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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 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 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


Permalink Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Sustainable Agriculture Conference

November 3-5, 2017
Durham, North Carolina

This 32nd annual conference brings together farmers, foodies, ag-tivists, and experts for a weekend celebration of innovation in local, sustainable agriculture. Attendees will experience a supportive and interactive event featuring local farmer-mentors as well as experts from various sectors of our agricultural system. This conference will tackle the challenges of building resilient regional food systems from the big ideas to the particulars of production. The conference includes 60 workshops, six pre-conference bus tours, eight pre-conference intensives, an exhibit hall, and keynote presentation by Atina Diffley.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Virginia Farmers Market Conference

November 8-9, 2017
Roanoke, Virginia

Virginia Farmers Market Association hosts the Fifth Annual Virginia Farmers Market Conference for Virginia's farmers markets and market managers, "Shine Bright * Stand Out." There will be two days of networking, workshops, motivational speakers, and more.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Heritage Livestock Conference

November 9-12, 2017
Williamsburg, Virginia

The agenda for The Livestock Conservancy's annual conference includes full- and half-day pre-conference clinics on heritage livestock and livestock products. The conference includes plenary and breakout sessions on sheep, horses, geese, pigs, goats, production issues, and more. Tours and other special events are also planned.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Wholesale Success

November 6 or 9, 2017
Charleston or Clemson, South Carolina

The 2017 training builds upon the previous year's events to guide participants in developing skills that are key to success in the marketplace, including post-harvest handling, cooling, packing, buyer-seller relationships, contracts, grade standards and more. As part of the classroom session the instructor will guide participants through a postharvest design process for their individual operations, and the workshops will conclude with an on-farm demonstration and critique of an existing produce processing line (CREC and Clemson farms).

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners National Conference

November 10-12, 2017
Atlanta, Georgia

Black Urban Growers (BUGs) and partners present the 7th Annual Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners (BUGS) Conference, convening urban and rural farmers, students, chefs, food product makers, herbalists, nutritionists, consumers, policy makers, educators, activists and organizations from across the country. "Rooted and Rising: Black Southern Land Legacies of Resistance & Resilience" is the theme of this year's conference. Through engaging and participatory workshops, panel discussions and networking events, participants will explore the Southern roots of Black Agriculture and its connections and influence on today's movements for Black food sovereignty, urban agriculture, food systems, reclaiming Black cultural foodways, and rebuilding thriving Black communities. The conference will also provide hands-on, skill-building workshops on sustainable agriculture education including soil health, hydroponics, hoop tunnels, and other related topics.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Small Farm Family Conference

November 10-11, 2017
Charlottesville, Virginia

There is a pre-conference session with Jean-Martin Fortier. The conference offers numerous workshops on production, farm business, specialty crops, marketing, and more.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Farm Dreams Workshop

November 11, 2017
Boone, North Carolina

Farm Dreams is an entry-level, day-long workshop designed to help people who are seeking practical, common-sense information on sustainable farming and how to move forward. Presented by Organic Growers School, this is a great workshop to attend if you are in the exploratory stages of starting a farm.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Amazing Grazing Workshop for New and Small Scale Farmers

November 11, 2017
Bahama, North Carolina

This day-long Amazing Grazing workshop at Butner Beef Cattle Field Lab will cover pasture chemical application, soil sampling, and pasture improvement.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Farm Workshop: Extending the Season – High Tunnels 101

November 12, 2017
Alexander, North Carolina

This day-long workshop is part of Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy's Farm Workshop Series. Learn from Christina Newhouse of Southwestern RC&D how to use high tunnels to extend your growing season.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink America's Grasslands Conference

November 14-16, 2017
Fort Worth, Texas

The fourth biennial America's Grasslands Conference brings together researchers, natural resource professionals, farmers and ranchers, policy experts, and conservationists to discuss relevant issues related to the conservation of North America's grasslands. The conference is co-hosted by the National Wildlife Federation, Coastal Prairie Partnership, Native Prairies Association of Texas, and Texas A&M University.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Ginger & Turmeric Field Day

November 16, 2017
Petersburg, Virginia

Virginia State University College of Agriculture and Extension offer this half-day event. Learn more about the production and marketing of ginger and turmeric and see how to harvest, clean, and package these spice crops. This field day will include indoor presentations, a grower panel discussion, a culinary demonstration, and a field visit.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Southern Soil Health Conference

November 28-29, 2017
Wichita Falls, Texas

The Fourth Annual Southern Soil Health Conference presented by Green Cover Seed and The Noble Research Institute is a unique educational opportunity for producers, landowners, and others interested in soil health and sustainable farming and ranching. Keynote speakers will include; Paul Jasa, (UNL) Dr. Richard Teague (Texas A&M), Doug Peterson (National NRCS), Willie Durham (National NRCS), Keith Berns and Dale Strickler (Green Cover Seed), Jim Johnson (Noble Research) and more. Llocal Texas and Oklahoma producers will share their individual experiences with Soil Health and how it has affected their farming operations.

In: Southern SARE Region



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