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Permalink 2015 Annual UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Field Day

July 23, 2015
Alburgh, Vermont

This event at Borderview Research Farm will highlight Innovative Ways to Seed Cover Crops and Equipment, Drone Technology to Monitor Crops, Heirloom Dry Beans Trials, Hop Fertility and Downy Mildew, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Certification Options in Texas

July 23, 2015
Online

Most organic farmers in Texas are certified by the Texas Department of Agriculture. But what other options are available, how are they different, and how do you go about choosing a certifier? In this webinar from the National Center for Appropriate Technology, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Justin Duncan will review options, profile some of the more active certifying organizations in Texas, and interview growers to learn how they chose a certifier. Whether you are ready to change, shopping around, or considering organic certification for the first time, this webinar is a must. The one-hour webinar begins at 11 am MDT.

In: Online

 

Permalink Miracle Orchard Workshop

July 25-26, 2015
Maysville, Missouri

This is Open Source Ecology's first immersion workshop on regenerative agriculture. The workshop is a two-day intensive, hands-on course that features the innovative work of Stefan Sobkowiak of the Miracle Orchard. The Miracle Orchard is an orchard model that involves a diverse array of species – instead of a single crop – to promote natural pest control, natural fertility, biodiversity improvement, and economic feasibility.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Establishing On-Farm Pollinator Habitat

July 25, 2015
Ames, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day will focus on incorporating pollinator habitat into annual and perennial food production. Mustard Seed Farm has used a variety of strategies for on-farm pollinator habitat, including five acres of tallgrass prairie buffers, a beneficial insect bank, prairie gardens, perennial strips in annual vegetable beds, flowering trees and shrubs, and annual flowers. Tour and discuss these habitats and bring your own ideas to compare and discuss.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink The Piggery and Bluebird Dream Farm: an Adventure in Cooperative Farming

July 25, 2015
Trumansburg, New York

Join NOFA-NY, Nicholas Martielli of Bluebird Dream Farm and Brad Marshall of The Piggery for an educational on farm field day. Learn how these two farmers are working together to produce exceptional livestock products. The morning program will focus on Bluebird Dream Farm. They will show and discuss, as a relatively new operation, what they have learned about the ups and downs of running a medium-sized (~2000 pastured turkeys/year) operation. The afternoon talk will show how The Piggery took control of its feed supply by building a simple, on-site electric feed mill for under five thousand dollars. Then it will take a look at The Piggery's freely available Feedulator app to talk about different ways farms can customize feeds for their own goals while saving money.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center Field Day

July 25, 2015
Chatham, Michigan

Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch is inviting the public to tour several of its research facilities across Michigan this summer. Visitors will spend the morning touring the North Farm's farm incubator and hoophouses. In the afternoon, visitors will move to the South Farm, where they'll receive updates on the center's systems projects, rainfall simulator, and research plots, including the results of malting barley and forage variety trials.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Insect, Disease, and Weed Management

July 25, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri

This workshop is part of the Growing Growers workshop series. Workshops are geared toward beginner farmers, but all the classes offer great information and skill development for more experienced farmers, as well.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Michigan Sustainable Farm and Business Tour

July 26, 2015
Grass Lake, Michigan

This three-in-one tour will stop at Salomon Gardens, a pastured livestock and poultry farm, Argus Farm Stop, a new retail outlet for year-round local food sales, and Sunseed Farm, a diverse vegetable farm with a year-round community supported agriculture (CSA) program. There is no cost to participate in these tours. This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Northern Nut Growers Association Annual Meeting

July 26-29, 2015
La Crosse, Wisconsin

This year, the NNGA is partnering with UW-Extension, the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, and the Upper Midwest Hazelnut Development Initiative in organizing the 106th annual meeting. In addition to the usual NNGA events, this year's meeting will feature technical sessions with a focus on perennial polycultures, hazelnuts, and the business of processing and marketing nuts. It will also feature talks on a wide range of nut-growing topics, and a nut grower tour.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society Conference

July 26-29, 2015
Greensboro, North Carolina

This conference, "Coming Home to Conservation: Putting Science into Practice," will provide a forum to celebrate past conservation accomplishments as well as share and promote science-based knowledge on critical, current issues facing soil, water, and environmental sustainability. The event includes plenary, concurrent, and poster sessions, as well as conservation tours and technical workshops.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Cider & Perry Production - Principles & Practice

July 20-24 or 27-31, 2015
The Dalles, Oregon, or Walla Walla, Washington

Northwest Ag Business Center offers this two-part course, with optional NACM certification, in two locations. Part one may be taken separately, with or without the certification. The course is suitable for beginners, new businesses, and existing producers (large & small-scale) alike.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Hops Production

July 27, 2015
Toppenish, Washington

This Tilth Producers of Washington farm walk takes place at Perrault Farms. It offers an opportunity to discuss certified organic hops production and research with a family that represents over 100 years and four generations of hop farming in the Yakima Valley.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Emerging New Fruits at The Farm Between

July 28, 2015
Jeffersonville, Vermont

At this evening workshop from NOFA-Vermont, join John and Nancy Hayden at The Farm Between for a tour of their diversified organic fruit farm and nursery. Highlights will include tastings and tips on growing uncommon fruits such as currants, aronia, elderberry, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Silviculture for Non-foresters: Managing a forest for multiple objectives

July 28, 2015
Online

This free, one-hour webinar beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. The webinar will examine the growth and development of trees and forests and how to manipulate these characteristics to maximize multiple benefits, including forest products, forest health, wildlife habitat, and visual quality. The presenter is Karen P. Bennett, Extension Forestry Professor and Specialist with University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.

In: Online

 

Permalink Managing Prairie with Bison and Fire

July 28, 2015
Lovilia, Iowa

At this Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day, hear Mike DeCook talk about his year-round bison grazing operation. Researchers and prairie experts from Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Iowa State University and Grinnell College will join to talk about prairie management, prairies on working lands, the benefits of prairies, pollinators, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink MSU Viticulture Field Day

July 29, 2015
Benton Harbor, Michigan

The Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center will host the 26th annual MSU Viticulture Field Day. The event will feature workshops related to the task of rebuilding Michigan's winter-damaged vineyards, as well as presentations on day-to-day vineyard management and demonstrations of vineyard equipment. The day will begin with a trade show at 9 a.m. followed by a series of morning workshops from MSU researchers. The afternoon begins at 1:15 p.m. with equipment demonstrations, followed by a second series of workshops.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Certified Organic Cut Flowers

July 29, 2015
Natick, Massachusetts

During this NOFA-Massachusetts workshop, Lynda Simkins, Executive Director of Natick Community Organic Farm and long-time organic flower grower, will welcome participants to the farm to learn about all aspects of organic flower production. The workshop will explore harvest and post-harvest of certified organic cut flowers, weed management, marketing and selling, and strategies for season extension.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Dairy Environmental Systems & Climate Adaptation Conference

July 29-31, 2015
Ithaca, New York

This two-day regional conference will feature a unique opportunity to learn about emerging dairy housing and manure management systems in conjunction with regional climate trends and national and international drivers, along with adaptation strategies for the Northeast and upper mid-west United States. The conference will feature an optional day of tours on July 31, featuring multiple options that showcase on-farm integrated waste handling/treatment systems, on-farm climate adaptation strategies, unique agricultural enterprises, artisanal cheese makers and much more. Target audiences for the conference include leading dairy farmers and their key advisors, government officials, policy makers, extension educators, lenders, agri-business, and agri-service professionals

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Montana State University Horticulture Farm Field Day

July 30, 2015
Bozeman, Montana

Farmers and other interested individuals who are interested in touring the Horticulture Farm at MSU and learning about its 10 high tunnels are invited to a public field day. The day will include farm tours, high tunnel research tours, taste testing and informational talks on a variety of research projects.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Tennessee Small Farm Expo

July 30, 2015
Nashville, Tennessee

Tennessee State University is holding its annual Small Farm Expo and Small Farmer Recognition. The free event will feature sessions on beekeeping, organic vegetable production, land trusts, fencing, and grant programs.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Ruminant Conference

July 30 - August 1, 2015
Knoxville, Tennessee

The 2015 Small Ruminant Conference sponsored by UT Extension and Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension will include a tour of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, portable fencing demonstration, and trade show. Featured speakers include UT Extension specialists, staff from the Center for Profitable Agriculture, and small ruminant specialist Dr. An Peischel.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Kneading Conference and Maine Artisan Bread Fair

July 30 - August 1, 2015
Skowhegan, Maine

The Kneading Conference is an intimate convening of passionate bakers, millers, grain growers, and wood-fired oven builders, coming together to share ideas and expertise in growing grains and baking artisan breads. The conference is followed by The Maine Artisan Bread Fair, dedicated solely to Real Bread and everything associated with this most ancient and central staple.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Diversification 101: CSAs, Cover Crops, Currants and More

July 31, 2015
Browntown, Wisconsin

This "In Her Boots Workshop" is presented by MOSES. Tour the highly diversified Christensen Farm with over 80 varieties of vegetables, along with raspberries, strawberries, currants, rhubarb, eggs, and honey. Katy Dickson will take participants through the growing fields, cover crops, hoophouses, and packing systems, explaining how she manages her CSA operation.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Sisters

July 31 - August 2, 2015
Monroe and Brodhead, Wisconsin

For three days and with five unique components and involving more than twenty farms, this jam-packed culinary event celebrates Wisconsin’s family farms and rural life. Events include farm tours, workshops, and meals featuring local cuisine.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Shop Talk and Field Day

August 1, 2015
Elkhart, Iowa

This free field day is co-sponsored by NCAT, the Iowa Farmers Union and New Family Farm, with support from the USDA Risk Management Agency. This field day will begin with a presentation of the new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) crop insurance program by Jeff Schahczenski, agriculture policy and funding research director with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Diversified producer Tony Thompson will then lead a tour of his farm.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Equipment 101 and Demonstration

August 2, 2015
Van Horne, Iowa

Eric and Ann Franzenburg use a diverse set of farm equipment – both large and small – to manage Pheasant Run farm. Join them at a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day as they demonstrate how to use machinery, implements and tools, and discuss how each is employed within the farm enterprises. Participants will be able to try out tools in the field. Eric and Ann will also provide an overview of tractor safety for beginners.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Introduction to Cut Flowers

August 3, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri

This evening workshop is part of the Growing Growers workshop series, featuring instruction and farm tours.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Bus Trip to Gabe Brown's Ranch in North Dakota

August 3-6, 2015
Bismarck, North Dakota

Practical Farmers of Iowa members can join in a bus trip to Burleigh County, North Dakota, where they will spend two days learning about soil health, cover crops, and grazing with a full-day tour of Gabe Brown’s ranch followed by a hands-on workshop and tour with Jay Fuhrer at the Menoken farm. Buses depart from Ames and Clear Lake, Iowa.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Revisiting Organic Agriculture Webinar Series: Nutrient Sources

August 4, 2015
Online

American Society of Agronomy is offering a monthly series of webinars that will examine several issues associated with organic production and management. Cost for each individual webinar is $25 for members and certified professionals and $40 for non-members. Cost for the series is $113 for members and certified professionals and $180 for non-members.

In: Online

 

Permalink Opportunities for Conservation in Organic Livestock Systems

August 4, 2015
Online

Join this webinar to learn about the wide range of opportunities for NRCS support in organically-managed livestock operations. The presenters will discuss opportunities for conservation in organic livestock systems from both the NRCS and producer perspectives. They will present common organic management practices and National Organic Program (NOP) regulations relevant to livestock, including pasture and outdoor access, feed management, and pasture management. The presentation will highlight NRCS practices that can fit well in organic systems, such as rotational grazing, fencing, and pasture management.

In: Online

 


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