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Direct Farm Marketing Series

April 21, 2021
Online
Purdue Extension specialists and educators and Indiana agribusinesses are presenting a free virtual six-week evening series on Direct Farm Marketing. This first session is on basics of direct farm marketing and market planning.
In: Online

 

Small Ruminants: Designing Your Sheep and Goat Grazing System

April 21, 2021
Online
This free evening webinar is part of University of Wisconsin-Madison's Farm Ready Research series. This session will focus on setting up a grazing system for your sheep and goats, estimating carrying capacity, planning on paddock sizes, and considering fencing options and watering systems.
In: Online

 

Insect Apocalypse? What Is Really Happening, Why It Matters, and How We Can All Be a Vital Part of the Solution

April 22, 2021
Online
Join Xerces Executive Director, Scott Hoffman Black, for this webinar where he explains the latest science on insect declines and how everyone can incorporate invertebrate conservation into their lives. If we hope to stem the losses of insect diversity and the services they provide, society must take steps at all levels to protect, restore and enhance native plant habitat across landscapes, from wildlands to farmlands to urban cores.
In: Online

 

Lunch with Forages: Reed Anderson

April 22, 2021
Online
Oregon Forage & Grassland Council's monthly Lunch with Forages series continues with this session featuring Reed Anderson, the well-known owner of Anderson Ranches—a 5th generation grass-based operation in the Willamette Valley. He'll discuss the current market situations affected by the pandemic, sustainable ways of raising sheep and cattle on pasture, and marketing grass-fed animals.
In: Online

 

Building Your Permaculture Property

April 23-25, 2021
Online
This free, live, online global summit is sponsored by New Society Publishers and hosted by Building Your Permaculture Property co-authors Rob and Michelle Avis, founders of Verge Permaculture, and Takota Coen of Coen Farm. Michelle, Rob, and Takota will be offering an inspiring, information-packed keynote on their five-step process to design and build a thriving permaculture property. Afterward, they'll interview nearly 20 world-renowned permaculture pioneers about their own early beginnings, painful lessons, hard-won victories, and inspiring case studies.
In: Online

 

Stolen Land: The Struggle for Rematriation

April 23, 2021
Online
The New School at Commonweal presents this virtual event as part of the Roots of Resilience in An Age of Crisis series co-presented with Real Food Media. UCSF Associate Professor of Medicine Dr. Rupa Marya and A-dae Romero-Briones of the First Nations Development Institute discuss efforts around the country to take on the aftermath of centuries of government-sanctioned and led land dispossession and cultural decimation. Together with TNS Host and Author Anna Lapp, Rupa and A-dae will share strategies toward a vision to protect and uplift Native agro-ecological traditions, including efforts to rematriate thousands of acres of land across the country.
In: Online

 

Conservation Planning and USDA Programs

April 23, 2021
Online
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is offering a free, online opportunity to learn more about the NRCS Conservation Planning Process and financial assistance programs; specifically focusing on the Conservation Stewardship Program, Environmental Quality Incentives Program, and the Agricultural Management Assistance Program.
In: Online

 

Farm Management Fridays: FARMing for Health

April 23, 2021
Online
In this free webinar from University of Wisconsin Extension, Extension Specialist John Shutske and Vernon County Extension Educator Ashley Olson will discuss FARMing tools for healthy farm businesses. The FARM tool helps producers focus their actions and resources in ways that provide a maximum ROI. Tools and techniques that support focused planning with other team members along with simple powerful ways to practice gratitude and "being present" help producers and family members insure that their most precious resources are FARMED effectively.
In: Online

 

Orcharding 101: A Three-Part Workshop with Michael Phillips

April 25, May 2, and May 9, 2021
Online
MOFGA is offering this three-part workshop with Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower and The Holistic Orchard. He will lead a comprehensive exploration of orchard health strategies that make it possible for organic growers grow top-notch fruit and address disease and insect challenges. The workshop is free for MOFGA Journeyperson program participants, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), and veterans.
In: Online

 

Nobel Prize Summit: Our Planet, Our Future

April 26-28, 2021
Online
The first Nobel Prize Summit brings together Nobel Prize laureates, scientists, policymakers, business leaders, and youth leaders to explore the question: What can be achieved in this decade to put the world on a path to a more sustainable, more prosperous future for all of humanity? Across three days, the virtual event will combine keynotes and lively discussion with live performance and theater. Speakers will explore solutions to some of humanity's greatest challenges: climate change and biodiversity loss, increasing inequality, and technological innovation in support of societal goals.
In: Online

 

Addressing and Preventing Sexual Harassment on Small Farms

April 26, 2021
Online
This is the concluding session in MOFGA's three-part series on labor management. Designed for farmers, this training will feature Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine providing definitions, examples, and strategies for responding to as well as preventing sexual harassment in a variety of settings. They will discuss Maine and Federal laws, but cannot give legal advice. After the presentation, SASSMM will highlight farms who have current sexual harassment policies, and SASSMM staff will facilitate a question-and-answer session for farmers hoping to implement their own policies.
In: Online

 

Growing Small Grains Organically

April 27, 2021
Online
Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program will hold a virtual panel discussion for Virginia's small farmers raising small and specialty grains with organic production principles for livestock, mills, and human consumption. Presenters will discuss issues such as seed selection, weed control, pest control, no or limited tillage, commodity pricing, marketing, harvesting and harvesting equipment innovations, storage, transporting, and useful agricultural technologies.
In: Online

 

Bale Grazing: An Alternative Strategy for Overwintering Beef Cattle

April 27, 2021
Online
This free, 90-minute webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Attend this webinar to learn about bale grazing, how to properly implement this winter feed strategy even in states with mild/wet winters while minimizing surface pasture disturbance, maximizing hay nutrient distribution and targeting the buildup of low fertility soils. See the first hand results of a local farm bale grazing demonstration where this producer fed nearly 400 bales to overwinter his herd using this strategy during the long, wet winter of 2020/2021.
In: Online

 

Direct Farm Marketing Series

April 28, 2021
Online
Purdue Extension specialists and educators and Indiana agribusinesses are presenting a free virtual six-week evening series on Direct Farm Marketing. This second session focuses on farmers markets and roadside stands.
In: Online

 

The Evolution of the Meat Goat Industry

April 29, 2021
Online
University of Minnesota Extension presents an interactive goat marketing discussion with Dr. Frank Pinkerton. This is a unique opportunity to learn from one of the true experts in the field and bring your questions for Dr. Pinkerton.
In: Online

 

Conversations Series: Chantel Johnson

April 30, 2021
Online
Calypso Farm & Ecology Center's Conversations Series explores food and farming with Black and Indigenous leaders in the food system. Registration is free and open to the public. Chantel Johnson is passionate about helping lead people back to enjoying simple ways of living while reconnecting with their inner spirit. Chantel's passions are effectuated every day. As a social worker, doula, and homesteader in North Carolina, she is able to teach and show people a nontraditional way of living.
In: Online

 

Grains Week

May 3-7, 2021
Online
Cascadia Grains is offering Grains Week, an interactive online celebration of value-added small grains for farmers, bakers, brewers, distillers, millers, maltsters, and consumers. Programming will focus on Brewing & Distilling, Baking & Culinary Uses, Integrated Systems, Agronomic Research, and Grain Systems Around the World. This event aims to make networking, education, and accessibility as easy and straightforward as possible. Grains Week will bring research, information, and community to farmers, bakers, scholars, and industry professionals who are interested in the sustainability and health of regional grain economies.
In: Online

 

Navigating the GAP Audit Training Series

May 3-19, 2021
Online
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is offering this free, five-part training series that fulfills the food safety supervisor training requirement for GAP certification. The first webinar (on May 3, 2021) will explain which parts will be applicable to you and your farm. You must be present for all parts of the training that are relevant to your farm in order to receive a certificate. Keep your farm on track for GAP certification by completing this course.
In: Online

 

Vegetable Farming 101: Irrigation

May 3, 2021
Braddock, Pennsylvania
This Pasa Sustainable Agriculture workshop at Braddock Farms offers an opportunity to see an irrigation system in action while you learn about the water needs of different crops, soils, terrains, and scales.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

The Compost Conundrum: Selecting the Right Amendment

May 4, 2021
Online
Eco-Farm's Dirt First! Conversation Series continues with this session, "The Compost Conundrum: Selecting the Right Amendment." In addition to giving you the information you need to make an informed compost purchase decision, this session will cover basics such as why compost receives greenhouse gas credit in the Healthy Soils Program and future carbon credit programs, and generally how to build your soil health.
In: Online

 

Arkansas Produce Safety Training

May 5-6, 2021
Online
University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service's Produce Safety Team is offering two mornings of produce safety training. Learn about new regulations for fruit and vegetable producers. Topics covered will include agricultural water, soil amendments, worker health and hygiene, wildlife management, postharvest handling, and food safety plans. For fresh produce farms, FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule sets mandatory federal standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding produce. Most produce farms will be affected by this Rule. Growers need to attend a training to learn about new regulations impacting the produce industry and will receive a certificate of completion which satisfies the FDA requirement for training. This training, developed by the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) and presented by the University of Arkansas Extension Service, will help growers understand the new requirements, and will provide the information needed to comply with the Produce Safety Rule.
In: Online

 

High Tunnel Types and Construction

May 5, 2021
Online
Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program presents this virtual workshop. Participants will learn about using high tunnels to grow horticulture crops. Topics covered will be structure selection, construction, management, maintenance, and costs associated with high tunnel production. Participants will learn about proper crop selection for protected culture and learn about resources for materials and supplies.
In: Online

 

GAP 101 and SC Market Opportunities Workshop

May 5, 2021
Greenville, South Carolina
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is offering a full-day workshop on food safety and market opportunities. Topics include GAP, FSMA, business planning, funding opportunities, and Extension resources. Registration is limited.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Iowa Learning Farms Webinar: Mark Licht

May 5, 2021
Online
Iowa Learning Farms continues its free lunch-hour webinar series with this presentation by Mark Licht of Iowa State University.
In: Online

 

Direct Farm Marketing Series

May 5, 2021
Online
Purdue Extension specialists and educators and Indiana agribusinesses are presenting a free virtual six-week evening series on Direct Farm Marketing. The third session focuses on U-pick and agritourism.
In: Online

 

Supporting Pollinators Over Time: How to Maintain Wildflower Diversity

May 6, 2021
Online
Flower-rich plantings often require ongoing management to maintain wildflower diversity for pollinators over time. In this Xerces Society webinar, learn about a framework for selecting the most appropriate management techniques, and learn how some landowners are managing their pollinator plantings.
In: Online

 

Pick Lists & Packing Hacks: Simplifying Online Order Fulfillment

May 6, 2021
Online
Pasa Sustainable Agriculture is offering a free webinar in which participants can learn tips and tricks for online order fulfillment from the team at Local Line and farmers with e-commerce experience.
In: Online

 

Lunch with Forages: Deanne Vallad

May 6, 2021
Online
Oregon Forage and Grassland Council is continuing its Lunch with Forages series with Deanne Vallad discussing how to get the most out of your pastures by extending the grazing season in multiple climates.
In: Online

 

Explore the Best Varieties of Seedless Table Grapes to Grow in NH

May 6, 2021
Online
Scientists with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station in the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture will present their findings of which varieties of seedless table grapes grow well in New Hampshire in a free evening webinar. NHAES scientists will be joined by a UNH Cooperative Extension fruit and vegetable production field specialist to help answer questions and provide recommendations for Granite State farmers and growers.
In: Online

 

Pastured Poultry Workshop

May 6, 2021
Online
Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program will hold a virtual panel discussion in reference to small farmers raising and pasturing poultry. Topics will include layers versus breeders, space needed, disease management, predator management, processing and markets.
In: Online

 

Local Food Connections Virtual Conference

May 7, 2021
Online
Kansas Rural Center will host a virtual Local Food Connections conference to help promote new relationships in the foodshed and increase awareness of how to access healthful local foods. The conference includes panelists and speakers from across the region who are actively involved in strengthening local food systems and Farm to School programs. Farmers, food producers, school nutrition personnel, grassroots organizers, and community stakeholders in food systems may want to attend this event.
In: Online

 

Small Farm Orientation

May 10, 2021
Online
Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program presents this program geared to new and beginning farmers with zero to five years of experience operating a farm. Participants are directed through the process of developing a productive and profitable operation. Small Farm Outreach agent Vernon Health, developer and instructor for the program, has over 40 years of work experience in the Virginia agriculture industry. Participants will receive a Small Farm Orientation Manual developed by the instructor.
In: Online

 

?Regional Agritourism Strategies for Community Economic Development

May 11, 2021
Online
The International Workshop on Agritourism is presenting a free monthly series of Agritourism Gatherings: A virtual series for farm, food, and travel communities. The series brings together farmers, researchers, service providers, tourism experts and many others to share their knowledge and experience from around the world. This gathering highlights how international regions as diverse as Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Georgia are using agritourism as a way to build resilience by celebrating agricultural history, ecology, and heritage. Hear how agritourism initiatives are key to sustaining rural economic development by allowing farmers to diversify their income, regenerate communities, and reimagine the future (and recovery) as travel trends shift during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Presenters will share best practices and lessons learned from developing and implementing regional strategies around agritourism.
In: Online

 

Crop Production Workshop: Spring Preparation

May 11 - June 8, 2021
Online and Beverly, Massachusetts
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is offering this five-week-long workshop on Spring Preparation as the first installment of its three-part Crop Production workshop series. The course meets virtually for 90 minutes each Tuesday evening and also includes opportunities to work and learn in-person at Moraine Farm. Workshop participants will learn basic horticulture principles and practices associated with organic vegetable production emphasizing soil health and regenerative agriculture systems. This workshop focuses on soil management, cultivation and tillage practices (including no-till), plant propagation, and crop planning. The value of soil organic matter and microbes will be discussed within the contexts of industrial and regenerative agriculture, exposing participants to broader issues in the food system.
In: Northeast SARE Region, Online

 

Industrial Hemp—An Eco-friendly Multipurpose Crop with Untapped Agronomic Potential

May 12, 2021
Online
This free, one-hour webinar provides an update on recent research findings in industrial hemp at Rodale Institute. Hemp, as a multipurpose crop, is environment-friendly, can increase farmer income, is nutritious for human health, and has many uses in agriculture and industry. Rodale Institute has conducted different experiments to gather crucial information to help farmers succeed.
In: Online

 

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