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Permalink Small Ruminant Production Training

October 27 - December 3, 2016
Sylvania, Georgia

This six-session course from Screven County Extension provides an in-depth instruction on sheep and goat farming, from selecting breeds to marketing your product. The schedule includes five evening sessions and a hands-on Saturday training. It is open to farmers who have successfully completed either the Small Farmer Business Planning training or the AgAware training.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Small-Scale and Niche Market Pork Production Conference

October 28-29, 2016
Suffolk, Virginia

Virginia Cooperative Extension presents this event at the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center. In addition to pre-conference workshops, there will be sessions on pig health, production tools for small-scale producers, and emerging niche markets. NCAT's Lee Rinehart will give a presentation on raising certified organic pork. Pre-registration is required for this free event. Contact Mark J. Estienne, Ph.D., at

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Michigan Good Food Summit

October 28, 2016
East Lansing, Michigan

This biennial event is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in advancing health and economic development through Michigan food systems to connect, learn, and collaborate across sectors. The theme of the 2016 Good Food Summit is “Good Food for All: The road to 2020.” Participants in the day-long event will celebrate state and local successes, engage with sector-specific breakout tracks, network with others from around Michigan and across the food system, and hear stories about successful Michigan collaborations.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Open Gate: The Texas Reunion

October 28-29, 2016
Ozona and Comstock, Texas

The Texas Reunion is part of HMI's Open Gate Learning Series. These two back-to-back Open Gate Days include short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers. Whether you are an agricultural producer, wildlife manager, agency representative, or just interested in ranching, land stewardship, and grass-fed meats, this event is for you.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Montana Governor's Local Food and Agriculture Summit

October 28-29, 2016
Bozeman, Montana

This important summit will examine local food systems and explore opportunities for expanding these systems. Five tracks are offered: Challenges of Food and Agriculture Manufacturing, Processing, and Local Distribution; Farm to Folk: Positive Economic and Health Benefits of Communities Becoming Markets for Local Food; Creating a New Generation of Farmers; Resilience in Agriculture; and Marketing Montana Products.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Aquaponics Conference

October 28-29, 2016
Kokomo, Indiana

Join the Indiana Aquaculture Association Inc. for a two-day Aquaponics Conference geared towards intermediate and advanced aquaponics. Lectures will cover a wide range of topics: facilities and equipment, fish nutrition, pest control, current aquaculture research, species selection, food safety and much more. Vendors, a tour, and networking are also scheduled.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Integrated Parasite Management and FAMACHA Class

October 29, 2016
Canton, New York

This class from Cornell Cooperative Extension teaches you the principles of evasive grazing. Different parasites cause different symptoms and need different de-wormers to treat them. However, treating all the animals in your flock at once can lead to de-wormers that don’t work! Come and find out how to strategically treat your flock. Participants will be using microscopes to look at fecal egg counts as well as doing hands-on FAMACHA scoring with the Cornell Cooperative Extension sheep flock.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink California Farm Academy Information Session

October 29, 2016
Winters, California

The Center for Land-Based Learning offers the California Farm Academy, a seven-month, part-time program that provides an intensive overview of what it takes to succeed as a farmer. To meet alumni and program staff and learn more about the program, come to the farm for a two-hour Information Session.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Mother Earth News Online Summit

October 31 - November 8, 2016

This free, online event sponsored by the Grow Network offers presentations by more than 35 experts on growing food and medicine sustainably. Registration is required.

In: Online


Permalink Treasure Coast Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference

November 1-2, 2016
Fort Pierce, Florida

Join the UF/IFAS Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Extension Team for an educational event for Florida fruit and vegetable producers and stakeholders of Florida local food systems. The event begins with a full-day bus tour of Treasure Coast farms. The second day offers tracks for beginning farmers and advanced farmers, as well as a track on alternative crops and diversification. A trade show, poster sessions, and demonstrations are also scheduled.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Produce Safety

November 1-3, 2016
Davis, California

The University of California Davis Postharvest Technology offers this workshop, an integrated approach to building a foundation of awareness and improved understanding of the current scientific basis for produce microbial safety systems and preventive controls.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink So You Want to Farm in Maine?

November 1-29, 2016
Falmouth, Maine

University of Maine Cooperative Extension offers this course on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in November. This course is designed for current farmers and those who are aspiring to have a farm. The purpose of this course is to equip participants with knowledge and skills to start, adapt, and maintain a profitable land-based business.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Connecticut Soil Health Workshop

November 2, 2016
Woodbridge, Connecticut

The "Healthy Soils: Organic Alternatives" workshop will teach participants how to incorporate alternative methods for soil health implementation on the farm. The day will include a farm tour, equipment viewing, and demos, as well as hearing from farmers who have successfully implemented practices in organic production, cover cropping, and conservation tillage approaches.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Vermont Farm to School Conference

November 2-3, 2016
Fairlee, Vermont

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets and Vermont FEED, in partnership with the Vermont Farm to School Network, is hosting this statewide conference to bring together members and leaders of the farm to school community for two days of education, networking, and inspiration. The two-day Vermont Farm to School Conference was created to connect community stakeholders who are dedicated to bringing farm-fresh, local food to school cafeterias and promoting food, farm, and nutrition education.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink South Dakota Local Foods Conference

November 3-5, 2016
Mitchell, South Dakota

Five in-depth pre-conference sessions are offered on November 3. Marketing and business tracks are offered during the main conference, along with keynote speakers Daniel Halsey, a certified permaculture designer and teacher for multiple academic institutions and organizations out of Prior Lake Minnesota; and “The Sioux Chef,” Sean Sherman, who was born in Pine Ridge and is now a caterer and food educator focusing on revitalizing indigenous food systems in a modern culinary context in the Minneapolis, St. Paul area. The conference is meant to continue the dialogue on local foods among producers, growers, consumers, school nutrition programs, grocers, restaurants and resource providers. Anyone with an interest in local foods is encouraged to attend.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink The Livestock Conservancy National Conference

November 3-5, 2016
Amherst, Massachusetts

Join the Livestock Conservancy to share new ways in which members can collaborate to ensure the continuation of the work begun almost 40 years ago. Topics addressed will include cooperative strategies for breeding, marketing, and animal management that can aid farmers and bring products and services to eager consumers. Sessions will explore how co-operation, collaboration, and teamwork will be the key to securing the future of rare breeds.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference

November 4-6, 2016
New York, New York

The 6th Annual Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference is a national conference presented by Black Urban Growers (BUGs). It offers a day full of workshops, panel discussions, demonstrations, and much more with presenters from around the country. The conference begins with a community garden walking tour and includes a day of community action planning.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Massachusetts Farm and Sea to School Conference

November 4, 2016
Leominster, Massachusetts

The conference brings together farm to cafeteria advocates--farmers, food service professionals, educators, policy makers, public health advocates, community organizers, youth leaders and more--for a daylong event with workshops and panel discussions addressing a wide variety of farm to school topics.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Farm-Based Education National Gathering

November 4-6, 2016
Concord, Massachusetts

The 6th Farm-Based Education National Gathering invites educators, farmers, nonprofit organization staff, parents, nutrition practitioners, policy makers, students, and more to come together to share skills and resources, build relationships, and celebrate the vibrant field of farm-based education. Workshops, field trips, farm to table meals, and networking are on the agenda.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink A Grazing Plan that Stores More Water

November 4, 2016
Blanco, Texas

This free, full-day workshop from NCAT's Soil for Water project features a morning presentation by Dr. Tim Steffens, AgriLife Extension Specialist in Rangeland Management. Part of the afternoon will be spent out on Ryan Ranch discussing grazing practices. Free boxed lunch if you RSVP by October 28 to

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 4-6, 2016
Northport, Maine

This conference is based on the idea that farmers learn best from their peers and other practitioners. It features prominent and accessible university faculty, extension educators, and other agricultural professionals in a three-hour session format that includes a presentation followed by a round table discussion intended to solicit and capitalize on the accumulated knowledge of all the farmers in attendance. The keynote speaker is Vern Grubinger on The Legacy of Organic Agriculture.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Women, Food & Ag Network Annual Conference

November 4-5, 2016
Nebraska City, Nebraska

"Women and Permaculture: Making a Living in Harmony with the Land" is the conference theme. Keynote speaker Karryn Olson-Ramanujan, workshops, and field tours will focus on trees and permaculture, as well as women's leadership, small-scale diversified agriculture, conservation for women landowners, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Sustainable Agriculture Conference

November 4-6, 2016
Durham, North Carolina

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's Sustainable Agriculture Conference will convene over 1,200 beginning and experienced farmers, agripreneurs and ag-tivists, health advocates and gardeners, consumers, and homesteaders for workshops, hands-on intensives, farm tours, demonstrations, good food, great conversations, and community-building. The conference is a once-a-year opportunity to celebrate, champion and build a vibrant, sustainable food system that is good for consumers, good for farmers and farmworkers, and good for the land.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Organic Farming in the Sierra

November 5, 2016
Fallon, Nevada

In this one-day workshop from the Specialty Crop Institute, third-generation organic farmer Gary Romano shares his knowledge and insights into organic farming in the Sierra. Gary Romano is owner and operator of Sierra Valley Farms, a certified organic farm nestled in Sierra Valley, California. The farm’s diverse operation includes cool-season vegetables, fruits, micro greens, herbs, native plants, value-added condiments, on-farm farmers market, and a summer series of concerts and "Dinners in the Barn." Gary has been farming for more than 50 years and is the author of July & Winter: Growing Food in the Sierra.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Southern New England Livestock Conference

November 5, 2016
Dighton, Massachusetts

The goal of this first annual conference is to provide a platform to share information on best practices for humanely raising livestock, humane processing, and marketing of meat products. The program will cover topics including animal nutrition, soil management for pastures, grazing and pasture management, exploring the rules and regulations for livestock farmers, health care and humane treatment of farm animals, adding value to your meat products, and much more. There will be more than 20 different seminars including talks for all levels from those interested in getting animals for the first time to established livestock farmers.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Farm & Food Expo

November 5, 2016
Spokane, Washington

Spokane Conservation District presents a full day of classes and speakers providing great insights that every small acreage farmer, garden enthusiast, and foodie will want to know. The conference classes will be followed by an evening keynote event featuring Joel Salatin. There is also a Joel Salatin all-day track (Salatin School) with limited registration.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Scaling Up (or Maybe Down): Finding and Getting to the Right Scale for Your Farm

November 6, 2016
Ann Arbor, Michigan

In this full-day MSU Farmer Field School, a group of experienced farmers will explore such ideas as such as "What is the best scale for your farm business to maximize success?" This workshop will examine potential critical thresholds for sales, relative to these factors based on observed patterns in successful farms and the first hand experiences of these farmer presenters. This workshop examines Return on Investment (ROI) for a number of potential capital and equipment investments/purchases a farmer might make, and some priorities and rules of thumb regarding infrastructure, equipment, management time, and staffing/labor at small-medium-large farm scales. This workshop is designed to help farmers identify and think critically and strategically about how to grow or right-size their operation for maximum success.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers National Conference

November 6-8, 2016
Grand Rapids, Michigan

This event features two days of sessions on varieties, production, disease management, and marketing for cut-flower businesses, followed by a day of tours.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Annual Meeting

November 6-9, 2016
Phoenix, Arizona

The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America will hold their joint annual meeting, "Resilience Emerging from Scarcity and Abundance." This major event includes tours, workshops, business and committee meetings, and exhibits.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Cover Crop Management in Vegetable Systems

November 8, 2016

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS Soil Health Division. In this session with Eero Ruuttila, Research Farm Manager for Johnny's Selected Seeds, participants will look at windows of opportunity for fitting cover crops into vegetable crop rotations, while minimizing tillage and the use of plastic mulches. The webinar will highlight the biological characteristics of Northeastern cover crop species with suggested seeding rates, equipment for establishing and maintaining good cover crop stands, and suggestions on when to incorporate cover crops to benefit later cash crops. Focus will be placed on using the right cover crops prior to the planned vegetable crop to be planted and use of cover crops during the traditional summer fallow period.

In: Online




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