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Permalink Food, Fiber & Farms of the Future

October 18, 2018
Tomales, California

Jefferson Center for Holistic Management, Fibershed, and Stemple Creek Ranch present an opportunity to learn what carbon farming and regenerative agriculture really means; what the financial, social, and ecological benefits of these practices are; and how to implement them on your property. The event includes a field walk on Stemple Creek's ranch, a presentation by the PastureMap Team on Farms of the Future, and a shared meal of organic, locally sourced and regenerative products.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Yellowstone Valley Fall Farm Tours

October 20, 2018
Billings or Red Lodge, Montana

Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council presents an opportunity to mingle with farm animals, learn about local agriculture, and meet the folks who are committed to providing well-raised meat and produce to the greater Yellowstone Valley

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Seed School Teacher Training for Agricultural Professionals

October 21-26, 2018
Denver, Colorado

Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance's new Seed School Teacher Training for Agricultural Professionals course is tailored specifically to cooperative extension agents, National Resources Conservation Service staff, and others whose work directly supports farmers. Participants will receive training based on RMSA's acclaimed Seed School curriculum with a special emphasis on incorporating seed saving techniques into small- to medium-scale farming operations. Ag professionals will learn how to teach seed saving methods to the farmers they serve, enabling them to boost farm profitability, improve soil health, and enhance regional food security. If you are an agricultural professional in the Mountain West (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming) or additional states/territories of the Western SARE region (Alaksa, Arizona, American Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii, Micronesia, Nevada, North Marianas Islands, Oregon, and Washington), you are eligible to attend this course. Registration fees are fully covered by grant funding from the USDA's Western SARE program. Spaces are limited.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Sebastopol Food & Farm FIre Benefit

October 21, 2018
Sebastopol, California

Attend a local food and farm fire benefit at the Sebastopol Farmers Market, featuring live music, games, tastings, education, and a raffle featuring gifts and experiences from Sonoma County's finest chefs, winemakers, brewers, food artisans, and farmers. Admission is free, with all proceeds benefiting wildfire relief and a new initiative to better prepare our farms and rural communities for future disasters.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Montana Crunch Time

October 24, 2018
Throughout Montana and other states

Join preschools, schools, colleges and individuals across Montana in celebrating Food Day and National Farm to School Month by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples at 2:00pm MST. Montana Crunch Time is a statewide event to celebrate National Food Day and National Farm to School Month in Montana. This year, Montana is participating in the first multi-state Crunch Off with Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. Other states have crunch events scheduled on different dates during October, National Farm to School Month.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink AERO Expo & Annual Meeting

October 26-28, 2018
Missoula, Montana

Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO) presents "Seeds of Sustainability in the Garden City,” with a keynote from Dr. Miguel Altieri. On Friday, attendees can choose from four different tours of innovative breweries, sustainable ranches, aquaponics systems, a local tool library, and educational programs focused on the future of agriculture and energy in the Missoula area. Saturday features talks and workshops from Montana's innovators, solar specialists, goat farmers, home aquaponics farmers, and other DIY-heroes.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink International Conference on Sustainable Environment and Agriculture

October 29-31, 2018
San Diego, California

This is one of the leading international conferences for presenting novel and fundamental advances in the fields of Sustainable Environment and Agriculture. It also serves to foster communication among researchers and practitioners working in a wide variety of scientific areas with a common interest in improving Sustainable Environment and Agriculture-related techniques.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Regenerate: Nurture Diversity, Build Resilience

October 31 - November 2, 2018
Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Quivira Coalition, Holistic Management International, and the American Grassfed Association will collaborate to convene ranchers, farmers, environmentalists, land managers, students, teachers, and others for a three-day conference to explore ideas of regeneration. The event will offer long-form plenary talks, cross-sector panel discussions, and in-depth roundtable sessions on everything from the connection between soil and gut health to no-regrets investment in land to interdisciplinary soil health research to wildlife habitat and stock density.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference

November 4-8, 2018
Anchorage, Alaska

The Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference brings farmers, ranchers, researchers, Extension agents and others together to learn from one another and to find ways to continue to develop and improve the agriculture industry in Alaska. This year’s conference will feature statewide updates and technical sessions on Monday, November 5, and special topics and technical sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 6 and 7. Topics covered during the conference range from climate updates and seaweed farming to livestock production and growing rhodiola. On Sunday, November 4, there will be a pre-conference workshop on Produce Safety Training. On November 8, there will be a post-conference workshop on Ag in the Classroom.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink National Incubator Farm Training Initiative Field School

November 5-7, 2018
Boulder, Colorado

This conference supports professional development and network building for incubator farm project staff from across the country. The Field School is structured around interactive workshops, resource review sessions, and regional networking and goal-setting opportunities. Participants will have the opportunity to attend a farm tour of a local incubator farm project based in Colorado.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink PSA-Approved Food Safety Workshop

November 7, 2018
Santa Rosa, California

CCOF Foundation presents a full-day, low-cost food safety workshop in English that meets the FSMA training requirement for produce growers. Trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in seven modules from the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA). In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Latino Farmer Conference

November 8, 2018
Santa Maria, California

This one-day Spanish-language conference hosted by the National Center for Appropriate Technology is open to farmers, ranchers, and agricultural organizations.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Tilth Conference

November 9-11, 2018
Spokane, Washington

"Diversified Landscapes & Common Ground" is the theme for this conference that brings together hundreds of farmers, producers, researchers, and food system professionals for a weekend of learning, building relationships and sharing best practices. The conference kicks off on Friday with two all day events to choose from: a research-focused symposium and a farm tour of Spokane's regional food system. Saturday and Sunday are filled with lectures, workshops and panels on topics most important to farmers in the Pacific Northwest, ranging from soil management and hard science to social justice and the sociology of farming.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Women-Led Tractor Maintenance

November 10, 2018
Missoula, Montana

CFAC and Missoula Urban Demonstration Project partnered to create a safe and supportive environment for woman farmers to learn how to maintain and use tractors on their farms. This day-long workshop includes hands-on practice and instruction.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Hedgerow Establishment and Multiple Benefits

November 10, 2018
Royal Oaks, California

This free afternoon event at Monkeyflower Ranch includes discussion of hedgerow benefits, design, and plant selection. There will be a tour with the ranch owner, demonstration of planting for maximum success, and information on grant support available for hedgerow and other practices.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Soil Health Academy Presents Regenerative Farming & Ranching

November 13-15, 2018
Chico, California

This course features three days of in-depth classroom and in-field training with Allen Williams, Gabe Brown, and Ray Archuleta.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Sustainable Agriculture Summit

November 14-15, 2018
Denver, Colorado

The Sustainable Agriculture Summit is the premier annual gathering for major food companies, government agencies, academics, conservation groups, and farmers committed to advancing a coordinated and comprehensive approach to driving change in agriculture sustainability. The 2018 Summit, "Futurecasting Agricultural Sustainability," will identify, navigate, and futureproof opportunities for U.S. agriculture to drive tomorrow's large-scale sustainability successes.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink AG 4.0 Workshop: Modernizing U.S Agriculture

November 14-15, 2018
San Francisco, California

Multi-sector strategy consultancy Challenge Advisory hosts a two-day workshop designed to support the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4G) of US agriculture through digital technologies. AG 4.0 is designed around eight core topic streams, including food safety, traceability and transparency in the supply chain and ag’s profitable sustainable future. The event provides a platform for farmers to inform agtech companies on what they think is needed for the industry. Limited free spaces are available for farmers.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Sustainable & Organic Production in the Northern San Joaquin Valley

November 14, 2018
Tulare, California

The Organic Fertilizer Association of California offers this day-long event with presentations on laws and regulations, soil health in organic production, foliar application, seaweed extract, azomite, and other topics, as well as a farmer panel.

In: Western SARE Region



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