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Permalink Introducing the NRCS National Organic Farming Handbook

May 26, 2016
Online

In the Understanding Organic Agriculture series, this webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. This webinar will explore the new Organic Farming Handbook, including a description of organic farming principles and relevant USDA organic regulations. The presentation will describe considerations and resources for planning conservation practices on organic operations such as cover crops, nutrient management, crop rotations, and livestock management.

In: Online

 

Permalink Grassfed Beef Conference

May 26-27, 2016
College Station, Texas

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service announces the fifth conference focused on grassfed beef production. Here's a chance to learn more about beef production... from pasture to plate.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crops

May 26, 2016
Pocantico Hills, New York

The Growing Farmers Initiative at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture holds free beginning farmer workshops on Thursday afternoons. This class will discuss how to develop a plan that is focused on cover crops in a diverse crop rotation. It will also discuss how to manage the cover crops including the ability to plant no-till in organic systems, using the cover crop as a mulch to suppress annual weeds. It will also cover topics like seed selection, cover crop establishment, tillage and no-till, and the strategies behind the systems that make them work.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink The Lean Farm: Tips and Tricks for Organizing Your Farm

May 31, 2016
Online

In this free evening webinar presented by NOFA Massachusetts, learn organization strategies from Ben Hartman, an experienced farmer who has improved his farm management based on Lean principals, originally designed by the Japanese auto industry. Lean allows him to cut waste, increase profit, and make his farm more environmentally sustainable.

In: Online

 

Permalink Women Caring for the Land

June 1, 2016
Vinton, Iowa

Women Caring for the Land incorporates a women-only, peer-to-peer informal discussion alongside an afternoon visit to see and discuss conservation practices in action. Women landowners who attend this meeting will learn to assess and improve the health of their soils.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Feeding Kansas Dinner & Dialogue

June 1 or 2, 2016
Concordia or Colby, Kansas

Join the Kansas Rural Center, along with local and regional partners, at one of the "Feeding Kansas Dinner & Dialogue" forums that will be held at six locations throughout the state this May and June. The forums will provide up-to-date information on state and local food systems and opportunities, within the broader context of state budget and revenue issues. Each forum will include a dinner featuring Kansas grown ingredients. Farmers, ranchers, public health professionals, community leaders and policy makers, legislators, local food, farm, and food access advocates, and in general anyone interested in learning more about state and local food and farm action and legislation should attend. The events are free, but RSVP is required.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Webinar on Organic Recordkeeping for Growers

June 2, 2016
Online

Join CCOF and the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) for a webinar on recordkeeping for organic growers. Learn processes to make on-farm organic recordkeeping easier, as well as a framework to assist you in developing a recordkeeping system for your operation that maintains the records needed for organic certification. This webinar is ideal for growers looking to improve their recordkeeping infrastructure, growers new to organic certification, or growers interested becoming certified organic. NCAT's Thea Rittenhouse will review the recordkeeping requirements for organic certification.

In: Online

 

Permalink National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

June 2-4, 2016
Madison, Wisconsin

Join the National Farm to School Network for the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference and see how you can change the culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. This biennial event is the premier opportunity to learn, network, and collaborate with likeminded farm to cafeteria leaders from across the country. The conference includes great opportunities to see farm to cafeteria in action through local field trips, excellent workshops that dig deeper into implementing successful farm to cafeteria initiatives, and several inspirational keynote speakers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink In Her Boots: Beginning Livestock and Grazing

June 3, 2016
Blanchardville, Wisconsin

This In Her Boots workshop offers a unique opportunity to explore integrating livestock from a female farmer point of view. A team of seasoned female farmers show you how to care for diverse livestock--hogs, goats, sheep, and poultry--on pasture as Nature intended. Workshop includes a tour of Dorothy's Grange, a farrow-to-finish hog operation. These day-long, on-farm workshops include a detailed farm tour, lunch and networking opportunities. With a focus on sharing experiences, stories and ideas, the In Her Boots format builds on the idea that women farmers learn best from each other.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Regrarians Integrated Farm Planning Course

June 3-12, 2016
Albany, Oregon

The Regrarians 10-day Integrated Farm Planning course, or REX, follows a subject a day, building layer by practical layer for the real client and real enterprise that is the basis for this unique experience. The REX is guided over its journey by Regrarians Ltd. Darren J. Doherty, a consultant and designer of world-class reputation. A carefully crafted distillation of the world's greatest and most effective methodologies, the REX is designed for nothing less than effective outcomes.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Conservation Biological Control Short Course

June 3, 2016
Enumclaw, Washington

Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for insecticides. In addition to receiving the latest cutting edge scientific findings, course participants will conduct a field tour to practice identifying beneficial insects and their habitat.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Camp Mushroom

June 3, 2016
Watkins Glen, New York

Camp Mushroom is Cornell University's annual two-day event for farmers, woodlot owners, and hobby growers who want to cultivate their own shiitake, oyster, lions mane, and stropharia mushrooms. This year marks the 11th year of the course, as forest mushroom cultivation blossoms in the northeast as a new small farm industry.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Spotted Wing Drosophila

June 3, 2016
Online

The 2016 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series is sponsored by eXtension Communities of Practice and by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Clemson Cooperative Extension, and the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture. In this free webinar at 2 p.m. Eastern, learn practical tips of detection and management of Spotted Wing Drosophila, an invasive insect pest of both large and small fruit crops. The webinar presenter is Dr. Hannah Burrack, Associate Professor of Entomology & Extension Specialist at North Carolina State University.

In: Online

 

Permalink Livestock Workshop

June 4, 2016
Poteau, Oklahoma

Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture offers a full-day workshop on grazing management and livestock water systems. Topics covered will include benefits of controlled grazing, designing a grazing system, and the use of electric fencing. The second topic area will cover livestock water systems with emphasis on gravity flow water development and different types of livestock watering systems. The workshop will include both indoor and outdoor activities.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Farming with Native Pollinators: Creating a Place for Bees and Bugs

June 4, 2016
Woodinville, Washington

This full-day workshop, led by the Xerces Society, will focus on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in agricultural landscapes. The course will provide an overview of bee natural history and identify practices such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators. In addition to receiving the latest cutting edge scientific findings, course participants will be guided on a field tour to practice identifying bees and their habitat.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

June 4-5, 2016
Albany, Oregon

This event features keynote speakers, workshops, demonstrations, vendors, and exhibitors on the topics of Modern Homesteading, Animal Husbandry, Organic Gardening, Green Building, Natural Health, Renewable Energy, and Real Food.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Battleground to Breaking Ground: A Transformational Journey

June 4, 2016
San Antonio, Texas

Texas AgrAbility offers this free workshop for veterans and others who want to start farming or ranching or improve their agricultural operations. Learn about niche marketing, developing your business plan, and resources for technical and financial assistance. Network with fellow veterans and beginning farmers and ranchers.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Local Foods for Small Campuses Gathering

June 6-7, 2016
Unity, Maine

Farm to Institution New England (FINE) and Unity College Dining present an opportunity for small campuses to come together to share information about including local foods more intentionally and in larger volumes as a part of their menu and operation. This event is intended primarily for any and all food service staff from small campuses (focusing mainly on campuses with under 2,000 students), but may also be appealing for educators who teach courses related to this topic, students with interest in this topic, and advocates who have tools and resources to share to help promote the use of local foods on campuses.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Armed to Farm

June 6-10, 2016
Fayetteville, Arkansas

The National Center for Appropriate Technology's week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) Training gives veterans and their spouses an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as a viable career. Participants will learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, fruit and vegetable production, and more. The event is free for those chosen to attend, but the number of participants will be limited. Applications are due by April 29, 2016.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Specialty Crop Tour for Young Growers

June 7, 2016
Kearneysville, West Virginia

The Penn State Extension Young Grower Alliance is hosting a tour of the USDA-ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Station for young, next-generation producers of specialty crops. Participants will discuss tree and small fruit research plantings and laboratory studies with horticulture, plant pathology, entomology, plant breeding, and engineering faculty. This free tour precedes a regional spring fruit meeting that will be held at nearby Orr's Fruit Farm and Market

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing Workshop

June 7, 2016
Ardmore, Oklahoma

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation offers a free, day-long grazing workshop.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Weed Management in Organic Cropping Systems

June 7, 2016
Online

In the Understanding Organic Agriculture series, this free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology, in partnership with Oregon Tilth. This webinar will discuss the primary weed control strategies for organic systems: the role of prevention, cultural and mechanical control, crop rotation, crop competition, and cultivation. Experts from Penn State will also introduce the Organic Crop Production guide that includes weed management as well as many other organic topics and case studies of successful organic crop farmers.

In: Online

 

Permalink Conserving Nature's Stage: The Relevance of Geodiversity to Conservation Planning

June 8, 2016
Online

This webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Participants will be introduced to the concept of using geodiversity (diversity of soils, topography, and other abiotic factors) as indicators of biodiversity and potential applications of geodiversity to conservation planning.

In: Online

 

Permalink CFSA Workshop: Cover Crops for Soil Health & Weed Control

June 8, 2016
Columbia, South Carolina

This day-long workshop is sponsored by Clemson Sustainable Agriculture, Southern SARE, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Richland Soil and Water Conservation District, and City Roots Farm. Learn how cover crops have been used at City Roots Farm to maintain soil nutrient levels without the use of additional fertilizers while producing more than 20,000 pounds of produce annually from a 1.5 acre tract. Discuss cover crop selection, establishment and termination methods, and equipment selection in an organic system; and hear first-hand accounts of the trials and successes City Roots growers have faced as they reduce tillage. Space is limited to first 40 registrants.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainable Iowa Land Trust Showcase Series

June 9, 2016
Calmar, Iowa

Iowa's only land trust dedicated to protecting food farms announces its first SILT Showcase Series, highlighting four Sustainable Iowa Land Trust farms across the state this summer. Designed for landowners interested in a legacy of sustainable food production, each day includes a farm tour, presentations by an appraiser and an attorney and a free, locally-sourced lunch. Landowners are encouraged to bring questions. This first event visits Lyle and Sue Luzum's 170 acres in Calmar near Decorah, producing organic crops, sheep, and CRP, with appraiser Dan Dvorak on how mineral rights and buildings affect farm appraisals, and attorney David Bright on estate planning and land donation options.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Elderberry Workshop

June 11, 2016
Porum, Oklahoma

At this Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture workshop, Brent and Valerie Madding's 360 OK Farm will host participants for a tour of their farm and a series of presentations by themselves and Kerr Center President David Redhage. Topics will include elderberry variety selection, propagation, establishment, production, harvest, marketing, and uses for this perennial native plant, with time spent both indoors and in the field.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Orchard Planning and Maintenance

June 12, 2016
Wendell, Massachusetts

Join long time orchardists Pru Smith and Sharon Gensler for a NOFA Massachusetts afternoon workshop on small-scale homestead orcharding. They'll demonstrate overall orchard planning, building diversity into plantings, breed selection, practical fruit growing techniques, and soil and plant health. Pru and Sharon will lead participants in an informative and experiential process, using their property, Wild Browse Farm, to demonstrate the importance of a holistic approach to orchard care.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink California Farm Demonstration Network Farm Visit

June 15, 2016
Madera, California

The California Farm Demonstration Network (CFDN) is hosting a series of farm visits for agricultural producers during the months of May and June that will demonstrate how long-term goals for healthy soil are being achieved at each farm—without compromising production. Farmers using various soil health practices (such as cover crops, conservation tillage and more) will discuss their soil health management systems and experiences. Network partners, including representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, UC Cooperative Extension, Resource Conservation Districts and other partners will also be on hand to explain monitoring and evaluation work being done on the farms. This visit to T&D Willey Farms begins at 10 a.m.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink California Farm Demonstration Network Farm Visit

June 24, 2016
Firebaugh, California

The California Farm Demonstration Network (CFDN) is hosting a series of farm visits for agricultural producers during the months of May and June that will demonstrate how long-term goals for healthy soil are being achieved at each farm—without compromising production. Farmers using various soil health practices (such as cover crops, conservation tillage and more) will discuss their soil health management systems and experiences. Network partners, including representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, UC Cooperative Extension, Resource Conservation Districts and other partners will also be on hand to explain monitoring and evaluation work being done on the farms. This visit to Sano Farms begins at 10 a.m.

In: Western SARE Region

 


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