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Permalink Organic Vegetable Production Conference

February 3-4, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin

This producer-initiated conference is built around farmer to farmer skill sharing and is expected to attract growers from Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Topics to be addressed by expert speakers include soil, specific crop production, and farm business management.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Training Program

February 4 - May 13, 2017
Oneonta, New York

This 10-session certificate program from HMI educates and empowers agricultural newcomers (with 10 or less years of farming/ranching experience) to build successful businesses by applying Holistic Management principles and practices. Learn and implement all the skills you need for a successful farm or ranch including soil fertility practices, livestock production, grazing planning, financial planning, marketing and business planning, whole farm/ranch planning skills, leadership and communications skills. All 10 day-long sessions will be held on Saturdays.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Michigan Family Farms Conference

February 4, 2017
Marshall, Michigan

"Farmers Leading the Future: Blending Established Wisdom with New Ideas" offers the opportunity to network, learn, and build sustainable farms. This customized forum for beginning, small-scale, and culturally diverse farmers includes energizing workshops, uplifting speakers, exhibitors, and a youth track, all within an inspiring and supportive atmosphere.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Pastured Pork & Grassfed Beef

February 4, 2017
East Troy, Wisconsin

This morning workshop is part of the Whole Farm Workshop Series from Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. This morning workshop with Steve Deibele will discuss fencing, animal psychology, synergies, field management, forages, and the why's of pasturing that create healthy fats and heart healthy meat.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Dialing in Your High Tunnel for Less Work, Greater Yields, and Higher Profits

February 6, 2017
North Easton, Massachusetts

NOFA Massachusetts offers a full-day intensive on innovative management tools for growers using heated and unheated high tunnels, with presenters Andrew Mefferd and Michael Kilpatrick. Whether you're grappling with questions about when and how to heat your tunnel, how to push your season extension further, which varietals are worth growing, or how to optimize crop successions for year-round production, this intensive will provide you insight and inspiration for the next growing season and beyond.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink IOIA/QCS Basic Organic Crop & Processing Inspection Trainings

February 6-10, 2017
Lutz, Florida

IOIA and Quality Certification Services (QCS) will cosponsor simultaneous Crop and Processing Inspection Trainings. Each course includes four days of instruction including a field trip to a certified organic operation, plus a half day for testing.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Introduction to Whole Farm Planning

February 7, 2017
Alberta, Virginia

This introductory workshop with instructors from Virginia State University’s Small Farm Outreach Program is designed for beginning farmers and ranchers. It ill help participants establish and sustain viable agricultural operations through whole farm planning programs. The half-day workshop is free and open to the public. Class size is limited, and participants must RSVP. No walk-ins will be allowed.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Specialty Crops: Production, Marketing, Management

February 7, 2017
Liberal, Kansas

Seward County Community College Agriculture Program is hosting the 3rd annual Specialty Crops: Production, Marketing, Management meeting. This meeting will have information for beginning and experienced specialty crops growers as well as those thinking about growing specialty crops. Three Kansas growers will talk about their operations of greenhouse hydroponic vegetables, high tunnels, wholesale production and direct marketing techniques. Brian Withrow of Medicine Lodge will present on Sustainable Beekeeping. David Coltrain, SCCC Agriculture Instructor, will describe "What’s Happening at SCCC." The meeting will conclude with a tour of the SCCC facilities that includes greenhouses, high tunnels, garden areas and incubator plots.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Providing Habitat for Wild Bees on Organic Farms

February 7, 2017
Online

Join eOrganic for a free, one-hour webinar that will look at habitat augmentation techniques useful for both wild bee conservation and the promotion of pollination services, with special attention to native plant selection and installation, experimental ground nest preparation, and cavity-nest construction. The webinar is applicable to organic farmers and the general public who would like to plan habitat augmentations in diverse organic production systems. This webinar is part of the USDA NIFA OREI funded research project: Promoting native bee health and pollination services on organic fruit and vegetable farms, led by David Crowder of Washington State University. Advance registration is required.

In: Online

 

Permalink Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course

February 7, 2017
Live Oak, Florida

UF/IFAS Food Science and Human Nutrition Department and the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center present the PSA Grower Training Course, one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement. Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety should attend. The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content in seven modules.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Transitioning Small Grain Production to Organic

February 7, 2017
Online

In the Understanding Organic Agriculture series, this free one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Join this webinar to learn about the transition from conventional to organic small grain production and related management practices. Using several case studies of organic grain farms in the Pacific Northwest, this webinar will discuss possible transitions to organic farming. Management practices include crop rotation, soil fertility, and weed management. The webinar will also introduce a new, online Extension publication: Organic Small Grain Production in the Pacific Northwest: A Collection of Case Studies.

In: Online

 

Permalink North Carolina Aquaculture Development Conference & Aquaponics Workshop

February 8, 2017
New Bern, North Carolina

The 2017 NC Aquaculture Development Conference will be held February 10-11, with self-drive farm tours on February 9 and a short course aquaponics workshop on February 8. Aquaponic systems are recirculating aquaculture systems that incorporate the production of plants without soil. The course will address aquaculture principles and technology, hydroponics principles and technology, alternative filtration, waste treatment, system footprint, enterprise budgets, and a business-plan case study.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing Guides Webinar: Organic Dairy Feed Management Project

February 8, 2017
Online

This webinar series covers topics that specifically relate to grazing dairy herds. Topics include technologies available to grazing herds as well as strategies for feeding, grazing and care of your animals. This program will present data from a recent Penn State study evaluating economic, environmental, and production data from organic dairy farms in Pennsylvania. Factors that lead to successful management of these dairy farms will be discussed. There is no fee to attend this event. However, pre-registration is requested.

In: Online

 

Permalink Managing Your Financials

February 8, 2017
Missoula, Corvallis, Columbus, Conrad, Joliet, Butte, or Bozeman, Montana

Farm Link Montana is offering Planning For On-Farm Success, a weekly series of seven evening workshops in seven locations across the state. This is the fourth session of the series. Understand what the numbers are that you need to be tracking and learn about the key documents that help you track information effectively. This workshop is eligible for FSA financial management borrower training credit and will include information on income statements, balance sheets, cash flow budgets, and how to maintain and utilize these systems.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink FSMA Produce Safety Workshop

February 8, 2017
Cockeysville, Maryland

This one-day produce safety workshop covers produce safety best practices, and key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each of the seven instructional modules. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Season Extension with High Tunnels

February 8, 2017
Jacksonville, North Carolina

During this workshop, participants will be equipped with the knowledge to increase their high tunnel profitability through proper management and budgeting awareness. Session topics include high tunnel microclimate considerations, transplant production/ sourcing and production planning. Also covered will be costs and budgeting for start up plans and expansion. The afternoon hands-on portion will be at the Onslow County Incubator Farm.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Food Safety Modernization Act -- Produce Rule Training

February 9, 2017
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety should attend this Produce Safety Alliance one-day course. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement. The seven-hour training covers seven different modules.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing for Change

February 9, 2017
Amery, Wisconsin

Hungry Turtle Institute offers an opportunity to dig into the principles and practices of holistic management in a full day workshop led by Gabe Brown and his son Paul. This is an essential event for farmers and ranchers seeking new tools and practices to cope with drought, rising production costs, and pasture availability. Subjects for discussion include soil regeneration, cover crops, integrating livestock, stacking enterprises, direct marketing farm products, and generational transitioning.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Women Managing the Farm Conference

February 9-10, 2017
Manhattan, Kansas

The Women Managing the Farm Conference, "Her AgriCULTURE Story - Change, Adapt, Grow," is designed to aid women who are helping to grow the nation's food supply, whether by design, marriage, or inheritance. Over the two days of the conference, presentations regarding business planning, health, managing employees and more will be interspersed with opportunities for networking and learning from others attending the conference. The WMF Conference has been developed for all women involved in an operation, from the full-time manager to the absentee landowner needing a bit of insight about managing her investment.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Arkansas Blackberry School

February 9, 2017
Clarksville, Arkansas

University of Arkansas Research & Extension is holding a four-session Blackberry School for beginning commercial growers or growers interested in starting to produce blackberries. The course will include this winter session, as well as sessions in April, June, and fall. Each four-hour class is split between classroom sessions and hands-on field activities at the Fruit Research Center.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink WNY Fresh Market Winter Vegetable Meeting (Southern region)

February 9, 2017
Ellicottville, New York

Program topics will include an update on wildlife management, high tunnel nutrient management update, vegetable disease update including the new iPiPE Program in vegetables, new Climate Smart Farming Tools, cover crops and soil health, an update on Food Safety and Modernization Act and what you need to do for your farm, and other regional research and program updates.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Western Montana Grazing and Agriculture Conference

February 9-10, 2017
Missoula, Montana

Lake County Conservation District, NRCS, and others join to present a two-day event designed to assist landowners in implementing improved grazing practices in western Montana. This conference will provide a forum for livestock producers, farmers, and agricultural organizations to share their knowledge and experience relating to the implementation of improved grazing management and livestock production. NCAT's Dave Scott will speak on a producer panel.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Out with the Old: Pruning Old and Neglected Fruit Trees

February 9, 2017
Online

University of Illinois Extension's Small Farms Winter Webinar Series features practical, lunch-hour presentations on small farm enterprises and strategies. Log in every Thursday at noon for the free, one-hour webinars. The series runs through March 30. This session features Grant McCarty, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator.

In: Online

 

Permalink CCOF Annual Meeting and Conference

February 9-10, 2017
Visalia, California

CCOF's 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference theme is "Organic Innovation and Inspiration." The event will feature the innovative techniques organic producers, handlers, retailers, and other change-makers are using to address current economic and environmental issues, as well as big ideas for tackling the challenges of tomorrow. The festivities begin Thursday evening with the first annual CCOF Foundation Awards Feast. Hear from the next generation of organic producers and the champions about those who are helping them build their careers in agriculture. Friday's full-day conference will focus on the innovations that are shaping the organic world, from new technology to out-of-the-box solutions for sustainability.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink OEFFA Annual Conference

February 9-11, 2017
Dayton, Ohio

The 38th Annual Conference, "Growing Today, Transforming Tomorrow," offers lots of educational and networking opportunities for farmers, backyard growers, home cooks, homesteaders, and others committed to local food, sustainable agriculture, and green living. There will be nearly 80 educational workshops on a wide range of food, farming, and policy topics; a three-day trade show with 70+ businesses, organizations, and government agencies offering food, books, products, information, and services; and four full-day pre-conference intensive workshops led by farmers, for farmers, on farm business planning, niche fruit and poultry production, and growing bionutrient rich food; plus more activities and special events.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginning Farmer Retreat

February 10-11, 2017
Strawberry Point, Iowa

This annual event from Practical Farmers of Iowa brings beginning farmers together to network, plan, and discuss ways to improve their farms while helping to build a sense of community among this fast-growing farming demographic. The 2017 Beginning Farmer Retreat is intended for beginning farmers who are motivated to improve their financial and business knowledge for their existing or future farm. The weekend will feature plenty of social time, small group discussions, group activities led by an expert, and individual work time. This retreat will be held in conjunction with the PFI workshop, "Advanced Financial Planning for Fruit and Vegetable Farms with Holistic Management International," which is intended for experienced farmers. The two groups will share meals and social time, but have separate programming.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Scale Mushroom Production

February 10, 2017
Live Oak, Florida

This hands-on one-day workshop by UF/IFAS Small Farms Academy will teach participants how to select, grow, harvest, and market mushrooms appropriate for Florida. Topics will include mushroom ID, shiitake log production, oyster in-bag production, and handling, processing and marketing.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Advanced Financial Planning for Fruit and Vegetable Farms

February 10-11, 2017
Strawberry Point, Iowa

This two-day, Holistic Management International (HMI) workshop will focus on whole farm financial planning for experienced fruit and vegetable farmers. This course provides key financial principles that help you learn how to work on your business, not just in your business. You will develop a financial plan and identify ways to implement and monitor that plan. You'll learn the key economic analysis tools for improved financial decisions for both annual budgets and for long term investment. You will learn how to make financial decisions and plans toward the mission and values of your farm to create a sustainable business.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainable Farming Association Annual Conference

February 11, 2017
St. Joseph, Minnesota

2017 sessions will include casual but focused networking conversations on topics that SFA members chose using an online voting system. Student scholarships are available, as well as children's programming.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Grains Field Day

February 11, 2017
Petaluma, California

The Small Grain Field Day is part of a series of workshops that will address technical aspects of grain farming specific to the California context. The second workshop will be in the Fall and cover harvesting, cleaning, and storage. Subsequent workshops will go deeper into each topic, as requested by farmers. This field day will cover four areas: seed selection, field cultivation, planting and monitoring -- including related equipment.

In: Western SARE Region

 


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