultural Commissioner Henry S. Gonzales hosts this event. The Summit will feature speakers and panelists discussing water, distribution, and positive economic impact from agriculture. In addition to the summit, there will be a Taste of Local Expo featuring chefs who source locally, wineries, brewers, distillers, purveyors, farmers, and vendors who support the agricultural industry in Ventura County.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink California Multi-Species Grazing/Browsing Academy

September 11-13, 2015
Auburn, California

This Academy is a unique and exciting program emphasizing the practical application of controlled grazing/browsing principles to improve the environment and increase ranch profit. This challenging course consists of a minimum of lecture and a maximum of hands-on experience. Participants learn by actually applying the principles taught in the range and pasture with live animals.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Small Farm School

September 12, 2015
Oregon City, Oregon

Small Farm School is a full-day event with hands-on and classroom workshops for beginning farmer and small-acreage rural landowners. It is presented by OSU Extension in cooperation with Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District and Clackamas Community College. Workshops in four tracks deal with land and livestock management, production, and business planning.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink One-Day Holistic Management Workshop

September 12, 2015
Nevada County, California

Jefferson Center for Holistic Management presents this one-day workshop at the Robinson Ranch for hands-on experience with holistic management. The Holistic Management modules--grazing planning, financial planning, land planning, and biological monitoring-- are covered. Attendees will practice writing a holistic context, testing decisions holistically, and learning to observe the land and see ecosystem processes.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink HMI Open Gate Learning Day: Barking Cat Farm

September 12, 2015
West Tawakoni, Texas

Open Gate on-farm learning days consist of farm/ranch days held on the land and hosted by an experienced Holistic Management practitioner. Each event features numerous innovative and sustainable agricultural topics and practices and a chance to network. This event focuses on Minimizing Water Use in Organic Farming.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Trying New Things: Cover Crops, Organic and Livestock

September 12, 2015
Charles City, Iowa

Come to this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day to learn about Wendy Johnson's return to her family farm and the crop-livestock enterprises she is trying. She’ll discuss her use of cover crops; how she is transitioning a portion of the crop acres to organic production; and integrating livestock into the system, raising sheep, hogs, and chickens on pasture.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Small Scale Crop Producers Event

September 12, 2015
Caldwell, Texas

Sam Houston State University and Texas Department of Agriculture are providing an event in alternative agriculture that will highlight topics identified as those of interest to producers through previous survey research in the state of Texas. The agenda includes a Continuing Education Unit in Integrated Pest Management and a tour of Royalty Pecan Farms by owner Mike Adams.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Accessing Land as Beginning Vegetable Farmers

September 14, 2015
Ridgefield, Washington

In this Tilth Producers of Washington farm walk, hear from beginning vegetable farmers at Quackenbush Farm about their journey to accessing land and developing outlets for direct market sales.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Growing Cranberries & Bog Tour Twilight Workshop

September 14, 2015
Acushnet, Massachusetts

At this SEMAP twilight workshop, learn how Scott & Joanne Harding grow their delicious cranberries at Stone Bridge Farm. Both water harvesting equipment and dry harvest equipment will be on display.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Specialty Hybrid Corn for Food and Feed

September 15, 2015
Luther, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa morning field day visits Alix and Mary Jane Paez at Genetic Enterprises International, a corn-breeding company that develops hybrid dent corn and hybrid specialty corn for food and feed. Come hear and learn from various experts in the field of specialty corn, see visual displays of products, and enjoy a field tour followed by a meal made using specialty corn hybrids.

In: North Central SARE Region




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