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Permalink FARM Hacks--Never enough cold storage... Let's Build one!

July 28, 2018
Dallas, Texas

Farmers Assisting Returning Military (FARM) presents Hacks, a workshop series demonstrating a variety of DIY projects and helpful how-to's that stretch dollars and increase farm production. This class will show you how to build a cool bot in any structure. FARM will share its techniques on how to prolong your produce in cold storage. From harvest times to packaging and storing but also techniques on how to sell product that needs moving. FARM has experiemented with many different techniquies to promote the longevity of the produce grown and has nailed it down.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Achieving Financial Success with Grazing Cover Crops

July 30, 2018
Online

In this free evening webinar from The Pasture Project, Meghan Filbert, Livestock Program Manager at Practice Farmers of Iowa (PFI), will introduce the best management principles and practices for maximizing the economic value of cover crops. The webinar will highlight three Iowa farms who practice cover crop grazing, including multi-year net profit data.

In: Online

 

Permalink Rotationally Raised – Making Small Grains Work

July 30, 2018
North Mankato, Minnesota

Practical Farmers of Iowa and Freeborn Area Soil Health Team present this day-long conference that will cover a variety of topics about growing small grains and the benefits of an extended rotation. Nine breakout sessions throughout the day will include sessions on integrating animals with a small grains operation, marketing small grains, the agronomy behind successfully raising small grains, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health Field Day Featuring Companion Crops

July 31, 2018
Bucklin, Kansas

No-till on the Plains is hosting a morning soil-health field day at Feikert Farms. Through a grant from the northcentral region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE), four producers across Kansas have planted demonstrations plots of grain sorghum with companion species (mung beans, guar, flax, crimson clover, buckwheat, phacelia). The plots are designed to assess whether the companion plantings can reduce the need for herbicides and pesticides to protect the sorghum crop. Comparisons are being made between the plots and the rest of the sorghum field. Also included in the field tour are soil health practices on Feikert farms with several treatements for soybeans, pollinator strips, and forage cover crops.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmland Owner Legacy Award Celebration + Soil Health Event

July 31, 2018
Red Oak, Iowa

This free evening event from Practical Farmers of Iowa includes a soil health presentation and recognition for Maggie McQuown and Steve Turman, Practical Farmers of Iowa's 2018 Farmland Owner Legacy Award recipients.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Urban Soil Safety Webinar

July 31, 2018
Paris, Illinois

In this webinar you will learn from Extension Horticulture Educator, Gemini Bhalsod, about common urban soil contaminants and recommend best practices. Edgar County Extension will host a viewing of this webinar for the public.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Produce Safety Field Day

July 31, 2018
Norwalk, Iowa

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in partnership with the Iowa Farmers Union and Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, will host a series of produce safety field days focused on the Food Safety Modernization Act and horticulture best practices. The events are intended to supplement the FSMA Produce Safety Alliance classes and include hands-on demonstrations, discuss components of FSMA in the field such as worker health and training, harvesting, post-harvest handling, sanitation and much more. Each event will also feature local production practices led by the farmer. This event will feature additional discussion on growing tomatoes and peppers in a high tunnel.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Regenerative Grazing & Cover Your Tracks With Clover

July 31, 2018
Caledonia, Illinois

Angelic Organics Learning Center hosts two workshops in a day. The morning workshop, Regenerative Grazing with Cattle, Goats, and Pigs at Angelic Organics Learning Center, is led by Tom Spaulding, AOLC Manager for Land Regeneration & Livestock, and includes an hour-long pasture walk. In the afternoon workshop, lifelong farmer John Peterson will discuss the fertility program at Angelic Organics, including composted manure, cover crops, and soil amendments.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Fundamentals of On-Farm Food Safety

July 31, 2018
Winston Salem, North Carolina

North Carolina State University and North Carolina Cooperative Extension are partnering with Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) and other partners to deliver workshops across the state with the aim of providing farmers with the tools to reduce food safety risks and meet market requirements. This day-long workshop will combine classroom and on-farm instruction to provide producers with the tools needed to identify potential food safety concerns, as well as strategies to minimize potential contamination.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Integrating Cereal Grains into an Organic Dairy Rotation

July 31, 2018
Cuba City, Wisconsin

This free OGRAIN field day is hosted by Wilson Organic Farms, a 400-cow dairy with 2,900 organic acres. The Wilsons emphasize the connection between soil health, plant health, and healthy people and animals. Learn about the integration of rolled-crimped rye into their soybean crop, soil health gains on the farm, and the integration of cereal grains into a dairy rotation as both quality feed for the herd and off-farm sales.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Pollinator Conservation Training

July 31, 2018
Chanute, Kansas

Join Ray Moranz, Grazing Lands Pollinator Ecologist at the Xerces Society, for this full-day training on Pollinator Conservation. Participants will learn the latest science-based approaches to reversing the trend of pollinator declines and will be provided with the tools necessary to protect and manage habitat for these vital insects.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink FAMACHA and Integrated Parasite Management Workshop in Wyoming

August 1, 2018
Laramie, Wyoming

In this half-day workshop, Dave Scott, NCAT agriculture specialist and owner of Montana Highland Lamb, and Dr. Whit Stewart, University of Wyoming Extension sheep specialist, will teach you about combating Barber Pole worm, FAMACHA eye scoring, creating refugias, genetic selection, and grazing methods that help control parasites. Sheep producers, agriculture extension agents and 4-H and FFA leaders and members are encouraged to attend.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Seeds: Plant Breeding Fundamentals

August 2, 2018
Pocantico Hills, New York

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture presents this one-day workshop as part of the Growing Farmers Initiative. Join Founder and Chairman of Johnny's Selected Seeds, Rob Johnston, as he teaches a course on advanced plant breeding alongside Stone Barns Farm Director Jack Algiere. Learn about breeding theories and methods for improving plant variety genetics, breeding design, techniques, and selection by exploring the crop trials at Stone Barns and utilizing its living laboratory to learn more about how to trial and breed crops for optimal market success.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink NGFN Webinar: 2018 Food Hub Benchmark Study

August 2, 2018
Online

This free webinar from the National Good Food Network focuses on the Farm Credit East / Wallace Center 2018 Food Hub Benchmark Study that dives deep into the business fundamentals that illuminate just how food hubs are maturing as businesses. This webinar highlights how successful food hubs across the nation have achieved their mission and goals through financial and business metrics. Farmers who attend the webinar will gain a better understanding of their ability to access new markets through food hubs.

In: Online

 

Permalink Organic Cash Grain Farm Tour

August 3, 2018
Plain City, Ohio

This event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. John and Joyce Kauffman's farm is in the heart of a large organic community in Madison County. During this tour, see the practices they implement, the equipment they use, and how they store grain on site.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Pest Control Study: Colorado Potato Beetle

August 3, 2018
Burlington, Vermont

Join Scott Lewins and Victor Izzo of UVM Plant & Soil Science Department to tour Intervale Community Farm (ICF) and discuss their VT Agency of Ag. Specialty Crops Block Grant-funded project combing beneficial nematodes in the soil with Beauveria bassiana, a beneficial fungus, to manage Colorado Potato Beetle. Along with ICF, they are performing field trials that integrate these biological control agents in a two-pronged approach designed to give organic growers options for the long-term, sustainable management of CPB.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Success Strategies from the Soil Sisters

August 3, 2018
Brodhead, Wisconsin

This one-day event at Raleigh's Hillside Farm offers an inspiring day of advice, ideas, and seasoned perspectives from the Wisconsin Soil Sisters, an innovative network of local women championing organic and sustainable agriculture. Learn from experienced women farmers and gather resources for your farm launch.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Sisters

August 3-5, 2018
Monroe, New Glarus, Blanchardville and Brodhead, Wisconsin

For three days and with five unique components and involving numerous women-owned farms, the jam-packed Soil Sisters culinary event celebrates Wisconsin's family farms and rural life. There are culinary events, workshops, and activities -- something for everyone and for all ages. The Tour of Farms on Sunday is free. The culinary events and workshops are ticketed.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Medicinal Herb Intensive Workshop

August 3-5, 2018
North Freedom, Wisconsin

Jane Hawley Stevens and David Stevens at Four Elements Herbals offer a comprehensive, hands-on educational weekend covering all aspects of medicinal herb production from seed to product, on their certified organic herb farm. Topics include propagation, soil health, planting, harvesting, and post-harvest handling. The course is intended for experienced or new growers looking to gain more knowledge about medicinal herb production.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink FARM Hacks: Chickens and Chicken Tractors

August 4, 2018
Dallas, Texas

Farmers Assisting Returning Military (FARM) presents Hacks, a workshop series demonstrating a variety of DIY projects and helpful how-to's that stretch dollars and increase farm production. This one-day class will explore the importance of putting chickens on pasture and how to build a chicken tractor.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Orcharding: Bud Grafting

August 4, 2018
Monroe, Maine

This MOFGA workshop will be taught by Seth Yentes at North Branch Farm. Seth grafts thousands of trees every year. All the major tree fruit species will be covered. MOFGA will supply the buds and the rootstock.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

August 4-5, 2018
Albany, Oregon

This weekend event offers numerous expert speakers on sustainability, as well as workshops on livestock, homesteading, food, and energy. Hands-on workshops are also offered. There is also a sustainable living marketplace where participants can interact with exhibitors, authors, and innovators.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Vision Workshop

August 5, 2018
Columbus, Ohio

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association hosts this afternoon workshop that will help you map out your farm vision on paper, clarify your goals and values, and assess your strengths, resources, and needs before beginning a farming enterprise. Hear from a panel of early career farmers and receive important planning resources.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Annual Conference of the Northern Nut Growers Association

August 5-8, 2018
St. Paulin, Quebec, Canada

The 109th Annual Conference of the Northern Nut Growers Association features presentations on the commercialization of hazelnuts, use of DNA information for nut-tree improvement, black walnut for timber production, nut trees in permaculture landscapes, growing heartnuts and butternuts in cold climates, research in American chestnut, and health and nutrition benefits of nuts.

In: Canada

 

Permalink Fruit and Vegetable Field Day

August 6, 2018
Ames, Iowa

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s annual Fruit and Vegetable Field Day will feature research and demonstration projects on fruit and vegetable production for commercial growers. The afternoon field day is free. The event will give attendees an opportunity to evaluate research projects focusing on high tunnel vegetable and fruit production and gain information on tomato grafting, symptoms of herbicide drift, integration of poultry and vegetable production, pest management in cucurbit crops, sweet potato and potato production, and honey bee health and behavior. The field day also will demonstrate the use of the finger weeder, vegetable wash station, and other equipment and tools used in small-scale fruit and vegetable production.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Nebraska Grazing Conference

August 6-8, 2018
Kearney, Nebraska

The annual Nebraska Grazing Conference is designed for people with an interest in the utilization and conservation of our grazing lands, and a desire to learn the most current information on grazing livestock systems and their impact on our lands. Beginning and experienced graziers, land managers, and policy makers can all benefit from attending the NGC.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Pasture Management and Youngstock

August 6, 2018
Cornwall, Vermont

At this NOFA Vermont mid-day workshop, join farmer and veterinarian Brian Howlett, UVM Agronomist Heather Darby, and grazing consultant Sarah Flack on a tour of Brian's farm, Ottercrest Dairy, to take a look at his pasture systems and rotational grazing management. Brian will share strategies for parasite prevention in youngstock on pasture and his experience with milking one time a day.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainable Rangeland & Livestock Management

August 6-17, 2018
Santa Cruz, California

Cal Poly's Swanton Pacific Ranch hosts this two-week, four-unit field-based course. This course will greatly benefit students and professionals who wish to better understand different aspects of animal science, agriculture production, and natural resource and environmental management. Through guidance and expert instruction from Cal Poly's Animal Science professors, Swanton Pacific Ranch's Rangeland Manager and many of California's top resource management professionals, students will gain an understanding for and incorporate sustainable rangeland management strategies into a Ranch Management Plan.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Saturated Buffer Field Day

August 7, 2018
Scott County, Iowa

Iowa Learning Farms presents this field day in partnership with NRCS in Scott County.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health Field Day Featuring Companion Crops

August 7, 2018
Gypsum, Kansas

No-till on the Plains is hosting a morning soil health field day at Knopf Farms. Through a grant from the northcentral region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE), four producers across Kansas have planted demonstrations plots of grain sorghum with companion species (mung beans, guar, flax, crimson clover, buckwheat, phacelia). The plots are designed to assess whether the companion plantings can reduce the need for herbicides and pesticides to protect the sorghum crop. Comparisons are being made between the plots and the rest of the sorghum field. Also included in the field tour are soil health practices on Knopf farms with soybeans planted after cover crops and wheat planted no-till after termninated alfalfa. Soil health demonstrations from NRCS Soil Health specialist Candy Thomas will close out the morning.

In: North Central SARE Region

 


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