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Permalink Heirs' Property and Sustainable Forestry Forum

June 9, 2015
Jackson, Mississippi

USDA, the Foundation for the Mid-South, the Center on Community Philanthropy, and project partners invite the public to a presentation by the Center for Heirs' Property Preservation about the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Project. The day-long forum will include presentations from USDA about why heirs' property and forestry are a priority, highlights on the practice and outcomes of sustainable forestry and land retention pilots, and discussion on work on heirs' property and forestry in Mississippi. To register, email MSForum@heirsproperty.org.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing 102

June 9-10, 2015
Dubois, Indiana

Purdue Extension presents Grazing 102, a program designed to help producers understand important concepts needed to make a management-intensive grazing program work for their own operations. Presentations will cover forage, fencing, and watering. There will also be hands-on activities, pasture walks, and field tours.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Should Crop Insurance Be Part of Your Farm Risk Management Plan?

June 10, 2015
Online

Join ASAP, along with the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI), North Carolina Cooperative Extension, and Farm Service Agency (FSA) for a series of online workshops designed to help you manage risk for your farm. This workshop will be examining the newly created Whole Farm Revenue Protection policy, new organic crop price elections for organically produced crops, and new Non-insured Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) buy-up options.

In: Online

 

Permalink Organic Apple Production: Managing Productivity, Insects, Disease and Weeds

June 10, 2015
Geneva, New York

At this NOFA-NY field day, join Entomologist Arthur Agnello, Horticulturists Terence Robinson and Susan Brown, and Plant Pathologist Kerik Cox for a workshop at New York State’s Agricultural Experiment Station, Loomis Farm, where they will discuss organic orchard practices informed by their ongoing research. Growth and productivity will be discussed, including new and upcoming disease-resistant varieties, rootstocks, training systems, pruning, weed control options, and nitrogen fertilization. Basic and advanced seasonal management approaches to insect control will be shared such as the use of entomopathogenic nematodes for biological control of plum curculio, and predatory mite seeding for the control of European red mite. The group will also go over organic fire blight management techniques and share results from last year’s summer disease trials.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Montana Organic Association Farm Tour: Alger Ranch

June 10, 2015
Stanford, Montana

The Alger Ranch is 100% Certified Organic. Jess Alger grows, uses and sells lentils, Kamut®, winter wheat, peas, barley, Sainfoin and alfalfa as well as grass-fed cattle. Researchers Dr. Perry Miller, MSU Agronomist, Dr. Pat Hatfield, MSU Livestock Specialist, and Dr. Fabian Menalled, MSU Weed Specialist will also be presenting research findings and observations during the tour. Jess and the MSU researchers will share information on weed management that is working well and will share the results of the use of vinegar to control Bindweed, White-top and Canada Thistle. The Alger Farm Tour is free and open to the public and lunch will be provided.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Quad Cities Pollinator Conference

June 10-11, 2015
Rock Island, Illinois

Nahant Marsh, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Rock Island, Scott and Henry counties will host the inaugural Quad Cities Pollinator Conference. The conference features an outstanding lineup of speakers on topics such as: plant-pollinator relationships, pollinator decline, designing pollinator support plantings, land conservation practices, pollinator-friendly landscapes in agricultural and urban settings, and more. An optional pollinator truffle workshop and two post-conference tours are offered.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Grow Riverside

June 11-13, 2015
Riverside, California

This Grow Riverside conference on The Future of Local Food, presented by Seedstock in partnership with the City of Riverside, will assist cities in examining and forming solutions to develop and strengthen their urban agriculture and local food infrastructure. Experts in farming small plots, new business creation, local food marketplace development, and community food access will come together to offer solutions on how Riverside can become a model for other cities to follow.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Iroquois White Corn Project: Preserving a Past, Providing a Future

June 11, 2015
Victor, New York

Join Peter Jemison, farmer and manager of the Ganondagan State Historic Site, and Kim Morf, Manager of the Iroquois White Corn Project in this NOFA-NY event which will provide the history of white corn, Three Sisters planting traditions, a field walk discussing weed and pest issues, and tour of the WCP processing center.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Farm Field Day

June 11, 2015
Glenwood, Georgia

Lola's Organic Farm, a USDA Certified Organic family farm, will hold a Field Day from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The free event is for beginning farmers and ranchers interested in sustainable ag practices, and those interested in transitioning to organic production. Topics include cover crops, pollinators, grafting and pruning, and transitioning to organic production. For information, contact lolasorganics@gmail.com

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Shiitake Mushroom Production, On-Farm Diversity, and Funding Your Farm's High Tunnel with NRCS

June 11, 2015
Milton, Florida

Florida Organic Growers presents this workshop at Coldwater Gardens about Shiitake mushroom cultivation methods, diversifying your farm products and activities, and how NRCS can help fund your farm's high tunnel. FOG will be joined by the Coldwater Gardens crew, Slow Food Gulf Coast, NRCS, and Santa Rosa County Extension to present a day of hands-on learning and networking.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Certification through the Texas Department of Agriculture

June 11, 2015
Online

In this hour-long webinar from the National Center for Appropriate Technology, Mary Ellen Holliman, Coordinator for Organic Certification with the Texas Department of Agriculture, will explain TDA's new fee structure for organic certification, demonstrate tools on TDA website that applicants may use to calculate fees, provide an overview of the National Organic Program Cost-share Program, and answer your questions. Whether you are just exploring certification as an option, transitioning to organic production, or already certified, this webinar will be packed with practical advice. The webinar begins at 11 am MDT.

In: Online

 

Permalink Twilight Horticulture Field Day

June 11, 2015
Poteau, Oklahoma

This free evening tour of the Kerr Center’s certified organic Cannon Horticulture Project will be hosted by George Kuepper and David Redhage. Kuepper will discuss the practices that have enabled the conversion of former bermudagrass pasture, without the use of herbicides, to productive organic horticulture plots. He will detail the cover cropping and crop rotation practices that suppress weeds and maintain soil fertility.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Juneberry Production Workshop

June 12, 2015
Ovid, New York

Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension is hosting a Juneberry Production Workshop. This class is a complete, in-depth introduction to juneberry cultivation in Upstate New York, covering site selection, natural history, planting, pest control, and harvesting. Regional juneberry expert Jim Ochterski will explain the basics of production and what to expect from different varieties of juneberries. The workshop includes lunch and a field tour to Juneberry Farm in Willard, New York.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Holistic Planned Grazing Workshop

June 12-14, 2015
Fort Bidwell, California

This three-day workshop at Springs Ranch covers the foundations of holistic management and holistic decision-making. It is a comprehensive study of the methods, tools and techniques of Holistic Planned Grazing. Participants gain hands-on experience developing their own grazing plans.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink International Conference on Birch Sap and Syrup

June 12-14, 2015
Paul Smiths, New York

The first ever International Conference on Birch Sap and Syrup will bring together many people who are currently producing birch sap and syrup products to network with each other, share ideas, and learn about the latest research and developments in this growing industry. It is also intended for sugarmakers who have birch trees and are considering adding birch syrup production to their existing operations.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Your Community Food System "From the Ground Up" Workshop

June 13-14, 2015
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Growing Power's "From the Ground Up" Workshops are intensive, hands-on trainings offering diverse groups the opportunity to learn, plan, develop, operate, and sustain community food projects. Project participants leave the workshop with improved skills that they can take back into their communities and pass on to others. These workshops are for both rural and urban projects.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 13, 2015
Unity, Maine

Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA is a free, volunteer-driven event offering hands-on workshops based on re-skilling for resiliency. Workshops this year include splicing rope, tying knots, making round poles, scarfing wood joints, riveting, goat-milking, cheese-making, blacksmithing, knife sharpening, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Vegetables For Health, Quality, and Profit

June 14, 2015
Dartmouth, Massachusetts

In this season-long NOFA Massachusetts workshop series, participants learn about profitable, small-scale vegetable production throughout the 2015 growing season at Brix Bounty Farm. Participants will see and experience how Brix Bounty’s production evolves from early season fertility and plant propagation to mid-season management and fall harvest rhythms. This workshop session is Fertility Foundations: Dry Mineral Applications & In-Season Management (Crop Monitoring, Water Management, and Foliar Sprays).

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Farm School

June 15 - August 17, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Women's Environmental Institute presents this 10-week course, held on Monday evenings. The educational summer program is composed of lectures, related readings, hands-on workshops and field trips related to sustainable agriculture, food justice, and today's local food movement, bringing urban farming and small rural farms together.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Marketing Your CSA and Keeping Your Customers Happy

June 15, 2015
Grimsley, Tennessee

This is the concluding event in the six-workshop series, "Are You Ready to Start a CSA?" from the University of Tennessee. This workshop will help participants develop a marketing plan and provide tips for marketing their CSA. It takes place at Herb and Plow Farm.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainable Farmstead Goat Dairy

June 15, 2015
Nordland, Washington

This Tilth Producers of Washington Farm Walk visits Mystery Bay Farm. The farmers of this WSDA certified Grade A Dairy will provide details about making their farmstead goat cheese and yogurt. The number of participants is limited.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Multiple Benefits from Wetlands, Prairies and Cover Crops

June 15, 2015
Winterset, Iowa

At this Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day, Frederick Martens will share his experience with cover crops and grid-sampling for variable-rate planting and fertilizer application. He will also lead a tour of his nitrate removal wetland and adjacent prairie currently being established. Anna MacDonald will discuss efforts to improve water quality in the Badger Creek Lake watershed. Matt Helmers of Iowa State University will talk about the role of conservation practices in reducing nitrate losses. Jessie Lowry, with the Blank Park Zoo, will speak about the zoo's Plant.Grow.Fly. initiative to increase the amount of pollinator habitat.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Commercial Berry and Vegetable Field Day

June 16, 2015
Ettrick, Virginia

Learn from Extension specialists about soil nutrition, insect and weed control, best practices and more. The event takes place at Virginia State University's Randolph Farm agricultural learning center.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Biodiversity

June 17, 2015
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. It is the second in a four-part series exploring the environmental benefits of organic agriculture. This session will present scientific research examining the biodiversity benefits of organic farming practices in temperate and tropical farm systems. The presenters are John Quinn and Betsy Rakola.

In: Online

 

Permalink Impact of Hedgerows and Wildflower Plantings on Bees

June 17, 2015
Esparto, California

This morning workshop will focus on the benefits of hedgerows of California native plants in agricultural landscapes, including enhanced populations of native bees and beneficial insects on farms. Presenters will also discuss establishment and maintenance practices for planting habitat on field crop edges and provide an overview of plant species appropriate for hedgerows in the Sacramento Valley and beyond.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink How to Pay for it: Grant, Loan and Cost Share Options for Farms

June 17, 2015
Online and Bryson City, North Carolina

Join ASAP, along with the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI), North Carolina Cooperative Extension, and Farm Service Agency (FSA) for the second in a series of online workshops designed to help you manage risk for your farm. This workshop will offer an overview of options for accessing capital. Hear about services and resources available through your local FSA chapter, what records you need to be eligible for loans, and how to stay connected with grant or cost share opportunities for farms in the region.

In: Online

 

Permalink Midwest Farm Energy Conference

June 17-19, 2015
Morris, Minnesota

The conference will be held at the University of Minnesota's West Central Research and Outreach Center. The event will address energy-optimized systems for dairy production and energy conservation and generation in swine facilities. It will provide practical information for agricultural producers, as well as an opportunity to network with energy experts and professionals. Renewable energy bus tours are also offered.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmer Field Day: Lifeline Produce

June 17, 2015
Victor, Montana

This free, evening event is part of the Farmer Field Days series presented by Community Food & Agriculture Coalition of Missoula County. Lifeline Produce encompasses about 40 acres of pasture, hay, mixed vegetables, flowers, and herbs. At this event, Steve Elliott and Luci Brieger will be focusing on the ways in which they incorporate livestock into their rotations and how they've specialized their tools and equipment for their specific farm operation.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Humane Handling at the Processing Plant

June 17, 2015
Online

This Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar is presented in collaboration with Animal Welfare Approved. Learn about humane handling practices at the processing plant. Presenters will discuss steps producers and processors can take to ensure humane treatment and how animal handling impacts meat quality. Humane handling experts Anna Bassett and Tim Holmes will speak about the research that backs AWA's technical info and slaughter standards as well as their Animal Welfare Officer and Poultry Welfare Officer courses. All NMPAN webinars are free and open to the public. The one-hour webinar begins at 10 am PDT.

In: Online

 

Permalink Making Milk on Grass

June 17, 2015
Earlville, New York

Join NOFA NY, Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative and David Stratton of Stone Mill Dairy to learn more about managing a grass-based dairy. David Stratton will share what makes his farm successful including pasture management, calf raising and milk quality in a no-grain system. Karen Hoffman, NRCS Animal Scientist, will discuss the intricacies of grass based nutrition while DVM Guy Jodarski expands on maintaining herd health. Learn from Troy Bishopp, Grazing Specialist for Madison County Soil and Water, on pasture planning and using a grazing chart to aid in pasture management.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 


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