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Permalink Grazing School

October 18-19, 2017
Vernon Hill, Virginia

Designed with beginning and experienced producers in mind, this two-day, intensive course from Virginia Forage and Grassland Council will teach you everything you need to know to better manage grazing on your farm. The last day of the school features a workshop where you can sit down with instructors to begin developing a custom grazing plan.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Kentucky Grazing Conferences

October 17 or 18, 2017
Lexington or Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council and UK Cooperative Extension present a conference on Pasture Management to Control Weeds and Improve Production, held in two locations. The agenda features several sessions on grazing for weed control.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Workshop: Whole Farm Planning with Base Mapping, Site Analysis, and Schematic Design

October 19, 2017
Alexander, North Carolina

This Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy afternoon workshop will be an introduction of how to approach planning and layout of land for small-scale farming production. Participants who already own or lease land as well as those who plan to in the future are welcome.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Farm Equipment Selection, Operation, & Maintenance

October 19, 2017
Clemson, South Carolina

Clemson University Madren Center & Student Organic Farm offer an opportunity to join farm equipment expert and author Andy Pressman from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) for this special day-long workshop focusing on equipment and tools for intensive crop production on a small-scale commercial farm. Workshop topics will include understanding scales of production, selection of appropriate equipment, proper tool use and maintenance, buying new vs. used equipment, tractor safety, and more. The workshop will include a tour of the Clemson Student Organic Farm.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink AERO Expo and Annual Meeting

October 20-22, 2017
Butte, Montana

The event theme is "Ready, Set, Lead!" The agenda features area tours, keynote speakers Gabe Brown and John Farrell, and panels on food, agriculture, and energy. Local meals, a silent auction, and more are planned.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Bioneers

October 20-22, 2017
San Rafael, California

Bioneers 2017 will be an electrifying kaleidoscope of breakthrough models, strategies and solutions inspired by nature: climate action; ending extreme inequality and creating democracy; racial and gender equity and healing; women's leadership; restoring land, water, air, biodiversity; and exploring how nature's profound intelligence can guide us.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Grant-Writing Workshops

October 11, 12, 18, or 20, 2017
Bayfield, Jackson County, Milwaukee, or Madison, Wisconsin

Wisconsin's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) is partnering with Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, UW-Extension, USDA's Rural Development agency, and Wisconsin's Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection to present four all-day grant-writing workshops around the state.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Open Gate Field Day: 77 Ranch

October 21, 2017
Blooming Grove, Texas

HMI offers another in its international series of fun, informative, and interactive field days that feature innovative and regenerative agricultural topics and practices. Each day is hosted by an experienced Holistic Management practitioner and offers the opportunity to connect and learn with like-minded folk.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Pasture-Raised Livestock Beginning Farm Tour

October 21, 2017
Ashtabula, Ohio

This free afternoon workshop is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Pre-registration is required. Join this tour, co-sponsored by ALFC, to learn about Randall and Connie Moores' experiences as beginning farmers seeking organic certification, and what they have planned for 2017.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Looking Back at the First Year of Farming With Experienced Eyes

October 21, 2017
Hancock, Iowa

At this free Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day, join beginning farmer Jayme Fowler as she wraps up her first season at Wild Furrow Farm. During a tour of the farm, Jayme and retired CSA vegetable farmer Susan Jutz will discuss production and management, the farm's layout, and harvesting and packing. Jayme will also share the experience of converting a tractor-based vegetable farm to draft power.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

October 21-22, 2017
Topeka, Kansas

This sustainable-lifestyle event offers more than 150 workshops over the course of the weekend. Keynote speakers include Dan Chiras, Joel Salatin, and Howard Garrett. Also look for regional and national vendors and demonstrations.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Agriculture and Climate Change

October 21, 2017
Ithaca, New York

Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming invites you to come to this day-long event to learn about how we can work together as a community to ensure local stability in local food production and security.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Seed Sovereignty Field Day

October 22, 2017
Dartmouth, Massachusetts

There is now a growing movement to reclaim seeds and breeds, to re-localize them to particular bioregions, and to return to growers the power to participate in the process. Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB), as this movement is called, suggests that through partnerships between professional breeders and growers, we can develop better genetics and provide growers with new streams of income. This NOFA Massachusetts full-day field day brings together growers, veteran breeders, and seed experts to discuss how we can reclaim our seed systems while also diversifying our enterprises.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Women Who Farm Field Day: Season Extension

October 22, 2017
Urbana, Illinois

This is the final event in a summer field day series celebrating Illinois' local women ag pioneers. This event will tour the host farm, Blue Moon Farm, and include time to gather for refreshments and networking, providing an opportunity for women farmers to meet and build a supportive community.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Louisiana Farm to School Conference

October 24, 2017
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The LSU AgCenter is hosting a statewide farm-to-school conference to bring together school administrators, teachers, parents, food service managers, farmers and food distributors in the interest of Louisiana agriculture, school gardens and healthy school meals. The conference will center on education, gardening and procurement, with technical assistance in areas such as curricula incorporation and culinary education, food and garden safety and local food procurement. The first track will include sessions on best practices for school gardens, connecting menus with the seasons and education. The second track will focus on local purchasing, food safety, local sourcing and a buyers' panel.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Conservation Systems for Micro-Scale Livestock Operations

October 25, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by NRCS East National Technology Support Center.

In: Online

 

Permalink Organic Crops Field Tour

October 26, 2017
Knoxville, Tennessee

This event is hosted by the East Tennessee AgResearch Education Center Organic Crops Unit. It offers an opportunity to see current research and hear the latest organic recommendations. The keynote address is "Sustainable Agriculture in Tennessee – The Time is Right!" by Steve Muntz, Executive Director, Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink NC State's Vermiculture Conference

October 26-27, 2017
Raleigh, North Carolina

The only annual training in the world on commercial vermiculture, this event provides the tools you need to start or expand an earthworm or vermicompost production operation. At this conference there will be ample opportunities to get answers to your questions from industry experts and other growers.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Open Gate: Lowry Range Day

October 26, 2017
Aurora, Colorado

Lowry Range Day is part of HMI's Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers. Visit Piedmont Prairie and see firsthand how grazing management has regenerated grasslands. Learn about enterprise diversification and land-planning strategies.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing Workshop & Field Training

October 27, 2017
Ono, Pennsylvania

The Capital Resource Conservation and Development Council and its partners are hosting a Grazing Workshop and Field Training. The program will showcase experienced and successful grass-based farmers as well as technical experts and will provide participants with opportunities to network and learn from each other. The morning offers classroom and breakout sessions. Afternoon sessions will take place at Garden Meadow Farm, a grass-based beef operation, with a pasture-walk and in-field training. Speakers with varying operations will focus on elements of operating a successful grass-based system.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Backyard Poultry 101

October 25, 26, or 27, 2017
Pikeville, Newport, or Jasper, Tennessee

University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture will present a free workshop in multiple locations, designed to help poultry farmers learn the basics of backyard poultry production and how to manage the risks of on-farm poultry processing. It will present information about raising poultry, USDA poultry exemptions, considerations of getting started, marketing and labeling requirements and business management. The workshop is designed for small poultry farmers who want to raise birds and for those who want to consider processing their birds and direct marketing the meat. Pre-registration is required as space is limited and a meal is provided.

In: Southern SARE Region

 


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