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Permalink IOIA/OEFFA Organic Livestock Inspection Field Training

August 2-3, 2017
Wooster, Ohio

IOIA and Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) will cosponsor Organic Livestock Inspection Field Training, a structured apprenticeship that will include two days of practice inspections with an IOIA trainer mentor. At the Field Training, participants will work with an experienced inspector to participate in and complete, two inspection reports. This training is designed for prospective inspectors who have successfully completed an IOIA basic Livestock Inspection Training, or current inspectors who wish to add livestock inspections to their resume. Both dairy and poultry inspections are available for this training.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink High Tunnel Systems Webinar

August 2, 2017

In this free, one-hour webinar presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center, participants will learn about techniques used in high tunnel cropping systems to address issues with salinity, nutrient management, and pest management. Different cropping systems that can be used in high tunnels will be discussed. Nutrient management and irrigation water management will be presented as techniques that can address salinity issues. Another technique is temperature management to control pest outbreaks and improve crop growth within the high tunnel.

In: Online


Permalink 3rd Annual Farmer Olympics and Pizza Social

August 2, 2017
Poultney, Vermont

At this evening NOFA-Vermont event, individual farm teams will show off their finely-honed skills in events ranging from physical to cerebral to plain ridiculous. Unwind, celebrate the season, and kick back before that heavy fall workload begins. Dinner and treats will be provided for all hard working farmers.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Holistic & Organic Livestock Management Webinar

August 3, 2017

Join the CCOF Foundation and Holistic Management International for an introductory webinar that explores the intersections between organic and holistic management systems for cattle operations.This webinar will review the basic principles of both approaches for cattle ranchers. Then, explore how the two approaches can work together for cattle ranchers looking to cultivate economically and environmentally sustainable operations. Joe Morris of T.O. Cattle Company will share his experiences combining both organic and Holistic Management practices on his ranch. This introductory webinar is ideal for organic cattle ranchers looking to find out more about the basics of Holistic Management, Holistic Management practitioners curious to learn more about the organic certification, and cattle ranchers new to both approaches.

In: Online


Permalink The Food Project Summer Institute

August 3-5, 2017
Boston, Massachusetts

Learn, Grow, and Connect at The Food Project's Summer Institute. Learn about summer-season planning and youth crew design; the foundations of youth leader development in the context of farming, social justice, and food-access initiatives; how to build a year-round tiered youth leader development structure to support your work; and what it takes to run dynamic farm operations with high school youth.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Managing Potholes and Matching Conservation Efforts to Farm Goals

August 3, 2017
Charles City, Iowa

This free Practical Farmers of Iowa field day is hosted by Wendy Johnson and Johnny Rafkin at Joia Food Farm. At this field day, learn about conservation tactics for your farm, doing what’s best, economically and environmentally, in marginal land while working within the parameters of your farm goals. Research from Team Pothole at ISU shines light on what farmers can do with low areas that do not yield much during wet years.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Unlock the Power of Lavender: Growing, Harvesting and Distilling Lavender

August 3, 2017
Onancock, Virginia

Future Harvest CASA presents a mid-day walking tour and hands-on workshop at Lavender Skies, a 9-acre lavender growing and value-added enterprise on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Hosts Johannes and Maryann Cusimano will share their proven methods of growing, harvesting and drying lavender as well as processing the herb for value-added products such as soaps and hydrosols.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Bus Trip to Dave Brandt's Farm in Ohio

August 3-6, 2017
Carroll, Ohio

Join Practical Farmers of Iowa members on a bus trip to Dave Brandt's farm in Carroll, Ohio. Participants will spend one day at Dave's farm learning about diverse cover crop varieties, crop rotation, seed production, seed cleaning, and soil health. See a cover crop planting demonstration and a research plot growing new varieties of winter peas, oats, barley, and rye. The next day, Dave will lead a tour of Fairfield County.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Vegetable Grower Field Day

August 3, 2017
Columbia, Missouri

The University of Missouri's Bradford Research Center hosts its annual Vegetable Grower Field Day. At this research laboratory and outdoor classroom, faculty and students investigate wastewater management, entomology, pest and weed control, alternative crops, organic transition techniques, and the impact of hailstorms.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Monarch Habitat Field Days on Farms

August 3, 2017
Northfield, Minnesota

Join the Xerces Society at Open Hands Farm, Spring Wind Farm, and Little Hill Berry Farm for hands-on demonstrations, activities, and informational sessions about installing and managing native habitat for monarchs and other wildlife on farms. Topics covered include site selection and site prep methods for native plantings, seed mix design, planting methods, habitat management, native plant ID, evaluating and monitoring plant establishment, monarch biology and conservation, Farm bill programs and funding opportunities for farmers, and Beyond monarchs: additional benefits of habitat to wildlife and humans.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Pasture Tour Field Day

August 3, 2017
Bedford, Iowa

Iowa Learning Farms and Taylor County Water Quality Initiative Project present this evening field day hosted by Kurt Rowan and Paul Ackley.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Battleground to Breaking Ground Workshop

August 4-5, 2017
Dallas, Texas

The Battleground to Breaking Ground Agriculture Workshops for Military Veterans are designed for Veterans with or without disabilities, their spouses, small scale producers, and those interested in starting an ag business. This workshop provides education regarding agriculture business ideas and start-up, business plan development, possibilities for farming/ranching with a disability, financial funding sources for farming and ranching, and resources to support agricultural business operations.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink In Her Boots: Realize Your Farming Dream

August 4, 2017
Blanchardville, Wisconsin

An inspiring day of advice, ideas, and seasoned perspectives from the Wisconsin Soil Sisters, an innovative network of local women championing organic and sustainable agriculture in their community. Learn from experienced women farmers and gather resources for your farm launch. Stay for the full Soil Sisters weekend, including additional workshops, culinary events, farm tours, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Soil Sisters

August 4-6, 2017
Monroe, New Glarus, Blanchardville, and Brodhead, Wisconsin

For three days the jam-packed Soil Sisters culinary event celebrates Wisconsin's family farms and rural life. This event features five unique components involving numerous women-owned farms, presented by South Central Wisconsin Women in Sustainable Agriculture. Tours, workshops, and farm-to-table food are planned.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Silvopasture Workshop

August 4-5, 2017
La Crescent, Minnesota

The University of Minnesota Extension, University of Wisconsin Extension, and the Savanna Institute will jointly host a Silvopasture workshop. The workshop will begin with an optional tour on Friday afternoon of a silvopasture trial near Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, followed by dinner and a networking session at Hoch Orchard in La Crescent, Minnesota. The workshop will continue on Saturday morning with presentations on silvopasture establishment and management and a tour of Hoch Orchard, a hog silvopasture. Saturday afternoon will feature visits to two farms practicing silvopasture in Canton, Minnesota.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Urban Ag Los Angeles Area Workshop

August 4, 2017
Long Beach, California

This is the third in a series of four Los Angeles County workshops covering additional urban agriculture topics. This day-long workshop focuses on Marketing and Business Management for Urban Farmers: From business planning to labor laws, basics to help you succeed.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink FAMACHA and Integrated Parasite Management

August 5, 2017
Whitehall, Montana

In this half-day workshop, Dave Scott, NCAT agriculture specialist and owner of Montana Highland Lamb, will teach you about combating Barber Pole Worm, FAMACHA eye scoring, creating refugias, and grazing methods that help control parasites.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Celebrating Common Ground: Discovering Weeds, Soil Health, and Diversity at the Incubator Farm

August 5, 2017
Ithaca, New York

This event is produced by NOFA-NY and Groundswell with support from the USDA-Risk Management Agency. Join in the cultural exchange of soil and science, weeds, and words at the Groundswell Incubator Farm. Learn from Sandra Wayman, Cornell Research Technician, and Fay Benson, CCE Small Farms Program, and the Incubator Farmers in a unique opportunity to learn hands-on, breaking through cultural and language barriers.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

August 5-6, 2017
Albany, Oregon

This event includes dozens of practical workshops and demonstrations from the leading authorities on modern homesteading, animal husbandry, organic gardening, green building, natural health, renewable energy, real food and more. Featured speakers include Tradd Cotter, Temple Grandin, and Claudia Lucero. Regional and national vendors will feature sustainable lifestyle products and services.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Produce Safety: Best Practices from Field to Consumer

August 7, 2017
Benson, Vermont

NOFA Vermont presents this free afternoon workshop at Foggy Meadows Farm. This workshop is focused towards small to medium-size growers and will demystify FSMA, focusing on produce safety planning. Tour through the farm's SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for practices from field to packing area, bringing their CAPS (Community Accreditation for Produce Safety) plan to life. Topics covered will include recording compost and soil amendments, employee training, selecting harvest containers, cleaning the containers, pack shed design, produce-washing set ups, wash water testing and changing protocols, labeling of produce containers to customers, cold-storage cleaning, and recordkeeping and traceability.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Transitioning to Organic Certification

August 7, 2017
Royal City, Washington

Join Tilth Producers at KS Orchards in Grant County, where growers will share their experience in adopting organic practices and completing the certification process. Owner Dain Craver has successfully transitioned several of his orchards to organic, including KS Orchards, which has been certified since 2010. Representatives from the WSDA Organic Program will also be available to answer questions regarding the certification process and connect you with resources to successfully transition your own operation.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Fruit and Vegetable Field Day

August 7, 2017
Ames, Iowa

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting the 2017 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day on Monday at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station. The annual event will feature various research and demonstration projects on fruit and vegetable production for commercial growers, extension personnel, non-profit organizations, and Master Gardeners. The field day will provide a face-to-face opportunity to interact with ISU researchers and evaluate research projects focusing on high tunnel pepper production, organic vegetable production, asparagus production, pest management in cucurbit crops, viticulture, high tunnel tomato grafting, and honey bee health and behavior studies. The field day will also provide opportunity to view equipment and tools needed in small-scale fruit and vegetable production systems. The event is free, but registration is required.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Best Practices at Farmers Markets and Farm Produce Stand

August 8, 2017
Sarasota, Florida

This day-long workshop from UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County is intended to provide farmers market managers and vendors with the latest information on food safety issues, guidelines for food safety, and state regulatory requirements for cottage food products sold at farmers markets. The workshop will also provide useful information on farmers market consumer trends and marketing tools for Florida farmers markets.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Food Safety, Wash Water Sanitizing, and Workflow in the Packshed

August 8, 2017
Hurley, New York

Join NOFA New York for an afternoon workshop on post-harvest considerations in the wash line and packing house. Robert Hadad, Regional Vegetable Specialist, Cornell Vegetable Program will tie food safety practices to the wash-and-pack, covering facility design, product flow, wash techniques and sanitizers, cleaning and more. Farm Hub staff will offer a walk-through of the newly constructed wash-and-pack facility, which features three separate climate-controlled rooms capable of long-term storage of root crops; a brusher-washer and vibrating sorting table; and tubs for hydro-cooling broccoli.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Women Caring for the Land Workshop

August 8, 2017
Burnett, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Farmers Union, in partnership with Pheasants Forever, is hosting five Women Caring for the Land workshops geared toward women farmers or landowners who are interested in learning more about conservation and networking with other farm women in their region. Each event includes a morning learning circle, potluck lunch, and afternoon tour of the host farm. On Barb Salas' farm, conservation and animal husbandry go hand-in-hand. At this workshop, view this 70-acre all-grass sheep farm and learn about Barb's composting system and how she worked with NRCS on fencing and water systems.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Dry Farming Collaborative Field Day

August 8, 2017
Eugene and Springfield, Oregon

Twelve Dry Farming Collaborative sites will be hosting tours in August. Learn about dry farming and see crops (tomatoes, potatoes, squash, melon, zucchini, dry beans, corn, orchard crops) grown with little or no supplemental irrigation in the field. This afternoon through evening event visits three farms growing crops including dry beans, corn, melons, tomatoes, squash, potatoes, and more.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Managing Cover Crops in an Arid Region: A Farmer's Perspective

August 8, 2017

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the NRCS Soil Health Team. This webinar will focus on managing cover crops to improve soil health in a fragile, arid region of western Oklahoma by integrating livestock and multi-species covers into a diverse no-till cropping and grazing system to increase water and nutrient cycling. Jimmy Emmons, Dewey County, Oklahoma, farmer and rancher, will discuss how using a diverse crop rotation that includes multi-species cover crops and the integration of livestock into his system have improved the health of his soils. His system on cropland includes no-till cropping, cover crops, and allowing livestock to graze cover crops, all resulting in increased soil organic matter. He will also discuss his use of multi-paddock grazing on the rangeland he manages.

In: Online


Permalink Urban Soil Summit 2.0

August 8-9, 2017
Los Angeles, California

Green Gardens Group presents "Terroir!" a two-day gathering about the soul and science of soil. It unites thinkers, scientists, policy makers, concerned individuals and others in an energetic exchange about the science and actions necessary to create soil security. The event will enlighten, motivate, and inspire urban dwellers to connect with each other and take action to nurture the soil beneath their feet.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Nebraska Grazing Conference

August 8-9, 2017
Kearney, Nebraska

This event from University of Nebraska Lincoln presents the most current information on grazing livestock systems and their impact on lands. Topics include fencing and water points, vegetation for livestock and wildlife, beef systems initiative, NRCS cost-share programs, and forages vs. row crops. Keynote speakers are Jim Gerrish and Peter Ballerstedt.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Farm Smarter Not Harder: Harvest Efficiency for Carrot & Beet Crops

August 9, 2017
Jericho Center, Vermont

At this afternoon workshop, learn about the work that NOFA-VT is doing on cost of production for vegetable growers. This workshop will focus on harvest efficiency of carrot and beet crops but will also discuss step-by-step methods for determining cost of production for any crop, so growers can focus on their most lucrative crops and make improvements to increase profitability. Tour Jericho Settlers Farm with consultant Richard Wiswall, taking a look at the equipment they use and how they maximize efficiency harvesting these root crops.

In: Northeast SARE Region




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