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Permalink Farmland Connections: Sustaining the legacy of farming in Northwest Arkansas

April 24, 2018
Fayetteville, Arkansas

The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust and the AR Young Farmers Coalition are partnering to address farmland access and tenure throughout the region. Please attend this free evening event featuring short presentations about how conservation easements and other tools can be used to help promote farmland access, while hearing directly from farmers about the current state of farmland access in Northwest Arkansas.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Conservation Practice Standard Basics

April 24, 2018

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by NRCS Science and Technology Deputy Area.

In: Online


Permalink PastureMap Webinar

The Midwest Perennial Forage Working Group invites farmers to join a presentation of the PastureMap application for livestock and grazing management. Features that allow farmers to measure pastures, plan grazing, and track recovery and supplementation will be discussed and demonstrated.

In: Online


Permalink Kentucky Grazing School

April 24-25, 2018
Princeton, Kentucky

This two-day event is sponsored by Master Grazer Educational Program, KY Agricultural Development Fund, UK College of Food and Environment, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council. Topics include nutrition, fencing, forage, pastures, and grazing planning. In addition to presentations, the agenda includes field exercises and case studies.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Ohio Farm to Cafeteria Pre-Conference

April 25, 2018
Cincinnati, Ohio

This is a pre-conference to the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, for Ohio Farm to School program stakeholders to discuss emerging issues, unique opportunities, challenges and barriers, and policy development. The event features a panel representing the 3C's (Cafeteria, Classroom, and Community) of successful Ohio Farm to School Programs.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink National Organic Standards Board Meeting

April 25-27, 2018
Tucson, Arizona

NOSB will meet to discuss substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List), substances due to sunset from the National List in 2020, and guidance on organic policies.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Small Flock Management- Getting Started with your Backyard Flock

April 25, 2018

This free webinar is part of the Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture Wednesday Webinar series. This webinar will teach the essential of housing, feeding, water, zoning, regulations, animal husbandry, biosecurity and much more.

In: Online


Permalink National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

April 25-27, 2018
Cincinnati, Ohio

This biennial event will convene more than 1,000 diverse stakeholders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. The agenda includes 36 skill-building workshops, educational short courses, experiential field trips, inspiring keynote addresses, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Seedbed: A Soil Symposium

April 26-27, 2018
Santa Cruz, California

This interdisciplinary symposium on the state of soil is co-hosted by the E.A.R.T.H. Lab and the UCSC Farm & Garden and the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. It will feature performances, interactive activities and pop up exhibitions of visual artworks in the glass cases at the Art Department and in the Barn. Panels will take place in the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn exploring a diverse range of topics from microbes to waste management, labor and farming; the magic of composting and soil science. The symposium is free and everyone is welcome.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink UC ANR Urban Ag Workshop: Food Safety Basics for Urban Farmers

April 26, 2018
San Diego, California

This special one-day workshop is designed to guide urban farmers through common food safety principles and challenges. Participants will learn California laws related to community food producers and food safety; how to develop a Food Safety Plan; how to assess and minimize risk of contamination on the farm, including discussion of water sources, rainwater catchment, animal husbandry, wildlife intrusion and use of manure and compost; sanitation and post-harvest handling; and worker health and hygiene.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Produce Safety Alliance Growers Training

April 24 or 26, 2018
Havre or Billings, Montana

This one-day course provides a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and co-management techniques, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Participants will be eligible to receive a certificate that verifies their completion of the course. This course also satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requiring that at least one supervisor for your farm must successfully complete a food safety training.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Organic Soils Equal Healthy Soils

April 26, 2018
Morris, Connecticut

Connecticut RC&D hosts this one-day workshop featuring keynote speakers Julie Rawson and Jack Kittredge of Many Hands Farm. Topics will include carbon-friendly growing practices for improved quality and quantity of production, permaculture, composting and compost tea, building a biodiverse soil, dealing with pest pressure organically, soil preparation methods for a no-till system, creative use of interplanted and over-wintering cover crops, and intricate livestock rotations in annual vegetable and perennial fruit production.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink New Farmer U

April 27-29, 2018
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

MOSES, Renewing the Countryside, and Land Stewardship Project offer a weekend of learning and networking with other farmers. Workshop topics address farm business, grazing, renewable energy, farm equipment, agritourism, soil, and production. Full-day pre-courses on Fearless Farm Finances or Food Safety Grower Training are also offered.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Farm Law Focus Session: Land, Events, and Value-Added Production

April 27, 2018

Farm Commons offers this free, online opportunity to get up to speed on land: leasing and purchasing it, making and selling products on it, hosting events on it. The broadcast is full of legal updates and farmers' own experiences.

In: Online


Permalink Vegetable Pest Management Workshops

April 26 or 27, 2018
Iowa City or Calmar, Iowa

Iowa State University Extension is offering two free workshops to help growers, local foods coordinators, extension staff, county horticulturists, and industry representatives learn to manage common insect and disease challenges in vegetable production in Iowa. Topics to be covered include pest and disease management in vegetable production, weed management, and how to correct nutrient deficiencies in vegetable crops. Participants will have an opportunity to learn how to better protect their vegetable crops from both harmful diseases and insect pests, allowing them to have the best chance to remain profitable and sustainable.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Goat and Hair Sheep Field Day

April 28, 2018
Langston, Oklahoma

Langston University Goat Farm will host its annual goat field day, which now includes topics of interest to hair sheep producers. This year's theme will be Preventing Production Losses. The agenda includes speakers and 14 different afternoon workshop options, as well as activities for kids.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Cut Flower Workshop

April 28, 2018
Carson City, Nevada

Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute is offering this day-long workshop. Join farmer and cut-flower grower Deena Miller to learn about the business of cut flowers. The workshop will include a tour of the Greenhouse Project, including its nursery and flower-basket program, and demonstrations by Deena on how to make quick bouquets.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

April 28-29, 2018
Asheville, North Carolina

Mother Earth News Fairs feature inspiring keynote speakers, plus more than 150 workshops from the leading authorities on organic gardening, food preservation, homesteading and livestock, green building, and natural health. More than 200 regional and national exhibitors will feature sustainable products and services.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Organic Orcharding: Grafting Fruit Trees

April 7 or 28, 2018
Unity or Bar Harbor, Maine

In this hands-on MOFGA workshop, learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Instructors Jennifer Ries of Whiffletree Nursery and Anne Hallee of Rising Up Farm in the Unity workshop, and C.J. Walke, MOFGA's Organic Orchard Educator, in the Bar Harbor workshop​ will explain why to graft and will demonstrate the techniques for Whip and Tongue grafting. Participants will graft trees to take home and plant.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association Spring Plow

April 28, 2018
Accord, New York

At the Spring Plow at Saunderskill Farm, the students can drive a wagon or plow or just ground drive. Mules, horses, and oxen are present at this free event sponsored by the Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Soil, Compost, and GAP Readiness Workshops

April 27 or 30, 2018
Bluffton or Pine Mountain, Georgia

At these free, day-long workshops, each participant will receive templates and instructions on how to document for GAP/FSMA, participate in a walk and talk around the farm as a Food Safety Expert explains what a GAP auditor is looking for, free lunch, and one-on-one and group consultation from Extension, USDA-NRCS, and GFVGA. Registration is limited to 25 participants for each workshop.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Social Media Workshop for Farmers, Farmers Market Vendors, and Managers

April 30, 2018
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Coastal Foodshed and SEMAP present an evening workshop with The Branding Edit. This workshop is designed to help farmers and farmers market vendors and managers leverage their social media accounts to grow their farm, business, and brand.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink ReGen18

May 1-4, 2018
San Francisco, California

World-changers in philanthropy, business, government, and citizen activism will convene to foster the emergence of a new regenerative society. A roster of well-known experts will guide actionable conversations about regenerative finance, food and agriculture, urban design and policy, health and culture. The event will launch a purpose-driven community to share practical tools, powerful ideas, new business models, and innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate the change we need at the speed of the problems we now face.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Land Access: 127 Easy Steps to Finding Farmland

May 1, 2018

In this free, 90-minute Practical Farmers of Iowa farminar, farmer Kate Edwards and Renewing the Countryside co-founder Brett Olson will cover assessing the farmability of a piece of land; whether buying or leasing is the best option for you; resources for finding land; and what to know about financing. You'll also learn more about the Land Access Hub.

In: Online


Permalink Land Access for Livestock Farmers

May 2, 2018

Whether you are a new, beginning or established farmer, this webinar from Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) will help you navigate the issues around accessing farmland or a farm property. Jason Silverman with Land For Good will discuss land tenure arrangements, including leasing and owning, as well as provide tips for finding and evaluating a piece of land.

In: Online


Permalink Upper Susquehanna Coalition Pasture Management Schools

May 2 or 3, 2018
Addison or Guilford, New York

These hands-on day-long pasture walks will focus on improving marginal pastures, how to plan out your rotations, early season grazing approaches, determining the best time to graze plants, fertility management, animal impact grazing techniques, weather related management strategies and in-field farmer training exercises to hone your grazier's eye. Pasture consultant Sarah Flack will be on the farms leading in-depth pasture management and monitoring skills and teaching solutions in growing more forage to lower feed costs.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Vineyard Soil Health Workshop

May 3, 2018
Yountville, California

Napa RCD, Napa Valley Grapegrowers, CDFA, and DWR present this half-day workshop for vineyard managers. Learn the basics of soil health and what that means for vineyard productivity, sustainability, and resiliency to climate change.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink High Tunnel Workshop

May 3, 2018
Lonoke, Arkansas

This day-long workshop sponsored by University of Arkansas Extension and the National Center for Appropriate Technology addresses fruit and vegetable production in high tunnels, pest control, high-tunnel economics, NRCS cost-shares, and an afternoon tour of a high-tunnel farm. NCAT's Luke Freeman will present on vegetable production in high tunnels and on NCAT resources.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Urban Ag Sacramento Area Workshop: Food Safety Basics for Urban Farmers

May 4, 2018
Rancho Cordova, California

UC ANR Urban Agriculture presents this special one-day workshop designed to guide urban farmers through common food safety principles and challenges. Participants will learn California laws related to community food producers and food safety; how to develop a Food Safety Plan; how to assess and minimize risk of contamination on the farm, including discussion of water sources, rainwater catchment, animal husbandry, wildlife intrusion, and use of manure and compost; sanitation and post-harvest handling; and worker health and hygiene.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Texas Wine Industry Workshop

May 4, 2018
College Station, Texas

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is offering a workshop for new and prospective wine professionals. Topics will include legal and permitting requirements, equipment selection, winery design, varietal selections, marketing tips and lessons learned.

In: Southern SARE Region




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