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Tall Grass Grazing: Transition Off of Nitrogen Fertilizer

October 16, 2019
Online
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) offers this free webinar with NCAT Livestock Specialist Dave Scott. His presentation will discuss will strategies to reduce use of nitrogen fertilizers on your grass pastures.
In: Online

 

Upper Midwest Seed Summit

October 17-18, 2019
Madison, Wisconsin
Organic Seed Alliance, in partnership with Seed to Kitchen Collaborative at University of Wisconsin–Madison, is hosting an Upper Midwest Seed Summit. This one and a half day gathering will bring together regional seed leaders to learn, connect, and identify opportunities to advance the regional organic seed system in the Upper Midwest. The retreat-style gathering will include famers, seed-growers, on-farm plant breeders, researchers and regional seed company representatives. The goals are to learn from each other, lay the foundation for grassroots collaboration and identify shared priorities for future regional seed work. Space is limited.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Women in Sustainable Ag

October 17-19, 2019
St. Paul, Minnesota
At the Women in Sustainable Ag (WISA) conference, connect with people from across the country who work in sustainable ag to exchange ideas, find new resources, and network. Workshops cover leadership skills, personal growth, farm business success, and more. The WISA Conference includes a Plate to Politics track organized by the Women, Food & Ag Network (WFAN).
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Guiding Iowa Farmers to Legal Resilience

October 17, 2019
Ames, Iowa
Farm Commons offers a day-long workshop for agricultural service providers that covers six core legal subject areas, including business structures, land purchasing and leasing, insurance and liability, employment law, and agritourism and adding value. Presenters highlight core "action steps" or legal best management practices that advisors should recommend to help farmers reduce risk.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

How to Fund Your Farm and Food Business

October 17, 2019
Online
This free webinar from Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is part of The Business of Food and Farming webinar series. This webinar will enable you to better analyze and manage your farming operations. The webinar will address where to obtain credit, what mix of equity and debt to use, information needed to obtain a loan, and how much risk to take.
In: Online

 

Agricultural Resilience Clinic with Nicole Masters

October 18-19, 2019
Hunt, Texas
The Soil for Water Project is hosting New Zealand agroecologist Nicole Masters for two activity-filled days exploring agricultural resilience. She will walk participants through how to take a future-focused approach to land management, growing healthy food, and creating robust ecosystems. Besides learning from Nicole, hear from land managers participating in current Soil for Water research trials, talking about regenerative methods they are trying and the results they are seeing. A panel discussion with Q & A will follow. Learn the Bullseye method of pasture monitoring from Kathy Harris of Holistic Management International (HMI), with an opportunity to practice this method in the field with HMI Certified Educators as your guides.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Farm to School Training

October 18, 2019
Tupelo, Mississippi
The Alliance of Sustainable Farms and the Mississippi Farm to School Network conduct this workshop at Native Son Farm on farm to school practices, followed by a mixer between farmers and school food-service directors. This event will highlight the work of Native Son Farm, discuss school food service needs, explore how farmers can serve the Farm to School market, and provide a networking opportunity for schools, farmers, and others. The event is free, but pre-registration is required by sending e-mail to AllianceofSustainableFarms@gmail.com.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Understanding the ABCs of USDA Programs

October 18, 2019
St. James, Missouri
University of Missouri Extension sponsors a free workshop to help beginning farmers and ranchers, including military veterans, learn about resources offered by state and federal agencies. Representatives of Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Rural Development, MU Extension, and Missouri AgrAbility will present information on how to access their agency services.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Mother Earth News Fair

October 19-20, 2019
Topeka, Kansas
This Mother Earth News Fair features expert speakers on natural building, modern homesteading, real food, and more, as well as demonstrations, workshops, hands-on workshops, exhibits, and a product marketplace.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Seed School

October 20-25, 2019
Denver, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance's Seed School program teaches students how to advance their seed saving knowledge through an engaging, experiential educational program rooted in traditional practices. This special offering includes Teacher Training components to build capacity for seed education and leadership, empowering students to share what they've learned in their communities and increase bioregional seed literacy.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Building your Farm Team to Build Healthier Soil

October 21, 2019
Petersburg, New York
This free, NOFA New York field day will focus primarily on two components, communication strategies on the farm and building healthy soil and the mutual support between the two. During this field day, the Soul Fire Farm team will explain the benefits and challenges of the communication strategies they use for building healthy organizational culture. The Soul Fire team will also discuss their implementation of reduced tillage practices and other regenerative soil farming methods and describe Soul Fire's other programs.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Farmer Climate Network Kickoff

October 21, 2019
Quechee, Vermont
With funding from Northeast SARE, Vital Communities is convening regular climate-focused farmer events to build a resilient farmer network that is better prepared to mitigate the risks and take advantage of the opportunities that a warming climate will bring. These consistent, farmer-directed gatherings will focus on farmer-to-farmer learning, visiting experts, on-farm models and demonstrations, and sharing resources that could improve farm and community resiliency. The Farmer Climate Network is by and for farmers, from aspiring farmers to long-time farmers.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

National Farm Viability Conference

October 22-24, 2019
Red Wing, Minnesota
The National Farm Viability Conference is geared towards professionals in the fields of farm and food business planning, financial planning, agricultural financing, farmland conservation, agricultural market development, and food hub management. It offers attendees the opportunity to network and learn from industry leaders and other professionals in their fields, develop new knowledge and skills, and tour nearby farms and value-added processing facilities.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Louisiana Farm to School Conference

October 22-23, 2019
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Louisiana Farm to School Program will host the annual Louisiana Farm to School Conference. A special Meet the Buyer, Greet the Grower event will kick off the conference. The general conference will address topics such as school gardening challenges, child nutrition, produce safety, barriers of farm to school, educational resources, and sourcing local food in schools. The conference will include panel discussions, breakout sessions, and opportunities for networking.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Grazing Field Day

October 22, 2019
Canton, Minnesota
Sustainable Farming Association and Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship are hosting a series of free grazing field days, all of which include paddock viewing, grazing tours, and farmer discussion. This event at the Vance and Olaf Haugen farm is is co-sponsored with Great River Graziers and Kickapoo Grazing Initiative and will include discussion on evaluation of grazing and pastures for fall and planning for spring as well as considerations for Karst geology/water quality in the Driftless region.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Food Incubation Summit

October 23-24, 2019
Austin, Texas
The Food Incubation Summit will bring together shared kitchens, community builders, and service providers to celebrate the emerging food incubation industry in Austin, Texas. Each year, the Food Incubation Summit will explore a different city's food system by learning directly from local food leaders who share their unique ecosystem's strengths, challenges, and best practices. The event includes a food system bus tour, 1:1 mentoring, and an event reception to celebrate all things food incubation.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting

October 23-25, 2019
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The NOSB will meet to discuss substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List), substances due to sunset from the National List in 2021, and discussion documents and proposals on organic policies. The meetings are open to the public, and no registration is required, except to sign up for oral comments.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Food Forests in the American Southwest: A Growing Agroforestry Practice

October 23, 2019
Online
The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri invites you to participate in the free Agroforestry in Action Webinar Series. This session features James Allen, from the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University.
In: Online

 

Weed Management and Identification

October 23, 2019
Online
In this free webinar from Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), Dr. Mark Renz, Professor and Extension Weed Specialist at the University of Wisconsin, will discuss approaches livestock producers can take to manage weeds in their pastures. Dr. Renz will focus much of the webinar on weed identification, highlighting resources available to help with identification and even assist with identification of specific weeds.
In: Online

 

Business Planning and Financial Management I

October 24, 2019
Cold Spring, New York
Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming offers this two-day workshop (continued on November 7, 2019) with Faith Gilbert. This workshop will help new farmers improve their business management skills through introductory lessons in administration and financial management, enterprise budgeting, record-keeping and analysis, core financial documents (e.g., balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement), business planning, and capital sourcing.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Montana Crunch Time

October 24, 2019
Montana
Montana Crunch Time is a statewide event to celebrate delicious local food and National Farm to School Month this month by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples at 2:00 pm MST. All Montanans are encouraged to participate. This year, states throughout the Mountain Plains Region (CO, MT, MO, KS, NE, UT, ND, SD, WY) are competing to see which state can get the most "crunches." The state with the most crunches per capita wins the Crunch Off trophy!
In: Western SARE Region

 

Certified Naturally Grown Workshop

October 24, 2019
Fayetteville, Arkansas
This three-hour Certified Naturally Grown Workshop at Cobblestone Farm is presented by NCAT Horticulture Specialists Guy Ames and Luke Freeman. Guy and Luke will explain how to become Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) and will demonstrate what a CNG farm inspection includes. The workshop is free, but registration is required.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

AERO Expo 2019

October 25-27, 2019
Bozeman, Montana
Montana's Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO) is partnering with MSU and community members to host the 2019 AERO Expo, "Seeding the Future: Cultivating Community Resilience." Explore new perspectives and advance efforts to build sustainable, healthful, equitable food systems across the region. Keynote speaker is Dr. Ricardo Salvador and the event features tours, workshops, and activities.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Heritage Livestock Conference: All Things Sheep!

October 25-26, 2019
Santa Rosa, California
The Livestock Conservancy presents this event featuring presentations on targeted grazing, holistic management, fiber production, natural wool dying, conservation breeding, and marketing sheep and sheep products. Saturday will include three interactive panel discussions with experts in a give-and-take format, on biological challenges of farming with rare breeds, a national fiber system, and getting the most out of your animals.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Open Gate: El Sueño Ranch Day

October 25, 2019
Stanley, New Mexico
HMI's Open Gate Learning Series offers peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small-group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers. This event will highlight regenerative ag practices—water distribution and erosion control, wildlife considerations, biological monitoring and holistic planned grazing—yielding successes at El Sueño Ranch.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Livestock Guardian Dog Field Day

October 25, 2019
Munday, Texas
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host a livestock guardian dog field day with a visit to a local ranch that utilizes LGDs. Topics discussed will include using GPS trackers with LGDs, feeding systems and stations, dog health and parasites, predator control and wildlife services, the legalities of using LGDs, and breeds of LGDs.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Got Sheep? Got Worms!

October 28, 2019
Kaysville, Utah
Join Dave Scott, a livestock specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), and Josh Dallin, an extension agent with Utah State University (USU), for an evening workshop on grazing practices, integrated parasite management, and FAMACHA scoring. Dave and Josh will discuss how to deworm strategically using FAMACHA scoring, grazing properly to avoid Barber Pole worm ingestion, and mitigating the devastating effects the Barber Pole Worm can have on your flock. FAMACHA cards will be given out for those completing the training.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Using Grazing to Manage Wildlife Habitat

October 29, 2019
Burneyville, Oklahoma
Noble Research Institute presents this free, one-day workshop at Cross Timbers Wildlife Management Area. Find out how you can use cattle, fire, and mechanical means to make productive rangelands that will benefit your cattle and wildlife.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Farmer-to-Farmer Marketing Intensive

October 29-30, 2019
Caledonia, Illinois
Routes to Farm offers this two-day Farmer-to-Farmer Marketing Intensive. The first day is a full-day workshop, Build your Profitable Farm with Charlotte Smith of 3 Cow Marketing. Learn how to create a 12-month plan that provides the foundation you need to start and grow a profitable farm. The second day features Farmer-to-Farmer Breakout Sessions, an opportunity to learn from other farmers and individuals working within the sustainable agriculture field about modern-day marketing practices you can use on your farm.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Profitable Grazing Management with Dr. Allen Williams

October 29, 2019
Piney Woods, Mississippi
Join NCAT at The Piney Woods School Farm for "Profitable Grazing Management," a day of learning with Dr. Allen Williams. At this day-long workshop, you will learn grazing strategies that will allow you to increase profits while increasing soil health and animal performance.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Organic & Non-GMO Forum

October 29-30, 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Now in its fifth year, the Organic & Non-GMO Forum is the source for conventional food and ag businesses to learn about opportunities in the organic and non-GMO industry, and for those in the field to discuss the challenges and advantages it presents. Producers, processors, manufacturers, buyers, and more convene for engaging, informative discussions on the practical issues in the supply chain and the challenges in the industry.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Heart of America Grazing Conference

October 29-30, 2019
Burlington, Kentucky
The 2019 Heart of America Grazing Conference has the theme "Kicking the Hay Habit: Optimizing Profitability," with keynote speaker Jim Gerrish. Additional topics will include genetics, fencing, hay storage, stockpiling, extending grazing, and more.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Assessing Crop Profitability for Farm Business Planning

October 29, 2019
Online
Join the CCOF Foundation and Kitchen Table Advisors for the second webinar in the Farmers Marketing: Tools for Success series that dives into farm business planning from a crop profitability perspective. In this free webinar, you will learn the value of understanding the price-volume relationship for your crop(s) and why it's important to know the cost of each crop.
In: Online

 

Fall Round Up Grazier Meeting

October 29, 2019
West Coxsackie, New York
At the 2nd Annual Fall Round Up Grazier Meeting, Lime Kiln Farm owners Brent Zimmerman and Alessandro Vogliano will share the history of their farm and the lessons they learned as they achieved success. Cornell Cooperative Extension Livestock Educator Ashley Pierce will discuss culling decisions to make efficient use of winter feed and labor. CCE Agronomy Educator Aaron Gabriel will demonstrate the benefits of healthy soils and how to improve your soils.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Fund-a-Farmer Grant Application Information Session

October 29, 2019
Online
FACT's Larissa McKenna and ASPCA's Kara Shannon will lead a session on the 2019 Fund-a-Farmer Grant application guidelines. They will also discuss the updated Farm Animal Welfare Certification Guide and how farmers can use the information to inform and strengthen their grant applications.
In: Online

 

Exploring the Small Farm Dream

October 29 - December 3, 2019
Foxborough, Massachusetts
Massacusetts Department of Agricultural Resources' Agricultural Business Training Program is offering this five-week course on Tuesday evenings, using curriculum and workbook developed by the New England Small Farm Institute. The course is designed for those who are thinking about or in the planning stages of a starting their own farm, including those who are expanding a hobby to an income-generating scale. This course offers guidance and resources to help make informed decisions about what's involved with owning your own farm so you can decide whether or not to take the plunge—and how to proceed in the first stages.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Uprooting Racism in the Food System Training

October 30, 2019
Cold Spring, New York
Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming is hosting an Uprooting Racism training facilitated by Soul Fire Farm's Leah Penniman and Amani Olugbala. The Uprooting Racism training is a theory and action workshop for environmental and food justice leaders to uproot systemic racism in our organizations and society.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Fifth Integrated Pest Management Online Conference

October 30, 2019
Online
The fifth IPM Online Conference hosted by the Northeastern IPM Center (NEIPMC) will feature updates from active projects funded by the NEIPMC's Partnership Grants Program. In addition, it will have updates from IPM-related projects funded through the Northeastern Sustainable Agriculture and Education Program and USDA-NIFA's Applied Research and Development Program and Extension Implementation Program. The rapid-style conference will feature 5-minute presentations to increase collaboration and awareness about current IPM-related research and extension in the Northeast in a fun way. Anyone with an Internet connection is invited to watch.
In: Online

 

Pasture Management

October 31, 2019
Pocantico Hills, New York
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture hosts Sarah Flack for a full-day workshop for beginning farmers. The morning portion of this workshop will focus on creating a solid understanding of the basic principles of good grazing management systems. The afternoon will look at pasture from the livestock perspective, learning techniques to meet their nutritional needs, maximize pasture dry matter intake, provide low stress handling, and determine when shade or shelter should be planned into the grazing.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Sustainable Agriculture Conference

November 1-3, 2019
Durham, North Carolina
For 34 years, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference has drawn farmers, foodies, researchers, educators, and activists for a weekend celebration of innovation in local sustainable agriculture. Educational workshops and panels, inspiring talks, and bus tours by industry leaders are interspersed with social opportunities, exhibits, and regionally sourced meals.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Pathways to Regeneration: Soil, Food, and Plant Medicine

November 1-3, 2019
Yellow Springs, Ohio
The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions welcomes activists and researchers involved in the all-important work of regeneration to this event. Participants will revisit the wisdom of indigenous cultures and their use of healing plants, learn about the rising medical cannabis industry, discover the potential of real, whole food to alter the course of chronic disease, and how we can work with nature to nurture the web of life in our soil and water. Speakers will share the current research in these fields and introduce attendees to tangible ways to restore physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual health to our families and communities.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Washing Machine Greens Spinner Workshop

November 1, 2019
Unity, Maine
MOFGA presents this hands-on intensive workshop focused on converting a washing machine to a greens spinner. This is a free, hands-on workshop and you are required to bring your machine with you along with tools and supplies to get the work done.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Florida Industrial Hemp Conference & Exhibition

November 3-5, 2019
Orlando, Florida
The Florida Industrial Hemp Conference and Exhibition is a business conference fostering the development of the hemp industry in Florida. Topics will range from cultivation and harvest to processing, applications, research, marketing, and policy.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Sustainable Farm Tour Series Open House and Mad About Saffron Field Day

November 3, 2019
Columbus, Ohio
Harmonious Homestead will host an open house as part of the OEFFA Sustainable Farm Tour series. Enjoy walking tours of the certified organic annual and perennial herb, berry, vegetable, and willow plantings. A "Mad About Saffron" Field Day will immediately follow, to share details from the North Central Region-Sustainable Agriculture and Research Education (NCR-SARE) funded saffron growing project, including information about in-field and high tunnel production, processing, packaging, and marketing.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

NIFTI and AgALN National Field School

November 4-6, 2019
Ithaca, New York
The National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI) and Ag Apprenticeship Learning Networks (AgALN) present Field School, a chance for beginning farmer trainers, mentors, and incubators to come together and participate in workshops, skill-building sessions, goal setting, and networking opportunities. Come learn from peers about how they run successful programs, gather ideas for your farmers and training programs, and spend time building relationships with people passionate about the work you do.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Tarping for Reduced Tillage Workshop

November 4, 2019
Springville, Maine
The Reduced Tillage project of the Cornell Small Farms Program offers a full-day intensive farmer-to-farmer workshop to talk about how to use tarps to advance reduced and no-till vegetable production. The workshop will discuss tillage, weeds, and how to combine tarps with other soil building practices. Learn from farmers as they share their successes and failures with tarps being used on their farm. You will also hear research results from five years of tarping trials in Maine and New York.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Got Farm Records...Now What?

November 4, 2019
Knoxville, Tennessee
University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture is offering this workshop in numerous locations during the fall and winter. This workshop is designed for existing or would-be operators of a value-added farm business. Using records developed for an example farm with value-added enterprises, presenters will teach how to export the example farm records into a spreadsheet and how to analyze and use them in making business-management decisions.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Carbon Sink Farming Convergence

November 4-5, 2019
Pauma Valley, California
The Carbon Sink Farming Convergence at Pauma Tribal Farms is a land-based mobilization to address climate change. It is an opportunity to investigate efforts at the Carbon Sink Demonstration Farm, glean useful information for your own farms or organizations, and advance collective efforts toward broader, systemic change. A convergence brings together delegations with the purpose of building power and inciting action. Attendees will be invited to join one of four delegations: Hands in the Earth, Knowledge to Share, Voices with Vision, or Movement Builders.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Agritourism: Building Connection Between Farmers, Customers and Communities

November 4, 2019
Greenland, New Hampshire
The 11th Annual New Hampshire Direct Marketing Conference will provide attendees with information about how to start or grow an agritourism business. Topics include signage, promotion, liability, and working with local government.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Got Farm Records...Now What?

November 5, 2019
Chattanooga, Tennessee
University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture is offering this workshop in numerous locations during the fall and winter. This workshop is designed for existing or would-be operators of a value-added farm business. Using records developed for an example farm with value-added enterprises, presenters will teach how to export the example farm records into a spreadsheet and how to analyze and use them in making business-management decisions.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Rolling Plains Industrial Hemp Conference

November 5, 2019
Wichita Falls, Texas
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is holding a Rolling Plains Industrial Hemp Conference to provide relevant and unbiased information for the area, so producers and potential investors can make informed decisions at the outset of a potential new ag industry. Production, regulation, and economics are all on the agenda.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference

November 6, 2019
Chicago, Illinois
FamilyFarmed presents the 11th annual Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference. This industry-leading event is the Midwest's premier gathering for thought leaders, innovators, stakeholders, and entrepreneurs across Chicago's booming Good Food and Natural Products landscape. Keynote speaker is Seth Goldman of Beyond Meat, and there will also be a competitive entrepreneurial Pitch Slam.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Strategies for Successful Selling: Pricing

November 6, 2019
Butler, Pennsylvania
This half-day workshop launches a three-week series of workshops from PASA on Strategies for Successful Selling.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Seven Habits for Effective Farmers

November 6, 2019
Online
This is the concluding event in The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture's Seven Habits for Effective Farmers free monthly webinar series. This session focuses on Succession Planning.
In: Online

 

Edgewater Climate Adaptation Farm Tour

November 6, 2019
Plainfield, New Hampshire
The event from Vital Communities includes a farm tour and a presentation on the topics of land use adaptations and considerations given climate change. The presenter is Chris Skoglund, Climate and Energy Program manager at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Science. The tour will be followed by refreshments and networking time.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Dairy Sheep Symposium

November 7-10, 2019
Idaho Falls, Idaho
The Dairy Sheep Association of North America presents the 26th Annual Dairy Sheep Symposium. The event features presentation sessions focusing on Nutrition & Grazing, Milk processing & Marketing, and Labor & Farm Management (Thursday and Friday); followed by a day of farm tours (Saturday); and finishing with an optional cheese workshop held at Lark's Meadow Farms (Sunday). The presentation sessions reflect the industry's interests and challenges, as more and more producers are facing labor-supply and extreme-weather issues, feeding rations formulated specifically for higher-performance dairy animals, and choosing to process their own milk into cheese and other value-added products.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Northeast Cover Crops Council Conference

November 7-8, 2019
Hyattsville, Maryland
The 3rd annual Northeast Cover Crops Council Conference features keynote speaker Sarah Carlson of Practical Farmers of Iowa. Farmers, students, researchers, extension educators, government and industry representatives, and others will gather to talk and learn about all things cover crop-related.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

It Takes a Region Conference

November 7-9, 2019
Jersey City, New Jersey
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's annual It Takes a Region conference is widely regarded as the conference for anyone doing food system change work in any Northeast state. Hundreds of practitioners convene not only for workshops, plenaries, and networking, but to roll up their sleeves and do the real work needed to create a just and fair regional food system in several work group sessions.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Got Farm Records...Now What?

November 7, 2019
Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture is offering this workshop in numerous locations during the fall and winter. This workshop is designed for existing or would-be operators of a value-added farm business. Using records developed for an example farm with value-added enterprises, presenters will teach how to export the example farm records into a spreadsheet and how to analyze and use them in making business-management decisions.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Alliance of Sustainable Farms Field Day

November 8, 2019
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
The Alliance of Sustainable Farms will host a free field day at Galloway Family Farm. To register, send e-mail to AllianceofSustainableFarms@gmail.com.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Kansas Rural Center's Farm and Food Conference

November 8-9, 2019
Wichita, Kansas
The Kansas Rural Center's annual Farm and Food Conference has the theme "Planting Ideas, Growing Our Future: Carbon, Climate and Communities." Speakers, panelists, and workshop sessions feature presentations and discussions on how biological, human, and economic diversity builds resilience and how we can make it happen on our farms and in our communities. The agenda includes 12 workshops each day, ranging from thought provoking presentations on hot issues to practical how-to's for your farm or community and organizing how-to's for advocacy and grassroots engagement. New this year will be a special Land/Farm Owner and Land Seeker Mixer.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Urban Farming: Greens and Farm Store Sales

November 10, 2019
Des Moines, Iowa
This Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day visits Jenny Quiner at Dogpatch Urban Gardens, a vibrant urban farm and farm stand. Join Jenny for a tour of the farm's garden beds and infrastructure, including the packing shed, farm store, and high tunnel. She'll share tips for branding, sales and marketing and producing high-quality greens and salad vegetables.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Organic/IPM Working Group Webinar: Culinary Breeding Network

November 12, 2019
Online
The Culinary Breeding Network was formed to bring together plant breeders, seed growers, farmers, chefs, produce buyers and other consumers to discuss and identify preferences and traits of culinary excellence for vegetables and grains. Lane Selman is the founder of the Culinary Breeding Network and has worked with organic farmers, plant breeders and chefs for 15 years. In this free, one-hour webinar, she discusses the work of the Culinary Breeding Network.
In: Online

 

Virginia Farmers Market Conference

November 13-15, 2019
Staunton, Virginia
This year, the Virginia Farmers Market Conference focuses on Agritourism—an often untapped path for helping shoppers discover farms and farmers markets. Sessions will also cover other topics tailored to the needs of market managers and vendors. The agenda includes targeted workshops, dynamic speakers, and networking events. There will be concurrent sessions for beginners and experienced participants, for market vendors and market managers, along with an exhibit area packed with resources.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Lowry Grazing Workshop

November 13-14, 2019
Aurora, Colorado
Holistic Management International invites you to this two-day workshop to spend time both in the classroom and on the land to learn about key grazing strategies and implementation and learn all the steps necessary to create your own holistic grazing plan to achieve your goals. Instructor Kirk Gadzia will share a case study and cover the step by step biological planning procedure to produce both a dormant and growing season plan. If time allows, participants will work on biological plans for their own property.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Strategies for Successful Selling: Social Media & E-Commerce

November 13, 2019
Butler, Pennsylvania
This workshop is one session of a three-part series focusing on strategies for successful selling, hosted by Penn State Extension and PASA. This session will cover the fundamentals of how to effectively use social media to connect with your customers and bolster your farm business, including how to create a manageable and profitable e-commerce strategy. Hear from farmers who are using a variety of social media tools that accommodate their individual preferences and unique needs to build a farm brand that resonates with their customers.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Low Impact Forestry Workshops

November 14-17, 2019
Unity, Maine
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) offers four days of workshops designed for stewards of small or large woodlots to develop skills to cut and harvest wood products safely and ecologically. Begin with a one-day introduction to low impact forestry and the practice of sustainable woodlot management, then participate in three days of further workshops to learn logging with animals or low-impact machinery.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Marketing Grass-Fed Milk & Meat

November 14, 2019
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
PASA presents a day-long opportunity to learn about strategies and opportunities for marketing milk and meat produced from pasture-raised livestock. This workshop will include presentations and a panel discussion with speakers representing several local, grassroots marketing initiatives. Participants will also walk the pastures at nearby Broadrun Farms—a sixth-generation, 100% grass-fed, certified-organic dairy and beef farm.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

OGRAIN Compass Webinar

November 14, 2019
Online
The new OGRAIN Compass is a planning tool to help producers understand the financial implications, at both the crop and whole-farm level, of their cropping decisions. In this webinar, OGRAIN Compass developers John Hendrickson of the University of Wisconsin Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and Jim Munsch of Deer Run Farm will review the concept and function of this valuable new tool. They will show how it works to predict financial results on a given piece of land over a ten-year planning period.
In: Online

 

Practical Tips for Multispecies Grazing

November 14, 2019
Online
This free webinar from Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) will give you the tools and resources to increase diversity and begin grazing multiple species on your farm. Presenter Lee Rinehart of NCAT will discuss the benefits, the synergistic relationship between multiple species and the soil and plants, fencing, predators, parasites, and how to stock pastures appropriately.
In: Online

 

Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference

November 17-20, 2019
Austin, Texas
"Lone Star & Stripes" is the fifth national Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference hosted by Farmer Veteran Coalition. It features two days of education, workshops, distinguished speakers, guest panels, networking, and more. On November 17, there is a farm to table dinner, and on November 20, there will be state chapter meetings.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Tarping for Reduced Tillage Workshop

November 18, 2019
Canandaigua, New York
The Reduced Tillage project of the Cornell Small Farms Program offers a full-day intensive farmer-to-farmer workshop to talk about how to use tarps to advance reduced and no-till vegetable production. The workshop will discuss tillage, weeds, and how to combine tarps with other soil building practices. Learn from farmers as they share their successes and failures with tarps being used on their farm. You will also hear research results from five years of tarping trials in Maine and New York.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Farm Viability Workshop Series

November 18-22, 2019
Pocantico Hills, New York
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture presents a comprehensive week of Growing Farmer workshops and guest speakers focusing on topics of farm viability. Workshops are available as a complete curriculum or in individual daily sessions. Topics include business planning, marketing, land access, infrastructure funding, and farming cooperatively.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Regenerate: Health from the Soil Up

November 19-22, 2019
Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Quivira Coalition, Holistic Management International, and American Grassfed Association are collaborating again to convene ranchers, farmers, environmentalists, land managers, scientists, medical professionals, nutritionists, students, teachers, and others to explore ideas of Health from the Soil Up. Regenerate 2019 offers provocative plenary presentations, roundtable discussions, and networking with diverse attendees from across the southwest, the country, and globe. The conference will create a unique environment where ideas are sown, exchanged, and grown.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Tarping for Reduced Tillage Workshop

November 19, 2019
Voorheesville, New York
The Reduced Tillage project of the Cornell Small Farms Program offers a full-day intensive farmer-to-farmer workshop to talk about how to use tarps to advance reduced and no-till vegetable production. The workshop will discuss tillage, weeds, and how to combine tarps with other soil building practices. Learn from farmers as they share their successes and failures with tarps being used on their farm. You will also hear research results from five years of tarping trials in Maine and New York.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Green Lands Blue Waters Conference

November 19-20, 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The 2019 Green Lands Blue Waters Conference has the theme "Over, Under, Through to CLC: Strong partners, new allies, and fresh perspectives moving continuous living cover (CLC) farming forward." Learn how grounded champions, who have worked for decades to change agricultural paradigms, are collaborating with the next generation of agricultural leaders and new allies in creative partnerships to break (or not break) new ground, keeping our soil and our communities rooted as we endeavor to create a resilient agriculture.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Upper Valley Local Food Matchmaker

November 19, 2019
Wilder, Vermont
Vital Communities presents a business-to-business Upper Valley matchmaker event for area farms, restaurateurs, grocers, and specialty food producers. The event includes speakers, formal matchmaking, and open networking time. Attendees will build sales relationships, make professional connections, meet service providers, learn, and enjoy coffee, tea, and lunch.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Conservation and Prairie STRIPS Project Field Day

November 19, 2019
Crawfordsville, Iowa
This free afternoon field day, hosted by ISU Extension and Outreach, the STRIPS project, and the Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association, will feature on-farm conservation practices, prescribed burning 101, Prairie STRIP establishment and maintenance, and conservation planning and enrollment in USDA cost-share programs.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Make Your Own Fertilizers & Bio-Inoculants

November 20, 2019
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
At this afternoon PASA workshop, Heritage Farm manager Adrian Galbraith-Paul will teach you to prepare your own fertilizers and bio-inoculants using the principles of Korean Natural Farming and JADAM, which focus on improving soil fertility by relying on "indigenous microorganisms" you can collect from your own farm or garden and reducing off-farm inputs.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Soil Health Innovations Conference Early Bird Registration Ends

March 30-31, 2020 Bozeman, Montana NCAT, in cooperation with USDA Rural Development, SARE, and Montana State University, is holding the first annual Soil Health Innovations conference. Join producers, educators, and students from around the region and across the country as panelists, keynotes, roundtables, and forums address the hard questions about soil health and the future of agriculture from the standpoint of researcher, industry professional, and producer. Early bird registration ends November 30, 2019.
In: Western SARE Region

 

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