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Permalink Beginning Farmer Tour for U.S. Military Veterans

May 1, 2016
Camden, Indiana

Purdue University's Beginning Farmer and Rancher program is offering a daylong informational program for active military members and veterans who are new to farming or considering a career in agriculture. Topics include the principles of permaculture and rotational grazing. Following the workshop, participants will tour Freebird Farm & Homestead, a highly diversified, veteran-owned farm producing pasture-raised chickens, sheep and goats using environmentally friendly agricultural practices.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Virginia Grazing School

May 2-3, 2016
Raphine, Virginia

Virginia Forage and Grassland Council presents an event designed with beginning and experienced producers in mind. This two-day, intensive course will teach you everything you need to know to better manage grazing on your farm. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to work with grazing tools, try out fencing materials, and practice allocating pasture to livestock. The last day of the school features a workshop where you can sit down with the instructors to begin developing a custom grazing plan. Course is limited to 30.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Hidden View Pasture Walk

May 2, 2016
Fresno, Ohio

Attend this pasture walk presented by Advancing Eco Agriculture to see how Ervin Barkman at Hidden View Farms operates a 100% grass fed organic dairy. Attend this pasture walk to learn and discuss grazing practices with Ervin Barkman and experienced crop advisors, David Miller and John Kempf from AEA. The group will discuss the impact of soil biology on forage quality and herd nutrition.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Recordkeeping for Organics: Tips, Tricks & Questions Answered

May 3, 2016
Online

This webinar from Oregon Tilth will help producers understand what records are required to apply for organic certification. The webinar will also share “sound and sensible” recordkeeping practices that producers can implement to demonstrate organic compliance to inspectors and certifiers. The webinar will conclude with a question and answer session. It begins at noon Pacific Time.

In: Online

 

Permalink Exploring the Small Farm Dream

May 3, 10, and 17, 2016
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

If you are thinking about starting a farm, this course is designed for you. This includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other employment, changing careers to start a farm, and/or developing an existing but informal farming pastime into a more serious business activity. In three evening sessions, participants will discuss current opportunities in small-scale agriculture, explore objectives, assess personal and financial resources, conduct preliminary market research, and develop an action plan for pursuing their interests in food and farming.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink FAMACHA Scoring--Diagnosing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants

May 3, 2016
Cold Spring, New York

Glynwood offers this afternoon FAMACHA workshop as part of its Farm Skills series. Cornell Cooperative Extension's Ulster County Livestock Resources Educator Jason Detzel will review the criteria and general usage of the system and then lead a practice on some of Glynwood's animals.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Lomax Farm Field Day

May 3, 2016
Concord, North Carolina

Lomax incubator farm is the only certified organic incubator farm in the Southeast. At the first annual field day, two tracks will provide learning, networking and touring opportunities for farmers, ag professionals, and friends of the incubator farm. The Technical Field Day For Farmers & Ag Professionals offers five morning workshops and two afternoon intensives.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink California Farm Demonstration Network Farm Visits

May 4, 2016
Firebaugh, California

The California Farm Demonstration Network (CFDN) is hosting a series of farm visits for agricultural producers during the months of May and June that will demonstrate how long-term goals for healthy soil are being achieved at each farm—without compromising production. Farmers using various soil health practices (such as cover crops, conservation tillage and more) will discuss their soil health management systems and experiences. Network partners, including representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, UC Cooperative Extension, Resource Conservation Districts and other partners will also be on hand to explain monitoring and evaluation work being done on the farms. The first farm visit begins at 10 a.m. at Lone Willow Ranch.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Strategies to Mitigate the Effects of Sea Level Rise and Saltwater Intrusion on Cropland

May 5, 2016
Online

This is a free, one-hour webinar from NRCS East National Technology Support Center. In the Mid-Atlantic States, agricultural producers near coastal areas are more frequently dealing with salt water flooding from coastal storms. This training will expose participants to several short-term and viable longer-term practices to deal with this issue. Some methods to be discussed include adding appropriate soil amendments, implementing possible cultivation techniques, establishing riparian buffers, and selecting alternative salt-adapted crops and conservation plantings. The webinar begins at 11 a.m. Eastern.

In: Online

 

Permalink Mob Grazing School

May 5-7, 2016
Clark, Missouri

Greg Judy and Ian Mitchell Innes are teaming up at Judy Farms for their annual spring Mob Grazing School. Greg and Ian will be covering all the critically important steps in implementing high density planned grazing.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Women Conserving Tomorrow’s Resources: Spring Soil Health Workshop

May 5, 2016
Moscow, Idaho

Palouse Conservation District, Rural Roots, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services, University of Idaho Extension, Whitman Conservation District, Women Farms & Food, and Washington State University Extension present a workshop geared toward women landowners and producers who would like to learn more about principles and best practices for improving soil health. The workshop will cover grazing management, how to conduct an online web soil survey of your land, and a soil health test demonstration. It will have an in-class workshop during the morning session, followed by in-the-field tours of two local farms.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Value-Added Producer Grant Webinar

May 6, 2016
Online

USDA Rural Business Cooperative Service and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition are hosting a webinar on the Value-Added Producer Grant Program. Agricultural producers, producer entities, and other organizations that can assist in developing VAPG applications are encouraged to attend. The webinar begins at 2 p.m. Eastern. The access code is 9268341.

In: Online

 

Permalink UC Davis Bee Symposium

May 7, 2016
Davis, California

The daylong symposium, themed "Keeping Bees Healthy," is open to the public. Keynote speakers are Yves Le Conte, director of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, Paris, and Dennis vanEnglesdorp, professor of entomology at the University of Maryland, College Park.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Battleground to Breaking Ground: A Transitional Journey

May 7, 2016
College Station, Texas

Texas AgrAbility offers this free workshop for veterans and others who want to start farming or ranching or improve their agricultural operation. Learn about niche marketing, developing your business plan, and resources for technical and financial assistance. Network with fellow veterans and beginning farmers and ranchers.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Nut Tree Grafting Workshop

May 7, 2016
Asheville, North Carolina

This Nut Tree Grafting Workshop is grant-funded by the NC Department of Agriculture. It is a collaborative effort among UNC Asheville, Whole Tree Permaculture, the Roots Foundation, and the Nutty Buddy Collective, targeting small farmers seeking to utilize marginalized lands, increase profits, and diversify their crops. The workshop will begin with a discussion of permaculture design principles and ethics then take a look at forest gardening, laying the foundation for the basic principles and practices of grafting. Learn about scionwood, rootstocks, and various grafting techniques, and get hands-on with grafting hickories, black walnuts, and sweet oaks.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Vendor-101 Farmers Market Workshop

May 9, 2016
San Diego, California

Learn how to take your crop, product, or idea and become a farmers market success story. Experienced market managers and other professionals will answer your questions regarding packaging, labeling, branding, insurance, and more.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink California Farm Demonstration Network Farm Visit

May 10, 2016
Dixon, California

The California Farm Demonstration Network (CFDN) is hosting a series of farm visits for agricultural producers during the months of May and June that will demonstrate how long-term goals for healthy soil are being achieved at each farm—without compromising production. Farmers using various soil health practices (such as cover crops, conservation tillage and more) will discuss their soil health management systems and experiences. Network partners, including representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, UC Cooperative Extension, Resource Conservation Districts and other partners will also be on hand to explain monitoring and evaluation work being done on the farms. This visit to Bar-Vee Dairy North Ranch Dryland Cropping Site begins at 10 a.m.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Integrating Warm Season Annuals into Cool Season Perennial Grazing Systems

May 10, 2016
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the Soil Health Division of NRCS. It will focus on selecting summer annuals with the highest forage quality for grazing. It will also cover grazing management to maximize weight gains while improving soil function, e.g. nutrient and water cycles and the benefits of “stockpiling” forage for use in summer or winter. The presenter is Dave Wilson, Research Agronomist, with King's AgriSeeds Inc.

In: Online

 

Permalink Women Caring for the Land: Soil Health

May 11, 2016
Windom, Minnesota

Renewing the Countryside invites women farmland owners to a free workshop designed to provide information on conservation options and connect you with local resources, as well as introduce you to other women landowners. The morning schedule includes introductions to each other, to conservation professionals, and to local programs and resources. After lunch, hop on a bus and visit some local farms to see how they are "caring for the land."

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Supplementing the Organic Dairy Herd with Flaxseed

May 12, 2016
Online

Join eOrganic for a webinar focused on research that is evaluating flaxseed as a feed supplement to the organic dairy herd. In this webinar, Drs. Andre Brito and Heather Darby describe some results of a multi-state project that has been exploring how organic dairy farmers in the Northeast can enhance farm profitability by extending the grazing season and adding value to milk through feed supplementation. Dr. Darby will start the webinar by sharing results of field trials she’s conducted in northern Vermont looking at the performance of flax varieties, planting dates, and weed management. Dr. Brito will then describe his work on feeding flaxseed to organic dairy cows. The webinar is free and open to the public; it begins at 2 p.m. Eastern. Advance registration is required.

In: Online

 

Permalink Growing Food Businesses: Opportunities Under Montana's New Food Law

May 12, 2016
Kalispell, Montana

In this workshop, Montana's AERO brings together growers and business owners with resource people such as DPHHS, county sanitarians, the Montana Food and Ag Development Centers, and extension, to create opportunities to build relationships and networks, and offer strategies and assistance in formulating next steps to continue growing our local Montana food economy. The workshop is for food entrepreneurs, direct market farmers, state and local health officials, business and economic development directors, local food non-profits, and folks with cottage food business ideas. A regional meeting potluck follows the workshop on the same day.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Strawberry Field Day at Grower's Farm

May 12, 2016
McKenney, Virginia

The Virginia State University College of Agriculture Small Fruits and Vegetables program invites you to join them for a special field day to learn more about growing strawberries for local markets. View current strawberry growing, harvesting, and post-harvest techniques and discuss local markets with University specialists.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Property Livestock and Wildlife Field Day

May 12, 2016
Madill, Oklahoma

This morning field day from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will cover small property management including livestock, grazing and wildlife habitat management. Consultants will discuss how to balance livestock and wildlife goals simultaneously.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Mother Earth News Institute: The Basics of Beekeeping

May 12-15, 2016
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania

Seven Springs Mountain Resort will host the next Mother Earth News Institute, an intensive four-day training course. From sourcing bees to extracting honey, you will learn everything you need to know about how to maintain a happy and healthy hive, straight from world-class instructors.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Financials

May 12, 2016
Pocantico Hills, New York

The Growing Farmers Initiative at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture holds beginning farmer workshops on Thursday afternoons. Workshops are free and open to the public. This workshop will discuss the basic layout of the Income Statement and Balance Sheet, how to use your historical data to create projections for the purposes of business planning and applying for loans, and how the financial projections fit into the bigger picture of business planning.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Biodynamic Farming with Henning Sehmsdorf

May 12, 2016
Lopez Island, Washington

For over 40 years, S&S Homestead Farm has employed biodynamic management focusing on self-sufficiency in food and farm inputs to achieve economically viable and ecologically responsible production. In this One Day University, Henning Sehmsdorf will present the history and economics of S&S Homestead Farm as a self-sufficient biodynamic farm. An in-depth look at the sustainable production of water, energy and soil fertility inputs will highlight ways to reduce costs, increase whole farm yields and create more resilient and economically viable integrated farm businesses for specialty crop producers.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Basics

May 12, 2016
Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Soil Basics is a basic introduction to key soil concepts and management strategies for new and beginning farmers. Learn about soil physical properties, look at soil survey maps, and gain a deeper understanding of soil test interpretation and how to amend soils. Hands-on activities, case studies, and group discussion will be an integral part of this workshop from Penn State Extension.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Emerging Markets, Funding and other Resources for Agriculturally Based Businesses and Service Providers

May 12, 2016
Sylva, North Carolina

Join experts from AgriVentures in a full-day, comprehensive workshop that will provide an overview and discussion of resources on Land assessments and Land trusts; Animals; Training programs; Specialty emerging markets; Lending Options and Business Planning; and a "Speed Dating" Round.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink The Living Breath of w&#477;&#619;&#477;b&#660;altx&#695;: Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium

May 13-14, 2016
Seattle, Washington

The University of Washington's 4th annual The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium will bring together individuals to share their knowledge on topics such as tribal food justice and security, traditional foods, health, community, place, responsibility, climate change, and treaty rights. This symposium serves to foster dialogue and build collaborative networks as Native peoples strive to sustain cultural food practices and preserve healthy relationships to the land, water, and all living things.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Poultry Seminar

May 14, 2016
Attica, New York

HLW Acres will host a day-long pastured poultry seminar featuring speaker Jim Adkins of the Sustainable Poultry Network. The event will include a tour of the farm and poultry processing facility. To register or for information, call Hermann Weber at 585-591-0795.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 


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