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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 Multiple Benefits from Wetlands, Prairies and Cover Crops

June 15, 2015
Winterset, Iowa

At this Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day, Frederick Martens will share his experience with cover crops and grid-sampling for variable-rate planting and fertilizer application. He will also lead a tour of his nitrate removal wetland and adjacent prairie currently being established. Anna MacDonald will discuss efforts to improve water quality in the Badger Creek Lake watershed. Matt Helmers of Iowa State University will talk about the role of conservation practices in reducing nitrate losses. Jessie Lowry, with the Blank Park Zoo, will speak about the zoo's Plant.Grow.Fly. initiative to increase the amount of pollinator habitat.

In: North Central 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

 

Permalink Impact of Hedgerows and Wildflower Plantings on Bees

June 17, 2015
Esparto, California

This morning workshop will focus on the benefits of hedgerows of California native plants in agricultural landscapes, including enhanced populations of native bees and beneficial insects on farms. Presenters will also discuss establishment and maintenance practices for planting habitat on field crop edges and provide an overview of plant species appropriate for hedgerows in the Sacramento Valley and beyond.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink How to Pay for it: Grant, Loan and Cost Share Options for Farms

June 17, 2015
Online and Bryson City, North Carolina

Join ASAP, along with the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI), North Carolina Cooperative Extension, and Farm Service Agency (FSA) for the second in a series of online workshops designed to help you manage risk for your farm. This workshop will offer an overview of options for accessing capital. Hear about services and resources available through your local FSA chapter, what records you need to be eligible for loans, and how to stay connected with grant or cost share opportunities for farms in the region.

In: Online

 

Permalink Midwest Farm Energy Conference

June 17-19, 2015
Morris, Minnesota

The conference will be held at the University of Minnesota's West Central Research and Outreach Center. The event will address energy-optimized systems for dairy production and energy conservation and generation in swine facilities. It will provide practical information for agricultural producers, as well as an opportunity to network with energy experts and professionals. Renewable energy bus tours are also offered.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmer Field Day: Lifeline Produce

June 17, 2015
Victor, Montana

This free, evening event is part of the Farmer Field Days series presented by Community Food & Agriculture Coalition of Missoula County. Lifeline Produce encompasses about 40 acres of pasture, hay, mixed vegetables, flowers, and herbs. At this event, Steve Elliott and Luci Brieger will be focusing on the ways in which they incorporate livestock into their rotations and how they've specialized their tools and equipment for their specific farm operation.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Humane Handling at the Processing Plant

June 17, 2015
Online

This Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar is presented in collaboration with Animal Welfare Approved. Learn about humane handling practices at the processing plant. Presenters will discuss steps producers and processors can take to ensure humane treatment and how animal handling impacts meat quality. Humane handling experts Anna Bassett and Tim Holmes will speak about the research that backs AWA's technical info and slaughter standards as well as their Animal Welfare Officer and Poultry Welfare Officer courses. All NMPAN webinars are free and open to the public. The one-hour webinar begins at 10 am PDT.

In: Online

 

Permalink Making Milk on Grass

June 17, 2015
Earlville, New York

Join NOFA NY, Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative and David Stratton of Stone Mill Dairy to learn more about managing a grass-based dairy. David Stratton will share what makes his farm successful including pasture management, calf raising and milk quality in a no-grain system. Karen Hoffman, NRCS Animal Scientist, will discuss the intricacies of grass based nutrition while DVM Guy Jodarski expands on maintaining herd health. Learn from Troy Bishopp, Grazing Specialist for Madison County Soil and Water, on pasture planning and using a grazing chart to aid in pasture management.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop & Field Tour

June 18-19, 2015
Jefferson City, Missouri

During this event at George Washington Carver Center, learn about elderberry research, culture, and marketing. Meet experienced growers and processors. Harvest, post-harvest handling, and processing quality standards will also be addressed.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Creative Financing for Food

June 18, 2015
Online

This National Good Food Network webinar is free, and takes place 1:30 - 2:45 pm MDT. Whether you run a farm, food hub, processing facility, retail store, co-op or shared kitchen this webinar will introduce you to new and creative sources of capital.

In: Online

 

Permalink Ready to Roll? New Field Research on Organic No-Till Soybean and Rolled-Crimped Cover Crops

June 18, 2015
Aurora, New York

Join Cornell Researchers at this twilight meeting held at a Cornell University research farm to demonstrate equipment for successfully rolling down cover crops and planting soybeans into the resulting mulch. Also, field plots will show results of several different rolling dates and cover crop species.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Value-added Products for Commercial Lavender Growers

June 19, 2015
Yerington, Nevada

This workshop is an exploration of the variety of products that can be made from lavender and what is required, including time, equipment, and financial resources. This workshop is offered by the Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Farm Field Day

June 19, 2015
Goodman, Mississippi

This on-farm event is part of a monthly series of field days presented by the Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production. Topics will include crops scouting and integrated pest, disease, and weed management, as well as vendor opportunities. Pre-registration is required. Contact Keith Benson, 601-988-4999, keithmdp@yahoo.com.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Introduction to Tree Fruit Production

June 20, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri

This workshop is offered as 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 Small-Plot Market Farming Master Class

June 21, 2015
North Bend, Ohio

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. Join Carriage House Farm Garden Manager Kate Cook for an in-depth look at successful small-plot market gardening. She will give a tour of her four acre market garden and discuss her planting techniques, tools, crop choices, and the variety of outlets she sells through. This class is well-suited for serious gardeners looking to start a business or small-scale market growers interested in fine-tuning their operation. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Going Organic Workshop

June 22, 2015
Salinas, California

Join CCOF, the California Strawberry Commission, and Driscoll's for this workshop on the tenets of organic certification. The workshop will help assess how close your operation is to being organic and will detail the steps necessary to transition towards certification. The day will include a tour of an organic berry farm as well as talks by organic growers, presentations about the rules and regulations of organic certification and resources for transitioning to organic, and pest-control information. This workshop will focus on berries and mixed vegetable production, but presenters will be able to answer questions about going organic in any production system. The workshop will be offered in English and Spanish.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Raise Better Vegetables with Chickens in Crop Rotations

June 23, 2015
Cranston, Rhode Island

In this free CRAFT workshop, John Kenny of Big Train Farm will explain how rotating 125 organic chickens around his 2-acre certified organic farm has improved produce yields. Beginning and experienced growers will learn how to improve soil biology, fertility and specialty crop yields by including a chicken tractor in their crop rotation plans.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink NRCS and Wildlife Habitat in Urban Environments: Linking Farm, School, and Community Agriculture

June 23, 2015
Online

In this webinar, join Nancy Adamson to learn how NRCS staff and partners are working in urban areas to conserve and create wildlife habitat, while at the same time protecting watersheds and supporting agricultural production. The one-hour webinar begins at 2:00 pm Eastern.

In: Online

 

Permalink Sell What You Grow: Diversifying Your Market Opportunities

June 24, 2015
Online

Join ASAP, along with the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI), North Carolina Cooperative Extension, and Farm Service Agency (FSA) for a series of online workshops designed to help you manage risk for your farm. Join this webinar to learn more about the pros and cons of selling to a variety of local markets and how to determine if they are a good match for your operation. Find out more about strategies and tools for connecting with buyers and promoting your products.

In: Online

 

Permalink Bridging the Past, Cultivating the Future: Exploring Sustainable Foodscapes

June 24 - 28, 2015
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Chatham University will host the Joint 2015 Annual Meetings and Conference of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society. This year's theme emphasizes the need to plan forward by looking backwards, by imagining and creating spaces where agricultural and culinary practices mesh with opportunities for environmental, social, cultural, and material sustenance.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Forage Budgeting and Rotational Stocking for Equine Operations

June 24, 2015
Online

This webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center.

In: Online

 

Permalink Organic Pastured Swine Field Day

June 24, 2015
Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Rodale Institute has partnered with The Fertrell Company and Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) to hold a field day for farmers focusing on integrating a pastured swine enterprise into the farm operation and will highlight swine nutrition on pasture. The field day is an opportunity for interested farmers to learn first-hand how to integrate a pastured hog operation into their farm. Serious farmers will gain the knowledge they need to begin setting the foundations of a successful organic hog herd.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink I.D. those Pasture Plants! Free Evening Workshop

June 25, 2015
Poteau, Oklahoma

Get hands-on experience identifying common pasture plants during this free evening workshop at the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Montana Organic Association Farm Tour: Lassila Farm

June 26, 2015
Great Falls, Montana

This tour at the farm operated by Daryl and Linda Lassila will focus on innovative approaches to soil, nutrient and moisture management in an organic cropping system. Scheduled speakers are Max Blodgett from Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); Ron de Yong, Director of Montana Dept. of Agriculture; David Oien, CEO of Timeless Seeds; and Ron Milo from Dave's Killer Bread. Come and participate in the discussion about crop rotations, nutrient and weed management practices that have been working while improving crop yields, moisture retention and reducing weed, disease and pest issues for the Lassila operation. The event is free and open to the public.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Orcharding Series: Summer Orchard Care Workshop

June 27, 2015
Durham, Maine

Join CJ Walke, MOFGA's Organic Orchardist, in Durham, where he will present organic methods for growing tree fruit. CJ will discuss soil and nutrient requirements, explain organic pest and disease control, and provide ample time to answer questions and concerns about cultivating fruit trees organically.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 


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