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Permalink Nebraska Grazing Conference

August 9-10, 2016
Kearney, Nebraska

The annual Nebraska Grazing Conference was designed for people with an interest in the utilization and conservation of grazing lands. It is planned by people involved in the grazing livestock industry as well as public and private sector educators and land managers to present the most current information on grazing livestock systems and their impact on grazing lands.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Hops in Virginia

August 10, 2016
Petersburg, Virginia

Virginia State University (VSU) is initiating hops research that includes a variety trial to identify those best suited to Virginia, and an irrigation and fertilizer management study conducted under local conditions. This workshop will benefit beginning and established hop growers, as well as those interested in growing hops. It will address hops research, the potential uses of hops by-products, and the needs of craft brewers.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink North Dakota Grazing Land and Natural Resources Trust Field Day

August 10, 2016
Alexander, North Dakota

North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition, in partnership with the North Dakota Natural Resources Trust, is hosting its annual grazing lands field day and tour at the Jed and Melissa Rider Ranch. Topics covered during the tour include managed grazing in oil patch country, using cover crops to improve soil health, and holistic management of ranch resources. RSVP is required by July 30.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health and Cover Crop Field Day

August 10, 2016
Lake Park, Iowa

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Clean Water Alliance and Dickinson County Soil and Water Conservation District, will hold a soil health and cover crop field day hosted by Jared and Mary Herbert. Field Day attendees will hear from Spencer Herbert, Jared and Mary's son and soil scientist for Minnesota Department of Agriculture, about how they manage their family farm and how cover crops help improve soil health and water quality. The evening event is free and open to the public.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Summer Crops Field Day

August 10, 2016
Bushland, Texas

This event is hosted annually by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, and West Texas A&M University. Vegetables, high tunnels, and the human health connection with agriculture are highlighted in tours and presentations, along with traditional research projects. Morning tour stops will cover cotton boll production and lint quality, irrigation comparisons, water-use efficiency of corn, greenhouse gas monitoring from livestock operations, cattle diet effect on emissions, high tunnels, integrated pest management, and variable-rate irrigation. The afternoon tours will look at corn under limited irrigation, weed control in cotton, and corn and sorghum herbicide trials.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing Native Prairie Grasses

August 10, 2016
Amherst, Wisconsin

This is the final event in a series of pasture walks geared towards beginning and young farmers, hosted by the Golden Sands RC&D Council, Inc. to help producers take grazing one step further. This session takes place at Black Rabbit Farm.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm to School Census Overview Webinar

August 11, 2016
Online

This webinar will provide an overview of the Farm to School Census website including the recently posted raw data files and soon to be released data explorer tool. Presenters will also describe ways in which Census data can be used at the local, state, and national levels in support of farm to school.

In: Online

 

Permalink Soil Health and Fertility for Perennial Tree Crops

August 11, 2016
Accord, New York

This NOFA New York afternoon workshop at Westwind Orchard will cover the basics of understanding your soil and what you can do to improve the soil’s health, biology, and overall vitality to grow better fruit.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Pollinator Plants and Buffers in the Northeast

August 11, 2016
Fairfax, Vermont

In this NOFA Vermont workshop, join Jane Sorensen of River Berry Farm and the Northeast Pollinator Plants, an organic vegetable and small-fruit farm and native plant nursery, and John Hayden of The Farm Between, an organic fruit nursery, to learn about native northeastern plants that attract a wide variety of beneficial pollinators for your farm, garden, and landscape.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Grain Toolbox

August 11, 2016
Evansville, Wisconsin

This MOSES and OGRAIN event takes place at Doudlah Farms DBA FarmRite Organics, a 1,450-acre diversified organic grain operation producing corn, soybeans, ancient grains, cover crop seed (Aroostook Rye, Purple Bounty Vetch, 4010 Forage Peas), dry beans, and canning crops. Spend the morning hearing from presenters and the afternoon touring the farm and hearing from even more experts.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Field Day

August 11, 2016
Columbia, Missouri

Weed control, worms and cover crops will be discussed during the fourth annual Organic Field Day at the University of Missouri's Bradford Research Center. There are three different tours available to attendees in addition to several lectures. The event is free and open to the public.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Allison Organic Research and Demonstration Farm's Field Day

August 12, 2016
Roseville, Illinois

"Marketing and Management Strategies for More Profit and Less Risk" is the theme of the Western Illinois University Allison Organic Research and Demonstration Farm's annual Field Day. The day-long event will feature presentations in the morning, and field tours and equipment demonstrations in the afternoon.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink NOFA Summer Conference

August 12-14, 2016
Amherst, Massachusetts

Join people from across the Northeast and beyond for a three-day celebration of the grassroots organic movement. Presenters, seminars, workshops, and networking are scheduled. Keynote speakers are Leah Penniman, food justice activist and farmer at Soul Fire Farm, and André Leu, international organic agronomist and President of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements. Work exchange and scholarship opportunities are available, as are group discounts.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Forestry & Agroforestry Short Course

August 12-16, 2016
Mecklenburg, New York

Learn forest ecology and management techniques for eastern woodlands from Farming the Woods co-author Steve Gabriel and renowned forester Mike Demunn, along with tree propagation and nursery techniques from Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres. Visit local old-growth and heritage forests and farms and practice tree ID, stand assessment, marking, and felling techniques. Learn about forest medicinals and visit farms practicing silvopasture and mushroom cultivation. This course is designed for woodland owners, famers, extension professionals, Permaculturists, and homesteaders who want to gain a better understanding of the intricacies of management in northeastern woodlands and build their skills in forest mapping, stand assessment, tree selection, and removal of trees with minimal damage.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Family Farm Day

August 13, 2016
Otsego and Scholharie Counties, New York

At the 4th Annual Family Farm Day, families and friends discover a host of farm and forest products at 39 participating farms, four farmers’ markets, and one online market throughout the two counties. Enjoy tours, rides, activities, free samples, and the opportunity to be close to farm animals where available. The event is free.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Quality Hay and Grass-Fed Beef Farm Tour

August 13, 2016
Fort Wayne, Indiana

This event is part of the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Wood farm is a certified organic 500-acre hay and pasture farm, which supplies hay to regional dairies and beef to local restaurants. See the farm's rotational pastures, Angus herd, and haying equipment, and learn the techniques and systems the Wood family uses to manage each segment of the operation. Learn about how they have partnered with other landowners in the area, including the Fort Wayne airport, to increase their base acreage.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink 7 Farmers, 10 Enterprises: Diversity at 7W Farm

August 13, 2016
Paulina, Iowa

At this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day, the Wilson family will share their experiences with a pastured poultry operation, including touring the on-farm processing shed. They'll discuss raising pigs from farrow-to-finish on pasture and their research trials that include apple cider vinegar in the ration for improving animal health. They will talk about small grains production and an Iowa State University trial using rotary hoeing in oats for weed control, as well as their own trials supplementing hay with micronutrients to see if there is an increase in hay yield and quality.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Partnerships: On-Farm Research and Pollinators

August 14, 2016
Kanawha, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day will showcase two on-farm research projects underway this season at One Step at a Time Gardens through the PFI Cooperators’ Program. Also, a new 4.7-acre Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) pollinator habitat planting was completed in spring 2016. Learn about Jan and Tim's process, the NRCS pollinator program, and the resources available to support native pollinators.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Seed Alliance Research Farm Field Day

August 14, 2016
Gilroy, California

Join Organic Seed Alliance's California research team for their annual Gilroy field day from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 10385 Watsonville Road. The field day will feature variety trials, seed production, and breeding projects at the Bay Area/Central Coast hub, as well as results of statewide seed hub development work and breeding projects. This event is free and open to the public.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink San Diego AgTech Conference

August 15, 2016
San Diego, California

The San Diego Ag Tech Conference brings together founders, investors, educators, and government officials who are building the future of Agriculture Technology. Join in for a fun evening of networking, panel discussions, and AgTech pitches.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing and Pasture Management: Hay

August 15, 2016
Ithaca, New York

This event is part of an eight-part series presented by the Groundswell Center. Each month throughout the grazing season there will be an intensive workshop on a different farm highlighting specific topics while also showcasing the unique elements of each farm in respect to their grazing systems.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Vermont Open Farm Week

August 15-21, 2016
Vermont

Open Farm Week is a weeklong celebration of Vermont farms. Learn more about local food origins and to get to know your local farmer. Activities vary and may include milking cows and goats, harvesting vegetables, collecting eggs, and tasting farm fresh food. Look for scavenger hunts, hayrides, dinners, and live music.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Diversified Markets and Value Added Products

August 15, 2016
Quilcene, Washington

At this Tilth Producers farm walk, learn how Midori Farm utilizes diverse revenue sources through organic vegetables, plant starts and seeds, and their farm-made kimchi and sauerkraut. Farm Walks provide farmer-to-farmer education in an experiential learning environment.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Olathe Horticulture Research & Extension Center Field Day

August 15, 2016
Olathe, Kansas

Growing Growers of Kansas City's Advanced Workshop Series visits the Olathe Horticulture Research & Extension Center for an afternoon field day.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Fruit and Vegetable Field Day

August 15, 2016
Ames, Iowa

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting the 2016 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day at the ISU Horticulture Research Station near Ames. The annual event will feature commercial production for farmers, extension personnel and Master Gardeners. It is free and supper is included. This year's field day will give growers a face-to-face opportunity to see ongoing fruit and vegetable research. The event will showcase small-scale fruit and vegetable production systems, cropping practices, research projects and tools and equipment needed.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Dirt Rich: Becoming a Soil Health Expert

August 16-17, 2016
Redwood Falls and Marshall, Minnesota

Sustainable Farming Association is hosting a two-day event. The first day begins with a classroom portion by soil health experts, followed by a trip to the award-winning Grant and Dawn Breitkreutz farm to view implementation of a complex cover crop blend and integration of livestock into a cropping system, as well as reviewing soil health monitoring tools and complex cover crop blend seeding. The second day begins at Pizza Ranch with a classroom portion followed by a trip to the Allen Deutz farm reviewing his work with cover crops and livestock integration, as well as innovative fencing techniques to provide livestock access to crop land.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Wholesale and Direct-Market Flower Production

August 16, 2016
Roxbury, Vermont

At this NOFA Vermont afternoon workshop, join Heidi Albright and Benjamin Pincus of Third Branch Flower Farm, a commercial flower farm growing high quality, field-grown cut flowers and peony root divisions. Along with a tour of their farm and fields, they will discuss tips and techniques for growing and marketing flowers in Vermont. This presentation will focus on planning, growing, marketing, and selling fresh-cut flowers.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Best Practices at Farmers Markets

August 16, 2016
Orlando, Florida

This day-long workshop from the University of Florida, Food Science and Human Nutrition Department is intended to provide farmers market managers and vendors with information on current food safety issues associated with farmers markets, best food safety practices at both farms and markets, and state regulatory requirements for cottage food products and farmers markets. In addition, the workshop provides information on farmers market consumer trends and strategic planning for marketing. The target audience is Florida farmers market managers, vendors, and any farmers and cottage food operators who are interested in selling their food at farmers markets.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginning Farmer and Rancher Tour: Greystone Farm

August 16, 2016
Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Purdue's Beginning Farmer and Rancher program is offering new and aspiring farmers an opportunity to visit 10 Indiana agribusinesses and learn from Purdue Extension educators, producers and other experts about topics ranging from organic produce to aquaponics. This session visits Greystone Farm to learn about pasture management and the production of pastured-raised meats, eggs, honey, and herbs.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Alternative Stewardship Strategies for Winter Feeding

August 16, 2016
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. This webinar will provide winter feeding strategies that NRCS planners can share with livestock producers to protect natural resources and also benefit the livestock, reduce winter feeding costs and labor, and benefit soil health. Strategies discussed will include stockpiling forage, 'bale grazing' systems, and grazing winter annual forages.

In: Online

 


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