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Permalink Conservation in Action Tour

August 23-24, 2016
Treasure Valley, Idaho

For the past eight summers, CTIC has hosted Conservation in Action Tours around the nation, bringing people together to share ideas and inspiration, and to get an up-close look at innovative conservation practices. Join CTIC and partners for an up-close look at innovative conservation partnerships and practices on a wide range of crops and farms. Feel the pioneer spirit and see the innovative technology that Idaho producers use to protect the most precious treasures of the Treasure Valley--irrigation water, rich soil, and clean air.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink MSU Agriculture Innovation Day: Focus on Soils

August 24, 2016
Frankenmuth, Michigan

MSU Agriculture Innovation Day is slated to become an annual event that will focus on in-depth education on a single topic. This educational field day will deliver cutting-edge information on soil health topics ranging from nutrient management and soil quality to compaction and tile technology. Farmers will have the opportunity to hear from science-based experts and see the results of various techniques on both crop growth and soil quality. They will also learn about the soil testing and plant diagnostics resources offered by MSU.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

August 24, 2016
Vassalboro, Maine

MOFGA's Farm Training Project visits Seven Tree Farm for this free evening workshop. The talk will focus on interplanting seed crops in your gardens or field plots, using the by-products of the crop for food production or value added products to sell, and on basic seed saving and plant genetics, crop nutrition, rotations, isolations, and how to harvest and dry seed.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Buckwheat Field Day

August 24, 2016
Interlaken, New York

This field day will include ideas on fertility management, pollinators, and harvesting technique. The field day is free and open to the public. NOFA-NY is cosponsoring this event with Cornell University, Birkett Mills and Seedway Inc. Host David Jones has many decades of experience raising buckwheat. He has one of the most advanced buckwheat operations going, typically raising 100 acres or so each year.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Marketing a Diverse Farm from Pricing to Production

August 24, 2016
Shortsville, New York

At this NOFA New York afternoon workshop, take a walk with Dennis Lepel at Lakestone Family Farm to take a look at how he markets his diverse farm, from production to pricing. Dennis grows a wide variety of vegetables and produces pasture-raised eggs and chickens, which he markets through local farm markets and his CSA.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Vegetable Farmer Field Day

August 25, 2016
Columbia, Missouri

The University of Missouri's Bradford Research Center will host this afternoon event.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Growing with Healthy Soil Biology

August 26-27, 2016
Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Rodale Institute offers a workshop designed to explain the relationships between soil biology and healthy soil and the roles of management practices in soil health. The world of soil biota will be illuminated through the use of microscopic pictures and videos. Details linking farming system practices (crop rotation, cover crops, compost, and reduced tillage) to the creation or destruction of healthy soils will be provided. Case studies will be discussed to illustrate how these regenerative practices enhance the entire system.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Field Workshop on Growing and Caring for Elderberries

August 26, 2016
Greensboro, Vermont

This two-hour workshop at Thornhill Farm will provide you with an overview of site preparation, soil fertility and health, weed and pest management, and the basics required to grow certified organic berries. Also, compare seven different cultivars. Presenters are some of the most experienced elderberry growers and processors in the state.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Open Gate: Circle Ranch Day

August 26, 2016
Van Horn, Texas

This event is part of HMI's Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are on-the-ground learning days for producers and consumers who care about land health and creating nutritious food systems to come together and discover their role in regenerative agriculture. The day includes short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers. This event focuses on Helping Water Flow Where it Needs to Go.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Beginner Grazing School

August 26-27, 2016
Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Minnesota Grazing Lands Conservation Association presents this two-day course, which includes an introduction to grazing basics, plant identification, and rotational grazing. It also offers grazing exercises and demonstrations in the field and an opportunity to work with grazing experts to develop a plan for your farm.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Small Ruminant Conference

August 6, 20, or 27, 2016
Fayetteville, Hope, or Monticello, Arkansas

University of Arkansas Research & Extension is offering free, one-day conferences around the state this summer on small ruminants. Brush up on small ruminant basics and learn about advanced aspects of caring for sheep and goats. The afternoon session will focus on FAMACHA, a technique for detecting parasites in ruminants.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Innovations in Marketing

August 29, 2016
Lawrence, Kansas

This afternoon workshop is part of the Growing Growers Advanced Workshop Series.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Armed to Farm in the West

August 29 - September 2, 2016
Great Falls, Montana

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is accepting applications from military veterans who want to attend our free, week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) Training. ATF gives veterans and their spouses an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as a viable career. ATF offers a dynamic blend of farm tours and hands-on experience with classroom instruction. Participants will learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, vegetable production, small grain production, and more. Participants will leave the training with a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farming enterprise. Applications are due by July 22, 2016.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Grow Me the Money! Resources for Organic Family Farms

August 29, 2016
Austin, Texas

Grow Me the Money! is a workshop experience for organic producers--or anyone thinking about certified organic production--that outlines program options, presents the basics you need to know, and offers an interactive experience to help understand the types of programs available and how to engage with USDA offices. Workshop leaders include Scott Marlow (RAFI-USA) and Susie Marshall (TOFGA). The workshop is free and includes lunch.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Producing Healthy Brassicas with Biocontrols and Rotation

August 30, 2016
Shaftsbury, Vermont

At this NOFA Vermont evening workshop, join Andrew Knafel of Clearbrook Farm, a certified organic fruit and vegetable farm, as he discusses their strategy for growing brassicas spring through fall. He will present the farm's various management strategies for fertility, insect and disease control in their full season brassica production plan.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Grass Based Milk Production

August 31, 2016
Cazenovia, New York

NOFA-NY and Organic Valley invite you to learn how to make milk with a no-grain feed ration. Host Mark Yoder will provide a tour of his pasture setup, and share his insights on maintaining milk production and animal health in a grass-fed dairy production system. Organic Valley Ruminant Nutritionist Silvia Abel-Caines will share her research and practical experience on how to balance high-forage diets for optimal animal health, milk production, and milk nutritional profile.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink An Overview of NRCS's PLANTS Database and Website

August 31, 2016

This free one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. Participate to learn the basics of the National Plant Data Team's PLANTS database and website. Established in 1990, the PLANTS database is an international standard for plant information. PLANTS provides data for the approximately 25,000 native and naturalized plant species in the United States and its possessions. Plant data available include scientific and common names, distribution, photographs and illustrations, characteristics important for conservation and wildlife planning, legal status information (endangered and threatened, invasive, noxious, wetland), and scientific references.

In: Online


Permalink Our Cows Are On Grass

September 1, 2016
Nichols, New York

Join NOFA-NY and Organic Valley for a grass-based field day on Moore Farms. Our hosts Rob and Pam Moore will share their grass-based management system and provide a tour of their farm. Organic Valley Ruminant Nutritionist Silvia Abel-Caines will discuss nutritional requirements in grass-based dairy systems to maintain energy levels, to support reproduction, and to maintain milk production.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Virginia Forage and Grassland Council Summer Forage Tour

September 1, 2016
Raphine, Virginia

This afternoon event will be held at the Cyrus McCormick Farm and will focus on planning for drought in your forage system.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Resource Management on a Diverse Livestock Operation

September 6, 2016
Victor, Montana

At this free, afternoon, on-farm field day for beginning farmers from Community Food and Agriculture Coalition of Missoula County, visit Tucker Family Farm. In 2012, Tyler and Kim Tucker bought 84 acres in the Bitterroot Valley and launched their highly successful ranch and creamery. They raise delicious pigs using methods they studied in Germany and grass-fed dairy lambs some of whom are sold for meat and some of whom are kept and milked for their growing cheese business. Tyler will talk about how he manages resources and keeps all of the balls in the air.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Farm Skills Workshop: Small Ruminant Fecal Sampling

September 6, 2016
Cold Spring, New York

This Glynwood workshop will walk participants through the steps of collection, preparation, counting, and assessment of fecal samples to them save time and money, and limit the risk of promoting drug-resistant worms in small ruminants.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Open Gate Field Day

September 7, 2016
Parkfield, California

HMI's fun, informative, and interactive field days 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. This event takes place at the V6 Ranch.

In: Western SARE Region




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