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Permalink Forest Farming Intensive

September 30 - October 1, 2017
Swannanoa, North Carolina

Organic Growers School has partnered with the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farming Coalition (ABFFC) to host a forest farming intensive. The intensive will cater to the interests of beginning and intermediate/advanced forest farmers alike, offering classes by experts in the field covering topics such as production, marketing, certification, and processing techniques. Topics covered will include seed handling and vegetative propagation methods, building a multi-crop budget, an advanced forest farmer roundtable, washing, drying, and storing methods of woodland medicinals, forest crop certification options, and animals in the woods.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Food Sovereignty Summit

October 2-3, 2017
Green Bay, Wisconsin

First Nations Development Institute and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin are pleased to announce the national Food Sovereignty Summit, a forum for sharing and collaboration to build healthy food systems within communities. Native farmers, ranchers, gardeners, businesses, policymakers, Tribal agriculture staff, Native non-profits working in agriculture, small producers, Tribal producers and Tribal leaders are invited to attend. Experiential learning opportunities are offered on October 4.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Organic Seed Production

October 2, 2017
Chimacum, Washington

In this two-part Tilth Alliance farm walk, learn how Organic Seed Alliance and Essential Blooms are contributing to the organic seed supply. Organic Seed Alliance is non-profit that educates farmers and the agricultural community, conducts professional plant breeding and production research, and advocates on the national level for organic seed. Essential Blooms is a certified organic operation which sells wholesale quantities of unusual and unique flower varieties. Experts from WSU and High Mowing Organic Seeds will also be on hand to provide more information about trials, breeding, and the organic seed market.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Women – Takin' On the Stewardship Challenge

October 2-3, 2017
Fredericksburg, Texas

This conference, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, is an effort to reach women landowners who want to learn more about stewardship of the land. This third year of the conference will focus on the land and potential financial avenues not typically thought about, such as poultry, birding, and wildlife. The conference includes presentations and tours.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Purdue's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Tour: Aficionado Farms

October 2, 2017
Elberfeld, Indiana

As part of Purdue's Indiana Beginning Farmers program, Purdue Extension offers tours across the state that offer beginning farmers the opportunity to learn from experts and to network with fellow farmers at a variety of farming operations. This event will visit Aficionado Farms, which produces organically grown produce, herbs, and flowers. Learn about their farm and Farm to School programs.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Farming With Beneficial Insects for Pest Control

October 3, 2017
Pierre, South Dakota

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Join Thelma Heidel-Baker, Conservation Biocontrol Specialist at the Xerces Society, at this full-day workshop as she overviews conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Non-Ruminant Organic Livestock on Pasture

October 3, 2017

This free, one-hour webinar about conservation opportunities for producers with pigs, chickens and other livestock on pasture is part of the Understanding Organic Agriculture series presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. This webinar will focus on resource concerns and opportunities for conservation with non-ruminant animals on pasture. The presentation will also discuss the pasture and outdoor access requirements for producers raising these animals organically.

In: Online


Permalink Silvopasture Establishment with Pastured Pigs, Adaptive Grazing

October 4, 2017
Monticello, Wisconsin

This Savanna Institute field day takes place at Green Fire Farm. Join Jacob and nonprofit, extension, and agency personnel for a field day highlighting how a conventional row-crop operation is transitioning to multi-species pasture systems. Topics include silvopasture establishment research, cost-share opportunities, techniques to extend the grazing season, and mentorship programs.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Season Extension--Stretching Tomato Season and Winter Greens

October 4, 2017
Allegany, New York

At this evening NOFA New York event held at Canticle Farm, Mark Printz will share his experiences. NOFA-NY and the Cornell Vegetable Program will discuss what they are learning through the New York Farm Viability Institute funded initiative, "Best Management Practices for Long Term Profitable High Tunnel Soil Fertility and Health."

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Organic Oklahoma 2017

October 4-5, 2017
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

This event begins with a Food Safety Modernization Act workshop on October 4, where participants will receive the approved Food Safety Training that is required of certain farms by the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule. October 5 is the fall organic farming workshop, where presentations will address topics including soil stewardship, pest and pollinator management, organic farming experiences, and crop production and marketing.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Silvopasture Showcase at Green Pastures Farm

October 4, 2017
Clark, Missouri

Join Green Pastures Farm owner Greg Judy and University of Missouri experts for this afternoon tour of silvopasture areas in different stages of establishment and learn how timber, forages and livestock are managed in an integrated system.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Georgia Farm to School Summit

October 5-6, 2017
Augusta, Georgia

The Farm to School Summit connects schools, early care centers, and local farms and distributors to serve and champion healthy, local meals in cafeterias, improve student nutrition, and increase farm and gardening educational opportunities. This year's Summit welcomes farmers, teachers, early care educators and administrators, school nutrition staff, students, parents, and others interested in learning more about Georgia's farm to school movement.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink The Ogallala Water Coordinated Agricultural Project: Optimizing Water Use for Agriculture and Rural Communities

October 5, 2017

The Ogallala Water Coordinated Agriculture project (OWCAP) is a four-year project funded by USDA-NIFA in 2016 to support a regional, interdisciplinary research and outreach effort to water and long-term agricultural sustainability issues facing the High Plains. This free, one-hour joint Climate Learning Network/ANREP Community Science Initiative webinar presents new data from OWCAP to help address the issue of how we will respond as a region to challenges in a way that maximizes water use efficiency and perhaps even stabilizes groundwater levels.

In: Online


Permalink Hoop House Production

October 7, 2017
Fallon, Nevada

From basic hoop house practices to advanced techniques, this full-day workshop from Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute is ideal for the intermediate or advanced grower. The workshop is taught by a seasoned professional with a background in research and commercial production. Attendees will learn how to maximize growing space to increase production and profits. The workshop includes a hoop house tour.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Hoes Down Harvest Festival - Dirty Thirty

October 7-8, 2017
Yolo County, California

Full Belly Farm, one of the first and most prolific organic farms in the country, hosts the Hoes Down Harvest Festival, which includes farm tours, traditional arts and crafts, farm-fresh food, folk music, dancing, hands-on workshops, and seminars, offering the public a special chance to enjoy rural life and deepen our understanding and connection to the local food system. The main festival takes place on Saturday, with specialized,hands-on seminars that require pre-registration taking place on Sunday.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Homestead Dreams

October 7, 2017
Candler, North Carolina

Homestead Dreams is an entry level, exploratory workshop designed to help you incorporate small-scale, self-sufficiency and sustainability into your life. Organic Growers School's full-day workshop covers commonsense, relevant information to help maximize your independence, increase your connection to community, place, and self, and plan out your dreams for the next one to five years.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Open Gate Field Day: Goode Farm

October 7, 2017
Central Park, Oregon

This event is one of HMI's Open Gate learning days. These 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.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Missouri Chestnut Roast

October 7, 2017
New Franklin, Missouri

The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry will host its 11th annual Missouri Chestnut Roast, a celebration of Missouri specialty crops. The event includes educational presentations and demonstrations, as well as fun family activities.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Cornell Maple Program Fall Open House

October 7, 2017
Van Etten, New York

This event will take place at Cornell's research and production sugarbush in the Arnot Forest and will feature demonstrations, free samples, and information on cutting edge maple research. Admission is free and open to all.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink WNC Garlic Fest

October 7, 2017
Asheville, North Carolina

WNC Garlic Fest is a food-focused festival that offers an exciting and eclectic set of garlic experiences. The event is free to attend and family friendly, with the aim of getting everyone involved with local food and local business. It also offers free garlic eating, preserving, and growing workshops.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Building Healthy Soil with Managed Grazing: A Workshop with Greg Judy

October 7, 2017
Hudson, New York

Greg Judy comes to Churchtown Dairy to run a workshop exploring the building of healthy soil through managed grazing techniques including multi-species grazing. He will also speak about monitoring animal performance on pasture.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Growing Food As If The Earth Matters

October 8, 2017
Newbury, Massachusetts

In this full-day NOFA Massachusetts workshop, veteran grower Ricky Baruc, co-creator of Seeds of Solidarity, will provide low-cost, easy-to-implement, minimal maintenance techniques to sequester carbon and build life in the soil. The morning session is Carbon-Smart Regenerative Growing Principles and Practices: Learn to grow on marginal land using local resources for fertility and never tilling (no machinery necessary). The afternoon session is Designing a Garden as if the Earth Matters: Learn how to design and implement a garden the carbon smart way. Using Earth Harmony Farm and Sanctuary as a template, Erin Stack, manager of the Earth Harmony Farm, and Ricky will discuss how to ensure your garden is multi-functional, aesthetically pleasing, and ecologically integrated. Specific topics may include creating borders, designing habitats, reclaiming overgrown garden areas, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers Fall Grower Meeting

October 8, 2017
Columbus, Ohio

This event offers a chance spend a day at Sunny Meadows Flower Farm, one of the fastest-growing and successful cut flower farms in the country. In less than ten years, Steve and Gretel Adams have created a profitable urban farm which values maintaining a healthy environment as it produces quality cut flowers. The agenda includes presentations, demonstrations, and a tour.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Open Farm Tours

October 8, 2017
Corralitos, California

Eleven family-owned farms are participating in this year's tours. Tour the farms at your own pace and learn what is involved in growing our food and how important sustainable farming methods are to the health of the Earth and our community.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Low-Stress Cattle Handling

October 9, 2017
Ardmore, Oklahoma

Noble Research Institute offers an opportunity to learn about low-stress cattle handling from Tom Noffsinger, DVM, in a free morning workshop. Noffsinger is a world-renowned expert on cattle handling and stockmanship.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Raising Pastured Poultry for Profit

October 9, 2017
Buncombe, Illinois

At this Southern Illinois Farming Alliance evening field day, Andrew Banks of Five Hen Farm will share his thoughts on pasture rotation, chicken tractor design, sourcing non-GMO feed, processing, and electric fencing and how to scale up for profitability. Participants will also learn about how they rotate pork on pasture and how pasture rotations differ for pork and poultry.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Connecting Health Insurance and Agricultural Viability: Helping farmers and ranchers address health-related risks

October 10, 2017

Health, access to care and health insurance affect the vitality of agricultural enterprises and farm and ranch families, according to results from a national research project funded by the USDA. Designed for Extension, tax, loan, health and other agricultural advisors, this webinar will provide an overview of the research findings and introduce some practical tools that educators and advisors can use to help farmers and ranchers make informed decisions for their businesses and households.

In: Online


Permalink ABCs of Trademarking for NC Farm & Food Businesses

October 10, 2017

This one-hour webinar is part of the NC Growing Together Food and Farm Business Development Webinar Series. This seminar focuses on various aspects of trademarks – from choosing between a federal or a state trademark or both to filing for one. Attendees can expect to get an overview of the costs, benefits, and pitfalls of trademarks.

In: Online


Permalink Interseeding, Precision Planting and Management of Cover Crops in a Corn and Soybean Rotation

October 10, 2017

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS Soil Health Division. At the conclusion of this webinar participants will be able to develop a prescription for interseeding cover crops, understand the potential benefits of the practice, and describe situations where it will have the most potential for success.

In: Online


Permalink Postharvest Handling (Part 2)

October 12, 2017

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative has developed a series of food safety webinars designed to help Native American farmers, ranchers, and food producers to begin to understand the importance of food safety and what is necessary to reach compliance under the FSMA. This webinar will discuss standard operating procedures and the importance of maintaining strict controls on biological, chemical, and physical food-safety risks on the farm and in the packing and shipping areas of the business. It will discuss general packing-area maintenance and principles of sanitary design and controls.

In: Online




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