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Permalink Georgia Grazing School

September 15-16, 2015
Carrollton, Georgia

The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service will host a two-day workshop that will focus on soil fertility, forage crop establishment, plant growth, animal nutrient requirements, and management-intensive grazing. Training will take place in both classroom and field settings.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Farmer Field Day: County Rail Farm

September 16, 2015
Dixon, Montana

Started in 2010 by Margaret De Bona and Tracy Potter-Fins, County Rail Farm is a diversified vegetable farm that has rapidly made a name for itself. This Community Food & Agriculture Coalition of Missoula County field day will focus on sharing County Rail Farm's expertise in marketing, farming efficiently, and selecting the right crops and varietals for your operation.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Grassfed Exchange Conference

September 16-18, 2015
Lake City, Michigan

The conference will include one day of pasture walk tours at Graham's Organics and Lake City Research Center and two days full of expert and producer presentations with information and ideas that will certainly be exciting, enlightening, and help attendees improve their skills and operations. The event theme is "Generations of Opportunity. Sun and Water, Sons and Daughters."

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Extending Local Strawberry Production Using Low Tunnel Technology

September 11 or 16, 2015
Barton or Feura Bush, New York

New York Farm Viability Institute awarded a grant to set up grower demonstrations to extend the strawberry production season using low tunnels and day neutral strawberries. Growers who are growing demonstration plots are inviting you to see the progress in the plantings at three sites. These afternoon field days visit Terry's Berry Farm and Feura Farm.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Pasture Walks on Grazing Birdsfoot Trefoil

September 15 or 16, 2015
AuSable Forks or Canton, New York

Two Pasture Walks will provide small livestock producers with a research update on whether grazing heavy stands of birdsfoot trefoil, a forage crop high in condensed tannins, can help reduce worm loads in sheep and goats in Northern New York. This first evaluation trial in Northern New York is part of a four-year project being conducted in cooperation by Cornell University, the University of Rhode Island, Virginia Tech, West Virginia University, and the University of Wisconsin. Researchers and landowners will talk about establishing birdsfoot trefoil, managing grazing on it, and nutrition of the forage.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink West Virginia Urban Agriculture Conference

September 17-19, 2015
Institute, West Virginia

This conference will feature daylong hands-on workshops for home gardeners, urban homesteaders, and urban farmers. The Urban Ag Hop on September 17 is a pre-conference self-guided urban ag tour that will take you to various locations in and around Charleston. Learn how others are discovering the joys of urban farming and maybe even take away some ideas of your own. During the main conference, September 18-19, learn about garden basics, marketing farm products, home preserving, and more. Tracks include livestock, homesteading, conservation, and horticulture.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Prairie on Farms Demonstration Workshop

September 15 or 17, 2015
Dysart or Nashua, Iowa

These two free workshops look at the water quality and pollinator habitat benefits of prairie installations on commercial farms. The workshops will address first-year evaluation, maintenance, and weed control, as well as seed-mix comparisons. Technical service providers, producers, and anyone interested in learning more about the benefits of prairie on a commercial farm should attend.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production: Soil Test Interpretation and Planning

September 17, 2015
Emmaus, Pennsylvania

Penn State Extension's Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production workshop series continues with a session on managing physical and biological properties of soil, soil tests-–how to interpret and figure out what nutrients to apply, and hands-on activity calculating how many nutrients to apply based on your soil test.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Florida Local Food Summit

September 18-20, 2015
Gainesville, Florida

The 2nd annual Florida Local Food Summit is a weekend gathering of the state's top food and farming entrepreneurs, policy makers, chefsfoodies and local food fans. The Summit is your one-stop shop for all things local food and farming, with on-farm workshops, panel discussions, farm-to-table dining, farm hack demonstrations, and more.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Farm Field Day

September 18, 2015
Batesville, Mississippi

The Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production is offering another free field day in its monthly series. The Cotton Warehouse Farmers Market and the Start 2 Finish Community Farms – “Happy Foods Project” will be hosting this event. This event will address selling to institutions, specialty food stores, certification options and assistance for the USDA organic program, and legal assistance to farmers. For information and registration, contact Keith Benson,

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Small Ruminant Field Day

September 18, 2015
Ettrick, Virginia

Anyone interested in raising small ruminants (goats/sheep) for meat or dairy production can learn about state regulations governing small ruminant slaughter and processing during Small Ruminant Field Day. Free and open to the public, the field day is being conducted by Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture on the school's Randolph Farm.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Kellogg Biological Station Organic Tour

September 18, 2015
Hickory Corners, Michigan

Participants will view presentations on cover crops and their impact on greenhouse gases in organic farming systems, on 51 non-GMO organic soybean variety trial by MSU Extension's Dale Mutch, on a cover crops and dry bean production system trial, and on organic vegetable systems by MSU Department of Horticulture.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

September 18-19, 2015
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania

This event features more than 150 workshops, informative demonstrations and lectures, with practical workshops from the leading authorities on Modern Homesteading, Animal Husbandry, Organic Gardening, Green Building, Natural Health, Renewable Energy, and Real Food. Regional and national vendors will offer sustainable lifestyle products and services.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Hoop House Pest Management Workshop

September 18, 2015
Fallon, Nevada

This Specialty Crop Institute workshop explores challenges and solutions to managing pests in hoop houses. It includes an interactive farm tour where participants will learn to identify and monitor for plant damage from pests.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Voluntary Robotic Milking and Baleage for Improved Dairy Production

September 19, 2015
Wilton, Iowa

Join Laura Jones and her dad, Steve Leazer, at Blue Knoll Farm for this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day and see how their 50-head dairy system works. The 315-acre farm has a 50-head Holstein dairy operation, as well as corn, soybeans, alfalfa, small grains and cover crops.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink ASAP's Farm Tour

September 19-20, 2015
Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, Rutherford, Transylvania, McDowell, and Yancey counties, North Carolina

ASAP’s self-guided Farm Tour is your chance to experience firsthand how food is grown and raised in the mountains, taste farm-fresh products, hang out with farm animals, and meet the community's food producers. Discover some of Western North Carolina's unique and beautiful working farms through tours, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Simply grab a tour map, plan your route to three or four farms per day, and bring along your family and friends on your own farm adventure.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Tree Nut Production & Agroforestry Field Day

September 19, 2015
Mt. Vernon, Missouri

University of Missouri Southwest Research Center hosts this event focusing on black walnut and pecan production, nut trees in agroforestry, and the economics of nut production. A panel of tree nut producers will be followed by field tours.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Farm Aid 30

September 19, 2015
Chicago, Illinois

Farm Aid 30, an all-day music and food festival, will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews — with Tim Reynolds — as well as Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Mavis Staples, Old Crow Medicine Show, Holly Williams, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs Robots, and Blackwood Quartet. In addition to a diverse lineup of music, Farm Aid 30 festivalgoers will be able to experience family farm agriculture firsthand. In the HOMEGROWN Village, attendees will have the chance to meet farmers from Illinois and across the country. The HOMEGROWN Village also features hands-on activities by local, regional and national farm and food organizations that engage festivalgoers in the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink IR-4 Global, Food Use & Biopesticide Workshops

September 20-24, 2015
Chicago, Illinois

This event includes several workshops related to pest management tools for specialty crop growers. It offers the First Global Minor Use Priority Setting Workshop: Seeking Pest Management Solutions for Growers Around the World, an EPA Risk Assessment Forum: To Better Understand EPA decision-making process and how it relates to IR-4 submissions, the two-day IR-4 Food Use Workshop, and the IR-4 BioPesticide Workshop.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Organic Weed Management Farm Tour

September 20, 2015
West Jefferson, Ohio

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. Todd and Heather Schriver of Rock Dove Farm will highlight their weed management strategies by demonstrating proper hoeing techniques. They’ll also discuss bed staling and what weed management approaches have and haven’t worked on their farm.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Sustainable Fruit Orchard Management Tour

September 20, 2015
Crooksville, Ohio

This afternoon tour is sponsored by the Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. Cherry Orchards is a family owned and operated orchard that has been doing business in Morgan County since 1949. Neil and Faybelle Cherry manage the farm with a "do no harm" philosophy. In addition to selling apples, peaches, grapes, plums, and pears which are grown with a minimal spray/low impact approach, they plant disease-resistant varieties to further eliminate the need for chemicals.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers Virginia Grower Intensive

September 20-22, 2015
Purcellville, Leesburg, and Jeffersonton, Virginia

This multi-day event includes presentations, workshops, and farm tours offering information on cut flower production and marketing, flower bouquet making, hoophouse and field logistics, and the chance to network with the most generous cut flower growers in the country.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Boston Local Food Festival

September 20, 2015
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Local Food Festival is a free outdoor festival that showcases farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fisher folks, and organizations focusing on healthy food and fitness from New England. Festival goers learn about the benefits of sustainably grown and produced food, shop the market, eat delicious local food, participate in fun, educational activities and exhibits, engage with top local chefs and enjoy local music. Themed “Healthy Local Food for All”, the festival connects Massachusetts and New England eaters of all backgrounds with the abundance of fresh, nutritious local food choices available close to home.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Farm Advocacy Webinar

September 21, 2015

In this free webinar, OEFFA Policy Program Coordinator Amalie Lipstreu will explain what advocacy is and why it's important for farmers and citizens to be engaged in the policy process. Also learn how you can be an effective voice for change and make a difference on the food and farm issues you care about—even if you don't have a lot of time. Learn techniques for successfully communicating with legislators and find out about resources and opportunities to help you get involved.

In: Online


Permalink Irrigation, Pasture Renovation, and Cow Health

September 21, 2015
Enosburg Falls, Vermont

This event is part of the Summer Organic Dairy Series presented by UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont. This event at Stony Pond Farm will discuss their new irrigation system, recent pasture renovations, and their experience with different feed rations. Additionally, a trained veterinarian will discuss tools for identifying and treating common metabolic diseases, such as milk fever, ketosis, and grass tetany.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Organic Processing in Minnesota

September 21, 24, or 25, 2015
St. Cloud, Chaska, or Rochester, Minnesota

Organic Processing Institute is working with Minnesota Department of Agriculture to bring processors together to discuss what's involved in going organic. Instruction will cover what qualifies a product as organic, processing both organic and conventional in one facility, the organic certification process, organic system plans, ingredients and processing aids allowed in organic, and cleaning agents allowed. These workshops are designed for food processing professionals who want to know more about organic market opportunities, standards and requirements, and whether organic is "doable" for their product or facility. Other business professionals who are interested in organic standards and regulations are also welcome to register. The workshop will be offered in three different locations.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm Business Planning

September 22 - December 8, 2015
Everett, Washington

Second in the Cultivating Success series, this in-depth business planning course covers evaluating resources, planning and research, legal and management issues, marketing strategies, budgets, and financial statements along with how to cultivate money resources. WSU Snohomish County Extension in partnership with the WSU Small Farms Team, USDA, and Snohomish Conservation District will offer the course to help new and current farmers gain skills in business planning and direct marketing. The course runs Wednesday evenings, along with three Saturday seminars on focused topics.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Small Scale Equipment Field Day

September 22, 2015
Corvallis, Oregon

Finding the right tools and equipment can be challenging for small farmers. A small-scale equipment field day will be held at the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture. Multiple tool-makers and suppliers will bring equipment and tools for farmers to try out, see in action, and ask questions.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Getting a Vegetable Farm Off the Ground

September 22, 2015
Woodbury, Vermont

At this NOFA Vermont evening workshop, join Ansel Ploog and Justin Cote of Flywheel Farm as they discuss how they started their farm. Topics of discussion will include how they found land and start-up capital, equipment and tools needed and basic materials that they have found invaluable. They will also address scaling and skilling up.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Farm Business Planning Workshop

September 23 and October 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2015
Rancho Cordova, California

The five-part Farm Business Planning Workshop is intended for beginning farmers and ranchers in the first few years of production. Instructor Thea Rittenhouse, of the National Center for Appropriate Technology, along with other sustainable agriculture experts, will address farm business and marketing plans, logistics and legalities of starting a farm business, finding land, and recordkeeping essentials. Students will finish the series with a completed business plan and necessary tools for a successful farm business. This workshop series is free.

In: Western SARE Region




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