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Permalink Grassroots Grazing Program

June 9, 2016
Belle Plaine, Iowa

This grazing management series is designed for young and beginning graziers. At the first session, participants will determine the dates and locations for the next two sessions, which include pasture walks. The first session includes discussion on controlling feed costs, goal setting for individual grazing systems and comparing various grazing programs. Preregistration is strongly suggested. There is no cost to attend. The series is provided by ISU Extension and Outreach and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. ISU extension beef specialists will lead sessions with assistance from other producers and volunteers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Anaerobic Digestion Systems Field Day

June 9, 2016
Lynden, Washington

Come to hear from WSU researchers and their commercial partners about anaerobic digestion and nutrient recovery, and the lessons they’ve learned over the past three years. Topics will include: fine solids recovery; advanced nutrient recovery approaches; nutrient recovery products and their agronomic use; water quality and food safety issues; economics; and the potential for integration of biochar with AD systems. The event is free but registration is required.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Sowing the Future of Organic Wheat Research in the Northeast

June 10, 2016
Ithaca, New York

This event celebrates the past, present, and future of organic wheat improvement in the Northeast. Researchers will summarize a decade of variety trial results from the field, bakery, mill, and taste buds. After touring Cornell's organic wheat breeding nurseries, participants can help set needs and priorities for future small grain improvement in the region. The event will include tastings of varietal-specific products made by local bakers, chefs, and brewers.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Chestnut Growers of America Annual Meeting

June 10-12, 2016
Columbia, Missouri

The annual meeting of the Chestnut Growers of America's main program takes place June 11 on the campus of the University of Missouri, followed by field tours. The purpose of the organization is to promote edible chestnuts, to disseminate information to growers, to improve communication between growers, to support research and breeding work and further the interests and knowledge of chestnut growers. The association advocates the delivery of only high quality chestnuts to the marketplace.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 11, 2016
Unity, Maine

Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA welcomes people of all ages to join together in sharing and learning new skills through hands-on, participatory workshops. The free event offers more than 40 unique, skill-sharing workshops.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Elderberry Workshop

June 11, 2016
Porum, Oklahoma

At this Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture workshop, Brent and Valerie Madding's 360 OK Farm will host participants for a tour of their farm and a series of presentations by themselves and Kerr Center President David Redhage. Topics will include elderberry variety selection, propagation, establishment, production, harvest, marketing, and uses for this perennial native plant, with time spent both indoors and in the field.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Loin Eye Carcass Ultrasound Scanning Workshop

June 11, 2016
Peninsula, Ohio

Sheep producers are invited to join Laura Minnig of The Spicy Lamb Farm, a Cuyahoga Valley National Park Countryside Conservancy farm, to learn about the value of using ultrasound technology to select breeding stock and improve product quality. Funded by a grant from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, the Northcoast Lamb Co-Op is using carcass ultrasound scanning to enhance the market quality of their lamb and to measure muscle quality deficiencies. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cannon River Farmer Exchange at Graise Farm

June 11, 2016
Farribault, Minnesota

Tiffany Tripp and Andy Olson of Graise Farm are hosting the first 2016 Cannon River Farmer to Farmer Exchange evening. Tiffany and Andy will host a farm tour and share different electric fencing that is used for chickens and pastured-pig paddocks as well as their DIY chicken tractor and pig and chicken waterers that help lower overhead costs. The event is free.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Open Gate: Hickory Lake Beef Day Healthy Soil for Healthy Food

June 11, 2016
Zuehl and La Vernia, Texas

Hickory Lake Beef Day is part of HMI’s Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are on-the-ground learning days for producers and consumers who care about land health and creating nutritious food systems to come together and discover their role in regenerative agriculture. The day includes short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Orchard Planning and Maintenance

June 12, 2016
Wendell, Massachusetts

Join long time orchardists Pru Smith and Sharon Gensler for a NOFA Massachusetts afternoon workshop on small-scale homestead orcharding. They'll demonstrate overall orchard planning, building diversity into plantings, breed selection, practical fruit growing techniques, and soil and plant health. Pru and Sharon will lead participants in an informative and experiential process, using their property, Wild Browse Farm, to demonstrate the importance of a holistic approach to orchard care.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Soil Preparation for Your Garden

June 13, 2016
Butte, Montana

This free afternoon workshop is presented by the National Center for Appropriate Technology's Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training Program.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops Short Course

June 13-24, 2016
Davis, California

This course at UC Davis is a two-week intensive study of the biology and current technologies used for handling fruits, nuts, vegetables, and ornamentals in California. It is designed for research and extension workers, quality control personnel in the produce industry, and business, government, or academic professionals interested in current advances in the postharvest technology of horticultural crops.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Flower Production Field Day

June 13, 2016
Santa Cruz, California

Join farmers and flower growers Zoe Hitchner of Healdsburg's Front Porch Farm, and Sky DeMuro and Christof Bernau of the UCSC Farm & Garden for a field day on organically grown cut flowers. Field day topics include planting plans, varietal selection, harvest yield data, and crop culture for various cut flower crops, including lisianthus, feverfew, craspedia, zinnia, statice, strawflower, and more. The presenters will also discuss various marketing options for small- and medium-scale cut flower producers. This free event is funded through a California Department of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Grant and is geared towards beginner farmers. All production growers are welcome, whether you are already farming or thinking about adding flowers to your operation.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Harvest Basics & Post-Harvest Handling, Part 1

June 14, 2016
Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota

The Minnesota Food Association Farmer Training Program offers a series of classes that are great for those with little to no knowledge of farming basics. Learn how to properly handle, cool, wash, store, sort, and pack your early-season produce, and how this greatly affects your markets. Part 1 of a two-part series.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmer Field Day: Starting an Organic Orchard and Vineyard

June 14, 2016
Polson, Montana

This free, evening event is part of Missoula CFAC's Farmer Field Days series, geared towards people who are just at the beginning of their farm exploration--interns, folks thinking about starting a farm in the near future, and those who are just getting started. Kristen Von Doersten of Spindrift Orchard and Vineyard shares what she's learned about cherry trees and grape vines.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Managing Soil Quality in Forests

June 14, 2016
Online

This webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS Soil Health Division. Join in for an overview of forest soil management problems and solutions. The webinar by Eunice Padley, National Forester, Ecological Sciences Division, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, will provide an overview of forest soil management issues and an introduction to practices that limit or mitigate impacts.

In: Online

 

Permalink UVM Food Systems Summit

June 14-15, 2016
Burlington, Vermont

The 2016 Summit theme, "What Makes Food Good?" is an invitation for us to unpack the assumptions and biases that underpin our perspectives on how the food system should work. The agenda includes concurrent sessions, keynote speakers, field trips, and a film screening.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink California Farm Demonstration Network Farm Visit

June 15, 2016
Madera, California

The California Farm Demonstration Network (CFDN) is hosting a series of farm visits for agricultural producers during the months of May and June that will demonstrate how long-term goals for healthy soil are being achieved at each farm—without compromising production. Farmers using various soil health practices (such as cover crops, conservation tillage and more) will discuss their soil health management systems and experiences. Network partners, including representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, UC Cooperative Extension, Resource Conservation Districts and other partners will also be on hand to explain monitoring and evaluation work being done on the farms. This visit to T&D Willey Farms begins at 10 a.m.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Advanced Organic Orchard Management -- Two Approaches

June 15, 2016
Mount Horeb and Belmont, Wisconsin

This field day from the Organic Fruit Growers Association will tour two certified-organic orchards with different approaches to creating sustainable businesses, Atoms to Apples and Two Onion Farm. Both have planned and planted with an eye to organic management, and participants will look at how that impacted their decisions in layout, variety selection, and marketing, and the methods and tools they use in their fruit production. Also hear from Wisconsin researchers on current topics of interest to fruit growers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Grass Farming with Joel Salatin

June 15, 2016
Winnett, Montana

Petroleum County Conservation District hosts a three-part, daylong workshop on grass farming with author and farmer Joel Salatin. Topics include farm succession, multi-species grazing, and relationship marketing.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Holistic Grazing Intensive

June 15, 2016
Pocantico Hills, New York

Join Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture for this this daylong workshop with Ian Mitchell-Innes, and learn how to get your livestock to the right place, at the right time, for the right reasons, and with the right behavior. Among many lessons, gain tools for livestock handling, record-keeping, creating infrastructure, and planning for wildlife and weather factors. Time for mapping your own operation will be included.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Managing for Native Pollinators

June 15, 2016
Enfield, New Hampshire

Join Xerces Society's Pollinator and Conservation Biocontrol Specialist, Jarrod Fowler, and other experts for a series of indoor presentations, followed by an outdoor field session at NH Fish & Game's Lower Shaker Wildlife Management Area. Grasslands and meadows are rare habitats in New Hampshire, and many of the wildlife species that depend on them have declined significantly over the last several decades. Learn about the maintenance required to create or maintain these habitats.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Jump on the Biocontrol Bus: Introductory Biological Pest Management for Nurseries and Greenhouses

June 15, 2016
Aurora, Oregon

Join Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides for this workshop and educational tour/demonstration to learn new approaches to manage common pests on nursery plants. This workshop and tour will train field and greenhouse growers in beginning methods of biological control, and will be offered in English and Spanish.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Iowa Women's Landowner Conference

June 16, 2016
Brooklyn, Iowa

This conference is open to everyone, but is specifically tailored to women. Iowa County Women, Land and Legacy is partnering with Iowa Land Sales to provide information to those who want to learn more about how to care for and pass on the land. Every effort is made to target the educational needs of women in Iowa, focusing on their empowerment and encouraging local contacts and relationships.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Weed and Insect Management

June 16, 2016
Charlottesville, Virginia

Join Local Food Hub for a half-day interactive workshop and field walk at Bellair Farm to hone your skills identifying and managing the major plant weeds and insect pests that affect vegetable and small fruit crops in Virginia. Dr. Charles Cahoon, Extension Weed Specialist based at the Eastern Shore AREC, and Dr. Thomas Kuhar, State Entomologist at Virginia Tech, will cover the basics of weed and insect (both pests and beneficials) identification, understanding lifecycles, and developing successful management approaches.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Third Thursday Thing

June 16, 2016
Frankfort, Kentucky

Kentucky State University Cooperative Extension's Third Thursday Thing is a monthly sustainable agriculture workshop targeting small farmers, beginning farmers and agricultural professionals.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health Field Day

June 16, 2016
Carrollton, Ohio

The Crop Production Partnership and The Eastern Ohio Grazing Council have come together to create a free training day for landowners, producers, and conservation employees. This field day will feature soil health presentations in the morning session and field demonstrations in the afternoon sessions that will take your operation to the next level of soil health. Afternoon breakout sessions will include a field demonstration for crop producers and a grazing/pasture field demonstration.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Pollinator and Cover Crops Field Day

June 16, 2016
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

This free, in-the-field event offers a morning of learning about who is pollinating your pumpkin and other squash crops and how farmers can help them with flowering cover crops. The agenda includes an Overview of Integrated Crop Pollination by Emily May from the Xerces Society, a session on pumpkin pollination, information on cover crops, and a session on integrated pest, pesticide, and pollinator management.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop & Field Tour

June 16-18, 2016
Columbia, Missouri

University of Missouri's Bradford Research Center hosts this event, which includes a beginning growers workshop on Thursday afternoon, followed by field tours, a presentation and growers' forum on Friday, and a Saturday session on Digging Deeper into Production. Learn all about elderberry culture and integrating elderberries into your farm.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Labeling Your Organic Produce

June 16, 2016
Online

This webinar will demonstrate various ways to market your product with the organic label while meeting regulatory requirements. Labeling methods will cover both wholesale and direct-to-consumer approaches. Farmer Veteran Coalition's Matt Smiley will share his experience with organic labeling at Jacobs Farm, an organic vegetable, fresh herb, and edible flower farm in the central coast of California.

In: Online

 


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