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Permalink Deep Winter Production of Greens and Livestock Fodder Utilizing Passive Solar Energy

November 7, 2015
Ashby, Minnesota

Paradox Farm owners Sue Wika and Tom Prieve will provide detailed overview of the construction and operation of their deep-winter greenhouse, which utilizes passive solar energy with underground heat storage. The greenhouse provides greens for local consumers. In addition, the structure is utilized to produce fodder for the farm livestock. Students will be in the greenhouse to see how greens and fodder are planted and harvested. This is a hands-on workshop.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Sustainable Agriculture Symposium

November 7, 2015
Boise, Idaho

The Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture (ICSA) will bring together farmers, dairy operators, gardeners, government officials, and advocacy groups from around the U.S. to educate, network, and seek real solutions to our agricultural opportunities. The focus this year will be on Local Success Stories in Idaho. The keynote speakers are author/educator John Ikerd and Glenn Elzinga of Alderspring Ranch.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Business of Beekeeping

November 7, 2015
Carson City, Nevada

This workshop is presented by Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Six Figure Farming for Small Plots

November 7, 2015
New Haven, Vermont

Learn essential tools and techniques for successful market gardening from Jean-Martin Fortier, one of Canada’s most recognized and influential organic growers. This workshop will give you in-depth instruction about adopting intensive methods.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Food Access Summit

November 8-10, 2015
Duluth, Minnesota

Participants from agriculture, anti-hunger, tribal, community development, education, retail, health, and philanthropy sectors will gather for a two-day conference to build upon existing partnerships, collaborations, and alliances that strengthen and expand the work of individuals and agencies. Workshops, networking, and issue-area strategic discussions will be utilized to energize and connect participants so that they are ready to act, implement, and operationalize strategic priorities that create an equitable food system for all, from the producer to the consumer.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Food Safety Training for the Organic Grower or Handler

November 9-10, 2015
Salinas, California

This course is designed for growers and produce handlers who are new to Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards, staff members who need training in food safety, and organic professionals needing to update and improve their food safety program and/or documentation. This two-day workshop will prepare you for the new GFSI-benchmarked food safety certification offered by CCOF. The training will utilize the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA standards and the Produce Safety Standard (PSS) for North American suppliers, i.e., the Harmonized Standards. The course will include a lecture, individualized instruction, sample food safety documents to use in your plan, and small group activities.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Farmers Market Managers Professional Certification Course

November 10-12, 2015
Cobleskill, New York

In a partnership between the Farmers Market Federation of NY, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, and SUNY Cobleskill, a new online curriculum is under development to train and certify farmers market managers. The course will include all aspects of managing and growing a successful farmers market. To create the online program, a Farmers Market Managers Conference will be held at SUNY Cobleskill. The conference sessions have been specifically chosen to cover the full Certification curriculum. You are invited to participate in the conference for an intense three days of workshops, tours of the SUNY Cobleskill Ag Facilities, and networking with managers across the state.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Fall Grazing Workshop: Taking Stock of Winter Pasture

November 10, 2015
Ardmore, Oklahoma

This free half-day workshop from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will focus on estimating an initial stocking rate for stockers grazing small grains pastures, based on forage production. Estimated reserve herd days or remaining grazeable forage production for bermudagrass pastures and Noble Foundation forage systems research will be discussed.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Louisiana Market Ready Training

November 11, 2015
Alexandria, Louisiana

Louisiana specialty crop producers will have an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of marketing to local groceries, restaurants, and other retail outlets during a free, one-day workshop presented by the LSU AgCenter. The program will include sessions on communication and relationship-building with buyers; good business practices, such as invoicing, insurance, and delivery; and marketing strategies, such as pricing and packaging.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Quivira Conference

November 11-13, 2015
Albuquerque, New Mexico

"The Next Wave: Cultivating Abundance" will feature speaker Paul Hawken. The conference also offers a day-long soil workshop, half-day keyline workshop, and twelve plenary speakers. Hear from ranchers, farmers, scientists, activists, and others who are leading this next wave. Look down the road with them and share their thoughts on how to flourish amidst the emerging conditions and challenges of the twenty-first century.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Water Systems and Fencing Cost Share Workshop

November 11, 2015
Chatham, Virginia

Spend the evening learning about water system and fencing cost share programs that are available to you as a producer. Enjoy a free meal, network with other producers in the area, and enhance your knowledge on cost share programs that are available to you.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Why Doesn't This Thing Turn On? Dealing with Electrical Problems

November 12, 2015
Randolph, Vermont

This workshop is the third part of the "Why Isn’t This Thing Working?" series of Trades Skills Workshops at Vermont Technical College. Learn how electricity works and understand key on-farm electrical components like the anatomy of a circuit, panels, conduits, junction boxes, and motors used in the greenhouse, barn, and cooler. Troubleshoot common problems with the hands-on component.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Livestock and Endangered Species--What do targeted grazers need to know about endangered species?

November 12, 2015

This free webinar is part of the Targeted Grazing On-The-Ground series presented by the Targeted Grazing Committee of the Society for Range Management. This session will be facilitated by Dr. Rachel Frost, Missouri River Conservation Districts and Council, and Dr. Marc Horney, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo.

In: Online


Permalink Packinghouse Best Practices

November 12, 2015
Dayton, Virginia

Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering Packinghouse Best Practices: A Hands-On Workshop Using a Risk-based Framework to Increase Fresh Produce Food Safety, a hands-on, day-long workshop at Valley Farming LLC's packinghouse. Presenters will discuss a risk-based framework so participants can learn how to do a site assessment in their own packinghouse set-up. Topics will include packinghouse hazards and routes of contamination; cleaning and sanitizing basics; most commonly used sanitizing agents; calculating amounts of sanitizing agents; factors impacting sanitizer effectiveness; monitoring sanitizers within a wash line or other application (i.e. wash basin); keeping track of monitoring steps; and determining clean breaks.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Integrating Cover Crops and Livestock Grazing into Cropping Systems

November 12, 2015
Redwood Falls, Minnesota

This event is part of a series of grazing field days presented by the Sustainable Farming Association.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink It Takes a Region Conference

November 13-14, 2015
Saratoga Springs, New York

NESAWG's annual It Takes a Region Conference brings together farm and food practitioners across the 12-state Northeast region to learn, debate, collaborate, and innovate solutions to critical food systems issues. This year's theme is "Putting MOVE in the Movement," with keynote speaker Shirley Sherrod and a focus on equity issues. The event features pre-conferences, plenaries, workshops, and discussion and work groups.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Kansas Rural Center Annual Farm & Food Conference

November 13-14, 2015
Manhattan, Kansas

KRC’s Annual Conference promises to have something for a broad spectrum of attendees—from conventional and organic farmers, to beginning and established farmers and local food advocates and community leaders. The theme is "Roots, Shoots and Boots: Healthy Farms, Healthy People from the Ground Up." The entire first day will be dedicated to a Soil Health Forum, focusing on the nexus between cover crops, no till, and organic systems. The second day will feature David Hunt, a nationally recognized teacher and leader in organizing for social change. Breakout sessions will focus on local food systems, community food solutions and economic opportunities, farm transitions and beginning farmer opportunities, health-agriculture connections, state and federal food policy, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Food for Profit

November 13, 2015
Meadville, Pennsylvania

The Food for Profit workshop from Penn State Extension takes you step by step through the information necessary to start and run a small food-product business, especially directed to individuals who will be making and packing their products for resale through grocery stores, farm markets, or restaurants.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Tilth Producers Annual Conference

November 13-15, 2015
Spokane, Washington

The Tilth Producers 2015 annual conference offers three full days of quality education and networking opportunities. Highlights include keynote speaker John Reganold of Washington State University and capnote speaker Ray de Vries, Ralph’s Greenhouse and 2014 Tilth Producers Farmer of the Year. Twenty-five workshops include topics such as specialty crop production, livestock management, soil fertility, and marketing strategies. There will also be a Beyond Farm to Table tour and an industry trade show.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Wise Traditions

November 13-16, 2015
Anaheim, California

The 16th annual Wise Traditions conference has the theme "Focus on Fats." Forty speakers explain how the most important step you can take to improve your diet and your health is to "get your fats right." This conference will help you understand why butter, lard, egg yolks, cream, and meat fats need a prominent place in your diet.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Maine Farm, Fish and Food Innovation Challenge

November 13-15, 2015
Brunswick, Maine

This innovation challenge event held at Bowdoin College is looking for bold and big ideas of sustainable business models offering a fair return to the farmer or fisherman at a fair price to the buyer, while minimizing the carbon footprint. Challenge teams will gather to work on their enterprises with the help of resource people, then will present their ideas to a panel of judges. The winning team takes home $15,000 in cash and services to help bring their plan to market.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Soil Talk Series: Financial Sustainability

November 13, 2015
Fredericksburg, Texas

This is the fourth free, day-long presentation in the Soil Talk Series offered by Soil for Water, a project of the National Center for Appropriate Technology in collaboration with the Hill Country Alliance. How can agricultural enterprises manage for improved soil function and greater profit at the same time? Expert Walt Davis shares his experience and wisdom.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Women in Sustainable Agriculture Fall Harvest Gathering

November 13-15, 2015
Whalan, Minnesota

At the 16th Women in Sustainable Agriculture Fall Harvest Gathering, attendees will hear from women who have found success in cooperation. Come learn about innovative ways that women are joining together to gain access to land, market their products, and create local food buying opportunities. There will be three virtual farm tours featuring women farmers in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Costs are reasonable and scholarships are available. All women are welcome.

In: North Central SARE Region




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