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Permalink Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Farm Field Day

June 17, 2016
Greenwood, Mississippi

This free, on-farm field day takes place at Levee Run Farms. Topics will include integrated pest and disease control and the host farm's pastured poultry, flowers, and high tunnels. Pre-registration is required. Contact

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Mid-Atlantic Permaculture Convergence

June 18, 2016
Charles Town, West Virginia

The Riverside Project hosts this day of connection, conversation, and collaboration featuring hands-on workshops, informative presentations, and powerful community-building. Speakers will address the role of animals in permaculture, broad acre agriculture for permaculture practitioners, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink First Steps in Farm Business Planning

June 18, 2016
Kansas City, Missouri

This one-day workshop is a core workshop in the Growing Growers series.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Southern Illinois Summer Twilight Series: G & C Meyer Farm & Greenhouse

June 20, 2016
Steelville, Illinois

The University of Illinois Extension is teaming up with area farmers to provide four evening "twilight meetings" to highlight and demonstrate diverse farming enterprises across southern Illinois. This program is provided at no cost but pre-registration is required.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Find Your Path to Clean Water: Food Safety Water Quality Standards and Testing Protocols for Produce Growers

June 20, 2016
Delaware, Ohio

OEFFA offers an opportunity to join Don Stoeckel of Cornell University's Produce Safety Alliance, Gary Horrisberger of Holmes Lab, and Tadd Petersen of Seminary Hill Farm on the campus of the Methodist Theological School in Ohio for a workshop and tour designed to increase your understanding of FSMA water quality requirements and how they can protect your farm, your business, and your customers. This session will focus on irrigation and packing shed water use and review good agricultural practices (GAP) for farm water usage.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink National Pollinator Week

June 20-26, 2016

Pollinator Week was initiated and is managed by the Pollinator Partnership. National Pollinator Week highlights and shares the importance of pollinators including bees, birds, butterflies, and bats. Pollinator Week is a week to get the importance of pollinators message out to as many people as possible. An interactive map of events across the country is available online.

In: National


Permalink Designing and Setting Up Your Grazing System

June 20, 2016
Groton, New York

This three-hour session at Benterra Farm is part of an eight-part monthly technical course on Grazing & Pasture Management, offered by Groundswell Center. Intensive sessions highlight specific topics while also showcasing the unique elements of each host farm in respect to their grazing systems.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Bison Advantage Workshop

June 11, 15, or 21, 2016
Baldwin City, Kansas; Rapid City, South Dakota; or Becker, Minnesota

The National Bison Association is offering a series of free workshops held on working, sustainably managed bison operations. Each workshop includes an overview of animal management and marketing, as well as a tour of the host ranch.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Feeding Kansas Dinner & Dialogue Forums

June 16, 20, or 21, 2016
Garden City, Ottawa, or Iola, Kansas

Join the Kansas Rural Center, along with local and regional partners, at one of the "Feeding Kansas Dinner & Dialogue" forums which will be held at six locations throughout the state during 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.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Montana Organic Association Summer Farm Tour

June 21, 2016
Malta, Montana

The South Phillips County Organic Farm Tour will take place on four contiguous farms representative of organic farming in Phillips County. Lunch will be provided and a benefit dinner will take place after the tour. There will be horse-drawn hayrides after the tour and before dinner. There is no charge for the tour. Topics will include organic small-grain and pulse crop production and cover crops.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Women Caring for the Land Legacy Planning Meeting

June 21, 2016
Hampton, Iowa

WFAN is piloting a new series of meetings focused on legacy planning for women landowners. Meetings will discuss ideas and situations to help clarify your goals and shape the conversations you want to have with your family, renter, and other partners about transitioning your land in a way that includes your conservation values. Resource professionals will outline various strategies for land transition and bring up points you should consider. All meetings are free, with continental breakfast and lunch provided. An RSVP is requested.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Grazing in the Woods Tour

June 22, 2016
Brainerd, Minnesota

Learn more about Silvopasture practices that can be profitable on your property in this evening event at Sunup Ranch. Property owners and experts will discuss how trees, livestock (cattle), and forage can coexist as one system for economic production and environmental protection. Researchers and Extension educators from the University of Minnesota will also discuss the results of the LCCMR-funded project "Enhancing Environmental and Economic Benefits of Woodland Grazing." The tour site is one of three sites that are part of the three-year University of Minnesota Extension research study in Crow Wing County that demonstrate practices employed in woodland grazing, called silvopasture.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Farm Finance Tools to Help You Manage Risk

June 22, 2016

Join CCOF and California FarmLink for a webinar on tools to help you manage the financial risks associated with farming. By the end of the webinar, you will understand the basics of credit scores and how to improve or establish credit history; different types of agricultural loans, and how a loan might work for you; cash-flow management to manage financial risk; how to use farm balance sheets and income statements to manage debt; the benefits of diversification; and business structures and their implications for debt and building equity.

In: Online


Permalink Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Summer Tour

June 22, 2016
Berlin Heights, Ohio

Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers annual Summer Tour visits Quarry Hill Orchards for a field tour, tradeshow, and networking opportunities.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Urban Food Systems Symposium

June 22-25, 2016
Olathe, Kansas

The 2016 Urban Food Systems Symposium will bring together a national and international audience of academic and research-oriented professionals to share and gain knowledge on urban food systems and the role they play in global food security. This symposium includes knowledge on: urban agricultural production, local food systems distribution, urban farmer education, urban ag policy, planning and development, food access and justice, and food sovereignty. The 2016 Symposium is a partnership between the Kansas State University Global Food Systems Initiative and Cultivate Kansas City.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Quad Cities Pollinator Conference

June 23-24, 2016
Davenport, Iowa

This conference includes sessions on creating and maintaining habitat for pollinators on agricultural and rural land, and sessions on bees. The second day of the conference offers tours of farms, prairies, and preserves that are providing pollinator habitat.

In: North Central 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


Permalink Raising the Steaks: Finishing the Finest Beef on Grass

June 24, 2016
Hillsboro, Ohio

In this OEFFA workshop, Dr. Jim Linne of White Clover Farm and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Grazing Specialist Troyce Barnett will delve into the finer points of managing a grass-fed herd to improve the marbling and flavor of your beef. Participants will walk White Clover Farm's pastures and discuss Jim's forage and cattle selection and frame score. Learn about forage species selection, establishment, and management for different soils, terrains, and microclimates, as well as watering systems and water quality, livestock rotations, stockpiling fescue, and using warm season annuals to extend grazing days.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Beginning Farmer Tour: Silverthorn Farm

June 25, 2016
Rossville, Indiana

Purdue's Beginning Farmer and Rancher program is offering new and aspiring farmers an opportunity to visit 10 Indiana agribusinesses and learn from Purdue Extension educators, producers and other experts about topics ranging from organic produce to aquaponics. This tour focuses on organic fruits and vegetables, pastured pork, and working with restaurants.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Bobwhite Quail Habitat Management Field Day

June 25, 2016
Columbia, Missouri

This Field Day at University of Missouri's Bradford Research Center is designed for landowners, students, quail and upland game enthusiasts; Meet the experts and see exhibits; no fee and no reservations required. Quail and monarch habitat management will be discussed and tours offered.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Farmer-Florist Bootcamp: A Workshop on Floral Design and the Business of Event Flowers

June 25, 2016
Santa Cruz, California

Join Flower Grower Zoe Hitchner of Front Porch Farm in Healdsburg and Sky DeMuro of UCSC's Alan Chadwick Garden for a day-long training on establishing a floristry enterprise for your existing farming business, no matter the scale. Although this workshop is geared toward professional flower growers and florists, or those thinking about adding flowers to their farming business, others interested in learning to arrange event flowers are welcome to enroll. Enrollment is limited.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink ASAP Farm Tour

June 25-26, 2016
Western North Carolina

For one weekend every year Western North Carolina farms open their barn doors to the public. The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project Farm Tour is a chance for you to experience how food is grown and raised in the mountains, taste farm fresh products, meet farm animals, and connect with the community's food producers. Discover some of Western North Carolina's unique and beautiful working farms through tours, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Pick up a tour map, choose your route, and set out with your friends and family to learn about the region's agricultural heritage.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Pasture-Raised, Rotationally Grazed Livestock Farm Tour

June 25, 2016
Chillicothe, Ohio

This free afternoon tour is part of the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Paul Dorrance and his wife, Heather, started Pastured Providence Farmstead, a small, sustainable, diversified, pasture-based farm, in 2014. Pastured Providence Farmstead focuses on producing healthy food for south-central Ohio using heritage-breed stock, including Red Poll cattle, St. Croix sheep, Large Black hogs, Narragansett turkeys, and Buckeye laying hens. Paul and Heather will share their values, methods, and lessons learned to both educate and encourage others who want to produce food in an ethical, humane, ecologically sound manner.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink GAP Certification for Urban Farms

June 25, 2016
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This full-day workshop from Growing Power will share best practices for GAP certification and compliance, discuss how to create logs and forms that work for your farm, and introduce the auditing process.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee

June 25, 2016
Clovis, California

Join the Ecological Farming Association for the year's most delicious Central Valley event. This fun-filled evening includes fruit tasting and sales of over 60 varieties of peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, and pluots. Enjoy live entertainment, farm tours, a Kids Craft corner, jam making, a Japanese tea ceremony, flower arranging and stone fruit drinks, artisan treats, and pies.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink White Oak Patures Small Ruminant Workshop

June 25, 2016
Bluffton, Georgia

White Oak Pastures will host a farm tour, followed by an in-depth workshop focused on practical skills and knowledge fundamental to the successful and humane management of sheep and goats raised for meat. Class size is limited for this hands-on event.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Crop Establishment & Scheduling for Direct Seeded and Transplanted Crops

June 26, 2016
Holt, Michigan

Michigan State University Farmer Field School offers this one-day intensive at Monroe Family Organics. This workshop provides an intensive focus on stand establishment in vegetable crop production covering seed, seeders, germination, and knowing when to till it in and start again for direct-seeded crops. This workshop will also cover field establishment from greenhouse to a thriving crop for transplanted crops. All core plant families will be covered and optimum systems for each considered. Presenters will cover the right scheduling to get your production on-time for a continuous and bountiful harvest.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Rotational Grazing Field Day

June 26, 2016
Champaign, Illinois

This field day will give participants a comprehensive view of successful rotational grazing strategies being practiced in central Illinois. Tours of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, Seven Sisters Farm, Bane Family Meats, and Rush Creek Farms will give participants the opportunity to see pasture rotations in action, showing how successful farmers use fencing, forage, feed, and careful planning to tap into the high-demand local meat and dairy market. The field day will particularly emphasize practices for goats and sheep, but will also include examples of rotational grazing for pigs, cattle, and poultry.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Medicinal Herb Production

June 26, 2016
Sunderland, Massachusetts

NOFA Massachusetts offers this afternoon workshop at Full Kettle Farm. Learn the ins and outs of commercial medicinal herb production, from field to drying room. Participants will get an overview of the production and planning methodologies that Full Kettle Farm uses. The workshop will also focus on post-production handling and herb drying for teas, oils, and other value-added products.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Brassicas and Other Fall Crops

June 27, 2016
Lawrence, Kansas

This evening workshop is part of the advanced series of Growing Growers workshops.

In: North Central SARE Region




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