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Permalink Slow Poultry: Sustainable Poultry Production

May 30, 2015
Bozeman, Montana

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.

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Permalink VegScout School

May 30, July 11, and August 8, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Women's Environmental Institute offers this three-workshop series taught by Dr. Loretta Ortiz- Ribbing. Workshops will have a lecture component and in-class assignments using live and photo samples to ID. They will involve using dissecting scopes or hand lens to view distinct diagnostic features of pests, followed by hands-on and in-field activities to test knowledge and problem solve. Full-day workshops in May, July, and August will each build on the skills of the previous workshop.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Cropping on a Diversifed Vegetable Farm

June 1, 2015
Oakville, Washington

In this afternoon farm walk sponsored by Tilth Producers of Washington, visit Let Us Farm to learn about integrating cover cropping with a diversified, certified-organic vegetable production system. There will also be a hands-on learning opportunity with soil-blocking.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Integrated Weed Management

June 2, 2015
Lexington, Kentucky

This Organic Association of Kentucky field day takes place at the University of Kentucky Horticulture Research Farm, led by Mark Williams and Tiffany Thompson of the UK Department of Horticulture. Topics will include how to optimize each step of production to create an integrated weed control system, and the development and use of a range of scale-appropriate cultivating tools, from hand tools to tractor-driven cultivators.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Mitigating Soil Disturbance in Organic Systems

June 2, 2015
Online

In the Understanding Organic Agriculture series, this free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. The presenter will discuss production practices that can offset the negative impacts of tillage in organic systems including the use of cover crops, compost, and other additions of organic matter. In an attempt to quantify the mitigation impact, this webinar will use RUSLE2 as a measure. A case study will be used to illustrate some of the presented principles.

In: Online

 

Permalink Advanced Postharvest Handling for Enhanced Shelf Life

June 2, 2015
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

To assist growers in developing skills that will provide a competitive advantage within the fresh produce market, North Carolina Growing Together will offer a series of Postharvest 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 postharvest disorders and loss of sales. Geared toward producers selling into wholesale markets, as well as Extension Agents who are assisting growers with wholesale market expansion, this full-day, hands-on workshop will offer a variety of tools to assist growers in meeting US Grade #1 Standards.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Women Caring for the Land

June 3, 2015
Verona, Wisconsin

These free workshops support women landowners in learning about land conservation and connecting with various state agencies for program and local resource information. Women landowners who attend this meeting will learn to assess and improve the health of their soils through cover crops, no-till and strip-till, and other conservation practices. The meeting includes a bus tour of area conservation practices

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Strolling of the Heifers

June 3-7, 2015
Brattleboro, Vermont

This multifaceted event celebrates local food systems. It includes the fifth annual Strolling of the Heifers Slow Living Summit, June 3-5, focused on farms, food, and food systems. Subtitled “Food, Mindfully,” the Summit will explore “the journey of food”, with topics including nourishment and wellness, food entrepreneurship, food systems, food justice, and food policy. The Strolling of the Heifers parade and Slow Living Expo are on June 6, and the Farmers Breakfast and Tour de Heifer bike rides are June 7.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm to Fork

June 5-7, 2015
Durham, North Carolina

Join in a weekend celebrating sustainable farming, the bounty of local agriculture, and the relationships that continue to bloom in the food community between farms, restaurants, fishermen, beverage producers, and consumers. The weekend features a local-food dinner with five acclaimed North Carolina chefs, presentations on the seafood industry, and the Farm to Fork Picnic more than two dozen chefs and farms paired together and another two dozen food artisans featured.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Spring Elderberry Workshop, Farm Tour & Plant Sale

June 6, 2015
Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota

Minnesota Elderberry Cooperative free workshop on growing elderberry and farm tour of some beautifully productive berry fields. Presentation topics to include elderberry planting - land management strategies, soil health, weed control, irrigation, overview of elderberry cultivation, varieties, harvesting and market potential. Events will include a walking field tour education and hands-on experience. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Upstate Farm Tour

June 6-7, 2015
Anderson, Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Laurens, Greenwood and Spartanburg counties, North Carolina

In this 9th annual tour presented by Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, visit local, sustainable farms and discover the delicious meat, dairy, fruits, and veggies produced in upstate North Carolina. The tour is self-guided. Choose participating farms to visit over the course of two afternoons.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink HMI Open Gate Learning Day: Triple Cross Farm

June 6, 2015
Fruitvale, 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 at Triple Cross Farm is titled "Improving Water and Nutritional Cycles for Land, Animal and Human Health."

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Ride to Farm

June 6, 2015
Barneveld, Wisconsin

This bike ride through the rolling hills of Iowa County starts and finishes at Botham Vineyards. Riders will enjoy food and camaraderie at farm rest stops. Ride to Farm is a fundraiser for the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Spring Native Pollinator Workshop

June 6, 2015
Poteau, Oklahoma

The workshop will include general information about native pollinators and habitat as well as information specific to ecoregions in Oklahoma. Topics will include polllinators and pollinator plants, how to incorporate pollinator habitat into a home landscape, garden, ranch, or farm, and beneficial insects. Participants will also get outside and see pollinators and habitat on the Kerr Ranch, horticulture farm, and office landscape.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

June 6-7, 2015
Albany, Oregon

The Mother Earth News Fair is a fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event featuring practical, hands-on demos and workshops. More than 150 practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops are offered, along with sustainable lifestyle products and services from hundreds of regional and national vendors.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Postharvest Handling Workshop

June 8, 2015
Lawrence, Kansas

This evening workshop is part of the Growing Growers monthly workshop series.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Building Soil Tilth: Grazing Sheep on Cover Crop

June 8, 2015
Pullman, Washington

Join Tilth Producers of Washington for an afternoon Farm Walk at Zakarison Partnership on the Palouse. Learn from these experienced farmers and WSU researchers about building soil fertility through grazing sheep on cover crops in a dryland system.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Improving Soil Health in Orchards, Vineyards, and Groves

June 9, 2015
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology at 2:00 pm Eastern. Participants in this webinar will learn how the soil-health principles of minimizing soil disturbance, increasing diversity, keeping living roots growing throughout the year, and maintaining residue cover can be applied in orchards, vineyards, and groves to improve soil health, increase productivity, and minimize environmental impacts.

In: Online

 

Permalink Quad Cities Pollinator Conference

June 10-11, 2015
Rock Island, Illinois

Nahant Marsh, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Rock Island, Scott and Henry counties will host the inaugural Quad Cities Pollinator Conference. The conference features an outstanding lineup of speakers on topics such as: plant-pollinator relationships, pollinator decline, designing pollinator support plantings, land conservation practices, pollinator-friendly landscapes in agricultural and urban settings, and more. An optional pollinator truffle workshop and two post-conference tours are offered.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Grow Riverside

June 11-13, 2015
Riverside, California

This Grow Riverside conference on The Future of Local Food, presented by Seedstock in partnership with the City of Riverside, will assist cities in examining and forming solutions to develop and strengthen their urban agriculture and local food infrastructure. Experts in farming small plots, new business creation, local food marketplace development, and community food access will come together to offer solutions on how Riverside can become a model for other cities to follow.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Holistic Planned Grazing Workshop

June 12-14, 2015
Fort Bidwell, California

This three-day workshop at Springs Ranch covers the foundations of holistic management and holistic decision-making. It is a comprehensive study of the methods, tools and techniques of Holistic Planned Grazing. Participants gain hands-on experience developing their own grazing plans.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink International Conference on Birch Sap and Syrup

June 12-14, 2015
Paul Smiths, New York

The first ever International Conference on Birch Sap and Syrup will bring together many people who are currently producing birch sap and syrup products to network with each other, share ideas, and learn about the latest research and developments in this growing industry. It is also intended for sugarmakers who have birch trees and are considering adding birch syrup production to their existing operations.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Your Community Food System "From the Ground Up" Workshop

June 13-14, 2015
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Growing Power's "From the Ground Up" Workshops are intensive, hands-on trainings offering diverse groups the opportunity to learn, plan, develop, operate, and sustain community food projects. Project participants leave the workshop with improved skills that they can take back into their communities and pass on to others. These workshops are for both rural and urban projects.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 13, 2015
Unity, Maine

Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA is a free, volunteer-driven event offering hands-on workshops based on re-skilling for resiliency. Workshops this year include splicing rope, tying knots, making round poles, scarfing wood joints, riveting, goat-milking, cheese-making, blacksmithing, knife sharpening, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Vegetables For Health, Quality, and Profit

June 14, 2015
Dartmouth, Massachusetts

In this season-long NOFA Massachusetts workshop series, participants learn about profitable, small-scale vegetable production throughout the 2015 growing season at Brix Bounty Farm. Participants will see and experience how Brix Bounty’s production evolves from early season fertility and plant propagation to mid-season management and fall harvest rhythms. This workshop session is Fertility Foundations: Dry Mineral Applications & In-Season Management (Crop Monitoring, Water Management, and Foliar Sprays).

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Farm School

June 15 - August 17, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Women's Environmental Institute presents this 10-week course, held on Monday evenings. The educational summer program is composed of lectures, related readings, hands-on workshops and field trips related to sustainable agriculture, food justice, and today's local food movement, bringing urban farming and small rural farms together.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Marketing Your CSA and Keeping Your Customers Happy

June 15, 2015
Grimsley, Tennessee

This is the concluding event in the six-workshop series, "Are You Ready to Start a CSA?" from the University of Tennessee. This workshop will help participants develop a marketing plan and provide tips for marketing their CSA. It takes place at Herb and Plow Farm.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainable Farmstead Goat Dairy

June 15, 2015
Nordland, Washington

This Tilth Producers of Washington Farm Walk visits Mystery Bay Farm. The farmers of this WSDA certified Grade A Dairy will provide details about making their farmstead goat cheese and yogurt. The number of participants is limited.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Commercial Berry and Vegetable Field Day

June 16, 2015
Ettrick, Virginia

Learn from Extension specialists about soil nutrition, insect and weed control, best practices and more. The event takes place at Virginia State University's Randolph Farm agricultural learning center.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Biodiversity

June 17, 2015
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. It is the second in a four-part series exploring the environmental benefits of organic agriculture. This session will present scientific research examining the biodiversity benefits of organic farming practices in temperate and tropical farm systems. The presenters are John Quinn and Betsy Rakola.

In: Online

 


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