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Permalink Neighborhood Farms – For the Good of the All

April 29, 2017
Austin, Texas

Green Gate Farms 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. See what neighborhood organic farmers are doing to maintain land health and profitability while offering healthy, local food all can afford, and learn about the Holistic Management goal setting and decision-making process.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Agroforestry Workshop

April 29, 2017
Gravois Mill, Missouri

The University of Missouri presents the 3rd Annual Agroforestry Workshop at the Allen Project Site located east of Laurie. This outdoor workshop will feature growing ginseng, shiitake mushrooms, and other forest products; forest management; control of invasive species in fields and forests; birds of prey and eagle nest viewing; and glade restoration and management.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Pastured Providence Farm School

April 29-30, 2017
Chillicothe, Ohio

This on-farm short course focuses on equipping both new and seasoned farmers for success in pasture-based animal agriculture. Topics include rotational, management-intensive grazing; business planning and farm finances; and branding and marketing techniques.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Sustainable Pasture-Based Livestock Production and Beekeeping Field Day

April 29, 2017
Selma, Alabama

This free, on-farm field day is hosted by Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension to educate and demonstrate to Extension professionals and livestock producers on developing and managing a year-round pasture system. This field day will be conducted at the farm of a goat- and beekeeper who has been involved in developing year-round pasture and managing the pasture with a rotational grazing system. Participants will be able to see and experience how the livestock production system can be improved and diversified, and how they can apply a similar system on their farms.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Conscious Beekeeping: Practical Organic Approaches for Healthy Bees and Growing Apiaries

April 29, 2017
Chestnut Ridge, New York

This full-day course at the Pfeiffer Center is presented by Bill Day. It looks at what we can do to help our bees thrive and flourish in the present-day environment, considering swarming, when to intervene, increasing your apiary naturally, alternative hive designs, and varroa control.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Battleground to Breaking Ground

April 29, 2017
College Station, Texas

This free one-day workshop is designed for Veterans with or without disabilities, their spouses, small scale producers, and those interested in starting an ag business. The workshop provides education regarding agriculture business ideas and start-up, business plan development, possibilities for farming/ranching with a disability, financial funding sources for farming and ranching, and resources to support agricultural business operations.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink From Dirt to Delicious

April 29, 2017
Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago Law School's Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship presents an opportunity to learn about important legal and non legal issues affecting small food cycle businesses--including composters, farmers, food makers, and restaurateurs. Gain knowledge and relationships that will grow your business.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink IOIA/IOA Basic Organic Livestock Inspection Training

May 1-5, 2017
Coralville, Iowa

IOIA and Iowa Organic Association will cosponsor Crop and Livestock Inspection Trainings in consecutive weeks. Each course includes four days of instruction including a field trip to a certified organic operation, plus ½ day for testing.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Principles of Postharvest Handling and Food Safety

May 1, 2017
Bonner Springs, Kansas

In this afternoon Growing Growers workshop, Dr. Eleni Pliakoni of Kansas State University will discuss the basics of produce quality as well as postharvest handling including harvesting, washing and storage, packaging, and some basic equipment considerations. Presenters will also outline the principles of food safety practices relevant for small-acreage and/or organic growers and provide some general information about Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. Participants will be touring Crum's Heirloom Farm to see their post-harvest handling facilities and what farmers can do on a practical level to incorporate these produce-quality and food-safety principles in their operations.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Farmers Market Sampling Certification--How to Obtain a Certificate

May 1, 2017

These webinars, offered by Illinois Farmers Market Association, are free of cost and open to anyone. Choose between a daytime or evening presentation. Vendors, producers, and farmers market managers discover the steps you will need to acquire a statewide food sampling certificate, valid at any Illinois Farmers Market. Rebecca Osland, Policy Associate at the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, will guide you through the requirements needed to offer product samples safely and legally. The webinar will also preview anticipated rules that will bring greater consistency to markets statewide, and will make sure that the Food Safety Modernization Act is on your radar.

In: Online


Permalink Mitigating Potential Impacts of Neonicotinoid Insecticides on Wetland Ecosystems

May 2, 2017

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. In this webinar, participants will learn about the agricultural uses of neonics, movement through the landscape and into aquatic systems, and demonstrated impacts on beneficial insects, aquatic organisms, and birds. The webinar will also describe measures to mitigate these impacts.

In: Online


Permalink Grass-Fed Beef Conference

May 2-3, 2017
College Station, Texas

Learn about grass-fed beef production from pasture to plate at this conference at Texas A&M University. The conference will cover a broad range of important topics pertaining to grass-fed beef production and is open to both beef producers and consumers. Topics include production systems, forage, herd health, carcass fabrication, and marketing.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Value-Added Meat Marketing Workshop

May 2, 2017
Dickson, Tennessee

University of Tennessee Extension is hosting a workshop for producers who are interested in marketing individual meat cuts or live animals for custom processing. Information will apply to those marketing beef, pork, lamb and goat meat, but will not be relevant to poultry producers. This workshop will address some of the regulatory considerations for producers interested in marketing meat cuts to local customers or selling live animals for custom processing. There is no cost to attend but seating is limited and pre-registration is required.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Farm Finances & Farm Service Agency Assistance Programs

May 2, 2017
Tunica, Mississippi

NCAT and USDA's Farm Service Agency present a free, day-long workshop on farm finances with an introduction to Farm Service Agency assistance programs and assistance in applying for them. All are welcome. Lunch will be provided.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink High Tunnel Vegetable Production Workshop

May 2, 2017
Dubuque, Iowa

Iowa State University Extension is holding this workshop to help extension staff, county horticulturists, local food coordinators, industry representatives, and growers learn to manage common challenges in high tunnels while also discussing new advances in high tunnel production. Topics to be covered include soil management, tomato grafting, insect management, and environmental control. A visit to a working high tunnel is also part of the workshop. Ajay Nair, assistant professor of horticulture and extension vegetable production specialist will lead the free, day-long workshop along with Joe Hannan, commercial horticulture specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach; Donald Lewis, professor and extension entomologist; and Kristine Neu, graduate assistant in horticulture.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Lomax Farm Field Day

May 2, 2017
Concord, North Carolina

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association offers this technical field day for farmers and ag professionals. Sessions will highlight greenhouses, grafted tomato research, GAPs, cover crops, local food systems, and growing hops.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Empowering Women Veterans: Business, Agriculture and Well-Being Conference

May 3-5, 2017
Santa Rosa, California

Farmer Veteran Coalition announces a conference with the goal of equipping women veterans with the business and farming tools necessary to be successful in their agricultural endeavors. The conference, which is open to all active duty and veteran women, as well as women who farm with veterans, will feature a farm tour highlighting livestock, vegetable, and vinicultural production, in addition to educational workshops and presentations given by women veterans, women in agriculture, and other experts.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Strawberry Tour

May 4, 2017
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

This event begins at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and goes to Mustang, Oklahoma, to visit three different berry farms there.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink New Generation Symposium

May 4-6, 2017
Houston, Texas

National Women In Agriculture Association's 7th Innovative Agriculture Empowerment Conference focuses this year on Growing Character, Health, and Income from the Ground Up. The agenda includes sessions on enhancement and environmental education for beginning and small farmers, as well as a Women In Ag. Farm Tour highlighting beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers projects, including an international agriculture education tour.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Agricultural Decision Tools from the Cornell Climate Smart Farming Program and the Network for Environment and Weather Applications

May 4, 2017

This free, one-hour webinar is sponsored by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub. This session will be two-fold, covering weather-based decision support tools for Integrated Pest Management and crop management on the Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA) website ( and climate decision-making tools for agriculture on the Cornell Climate Smart Farming (CSF) Program website. Attendees will see the tools in action during demos, will have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss tool uses, and provide feedback to the presenters on the tools during the webinar.

In: Online


Permalink MarketReady Producer Training Program

May 4, 2017
Hammond, Louisiana

LSU Ag Center is offering these trainings across Louisiana. The MarketReady Producer Training Program is for those interested in selling products to restaurants, grocers/wholesalers/retailers, and schools/institutions. MarketReady provides professional marketing education to improve sales relationships and get you up to speed with the latest local food programs and resources.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Planting and Transplanting for Growing Biological Systems

May 4, 2017
Somerville, Massachusetts

This evening NOFA Massachusetts workshop is presented by Dan Kittredge, Bionutrient Food Association, and held at Ground Work Location. Prepare the soil well and create the environment for your seedlings to thrive. With a few simple practices and good systems, weeding, pests and disease can be dramatically reduced while your crops thrive.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Getting Started Holistic Land Planning Course Online

May 4 - June 8, 2017, Thursdays

In this weekly, online course from HMI, you will learn how to integrate key land-planning principles and practices to improve land or infrastructure investment and implementation strategies. This land planning will help you explore key infrastructure/land improvement projects and know how to prioritize investments. You'll address management considerations, develop land-plan options, and explore tool options and the return on investment. Learn how to integrate these land planning options with your financial or business planning to strategically expand your business.

In: Online


Permalink The Adaptation Workbook - Building Your Climate Adaptation Plan

May 4, 2017

A collaboration between the Climate Learning Network and the Climate Science Initiative, this one-hour webinar provides an overview of the Adaptation Workbook, an online, interactive, and practical workbook that helps land managers develop their own custom built climate change adaptation plans ( The presentation will include a background on the concepts behind the Adaptation Workbook process, a tour of the Adaptation Workbook website, and a few examples to illustrate how this tool is being used in the real world.

In: Online


Permalink Agroforestry and NRCS Programs in the Northeast

May 5, 2017

This one-hour webinar form Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Agroforestry features NY NRCS's State Staff Forester Michael Fournier. He will cover NRCS's current planning policy and procedures, agroforestry systems and conservation practice standards, and an explanation of how the program enrollment process works in New York.

In: Online


Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

May 6-7, 2017
Asheville, North Carolina

This event offers more than 150 workshops on topics including animal husbandry, real food, and modern homesteading. Keynote speakers include Dan Chiras, Joel Salatin, and Trad Cotter. There will also be regional and national vendors that feature sustainable lifestyle products and services. The Power of Poultry is a one-and-a-half day event right before the Asheville FAIR that will allow attendees to dive in with instructors and chicken experts for a jam-packed program with workshop topics that include choosing species, basic husbandry skills, managing laying and breeding flocks, infrastructure and predator proofing, and bird health and behavior.

In: Online


Permalink Women in Farming Workshop

May 6, 2016
Walton, Kansas

The Kansas Rural Center (KRC) will sponsor an all-day, women-only workshop and farm tour. The workshop will include a morning presentation on local food initiatives around the state and information on financial tools and financing options. The afternoon session will include a presentation on soil health and soil testing, as well as a tour of Morning Harvest Farm.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Purdue's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Tour: Nightfall Farm

May 8, 2017
Crothersville, Indiana

This event is part of a 10-tour summer series organized by Purdue Extension as part of Purdue's Indiana Beginning Farmers program. Nightfall Farm uses rotational grazing to raise animals on pasture. Learn about regenerative agriculture and their experiences developing a meat CSA. Tour space is limited; registration is required.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Organic Agriculture and Certification Workshops

May 8 or 9, 2017
Brookhaven or Philadelphia, Mississippi

These free educational sessions are part of a participatory research study being conducted by the FAMU Statewide Small Farm Program and the Alcorn SDFR Policy Research Center to enable SDFRs access, participation, and promote policies that encourage success in the USDA Farm Bill. These workshops will provide information on organic agriculture, organic production, USDA Cost-Share and other programs that can help. The workshops also offer technical assistance with your application for USDA organic certification, and 100% of application costs will be paid by the project. Pre-registration is required.
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In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Pest Management from an Ecological Framework

May 9, 2017

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by NRCS Soil Health Division. The webinar will focus on ecological management of agricultural pests (insects and slugs), and it will emphasize the importance of pairing soil health practices with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to ensure that gains in soil health are not degraded by unnecessary pesticide use. Incorporating IPM alongside other soil health practices maximizes the potential for farm fields to better withstand pest invasion while diminishing the potential for pesticides to degrade benefits provided by soil health practices.

In: Online




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