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Permalink Food Safety, Wash Water Sanitizing, and Workflow in the Packshed

August 8, 2017
Hurley, New York

Join NOFA New York for an afternoon workshop on post-harvest considerations in the wash line and packing house. Robert Hadad, Regional Vegetable Specialist, Cornell Vegetable Program will tie food safety practices to the wash-and-pack, covering facility design, product flow, wash techniques and sanitizers, cleaning and more. Farm Hub staff will offer a walk-through of the newly constructed wash-and-pack facility, which features three separate climate-controlled rooms capable of long-term storage of root crops; a brusher-washer and vibrating sorting table; and tubs for hydro-cooling broccoli.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Women Caring for the Land Workshop

August 8, 2017
Burnett, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Farmers Union, in partnership with Pheasants Forever, is hosting five Women Caring for the Land workshops geared toward women farmers or landowners who are interested in learning more about conservation and networking with other farm women in their region. Each event includes a morning learning circle, potluck lunch, and afternoon tour of the host farm. On Barb Salas' farm, conservation and animal husbandry go hand-in-hand. At this workshop, view this 70-acre all-grass sheep farm and learn about Barb's composting system and how she worked with NRCS on fencing and water systems.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Dry Farming Collaborative Field Day

August 8, 2017
Eugene and Springfield, Oregon

Twelve Dry Farming Collaborative sites will be hosting tours in August. Learn about dry farming and see crops (tomatoes, potatoes, squash, melon, zucchini, dry beans, corn, orchard crops) grown with little or no supplemental irrigation in the field. This afternoon through evening event visits three farms growing crops including dry beans, corn, melons, tomatoes, squash, potatoes, and more.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Managing Cover Crops in an Arid Region: A Farmer's Perspective

August 8, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the NRCS Soil Health Team. This webinar will focus on managing cover crops to improve soil health in a fragile, arid region of western Oklahoma by integrating livestock and multi-species covers into a diverse no-till cropping and grazing system to increase water and nutrient cycling. Jimmy Emmons, Dewey County, Oklahoma, farmer and rancher, will discuss how using a diverse crop rotation that includes multi-species cover crops and the integration of livestock into his system have improved the health of his soils. His system on cropland includes no-till cropping, cover crops, and allowing livestock to graze cover crops, all resulting in increased soil organic matter. He will also discuss his use of multi-paddock grazing on the rangeland he manages.

In: Online

 

Permalink Urban Soil Summit 2.0

August 8-9, 2017
Los Angeles, California

Green Gardens Group presents "Terroir!" a two-day gathering about the soul and science of soil. It unites thinkers, scientists, policy makers, concerned individuals and others in an energetic exchange about the science and actions necessary to create soil security. The event will enlighten, motivate, and inspire urban dwellers to connect with each other and take action to nurture the soil beneath their feet.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Nebraska Grazing Conference

August 8-9, 2017
Kearney, Nebraska

This event from University of Nebraska Lincoln presents the most current information on grazing livestock systems and their impact on lands. Topics include fencing and water points, vegetation for livestock and wildlife, beef systems initiative, NRCS cost-share programs, and forages vs. row crops. Keynote speakers are Jim Gerrish and Peter Ballerstedt.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Smarter Not Harder: Harvest Efficiency for Carrot & Beet Crops

August 9, 2017
Jericho Center, Vermont

At this afternoon workshop, learn about the work that NOFA-VT is doing on cost of production for vegetable growers. This workshop will focus on harvest efficiency of carrot and beet crops but will also discuss step-by-step methods for determining cost of production for any crop, so growers can focus on their most lucrative crops and make improvements to increase profitability. Tour Jericho Settlers Farm with consultant Richard Wiswall, taking a look at the equipment they use and how they maximize efficiency harvesting these root crops.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Good Agricultural Practices Workshop

August 9, 2017
Burlington, North Carolina

This event is sponsored by NC Growing Together and hosted by Elon College and Healthy Alamance.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Aspiring Urban Farmer Workshop for Veterans

August 9, 2017
Brooklyn, New York

Farmer Veteran Coalition offers a day-long workshop for aspiring farmers. The workshop will kick off at Brooklyn Grange where you will get your hands in the soil working alongside the crew, followed by a guided tour of the Union Square Greenmarket. The day will be wrapped up by sharing lunch at Project Farmhouse, hearing from an established veteran farmer, and learning about resources and programs available for veterans interested in farming.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink In Her Boots: Field to Plate Perennial Fruit

August 9, 2017
Winona, Minnesota

In this In Her Boots half-day worksop, Farmer Joyce Ford welcomes you to Blue Fruit Farm, a five-acre certified organic perennial fruit farm where she and her husband, Jim Riddle, raise a variety of berries and plums for wholesale market and direct-from-the-farm retail, including blueberries, elderberries, aronia berries, black currants, plums, honeyberries, and juneberries. This In Her Boots session takes place during peak harvest time when you will be able to experience the organic berry growing process, from field to plate.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Women Caring for the Land Workshop

August 9, 2017
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Farmers Union, in partnership with Pheasants Forever, is hosting five Women Caring for the Land workshops geared toward women farmers or landowners who are interested in learning more about conservation and networking with other farm women in their region. Each event includes a morning learning circle, potluck lunch, and afternoon tour of the host farm. At this workshop, learn how conservation is at the heart of Glacial Lake Cranberries, a 6,000-acre family-run operation headed by Mary Brazeau Brown.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farming With Beneficial Insects for Pest Control: Conservation Biological Control Short Course

August 9, 2017
Clanton, Alabama

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course from the Xerces Society. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crop and Soil Health Field Day

August 9, 2017
Spirit Lake, Iowa

This free evening event is presented by Iowa Learning Farms in partnership with Clean Water Alliance and hosted by John Boettcher.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Certification Course

August 2-3 or 9-10, 2017
Nashville or Memphis, Tennessee

Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension is offering this two-day course in two locations. The five-part course introduces organic agriculture, discusses certification and marketing, discusses production and management, and addresses practical applications. The program is suited for both new science graduates and aspiring transitional or conventional farmers, as well as agricultural professionals employed in nurseries, greenhouses, and extension service.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Smoke Show: How soil health improves tile efficiency

August 9, 2017
Blooming Prairie, Minnesota

The Freeborn Area Soil Health Team will be having a full-day soil health field day beginning at 9 am, featuring Frank Gibbs. Frank will be showing a tile demonstration which consists of using smoke and pressurizing tile lines to force the smoke through the soil surface. In this demonstration smoke is being used as an indicator for water movement through the soil, which will show the efficiency of the underlying tile. The more smoke that comes to the surface, the healthier the soil. For information, call the Freeborn County Soil and Water Conservation District at 507-373-5607 Ext. 3.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainable Berry Workshop

August 9, 2017
Watsonville, California

This workshop hosted by Farm Fuel Inc. and sponsored by UCCE and UCSC Shennan Lab welcomes berry producers as well as industry and agency professionals interested in learning the latest developments in sustainable berry production. Topics include crop rotation, soil amendments, cover crops, ASD, organic transplants, soil health, and water efficiency. In addition, learn about grant funding opportunities for growers implementing sustainable practices.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Crowdfunding Farm & Food Businesses: New North Carolina Securities Laws

August 10, 2017
Online

Part of a webinar series presented by NC Growing Together, this session will feature a representative of the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State's Office who will cover recent developments in investment crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is being seen as a tool for small companies to obtain funding from their communities or customers. Becoming conversant with this new option will help advisors recognize ventures that may be good fits for crowdfunding and encourage those startups to seek out legal counsel to conduct such offerings.

In: Online

 

Permalink New Entry Sustainable Farming Project Annual Farm Tour

August 10, 2017
Dracut, Massachusetts

Each year, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project welcomes the community for a free tour at its incubator farm sites. The tour gives an insider's view of the beginning farmer incubator training sites and what it takes to farm on ¼ acre. Use this opportunity to learn from project farmers and staff about NESFP beginning farmer training programs, farmland preservation efforts, and farm employment resources.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Produce Safety Workshop

August 10, 2017
Fayetteville, Arkansas

The National Young Farmers Coalition, the National Farmers Union, National Center for Appropriate Technology, and Northwest Arkansas Young Farmers Coalition present an approved Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) PSR training. When FSMA goes into effect in 2018, all fruit and vegetable producers will be subject to Produce Safety Rule (PSR) regulations and have at least one owner or managerial staff member on site who has attended an approved FSMA PSR training such as this one. NCAT's Luke Freeman will be one of the presenters at this workshop.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Breeding and Seed Intensive

August 10, 2017
Davis, California

Join Jared Zystro of Organic Seed Alliance, and Julie Dawson and Bill Tracy of University of Wisconsin-Madison, to learn how to develop new varieties and produce commercial quality seed. This one day class will include instruction on planning for successful seed production, harvesting and cleaning seed, managing population size and isolation distances, conducting variety trials, and understanding on-farm breeding techniques.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Kernza Field Tour: A-Frame Farm

August 10, 2017
Madison, Minnesota

The public is welcome to attend a Minnesota Department of Agriculture field day and tour of one of the oldest stands of Kernza® in Minnesota. This is an opportunity for growers, processors and others interested in learning more about this new and exciting grain. A tour of the Kernza plot on Carmen Fernholz's farm is planned. Carmen will be on-hand to talk about his experience growing kernza. Intermediate wheatgrass researcher, Jake Jungers, Ph.D. will also be on-hand to talk about the current research and where the University is hoping to take this crop.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Pollinators and the Farm: How to establish and maintain a supportive habitat

August 10, 2017
Champaign, Illinois

Discover how pollinators enhance your farm's ecosystem at this half-day workshop. Tour the pollinator habitat and native prairie restoration at Prairie Fruits Farm Creamery, followed by an exploration of the many ways pollinators can be incorporated into specialty crop farms, as well as how to maintain these plantings.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts

August 8-9 or 10-11, 2017
Faribault or Blue Earth, Minnesota

The Sustainable Farming Association is hosting a pair of two-day events featuring Dr. Allen Williams. Spend time with soil health experts digging deeper into soil health opportunities, challenges, and monitoring. Both classroom and field sessions are planned. The same workshop will be held in two different regional locations.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Allison Organic Research and Demonstration Field Day

August 11, 2017
Roseville, Illinois

The theme for this Western Illinois University field day is "Capturing the Benefits of Biodiversity in Agriculture." The day-long event will feature presentations in the morning and field tours and equipment demonstrations in the afternoon. Registration is required.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Los Angeles Area Urban Agriculture Workshop Series

August 11, 2017
Bell, California

Learn the basics of urban farming from UC experts and local partners in the final session of a four-part series that focuses on building success in California's urban agriculture by managing risk and leveraging opportunities. This day-long workshop focuses on Food Safety Basics for Urban Farmers: How to ensure a safe harvest, from the field to the fork.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Non-stop Perennial Cropping

August 11, 2017
Sidney, Illinois

Savanna Institute presents this free afternoon agroforestry field day at Vulcan Farms. With over 400 varieties of edible crops, active experiments, variety trials, video monitoring and much more, this is the place to experience the full breadth of agroforestry.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Grain Seed Breeding Farm Tour

August 11, 2017
Belle Center, Ohio

This afternoon tour is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. The Coblentz family farms 300 acres of forage, corn, beans, small grains, and cover crops. Tour the Coblentzs' seed test plots, featuring more than 100 varieties, and their seed breeding operation. There will also be horse-drawn equipment demonstrations of tillage work and harvesting, weather permitting.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink NOFA Summer Conference

August 11-13, 2017
Amherst, Massachusetts

This three-day event features numerous workshops, intensives, and keynote speakers Michael Phillips and Don Huber. Immerse yourself in a community of like-minded practitioners and curious learners eager to share inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and beyond.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Graze River Country Pasture Walk

August 12, 2017
River Falls, Wisconsin

This afternoon pasture walk in the Graze River Country series is hosted by Randy and Liz Mittag. Topics include grazing system establishment, dealing with excessive flooding, establishing waterways, and a beef cow-calf herd with Hereford genetics.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Veteran Farmer Mixer

August 12, 2017
Amherst, Massachusetts

The National Center for Appropriate Technology and the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project are hosting a lunch and veteran farmer networking session at the NOFA Summer Conference from 12-1 pm. Learn more about opportunities for veteran farmers and NCAT's Armed to Farm training program. Participants can register for Saturday only at the NOFA Conference using the Veteran Farmer discount code: VET2017.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 


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