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Permalink Crop Establishment & Scheduling for Direct Seeded and Transplanted Crops

June 26, 2016
Holt, Michigan

Michigan State University Farmer Field School offers this one-day intensive at Monroe Family Organics. This workshop provides an intensive focus on stand establishment in vegetable crop production covering seed, seeders, germination, and knowing when to till it in and start again for direct-seeded crops. This workshop will also cover field establishment from greenhouse to a thriving crop for transplanted crops. All core plant families will be covered and optimum systems for each considered. Presenters will cover the right scheduling to get your production on-time for a continuous and bountiful harvest.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Rotational Grazing Field Day

June 26, 2016
Champaign, Illinois

This field day will give participants a comprehensive view of successful rotational grazing strategies being practiced in central Illinois. Tours of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, Seven Sisters Farm, Bane Family Meats, and Rush Creek Farms will give participants the opportunity to see pasture rotations in action, showing how successful farmers use fencing, forage, feed, and careful planning to tap into the high-demand local meat and dairy market. The field day will particularly emphasize practices for goats and sheep, but will also include examples of rotational grazing for pigs, cattle, and poultry.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Medicinal Herb Production

June 26, 2016
Sunderland, Massachusetts

NOFA Massachusetts offers this afternoon workshop at Full Kettle Farm. Learn the ins and outs of commercial medicinal herb production, from field to drying room. Participants will get an overview of the production and planning methodologies that Full Kettle Farm uses. The workshop will also focus on post-production handling and herb drying for teas, oils, and other value-added products.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Getting Started in Organic Berry Production

June 26, 2016
Northfield, Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture encourages new and experienced farmers to attend a free afternoon workshop and field day at Little Hill Berry Farm. Instructors Aaron and Molly McGovern Wills say the event will focus on getting started in organic berry production, with an emphasis on blueberries. Topics will include site selection, soil preparation, weed control, aisle maintenance, irrigation, variety selection, budgeting, and transitioning to farming from off-farm jobs. In addition to learning about berry growing, visitors will also learn about two sustainable agriculture projects at Little Hill Berry Farm. The innovative projects weave natural materials into agricultural practices. The first evaluates soil fertility and crop quality after applying compost tea solutions to various crops; the second explores the potential use of vinegar to control Canada thistle. Pre-register for the event by calling 612-578-4497 or emailing dori@landstewardshipproject.org.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Brassicas and Other Fall Crops

June 27, 2016
Lawrence, Kansas

This evening workshop is part of the advanced series of Growing Growers workshops.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Dreams Workshop

June 13 or 27, 2016
Bloomington or Champaign, Illinois

Farm Dreams is a four-hour evening workshop that helps aspiring farmers discover what it would really take to start their own 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 Filter Feeding is Cool: Aquaculture in NRCS

June 28, 2016
Online

National experts from Auburn University School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences will discuss various aquaculture operational types, focusing primarily on fresh water applications. This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the Science and Technology Deputy Area of NRCS.

In: Online

 

Permalink Webinar: Profitable Urban Farming on Leased Land

June 28, 2016
Online

This free NOFA Massachusetts webinar features Curtis Stone of Green City Acres in Kewlona, BC. This workshop will include some growing techniques and some business strategies used by Curtis on his farm, which grows $80,000 worth of produce on less than an acre of land each year.

In: Online

 

Permalink IPM Field Walk

June 28, 2016
Sharon, Massachusetts

In this evening UMass Extension event at Ward's Berry Farm, learn to identify and scout for vegetable pests and select integrated pest management strategies that work for you, whether you are an experienced farmer, or just starting out, organically certified or not. Use pheromone traps to monitor pests, use a microscope to identify plant pathogens, and learn to scout in multiple vegetable crops. Scouting will be followed by a discussion of effective control strategies with growers in attendance.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Improving Soil and Pastures through Management-Intensive Grazing

June 28, 2016
Bloomfield, Iowa

This event is part of the Practical Farmers of Iowa 2016 field days series. Join Virgil Knobloch to learn about Management-Intensive Grazing (MIG), soil health, using cattle to re-seed pastures, bringing back native grasses -- and more.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crops and Soil Amendments

June 29, 2016
Ithaca, New York

This evening session at Tree Gate Farm is part of Groundswell Center's four-part series on Managing Soils for Better Crops. In this session, learn how you can improve your soil through cover crops and other soil amendments. Presenter Brian Caldwell will discuss individual cover crops and various mixes, composting, and other amendments.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Blackberry Production and Sales in Missouri

June 29, 2016
St. Joseph, Missouri

The "Growing Blackberry Production and Sales in Missouri" project will offer educational sessions and tours of innovative blackberry farms. Join local and nationally known blackberry specialists and farmers for this afternoon workshop to gain expertise on a wide range of blackberry topics.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Record Keeping for Grazing Systems--It's Not Just Spreadsheets Anymore

June 29, 2016
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the East National Technology Support Center of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The webinar's purpose is to help NRCS staff realize that there are several record keeping systems available to livestock producers, several of them by apps through the producer's smart phone, tablets, or laptop computers. These 'other' record keeping systems have been developed by farmers and ranchers themselves, as well as some land grant universities. Take a look at some of these systems and how NRCS and other technical advisors can use the data from this diversity of record keeping systems to obtain the information they need to administer technical assistance and documentation of implementation of grazing management.

In: Online

 

Permalink On-Farm Food Safety Workshop

June 29, 2016
Dixon, Montana

This event at County Rail Farm is the first in a series of farm-based workshops designed for fresh produce growers who want to enter into wholesale market that may require a food safety plan or GAP audit. It will also be useful for growers who are exempt from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Rule but want to implement a food safety plan on their farm, or just learn about food safety on their farm. The workshop will be useful to all fresh produce growers, buyers of fresh produce, and educators working with growers of fresh produce. The workshops will be co-led by Margaret Debona, County Rail Farm, Jonda Crosby, GAP Auditor, and Tammy Howard, NCAT On-Farm Food Safety Project Leader.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Guerilla Farm Photography & Farmers Market Workshop

June 30, 2016
Sparks, Nevada

Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute presents this afternoon workshop. The workshop provides a hands-on experience to learn effective photography techniques with a smartphone or point-and-shoot camera and to learn best practices in farmers market sales, including booth set-up, displays, and customer service. The workshop includes classroom lecture, farmers market tour with the photography instructors, and a critique of the farm displays at the market.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Keeping Sons on the Farm: A Diverse Crop and Livestock Operation

June 30, 2016
Knoxville, Iowa

This event is part of the Practical Farmers of Iowa 2016 field day series. Come find out how James and Julie Petersen and their family have worked together to build a diverse crop and livestock operation that allows all three sons (and possibly a daughter, too) to continue working on the farm. Learn how the family has worked with the Shivvers family to ensure sustainable management of the land; hear about cattle and sheep production (including sheep dairying); and learn about organic, conventional and non-GMO crops.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health & Cover Crop Workshop

June 30, 2016
Elba, New York

Join Western New York Soil Health Alliance for a free presentation on the basics of soil health and cover crops. Jeff Rasawehr, farmer and business owner, will be giving a presentation on his experiences with no-till and cover cropping on his farm in Ohio, Darcy Telenko will be discussing Cornell's Climate Smart Farming Program, and a local farmer panel will be giving advice on getting started in cover cropping.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Agritourism Conversations: The Community: Powerful Promotions through Partners

June 30, 2016
Online

Join California Agritourism Group for their series of free, one-hour, lunchtime webinars and online conversations. This session features Tiffany Dozier, Yolo County Visitors Bureau, and Evan Oakes, Ag Venture Tours and Consulting. Webinar registration is required.

In: Online

 

Permalink Horse Progress Days

July 1-2, 2016
Northern Indiana

This is a showcase event for newly manufactured and modified horsedrawn equipment. It features field demonstrations, educational seminars, a parade of breeds, and something for everyone in the horse industry.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Adding Value to Your Farm

July 1, 2016
Milladore, Wisconsin

Farmshed's day-long Adding Value to Your Farm workshop is hosted by Joel Kuehnhold of Lonely Oak Farm in Milladore and Kat Becker and Tony Schultz of Stoney Acres Farm in Athens. Both farms feature commercial kitchens and have entered into endeavors that add value to what they grow and raise.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Lake County Pasture Walk: Jan and Chris Niemeyer

July 6, 2016
Ronan, Montana

Jan and Chris Niemeyer operate a cow/calf operation where they have been making progressive changes to their grazing over the past three years. At this free afternoon event sponsored by Lake County Conservation District and NRCS, walk through their pastures and see
how they have been able to grow far more grass, significantly reducing winter feeding costs. For information, contact Ben Montgomery, 406-676-2841 ext. 111, Ben.montgomery@usda.gov.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Small Grains Production and Marketing

July 7, 2016
Lone Rock, Wisconsin

Spend the morning at Dolan Farms with Dave Dolan, an experienced organic small grain grower, who will share his knowledge of food-grade grain production. In the afternoon, tour Lonesome Stone Milling where the farm's grain is processed. This is the first of four field days MOSES hosts with OGRAIN, the Organic Grain Resources And Information Network at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Getting an Organic Farm Off the Ground: Small Scale Direct Market

July 7, 2016
Dummerston, Vermont

In this NOFA Vermont evening workshop, join Noah Hoskins and Jen O'Donnell of The Bunker Farm, a diversified farm producing naturally raised meats, flowers, and maple syrup, to discuss how they started their farm in Vermont. This workshop will discuss the process by which The Bunker Farm planned and launched a new small direct market farm business focused on maple, meat, and flowers. Topics include finding start-up capital, equipment and tools needed, scaling and skilling up, and basic materials that they have found invaluable.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Integrated Pest Management Field Day

July 7, 2016
Columbia, Missouri

This event is hosted by University of Missouri's Bradford Research Center.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink SILT Showcase Series

July 8, 2016
Honey Creek, 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. Each day includes a farm tour, presentations by an appraiser and an attorney, and a free, locally sourced lunch. This showcase visits SILT’s Loess Hills farm in Honey Creek near Council Bluffs, donated by Joe and Sue Driscoll, with appraiser Dan Dvorak on land values with and without ag easements and attorney Kyle Marcum on the tax benefits of different kinds of land donations. RSVP is required.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Historic Farm Tour and Biochar Workshop

July 9, 2016
Evendale, Ohio

This farm tour will explore the historic property, including the three original buildings at Gorman Heritage Farm, a 122-acre working farm and outdoor education center. Visit the gardens, explore the farmyard, and meet the farm's friendly animals. Before the tour, a biochar workshop will cover the history, production methods, and benefits of biochar in sustainable agriculture. The tour is free; there is a charge for the workshop. Pre-registration is required for both.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainable Beekeeping Farm Tour and Workshop

July 9, 2016
Delaware, Ohio

Join Stratford Ecological Center apiarist Dave Noble for a discussion of the challenges and benefits of incorporating bees, beekeeping, and apiculture into a sustainable, organic farming system. Gain an overview of the issues related to establishing an apiary, or just a few hives. After the free tour, a workshop will be offered, providing a more in-depth look at the hives. This event is part of OEFFA's 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Developing a Diversified Horse Powered Farm

July 9, 2016
Cazenovia, New York

Matt Volz is developing a highly diversified, horse-powered farm that includes a raw milk dairy and meat and vegetable production. Join him for this NOFA NY afternoon tour of Greyrock Farm and discussion of how to grow a farm with multiple complementary enterprises and handle the management, production and business challenges on the diversified farm. Learn more about NOFA-NY's Beginning Farmer Project and the On-Farm Skills Development Guide.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Garlic Growers Field Day

July 9, 2016
Howard Lake and Clearwater, Minnesota

Sustainable Farming Association offers a free field day for current and prospective garlic growers at Living Song Farm and Plum Creek Garlic. Joining the farmer presenters will be Dr. Carl Rosen, a soil scientist who has done extensive research on growing garlic in northern climates and is head of the Department of Soil Water and Climate at the University of Minnesota.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

July 9-10, 2016
West Bend, Wisconsin

This weekend event offers more than 150 workshops from the leading authorities on Modern Homesteading, Animal Husbandry, Organic Gardening, Green Building, Natural Health, Renewable Energy, Real Food and more. Regional and national vendors will feature sustainable lifestyle products and services.

In: North Central SARE Region

 


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