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Permalink Central Ohio Farm Fair: Bee Good Gardens

July 24, 2016
Columbus, Ohio

Join Women Grow Ohio in the heart of the city at Bee Good Gardens for this afternoon event to learn about sustainable gardening, honey bee stewardship, and preserving your herb harvest. Then, gather in the garden for a networking hour with a variety of women farmers, including homesteaders, gardeners, and food producers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Managing Great River Landscapes

July 24-27, 2016
Louisville, Kentucky

The 71st International Annual Conference of the Soil and Water Conservation Society will provide a forum for exploring and promoting science-based knowledge about management practices that protect land and river ecologies and make them productive and more resilient. The conference will offer unique opportunities to showcase conservation efforts in both the uplands and bottomlands of great rivers and their tributaries, including nutrient management, erosion and sediment control, nonpoint source pollution and watershed policy, flood and drought management, and other issues influencing the health and functionality of our soil and water.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Cocktail Cover Crops: Trials and Techniques

July 25, 2016
Barre, Massachusetts

This afternoon NOFA Massachusetts workshop takes place at Many Hands Organic Farm. This workshop will explore how to select, mix, and establish various cover crop mixtures. Presenters will also discuss assessment and quantifying how your cover crop practices are impacting soil health.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Agroforestry Academy

July 25-29, 2016
Columbia, Missouri

This annual academy, developed by a regional consortium of experts from Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, is designed to train natural resource professionals, extension agents, and other agricultural educators who work with landowners. Advanced training will be provided on the five recognized temperate zone agroforestry practices integrated with options for bioenergy, marketing, economic, social dimensions, and environmental services. The cornerstone of the academy will be an applied planning and design exercise.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Lavender Distillation Workshop

July 25, 2016
Yerington, Nevada

Join the Specialty Crop Institute at Western Nevada College for a hands-on, one-day workshop to learn how to distill lavender efficiently to capture high-quality lavender oil and by-products. Tour a new lavender demonstration plot, learn about best varieties to grow in Nevada, and more.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Foundations for Veterans

July 26-28, 2016
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

The Farm Service Agency (FSA), in partnership with the National Center of Appropriate Technology (NCAT), will host a free seminar open to active duty military members, veterans and spouses with less than 10 years of experience in agriculture. The program will consist of 1.5 days of in-class information on how to get started in farming, how to qualify for government programs that reward land stewardship and conservation efforts, how to pursue profitable niche markets, business plan development and organic certification. It will also include pest management, livestock production, risk management and estate planning. A full day will be devoted to farm visits for hands-on experience at production farms, including a livestock operation (goats and/or cattle) and a fruit/vegetable farm. Active duty military members, veterans and their spouses who are interested in registering for a seminar or who need additional information can contact Cassondra Searight, Public Affairs Specialist at cassondra.searight@al.usda.gov or by telephone at 334-279-3502.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink NMPAN Webinar: Co-op Owned and Operated Processing

July 26, 2016
Online

On this free NMPAN webinar, participants will hear the story of one co-op, Cattle Producers of Washington, and their journey to build and operate their own plant, the LPCA Plant in Odessa, Washington. Learn how they got started, how they financed the plant, and hear about the build-out process. Presenters will talk about the LPCA's first few years of operation: successes, challenges, and surprises along the way.

In: Online

 

Permalink PFI Field Day: Soil Regeneration Mindset

July 27, 2016
Hastings, Iowa

At this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day, the Bakehouse family will share their perspective on soil regeneration and discuss strategies they have used. Topics will include accommodating cover crops with short-season crops, innovative ways to plant cover crops, annual plant species mix for grazing, and moving from soil conservation to soil regeneration.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmers Market Displays and Sales Techniques: Middlebury

July 27, 2016
Middlebury, Vermont

At this NOFA Vermont workshop, learn tips and tricks to get your farmers market customers to buy more and become repeat buyers. Join Bruce Baker at the Middlebury Farmers Market to see various displays first-hand and then head inside for a presentation of innovative display examples and a Q&A session. Bruce will address easy and successful systems for designing a farm market display, effective signage, dynamic sales, and customer-service techniques.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Biology and Advanced Soil Management

July 27, 2016
Ithaca, New York

This is the concluding event in the Groundswell Center's monthly series on Managing Soils for Better Crops. Gain a better understanding of the biological life in your soil and the implications for your cash crops. Presenters will look at planning multi-year cash/cover crop rotations, methods to reduce tillage in various cropping systems, and the effects of integrating livestock and other biological support systems. An on-farm field tour is included.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Publix Super Market's Food Safety for Local Growers

July 27, 2016
Jacksonville, Florida

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA), the trade organization supporting the fresh produce supply chain, and Publix have joined forces to develop and deliver a free, one-day workshop uniquely tailored to help local growers explore the challenges of implementing a company food safety plan, meet the requirements of retail and restaurant outlets, and above all, protect your business and bottom line. Through hands-on demonstrations and discussions with experts, you will leave with the tools you need to build your own customized food safety program, based upon your specific business model. RSVP is required, space is limited.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink National Good Food Network Webinar: Hidden Implications of Food Hub Business Growth

July 28, 2016
Online

In this free, one-hour webinar, Tera Johnson, founder of the Food Finance Institute at University of Wisconsin, will take you on a journey through three archetypal hub business decision points, and advise how to manage for success. Drawing from her own experience, as well as premier industry data, Tera will present a big picture view of: adding a frozen product line, adding a new distribution channel, and taking on a very large customer.

In: Online

 

Permalink Alternative Crops and Organics Research Tour and Biodynamic Workshop

July 28, 2016
Waynesville, North Carolina

Join the NC Alternative Crops and Organics Program and the Mountain Research Station for their annual tour of organic and specialty crop research. Hear from the researchers about current projects and see the results of the studies designed to help farmers and gardeners in the region. You will have the chance to interact one-on-one with the scientists and their research assistants. Then, you can stay for lunch and a unique opportunity to learn about Biodynamic Agriculture from researchers, Extension personnel, and local Biodynamic farmers.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day

July 28, 2016
Milan, Tennessee

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host an event that offers 40 research-based presentations led by academic experts. Sessions will cover optimum management strategies for no-till crop production, including nutrient enhancement, water use, new technologies in pest control and advancements in plant breeding. Visitors to the Milan No-Till Field Day can hear presentations on research involving every major row crop grown in Tennessee. Other topics of interest include weed, insect, and disease-management research, nutrient loss reduction strategies, cover crop management and new research findings involving pollinator health.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Healthy Soil Whirlwind Expo

July 28, 2016
Leedey, Oklahoma

No-Till on the Plains, Oklahoma State University, the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, and Texas A&M Agrilife offer the opportunity to see how continuous no-till production helps boost soil health and what it means for your bottom line. Get equipment setup tips, hear how to integrate livestock onto your no-till operation, view a soil pit and rainfall simulator, and learn from no-till experts.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Managing Risk in Organic Grain Production

July 28, 2016
Pana, Illinois

Learn how to manage risk while transitioning to organic. This event is sponsored by MOSES, OGRAIN, and The Land Connection. This workshop will be held at Goldmine Farms with Jack Erisman. Jack's extensive experience and wisdom will infuse the workshop with the importance of the farmer's relationship with the land, the importance of diversity in organic systems, and how those culminate in the creation of an organic systems plan and intensive rotations in organic production systems.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink The Science of Industrial Hemp Conference

July 28-29, 2016
Denver, Colorado

The Crop Science Society of America presents this opportunity to build a cohesive discussion, define the coming agenda, and develop forward momentum around the science and science needs in the emerging area of industrial hemp production. Attendees will hear from speakers who are at the forefront of the scientific and production-based issues of industrial hemp. They will gain knowledge and information from a wide spectrum of scientific areas pertaining to industrial hemp as well as the production issues and challenges in starting up research in this legally challenging area. An industrial hemp tour will be held July 27.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health Conference: Living Roots 24/7/365

July 28-29, 2016
Centre Hall, Pennsylvania

PASA's 2nd Annual Soil Health Summer Conference will explore techniques to grow soil health by increasing the periods of the year that farm fields are populated by living roots. This event will feature leading no-till farmer and cover crop-innovator Steve Groff (Cover Crop Coaching), as well as a team of soil health experts and knowledgeable sponsors. The conference will offer practical soil health insights for both experienced and beginning farmers, with particular relevance for diversified vegetable and dairy farmers.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Kneading Conference

July 28-29, 2016
Skowhegan, Maine

Maine Grain Alliance's event provides opportunities to learn and share how best to grow and use grains, using a combination of traditional and innovative, sustainable techniques. The Kneading Conference brings farmers, millers, and bakers together for two days of educational workshops and hands-on learning to preserve and promote grain traditions, from earth to hearth. An Artisan Bread Fair follows on July 30.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Eggert Family Organic Farm Field Day

July 28, 2016
Pullman, Washington

Washington State University's Eggert Family Organic Farm will hold a field day where student presenters will share experiences from their on-farm and summer research projects. Also part of the day is a walking tour of the farm, including the new harvest shed, rebuilt greenhouses and new high-density apple orchard. Admission is free.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Strip-Tillage and Cover Crop Field Day

July 28, 2016
Badger, Iowa

Iowa Learning Farms and farmer partner Mark Thompson will host a free strip-tillage and cover crop field day. Attendees will hear from Thompson about his farming practices and receive advice on how to effectively strip-till and manage cover crops. Also speaking at the field day is Matt Helmers, professor and extension specialist in ag and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University. He will highlight practices and ongoing research efforts to meet the goals of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Mark Hanna, extension agricultural engineer, will share tips on adjusting planter settings for strip-till and no-till systems as well as equipment considerations for strip-tillage systems.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainable Agriculture Education Association 7th National Conference

July 29-31, 2016
Santa Cruz, California

"The Ecology of Food Systems" invites participants from across the agriculture and food system who are engaged in adult education: students, teachers, and independent scholars; farmers, cooks, and community organizers; professionals health, business, the arts, law, and the media. Participants will represent colleges, universities, farmer training organizations, and a range of professional and civil society organizations. The format will be highly participant-driven, featuring Open Space sessions, workshops, panel discussions, and diverse presentations.

In: Western SARE Region

 

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

 


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