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Permalink Emerging Markets, Funding and other Resources for Agriculturally Based Businesses and Service Providers

May 17, 2016
Spruce Pine, North Carolina

Join experts from AgriVentures in a full-day, comprehensive workshop that will provide an overview and discussion of resources on Land assessments and Land trusts; Animals; Training programs; Specialty emerging markets; Lending Options and Business Planning; and a "Speed Dating" Round. Talk to local service providers or sign up for more in-depth discussions. Hear from experts from Mountain BizWorks, Organic Growers School, NC Cooperative Extension, Smoky Mountain High Tunnel Initiative, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center, Land of Sky, and many others.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Pecan Pest Management Workshop

May 17, 2016
Ardmore, Oklahoma

The Noble Foundation's Center for Pecan and Specialty Agriculture presents this morning workshop. Disease and insect control are key to proper management of pecan trees. Attendees will learn about the target control methods and cultural practices for both issues.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Starting a Farm in Arizona

May 17-18, 2016
Phoenix, Arizona

"Turning Dreams into Reality: Starting a Farm in Arizona" is a two-day exploratory workshop for beginning and prospective farmers. Attendees will learn about the opportunities and challenges of starting from scratch, meet local farmers and visit their farms, and build an inventory of their personal and community resources they need to be successful.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Alternative Strategies for Grazing Annual Crops

May 17, 2016
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by NRCS Science and Technology Area. There are a variety of ways, times and benefits of grazing annual crops. This presentation will focus on the practical ways to do so. Doug Peterson offers a wealth of grazing lands experience, both professional and personal.

In: Online

 

Permalink Feeding Kansas Dinner & Dialogue

May 17, 2016
Hutchinson, Kansas

Join the Kansas Rural Center (KRC), along with local and regional partners, at the first of the "Feeding Kansas Dinner & Dialogue" forums which will be held at six locations throughout the state this May and June. The forums will provide up-to-date information on state and local food systems and opportunities, within the broader context of state budget and revenue issues. Each forum will include a dinner featuring Kansas grown ingredients. The event is free, but an RSVP is required.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Tractor Basics, Implement Demo & Field Day

May 17, 2016
Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota

The Minnesota Food Association Farmer Training Program offers this class for those with little to no knowledge of farming basics. This event offers a basic introduction to the anatomy, safe operation, and routine maintenance of a standard tractor and demonstration of a plastic mulch layer and water wheel transplanter. There will be an opportunity to practice installing plastic mulch and planting with the water wheel transplanter in BRF farmers' fields.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginning Farmer Tour: JT Shrimp

May 17, 2016
Wheatfield, 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. The series of tours runs from May through October and includes stops throughout the state. This event visits JT Shrimp to learn about shrimp production, aquaponics, and working with restaurants.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Skills Workshop: Silvopasturing

May 18, 2016
Cold Springs, New York

This free afternoon workshop at Glynwood will provide an introduction to silvopasturing, the practice of combining forestry and the grazing of domesticated animals in a mutually beneficial way.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Workshop: Starting a Food Processing Business

May 18, 2016
Fayetteville, Arkansas

The Arkansas Food Innovation Center will host this free workshop. Participants will explore the process of taking a product from concept to the commercial market as well as the fundamentals of starting a food processing business. Five workshop participants will be selected on a competitive basis to receive personalized assistance with commercializing their product at the Arkansas Food Innovation Center.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Tillage

May 19, 2016
Pocantico Hills, New York

The Growing Farmers Initiative at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture holds free, beginning farmer workshops on Thursday afternoons. Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Educator Justin O'Dea for this workshop on soil tillage in agriculture. The workshop will explore why tillage practices have long been a facet of agriculture, different types of tillage, the effects of tillage on soils, and tillage strategies that work to conserve soils and build soil health. The workshop will involve participatory problem-solving and a field walk.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Emerging Markets, Funding and other Resources for Agriculturally Based Businesses and Service Providers

May 19, 2016
Spindale, North Carolina

Join experts from AgriVentures in a full-day, comprehensive workshop that will provide an overview and discussion of resources on Land assessments and Land trusts; Animals; Training programs; Specialty emerging markets; Lending Options and Business Planning; and a "Speed Dating" Round. Talk to local service providers or sign up for more in-depth discussions. Hear from experts from Mountain BizWorks, Organic Growers School, NC Cooperative Extension, Smoky Mountain High Tunnel Initiative, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center, Land of Sky, and many others.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Arizona Food and Farm Finance Forum

May 19-20, 2016
Phoenix, Arizona

This year's Food and Farm Finance Forum is for farmers, producers, students, nonprofit professionals, policy makers, funders and consumers alike, with daily offerings tailored to the needs of everyone in the food system. Workshops and training will feature wholesale marketing and food safety, nutrition and social justice, permaculture and sustainability, advocacy and community organizing, and financing and fundraising. Newly added this year and in preparation for the conferences is an additional two days of hands-on training for beginning and prospective farmers, hosted by the University of Arizona’s Agriculture Extension.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Microgreens for Quick Spring Greens

May 19, 2016
Butte, Montana

The National Center for Appropriate Technology's Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training Program (SIFT) offers this free afternoon workshop as the first of its monthly summer series.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Third Thursday Thing: Aquaculture

May 19, 2016
Frankfort, Kentucky

The Third Thursday Thing is a monthly sustainable agriculture workshop targeting small farmers, beginning farmers, and agricultural professionals, produced by University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink From Service to Stewardship

May 20-21, 2016
Remington, Virginia

Join The Livestock Conservancy, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and Lakota Ranch, in northern Virginia, for a workshop to help educate military service veterans about rare breed animal and poultry options for farming enterprises that can significantly influence the probability of success. The workshop includes classroom and in-depth instruction, as well as heritage farm visits.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Farm Field Day

May 20, 2016
Prentiss, Mississippi

This free, on-farm field day visits PL88 Farms. Topics will be expanding market opportunities, online presence, and the featuring farm's specialty crop, watermelons. To register, e-mail keithmdp@yahoo.com.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Pollinator Conservation and Crop Pollination in Tree Fruit

May 20, 2016
Biglerville, Pennsylvania

Dr. David Biddinger of Penn State Extension will lead this PASA field day looking at pollinators, both native and introduced, in the orchard. Participants will learn to identify major pollinators in tree fruit, including native bee species, and will be given an overview of Integrated Crop Pollination by Emily May, of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Conserving pollinators while managing pests will also be discussed, as will exploration of plantings used to attract and provide habitat for desirable pollinator species. Finally, Jim Gillis, NRCS State Biologist, will speak on cost-share options for establishing and managing pollinator habitats.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm & Fiber Education Days

May 21-22, 2016
Lake Steven, Washington

"On the Edge of Urban" offers a weekend of seminars and hands-on workshops featuring educated speakers in specialty areas of farming and natural fiber production. This weekend is designed for family farms, those that seek to live a more rural life, and folks who would like to purchase or use products and food from our local farms. Topics include farm equipment, herd nutrition, growing flax, and marketing.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Ruminant Parasite Management and FAMACHA Training

May 21, 2016
Fredericksburg, Ohio

OSU Extension, Wayne County, the Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association (OHSIA), and the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program are sponsoring a "Small Ruminant Parasite Management and FAMACHA Training" workshop. This workshop will focus on classroom training in the morning to help participants learn about small ruminant parasite biology, lifecycle, how chemical resistance is acquired, and parasite management control strategies including the use of the FAMACHA system. After lunch workshop participants will be trained in the use of the FAMACHA system including hands-on practice using sheep.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Raising Chickens Twilight Workshop

May 21, 2016
Marshfield, Massachusetts

SEMAP's Twilight Grower Education workshop series for farmers and home gardeners offers hands-on skill building led on-farm by local producers. Join "The Chickeness," Khrysti Smyth, of Yardbirds Backyard Chickens, for a rundown of popular breeds, housing needs and design, feeding and care, health, laws and zoning, info on how to effortlessly mix chickens and neighbors, and everything else you might want to know about keeping your own backyard chickens.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Small-scale Commercial Mushroom Production

May 20 or 21, 2016
Fallon or Carson City, Nevada

This event is geared toward small-scale production of edible and medicinal mushrooms for commercial use. It will focus on controlled environment production management strategies while touching on land management for outdoor production. Each student will receive spawn plugs to inoculate a three-foot log or five-pound sawdust bag. This event is being offered at two locations on different dates.
The same information will be presented at each event.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Pastured Poultry and Pig Production

May 21-22, 2016
Fayetteville, Arkansas

Terrell (Spence) Spencer at Across the Creek Farm is hosting this workshop for the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA). The first day of this workshop will cover pastured poultry production and the second day will cover pastured pig production. Participants can attend either or both days. Veterans who register and plan to attend will be eligible for a scholarship, as available. Day 1 is Pastured Poultry Production with Jeff Mattocks, Terrell Spencer, Mike Badger, and others, that will go beyond the basics and focus on the things that make you successful. Day 2 is a Pastured Pig Production workshop featuring Dylan Thomas, Director of the Farmer Veteran Coalition Michigan Chapter, from Two Pines Farm in Michigan.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Foundations: Planning for Success

May 21, 2016
St. Catharine, Kentucky

NCAT is partnering with Growing Warriors and The Berry Farming Program at St. Catharine College to host a three-part beginning farmer workshop series for military veterans and socially disadvantaged farmers. The first workshop in the series will be held May 21, 2016. The workshop will focus on whole-farm planning, business management, and starting a sustainable farming operation. It will include business planning activities and a hands-on component at the St. Catharine College Farm. Dates for the second and third workshops in the series will be announced soon. There is no cost, but space is limited.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Confluences Summit

May 23, 2016
Washington, DC

This conference will bring together scientific experts, farmers, policy makers, and organic stakeholders to review the most up-to-date research on the environmental benefits of organic farming practices and assess the availability and efficacy of existing public sector programs designed to incentivize the adoption of environmentally friendly organic farming techniques. The first half of the day will be devoted to reviewing the most current and compelling research on the positive impacts that organic farming techniques contribute to soil health, water quality, biodiversity conservation and climate change. The second half of the day will include speakers from federal and state agencies that administer agricultural conservation programs. Roundtable sessions will be used to assess the efficacy and utilization of existing programs and identify areas for improvement and expansion.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Farm Equipment and Irrigation

May 23, 2016
Kansas City, Kansas

This evening workshop is part of the Growing Growers Core Workshop series that includes basic information about farming practices.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Farming Principles and Practices

May 24-25, 2016
Unity, Maine

Join specialists from MOFGA's Agricultural Services Department and a panel of organic farmers for a two-day introductory course in organic farming. This is a two-day immersion course for MOFGA apprentices but is open to any participants interested in learning the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming. Day one will focus on the fundamentals of organic vegetable farming. Day two will address the fundamentals of organic livestock husbandry, production systems, and pasture management.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Women Caring for the Land: Soil Health

May 24 or 25, 2016
Blue Earth or Farmington, Minnesota

Renewing the Countryside invites women farmland owners to a free workshop designed to provide information on conservation options and connect you with local resources, as well as introduce you to other women landowners. The morning schedule includes introductions to each other, to conservation professionals, and to local programs and resources. After lunch, hop on a bus and visit some local farms to see how they are "caring for the land."

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Land Assessment and Advanced Soil Testing

May 25, 2016
Ithaca, New York

This presentation is part of the Groundswell Center's Managing Soils for Better Crops workshop series. In this evening session, learn to do a visual assessment of land and soils. Learn how take samples for a soil health test and how to read their results for different crop needs. Students will submit individual soil samples for analysis.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Newest Research on the Value of Habitat for Pest Management

May 25, 2016
Online

In this free, one-hour webinar presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center, learn about the value of on-farm habitat for enhancing conservation biological control and the current scientific research that supports this natural pest control. The webinar will emphasize the most current scientific research on enhancing native beneficial insects and why maintaining habitat is so critical to these insects. Learn how adding diversity into agricultural cropland can provide the basic requirements to support these insects and how other farm management practices may have an impact.

In: Online

 

Permalink Beginning Farmer Tour: South Circle Farm

May 26, 2016
Indianapolis, 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. The series of tours runs from May through October and includes stops throughout the state. This session explores urban agriculture, organic farming, and key tools for managing small-scale farming operations.

In: North Central SARE Region

 


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