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Permalink Small Scale Meat Marketing: Managing Variability and Carcass Management Webinar

May 25, 2016
Online

This webinar from the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems investigates why building small meat programs is so difficult, outlines a general solution for the problems, and shows realistic steps to implementing a solution. Pre-registration is required for the one-hour webinar.

In: Online

 

Permalink Creating and Expanding Value-Added Products for Your Agricultural Operation

May 25, 2016
Livingston, Montana

USDA Rural Development, in partnership with the Montana Department of Agriculture's Growth through Agriculture Program and Food and Agricultural Development Centers will host a free "Creating and Expanding Value-Added Products for Your Agricultural Operation" workshop. The three-hour workshop will feature the USDA Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program, Montana Growth through Agriculture Grant Program, and resources from the Montana Food and Agricultural Development Centers. Detailed presentations will address funding options, project examples, grant program criteria, and application templates. One-on-one application assistance will also be available. Contact Donna Wyatt at 406-585-2545 or donna.wyatt@mt.usda.gov to RSVP or for additional information.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmer Field Day: Growing for a Farmers Market

May 25, 2016
Moiese, Montana

This free, evening event is part of Missoula CFAC's Farmer Field Days series, geared towards people who are just at the beginning of their farm exploration--interns, folks thinking about starting a farm in the near future, and those who are just getting started. Nicole Jarvis and Cale Nittinger of Ploughshare Farm will discuss crop planning, harvest, and other preparations and will host an interactive demonstration around the aesthetics and functionality of setting up an effective farmers' market booth.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Women Caring for the Land: Soil Health

May 24 or 25, 2016
Blue Earth or Farmington, Minnesota

Renewing the Countryside invites women farmland owners to a free workshop designed to provide information on conservation options and connect you with local resources, as well as introduce you to other women landowners. The morning schedule includes introductions to each other, to conservation professionals, and to local programs and resources. After lunch, hop on a bus and visit some local farms to see how they are "caring for the land."

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Land Assessment and Advanced Soil Testing

May 25, 2016
Ithaca, New York

This presentation is part of the Groundswell Center's Managing Soils for Better Crops workshop series. In this evening session, learn to do a visual assessment of land and soils. Learn how take samples for a soil health test and how to read their results for different crop needs. Students will submit individual soil samples for analysis.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Newest Research on the Value of Habitat for Pest Management

May 25, 2016
Online

In this free, one-hour webinar presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center, learn about the value of on-farm habitat for enhancing conservation biological control and the current scientific research that supports this natural pest control. The webinar will emphasize the most current scientific research on enhancing native beneficial insects and why maintaining habitat is so critical to these insects. Learn how adding diversity into agricultural cropland can provide the basic requirements to support these insects and how other farm management practices may have an impact.

In: Online

 

Permalink Beginning Farmer Tour: South Circle Farm

May 26, 2016
Indianapolis, Indiana

Purdue's Beginning Farmer and Rancher program is offering new and aspiring farmers an opportunity to visit 10 Indiana agribusinesses and learn from Purdue Extension educators, producers and other experts. The series of tours runs from May through October and includes stops throughout the state. This session explores urban agriculture, organic farming, and key tools for managing small-scale farming operations.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Introducing the NRCS National Organic Farming Handbook

May 26, 2016
Online

In the Understanding Organic Agriculture series, this webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. This webinar will explore the new Organic Farming Handbook, including a description of organic farming principles and relevant USDA organic regulations. The presentation will describe considerations and resources for planning conservation practices on organic operations such as cover crops, nutrient management, crop rotations, and livestock management.

In: Online

 

Permalink Grassfed Beef Conference

May 26-27, 2016
College Station, Texas

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service announces the fifth conference focused on grassfed beef production. Here's a chance to learn more about beef production... from pasture to plate.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Food Safety on the Farm

May 26, 2016
Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota

The Minnesota Food Association Farmer Training Program classes are great for those with little to no knowledge of farming basics. Food safety is something that every vegetable farmer needs to understand. Learn how you can practice food safety in your farming.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crops

May 26, 2016
Pocantico Hills, New York

The Growing Farmers Initiative at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture holds free beginning farmer workshops on Thursday afternoons. This class will discuss how to develop a plan that is focused on cover crops in a diverse crop rotation. It will also discuss how to manage the cover crops including the ability to plant no-till in organic systems, using the cover crop as a mulch to suppress annual weeds. It will also cover topics like seed selection, cover crop establishment, tillage and no-till, and the strategies behind the systems that make them work.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink The Lean Farm: Tips and Tricks for Organizing Your Farm

May 31, 2016
Online

In this free evening webinar presented by NOFA Massachusetts, learn organization strategies from Ben Hartman, an experienced farmer who has improved his farm management based on Lean principals, originally designed by the Japanese auto industry. Lean allows him to cut waste, increase profit, and make his farm more environmentally sustainable.

In: Online

 

Permalink Women Caring for the Land

June 1, 2016
Vinton, Iowa

Women Caring for the Land incorporates a women-only, peer-to-peer informal discussion alongside an afternoon visit to see and discuss conservation practices in action. Women landowners who attend this meeting will learn to assess and improve the health of their soils.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Feeding Kansas Dinner & Dialogue

June 1 or 2, 2016
Concordia or Colby, Kansas

Join the Kansas Rural Center, along with local and regional partners, at one of the "Feeding Kansas Dinner & Dialogue" forums that will be held at six locations throughout the state this May and June. The forums will provide up-to-date information on state and local food systems and opportunities, within the broader context of state budget and revenue issues. Each forum will include a dinner featuring Kansas grown ingredients. Farmers, ranchers, public health professionals, community leaders and policy makers, legislators, local food, farm, and food access advocates, and in general anyone interested in learning more about state and local food and farm action and legislation should attend. The events are free, but RSVP is required.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Webinar on Organic Recordkeeping for Growers

June 2, 2016
Online

Join CCOF and the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) for a webinar on recordkeeping for organic growers. Learn processes to make on-farm organic recordkeeping easier, as well as a framework to assist you in developing a recordkeeping system for your operation that maintains the records needed for organic certification. This webinar is ideal for growers looking to improve their recordkeeping infrastructure, growers new to organic certification, or growers interested becoming certified organic. NCAT's Thea Rittenhouse will review the recordkeeping requirements for organic certification.

In: Online

 

Permalink National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

June 2-4, 2016
Madison, Wisconsin

Join the National Farm to School Network for the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference and see how you can change the culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. This biennial event is the premier opportunity to learn, network, and collaborate with likeminded farm to cafeteria leaders from across the country. The conference includes great opportunities to see farm to cafeteria in action through local field trips, excellent workshops that dig deeper into implementing successful farm to cafeteria initiatives, and several inspirational keynote speakers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink In Her Boots: Beginning Livestock and Grazing

June 3, 2016
Blanchardville, Wisconsin

This In Her Boots workshop offers a unique opportunity to explore integrating livestock from a female farmer point of view. A team of seasoned female farmers show you how to care for diverse livestock--hogs, goats, sheep, and poultry--on pasture as Nature intended. Workshop includes a tour of Dorothy's Grange, a farrow-to-finish hog operation. These day-long, on-farm workshops include a detailed farm tour, lunch and networking opportunities. With a focus on sharing experiences, stories and ideas, the In Her Boots format builds on the idea that women farmers learn best from each other.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink How to Create Successful Markets

June 3-4, 2016
New York, New York

This is a two-day training course from Project for Public Spaces where participants learn the essentials for creating a thriving public market that is economically sustainable, maximizes community benefits, and contributes to the creation of public places that attract a broad diversity of people. Participants will learn the essentials for creating an extraordinary public market during work sessions and on-site tours of New York City's thriving open-air and indoor public markets.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Regrarians Integrated Farm Planning Course

June 3-12, 2016
Albany, Oregon

The Regrarians 10-day Integrated Farm Planning course, or REX, follows a subject a day, building layer by practical layer for the real client and real enterprise that is the basis for this unique experience. The REX is guided over its journey by Regrarians Ltd. Darren J. Doherty, a consultant and designer of world-class reputation. A carefully crafted distillation of the world's greatest and most effective methodologies, the REX is designed for nothing less than effective outcomes.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Conservation Biological Control Short Course

June 3, 2016
Enumclaw, Washington

Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for insecticides. In addition to receiving the latest cutting edge scientific findings, course participants will conduct a field tour to practice identifying beneficial insects and their habitat.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Strolling of the Heifers Weekend

June 3-5, 2016
Brattleboro, Vermont

This multi-faceted event includes the finals of the Great American Bread Recipe Competition, the Strolling of the Heifers parade, a Slow Living Expo, the Farmers Breakfast with local food, and the Tour de Heifer bicycle tour, and guided tours at five area farms.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Camp Mushroom

June 3, 2016
Watkins Glen, New York

Camp Mushroom is Cornell University's annual two-day event for farmers, woodlot owners, and hobby growers who want to cultivate their own shiitake, oyster, lions mane, and stropharia mushrooms. This year marks the 11th year of the course, as forest mushroom cultivation blossoms in the northeast as a new small farm industry.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Spotted Wing Drosophila

June 3, 2016
Online

The 2016 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series is sponsored by eXtension Communities of Practice and by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Clemson Cooperative Extension, and the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture. In this free webinar at 2 p.m. Eastern, learn practical tips of detection and management of Spotted Wing Drosophila, an invasive insect pest of both large and small fruit crops. The webinar presenter is Dr. Hannah Burrack, Associate Professor of Entomology & Extension Specialist at North Carolina State University.

In: Online

 

Permalink Livestock Workshop

June 4, 2016
Poteau, Oklahoma

Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture offers a full-day workshop on grazing management and livestock water systems. Topics covered will include benefits of controlled grazing, designing a grazing system, and the use of electric fencing. The second topic area will cover livestock water systems with emphasis on gravity flow water development and different types of livestock watering systems. The workshop will include both indoor and outdoor activities.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Farming with Native Pollinators: Creating a Place for Bees and Bugs

June 4, 2016
Woodinville, Washington

This full-day workshop, led by the Xerces Society, will focus on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in agricultural landscapes. The course will provide an overview of bee natural history and identify practices such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators. In addition to receiving the latest cutting edge scientific findings, course participants will be guided on a field tour to practice identifying bees and their habitat.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

June 4-5, 2016
Albany, Oregon

This event features keynote speakers, workshops, demonstrations, vendors, and exhibitors on the topics of Modern Homesteading, Animal Husbandry, Organic Gardening, Green Building, Natural Health, Renewable Energy, and Real Food.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Ride to Farm 2016

June 4, 2016
New Glarus, Wisconsin

Ride to Farm is a bicycle ride to raise awareness and funds for the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers (WSBDF) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This year’s 100K (~62 mile) ride begins and ends at New Glarus Woods State Park. The ride includes two rest and refreshment stops at grazing dairy farms.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Battleground to Breaking Ground: A Transformational Journey

June 4, 2016
San Antonio, Texas

Texas AgrAbility offers this free workshop for veterans and others who want to start farming or ranching or improve their agricultural operations. Learn about niche marketing, developing your business plan, and resources for technical and financial assistance. Network with fellow veterans and beginning farmers and ranchers.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Spring Soil Health Field Day

June 4, 2016
Clarks Grove, Minnesota

The Freeborn Area Soil Health Team will be hosting its 3rd annual Spring Soil Health Field Day to promote soil health, water quality, and cover crops from 8:30 am until 1 pm. The event will take place at Fritz Jensen’s Farm. Tim Radatz, a research specialist from the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resources Center, will be presenting data on the movement of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment into surface waters at their research locations in Southern Minnesota. Farmer and cover crop consultant Jamie Scott will speak on his experience of helping producers with the regulations that were enforced in the Lake Erie Watershed as a way to improve its poor water quality. If you have questions or would like to RSVP to this event contact Senja Viktora at 507-373-5607 ext. 105 or by email at senja.viktora@mn.nacdnet.net. Lunch will be provided free of charge.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Local Foods for Small Campuses Gathering

June 6-7, 2016
Unity, Maine

Farm to Institution New England (FINE) and Unity College Dining present an opportunity for small campuses to come together to share information about including local foods more intentionally and in larger volumes as a part of their menu and operation. This event is intended primarily for any and all food service staff from small campuses (focusing mainly on campuses with under 2,000 students), but may also be appealing for educators who teach courses related to this topic, students with interest in this topic, and advocates who have tools and resources to share to help promote the use of local foods on campuses.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 


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