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Permalink Small Farmer Orientation

October 15, 2018
Halifax, Virginia

This half-day workshop from the Virginia Cooperative Extension Small Farm Outreach Program introduces the available training programs, technical assistance and financial resources designed to support new and beginning farm operations.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Meat Goat Boot Camp

October 15-17, 2018
Ada, Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University delivers a three-day annual workshop that delivers almost 40 hours of educational programming employing a mixture of hands-on presentations, classroom exercises, and PowerPoint presentations. Production practices include but are not limited to ear tagging, castrating, tatooing, hoof trimming, electric fence building, forage testing, forage production, farm business planning, nutrition, ration balancing, FAMACHA, determining fecal egg counts, herd health practices, kidding, neonatal care, reproduction and pregnancy determination using ultra sound. Class size is small to facilitate teacher-participant interaction.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink High Tunnel Purchasing, Management and Production

October 17, 2018
Mill Spring, North Carolina

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association presents an opportunity to learn how to produce in a high tunnel in the fall, winter, and early spring in the high country of North and South Carolina. This day-long workshop will also discuss construction and purchasing considerations for installing a high tunnel on your own property. Finally, presenters will talk about management techniques to help maximize production in high tunnels. After lunch, a hands-on demonstration will be held at Big Frog Nursery on high tunnel construction options.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Getting Ready for Organic Certification

October 17, 2018
Chester, South Carolina

This day-long workshop with Carolina Farm Stewardship Association will include all the basics you need to know to decide if organic certification is for you and how to start the certification process. Presenters will discuss regulations for crops and livestock, the step-by-step process of certification, writing an Organic System Plan, required record keeping, and the resources available to farmers transitioning to organic certification. Participants will learn how to assess what steps they need to take on their own farms to be ready for organic certification. In the afternoon, participants will take an in-depth tour of Wild Hope Farm with a focus on learning how to prepare your farm and management systems for organic certification.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Third Thursday Thing: Goats

October 18, 2018
Frankfort, Kentucky

Kentucky State University's Third Thursday Thing monthly sustainable agriculture workshop continues with a session on goats.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Ginger & Turmeric Field Day

October 18, 2018
Petersburg, Virginia

Learn more about the production and marketing of ginger and turmeric and see how to harvest, clean and package these spice crops. This educational event at Virginia State University's Randolph Farm will include presentations, a grower panel, demonstrations, and a field visit.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Pecan Harvest Field Day

October 18, 2018
Burneyville, Oklahoma

At this free afternoon event, you will see the process of preparing the orchard floor for harvest and observe pecan harvesting in action on the Noble Research Institute Red River Farm. Equipment demonstrations will highlight the different types of equipment needed for a successful pecan harvest, including tree shakers, limb rakes and harvesters. Pecan specialists will discuss the process of cleaning and marketing pecans. A question-and-answer session will address questions related to harvesting, marketing and orchard management.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Foundations: Planning for Success

October 18, 2018
Lonsdale, Arkansas

NCAT and the University of Arkansas are teaming up to offer a free, one-day workshop for beginning livestock farmers at The Farm at Barefoot Bend. NCAT Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale and NCAT Livestock Specialist Linda Coffey will teach sessions on business planning, marketing, and sustainable livestock production. Damon and Jana Helton, owners of The Farm at Barefoot Bend, will lead a tour of the farm and hands-on training on topics including pastured poultry production, forested pork, and grass-fed cattle. Damon and Jana will share their experiences getting started in farming and how their operation has grown.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Planned Grazing Workshop

October 18, 2018
Gainesville, Texas

The Dixon Water Foundation invites you to its workshop about biological capital, planned grazing, relationships between forage and grazing animals, and how to plan for drought recovery. The workshop will feature Walt Davis and Richard Teague, Ph.D., experts in the benefits of planned grazing and the science behind it.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference: Roots & Resilience

October 19-21, 2018
Durham, North Carolina

The Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference is presented by Black Urban Growers (BUGS), an organization committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings. The conference includes a farm tour, speakers, workshops, panel discussions, demonstrations, networking, kinship, and much more. The conference concludes with a morning of community action planning.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health Workshop and Field Day: Cover Crops Make $ense

October 19, 2018
Eastover, South Carolina

This free workshop for farmers and natural resource professionals will focus on soil health in conventional soybean, corn, cotton, and peanut rotations. During the morning classroom sessions, participants will learn to optimize the short-term benefits of cover crops, how to reduce input costs through soil testing, and the latest findings from soil health research projects across the state. After lunch, the group will travel to nearby Carter Farms to see a standing cover crop and learn cover crop management and soil-sampling techniques.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm to School Field Day

October 19, 2018
Oxford, Mississippi

This Alliance of Sustainable Farms field day is hosted by the Institute of Child Nutrition. The free, mid-day field day will highlight the work of the Institute of Child Nutrition, discuss school food service needs, illustrate how farmers can serve the Farm to School market, and provide a networking opportunity for schools, farmers, and others. Pre-registration is required. To register, send e-mail to AllianceofSustainableFarms@gmail.com.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink North Carolina Regional Gatherings for Food Councils

October 1, 15, or 22, 2018
Greenville, Marion, or New Hanover County, North Carolina

Community Food Strategies is organizing a series of regional gatherings to deepen food council partnerships and encourage inspiration and innovation within North Carolina communities.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Creating and Marketing Value-Added Products

October 4, 15, or 25, 2018
Little Rock, Fayetteville, or Jonesboro, Arkansas

These day-long workshops are being presented in three locations by a Project Team from University of Arkansas (UA) System Division of Agriculture. Speakers will include NCAT's Luke Freeman. Those attending this 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 and marketing processed food products.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Marketing For All

November 1, 2018
Paris, Kentucky

In this Organic Association of Kentucky morning workshop tailored specifically to marketing organic products, the Center for Crop Diversification will present several modules from their Marketing for All curriculum. Participants will discover fundamental marketing topics such as knowing your product, understanding your market and customers, and promoting your business. This Field Day is geared toward production farmers who are interested in selling organic products, and / or improving and expanding their markets.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Farm Outreach Program Annual Conference

November 2-3, 2018
Danville, Virginia

"Sustaining Small Farms in Today’s Economy" is the theme for Virginia Cooperative Extension's annual conference. The agenda includes bus tours of farms, concurrent sessions on a variety of topics, featured speaker Glyen Holmes, exhibitors, and awards.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Year-Round High Tunnel Production

November 2, 2018
Princeton, Kentucky

This afternoon field day from the Organic Association of Kentucky is geared towards production farmers and will highlight mid-scale mixed vegetable production. Host farmer Angela Magney of Magney Legacy Ridge Farm will share the practices they use to achieve year-round production. Supplemented by the expertise of UK Extension personnel, this OAK Field Day will explore crop rotation and timing for year-round growing, soil health and fertility management, irrigation systems, pest management, and finding local markets.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Crop Planning Workshop

November 3, 2018
Hindman, Kentucky

This afternoon workshop is for fruit and vegetable growers who are currently selling or who wish to sell at farmers markets, restaurants, roadside stands, or local institutions. Topics will include coming up with a crop calendar, choosing which crops to grow, making planting maps, matching yield and sales goals, crop rotation, and succession planting. Presenters will be Matt Wilson and Chris McKenzie of Grow Appalachia in partnership with Hindman Settlement School.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network Meeting

November 5, 2018
Naples, Florida

The SWFL Small Farmers Network is a resource network focused on diversified and sustainable farming systems. This event is open to established and beginning farmers from Hillsborough County south to Collier County. It offers an opportunity to connect with growers and food entrepreneurs in the region and participate in a farmer-led tour of Oakes Demonstration Farm operations. There will be UF/IFAS Extension presentations on member-selected topics and a seed swap.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Field to Consumer: Food Safety and Quality

November 6, 2018
Lexington, Kentucky

Join the Organic Association of Kentucky for this afternoon field day that will walk and talk through the primary elements of food safety at the University of Kentucky's Organic Farming Unit. Topics will include the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Good Handling Practices (GHP), and PBPT (Produce Best Practices Training), and how they relate to the entire farming system, including a focus on pack-shed design for food quality and safety. This Field Day is geared towards production farmers and will highlight mid-scale mixed vegetable production.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink The Business of Organic Farming Series

October 10 - November 7, 2018
Winterville, North Carolina

Pitt Community College Small Business Center, the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), and NC Cooperative Extension present five free, in-depth, evening training sessions on what it means for a farm to be organically certified, how to obtain and maintain organic certification, the business planning of organic farm operations, as well as record-keeping and organic product pricing and marketing. This training is tailored for farmers with existing farm operations who have an interest in becoming organically certified, but is open to anyone interested in the subject.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Kentucky Produce Grower-Buyer Meet-Up

November 8, 2018
Frankfort, Kentucky

Opportunities for selling Kentucky-grown produce are increasing and finding the best buyer match is important for a profitable relationship. This Produce Grower-Buyer Meet-Up will be the single largest event bringing together buyers and growers and is co-hosted for the second year by the Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association, the Kentucky Horticulture Council and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Meet one-on-one in a "speed date" format to exchange contact information and match up products and needs with key buyers. Face-to-face meetings with experts in food safety, organic production, and marketing will also be offered. A farm tour will be available following the event.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainable Agriculture Conference

November 9-11, 2018
Durham, North Carolina

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's annual conference brings together farmers, foodies, educators, activists, and more for a weekend celebration of innovation in local, sustainable agriculture. Educational workshops, presentations, and panel discussions are interspersed with networking & social events, exhibits, and regionally sourced meals. The event includes more than 60 workshops, farm tours, pre-conference sessions, and a keynote presentation by Ricardo Salvador.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Farmer Orientation

November 12, 2018
Rapidan, Virginia

This half-day program from Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program introduces the available training programs, technical assistance, and financial resources designed to support new and beginning farm operations.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink North Carolina Regional Gatherings for Food Councils

November 9 or 13, 2018
Durham or High Point, North Carolina

Community Food Strategies is organizing a series of regional gatherings to deepen food council partnerships and encourage inspiration and innovation within North Carolina communities.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Kentucky Small, Limited Resource, Minority Farmers Conference

November 13-15, 2018
Frankfort, Kentucky

This farmers' conference is hosted by the Kentucky State University and its Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm. The conference will include breakout sessions, tours, and recognition of Kentucky's Small, Limited Resource Farmer of the Year.

In: Southern SARE Region

 


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