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Permalink Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council Field Day

September 13, 2016
Owenton, Kentucky

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists will present the latest research in forage and livestock production management through tours at Eden Shale Research and Demonstration Farm. Topics include novel endophyte tall fescue and seed head suppression, alternative summer forages to maximize beef weight gain and watering systems based on rainfall collection and livestock manure management.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Lost Rivers Grazing Academy

September 13-16, 2016
Salmon, Idaho

This workshop is conducted by University of Idaho Extension educators and specialists. The featured speaker is Jim Gerrish. This four-day workshop is for livestock producers who want to increase their forage productivity, animal performance and income.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Skills Workshop: Pests & Disease

September 14, 2016
Cold Spring, New York

This free afternoon workshop from Glynwood will focus on bacterial, fungal, viral, and abiotic diseases, as well as insect pests that are most common in fruit and vegetable production in the Hudson Valley.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Diversified Livestock

September 14, 2016
Rehoboth, Massachusetts

SEMAP’s Twilight Grower Education workshop series for farmers and home gardeners offers hands-on skill building led on-farm by local producers. This event takes place at Rosasharn Farm.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Creating Learning Environments on Working Farms

September 14, 2016
Hurley, New York

Join NOFA New York at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub for this twilight meeting to explore farmer and apprentice relationships. Professional farmer trainees will share their experiences as first-year "ProFarmers." The NOFA-NY team will lead a discussion about their recently produced On-Farm Skills Guide, a tool for farmers and apprentices to plan, monitor, and encourage the work-learn process.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Blackberry Production and Sales in Missouri

September 14, 2016
Mt. Vernon, Missouri

The "Growing Blackberry Production and Sales in Missouri" project will offer educational sessions and tours of innovative blackberry farms. Join local and nationally known blackberry specialists and farmers to gain expertise on a wide range of blackberry topics at this afternoon workshop.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Raising Pastured Poultry for Food and Profit

September 13, 14, or 15, 2016
LaGrange, Indiana; Iowa City, Iowa; or Lincoln, Nebraska

American Pastured Poultry Producers Association is leading a cross-country educational tour of workshops and seminars in September. Topics include an introduction to pastured poultry, advanced feeding and management, troubleshooting poultry health, and production economics and marketing.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Dairy Healthcare Webinar

September 15, 2016
Online

Join the CCOF Foundation for a webinar on healthcare practices for organic dairy farms. Learn the basics of healthcare management for organic dairy herds, including both preventive health measures and methods allowed in organic production to treat sick animals. This webinar is ideal for those interested in transitioning to organic or current organic dairy producers looking to improve their healthcare practices. Dr. Guy Jodarski, supervising veterinarian for Organic Valley, will share his expertise gained from working as a veterinarian for nearly 30 years. Then, hear the practitioners' perspective on organic herd health from CCOF-certified dairy farmer Shane Radelfinger.

In: Online

 

Permalink Organic Crops on a Large Scale

September 15, 2016
Cottonwood, Minnesota

The Olsons grow organic corn, soybeans, and small grains on 1,100 acres using a three-year cash crop rotation with cover crops. This free MOSES and OGRAIN field day covers weed management, soil fertility and cover crops—particularly tillage radishes planted in late summer.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Bison Advantage Outreach and Education Workshop

September 16, 2016
Wolcottville, Indiana

The sustainably managed Cook's Bison Ranch will host a workshop for local extension and other ag educators. The workshop will be a hands on experience in which attendees will be educated on the holistic management of bison, and then shown first-hand the results of a holistically managed bison operation. The workshop will run from 9 am - 1 pm and will include a networking lunch and a ranch tour.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Fungi Cultivation & Foraging Short Course

September 16-20, 2016
Mecklenburg, New York

Explore the wondrous world of fungi and learn how to grow and forage mushrooms with Farming the Woods co-author Steve Gabriel and special guest instructor Tradd Cotter of Mushroom Mountain. During this five-day intensive course participants will identify wild mushrooms and learn tree ID and forest ecology, inoculate logs, straw, and grain, learn low-tech propagation techniques, build a stormwater biofilter, create a styrofoam substitute, and, of course, cook and eat mushrooms.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Field Day

September 16, 2016
Mount Olive, Mississippi

This free field day takes place at Triple Eaton Farm. Topics will include selling to institutions, specialty food stores, and hydroponic produce. Pre-registration is required. Contact keithmdp@yahoo.com.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink California Multi-Species Grazing/Browsing Academy

September 16-18, 2016
Auburn, California

This Academy is a unique and exciting program emphasizing the practical application of controlled grazing/browsing principles to improve the environment and increase ranch profit. This challenging course consists of a minimum of lecture and a maximum of hands-on experience. You will learn the following at the Academy: Grazing principles, range and brush ecology, nutrition, guard dogs, reproduction, health, grazing planning, and monitoring.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink On-Farm Research Farm Tour

September 16, 2016
Nova, Ohio

Focusing on long-term soil sustainability, Crumrine Farms has been in the Crumrine family for generations. They produce certified organic corn, hay, straw, winter barley, food and feed grade roasted soybeans, oats, and grain sorghum on 260 acres. Learn about the on-farm research being conducted in collaboration with the Ohio State University (OSU) Organic Food and Farming Education Research (OFFER) Program on the Base Cation Saturation Rate (BCSR) method of soil balancing. OSU researchers will be on-site to discuss current observations and to demonstrate soil sample collecting techniques. Learn how your farm can participate in this on-going research.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Animals & Value Added for a Sustainable Farming Business

September 16, 2016
Clear Lake, Wisconsin

Minnesota Food Association and its farmers present an organic field day at Turnip Rock Farm. Farmers Josh Bryceson and Rama Hoffpauir have over 15 years of farming experience, and currently farm nine acres of produce for a 200-member CSA. Learn about how they have incorporated animals and value-added products into their farming business to be more sustainable, both economically and environmentally. This field day is designed for immigrant, minority, and historically under-served farmers, but is free and open to anyone.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink FamilyFarmed's Urban Ag Bus Tour

September 17, 2016
Chicago, Illinois

FamilyFarmed is running a late summer harvest Urban Ag Bus Tour. Hop on the bus and peek inside four of the leading farm sites, community programs, and sustainability incubators in Chicago and experience some of the most amazing urban agriculture projects in the nation.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginning Draft Horse Farming and Driving Workshop

September 17-18, 2016
Dorena, Oregon

Workhorse Workshop's Beginning Draft Horse Workshop is designed for participants who have no, or little, experience with draft horses. The focus of the workshop is to introduce you to the craft of working with draft horses in an economical yet effective way.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Feeding our Community with Farm Stewardship

September 19, 2016
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Red Tractor Farm Day is part of HMI’s Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and presenters. Discuss planet- and animal-friendly management techniques that lead to richer soil, improved water containment, nutrient-dense food, and more prosperous and successful farms and ranches.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Raising Poultry on Pasture for Food and Profit

September 17, 18, or 19, 2016
Davis, California; Bend, Oregon; or Hailey, Idaho

American Pastured Poultry Producers Association is leading a cross-country educational tour of workshops and seminars in September. Topics include an introduction to pastured poultry, advanced feeding and management, troubleshooting poultry health, and production economics and marketing.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Whole Farm Conservation Planning

September 19, 2016
Sunnyside, Washington

This Tilth Producers Farm Walk takes place at Heavenly Hills Harvest. During the height of the winter squash harvest, this farm will showcase how it transformed a once environmentally damaged landscape into the organically certified eco-education center it is today. Learn how the farm's numerous government, university, and non-profit partnerships helped paved the way.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Blueberry Pruning and Soil Amenities

September 19, 2016
Randolph Center, Vermont

This one day course from Vermont Tech will focus on the technical skills needed for successful blueberry production and crop yields. The course will include information on how to achieve the perfect pH and nutrient levels for your blueberries and will also discuss disease and pest problems. The second part of the day will focus on how to properly install blueberry bushes and pruning techniques. The pruning will be a hands-on lab using Vermont Tech’s blueberry bushes.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing & Pasture Management--Class 6

September 19, 2016
Berkshire, New York

This evening class offered as part of Groundswell's Grazing and Pasture Management series visits Kingbird Farm to learn about Multi-Species Management on Pasture.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Seed Production Webinar Series #4: Seed Quality, Harvesting Techniques, and Equipment

September 20, 2016
Online

Join OSA, Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), and other organic seed experts for the fourth of this six-webinar series on organic seed production providing training for seed growers and seed production interns throughout the 2016 growing season. The free webinars are open to the public and appropriate for farmers, interns, students, and other agricultural professionals.

In: Online

 

Permalink National Small Farm Conference

September 20-22, 2016
Virginia Beach, Virginia

"Creating and Sustaining Small Farmers and Ranchers" is the country's premier conference that addresses the needs, challenges, and successes of small farmers. Learn about innovative advances in research, extension, and outreach through short courses, oral and poster paper presentations, exhibits, success stories, and educational tours. This event is hosted by Virginia State University's College of Agriculture, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture with support from Virginia Tech.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Multi-Species Grazing and Pasture Management

September 20, 2016
Sperryville, Virginia

Join Future Harvest CASA and the Piedmont Environmental Council for a free tour of two of the most innovative grazing operations in Virginia: Bean Hollow Grassfed and Heritage Hollow Farms.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Learning Journey to Massachusetts' Farms

September 21, 2016
Deerfield, Massachusetts

NOFA Vermont is coordinating a farmer-to-farmer learning exchange with two western Massachusetts, certified organic farms to learn how they are changing the way their communities eat. The tour will visit Atlas Farm, an 85-acre organic farm growing vegetables, and Red Fire Farm (Granby, MA), an 160-acre organic farm growing vegetable, fruits, and flowers. This tour is intended for beginning and seasoned direct-market farmers.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Getting it There: The Role of New England Food Distributors in Providing Local Food to Institutions

September 21, 2016
Online

Farm to Institution New England has conducted some research that provides insight into the experience of more than 60 New England food distributors in providing local food to institutions such as schools, hospitals, and colleges. Hear the key findings from this research. This webinar will lay out recommendations for four key audiences: food distributors, government agencies, philanthropies/nonprofits, and institutions. There will also be time for audience Q&A.

In: Online

 

Permalink Planning For Success: Sustainable Fruit Production Workshop

September 21, 2016
Fayetteville, Arkansas

With support from the Southern Extension Risk Management Center, NCAT and Heifer International are offering a free, day-long workshop on fruit production that will be held at Ames Orchard and Nursery. The workshop will focus on business planning, marketing, and sustainable and organic fruit production. It will include a tour of the orchard and training on topics such as fruit tree varieties for the Ozarks, organic fruit production, high-tunnel fruit production, and pest management.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Montana Farm to School Summit 2016: Sprouting Success

September 22-23, 2016
Bozeman, Montana

Learn and share how Montana schools and programs are sprouting success through the core elements of farm to school--serving local foods, school gardens, and nutrition, agriculture, and food education. Workshops, field trips, and networking opportunities will provide inspiration and skill building. All individuals interested in farm to school programs are encouraged to attend, including school food service, teachers, school administrators, food producers, preschool and childcare providers, parents, community members, and support organizations.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Season Creation: Pay for Your High Tunnel in Six Months Harvesting Food Through the Winter

September 22, 2016
Akron, Ohio

Based on the successful on-farm workshops developed in partnership with Rural Action, these workshops will focus on Green Edge Gardens' season creation model. Their innovative use of high tunnel greenhouses and grow rooms ensures a year-round selection of organic seasonal vegetables, microgreens, and specialty mushrooms. Harvesting through the winter enables Green Edge Gardens to offer a successful winter community supported agriculture (CSA) program and take advantage of higher off-season prices and reduced competition. Farmers Kip and Becky Rondy and Dan Kneier will demonstrate how utilizing their practical, real world-tested season creation techniques can bring these off-season advantages to your farm, provide you with year-round cash flow, and eliminate the need for off-farm income. All attendees will receive a detailed Season Creation book, planting and harvest calendar, and folder with handouts and resources.

In: North Central SARE Region

 


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