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Permalink Produce Safety Alliance - Grower Training

December 6, 2017
Great Falls, Montana

The Montana Department of Agriculture is hosting statewide Grower Trainings, offering the approved course developed by the Produce Safety Alliance. This one-day training will cover an introduction to the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, worker training, soil amendments, post-harvest handling, and more. For farms that will be covered by the new Produce Safety Rule, this training also satisfies the requirement that one person from your farm must attend an approved grower training course.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Purdue Extension Beginning Farmer Workshop - Central Region

December 6, 2017
Indianapolis, Indiana

Presented by Farm Commons, a nonprofit organization providing legal education to sustainable farmers to build resilient and healthy food systems, this Sustainable Farm Law 101 workshop is a fun, six-hour interactive workshop co-facilitated by an attorney and two farmers who say developing a strong, legally resilient farm business can be easier than you may think.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Young Farmers Conference

December 6-8, 2017
Pocantico Hills, New York

Stone Barns Center hosts a gathering of beginning farmers, chefs and leaders in the food and agriculture movement to explore practical approaches and innovative ideas for changing our food system. Registration for this event was by lottery. Select sessions from this year's Young Farmers Conference will be streamed live.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Legal Issues in Tribal Food Safety (Part 2)

December 7, 2017
Online

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative has developed a series of food safety webinars designed to help Native American farmers, ranchers, and food producers to begin to understand the importance of food safety and what is necessary to reach compliance under the FSMA. This one-hour webinar will discuss very specific legal issues pertaining to farms that grow produce (fruits and vegetables) in Indian Country and will provide key discussion points to ensure differences in jurisdiction and authority are identified. It will also assist the Tribal producer or those producing food on Indian Country lands in identifying and spotting key issues that face us as unique producers.

In: Online

 

Permalink Produce Safety Alliance Training

December 7, 2017
Calmar, Iowa

The PSA courses are designed for growers of fruits and vegetables. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.' The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in seven modules.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Midwest CSA Conference

December 7-8, 2017
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Farmers Union, working in partnership with a range of Midwest organizations, will again convene the Midwest CSA Conference. The conference will provide a forum for CSA farmers and advocates to come together for deliberative discussion and peer-to-peer learning. Full-group sessions will discuss shared values of the movement and strategies for promoting cooperation and shared risk among farms and communities. A set of workshop tracks, each with four workshops, will provide hands-on and peer-to-peer learning for CSA farmers in the areas of Beginning CSA Farming, Production & Logistics, Building Community, and Financial Management & Business Planning.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Local Lamb Lessons

December 7, 2017 - June 7, 2018, twice monthly
Hudson, New York

Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation (HVADC) will be offering a series of classroom presentations and related farm field trips to explore all aspects of sheep farming with a focus on the characteristics and potential of the local market in the Hudson Valley. The Local Lamb Lessons program will begin December 7, and run on the first Thursday of each month through June, with site visits as applicable scheduled for the third Thursday of each month. During the program, local business experts, educators, sheep farmers, and wool producers will present sessions covering breed selection and product development suited to the local land, dairying, wool development, and meat market development. The curriculum will also feature a module on the necessary business expertise to help new sheep farmers master the balancing act of serving all three market segments within their farm management plan.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Montana Organic Association Conference and Member Meeting

December 7-9, 2017
Great Falls, Montana

The 15th annual conference will feature presentations from a variety of experts in organic agriculture, including farmers, researchers, policy analysts, and business specialists. There will also be Organic University for people interested in learning what it takes to become a certified organic producer. Tour choices include options to visit Prairie Heritage Farm, Wilcox Family Farms' egg processing facility, and/or Timeless Natural Foods' facility.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health

December 7-8, 2017
Indianapolis, Indiana

This meeting will be a great opportunity to learn recent developments in how cover crops are being used by innovative farmers across the country and gain important insights on improving soil health from producers, conservation leaders, and scientists. The conference is intended for anyone interested in the practical use of cover crops and soil health improvement, including farmers; conservation agents; certified crop advisers and agribusiness staff; and university, nongovernmental organization, and agency representatives. There will be six breakout tracks available for participants to choose from: Basics of Cover Cropping, Advanced Cover Cropping Insights from Farmer Experts, Diving into Soil Health, Cover Crop Role in the Cropping System, Impacts of Cover Crops on Economics/Environment, and Special Topics with Cover Crops and Soil Health.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Food Safety Workshop

December 8, 2017
Streator, Illinois

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) offers an opportunity to learn everything you need to know to meet the new rules laid out in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), especially the Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Food rules.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink New Farmer U

December 8-10, 2017
Streator, Illinois

MOSES and Renewing the Countryside partner with Angelic Organics Learning Center to bring New Farmer U to Illinois. New Farmer U kicks off Friday night with beginning farmer networking opportunities and goes through Sunday. The weekend training includes your choice of 90-minute hands-on workshops and round table discussions, as well as local and organic food, dorm-style lodging, and social networking fun. Saturday's general session includes a panel of regional farmers in their first ten years of farming answering the question, "What would you do differently and keep the same in your first five years?" New Farmer U events also include an exhibit hall of helpful folks with resources and relevant information for beginning farmers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Fearless Farm Finances Workshop

December 8, 2017
Streator, Illinois

This one-day training is based on the book Fearless Farm Finances, by Jody Padgham, MOSES, Dr. Craig Chase, Iowa State University, and Paul Dietmann, Compeer Financial. You'll learn basic farm financial management.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Food & Farm Forum

December 8-9, 2017
Nauvoo, Alabama

Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network presents this conference, with meals incorporating local farm products.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Winter Growing in Unheated Low Tunnels at Roots Farm

December 10, 2017
Tiverton, Rhode Island

In this Winter Growing on-farm workshop from NOFA Rhode Island, Mike and Kelli Roberts will show the winter crops in their low tunnels and moveable high tunnels and discuss crop selection, rotation, planting schedules, and tunnel logistics. This event is free and open to the public.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Produce Safety Workshops in Arkansas

December 11, 2017
Fayetteville, Arkansas

NCAT is collaborating with the Arkansas Agriculture Department and the U of A Division of Agriculture to offer a series of Produce Safety Workshops throughout the state. Each of these one-day workshops will teach you what you need to know about the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and ensure that your farm is compliant with the training requirement under the rule. You will also learn many practical strategies for reducing the food safety risks on your farm. Registration is required.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Value-Added Processing & Certification Webinar

December 11, 2017
Online

Join CCOF for a webinar that reviews requirements for certifying value-added products under the USDA National Organic Program. This webinar is ideal for small- to mid-sized organic farms looking to explore organic certification requirements for their value-added products. Jessie Nichols, senior hander certification specialist at CCOF, will review the requirements for organic growers looking to certify their value-added products--such as jams, salsas, and dried fruit--through the USDA National Organic Program. In addition, she will highlight different avenues for integrating value-added processing into a farming operation, including processing products in a farm kitchen, using a commercial kitchen, or hiring a co-packer. Finally, Nichols will touch on special considerations related to shared commercial kitchens, CSA boxes, as well as simple on-farm processing. In the second half of the webinar, gain the on-farm perspective from Rebecca Courchesne (a.k.a. Chef Becky) from Frog Hollow Farm. Courchesne will share her experience producing a diversity of organic value-added products from Frog Hollow Farm fruit, including conserves, marmalades, and chutneys.

In: Online

 

Permalink Tillage and Residue Management Systems and Impacts on Soil Health in Drylands

December 11, 2017
Online

This webinar is part of a series on Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest. Scientists present timely information aimed at helping farmers and agricultural professionals interpret the results of recent research on dryland cereal systems in the region. This webinar series stems from the new book Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest, a publication of the six-year Regional Approaches to Climate Change (REACCH) project, aimed at increasing the sustainability of dryland farming.

In: Online

 

Permalink Growing Pennsylvania's Organic Farms Annual Conference

December 12-13, 2017
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The GPOF Conference is a collaboration of private, public and government agencies including organic farmers, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture, Rodale Institute, Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO), Organic Valley Dairy, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), GMO Free Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Farm Link. This event supports Northeast and Mid-Atlantic farmers by presenting information on the best organic farming practices currently available.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference

December 12-14, 2017
Manchester, New Hampshire

New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference and Trade Show includes more than 25 educational sessions covering major vegetable, berry, and tree-fruit crops as well as various special topics. A Farmer-to-Farmer meeting after each morning and afternoon session will bring speakers and farmers together for informal, in-depth discussion.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Microbes Every Agronomist Should Know

December 12, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the Soil Health Division of NRCS.

In: Online

 

Permalink High Tunnel Production Intensive

December 13, 2017
Mercer, Pennsylvania

This is a full-day PASA farmer-to-farmer exchange event.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Grower Summit

December 13-14 2017
Monterey, California

Launched by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), the Organic Grower Summit (OGS) will bring organic growers, producers and processors together for two days of education, information and networking opportunities with their production supply chain and support service providers. This year's event features engaging educational sessions, thought-provoking keynote presentations, and an exhibit area.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Illinois Farmer Veteran Meeting

December 13, 2017
Bloomington, Illinois

This quarterly meeting for the Illinois Farmer Veteran's Group offers information regarding programs and resources for veterans who are currently farming and/or part of agri-business, as well as veterans interested in an agri-business career.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink High Tunnel Tomatoes

December 14, 2017
Mercer, Pennsylvania

This is a full-day intensive presented by PASA farmer-to-farmer exchange. Pre-registration is required.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink The Soil Revolution: Digging Deeper

December 14, 2017
Longmont, Colorado

This event invites farmers and ranchers of all scales and production systems to join in digging deeper into the science, benefits, and practical applications of farming for soil health. Third-generation biotic specialty potato farmer Brendon Rockey of Rockey Farms in Center, Colorado, will deliver the keynote address. Brendon's approach focuses on supporting flourishing ecosystems. He will be joined by producers from Boulder County, the State of Colorado, and the southwestern United States. Other soil health experts from the USDA-NRCS and Colorado State University will share their expertise.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Integrated Weed Management and Insect Pests in Dryland Cereal Systems

December 18, 2017
Online

This webinar is part of a series on Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest. Scientists present timely information aimed at helping farmers and agricultural professionals interpret the results of recent research on dryland cereal systems in the region. This webinar series stems from the new book Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest, a publication of the six-year Regional Approaches to Climate Change (REACCH) project, aimed at increasing the sustainability of dryland farming.

In: Online

 

Permalink Growing Staple Crops for Local Markets

December 19, 2017
Joliet, Illinois

Bill Davison and James Theuri (University of Illinois Extension local food systems/small farm educators) will discuss small grains and staples that can grow in backyards or on a larger scale, addressing agronomy, challenges, marketing, and resources available for information. On-going work with beans, oilseeds, hazelnuts, Chinese chestnuts, open-pollinated corn and upland rice will be presented. The local foods movement, and the niche marketing opportunities it affords, have led to producers' renewed interest in growing grains and other staple crops for the local market. Small grains include wheat, buckwheat, oats, rye, sorghum and barley.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Horticulture Industries Show

January 5-6, 2018
Tulsa, Oklahoma

The 37th annual Oklahoma-Arkansas Horticulture Industries Show has the theme "Growing New Roots with Urban Agriculture." The keynote speaker is Cary Rivard, and the agenda includes tours and tracks on Christmas trees, urban farming, fruit, vegetables, and public horticulture.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Intensives

January 6, 2018
East Lansing, Michigan

Michigan Organic Food & Farm Alliance presents an opportunity to acquire practical, detailed information over the course of a day with fellow Michigan farmers and gardeners. Day-long sessions will address Diverse Grain Options for Farms and Homesteads, Organic Transplant Production, and Small to Medium Scale Livestock for the Integrated Farm. The registration fee includes six hours of learning, lunch, and comprehensive printed materials.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Holistic Financial Planning

January 8-9, 2018
Burnsville, North Carolina

Holistic Financial Planning comes out of the theories and methods behind Holistic Management, a whole farm planning and decision-making framework that helps farmers take into account their triple bottom line--their economic, environmental, and social viability. Organic Growers School is offering this class for the first time in the region. Registration is limited, and the class is recommended for farmers with at least one year of experience.

In: Southern SARE Region

 


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