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Permalink Silvopasture Workshop

July 29-30, 2016
Luck, Wisconsin

UW-Extension, UMN-Extension, and the Savanna Institute will jointly host a silvopasture workshop. The event includes presentations on silvopasture establishment and management and visits to two farms practicing silvopasture.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Farmer Veteran Workshop

July 30, 2016
West Lafayette, Indiana

Military veterans, active duty members and their families can learn more about how to start or operate a farm during a daylong program sponsored by Purdue University's Indiana Beginning Farmer program. Sessions will cover both the business and production sides of agriculture. Topics will include small fruit and vegetable production, livestock management, business planning, equipment for small farms, beekeeping, forestry, and marketing and regulatory requirements for meat and food sales.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Pasture & Grazing Management Workshop

July 30, 2016
Rockport, Maine

Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District presents this day-long workshop at Aldemere Farm. The free workshop is to help farmers--aspiring, beginning (farming for fewer than 10 years), and those who may be transitioning to new products or practices--learn about conservation practices and how to make them happen. Beginning farmer and beef basics tracks will be offered.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink PFI Field Day: Working Together

July 30, 2016
Atlantic, Iowa

At this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day, learn about the benefits of mentorship from the perspective of both mentee and mentor, and the differences in this relationship compared to an internship or employment. You’ll also learn about the benefits of a collaborative CSA, such as diversifying crop risks and responsibilities, and how to make sure this relationship is fair for both parties. Learn how one farm family (Fork Tail Farm) manages production on less than an acre with very limited time, and how the other farm family (Rolling Acres) uses a moveable high tunnel and greenhouse, along with organic certification.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink FAMACHA and Integrated Parasite Management

July 30, 2016
Whitehall, Montana

Don't miss this workshop if you are a Montana sheep or goat producer. NCAT's Dave Scott and MSU Sheep Extension Specialist Dr. Whit Stewart will teach you about combating Barber Pole Worm, FAMACHA eye scoring, creating refugias, and grazing methods that help control parasites.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Creating an Edible Forest Garden

July 30, 2016
Wellesley Island, New York

Over the past three seasons, Dani Baker, co-owner of Cross Island Farms, has developed one acre of her certified organic farm as a multi-functional edible forest garden incorporating numerous permaculture principles and practices. Join her in this afternoon NOFA New York event for a walk-through and introduction to over 300 perennial cultivars of fruits, nuts, berries, and other edibles in seven permaculture layers with a variety of supportive plants integrated into the landscape.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Tractor Safety for Women

July 31, 2016
West Greenwich, Rhode Island

NOFA/RI and RI Farm Bureau are offering this free CRAFT workshop limited to 20 participants. Greg Breene, agricultural teacher, Future Farmers of America (FFA) Advisor and Breene Acres Farm, will discuss safe operation and basic maintenance requirements of gas or diesel-powered farm tractors and implements. Training will include tractor parts and tools identification. Participants will learn to safely attach and use common tractor implements including a seeder, harrow, tine weeder, or manure spreader. This workshop has been designed specifically for women.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Northern Nut Growers Association Annual Conference

July 31 - August 3, 2016
Nebraska City, Nebraska

The 107th Annual Meeting of the Northern Nut Growers Association will be held at Lied Lodge, National Arbor Day Foundation. This conference is open to all people with an interest in nut trees. The agenda includes technical presentations and an all-day tour of nut tree orchards and processing facilities in southeastern Nebraska.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink WSU Reduced Tillage Field Day

August 1, 2016
Puyallup, Washington

WSU researchers and cooperating farmers are evaluating cover crops and equipment for use in organic reduced tillage production. This summer field day will highlight high-residue cultivation, soil moisture monitoring, irrigation planning, residue decomposition and transition to reduced tillage systems. Tour research plots, see reduced-tillage equipment, and discuss the evolution of this production system. For more information contact Doug Collins, or 253-445-4658.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Master Goat Producer Training Certification

August 1-3, 2016
Tuskegee, Alabama

In conjunction with the Tuskegee University Caprine Research and Education team, contributors from Alabama A & M University, Auburn University, Florida A & M University, Fort Valley State University, University of Georgia, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and others provide a comprehensive training program with classes on herd health, marketing, nutrition and pasture management, bio-security, bio-terrorism awareness, quality assurance, disaster preparedness, reproductive management and much, much more. The program also includes hands-on training in hoof trimming, assessing body condition scores, judging livestock, FAMACHA and microscopic fecal examinations, pasture management and more with three levels of program certification available.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink High Tunnel Pest and Disease Management

August 2, 2016
Phelps, New York

This free Northeast SARE and NOFA New York field day at Fellenz Family Farm will start with identification of common high tunnel pests and diseases and effective organic control strategies, including spraying. Andy Fellenz, with support from NE SARE, has developed and will demonstrate a boom-style high tunnel sprayer, as well as discuss the proper use of backpack and other relatively low-pressure, low-flow, single-tip sprayers. Variety selection, rotation, cultural practices, and spraying all have a place in the overall farm strategy.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Residue and Tillage Management in Organic Farming Systems: Eastern States

August 2, 2016

This free webinar in the Understanding Organic Agriculture series is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Join this webinar to learn about challenges and opportunities in implementing tillage and residue management practices on organic farms in eastern states. This three-part series will feature different regions.

In: Online


Permalink Farm Dreams

August 3, 2016
Galesburg, Illinois

Farm Dreams is a four-hour workshop for aspiring farmers to discover what it would really take to start a farm business. From assessing your skills and resources, to meeting successful farmers in your region, to deciding next steps for pursuing your farm dream, this workshop is the perfect setting for you to find out what it takes to own a successful farm business.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Grasstravaganza

August 4-6, 2016
Alfred, New York

The conference "Healthy Soils, Healthy Animals, Healthy Farms" will feature presentations by national and local grazing and soil health experts who will cover a range of topics, interactive soil health-related activities, and a trade show. The featured speaker this year is Dr. Fred Provenza.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Integrating Irrigation into your Grazing System

August 4, 2016
Shoreham, Vermont

This NOFA Vermont afternoon workshop will look at Elysian Fields' farm infrastructure through a farm walk. The workshop will be looking at the new irrigation system that they implemented on their farm, as well as their cropping operation.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Student Organic Seed Symposium

August 5-8, 2016
Waterville, Maine

This is an annual event organized by and for graduate students across the country who are interested in organic plant breeding and sustainable agricultural systems.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Bison Advantage Outreach and Education Workshop

August 5, 2016
Jamestown, North Dakota

The National Buffalo Museum and the North Dakota Buffalo Association will host a free workshop in August for local extension and other ag educators. The workshop will be a hands-on experience in which attendees will be educated on the holistic management of bison. A ranch tour is offered on August 6.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Profitable Poultry in Motion: Maximizing Performance From Your Pastured Flock

August 5, 2016
Ravenna, Ohio

At this OEFFA workshop, join Ami Gignac and Tim Fox of Breakneck Acres and Casey Rogers of Fertrell for a day-long look at profitably raising healthy layers and broilers on pasture. Ami and Casey will connect financial health and flock health during this session exploring planning and forecasting, budgeting and cost tracking, operations, nutrition and feed mixing, disease management, and financial analysis and pricing. Attendees will receive customizable spreadsheet files with profit and loss statements for broilers and layers.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Pork from Pasture (and Woodlot) to Plate

August 5, 2016
Knoxville, Iowa

At this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day at Crooked Gap Farm, the discussion will focus broadly on pasture and woodlot pork production, from farrow-to-finish to selling the meat.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink In Her Boots: Farm Start-up Strategies for Women Farmers

August 5, 2016
Browntown, Wisconsin

An inspiring day of advice, ideas, and seasoned perspectives from the Wisconsin Soil Sisters, an innovative network of local women championing organic and sustainable agriculture in their community. Learn from experienced women farmers and gather resources for your farm launch. Stay for the full Soil Sisters weekend, including additional workshops, culinary events, farm tours, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink SILT Showcase Series: Eastern Iowa

August 6, 2016
West Branch, Iowa

Iowa's only land trust dedicated to protecting food farms announces its first SILT Showcase Series, highlighting four Sustainable Iowa Land Trust farms across the state this summer. Designed for landowners interested in a legacy of sustainable food production, each day includes a farm tour, presentations by an appraiser and an attorney and a free, locally sourced lunch. This event features Suzan Erem and Paul Durrenberger's 80-acre prairie, timber, and permaculture-style orchard near West Branch, with attorney David Bright on estate planning and easement donations and appraiser Dan Dvorak on land values with and without ag easements. RSVP is required; space is limited.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Vets Raising Poultry

August 6, 2016
Owego, New York

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County will be hosting a workshop on learning the fundamentals of growing poultry in your backyard. This workshop will be a fast paced all-inclusive presentation on raising poultry. Topics that will be covered include: purchasing chicks, brooding birds, comparison of various production models, nutrition, management, processing and marketing. The workshop will look briefly at egg production, broiler production, and turkey production. There will be an on-farm, hands-on component at a local farm to see some techniques in action.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Northeast Ohio Farm Fair

August 7, 2016
Grafton, Ohio

This free event will take place at Aggie's Rest. Learn about hay bale, keyhole, and urban/suburban gardening. There will be a mini farm tour to show all that is being accomplished at Aggie's Rest, discussing the importance of water use and all the conservation and preservation ideas that have been implemented and the forest garden/hedgerows, as well as information about veterans and farming and industrial hemp.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Starting a Market Garden

August 7, 2016
Ames, Iowa

At this afternoon Practical Farmers of Iowa field day at Lacewing Acres, learn about different possibilities for setting up a vegetable farm spatially, including what issues need to be considered and the advantages and disadvantages of different configurations.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Southern Illinois Summer Twilight Series - Grant's Orchard

August 8, 2016
Marion, Illinois

The University of Illinois Extension is teaming up with area farmers to provide four evening "twilight meetings" to highlight and demonstrate diverse farming enterprises across southern Illinois. Anyone involved or interested in local food production is encouraged and invited to attend.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Farm Walk: Organic Orchard Management

August 8, 2016
Kettle Falls, Washington

This Tilth Producers Farm Walk visits Cliffside Organic Orchard. One of Washington's first 100 certified organic farms will share how they got started, the process of maintaining organic certification, their techniques for managing pests and disease and building soil quality, and their secrets for building loyal customers through attention to flavor.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Growing (Almost) Weed-Free Onions

August 9, 2016
Missoula, Montana

This event is part of Community Food & Agriculture Coalition's free field day series geared towards people who are just at the beginning of their farm exploration--interns, folks thinking about starting a farm in the near future, and those who are just getting started. Beginning and established farmers and ranchers are welcome, too. At the PEAS farm, director Josh Slotnick has been working to find ways to limit weeds in his onions. He also has learned a lot about farming with community. Josh will talk about both of these topics and share tools for improving onion-growing on your farm.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Exploring the Small Farm Dream

August 9-30, 2016
York, Pennsylvania

The Exploring the Small Farm Dream course is designed to help you decide whether starting a farm business is right for you. This nine-hour (three evening sessions) course includes exploratory discussion, research tools, and self-assessment activities. By the end of the class you will decide on an action plan that works best for you and will have the tools and contacts to help you get started.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Farmer Olympics

August 9, 2016
Vershire, Vermont

NOFA Vermont presents an opportunity to unwind, celebrate the season, and kick back vefore that heavy fall workload begins. Individual farm teams will show off their finely-honed skills in events ranging from physical to cerebral to plain ridiculous. Teams must be four to five people. Mixed-farm teams are allowed. Larger crews may be split into smaller teams. Dinner and treats will be provided for all hard working farmers.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Organic Dairy Day

August 9, 2016
Morris, Minnesota

The University of Minnesota's West Central Research and Outreach Center hosts its annual dairy field day. Topics will include dairy cattle health with Guy Jodarski, Organic Valley Veterinarian, tours of the integrated livestock/cover crop project and organic silage variety trial plots, and a pasture walk.

In: North Central SARE Region




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