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Permalink Oyster Farming Workshop for Veterans

August 12, 2017
South Bay, Long Island, New York

Farmer Veteran Coalition and partners offer a free, half-day workshop for military veterans interested in oyster farming. The event will include a tour of a shellfish hatchery, a boat ride, and a hands-on workshop in the shallow water focusing on the following topics: oyster farming demonstration, equipment, oyster management, and financial aspects of a small oyster farm.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Northern Nut Growers Association and North American Fruit Explorers Annual Conference

August 13-16, 2017
Tifton, Georgia

The 108th Annual Conference of the Northern Nut Growers Association (NNGA) will be held jointly with the North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX). This conference is open to all people with an interest in nut trees. Technical presentations will be given Monday and Tuesday, with an all-day tour on Wednesday and many networking opportunities.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Insects on the Farm

August 13, 2017
Chatham, Michigan

This event is part of MSU North Farm's Short Course Series. In this afternoon session, learn best practices from MSU educators on integrated pest management (IPM), native pollinators, and bees.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmer-Led Local Food Aggregation

August 13, 2017
Clear Lake, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa free afternoon field day visits the farmer-members of North Iowa Fresh and the staff at Opportunity Village to see what's involved with this young food hub. Also, tour the Opportunity Village gardens.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Vegetable Equipment Systems Farm Tour

August 13, 2017
New Lebanon, Ohio

This afternoon event is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. This beginning farmer focused tour at Mile Creek Farm will walk you through the process of equipment systems and the role that machinery can play in making established systems on the farm more efficient. Organic farmer Ben Jackle will provide an overview of the process and equipment used in their greenhouse, field, and packing shed. Learn about how equipment can facilitate effective flow on a mixed-vegetable operation and how these systems fit together.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Texas Small Producers Initiative Workshop

August 14-16, 2017
San Marcos, Texas

This free workshop includes sessions on whole-farm planning, food safety, agrotourism, irrigation, livestock production, hot season crops, and more. Following up the two-day classroom session will be a farm tour on August 16.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Dreams

August 14, 2017
Fairbury, Illinois

The Land Connection offers this evening workshop at Spence Farm. Farm Dreams helps aspiring farmers discover what it would really take to start your own farm business. From assessing your skills and resources, to meeting successful farmers in your region, to deciding next steps for pursuing your farm dream, this workshop is the perfect setting for you to find out what it takes to own a successful farm business.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Vendor 101

August 14, 2017
San Diego, California

Let San Diego Markets' Vendor 101 workshop be your guide to getting started in the more than 50 weekly farmers markets in San Diego County. Learn how to take your crop, product, or idea and become a farmers market success story. Get immediate answers about your questions about insurance, commercial kitchen space, equipment, marketing, and more from industry professionals.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Value Added Processing, Rules, Regulations, and Equipment

August 14, 2017
Cobden, Illinois

At this Southern Illinois Farming Alliance evening field day, Jerry Jimenez of Darn Hot Peppers will provide a short tour of his pepper farm and processing facility and discuss the equipment and training needed to get started with value added processing. Adraine Koontz of Scratch Brewing Company will share her experiences with producing baked goods and navigating canning regulations in Illinois.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink K-State Research and Extension Field Day

August 14, 2017
Olathe, Kansas

This evening event is a Growing Growers advanced workshop.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Grass-Based Dairy Farming and Value-Added Cheese Production

August 14, 2017
Jewell, Iowa

This morning Practical Farmers of Iowa field day at Lost Lake Farm will begin with a tour of the cheesery and milking facilities. Kevin and Ranae will discuss the challenges of starting a new business. During a pasture walk, Kevin will discuss his cattle genetics and breeding philosophy. Learn about stocking density, pasture residue and rest periods; see the Dietzels' water and fence set-up; and talk about nutritional management for a grass-fed system. Kevin and Ranae will also discuss how biodynamic production practices influence the flavor of their cheeses.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Future Farm Expo

August 15-17, 2017
Pendleton, Oregon

Growers, processors, crop consultants, service providers, and technologists are all invited to the Expo year after year, to connect and share knowledge. The 2017 Expo will cover topics such as Ground Sensors, Crop Imagery, Data Use, Precision Irrigation, Robotics, Automation, Soil Science, and more. There will be presenters, expert panels, a trade show, demonstrations, and networking opportunities.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Seed Production Webinar Series: Seed Quality, Harvesting and Equipment

August 15, 2017
Online

Join OSA for the fourth of its six-part Organic Seed Production webinar series that provides training for seed growers and seed production interns throughout the 2017 growing season. This month's webinar will cover basic principles for determining the optimum timing of harvest and guidance on how to harvest either by hand or with equipment. Presenters will also cover tips and tools for preliminary threshing and drying post harvest and addressing inclement weather during the harvest process.

In: Online

 

Permalink Women Caring for the Land Workshop

August 15, 2017
Wheeler, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Farmers Union, in partnership with Pheasants Forever, is hosting a series of 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. See how Lauren Langworthy's love of the land is at work on the small, diversified farm she runs with her husband. Learn how rotational grazing is helping to rebuild the soil at Blue Ox Organics.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Dry Farming Collaborative Field Day

August 15, 2017
Central Point and Applegate, 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 the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center and Ridgeline Meadows Farm. Crops featured will include squash, potato, tomato, melon, dry beans, and tree fruits.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Crop Residues for Advanced Biofuels- Exploring Soil Carbon Effects

August 15-17, 2017
Sacramento, California

This three-day workshop will provide an opportunity to address critical research and policy issues associated with determining the carbon intensity of advanced biofuels from crop residues. This workshop is designed to improve our mutual understanding of soil carbon results from crop residue removal, soil carbon modeling efforts related to residue removal, and current status of life-cycle assessment modeling to determine the carbon intensity of advanced biofuels from crop residues.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink SIFT Workshop: Diversification

August 15, 2017
Butte, Montana

Andrew Coggins, Sustainable Agriculture Project Coordinator at NCAT, gives this free afternoon presentation as part of the Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training program workshop series.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Small-Scale Cut Flower Production and Marketing

August 16, 2017
Missoula, Montana

This free CFAC evening field day is geared toward people who are just at the beginning of their farm exploration: farm hands, interns, folks thinking about starting a farm in the near future, and those who are currently in the startup process. Beginning and established farmers and ranchers are welcome, too. At this event, farmers from Mighty Fine Farm and Killing Frost Farm will talk about their production systems and the creative ways they have found to market their cut flowers.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing Goats: From Pasture to Market

August 17, 2017
Walker, Iowa

Practical Farmers of Iowa's morning field day takes place at Cheryl and Mike Hopkins' Frog Hollow Farm. The Hopkins will discuss their pasture management practices including fencing, watering and pasture mixes. Staff from the local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field office will talk about the Hopkins' conservation plan and funding from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Third Thursday Thing

August 17, 2017
Frankfort, Kentucky

The Third Thursday Thing from Kentucky State University continues its monthly series of presentations on sustainable agriculture.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Rotationally Raised: Making Small Grains Work

August 17, 2017
Ames, Iowa

Practical Farmers of Iowa will host a day-long conference that covers the basics you need to add small grains to the rotation on your farm. The day will feature four 50-minute sessions led by farmers, researchers, and industry representatives on topics ranging from small grains production and markets to extended rotations, green manure, and nitrogen synchronization.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Starting wtih Heifers: Growing Into an Organic Dairy

August 17, 2017
Pulaski, New York

At this NOFA New York evening field day at Vision-Hope Dairy, participate in a farm tour, hear alternative ideas from seasoned inspector and Dairy Transitions Project leader Robert Perry, and learn about Tom Bonoski's strategy based on a slow systems approach, not expecting transition incentives.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Federation of Southern Cooperatives 50th Anniversary

August 17-19, 2017
Birmingham and Epes, Alabama

This event includes the Estelle Witherspoon Award Dinner and the 50th Annual Meeting. The meeting includes agricultural exhibits, keynote speakers, USDA panels, and workshops on cooperatives, agroforestry, farm credit, and agritours.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Movable & Fixed Fencing for Livestock

August 17, 2017
La Crescent, Minnesota

Harry and Jackie Hoch and their crew use organic and biodynamic practices to produce a variety of fruit and vegetables, along with rotationally grazed hogs, chickens, geese, ducks, and sheep. They are in the midst of a three-year demonstration grant trialing livestock fencing to maintain pastured pigs in their orchards. At this MOSES Organic Field Day, Harry and Hoch orchard staff will share their experiences and some of the data collected for the project. Hugh Kraemer from K Fence will share his knowledge of fence materials and construction. The University of Minnesota Extension will also be on hand to answer questions. This event is intended for anyone who is considering rotational grazing, whether on a small hobby farm or a several-hundred-acre operation.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Grass-fed Beef Intensive: Optimizing Productivity & Profitability with Jim Gerrish

August 17, 2017
East Hardwick, Vermont

At this NOFA Vermont day-long workshop, focus on the basics of grass-fed beef production, from pasture management to marketing your product. Tour the pastures at Snug Valley Farm (they raise grass-finished Holstein steers) with Jim discussing management intensive grazing from stocking rate to rest periods. Then, move to Shat Acres Farm in Greensboro (they raise grass-finished Highland Cattle) and take a look with Jim at how they manage their pastures.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Monarch Habitat Field Days on Farms

August 18, 2017
Adell, Wisconsin

Join the Xerces Society and Monarch Joint Venture for an afternoon of hands-on demonstrations, activities, and informational sessions about installing and managing native habitat for monarchs and other wildlife on farms. Topics covered include site selection and site prep methods for native plantings, seed mix design, planting methods, habitat management, native plant ID, evaluating and monitoring plant establishment, monarch biology and conservation, Farm bill programs and funding opportunities for farmers, and additional benefits of habitat to wildlife and humans.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Peppers & Trials Workshop

August 18, 2017
Nevada

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

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Texas Sheep and Goat Expo

August 18-19, 2017
San Angelo, Texas

The statewide Texas A&M AgriLife event is one of the largest sheep and goat programs in the world. It begins with a field day that touts topical information stemming from work done at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center. The expo features an educational program as well as new features this year: a session on Angora goats, a major youth component and sheep performance data instruction, as well as a sale of performance-tested rams.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health and Biodiversity & Biodynamics

August 19, 2017
Hector, New York

This orchard class from Know Your Roots will be held at Apostrophe Orchard. This workshop will discuss the basics of your soil so you can better understand what's going on right under your feet, the mineral connection, and what you can do to improve the soil's health and overall vitality to grow better fruit. In part two, discuss practical aspects of how you can build a stronger, more resilient farm and orchard with biodynamics.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Medicinal Herb Production

August 21, 2017
La Center, Washington

Join Tilth Producers for a farm walk at Sego Herb Farm, a 55-acre certified organic farm that specializes in selling wholesale quantities of herbs used as plant-based medicines. Currently, the farm grows ginkgo leaves, ginseng, and goldenseal. The farm washes and dries all of their herbs on-site in their new custom-designed drying facility.

In: Western SARE Region

 


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