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Permalink Certified Organic Agriculture; Planning your Organic Dairy Farm Transition

July 14, 2015
Alfred, New York

If Organic Certification is part of your Farm Plan this Field Day is for you. Join Alfred State Organic Dairy Farm Manager, Virginia Chamberlain, and the NOFA-NY certification team to learn from the ground up what organic dairy certification is all about. You can "Hit the Ground Running" after this in-depth look at the organic transition process, applying for certification, record keeping and field requirements for your farm. A farm tour and pasture walk will be included.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Pasture-Based Cheese Open House

July 14, 2015
Hickory Corners, Michigan

Kellogg Biological Station will host a pasture-based cheese open house. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the cheese-making process and sample KBS dairy's pasture-based cheese along with other cheeses from the MSU Dairy Store.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Value-Added Processing Facility Tour

July 14, 2015
Hardwick and Craftsbury, Vermont

This NOFA-VT workshop will review the big picture of regulatory compliance and food safety considerations, and provide a tour of the Vermont Food Venture Center, with industrial kitchens set up with equipment, tech assistance and trainings. It will also tour Pete's Greens on farm operation in Craftsbury, where their farm kitchen provides the cooking and processing for value-added products direct to consumers.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Managing Cows, Pasture, and Nutrients

July 15, 2015
Westfield, Vermont

Join NOFA Vermont at Spring Brook Farm, within the Lake Champlain watershed, for a mid-day workshop that will discuss herd management, grazing and other practices to best manage nutrients on the farm.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Keeping Old Tractors Alive and Well

July 15, 2015
Starksboro, Vermont

In this NOFA Vermont evening workshop, join Hank Bissell from Lewis Creek Farm as he discusses tricks and techniques on how to maintain older tractors and keep them in peak performance. Topics and hands-on demonstrations will range from maintenance issues, repair tips, finding parts, and general well-being of older tractors.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink A Vegetable Farm Start-Up: The First 5 Years

July 15, 2015
Logan, Iowa

Learn about beginning farmer Danelle Myer's experiences in starting a diverse vegetable and herb farm at this Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day. Enjoy a tour of One Farm and learn how Danelle created a business plan, established marketing outlets, availed herself of mentors and is settling into the first year at a new growing site – her own farm. In addition, she will share details about the biggest opportunities captured during the 2015 growing season.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmer Field Day: Paula's Garden

July 15, 2015
Paradise, Montana

This event is part of a series of farmer field days hosted by Community Food & Agriculture Coalition of Missoula County. Paula will be telling participants in this free field day all about her flowers and the market opportunities that exist for these high-value crops, as well as how she's grown her online sales, while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Michigan Food Hub Network & Michigan Farm to Institution Network Statewide Collaborative Meeting

July 15-16, 2015
Flint, Michigan

This two day long joint meeting will highlight synergies and areas of collaboration between the Michigan Food Hub Network and the Michigan Farm to Institution network. It will include tours, networking, and updates.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crops in Corn in July: Will They Make It to the Fall?

July 16, 2015
Orange City, Iowa

This year, farmers Jon Kiel, Kirk Den Herder, and Denny Vande Brake are trying something different: seeding various cover crop species into their corn when the corn is six to eight inches tall. This Practical Farmers of Iowa evening field day will be taking a look at what has germinated, and ponder what species might persist beneath the corn canopy and provide cover into the fall and next spring.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Deer & Pest Control on an Organic Farm

July 16, 2015
Irwin, Pennsylvania

At this PASA event, Randy Morris of Morris Farm will demonstrate his dynamic means of growing vegetables without crop damage or loss, while coexisting with area wildlife. The techniques are simple and work in harmony with organic practices while maintaining good relations with neighbors that like to have a thriving deer herd. The methods covered also apply to turkeys, groundhogs and insect pests such as cabbage worms, squash bugs, vine borers, and cucumber beetles.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Aurora Farm Field Day

July 16, 2015
Aurora, New York

New York's farming community is invited to learn about the latest research on field crops, soil, and pest management during the annual field day at Cornell University's Musgrave Research Farm in Aurora, featuring farm tours, demonstrations and presentations. The event is hosted by the Integrated Field Crop, Soil, and Pest Management Program Work Team in conjunction with Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Holistic Land Planning and Biological Monitoring Workshop

July 16-19, 2015
Fort Bidwell, California

This is a four-day workshop at Springs Ranch that covers the foundations of holistic management, holistic decision-making and is a comprehensive study of the methods, tools and techniques of Holistic Land Planning and Biological Monitoring. Participants gain hands-on experience developing their own land plans.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Iowa Prairie Conference: Working Prairies

July 16-18, 2015
Cedar Falls, Iowa

This year's conference theme – "Working Prairies" – reflects the evolving role of prairie in today's landscape. The event includes plenary and concurrent sessions, tours and field trips, and a symposium on prairie restoration.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink CCOF Organic Labeling Webinar

July 16, 2015
Online

Join the CCOF Foundation for a webinar on developing product labels for processors that comply with organic standards. This webinar will give you new insight into the most common mistakes companies make with their organic labels and will provide a step-by-step process for developing labels that comply with the USDA National Organic Program standards. After this webinar, you will understand the relevance of product composition and percentage calculations to your product claim, the correct use of CCOF and USDA "Organic" seals, ingredient listing, and the steps in the CCOF label approval process.

In: Online

 

Permalink Fruit & Vegetable Market News Organic Reporting Webinar

July 16, 2015
Online

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) invites you to a live, interactive webinar on our Fruit & Vegetable Market News Organic Reporting. The webinar will provide an introduction to Fruit & Vegetable Market News and how it works, and it will explain how you can put Market News Organic reports to work for you. The free, one-hour webinar will be presented by Kimberly Mercer, Assistant to the Director, AMS’ Fruit and Vegetable Market News Division, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern. Registration is required as space is limited.

In: Online

 

Permalink HMI Open Gate Learning Day: Piojo Ranch

July 17, 2015
Watrous, New Mexico

The Open Gate Learning Series from Holistic Management International consists of farm/ranch days held on the land and hosted by an experienced Holistic Management practitioner. Attendees have the opportunity to identify common challenges and discuss creative solutions in a friendly atmosphere. The goal of the day is to create a forum for sharing practices, ideas, advice, and solutions. This event focuses on Raising Profit and Grassfed Beef with Cooperatives.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Farm Field Day

July 17, 2015
Goodman, Mississippi

At this Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Field Day beginning at 10 am, topics covered will be risk management and insurance and legal and contractual training. To pre-register, contact Keith Benson, 601-988-4999 or keithmdp@yahoo.com

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Annual Field Day: Rodale Institute under the microscope

July 17, 2015
Kutztown, Pennsylvania

This one-day event will feature dozens of research and demonstration projects on Rodale Institute's 333-acre farm. In addition to hearing presentations about the latest research results from the many current projects on Rodale's farm, participants will learn about the soil-building practices and compost experiments conducted by Rodale research staff and collaborators.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Tools for the Small Farm

July 18, 2015
Chatham, Michigan

This afternoon workshop is part of The North Farm Extension Workshop Series. Join The North Farm staff for a discussion on the tools that they use on their small farm. These purpose-built tools serve to lessen labor inputs, decrease worker fatigue, and maximize yields. The workshop will also discuss suppliers from which you can source tools and supplies.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Goats and Compost Partner for Soil Health

July 18, 2015
Ames and Ogden, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day starts at Steenhoek Farms with a tour of Chad's farming and composting operation. Chad will demonstrate the Steenhoek Environmental Liquid Compost Extract machine, as well as other equipment, and will share new methods for planting cover crops with compost and with the extractor machine. After lunch, the group will travel a few miles west to the farm of Raymond Hansen; Goats on the Go is assisting with a grant project on this farm that compares the effects of goat grazing, prescribed burning and the combination of grazing and burning on invasive multiflora rose and honeysuckle.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Making Better Use of Forages and Pasture Systems

July 18, 2015
Great Valley, New York

Join NOFA-NY and Don Wild at Wild Acres Family Farm to learn how to make better use of your forages through small-scale intensive pasture management. Don Wild will demonstrate how he manages his pastures for optimum health in his sheep flock, reducing pest pressures while producing a highly nutritious forage diet. He will show examples of expanding your grazing capacity through incorporating small grains, summer annuals and alternative forages into your pasture plan. Don will also discuss fencing options including polywire, polytape, electro netting and high-tensile fencing. Dr. tatiana Stanton from Cornell University will discuss the on-farm study that Wild Acres is part of, looking at the effect of grazing birdsfoot trefoil on parasitic worm populations in sheep.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Women Grow Ohio Farm Tours

July 19, 2015
Athens, Fairfield, Franklin, Lorain, Muskingum, and Perry counties, Ohio

This one-day event features seventeen women-run farms, gardens, and homesteads. Connect and unite with women in agriculture and learn how they are feeding Ohio’s families through urban gardens, permaculture, community gardens, community supported agriculture (CSA) programs, and commercial family farms. Pre-registration is required for each site.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink On-Farm Safety for Agritourism and U-Pick

July 19, 2015
Donnellson, Iowa

During this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day, join the Hohls of Harvestville Farm and Brandi Janssen, of the Iowa Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH), on a safety walk-through of the Harvestville Farm agritourism operation. Learn about problem areas and discuss best practices for keeping your guests--and your farm--safe.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink HMI Open Gate Learning Day: Avila Valley Barn

July 20, 2015
San Luis Obispo, California

The Open Gate Learning Series from Holistic Management International consists of farm/ranch days held on the land and hosted by an experienced Holistic Management practitioner. Attendees have the opportunity to identify common challenges and discuss creative solutions in a friendly atmosphere. The goal of the day is to create a forum for sharing practices, ideas, advice, and solutions. This event focuses on Improving Planet, Profits and People on your Farm. Learn how to mitigate drought with sustainable farming practices and land stewardship and discuss how agro-tourism can increase profits.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Agroforestry Academy

July 20-24, 2015
Columbia, Missouri

This week-long training includes integrated classroom workshops, multiple on-farm visits, and content integration into practical on-farm agroforestry planning and design. Advanced training will be provided on the main temperate-zone agroforestry practices integrated with options for bioenergy, marketing, financial, social dimensions, and environmental services. The cornerstone of the academy will be an applied planning and design exercise. Limited scholarships are available to military veterans.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Appropriate Planters for Small-Scale Mixed Vegetable Operations

July 20, 2015
Santa Cruz, California

Geared toward beginning farmers, this free afternoon workshop at the CASFS/UCSC Farm will demonstrate three types of seeders that are most commonly used on small-scale, diverse vegetable farms: the Planet Jr., the Jang "small seed" seeder (aka clean seeder), and the Earthway. It will also demonstrate the Stanhay precision seeder and John Deere 71 large-seed seeder. Demonstrations will include how to set up, adjust, and use each type of seeder. Presenters will also discuss each seeder's advantages and disadvantages, with the goal of providing participants with enough information to help inform purchase decisions.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink MOSES Organic Field Day: Sweet Springs Farm

July 21, 2015
Gays Mills, Wisconsin

Harriet Behar and her husband, Aaron Brin, have a 216-acre certified organic farm in southwestern Wisconsin. They grow a variety of vegetables for the wholesale and retail markets and sell bedding plants directly to growers. They have years of experience growing various cover crops to improve the soil. This free field day will address cover crops, living mulches, soil health, and finding grants to fund solar energy projects.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Strawberry Production at Cedar Circle Farm

July 21, 2015
East Thetford, Vermont

At this NOFA-Vermont evening field day, Megan Moore will share lessons learned from growing and producing strawberries at Cedar Circle Farm, a certified organic diversified farm. Tour Cedar Circle Farm and learn key strategies for cultivating and managing organic strawberries in both plastic and as bare roots. Managing a U-pick strawberry operation will also be discussed.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink North Carolina Egg Grading School For Small Producers -- Organic/Range

July 22, 2015
Raleigh, North Carolina

This class from North Carolina Cooperative Extension is directed at new and established small producers of natural/organic eggs, extension agents, and purchasers of locally grown products. If you are an individual who wants to learn more about the proper methods of grading and evaluating the internal and external quality of the shell eggs they produce, then this workshop should be of interest. This will include a review of the North Carolina Egg Law and components which will apply to small producers.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crops 101 to 401 and Everything In Between

July 22, 2015
Grundy Center, Iowa

Soil health and cover crop workshops are coming to the Grundy County Fair. During these morning workshops, learn from experts about cover crops and livestock usage; herbicide considerations; aerial seeding; new overseeding machinery for ground application; cover crop seed selection; and how can cover crops fit best with seed corn, and with corn and soybean production.

In: North Central SARE Region

 


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