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Permalink Farmland Access

September 30, 2015
Pocantico Hills, New York

This free workshop at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture will provide an overview of the farmland access process and an in-depth review of resources, including examples and strategies for making the best use of these resources. There will be time for interaction and discussion as well as small group workshopping of your plans.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Agricultural Grants Workshops

September 17, 18, 23, or 30, 2015
Hixton, Merrill, West Bend, or Platteville, Wisconsin

UW-Extension in partnership with Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI), USDA Rural Development, USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE), and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) hosts four one-day Agricultural Grants Workshops held at four different locations around the state that help farmers and other value-added food entrepreneurs learn about available agricultural grants, how to put together strong grant proposals, and about other financing options. Cost is $15, which includes lunch and all materials.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink NODPA Field Days

October 1-2, 2015
Pavilion, New York

This year, the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance tackles the critically important topic of how to attract and retain the next generation of organic dairy producers. The NODPA Field Days program will explore the current obstacles and opportunities for the next generation of organic dairy farmers, and will present success stories where family farms are adopting new and creative practices for the 21st century, and will hear from young farmers who will inform the discussion. The next generation won’t be the only topic on the program; those attending will hear from a diverse group of national and regional leaders and educators who will share with producers and service providers their knowledge, ideas, and business experiences that are relevant to the important topics facing organic dairy farm families today.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Biodynamic Conference 2015

October 2-4, 2015
Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee

The theme of this year’s conference is Training New Farmers. The conference is presenting a number of basic and hands-on activities for new farmers, as well as exploring the ways that farmers learn and thrive. Topics of discussion for the weekend include Permaculture homesteading, healthy soils, farmer training programs, innovative berry culture, Biodynamic agriculture for everybody, holistic health, beekeeping, homeopathy, farming with draft horses, cooking in an earth oven, and the spiritual work of the farmer.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink On-Farm Energy Audit and Economics of an Organic Dairy

October 3, 2015
Decorah, Iowa

At this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day, visit the Beard family at Canoe Creek Dairy to learn about their organic livestock operations and also about on-farm energy audits. The Beards will show their organic dairy operation and answer questions about organic beef and dairy production. Kayla Koether of Winnesheik Energy District will walk through the process of a whole-farm energy audit, which the Beards conducted on their farm earlier in the year. Larry Tranel, dairy field specialist with Iowa State University Extension, will speak about the
economics of organic dairying. Tom Beard will talk about grazing and marketing hair sheep, and Maren Beard will discuss the process of installing solar panels on the farm.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Draft-Horse Powered Farmstead Tour

October 3, 2015
Fletcher, Ohio

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. Lee and Jennifer Ruff started End of the Road Farm five years ago. Since then, they’ve been working to transform the 21-acre conventional farm into a sustainable homestead. The Ruffs produce sweet sorghum syrup, whole spelt flour, 40 varieties of heirloom vegetables, and pastured eggs, chicken, and pork. They use draft horses for the majority of their field work, including squeezing sorghum cane into sweet syrup. Join Lee and Jennifer for a guided tour of their Certified Naturally Grown farm and a demonstration of their sorghum-making process.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Richmond Regional Farm Tour

October 3-4, 2015
Richmond, Virginia

Load up your car with friends and family and head out for two afternoons of meeting Richmond-area biological farmers and seeing where and how your food is grown. Go at your own pace. This biological farm tour weekend is self-paced with farms located throughout the area. The event is sponsored by Virginia Association of Biological Farmers and Ellwood Thompson's Local Market.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Hoes Down Harvest Festival

October 3-4, 2015
Yolo County, California

Saturday festival events include live music, agricultural workshops, children's activities, food, and a farmers market. Sunday offers a range of seminars for which pre-registration is required. Topics include Small Scale Olive Oil Production, Holistic Pasture Management, Farm Fresh Floral Design, and a bike tour of local farms.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers Wisconsin Grower Intensive

October 4-6, 2015
Madison, Wisconsin

This event offers networking with other growers, plant diseases and insect diagnoses, and information from experts on a wide range of topics, including peony production and insect management. Farm tours are also scheduled.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Solar Energy on the Farm

October 5, 2015
Everson, Washington

At this Tilth Producers of Washington Renewable Energy Farm Walk, tour Broad Leaf Farm. Broad Leaf Farm is a long-established family farm located in Everson, Washington, that sells certified organic vegetables and berries. Learn how farmer, Dusty Williams, was able to turn a long-time interest in solar energy into reality. The 8.6 kW solar electric system was installed in July 2014 and supplies about 25% of the farm's electricity needs, reducing utility bills as well as reducing this organic farm's environmental footprint.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Yields: More or Less

October 6, 2015

This webinar is part of the monthly Revisiting Organic Agriculture series offered by the American Society of Agronomy. The speaker for this session is Kathleen Delate of Iowa State University. Online registration is available.

In: Online


Permalink IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Workshop

October 6-8, 2015
Schaumberg, Illinois

This event will include ornamental horticulture tours, new products from manufacturers, research updates, and regional priority identification.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Starting a Food Processing Business Workshops

October 6, 7, or 8, 2015
Little Rock, Pine Bluff, or Forrest City, Arkansas

The Arkansas Food Innovation Center is presenting this "Plan. Produce. Profit." workshop in three separate locations. Workshop participants will learn how to produce commercial food products in local food systems. Those attending this free workshop will explore the process of taking a product from concept to the commercial market as well as the fundamentals of starting a food processing business.

In: Southern SARE Region




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