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Permalink Homestead Dreams: Design & Plan for Living on Your Land

October 8, 2016
Candler, North Carolina

Organic Growers School offers Homestead Dreams, an entry level, exploratory workshop designed to help you incorporate small-scale, self-sufficiency and sustainability into your life. The day-long course covers common-sense, relevant information to help maximize your independence, increase your connection to community, place, and self, and plan out your dreams for the next one to five years. This course is appropriate for those who are incorporating agriculture, renewable energy, green building, land planning, hand-made products, and land-based living of all kinds.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink PlacerGROWN Farm & Barn Tour

October 9, 2016
Placer County, California

PlacerGROWN Farm & Barn Tour is a self-guided expedition of farms, ranches, and vineyards in the beautiful countryside of Placer County. Each farm venue will feature different activities, tours, and demonstrations. Locally grown produce, meats, wine, and more will be available for purchase.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Seed Saving Short Course

October 9, 2016
Chatham, Michigan

Michigan State University North Farm is offering a five-hour learning session with an emphasis on hands-on activities. Learn to save seeds from open-pollinated plants using wet and dry process. Explore seed-saving as a commercial enterprise.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Meet the Buyer / Meet the Farmer

October 10, 2016
St. Louis, Missouri

This event is an opportunity for farmers to meet with buyers one-on-one and learn what it takes to do business with the grocery and foodservice industries. Buyers interested in sourcing local and regional food will be available to meet with fruit and vegetable farmers as well as farmers providing meats, cheese, dairy products, eggs, artisan products, value-added products, and more. Grocery retailers, chefs, foodservice distributors, schools, caterers and more are being invited to attend this one-day event to meet with farmers one-on-one.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Bridging the GAPs: On-Farm Food Safety Workshop

October 10, 2016
Sunnyside, Washington

Prepare for a voluntary Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) audits with this free, on-farm workshop led by WSDA educators and GAPs auditors. Learn practical, cost-effective methods for implementing food safety on your farm. In the afternoon, food safety educators will walk farmers through how to start writing a food safety plan and deliver updates on the new FDA Produce Safety Rule established under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Greenhouse Biocontrol Demonstrations

October 4 and 11, 2016
Schenectady, New York

The goal of this project is to educate the grower to the consumer chain and give growers confidence in applying biocontrol materials. A demonstration workshop series provide an understanding of who, what, where, and why predatory and parasitic organisms (biocontrol agents) are used to manage pests in greenhouses effectively. The October 4 afternoon session is a Mid-Season Biocontrol workshop for Growers and October 11 is Biocontrol for Growers, Educators, and Consumers.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Targeted Sheep Grazing in Organic Dryland Systems

October 11, 2016
Online

Join eOrganic for a webinar on targeted sheep grazing in organic dryland systems, presented by Fabian Menalled, Patrick Hatfield, and Perry Miller of Montana State University. In this webinar, they will summarize their experience regarding agronomic and economic performance, weed management challenges, and animal husbandry of integrated crop-sheep organic system. The webinar is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

In: Online

 

Permalink Texas High Tunnel Conference and SARE Strawberry Workshop

October 11-12, 2016
Fort Worth, Texas

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service presents back-to-back events with expert speakers. The first day focuses on high tunnel construction, production, and management issues. The second day looks at strawberries, with presentations on organic pest control, season extension, soil management, and production in high tunnels.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health in High Tunnel Production

October 11, 2016
Online

This webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS Soil Health Division. This webinar will discuss the challenges that high tunnel producers face in sustaining soil health, and discuss potential solutions for providing crops the nutrients they need while still maintaining high standards of soil health. Participants in this webinar will learn what is currently understood about how high tunnel production affects soil quality and health, including critical plant nutrient availability, salinity, and organic matter management, microbial functioning, and also about soil-health oriented high tunnel management strategies.

In: Online

 

Permalink Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Conference

October 11, 2016
Marianna, Florida

UF/IFAS Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Extension Team presents an educational event for Florida fruit and vegetable producers and stakeholders of Florida local food systems. The event features keynote speaker Richard Wiswall, networking opportunities, and concurrent sessions on fruit, protected agriculture, and diversified crops. The afternoon will offer tours and intensive workshops.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Ginseng Production Workshops

October 5 and 12, 2016
Boone, North Carolina

Watauga Cooperative Extension presents a two-part workshop in which Dr. Jim Hamilton from Cooperative Extension will provide an overview of ginseng production and a field demonstration on how to successfully plant and cultivate wild-simulated ginseng. October 5 will offer an afternoon field demonstration of how to plant ginseng and October 12 will be an evening classroom presentation on wild-simulated ginseng production. Participants will receive a starter kit of a half pound of stratified ginseng seed.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Livestock Grazing Home-Study Course

October 12, 2016
Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania livestock producers can take a home-study course offered by Penn State Extension this fall. The six-week course begins October 12 and is available through online delivery or through conventional mail. Lesson topics include getting started with pastures, plants in the pasture, pasture management, pasture facilities, grazing management, and grazing economics. Each lesson has information about the topic and a worksheet for producers to complete and mail or email back to Penn State Extension for comments. Producers also can submit questions they would like to have answered.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Cut Flowers Workshop

October 12, 2016
Petersburg, Virginia

Virginia Cooperative Extension offers an opportunity to hear from experts and experienced growers on choosing bulb varieties for cut flowers, appropriate varieties for wholesale and retail markets, high tunnel production, and more. This three-hour afternoon informational session is free and open to the public.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Horticultural Lighting Conference

October 12, 2016
Chicago, Illinois

Connecting research and technology to end user applications, this highly targeted one-day conference provides cutting-edge information on the latest technologies and techniques impacting the advancement of plant growth stimulation in controlled environments. Learn about the latest science enabling year-round crop production, the latest products and technologies impacting LED horticultural applications, and solutions to business model challenges and market entry.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health and Sampling Field Day

October 13, 2016
Ware Shoals, South Carolina

Come and learn about what makes a healthy a soil and how to alter your own farming practices to increase soil health. Professionals from Cooperative Extension will explain how to take samples and how the sample results can affect your farming practices. A tour of Bio-Way Farm, owned and operated by Chris Sermons, will be a great learning experience for all participants. The morning event is hosted by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Clemson Cooperative Extension.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Pollinator Conservation & Farmscaping

October 14, 2016
Alma, Georgia

In this full-day course from The Xerces Society, learn how to attract native pollinators and other beneficial insects (predators & parasitoids of pests) to your orchard, farm, or garden. The content of this course is tailored to the needs of farmers, NRCS, SWCD, Cooperative Extension, state department of agriculture employees, and beekeepers, as well as crop consultants, natural resource specialists, and non-governmental conservation organization staff.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Maine Farm to School Conference

October 14, 2016
Lewiston, Maine

This conference will provide networking opportunities; hands-on workshops to support the three farm to school pillars (local food procurement, school gardens, and agriculture education); a tour of nearby Whiting Farm; learning opportunities from local, state, and national farm to school partners; conversations about policies to support farm to school implementation, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Cultivating Community: Land, Food, Health

October 14-16, 2016
Paicines, California

HMI invites you to beautiful Paicines Ranch for its 2016 Gathering. Cultivating Community: Land, Food, Health will kick off on October 14 with an Open Gate field day to highlight the Holistic Management practices that have been implemented at Paicines Ranch, a demonstration site for Holistic Management and regenerative agriculture. Thought-provoking presentations and breakout sessions on various consumer and producer interests will take place on October 15 and 16, along with keynote speaker Joel Salatin and the opportunity to connect with innovative, solution-oriented and passionate farmers, ranchers, conservationists, authors, natural food/health professionals, and the Holistic Management community.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Basics of Tractor Safety and Maintenance

October 15, 2016
East Berlin, Pennsylvania

This four-hour course is a PASA Education Event hosted by Everblossom Farm. Darla Romberger, Agricultural Sciences Instructor and Penn State Certified Tractor Safety Instructor, will provide an in-depth tractor safety training for beginner tractor users. Matt Steiman of the Dickinson College Farm, with over 15 years of vegetable farming experience, will instruct attendees on the basics of tractor maintenance.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink FAMACHA Certification & Herd Health Workshop

October 15, 2016
Ava, Missouri

The Animal Clinic of Ava, University of Missouri Extension, and Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and Research are working together to put on a full-day sheep and goat workshop at the Heritage Farm. The workshop will cover herd health and FAMACHA training. Participants will become certified in the use of the FAMACHA© eye anemia system, along with the Five Point Check©.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Productive Riparian Buffers

October 15, 2016
Stewartstown, Pennsylvania

This PASA field day will be an in-depth look at a five-year-old riparian buffer that both follows Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) guidelines, as well as addresses different uses outside the CREP boundaries. Principles of buffer design, plant selection, working with government programs, and finding value in the buffer-- ecological, social, and economic-- will be discussed.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Ruminant Field Day

October 15, 2016
Booneville, Arkansas

A Sheep Field Day will be held at the Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center operation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service. Aseasonal lambing, parasite management, artificial insemination, forage finishing, and marketing are just a few of the topics to be covered during the day. For additional information and to reserve your spot, email Joan Burke, joan.burke@ars.usda.gov or Jennifer Keatts, jennifer.keatts@ars.usda.gov or call 479-675-3834.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink From Battleground to Breaking Ground: A Transformational Journey

October 15, 2016
Laredo, Texas

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in cooperation with the Texas AgrAbility Project and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will present a free, day-long agriculture workshop for active duty and veteran military service members. The workshop gives current and former military members with or without disabilities who are interested in farming or ranching the opportunity to get information on starting, developing and funding an agriculture business. Beginning farmers and ranchers, women farmers and ranchers, and small-landholder farmers and ranchers are also welcome to attend and can benefit from the workshop information.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Beginnings

October 15, 2016 - March 2017
Asheville, North Carolina

Organic Growers School offers a 180-hour training program that includes 13 whole farm business planning sessions, 45 hours of production training, and attendance at regional conferences. The Farm Beginnings® class is a 12-month training session that helps beginning farmers clarify their goals and strengths, establish a strong enterprise plan and start building their operation.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Introduction to Hard Cider Making

October 15-16, 2016
Middlebury, Vermont

This course will examine the tradition, science, and craft of hard cider making at The Woodchuck Cidery. It begins with an introduction to orchard management and cider apple production with tours of nearby orchards. Participants will harvest apples for cider making at a pick-your-own orchard and return to The Cidery for apple pressing and juice analysis. Students will learn basic laboratory tests for evaluation of fruit maturity and juice chemistry, fermentation monitoring, and analysis of finished hard ciders. Fundamentals of blending, bottling, and sensory evaluation will be presented as well as a sampling of ciders from Vermont and beyond.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Grading Grass-Finished Carcasses for Meat Quality

October 15, 2016
Mingo, Iowa

This is the second field day of a two-part series offered by Practical Farmers of Iowa. Inspect four grass-finished beef carcasses at Mingo Locker, from Bruce Carney's cattle observed on the September 28 field day. Observe carcass characteristics in each cut and tour the locker. Butcher Alex Fangopol will explain his experiences processing grass-finished meat and Bruce Carney will speak about marketing his grass-finished cattle.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Basic Tractor Skills for Aspiring Young Women Farmers

October 16, 2016
Poultney, Vermont

UVM Extension and VT Women's Fund present this workshop offering an overview of how a tractor and PTO work and the importance of operating a tractor safely. Hands-on experience will include driving and backing a trailer and hitching implements. Pre-registration is required.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Holistic Cattle Health and Handling

October 16, 2016
West Brookfield, Massachusetts

In this NOFA Massachusetts afternoon workshop at Clover Springs Farm, organic grass-fed cattle farmer Matt Koziol will discuss what farmers need to know to keep their animals healthy and productive. Starting with the nutritional requirements for livestock, particular attention will be paid to reading and responding to cattle behavior in order to reduce stress for both cow and farmer.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink ABCs of Farm-Based Education

October 16-18, 2016
Shelburne, Vermont

This three-day program at Shelburne Farms offers an opportunity to discover easy and fun ways to develop agricultural education programs with engaging, kid-tested, educator-approved activities. If you are looking for new ideas for an existing program or are starting to explore the opportunities of farm-based education, this workshop is for you. Workshop topics include: creating a safe learning environment, developing programs, resource sharing and networking among participants, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Cover Crop Management: From Fields to High Tunnels

October 17, 2016
Concord, North Carolina

This workshop is hosted by Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and NC Cooperative Extension. Learn how to use cover crops as a nutrient and weed management tool, and how to manage cover crops across a range of situations in organic systems. The workshop will begin at the extension center in the morning, and visit CFSA’s Lomax Incubator Farm in the afternoon. Other topics will include meeting organic standards when growing cover crops and farmer perspectives.

In: Southern SARE Region

 


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