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Permalink Farm Beginnings

October 15, 2016 - March 2017
Asheville, North Carolina

Organic Growers School offers a 180-hour training program that includes 13 whole farm business planning sessions, 45 hours of production training, and attendance at regional conferences. The Farm Beginnings® class is a 12-month training session that helps beginning farmers clarify their goals and strengths, establish a strong enterprise plan and start building their operation.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Introduction to Hard Cider Making

October 15-16, 2016
Middlebury, Vermont

This course will examine the tradition, science, and craft of hard cider making at The Woodchuck Cidery. It begins with an introduction to orchard management and cider apple production with tours of nearby orchards. Participants will harvest apples for cider making at a pick-your-own orchard and return to The Cidery for apple pressing and juice analysis. Students will learn basic laboratory tests for evaluation of fruit maturity and juice chemistry, fermentation monitoring, and analysis of finished hard ciders. Fundamentals of blending, bottling, and sensory evaluation will be presented as well as a sampling of ciders from Vermont and beyond.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Grading Grass-Finished Carcasses for Meat Quality

October 15, 2016
Mingo, Iowa

This is the second field day of a two-part series offered by Practical Farmers of Iowa. Inspect four grass-finished beef carcasses at Mingo Locker, from Bruce Carney's cattle observed on the September 28 field day. Observe carcass characteristics in each cut and tour the locker. Butcher Alex Fangopol will explain his experiences processing grass-finished meat and Bruce Carney will speak about marketing his grass-finished cattle.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Basic Tractor Skills for Aspiring Young Women Farmers

October 16, 2016
Poultney, Vermont

UVM Extension and VT Women's Fund present this workshop offering an overview of how a tractor and PTO work and the importance of operating a tractor safely. Hands-on experience will include driving and backing a trailer and hitching implements. Pre-registration is required.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Holistic Cattle Health and Handling

October 16, 2016
West Brookfield, Massachusetts

In this NOFA Massachusetts afternoon workshop at Clover Springs Farm, organic grass-fed cattle farmer Matt Koziol will discuss what farmers need to know to keep their animals healthy and productive. Starting with the nutritional requirements for livestock, particular attention will be paid to reading and responding to cattle behavior in order to reduce stress for both cow and farmer.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink ABCs of Farm-Based Education

October 16-18, 2016
Shelburne, Vermont

This three-day program at Shelburne Farms offers an opportunity to discover easy and fun ways to develop agricultural education programs with engaging, kid-tested, educator-approved activities. If you are looking for new ideas for an existing program or are starting to explore the opportunities of farm-based education, this workshop is for you. Workshop topics include: creating a safe learning environment, developing programs, resource sharing and networking among participants, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Cover Crop Management: From Fields to High Tunnels

October 17, 2016
Concord, North Carolina

This workshop is hosted by Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and NC Cooperative Extension. Learn how to use cover crops as a nutrient and weed management tool, and how to manage cover crops across a range of situations in organic systems. The workshop will begin at the extension center in the morning, and visit CFSA’s Lomax Incubator Farm in the afternoon. Other topics will include meeting organic standards when growing cover crops and farmer perspectives.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing & Pasture Management – Class 7

October 17, 2016
Watkins Glen, New York

This session of Groundswell Center's eight-part monthly series on grazing and pasture management takes place at Angus Glen Farms and focuses on utilizing stockpiled pasture.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Equipment Maintenance

October 17, 2016
Kansas City, Kansas

This afternoon workshop is part of the Growing Growers Advanced Workshop Series.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Cropping On a Diversified Farm: Economics, Agronomy and Results

October 17, 2016
Essex, Massachusetts

At Alprilla Farm, Noah Kellerman and his team have been using a variety of cover crops for a number of years, including "cash cover crops" like wheat, barley, and dry beans. This NOFA Massachusetts afternoon workshop will give you an in-depth look at their system and the economic rationale behind it. Noah will go over a number of strategies to use cover crops at various farm scales and also discuss options for innovative techniques such as intercropping cover crops with cash crops, undersowing, and cocktail cover cropping.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Seed Production Webinar Series #5: Cleaning and Record Keeping, Case Study

October 18, 2016
Online

Join OSA, Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), and other organic seed experts for the fifth of this six-webinar series on organic seed production providing training for seed growers and seed production interns. The free webinars are open to the public and appropriate for farmers, interns, students, and other agricultural professionals.

In: Online

 

Permalink Eastern Forage Agronomy

October 18, 2016
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the NRCS Science and Technology Deputy Area.

In: Online

 

Permalink Kentucky Grazing Conference

October 19, 2016
Somerset, Kentucky

This one-day event addresses producing and marketing grass-fed beef, improving forages, soil health, and NRCS cost shares. It also features the Forage Spokesman Contest.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Viral Diseases in Cucurbits: Identification and Management Strategies

October 19, 2016
Online

Join eOrganic for a free, one-hour webinar about viral diseases in cucurbits and organic management strategies. Presented by Dr. John Murphy of Auburn University, this presentation will focus on four commonly occurring aphid-borne viruses that infect cucurbits. Presenters will describe these viruses, how they spread in the field, and why they are particularly difficult to manage. The webinar will discuss approaches to diagnose their occurrence in cucurbits and various approaches used to reduce losses caused by these viruses, for example genetic resistance and integration of various production practices such as use of UV-reflective plastic mulch and inter-row living ground covers.

In: Online

 

Permalink Bay and Bottom-Line Farming at Rigdon Farms

October 19, 2016
Jarrettsville, Maryland

Future Harvest CASA offers this afternoon workshop at Rigdon Farms. Learn how to conserve natural habitats and improve stream water quality on your farm without breaking the bank from John Rigdon, an 11th-generation conventional grain and grass-based cow-calf farmer who has taken extraordinary measures to protect his streams and wildlife.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Farms Irrigation Workshop

October 19, 2016
Parlier, California

This full-day event is offered by the University of California's Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension (KARE) Center.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Implementing a Food Safety Plan on a Small Farm

October 20, 2016
Butte, Montana

This free, three-hour afternoon workshop is offered by NCAT's Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training Program.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Vermont Farm to Plate Network Gathering

October 20-21, 2016
Killington, Vermont

Vermont Farm to Plate Network comes together to reflect on what has been accomplished and plan for the challenges that lie ahead implementing the state's food system plan. Michael Rozyne of Red Tomato will lead a discussion with Vermont and regional food system leaders to discuss how local food is changing the marketplace. Dynamic breakout sessions are also scheduled.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginning Farmer Tour: Fields of Agape

October 20, 2016
Carthage, Indiana

Purdue's Beginning Farmer and Rancher program is offering new and aspiring farmers an opportunity to visit 10 Indiana agribusinesses. This session visits Fields of Agape to learn about developing partnerships and infrastructure to support small grain farming.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Microbiome: Unseen Opportunities for Agriculture and Health

October 20, 2016
Raleigh, North Carolina

NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presents the annual Stewards of the Future conference. The research to understand and potentially change the characteristics of microbiomes has far-reaching effects – the ability to raise crops and food animals with efficiency and more sustainablilty, eliminating genetic diseases in humans.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Ohio Farm to School Regional Workshops

October 4, 13, 14, or 20, 2016
Columbus, Massillon, Perrysburg, or Yellow Springs, Ohio

The goal of these regional workshops is to dig deep into local farm to school successes and challenges and to build relationships both within and across local stakeholder groups.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Advanced Greenhouse Biocontrols for Ornamental and Vegetable Producers

October 21, 2016
Kintnersville, Pennsylvania

At this PASA Education Event, join Lloyd and Alex Traven of Peace Tree Farm to explore the topic of advanced biological controls. Peace Tree Farm will give a tour of their greenhouse highlighting their use of biocontrols to manage pests. Suzanne Wainwright of Bug Lady Consulting will speak to her extensive experience with biological controls in her over 15 years of horticultural and entomological consulting widely throughout the country and internationally. Additionally, Doug Barrow, from Biobest USA, will speak to biocontrols in greenhouse vegetable production. This event will be an opportunity to understand how biocontrols require a different mindset and skillset than conventional pest control, and how these mindsets are essential to a successful program.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Bioneers 2016

October 21-23, 2016
San Rafael, California

For 27 years, Bioneers has been the leading summit calling for a revolution from the heart of nature. Explore practical, visionary solutions to live more harmoniously on this planet. Keynote speakers are Bill McKibben, Ericka Huggins, and Janine Benyus. Workshops, presentations, performances, and more are on the agenda.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Low-Stress Livestock Handling School

October 21-22, 2016
Browns Valley, California

This two-day course is taught by Steve Cote of Cattle Sense and features presentation, demonstration, and hands-on experience on livestock handling for range and grazing lands management.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Field Day

October 21, 2016
Tupelo, Mississippi

The Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production hosts a free field day at Native Son Farm. Topics will include growing and selling directly to consumers, farmers markets and farm stands, and the host farm's CSA. Pre-registration is required. Contact keithmdp@yahoo.com

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink New Farmer University

October 21-23, 2016
Lanesboro, Minnesota

MOSES and Renewing the Countryside present a two-day training. Learn from experienced organic farmers and agriculture experts about the field and financial aspects of farming. The agenda includes optional Fearless Farm Finances training on October 21, followed by workshops, farmer panels, and ask-an-expert sessions.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Pasture Walk

Octcober 21, 2016
Stonewall, Texas

This free morning pasture walk at the Hershey Ranch is presented by NCAT's Soil for Water project. Riparian management specialist Steve Nelle and range ecologist Dr. Richard Teague will lead the walk. Participation is limited, so please send an e-mail to soilforwater@ncat.org to reserve your spot.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Hudson Valley Farm Beginnings Course

October 22 - December 16, 2016
Ghent, New York

Join the Hudson Valley Farm Beginnings Course given at Hawthorne Valley Farm for six Saturday sessions of whole-farm and business planning. Envision your farming enterprise, set goals and learning plans, and understand budgeting and finances, as well as developing a marketing plan for your farm.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginning Draft Horse Farming Workshop

October 22-23, 2016
Dorena, Oregon

Workhorse Workshops courses maximize the practical aspects of working with the equine partner. Two-day workshops, offer a lot of hands-on work such as harnessing, driving, and handling of the horses; the experience is a great foundation to the use of draft horses and will give you a solid basic beginning and safe introduction to the craft.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Thresh and Winnow: Harvesting, Cleaning, and Storing Seeds

October 22, 2016
Chestnut Ridge, New York

In the day-long last installment of Seed School at the Pfeiffer Center, Shanyn Siegel explains and demonstrates various techniques for harvesting, drying, and cleaning seeds--all using tools and materials found in any household. Hands-on activities include wet and dry seed processing, germination testing, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 


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