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Permalink High Tunnel Production Intensive

December 13, 2017
Mercer, Pennsylvania

This is a full-day PASA farmer-to-farmer exchange event.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink GAPs Certification Training Workshop

December 13, 2017
Olathe, Kansas

K-State Research & Extension will provide GAPs certification training and food safety plan development assistance in this one-day workshop. This training should help your farm successfully complete a USDA Harmonized GAPs audit and will assist you in creating a food safety plan. The morning session will review the GAP audit process (costs, who to contact, what to expect), with the remainder of the day spent creating your food safety plan.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink SoCal Farmers Summit

December 13-15, 2017
Encinitas, California

The Farmers Guild and Community Alliance with Family Farmers present a day-long gathering of agrarians, new and experienced, together with local food advocates to empower family farms and promote sustainable agriculture throughout Southern California, followed by an evening celebrating local bounty. This event features educational workshops, farmer-to-farmer roundtables and food system discussions for the whole community. It is followed by a two-day Entrepreneurial Intensive for New & Beginning Farmers. This affordable program will provide upstart agrarians with the basic business tools to prepare for a career in agriculture, as well as the peer-to-peer community support to keep inspired and on track.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Organic Grower Summit

December 13-14 2017
Monterey, California

Launched by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), the Organic Grower Summit (OGS) will bring organic growers, producers and processors together for two days of education, information and networking opportunities with their production supply chain and support service providers. This year's event features engaging educational sessions, thought-provoking keynote presentations, and an exhibit area.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Illinois Farmer Veteran Meeting

December 13, 2017
Bloomington, Illinois

This quarterly meeting for the Illinois Farmer Veteran's Group offers information regarding programs and resources for veterans who are currently farming and/or part of agri-business, as well as veterans interested in an agri-business career.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink High Tunnel Tomatoes

December 14, 2017
Mercer, Pennsylvania

This is a full-day intensive presented by PASA farmer-to-farmer exchange. Pre-registration is required.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Record Keeping for Successful Value-Added Enterprises

December 12, 13, or 14, 2017
Martin, Carthage, or Chattanooga, Tennessee

University of Tennessee Extension will present a seven-hour workshop designed to help farmers learn to keep better financial records. Participants will be introduced to QuickBooks accounting software and learn about setting up a chart of accounts, items, customers, and vendors, entering sales and recording deposits, paying bills, and writing checks and creating reports. The workshop is designed for producers who sell fresh and processed farm products at direct marketing outlets such as farmers markets, on-farm stands, pick-your-own, and agritourism operations.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink The Soil Revolution: Digging Deeper

December 14, 2017
Longmont, Colorado

This event invites farmers and ranchers of all scales and production systems to join in digging deeper into the science, benefits, and practical applications of farming for soil health. Third-generation biotic specialty potato farmer Brendon Rockey of Rockey Farms in Center, Colorado, will deliver the keynote address. Brendon's approach focuses on supporting flourishing ecosystems. He will be joined by producers from Boulder County, the State of Colorado, and the southwestern United States. Other soil health experts from the USDA-NRCS and Colorado State University will share their expertise.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Alliance of Sustainable Farms Field Day: NCAT Piney Woods Demonstration Farm

December 15, 2017
Piney Woods, Mississippi

The Alliance of Sustainable Farms presents its final field day of the year at the NCAT Piney Woods Demonstration Farm. Topics for the free event will include season extension and hoophouse activities, cover crops, farm to school, and small farm tools demonstrations. The hands-on demonstration of small farm tools will focus on bed prep in the field using the BCS Tractor with four implements (rotary tiller, rotary plow, power harrow, and flail mower) and bed prep in the hoophouse using a broadfork, Tilther, and seedbed rake. Pre-registration is required; e-mail

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Integrated Weed Management and Insect Pests in Dryland Cereal Systems

December 18, 2017

This webinar is part of a series on Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest. Scientists present timely information aimed at helping farmers and agricultural professionals interpret the results of recent research on dryland cereal systems in the region. This webinar series stems from the new book Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest, a publication of the six-year Regional Approaches to Climate Change (REACCH) project, aimed at increasing the sustainability of dryland farming.

In: Online


Permalink Sustainable Winegrowing and Certification Webinar

December 19, 2017

Participate in this free webinar to learn about the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program (SWP), how to complete a Self-Assessment using the SWP Online System, and the steps required to become Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing. Free Performance Metrics online tracking tools and other helpful tools and resources will also be covered.

In: Online


Permalink Growing Staple Crops for Local Markets

December 19, 2017
Joliet, Illinois

Bill Davison and James Theuri (University of Illinois Extension local food systems/small farm educators) will discuss small grains and staples that can grow in backyards or on a larger scale, addressing agronomy, challenges, marketing, and resources available for information. On-going work with beans, oilseeds, hazelnuts, Chinese chestnuts, open-pollinated corn and upland rice will be presented. The local foods movement, and the niche marketing opportunities it affords, have led to producers' renewed interest in growing grains and other staple crops for the local market. Small grains include wheat, buckwheat, oats, rye, sorghum and barley.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium

January 4, 2018
Schererville, Indiana

This program is a collaboration of Purdue and the University of Illinois Extension services. Presentation highlights include management of tomato bacterial canker, sprayers for controlling insects in sweet corn, new dicamba regulations and updates on federal food safety regulations. The symposium also includes breakout sessions which will allow participants to focus on either marketing or production issues, including cover crops and high tunnels.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Farm Law 101 Workshop

January 5-6, 2018
East Troy, Wisconsin

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is offering a 1.5-day workshop co-facilitated by an attorney and farmers. User-friendly legal education will be integrated with practical, on-the-ground experience, including input from participants. This workshop will empower direct-to-consumer farmers to move forward on legal issues of greatest importance to their operation, including insurance, business organization, workers, food safety, land matters, and sales and contracts.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Horticulture Industries Show

January 5-6, 2018
Tulsa, Oklahoma

The 37th annual Oklahoma-Arkansas Horticulture Industries Show has the theme "Growing New Roots with Urban Agriculture." The keynote speaker is Cary Rivard, and the agenda includes tours and tracks on Christmas trees, urban farming, fruit, vegetables, and public horticulture.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Organic Intensives

January 6, 2018
East Lansing, Michigan

Michigan Organic Food & Farm Alliance presents an opportunity to acquire practical, detailed information over the course of a day with fellow Michigan farmers and gardeners. Day-long sessions will address Diverse Grain Options for Farms and Homesteads, Organic Transplant Production, and Small to Medium Scale Livestock for the Integrated Farm. The registration fee includes six hours of learning, lunch, and comprehensive printed materials.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Holistic Financial Planning

January 8-9, 2018
Burnsville, North Carolina

Holistic Financial Planning comes out of the theories and methods behind Holistic Management, a whole farm planning and decision-making framework that helps farmers take into account their triple bottom line--their economic, environmental, and social viability. Organic Growers School is offering this class for the first time in the region. Registration is limited, and the class is recommended for farmers with at least one year of experience.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Starting Your Sustainable Small Farm

January 8 - March 29, 2018
Bonners Ferry, Caldwell, Driggs, McCall, Kamiah, Moscow, Sandpoint, or Weiser, Idaho

This course will be offered in multiple locations throughout Idaho. This course helps new and aspiring farmers take the first steps toward setting goals, assessing resources available (physical, financial, and personal), and exploring enterprises that are the best fit for you and your land. You'll leave the course with a better understanding of how to make your farm a success. First, participants will receive a pre-recorded webinar to watch at their leisure that will introduce the instructors, online platform, and general course expectations. Then, three full-day in-class sessions will be offered at the location where you register on January 13, February 3, and March 3, 2018. An end-of-class potluck will be scheduled for March 29 at each local site. Additionally, at least two farm tours will be scheduled in the spring at farms and times to be decided locally.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Vendor-101 Farmers Market Workshop

January 8, 2018
San Diego, California

There are more than 50 weekly farmers markets in San Diego County. At this day-long workshop from San Diego Markets, learn how to take your crop, product, or idea and become a farmers market success story.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference

January 8-9, 2018
Lexington, Kentucky

The conference will begin with pre-conference Vegetable and Tree & Small Fruit Roundtable Discussion. The conference will feature sessions on Farmers Markets, Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Production, Small Fruit Production, Organic Production, Wholesale Marketing, Direct Marketing and Agritourism, a Produce Best Practices Training, and a Grape and Wine Short Course.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Double Up Food Bucks Regional Symposia

January 8 or 9, 2018
Grand Junction or Durango, Colorado

If you are a farmer, SNAP recipient, DUFB site manager, funder, or community partner, join in one of four regional DUFB Symposiums in Colorado. At this free event, share lessons from the past year and celebrate the successes, listen to feedback from participants and partners, network, and plan/strategize for year three of DUFB.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Produce Safety Workshops in Arkansas

January 9, 2018
Monticello, Arkansas

NCAT is collaborating with the Arkansas Agriculture Department and the U of A Division of Agriculture to offer a series of Produce Safety Workshops throughout the state. Each of these one-day workshops will teach you what you need to know about the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and ensure that your farm is compliant with the training requirement under the rule. You will also learn many practical strategies for reducing the food safety risks on your farm. Registration is required.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Planning for On-Farm Success Workshops

January 9 - February 20, 2018
Havre, Plains, Troy, or Montana City, Montana

Community Food & Agriculture Coalition, Farm Link Montana, MSU Extension, Bear Paw FADC and Troy Farmers Market are offering this seven-week series of Tuesday-evening workshops or Thursday-evening workshops concurrently in several Montana communities. The workshops teach you how to start a new market farm or livestock business, identify the profit centers on your farm, assess a new enterprise, capture more of the profits from your products, and improve farm brand and marketing. Each workshop includes expert presenters as well as local networking and Q&A with experienced producers, ag service providers, and local lenders.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Sustainable Viticulture Forum: Technology and Water

January 9, 2018
Forestville, California

The goal of this forum is to understand the wine industry's major sustainability challenges in water and discuss how and where innovation and technology solutions can help solve problems. Growers can engage in peer learning and share best practices around water sustainability, interact with ag-tech solution providers, and converse with state agency representatives and sustainability professionals about expectations and the best ways to meet shared goals. Topics will include scaling innovative irrigation technologies and practices (including remote sensing, precision irrigation, and water reuse), improving water supply reliability while mitigating physical and regulatory water risks, and addressing challenges and barriers to adoption of technological innovations.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism, and Organic Conference and Trade Show

January 10-12, 2018
Springfield, Illinois

This conference is provided by the Illinois Specialty Growers Association, the University of Illinois, and the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The conference is aimed at meeting the needs of agritourism businesses, irrigation users, and producers of vegetable, herb, and fruit crops in Illinois and surrounding states. There will be a variety of pre-conference sessions and food safety training offered. Session tracks include fruits, vegetables, agritourism and marketing, herbs, organic, emerging issues, and value-added products.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Produce Safety Alliance Training

January 11, 2018
Indianola, Iowa

The PSA courses are designed for growers of fruits and vegetables. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.' The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in seven modules.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference

January 11-13, 2018
College Park, Maryland

Join Future Harvest CASA for three days of local farm and food workshops, farm fresh meals, inspiring speakers, and networking opportunities. The event offers eight pre-conference skill-building workshops, six conference tracks with 30 sessions, and new Farmer-to-Farmer Chat sessions.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Minnesota Organic Conference

January 11-12, 2018
St. Cloud, Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Minnesota Organic Conference (MOC) is a farmer-oriented educational event that includes a trade show. The featured speaker will be Michael Ableman.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Northeast Beginning Farmer Learning Network (BFLN) Summit

January 11, 2018
Hyattsville, Maryland

The summit brings together beginning farmer service providers from across the region to discuss best practices, policy, and emerging trends in beginning farmer training. Future Harvest CASA will host the summit in partnership with the Cornell Small Farms Program. Discounted tickets are also available for BFLN attendees to join Future Harvest CASA's two-day main conference being held in the same location on January 12-13, 2018.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Maine Federation of Farmers Markets Annual Convention

January 11, 2018
Augusta, Maine

Network with friends and neighbors, learn about business-strengthening innovations and connect with industry leaders at this dynamic, full-day event. Features include a keynote by food systems expert Philip Ackerman-Leist; workshops and breakout sessions tailored to the needs of market farmers; tracks for beginners and experienced farmers market participants; DACF scale testing; a help desk for those interested in accepting SNAP; and an exhibit hall packed with resources.

In: Northeast SARE Region




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