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Permalink Holistic Management Workshop

May 9, 2015
San Jose, California

Each of the Holistic Management modules--grazing planning, financial planning, land planning, and biological monitoring--is covered as well as the foundations of Holistic Management. Expect to spend some time in a classroom setting and the rest out in the field on pasture walks to observe ecosystem processes.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Farm Equipment and Drip Irrigation

May 11, 2015
Lawrence, Kansas

The Growing Growers workshop series continues with this evening event designed to help farmers increase local food production and grow their businesses.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Choosing Equipment for a Small, Diversified Farm

May 11, 2015
New Tazewell, Tennessee

This event is part of a six-workshop series, "Are You Ready to Start a CSA?" from the University of Tennessee. These two-hour workshops are scheduled for one Monday afternoon a month, and will be offered on working farms throughout Tennessee from January to June 2015. Workshops will be taught by experienced growers and UT personnel and will provide growers with training in planning, structuring, marketing, managing, analyzing profitability, and expanding a CSA. This session at Terraced Gardens Farm will cover choosing equipment for a small, diversified operation.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Sound and Sensible Organics, Part II

May 12, 2015
Toney, Alabama

NCAT's Gulf States office, in partnership with Quality Certification Services (QCS), is continuing its free workshop series about organic certification for producers in the Gulf States region. This second part of the workshop series will include mock organic certification inspections. This half-day training is designed to help farmers understand what types of records and information are required during an inspection of an organic farm, as well as the ways inspectors verify that all applicable farm activities are in compliance with the national organic standards.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Opening the Black Box: Rebuilding our food infrastructure to serve regional farmers and eaters

May 14, 2015
Portland, Oregon

This evening event will unveil the results of a one-year study Ecotrust has undertaken to understand our region’s food infrastructure and identify obstacles to creating a robust regional food system. Experts will discuss how entrepreneurs are working to create new markets and how funders are approaching strategic investments with the whole system in mind.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Using Case Studies to Facilitate Farmer Conservation Decisions

May 14, 2015
Online

This webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. Participants in this webinar will learn how to use case studies of producer experiences to facilitate conservation decision-making.

In: Online

 

Permalink From Tillage to Drainage: Working with Your Farm's Diverse Soils

May 14, 2015
Victor, New York

This NOFA New York Field Day will take place at Mud Creek Farm. Hear from Ruth Blackwell about Mud Creek Farm’s existing soil health management as Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Crystal Stewart adds insight about techniques for making most of the soil and land. Farmers of all experience ranges and land situations will be able to apply the day’s lessons about creative cover cropping, testing soil health, management practices based on soil type, fertility practices, soil microbiology, conservation practices, and infrastructure back to their own soils.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Business of Making Hard Cider

May 15, 2015
Burlington, Washington

The Northwest Agriculture Business Center, WSU - Northwest Washington Research & Extension Center, and the Northwest Cider Association will present a one-day cider making business development workshop for new or existing operations. Industry professionals will provide information about production, economics, risk management and marketing that will provide assistance to both the veteran and the aspiring cider maker. The goal of this workshop is to help maximize cidery business performance.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink IOIA Webinar: On-Farm Food Safety Training

May 15, 2015
Online

The Independent Organic Inspectors Association offers this on-farm food safety training online in two 3.5-hour sessions.

In: Online

 

Permalink Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Farm Field Day

May 15, 2015
Goodman, Mississippi

The Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production continues its series of monthly on-farm learning opportunities with training on expanding market opportunities, networking, and having an on-line presence. To register, contact Keith Benson at 601-988-4999 or keithmdp@yahoo.com.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Field Day

May 15, 2015
Davis, California

The Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility is a unique 300-acre facility near the UC Davis campus dedicated to investigating irrigated and dry-land agriculture in a Mediterranean climate. It’s also a unit of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute. The theme of the 2015 field day is "Nitrogen through soil, space and time--Using tools and amendments to optimize nitrogen cycling." Register online.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Purdue Extension's Southern Regional Sheep and Goat Conference

May 15-16, 2015
Scottsburg, Indiana

The first day of the conference will consist of training on FAMACHA. The second day will cover a variety of topics, including hoof trimming, common diseases, vaccinations, rotational grazing, pasture management, forage analysis, and goat and sheep nutritional requirements.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Slow Poultry: Sustainable Poultry Production

May 16, 2015
Lanesboro, Massachusetts

This Sustainable Poultry Network workshop looks at poultry history and two aspects of sustainable production--breeding and growing. The workshop presents three different models of sustainable poultry production and considers the practical elements of facilities, feed, finances, and pasture foraging.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink HMI Open Gate Learning Day: Green Fields Farm

May 16, 2015
Rogers, Texas

The Open Gate Learning Series from Holistic Management International consists of farm/ranch days held on the land and hosted by an experienced Holistic Management practitioner. Attendees have the opportunity to identify common challenges and discuss creative solutions in a friendly atmosphere. The goal of the day is to create a forum for sharing practices, ideas, advice, and solutions. This event focuses on Producing Healthy Soil and Water for Nutrient-Dense Foods.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Intro to Small Ruminant Husbandry Class

May 16, 2015
Ashby, Minnesota

Anyone considering adding goats or sheep to their sustainable food production system or those who want to manage their small ruminants more holistically should attend this SFA Deep Roots class. This course provides students opportunity for hands-on work with sheep and goats. In a working-farm setting, students can learn how small ruminants can fit into a natural systems farm. Course topics include: holistic management, ruminant nutrition, animal handling, fencing, grazing strategies, holistic veterinary care, shelters, weight and age estimation.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Whole Systems Agriculture Tours

May 16, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Join Permaculture Research Institute for a whole-systems design tour of two unique farms in Minnesota: Northfield's Mainstreet Project and SouthWoods Center.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Tractor Workshop

May 17, 2015
Decatur, Illinois

Join The Land Connection for a workshop on how to use a small tractor well. This workshop goes over basic maintenence tasks, safe and efficient operation, and includes supervised tractor-driving lessons.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Ranch Sustainability Forum

May 18-20, 2015
Sheridan, Wyoming

This event is hosted by Sheridan College and Padlock Ranch. It includes a two-day forum on low-stress livestock handling, sessions on practical software for ranching and on ranch business, and keynote speaker Nina Teicholz.

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Permalink Organic Farming and Pollinators: Assessing Pollinators on Your Organic Farm

May 18, 2015
Rochester, Washington

This Farm Walk is part of the 2015 series presented by Tilth Producers of Washington. At this afternoon event, join them at Wobbly Cart Farm to learn about promoting pollinators on your organic farm with experts from WSU as part of the USDA Native Pollinator Project.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink National Value Added Agriculture Conference

May 18-20, 2015
Austin, Texas

This conference addresses food security, rural development, and value added agriculture. The theme is “The Future of the U.S. Food System: Providing Nutritious, Sustainable, and Healthy Food for All Americans.” The conference will include breakout sessions and tours and will feature innovative businesses. The recent farm bill, food waste, labor issues, functional foods, technology and big data, the adaptability and resilience of the food and agricultural system in the new century are among the topics to be discussed toward the goal of designing and building a sustainable regional food network and agricultural systems.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Kentucky Grazing School

May 20-21, 2015
Versailles, Kentucky

This event focuses on building ruminant grazing systems. It includes expert presentations on forages, fencing, and nutrition. Participants will gain hands-on field experience in planning a rotational grazing system, work on designing grazing systems for their own farms, and participate in field evaluation exercises.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Energy and Climate Change

May 21, 2015
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. It is the first in a four-part series exploring the environmental benefits of organic agriculture. This session will present scientific research examining the energy and climate change benefits of organic farming practices. Presenters are Erin Silva and Betsy Rakola.

In: Online

 

Permalink Targeted Grazing Online Workshops: Monitoring for Success

May 21, 2015
Online

This is the final event in a series of online presentations led by experts on the topic of targeted grazing and made possible by the Targeted Grazing Committee of the Society for Range Management. The free, one-hour presentation is by Dr. Marc Horney, California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo.

In: Online

 

Permalink Introduction to Postharvest Handling for Enhanced Shelf Life

May 21, 2015
Newton, North Carolina

To assist growers in developing skills that will provide a competitive advantage within the fresh produce market, North Carolina Growing Together (NCGT) will offer a series of post-harvest physiology, pathology and handling workshops, in collaboration with NC State University Cooperative Extension. Participants will learn approaches and technologies to maintain product quality and extend shelf-life, limiting post-harvest disorders and loss of sales. This half-day workshop is intended for growers who are interested in learning more about handling fresh fruits and vegetables once they have been harvested. It is geared toward producers who sell into wholesale markets, farmers markets, roadside stands and CSAs. Growers will learn practical ways to meet industry quality standards as they relate to harvest techniques, packing, grading, pack size, packaging, and shelf-life.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink The Benefits of Diversity: Another Look at Whole Farm Revenue Protection in Iowa

May 21, 2015
Online

This National Center for Appropriate Technology webinar focuses on how the new Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) crop insurance may improve coverage and lower insurance costs for diverse field-crop farms or farms that are contemplating adding greater diversity to their cropping systems -- or even considering new livestock production.

In: Online

 

Permalink Basic Ag Field Day: Livestock Management

May 22, 2015
Ardmore, Oklahoma

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation presents this half-day event. The field day will focus on stocker cattle enterprise options for small producers. Basic livestock handling and recommendations regarding purchasing and receiving, health protocol, nutrition, and marketing for small-scale producers will also be discussed.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Restoration Agriculture Design Course with Mark Shepard

May 22-24, 2015
Minerva, Ohio

This is the second of a three-part Design Certification Course in Restoration Agriculture held at Creekview Ridge Farm. The curriculum will cover the design, development, and management of farm-scale agricultural ecosystems. This second course will focus on the layout, final design, and initial installation of the Key Line water-management system.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Hops Hop: Maryland & Virginia Hop Yard Tour

May 23, 2015
Maryland and Virginia

Loudoun County Economic Development and Future Harvest CASA present a day-long bus tour of hop yards in Maryland and Virginia.

In: Northeast SARE Region, Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Poultry Processing Workshop

May 23, 2015
Norwich, New York

This all-day workshop from Small Farms Program: Central NY will be conducted in both a classroom and a poultry processing plant. Students will learn about the proper techniques for processing poultry, health, sanitation and safety issues, HACCP, handling, packaging, storing as well as equipment necessary for processing poultry.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Agriculture Innovation Forum Series: Soil Health and Benefits of Compost

May 26, 2015
Minden, Nevada

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers the last of four free presentations on topics important to agricultural producers and small-acreage owners in northern Nevada. This evening presentation is presented by Chris Savastio, Natural Resources Conservation Service soil scientist, and Craig Witt, Full Circle Compost owner.

In: Western SARE Region

 


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