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Permalink Agricultural Composting Resources & Education Series

April 3 and 10, 2015
Aurora, Oregon

ACRES is co-sponsored by OSU Extension and Clackamas County SWCD. The course is designed for agricultural professionals and on-farm composters. On April 3 with a small team you will build a compost pile using a wide variety of materials, then on April 10 you will evaluate the performance of your pile. You will also learn about compost area siting and design, handling different materials, turned windrows and aerated static piles, composting equipment and on-farm composting, calculating C/N ratios, estimating moisture content and bulk density, environmental protection and composting regulations, compost nutrient content, compost application, and improving soil with compost.

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Permalink All About Berries: Blueberries and Cane Berries in the Home Garden and Small Farm

April 4, 2015
Santa Cruz, California

Learn the basics of selecting, planting, and caring for blueberries and cane berries (blackberries, raspberries, etc.) in the home garden and small farm from Matthew Sutton of Orchard Keepers. This workshop takes place at the UCSC Farm.

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Permalink Raising Livestock on a Few Acres

April 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2015
Ocala, Florida

This program series from University of Florida IFAS Extension will present options on how to raise livestock on a few acres. Learn in four different sessions about raising sheep and goats, rabbits and chickens, horses, and freezer beef.

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Permalink Growing Farm to School in Iowa Workshop

April 6, 2015
Council Bluffs, Iowa

This is one of three planned workshops that will highlight practical examples of farm to school in action and provide resources tailored to Iowa. Topics will include connecting school gardens to the lunchroom, classroom, and community; working with farmers and food hubs to bring local fresh food to school cafeterias; increasing knowledge of food safety guidelines; and cultivating a strong network of stakeholders in farm to school activities. Space is limited and registration is required.

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Permalink New England Farm to Institution Summit

April 7-9, 2015
Amherst, Massachusetts

The 2015 Farm to Institution Summit will bring together leaders from New England who are working to increase use of regionally grown food by schools, colleges and health care facilities. The event will convene representatives from institutional facilities, along with their food supply chain partners and farm to institution advocates, to maximize collective impact and overcome challenges to buying more local food. The conference will feature three sector-specific forums for farm to school, farm to college and farm to health care, plus a full day of cross-sector workshops, sessions, speakers, activities and more.

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Permalink Farminar: Attract Customers through Fiber & Education

April 7, 2015

Farminars are a virtual field day from Pennsylvania Women's Agricultural Network. PA-WAgN 2015 Specialty Mentor Terri Kinka of Golden Glen Alpacas will discuss methods to break into the niche market of alpacas. She will review the fiber qualities and value-added aspects of this unique animal and review the characteristics of several breeds. Terri will discuss how she builds knowledge and attracts customers to her farm through educational tours to the community.

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Permalink National Extension Energy Summit

April 7-10, 2015
Seattle, Washington

The National Extension Energy Summit (NEES) 2015 is an opportunity for Extension professionals to share experiences and information, learn from successes and challenges, and build new partnerships for energy programs. The Summit will bring together expertise from Extension supporting: sustainable and renewable energy, home and farm energy efficiency, biomass energy programs, and other exciting energy areas.

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Permalink Reduced Tillage in Organic Specialty Crop Systems

April 7, 2015

Participate to learn about research aimed at methods to improve soil health by minimizing tillage in organic vegetable systems. In the Understanding Organic Agriculture series, this webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. The presenter will describe current research at Washington State University that is exploring methods to address a significant soil health challenge in vegetable production - tillage. The discussion of methods to reduce tillage in organic specialty crop systems will include cover strip tillage, the use of a roller crimper, and the role of cover crops. Research findings compare the impacts of different techniques in terms of compaction, water infiltration, soil respiration, and other factors.

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Permalink Farming in the City: Land, Laws, and Community

April 8, 2015
Baltimore, Maryland

This evening workshop is part of the three-session Cultivate Baltimore urban agriculture series. This session features Abby Cocke of the Baltimore City Office of Sustainability, Becky Witt of the Community Law Center, and Gail Taylor of Three Part Harmony Farm.

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Permalink California Agritourism Summit

April 8, 2015
Woodland, California

This one-day Agritourism Summit will connect agritourism operators, organizers, regulators, educators, and tourism professionals throughout California with each other. Participants will learn from each other and together plan the future for California agritourism.

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Permalink Targeted Grazing Online Workshops: Diet Selection Basics

April 9, 2015

This workshop is part of a series of online presentations and discussions led by experts on the topic of targeted grazing and made possible by the Targeted Grazing Committee of the Society for Range Management. This session is presented by Dr. Karen Launchbaugh, University of Idaho.

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Permalink Wyoming Farmers Marketing Association Annual Conference

April 9-11, 2015
Casper, Wyoming

The Wyoming Farmers Marketing Association, University of Wyoming Extension, Wyoming Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops, and University of Nebraska Extension are presenting a two-day GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) workshop, followed by the Wyoming Farmers Marketing Association Annual Conference and Business meeting. The WFMA conference will include a keynote speaker followed by two sessions of one-hour topics.

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Permalink Texas Drought and Disaster Assistance Programs Webinar

April 9, 2015

This webinar features experts from the Farm Service Agency, Farmers Legal Action Group, and Rural Advancement Foundation International. Farmers and ranchers, ag trade associations, ag lenders, equipment dealers, AgriLife Extension agents, educators, nonprofits, agency staff, and policymakers should attend to learn more about drought and disaster programs available to assist farmers. Webinar sponsors are Farm Aid, NCAT, and Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association.

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Permalink Farmer Strategies for Working Together

April 9 or 10, 2015
Plattsburgh, Canton and Burrville, New York

Cornell Cooperative Extension will hold a workshop in three locations to help farmers develop formal partnerships, cooperatives, and corporations. The workshop agenda features Bobbie Severson of the Cooperative Enterprise Program of the Cornell Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, as well as panels of three farmers explaining their experiences with working together and the pro and cons of their particular systems.

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Permalink Woody Agriculture: Theory and Hazelnut Practices

April 10-13, 2015
Lanesboro, Minnesota

Badgersett Research Corporation offers its annual short course on woody agriculture, including two days of classes followed by an on-farm class/tour. The newest research results will be presented.

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Permalink Beginning Farming Academy

April 10-11, 2015
Auburn, California

UC Cooperative Extension Placer/Nevada offers a two-day intensive introduction to starting a small commercial farm or ranch. Learn about assessing your resources and choosing products, the basics of market-driven farming and basic economic tools. You will finish with an action plan for jump-starting your operation. This workshop does not address production practices, but focuses on market, business, and economic planning for small farms.

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Permalink Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference

April 10-11, 2015
Grand Rapids, Michigan

The conference will feature separate basic and advanced sessions for hop growers as well as a barley session and malting tour. It is designed for both growers and brewers. Several prominent speakers from around the country will be on hand to discuss market outlook, horticultural practices, pest and disease control, harvest and post-harvest practices, nutrient management, and much more.

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Permalink Agroforestry Workshop

April 11, 2015
Gravois Mill, Missouri

The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri presents this day-long agroforestry workshop. It will address mushroom culture, pine straw production, tree nut production, timber stand improvement, grass management, wildlife habitat, alley cropping, and forest farming practices.

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Permalink Eat Local & Organic Expo

April 11, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri

Join Kansas City Food Circle at their 17th annual exhibition of farmers. This is the second of two dates for the event. Meet and buy directly from some of the best local, organic, and free-range farmers in the area. There will also be workshops and CSA information.

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Permalink Growing Your Community Food System "From the Ground Up" Workshop

April 11-12, 2015
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Growing Power's "From the Ground Up" Workshops are intensive, hands-on trainings offering diverse groups the opportunity to learn, plan, develop, operate, and sustain community food projects. Project participants leave the workshop with improved skills that they can take back into their communities and pass on to others. These workshops are for both rural and urban projects.

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Permalink Building and Managing Healthy Soils

April 11, 2015
Olathe, Kansas

This event is part of the Growing Growers monthly workshop series that seeks to help new and existing growers increase production of local food.

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Permalink Orchard Crops Establishment and Management

April 11, 2015
Iowa City, Iowa

Are you a farmer looking to diversify your production and break into the lucrative orchard crop market? Backyard Abundance will delve deep into the principles of edible agroforestry and examine how to manage a landscape of any size or setting so it yields fruits, nuts, berries, vegetables, mushrooms, and herbs. The morning consists of an engaging classroom session with expert presenters. In the afternoon, the class will move outdoors for some hands-on instruction at the newly established edible forest in Wetherby Park.

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Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

April 11-12, 2015
Asheville, North Carolina

This event will feature more than 150 practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops, as well as hundreds of regional and national vendors that feature sustainable lifestyle products and services. Topic areas include modern homesteading, real food, and animal husbandry. Notable speakers include Joel Salatin, cheesemaker Claudia Lucero, market gardener Pam Dawling, and renewable energy expert Richard Freudenberger.

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Permalink Grafting Fruit Trees

April 11, 2015
Unity or Mount Desert, Maine

This event is part of MOFGA's Organic Orcharding series. Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties through grafting.

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Permalink Philly Farm & Food Fest

April 12, 2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Fair Food Philly and PASA teamed up to create this new annual marketplace for farmers and local food producers. Fest is a one-day event that promises to inspire and connect consumers, farmers, and food artisans in the region. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste hundreds of delicious samples of local food and find new ways to buy, cook, grow and share local food every day!

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Permalink Adding Fruit Crops to Your CSA

April 13, 2015
Heiskell, Tennessee

This afternoon workshop at Mountain Meadows Farm continues the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s six-part series, "Are You Ready to Start a CSA?" This workshop will introduce participants to considerations for small- and tree-fruit production.

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Permalink AgrAbility National Training Workshop

April 13-16, 2015
Rochester, New York

The AgrAbility National Training Workshop is the premier training event addressing issues of disability in agriculture. The event will feature pre-conference sessions, numerous tours, speakers, and breakout sessions.

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Permalink The Relevance of Soil Biology in Assessing Fertility and Soil Health

April 14, 2015

Participants in this webinar will learn how soil biology directly and indirectly influences crop growth and nutrient cycling, along with methods for measuring biological activity in soil and interpreting soil respiration to understand nutrient availability. In the Soil Health and Sustainability series, this webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. The presentation will be given by Will Brinton, Ph.D., Director, Woods End Laboratories.

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Permalink Anaerobic Digestion Bioenergy Field Day

April 14, 2015
Monroe, Washington

On-site generation of energy and soil enhancements from organic waste will be demonstrated at a free WSU Extension field day at Willie Green’s Organic Farm. Owners and managers of restaurants, cafeterias, breweries, distilleries, wineries and horse, livestock, and crop farms will learn to reduce the environmental footprint of their operations while generating renewable energy, organic fertilizer, and other beneficial inputs. Space is limited and RSVP is required.

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Permalink Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit

April 14-16, 2015
Green Bay, Wisconsin

Join the Intertribal Agricultural Council for networking sessions, hands-on workshops, tours, and more, all focused on Great Lakes Tribal food production, marketing, and access.

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