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Permalink Protected Agriculture Conference

October 17-18, 2017
Ardmore, Oklahoma

At this Noble Research Institute event, conference attendees will learn about the many ways low-cost, passive greenhouse structures, commonly referred to as high-tunnel hoop houses, are being used locally and around the world to make fruit and vegetable production more sustainable.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Agroforestry in Practice: a Three-day Training for Service Providers

October 17-19, 2017
Montour Falls, New York

This three-day course is designed for service providers including extension educators, farm non-profit organizations, public and private foresters, and consultants who routinely work with landowners and farmers to implement best practices. The training will include both classroom time as well as many outings to established agroforestry farms, covering promising enterprises including maple syrup, log mushroom cultivation, silvopasture (combining trees and livestock) and others.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

October 17, 2017
Polson, Montana

The course provides a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management techniques, FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Montana Department of Agriculture is presenting the PSA Grower Training course as one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Organic Seed Production Webinar Series: Seed Contracting, Economics and Policy

October 17, 2017

Join Organic Seed Alliance for the last of its six-part Organic Seed Production webinar series that provides training for seed growers and seed production interns. In this month's webinar, participants will hear from seed company representatives and a seed grower about when and how to plan for contract production and how to assess profitability. Presenters will also share perspectives on the details to consider in a contract, including terms for pricing, over-production, field roguing, and seed cleaning.

In: Online


Permalink Farm Food Safety and Purchasing Locally Grown Produce; What’s It All Mean?

October 17, 2017
Geneva, New York

Cornell Cooperative Extension, through the Cornell Vegetable Program, the Lake Ontario Fruit Team, and NOFA-NY, is presenting an educational session on farm food safety for all types of locally grown food buyers. Learn about the farm food-safety alphabet of programs and what they might mean for you. The agenda will cover GAPs, HGAPs, other third-party audit schemes, FSMA federal regulations, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Community-based Pollinator Conservation in Cities

October 18, 2017

This free, one-hour webinar is part of The Ohio State University's Bee Lab series. No registration is required.

In: Online


Permalink Grazing School

October 18-19, 2017
Vernon Hill, Virginia

Designed with beginning and experienced producers in mind, this two-day, intensive course from Virginia Forage and Grassland Council will teach you everything you need to know to better manage grazing on your farm. The last day of the school features a workshop where you can sit down with instructors to begin developing a custom grazing plan.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Iowa Learning Farms Webinar: Management-Intensive Grazing and Grasslands

October 18, 2017

During this Iowa Learning Farms webinar, Joe Sellers, beef field specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will discuss which practices make grazing more effective and how management-intensive grazing can work on Iowa farms. He will also discuss where opportunities exist to expand grasslands in Iowa. The Iowa Learning Farms monthly webinar series takes place on the third Wednesday of each month at 12:00 noon.

In: Online


Permalink Value Added Producer Grant Program Webinar

October 18, 2017

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and USDA Rural Development are teaming up to host a two-hour webinar on the current cycle of the Value Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG), to help farmers and ranchers learn more about the program and whether it is a good fit for their value-addd enterprise dreams. No pre-registration is required; simply log in at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

In: Online


Permalink Kentucky Grazing Conferences

October 17 or 18, 2017
Lexington or Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council and UK Cooperative Extension present a conference on Pasture Management to Control Weeds and Improve Production, held in two locations. The agenda features several sessions on grazing for weed control.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Cover Crop Field Tour

October 18, 2017
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

The Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil-Healthy Water will host their first field tour of three local farms using cover crops. This group of farmers have started on-farm trials, evaluating the best way to plant cover crops into current crop rotations. Participants will learn from these local producers, who will share their soil health philosophy and rational for planting cover crops. Tour stops will show frost-seeded red clover into winter wheat, interseeding a cover crop mix into corn and cover crop mix demonstration plots. Two stops will have soil pits.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Farm Workshop: Whole Farm Planning with Base Mapping, Site Analysis, and Schematic Design

October 19, 2017
Alexander, North Carolina

This Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy afternoon workshop will be an introduction of how to approach planning and layout of land for small-scale farming production. Participants who already own or lease land as well as those who plan to in the future are welcome.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Producing and Marketing Grass-finished Beef and Lamb

October 19, 2017
Fayetteville, Arkansas

Join NCAT and the farmers of Ozark Pasture Beef for a free, one-day workshop focused on producing and marketing grass-finished beef and lamb. Activities will include a farm tour and hands-on training on soils, pasture, production, and marketing.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Small Farm Equipment Selection, Operation, & Maintenance

October 19, 2017
Clemson, South Carolina

Clemson University Madren Center & Student Organic Farm offer an opportunity to join farm equipment expert and author Andy Pressman from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) for this special day-long workshop focusing on equipment and tools for intensive crop production on a small-scale commercial farm. Workshop topics will include understanding scales of production, selection of appropriate equipment, proper tool use and maintenance, buying new vs. used equipment, tractor safety, and more. The workshop will include a tour of the Clemson Student Organic Farm.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Funding Opportunities for Farmers and Others

October 20, 2017

Purdue Extension-Hancock County and Indiana SARE offer a free, two-hour webinar for those interested in applying for a SARE grant. The webinar, will provide an introduction to current grants, applicant eligibility and how to apply for funding. The goal of the webinar is to help potential Indiana applicants learn more about these funding sources, find out how to apply, and perhaps increase their chances of success.

In: Online


Permalink Ladies and the Land Workshop

October 20, 2017
Coshocton or Ottawa, Ohio

Coshocton County and Putnam County Extension host an interactive afternoon workshop that provides women who own, lease, rent, or manage land with the confidence, skills, and resources necessary to interact with others, develop and negotiate lease arrangements, and more. Topics for the day will include addressing the risks of leasing, verbal versus written leases, nuts and bolts of a lease, communicating with your tenant, negotiation process and skills, factors that affect the rental rate and more.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink AERO Expo and Annual Meeting

October 20-22, 2017
Butte, Montana

The event theme is "Ready, Set, Lead!" The agenda features area tours, keynote speakers Gabe Brown and John Farrell, and panels on food, agriculture, and energy. Local meals, a silent auction, and more are planned.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Bioneers

October 20-22, 2017
San Rafael, California

Bioneers 2017 will be an electrifying kaleidoscope of breakthrough models, strategies and solutions inspired by nature: climate action; ending extreme inequality and creating democracy; racial and gender equity and healing; women's leadership; restoring land, water, air, biodiversity; and exploring how nature's profound intelligence can guide us.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Battleground to Breaking Ground Workshop and Farm Tour

October 20-21, 2017
Prairie View, Texas

Texas AgrAbility and the Battleground to Breaking Ground Project, in partnership with Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension, are hosting a farm tour and ag business workshop. The event begins with an evening farm tour and networking event highlighting VegOut! Farms, a 21-acre farm in Pattison, Texas, that produces organically and locally grown produce. The next day is a full-day ag Business Workshop for veterans, individuals with disabilities, beginning farmer/ranchers, and anyone interested in starting an ag business. It covers business planning and an introduction to available resources.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Grant-Writing Workshops

October 11, 12, 18, or 20, 2017
Bayfield, Jackson County, Milwaukee, or Madison, Wisconsin

Wisconsin's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) is partnering with Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, UW-Extension, USDA's Rural Development agency, and Wisconsin's Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection to present four all-day grant-writing workshops around the state.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Field Day: Rehoboth Farms

October 20, 2017
Pelahatchie, Mississippi

Major activities at this free field day at Rehoboth Farms will include “Expanding Market/Sales Opportunities; Beekeeping; Home Canning; and a Farm Tour”. Experts/presenters will include Dr. Elizabeth B. Myles, Marketing Specialist and Adjunct Faculty at Alcorn State University, and experienced local farmers. Pre-registration is required by contacting

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Strategies to Improve Healthy Food Access for Rural Communities

October 20, 2017

This webinar will address how to provide aid to rural communities needing to enhance access to healthy food, with an emphasis on fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts. It will address key points and concepts for aiding these underserved communities. The goal of the webinar will be to assist participants in implementing projects that will improve healthy food access and put them in contact with community partners.

In: Online


Permalink Open Gate Field Day: 77 Ranch

October 21, 2017
Blooming Grove, Texas

HMI offers another in its international series of fun, informative, and interactive field days that feature innovative and regenerative agricultural topics and practices. Each day is hosted by an experienced Holistic Management practitioner and offers the opportunity to connect and learn with like-minded folk.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Pasture-Raised Livestock Beginning Farm Tour

October 21, 2017
Ashtabula, Ohio

This free afternoon workshop is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Pre-registration is required. Join this tour, co-sponsored by ALFC, to learn about Randall and Connie Moores' experiences as beginning farmers seeking organic certification, and what they have planned for 2017.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Looking Back at the First Year of Farming With Experienced Eyes

October 21, 2017
Hancock, Iowa

At this free Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day, join beginning farmer Jayme Fowler as she wraps up her first season at Wild Furrow Farm. During a tour of the farm, Jayme and retired CSA vegetable farmer Susan Jutz will discuss production and management, the farm's layout, and harvesting and packing. Jayme will also share the experience of converting a tractor-based vegetable farm to draft power.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

October 21-22, 2017
Topeka, Kansas

This sustainable-lifestyle event offers more than 150 workshops over the course of the weekend. Keynote speakers include Dan Chiras, Joel Salatin, and Howard Garrett. Also look for regional and national vendors and demonstrations.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Agriculture and Climate Change

October 21, 2017
Ithaca, New York

Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming invites you to come to this day-long event to learn about how we can work together as a community to ensure local stability in local food production and security.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Seed Sovereignty Field Day

October 22, 2017
Dartmouth, Massachusetts

There is now a growing movement to reclaim seeds and breeds, to re-localize them to particular bioregions, and to return to growers the power to participate in the process. Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB), as this movement is called, suggests that through partnerships between professional breeders and growers, we can develop better genetics and provide growers with new streams of income. This NOFA Massachusetts full-day field day brings together growers, veteran breeders, and seed experts to discuss how we can reclaim our seed systems while also diversifying our enterprises.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Women Who Farm Field Day: Season Extension

October 22, 2017
Urbana, Illinois

This is the final event in a summer field day series celebrating Illinois' local women ag pioneers. This event will tour the host farm, Blue Moon Farm, and include time to gather for refreshments and networking, providing an opportunity for women farmers to meet and build a supportive community.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Louisiana Farm to School Conference

October 24, 2017
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The LSU AgCenter is hosting a statewide farm-to-school conference to bring together school administrators, teachers, parents, food service managers, farmers and food distributors in the interest of Louisiana agriculture, school gardens and healthy school meals. The conference will center on education, gardening and procurement, with technical assistance in areas such as curricula incorporation and culinary education, food and garden safety and local food procurement. The first track will include sessions on best practices for school gardens, connecting menus with the seasons and education. The second track will focus on local purchasing, food safety, local sourcing and a buyers' panel.

In: Southern SARE Region




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