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Permalink Blueberries for the Home Garden and Small Farm

January 29, 2017
Santa Cruz, California

Join CASFS/UCSC Farm & Garden manager Christof Bernau in this morning workshop to learn about varietal selection, site selection, planting, pruning, and general care of blueberries in the home garden and on the small farm. This is a lecture and demonstration workshop.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Log-Grown Shiitake: Viability for Small Farms

January 29, 2017
Paul Smiths, New York

The Cornell Small Farms Program will offer a one-day workshop, "Log-Grown Shiitake: Viability for Small Farms," in five counties around New York State. Anyone who is growing commercially, starting up, or considering commercial production is welcome to attend. The workshop content will cover all the aspects of production from harvest to market. On the day following the workshop current and prospective farmers can schedule free one-on-one consultations with extension educators to review their farm goals, resources, and discuss challenges and opportunities for their own production.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Society for Range Mangement Annual Meeting

January 29 - February 2, 2017
St. George, Utah

"Red Rock and Rangelands" is the theme for the 70th annual meeting of the Society for Range Management. The meeting includes technical trainings, a trade show, workshops/symposiums, social events, a job fair, field tours, etc. Topics will address all major subjects/issues to rangelands including fire, grazing, restoration, wildlife, hydrology, soils, invasive/encroaching species, policy decisions, collaborative management, and many more

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Developing Leadership & Human Resource Management Skills

January 30, and February 6, 13, and 27, 2017
West Lebanon, New Hampshire

The University of New Hampshire, in collaboration with NOFA-VT, presents a four-part course on employment law, training employees, leadership and communication, and interviewing and hiring. Participants can register for individual sessions or for the complete course.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Food Safety Workshop

January 30-31, 2017
East Aurora, New York

Cornell Vegetable Program and Harvest New York present this training that will provide growers with the information needed to begin implementing food safety into their practices. Day 1 will cover all aspects of what farm food safety is and why it is important for anyone involved in growing fresh produce. Day 2 will help those who want to write a draft food safety implementation plan for their own farm.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention

January 31 - February 2, 2017
Hershey, Pennsylvania

The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention has become the premier grower meeting in the Northeast combining three days of six or more concurrent educational sessions with a large industry trade show and numerous networking opportunities. Registration is open to all interested commercial fruit, vegetable, and berry growers, as well as direct marketers and allied industry personnel.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Landscape Heroes: Carbon, Water, and Biodiversity

January 31, 2017
Amherst, Massachusetts

Join the Ecological Landscape Alliance at UMass Amherst for an in-depth, inspiring conversation on Carbon Sequestration and learn what practical steps you can take to ensure that your interactions with the landscape make positive impacts. At this day-long program you will learn from many land care practitioners, including land managers, farmers, researchers, and conservationists, about what is possible for soil carbon and landscape restoration.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmers Market Boot Camps

January 24, 25, 26, or 31, 2017
Dickson, Dyersburg, Bolivar, or Cookeville, Tennessee

University of Tennessee Extension announces a new round of Farmers Market Boot Camps for producers planning to grow fruits, vegetables, or nuts for direct marketing. Farmers will have the opportunity to learn about selecting crops and varieties that may give them an advantage with customers at the market. Six day-long workshops, each covering the same training, are scheduled across Tennessee in January and February.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Your Rights of Appeal: Understanding the National Appeals Division When Applying for Loans and Debt Servicing

January 31, 2017
Online

USDA and the University of Arkansas School of Law Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative are hosting the final session in a series of webinars covering Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs and loans that will assist Native American farmers and ranchers. This session will introduce participants to the purpose and history of the National Appeals Division and discuss the essential deadlines and process for appealing decisions made by the Farm Service Agency concerning applications for loans and for loan servicing. Understanding appeal rights and processes is also an essential skill when working with USDA. Producers nationwide are invited to participate in the free webinar series.

In: Online

 

Permalink Farm to Institution Training for Food Service Consultants

January 31, 2017
Online

Farm to Institution New England is working to build a resource for food service consultants and will share its comprehensive toolkit for increasing local food procurement by institutional food services in this one-hour webinar. The webinar will showcase how the toolkit pertains to the request for proposal (RFP) process for food service management companies. This webinar will include a live case study sharing how one large institution navigated a cutting-edge RFP process by working with a consultant and engaging the campus community.

In: Online

 

Permalink Farming for the Future Conference

February 1-4, 2017
State College, Pennsylvania

PASA's 26th annual Farming for the Future Conference has the theme "Hope, Farm, Heal." The conference includes intensive full- and half-day programming to give you in-depth training on focused topics, more than 100 80-minute workshops on a variety of topics, and a trade show with exhibitors representing the best of the sustainable agriculture business community. Keynote speakers are Janisse Ray and Gabe Brown.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Marketing & Promotion

February 1, 2017
Missoula, Corvallis, Columbus, Conrad, Joliet, Butte, or Bozeman, Montana

Farm Link Montana is offering Planning For On-Farm Success, a weekly series of seven evening workshops in seven locations across the state. This is the third session of the series. Learn how to evaluate new markets, track financial information and use it to make decisions, access the right financing for your business, and manage the risks in your operation. Participants will receive expert instruction by presenters from the Montana university system as well as networking and Q&A with experienced producers, lenders, and ag professionals in your community.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink GAPs Workshop

February 2, 2017
Long Prairie, Minnesota

University of Minnesota Extension hosts this day-long workshop for fruit and vegetable farmers. Attend this workshop to learn how GAPs can help minimize food safety risks with fresh produce and are good for business: good for getting new customers and keeping the ones you already have. Learn the most recent food safety information including GAPs audits and the Food Safety Modernization Act and what it may mean for your farm. Learn how to mitigate and problem-solve potential food-safety issues on the farm before produce gets to the warehouse, and practice writing food safety SOPs and risk assessment statements.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Washington State Farmers Market Association Annual Conference

February 2-4, 2017
Blaine, Washington

The 2017 WSFMA Conference brings together more than 250 farmers market organizers, farmers, state agencies, and partner organizations to share their passion for Washington farms, food access, and farmers markets.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Slow Flowers: Small-Scale Cut Flower Production

February 2, 2017
Online

University of Illinois Extension's Small Farms Winter Webinar Series features practical, lunch-hour presentations on small farm enterprises and strategies. Log in every Thursday at noon for the free, one-hour webinars. The series runs through March 30. This session features Candice Hart, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm-Finance Workshop

February 2, 2017
Biloxi, Mississippi

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is partnering with FSA offices across the state of Mississippi to improve producers' farm finance literacy, educate producers about the variety of assistance programs available to them, and help interested farmers complete applications. NCAT will be hosting a free one-day workshop that will include information on the basics of farm financial planning, marketing strategies, and how FSA loan and assistance programs can assist Mississippi farmers in becoming more profitable. NCAT employees will be able to provide one-on-one assistance as needed to help participants fill out FSA applications for loan and assistance programs. For more information about this event, please contact NCAT Gulf States Regional Director Rockiell Woods at 866-643-2767, or e-mail him at rockw@ncat.org.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Fort Bend Regional Vegetable Conference

February 2, 2017
Rosenberg, Texas

The 32nd annual Fort Bend Regional Vegetable Conference is a celebration of vegetable production along the upper Gulf Coast region, focused on teaching sustainable practices to help producers maximize efficiencies and profitability.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink GrassWorks Grazing Conference

February 2-4, 2017
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

The 25th annual GrassWorks Grazing Conference, "Resilience Through Generations," features Tom Frantzen, Joyce Turk, and Jim Gerrish. Conference tracks include dairy, all-around, and beginning grazier. There will be presentations on a wide range of topics, as well as a trade show.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organicology

February 2-4, 2017
Portland, Oregon

With intensive training sessions, workshops, world class keynote speakers, amazing entertainment and networking, Organicology is a conference of its own class. Organicology seeks to bring all of the stakeholder groups to the table to not only develop skills in their own areas of activity but to gain exposure to the challenges and accomplishments of those in other areas of the trade and movement.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink North Dakota Farmers Market and Grower Association and Local Foods Conference

February 3-4, 2017
Mandan, North Dakota

This day-and-a-half conference is filled with sessions to help your business grow. The conference is a great way to meet people with similar interests, network, and share best practices. Conference tracks are offered for fruit and vegetables, livestock, and cooking and baking. Plenary sessions focus on marketing.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink North American Farmers' Direct Marketing Association Annual Convention

February 3-9, 2017
Mystic, Connecticut

The NAFDMA farmers inspired event includes bus tours, educational sessions, workshops, and a business exchange. Farm-direct marketers and agritourism operators will gather for networking and learning in the region. Two days of the event consist of bus-tour farm visits, followed by three days of sessions and workshops.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Nevada Small Farm Conference

February 3-4, 2017
Sparks, Nevada

This two-day conference offers a selection of half-day intensive workshops, followed by a wide range of conference sessions in four different tracks.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Vegetable Production Conference

February 3-4, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin

This producer-initiated conference is built around farmer to farmer skill sharing and is expected to attract growers from Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Topics to be addressed by expert speakers include soil, specific crop production, and farm business management.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Training Program

February 4 - May 13, 2017
Oneonta, New York

This 10-session certificate program from HMI educates and empowers agricultural newcomers (with 10 or less years of farming/ranching experience) to build successful businesses by applying Holistic Management principles and practices. Learn and implement all the skills you need for a successful farm or ranch including soil fertility practices, livestock production, grazing planning, financial planning, marketing and business planning, whole farm/ranch planning skills, leadership and communications skills. All 10 day-long sessions will be held on Saturdays.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Michigan Family Farms Conference

February 4, 2017
Marshall, Michigan

"Farmers Leading the Future: Blending Established Wisdom with New Ideas" offers the opportunity to network, learn, and build sustainable farms. This customized forum for beginning, small-scale, and culturally diverse farmers includes energizing workshops, uplifting speakers, exhibitors, and a youth track, all within an inspiring and supportive atmosphere.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Pastured Pork & Grassfed Beef

February 4, 2017
East Troy, Wisconsin

This morning workshop is part of the Whole Farm Workshop Series from Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. This morning workshop with Steve Deibele will discuss fencing, animal psychology, synergies, field management, forages, and the why's of pasturing that create healthy fats and heart healthy meat.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Dialing in Your High Tunnel for Less Work, Greater Yields, and Higher Profits

February 6, 2017
North Easton, Massachusetts

NOFA Massachusetts offers a full-day intensive on innovative management tools for growers using heated and unheated high tunnels, with presenters Andrew Mefferd and Michael Kilpatrick. Whether you're grappling with questions about when and how to heat your tunnel, how to push your season extension further, which varietals are worth growing, or how to optimize crop successions for year-round production, this intensive will provide you insight and inspiration for the next growing season and beyond.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink IOIA/QCS Basic Organic Crop & Processing Inspection Trainings

February 6-10, 2017
Lutz, Florida

IOIA and Quality Certification Services (QCS) will cosponsor simultaneous Crop and Processing Inspection Trainings. Each course includes four days of instruction including a field trip to a certified organic operation, plus a half day for testing.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Introduction to Whole Farm Planning

February 7, 2017
Alberta, Virginia

This introductory workshop with instructors from Virginia State University’s Small Farm Outreach Program is designed for beginning farmers and ranchers. It ill help participants establish and sustain viable agricultural operations through whole farm planning programs. The half-day workshop is free and open to the public. Class size is limited, and participants must RSVP. No walk-ins will be allowed.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Specialty Crops: Production, Marketing, Management

February 7, 2017
Liberal, Kansas

Seward County Community College Agriculture Program is hosting the 3rd annual Specialty Crops: Production, Marketing, Management meeting. This meeting will have information for beginning and experienced specialty crops growers as well as those thinking about growing specialty crops. Three Kansas growers will talk about their operations of greenhouse hydroponic vegetables, high tunnels, wholesale production and direct marketing techniques. Brian Withrow of Medicine Lodge will present on Sustainable Beekeeping. David Coltrain, SCCC Agriculture Instructor, will describe "What’s Happening at SCCC." The meeting will conclude with a tour of the SCCC facilities that includes greenhouses, high tunnels, garden areas and incubator plots.

In: North Central SARE Region

 


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