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Permalink Irrigation, Pasture Renovation, and Cow Health

September 21, 2015
Enosburg Falls, Vermont

This event is part of the Summer Organic Dairy Series presented by UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont. This event at Stony Pond Farm will discuss their new irrigation system, recent pasture renovations, and their experience with different feed rations. Additionally, a trained veterinarian will discuss tools for identifying and treating common metabolic diseases, such as milk fever, ketosis, and grass tetany.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Processing in Minnesota

September 21, 24, or 25, 2015
St. Cloud, Chaska, or Rochester, Minnesota

Organic Processing Institute is working with Minnesota Department of Agriculture to bring processors together to discuss what's involved in going organic. Instruction will cover what qualifies a product as organic, processing both organic and conventional in one facility, the organic certification process, organic system plans, ingredients and processing aids allowed in organic, and cleaning agents allowed. These workshops are designed for food processing professionals who want to know more about organic market opportunities, standards and requirements, and whether organic is "doable" for their product or facility. Other business professionals who are interested in organic standards and regulations are also welcome to register. The workshop will be offered in three different locations.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm Business Planning

September 22 - December 8, 2015
Everett, Washington

Second in the Cultivating Success series, this in-depth business planning course covers evaluating resources, planning and research, legal and management issues, marketing strategies, budgets, and financial statements along with how to cultivate money resources. WSU Snohomish County Extension in partnership with the WSU Small Farms Team, USDA, and Snohomish Conservation District will offer the course to help new and current farmers gain skills in business planning and direct marketing. The course runs Wednesday evenings, along with three Saturday seminars on focused topics.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Scale Equipment Field Day

September 22, 2015
Corvallis, Oregon

Finding the right tools and equipment can be challenging for small farmers. A small-scale equipment field day will be held at the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture. Multiple tool-makers and suppliers will bring equipment and tools for farmers to try out, see in action, and ask questions.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Getting a Vegetable Farm Off the Ground

September 22, 2015
Woodbury, Vermont

At this NOFA Vermont evening workshop, join Ansel Ploog and Justin Cote of Flywheel Farm as they discuss how they started their farm. Topics of discussion will include how they found land and start-up capital, equipment and tools needed and basic materials that they have found invaluable. They will also address scaling and skilling up.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Business Planning Workshop

September 23 and October 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2015
Rancho Cordova, California

The five-part Farm Business Planning Workshop is intended for beginning farmers and ranchers in the first few years of production. Instructor Thea Rittenhouse, of the National Center for Appropriate Technology, along with other sustainable agriculture experts, will address farm business and marketing plans, logistics and legalities of starting a farm business, finding land, and recordkeeping essentials. Students will finish the series with a completed business plan and necessary tools for a successful farm business. This workshop series is free.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Water Quality

September 23, 2015
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is the fourth in a four-part series exploring the environmental benefits of organic agriculture, presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology and Oregon Tilth. This session will present scientific research examining the water quality benefits of organic farming practices.

In: Online

 

Permalink Marketing Basics

September 23, 2015
Pocantico Hills, New York

This free afternoon presentation at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture will help the small farmer leverage valuable research by the multi-million dollar supermarket industry and apply it to their farmers market selling experience. Expect to learn valuable tips on how to appeal to a customer's behavioral habits, how to break down your market segmentation, and how your business might appeal to a wider range of shoppers. Presenters are staff members from Greenmarket which runs 54 farmers markets in New York City. They will offer case studies of marketing projects developed in collaboration with direct-market farmers in New York State.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Getting Started in Grazing

September 23, 2015
Salina, Kansas

If you're ready to change your operation from letting cows manage your business to you being in charge, this Beginner’s Grazing School taught by Jim Gerrish is just for you. Topics include understanding stock rate, carrying capacity and stock density, and grazing management based on four ecosystem processes 1) capturing more solar energy on every acre 2) creating a more effective water cycle 3) building more dynamic mineral cycles 4) why biodiversity matters and planning for year-around grazing.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink A Path to Beauty and Bounty: Building a Sustainable Eco-System

September 24, 2015
Portsmouth, Rhode Island

This Ecological Landscape Alliance tour is led by landscape designer Sanne Kure-Jensen. After years of ecologically guided design, planting and maintenance, this destination is a thriving landscape ecosystem and bountiful garden. This professionally designed, organically managed property includes a wildflower meadow, liberty lawn and honeybee apiary. Perennial and woodland gardens offer food and shelter for pollinators, birds and wildlife as well as compost inputs and firewood. Leaves, twigs, finished compost and wood ash feed soil life, continuing the cycle. Vegetable and herb gardens feed the homeowners with a comfortable balance between pests and beneficial insects. Fruit trees and shrubs benefit honeybees; homeowners share berries, fruit and honey.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Mitigating Drought with Holistic Management

September 24-25, October 8-9, and October 22-23, 2015
Pescadero, California

This workshop series is part of HMI's Whole Farm/Ranch Land Management program. It's designed to educate participants about how nature functions and how producers can improve agricultural practices to increase their land’s productivity and resilience in good times and bad. At the completion of the course, participants will have a personalized Holistic Goal, a Biological Monitoring Plan, a Grazing Plan, and a Land Plan. This course spans six full days of in-class learning over a six-week period.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing School for Beginners

September 24-25, 2015
Hickory Corners, Lake City, and Chatham, Michigan

Michigan State University Extension will offer a beginning grazing school for farmers and landowners grazing dairy, equine, and livestock animals at three locations in Michigan simultaneously using high-speed video conferencing. Each location will have Michigan State University grazing specialists and Extension educators onsite who will be presenters and will be conducting in-field demonstrations. The goal of the school is to blend classroom instruction with in-field education and the latest animal and forage research to give participants an in-depth introduction to grazing management.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm and Food Leadership Conference

September 25-26, 2015
College Station, Texas

This two-day gathering of farmers, nonprofits, and local-food activists offers an opportunity to hear the latest news on the laws that govern our farms and food, connect with others who are passionate about our food system, and get the tools you need to make a difference.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Common Ground Country Fair

September 25-27, 2015
Unity, Maine

Almost 60,000 visitors enjoy the Common Ground Country Fair annually. The event includes agricultural demonstrations, speakers, exhibits, vendors, food, children's activities, and much more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Basic GAP On-Farm Food Safety Training and Regional Independent Verifier Certification

September 25, 2015
Online

This IOIA webinar training course will prepare participants to become Regional Independent Verifiers (RIVs). The course instruction is designed to build an understanding of factors affecting food safety and how risk is managed on farms producing fresh produce for direct sales to consumers. Participants in the webinar will also learn the requirements of conducting food safety audits. This course is highly recommended for experienced organic inspectors, handlers, processors, consultants, educators, extension, and certification agency staff and can be used as a credential to seek work as a Regional Independent Verifier. This course is also geared to prepare those who are working in the organic sector to become more familiar with food safety issues on fresh ready to eat fruit and vegetable farms. Participants from Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota can take this course for free.

In: Online

 

Permalink Growing Food and Justice for All 2015 Gathering

September 25-27, 2015
Chicago, Illinois

Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative is aimed at dismantling racism and empowering low-income and communities of color through sustainable and local agriculture. This year's theme is "H.E.A.L. Our Food System." The workshops and activities at the Gathering will be hands-on and interactive, showcasing the work being done locally in Chicago, as well as nationally and internationally. Please join in to explore how we can better grow food and justice within ourselves and our communities.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink AERO Expo and Annual Meeting

September 25-27, 2015
Great Falls, Montana

"Homegrown Sustainability" is the theme for this event that includes speakers, tours, workshops, roundtables, and social events. The Expo is open to any one who wants to learn, collaborate, and meet new friends.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Elderberry Workshop

September 26, 2015
Poteau, Oklahoma

Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture presents this full-day workshop that will cover variety selection, establishment, production, harvest, marketing, and uses for this perennial native plant. It includes both classroom presentations and a tour of the Kerr Center's elderberry plantings.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Naturally Raised Lamb Pasture Walk

September 26, 2015
Langsville, Ohio

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. Beth and Brian Duffy of Find a Way Farm invite visitors for a two hour pasture walk on their beautiful 80 acre farm in southeast Ohio to experience life as a shepherd. The Duffys will describe what it takes to raise lamb naturally while providing access to clean, healthy pastures. They’ll discuss the practice of management-intensive rotational grazing and demonstrate the use of polynets.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink The North Farm Extension Workshop Series - Cold Storage

September 26, 2015
Chatham, Michigan

Cold storage is essential for extended shelf life in vegetable crops. Come to Michigan State University's The North Farm to learn about different options for cold storage and the benefits of each. Presenters will discuss root cellaring, refrigeration, and cold chain considerations during transport.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink WNC Garlic Fest

September 26, 2015
Asheville, North Carolina

The second annual WNC Garlic Fest hosted by Sow True Seed is an afternoon of garlic experimentation, education, and growing tips. You’ll have the chance to attend workshops, sample some exciting and surprising culinary creations, have those ever present garlic-growing questions answered, and take home some seed garlic to begin your own crop at home. WNC Garlic Fest was founded with a mission to educate people in the simple skill of growing great garlic and offers free garlic lessons.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Vermicomposting and Cover Crops for Vegetables

September 26, 2015
West Branch, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day visits Scattergood Friends School. The field day will begin by exploring what Scattergood has learned about non-mechanized vermicomposting systems before heading to the gardens for a tour. The field walk will include discussions about a sweet pepper variety trial, various cover cropping strategies, pollinator habitat restoration, a garlic-oat trial, a long-term trial comparing brown and green manures, and many other topics.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Niche Marketing Matters: Your Vegetable Farm's Profitable Specialty Products

September 26, 2015
Lisbon, New York

Learn alternative strategies for vegetable production that could lead you to a more stable cash flow for the farm, and learn to think through the costs and benefits of different crops and enterprises that you’re interested in growing. This NOFA-NY workshop will be held at Kent Family Growers, a large Certified Organic diversified market farm in Northern New York marketing through CSA, Farmers Market, and wholesale that also operates a commercial processing kitchen.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Tractor & Implement Field Day

September 27, 2015
Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota

Minnesota Food Association and Land Stewardship Project present this field day with two separate sessions. Tractor 101 for Beginners offers a basic introduction to the safe operation and routine maintenance of a standard tractor and basic implements. For those with knowledge of basic tractor operation, Tractor Troubleshooting offers a more advanced session on diagnosing tractor problems in the field and repair of basic components.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Off-Season Farm Production Tour and Workshop

September 27, 2015
Roseville, Ohio

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and the Clintonville Farmers Market and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. Willow farmer and basket weaver Howard Peller will describe how you can diversify your farm or garden and create off-season production opportunities through the planting and harvesting of woody perennial plants. The farm tour is free and open to the public. The cost of the workshop is $20, or $30 with a kit. Workshop attendance is limited to 15 people.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Steel in the Field Workshop

September 27, 2015
New Lebanon, Ohio

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. During this hands-on workshop, you will see the tools, techniques, and shop space utilized on an eight acre certified organic specialty crop farm, producing cut flowers and mixed vegetables. Ben and Emily Jackle of Mile Creek Farm will talk about how they select and modify their equipment to suit their needs and how they keep all of it working smoothly. Learn how the Jackles manage their operation with a two-wheel walk behind tractor, a cultivating tractor, and two larger tractors using implements like a mechanical transplanter, disc bedder, chisel plow, rototiller, and side-dresser.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Basic Crop and Processing Inspection Trainings and Advanced Inspector Training

September 28 - October 2, 2015
Corvallis, Oregon

IOIA and Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) will cosponsor Basic Crop and Processing Inspection Trainings, running concurrently. Each course includes four days of instruction including a field trip to a certified organic operation, plus a half day for testing. IOIA and Demeter are collaborating to deliver IOIA/Demeter Biodynamic® Inspector Training on September 28–29. The training is primarily for experienced organic inspectors. The training will include Demeter Farm Production Standards and differences from NOP Standards, Biodynamic® Preps, Demeter Processing and Wine Standards, report writing process, Demeter policies and expectations for inspectors, and an off-site field trip to a certified Biodynamic® farm.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Walk: Organic Apple Orchard and Cidery

September 28, 2015
Carlton, Washington

Join Tilth Producers of Washington for this afternoon farm walk at Sinclair Orchards & Ciderhouse. Learn about certified organic production of fresh apples for market as well as the creation of farm-crafted, organic hard cider.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Fall Greens Twilight Workshop

September 28, 2015
Norton, Massachusetts

Join Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP) for a fun and informative evening workshop about growing and harvesting fall greens. Adam Tedeschi of Second Nature Farm in Norton will be offering great advice and practical tips for growing and storing great greens.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink ASAP's Grower-Buyer Breakfast

September 29, 2015
Sylva or Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Through support from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and the GoldenLEAF foundation, ASAP is hosting a pair of regional Grower-Buyer Breakfasts. These meetings are an informal way for farmers to connect with area buyers (restaurants, grocers, value-added producers, wholesalers, institutions) and begin the conversation about products, volume, requirements, etc. There are no promises made and no contracts signed on site; it's just a chance for you to introduce your farm and products to buyers in the region looking to source from Appalachian Grown Farms.

In: Southern SARE Region

 


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