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Permalink Engaged Citizen Experience Conference: Nourishing (Feeding) the World

February 22-23, 2018
Des Moines, Iowa

Drake University presents this free conference that all are invited to attend. It begins on Thursday evening with a showing of the documentary Farmers for America. Events continue on Friday afternoon with Darci Vetter and a variety of breakout sessions and networking opportunities with community partners.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Land Access Boot Camp

February 22, 2018
La Crosse, Wisconsin

Part of a multi-year project led by Minnesota-based Renewing the Countryside, the Land Access Bootcamp will provide beginning farmers with a comprehensive overview of land access strategies, tools and resources and help them plan their next steps towards land tenure. The day-long session is designed for farmers with 10 or less years of experience, who are ready to begin or are actively searching for land. This Land Access Boot Camp is offered as part of the Organic University held at the MOSES Organic Farming Conference.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Western Colorado Soil Health Conference

February 22-23, 2018
Delta, Colorado

This conference is designed to educate producers, government officials, and the broad community about ways to increase organic matter in and the health of our soils through cover crops, green manure, grazing, compost, entomology, and other sustainable practices. This conference will provide cutting-edge information on how to put practices to work on local farms, orchards, and smaller homesteads/gardens. The featured speaker is Dr. Allen Williams.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Agricultural Solar Electric Investment Analysis Webinar: Photovoltaic Solar Example

February 22, 2018
Online

This six-part webinar series will provide practical guidance to farmers who are considering investing in a solar electric system so they are able to make fully informed investment decisions. Each webinar will be taught by Eric Romich (Ohio State University Extension) and John Hay (University of Nebraska Extension). Charles Gould and Aluel (Al) S. Go (Michigan State University Extension) will be session moderators. Using the System Advisory Model (SAM) and a hypothetical situation provided by the instructors or one of your own choosing, compare how various production, policy, and cost assumptions influence the financial performance of a project.

In: Online

 

Permalink CCOF Annual Meeting and Conference: Organic Hotspots

February 22-23, 2018
Sacramento, California

At the CCOF conference, explore the factors that have made California a hotbed of organic hotspots activity and discuss ways to encourage the growth of organic hotspots across rural America. Hear the stories of organic leaders who have contributed to economic revitalization through organic in rural areas, and those who have seen the impacts first-hand on their businesses and communities.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Pastured & Free-Range Poultry Workshop

February 22, 2018
San Diego, California

The Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program project on pastured and free-range poultry is offering a one-day workshop with essential information regarding such topics as husbandry practices, housing, records maintenance, biosecurity, and more. The course will include both lecture and hands-on labs and provide farmers with the knowledge and resources to succeed in this growing industry.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: Creating Community Food Production Systems

February 22, 2018
Online

University of Illinois Extension presents a free weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series provides practical knowledge on emerging topics to advance local food production in Illinois. These online presentations give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. In this session, join University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator Laurie George to learn about the steps needed to get going in establishing community food projects like community gardens, school gardens, and food pantry gardens.

In: Online

 

Permalink Oklahoma Farmers Market & Agritourism Conference

February 22, 2018
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The conference will have topics directed to growers, farmers market vendors, farmers market managers, community support organizations, and agritourism. The agenda includes an adjunct grant writing workshop on February 21 and an agritourism rolling workshop on February 23.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink MOSES Organic Farming Conference

February 22-24, 2018
La Crosse, Wisconsin

The largest event in the United States about organic and sustainable farming offers 66 workshops over six sessions, as well as inspiring keynotes, engaging roundtables, and a resource-packed Exhibit Hall with more than 170 vendors. The event is preceded by Organic University, with 11 full-day courses that dig deeper into specific farming topics.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health Day

February 22, 2018
Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

Tioga County Conservation District presents this free event with speakers on cover crops, grazing, buffers, farm energy, insect management, and agricultural planning. There will be time for questions and answers with speakers and a free lunch.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Building Healthy Soil in a Healthy Foodshed

February 18-23, 2018
Columbia County, New York

The Institute for Mindful Agriculture is offering this winter retreat at Hawthorne Valley Farm, delving deeply into the question of how we can scale a regenerative food system. Part of the focus will be on soils—literally the ground of our existence—through a spiritual, scientific, and artistic lens. Another part of the week will help build the image of an economically, ecologically, and socially just food-shed concept that includes everyone from the small to mid-sized farmer through to the most currently marginalized consumer. The program provides ample space for learning, personal reflection, and collaborative problem-solving through various awareness-based practices.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

February 23, 2018
Butte, Montana

The course provides a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management techniques, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. The PSA Grower Training course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference

February 23, 2018
Lufkin, Texas

This conference, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will offer professional and amateur producers tips on everything from fruit and nut tree grafting and weed control to pest and pollinator management. Participants can see what successful producers are doing to grow better quality and quantities of fruit and vegetables as well as how to safely manage pests and diseases and promote pollinator health.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Palouse Alternative Cropping Symposium

February 23, 2018
Pullman, Washington

This symposium from the Palouse Conservation District and the Washington State Soil Health Committee will be a series of farmer-to-farmer presentations from growers in the Palouse region who are experimenting with alternative cropping strategies. The agenda addresses the following: spring crop replacement with cover crops and grazing, cover crops for weed control, using soil testing to monitor improvements, cover crops as an organic transition tool, and infrastructure investments to incorporate livestock grazing.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Labor Challenges and Strategies Workshop

February 23, 2018
Fletcher, North Carolina

ASAP is partnering with Mountain BizWorks and NC Cooperative Extention to offer two great half-day workshops the Friday before the Business of Farming Conference. In this morning workshop, hear from area farmers and agricultural professionals about the pros and cons of different labor models, strategies for connecting with and sustaining reliable labor, and regulatory issues to consider.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Piedmont Women in Agriculture Conference & Gathering

February 23-24, 2018
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Join Piedmont Women in Agriculture for its first conference and gathering, "Women: Building Grassroots Coalitions to Grow Healthy Food in Our Communities." Piedmont Women in Agriculture's goal is to gather women in farming together for learning about personal, economic, and environmental sustainability; creating connections through the food system; and developing networks for collaboration and peer-to-peer education. At this event, become involved and learn about how female farmers are building the region's local food system.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Training

February 23, 2018
Fallon, Nevada

This one in a series of trainings offered across Nevada by the Desert Farming Initiative and the Nevada Department of Agriculture. Attendance at this training meets the FSMA training requirement and will give instructions on how to meet the full set of regulations.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Trainings

February 23, 2018
Olathe, Kansas

The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement. This full-day training is for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs).

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Yale Food Systems Symposium

February 23-24, 2018
New Haven, Connecticut

The Fifth Annual Yale Food Systems Symposium will bring together a mix of scholars and practitioners in panels, workshops, roundtables, and breakout sessions over two days to explore the complex dynamics of agri-food systems. This year's theme, "Resilience Across Scales," focuses on our capacity to absorb stress while maintaining integrity, which is crucial to the continued functioning of our food systems.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Business of Farming Conference

February 24, 2018
Asheville, North Carolina

ASAP's annual Business of Farming Conference brings together professional and aspiring farmers from across the Southeast to share resources, tools, and information to build more viable farm businesses. At the conference, farmers learn about marketing, business planning, storytelling, and management from regional experts and innovative farmers. The conference offers workshops for beginning and established farmers, grower-buyer meetings, one-on-one business consulting, and an exhibit hall.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Eco Farm Days

February 24-25, 2018
Cornwall, Ontario, Canada

Canadian Organic Growers Ottawa-St Lawrence-Outaouais Chapter presents an annual organic-oriented farm conference tackling subjects of field crop management, livestock health, soil management and more. 2018 Keynote speakers are Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens of Lakeview Organic Grains. Additional speakers include dairy vet and grazier Dr. Hubert Karreman of Reverence Farms, Zach Loeks, author of Permaculture Market Garden, and more.

In: Canada

 

Permalink Pruning Fruit Trees in Montana

February 24, 2018
Hamilton, Montana

The MSU Western Agricultural Research Center, in partnership with Missoula and Ravalli County Extension offices, is hosting a free four-part series on beginning and managing an apple orchard in Montana. This third session will feature certified arborists and Extension professionals in a hands-on outdoor pruning workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to learn various techniques for pruning trees in different stages of development and conditions.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing for Change

February 24, 2018
Chico, California

Jefferson Center for Holistic Management and CSU Chico Regenerative Agriculture Initiative present the third Western Regional Grazing Conference. Producers, graziers, and innovative agriculturalists can gain valuable knowledge about viable market opportunities and production techniques that are not based on consolidation and commoditization. Learn from speaker presentations, a discussion panel, and networking opportunities with regional and national producers, as well as leaders in regenerative agriculture.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Business and Legal Considerations for Your Farm

February 24, 2018
Princess Anne, Maryland

The primary goal of this half-day training from the IFARMS Project and the Agriculture Law Education Initiative is to equip farmers with the understanding of business and legal principles associated with managing a farm operation while complying with the complex network of laws and policies protecting the integrity of the Maryland's food system and environment. In the morning plenary session, attendees will learn about the protections that different business structures can provide farming businesses, the liability risks that accompany farming and strategies for managing those risks. A robust offering of mid-morning breakout sessions will follow, with topics such as lending or financing, labor and employment issues, taxes, and farm liability.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Hop Conference

February 24, 2018
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin Extension presents the 9th Annual Hop Conference, held at Lazy Monk Brewery. Topics will include post-harvest management, disease and pest management, and fertilizer management, as well as a presentation on the brewery.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Quickbooks Basics for the Small Farm

February 24, 2018
Fallon, Nevada

The Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute presents this workshop designed for small farm agricultural producers that provides an introduction on how to use the QuickBooks accounting system.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainable Farm Law Workshops

February 24-25, 2018
Missoula, Montana

The Community Food & Agriculture Coalition and Farm Link Montana are bringing Farm Commons back for Sustainable Farm Law Workshops. Sustainable Farm Law 101 covers the legal issues that work their way into every aspect of the sustainable farm: Hiring Workers, Leasing or Buying Land, Implementing Food Safety Measures, Negotiating Sales, Forming an LLC, Filing Taxes, Buying Insurance, and more. Advanced Farm Law, for established sustainable farmers and ranchers, will be a deeper dive into employment law and understanding and utilizing insurance on the farm.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Oregon Small Farms Conference

February 24, 2018
Corvallis, Oregon

The Oregon Small Farms Conference is a daylong event geared toward farmers, agricultural professionals, food policy advocates, students, and managers of farmers markets. Twenty-seven educational sessions are offered on a variety of topics relevant to the Oregon small farmers, including a track in Spanish. Speakers include farmers, OSU Extension faculty, agribusiness, and more.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Flowering Together: the ins and outs of growing and designing local flowers

February 24, 2018
Warren, Rhode Island

Young Farmer Network offers a full-day workshop featuring the innovative partnership between Anna Jane Kocon (grower, Little State Flower Company) and Jill Rizzo (designer, Studio Choo East). Learn from Anna Jane the nitty gritty of flower farming in the morning session, break for lunch together, and then hear from Jill and Anna how they have set up their successful collaboration.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Advanced Business Planning with Julia Shanks

February 25, 2018
Brunswick, Maine

This full-day workshop offered by MOFGA is designed to help both established and beginning farmers understand the financials of their business and learn how to make informed decisions to increase profits. It is best suited for those with at least one year of farming or similar experience. Basic Accounting, Quick Books, and Enterprise Analysis are on the agenda.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 


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