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Online Marketing Webinar Series

January 22, 2019
Online
The University of Tennessee's Center for Profitable Agriculture continues its monthly series of webinars on online marketing with a free, one-hour session on e-mail marketing.

In: Online

 

Food Producer Partnerships - Networking Event

January 22, 2019
Murray, Utah
This networking event is a chance for farmers and food manufacturers to mix and mingle, and possibly forge local sourcing partnerships. Registration is free but required.

In: Western SARE Region

 

What to Grow in an Urban Market Garden

January 23, 2019
Online
Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture's bi-weekly series of free, one-hour webinars continues with this session. This webinar will talk about the kinds of specialty crops that are particularly suited to growing in an urban market garden for direct marketing to local customers.

In: Online

 

Soil Health U

January 23-24, 2019
Salina, Kansas
High Plains Journal presents a two-day event providing high-quality instruction to teach High Plains farmers and ranchers how to sustainably maximize profit from every acre of land. A large slate of speakers includes Buz Kloot, Gabe Brown, Dale Strickler, and Brendon Rockey. There will be three keynotes, 20 breakout sessions, farmer panels, and a trade show.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Ag Finance Boot Camp

January 23, 2019
Coralville, Iowa
Farm Futures offers a one-day workshop packed with sessions presented by savvy ag finance experts and lenders. The workshop will help you boost your financial recordkeeping skills for improved farm business management.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

EcoFarm 2019

January 23-26, 2019
Pacific Grove, California
The Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) presents the 39th annual EcoFarm Conference, "Resistance is Fertile," featuring 70+ workshops, intensives, keynotes, farm tours, an exhibitor marketplace, and organic culinary fare. Building upon its farmer-to-farmer education model, EcoFarm is a prime networking and educational hub for ecologically minded farmers, ranchers, and all who work to support their success in growing a healthy food system and world.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Creative Leasing for Livestock Farmers

January 23, 2019
Online
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) continues its series of free webinars with this webinar that will delve into creative leases and the types of creative leasing arrangements that livestock farmers can explore. It will also cover resources and tips for livestock farmers working with lawyers around leases. The presenter is Esther Akwii from the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School.

In: Online

 

FSMA Food Safety Workshop for Produce Growers

January 23, 2019
Pacific Grove, California
Join the CCOF Foundation at the 2019 EcoFarm Conference for a low-cost food safety workshop that meets the FSMA training requirement for produce growers. This workshop is available in both English and Spanish. You do not have to attend the EcoFarm Conference to attend the food safety workshop.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Pastured and Free-Range Poultry Workshop: Disease Prevention & Pastured Poultry Welfare

January 23, 2019
Davis, California, and online
The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program's Pastured / Free-Range Poultry Project presents this three-hour workshop as part of a five-part series that is offered live and online. This session focuses on methods of mitigating risk in free-range and pastured poultry production, such as biosecurity, vaccination, and husbandry, and on welfare considerations of raising poultry on pasture or free-ranged systems.

In: Western SARE Region, Online

 

Southern SAWG Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference

January 23-26, 2019
Little Rock, Arkansas
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group?s 28th annual conference is for committed organic and sustainable farmers, researchers, and community leaders serious about creating more vibrant community food systems. The event offers informative pre-conference courses and field trips, practical conference sessions, networking, and a trade show. Topics will include organic and sustainable vegetable, livestock, flower and specialty-crop production, unique marketing strategies, urban farming, farm to school, business and finance management, community food systems development, in-field and online tools, food justice and equity, useful federal farm programs, and agriculture policy developments.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Practical Conservation Tillage for Western Region Organic Cropping Systems

January 23, 2019
Online
Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic are offering a monthly series of eight free webinar trainings on organic farming and soil health in the Western United States. This webinar with Dawn Thilmany of Colorado State University will discuss practical approaches to reducing the adverse impacts of tillage and cultivation on soil life and soil health. The webinar will also cover recent research into newer tillage tools and minimum-till strategies for Western Region organic vegetable, fruit, and field crop production.

In: Online

 

Mid-America Organic Association Conference

January 24-26, 2019
Independence, Missouri
"Cultivating Resilience" offers the opportunity to learn about organic, sustainable, and alternative agricultural crops and systems. This event is for farmers, gardeners, retailers, distributors, consumers, and more. Areas of interest include Organic and Non-GMO Grain and Vegetable Production, Sustainable Livestock Production, and Health and Wellness Living.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Northern Plains Food & Farming Conference

January 25-27, 2019
Fargo, North Dakota
Connect with others building a sustainable food system across the northern plains at this conference featuring keynote speakers Dan Barber and Steffen & Rachel Schneider. Learning tracks include livestock, crops, specialty crops, marketing, building healthy families, and consumers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Emerging Farmers Conference

January 25-26, 2019
St. Paul, Minnesota
The annual Emerging Farmers Conference (formerly the Immigrant & Minority Farmers Conference) serves to advance the success and sustainability of farmers who traditionally face barriers to the education and resources necessary to build profitable agricultural businesses, including immigrant farmers and farmers of color.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

OGRAIN Winter Conference

January 25-26, 2019
Madison, Wisconsin
This fourth annual conference for those interested in organic grain production in the Upper Midwest will feature expert farmers, researchers, and industry representatives sharing their knowledge, along with ample opportunity for networking and discussion. Fifteen workshops highlighting issues important to organic grain farmers will be offered. This year there is a special focus on organic no-till and reduced tillage systems.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum

January 25-26, 2019
Montrose, Colorado
At the 7th annual Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum, tap into a wide array of breakout sessions that convey vital, regionally specific agricultural information in areas including maximizing regenerative crop and livestock production, innovative agricultural marketing and management strategies, and specialty crops. Keynote speakers are Joel Salatin and Ben Hartman.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference

January 25-26, 2019
Grand Traverse, Michigan
The Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference includes a full-day Farm School, followed by a day-long conference. There will also be a two-day trade show. This conference promotes and builds a local vibrant agriculture community, equips the small-farm community with the tools to be successful, and provides a forum for the open exchange of ideas within the small-farm community.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Growing Crops in Low, High and Movable Tunnels

January 26, 2019
Hartford, Connecticut
This free mid-day workshop is part of the University of Connecticut's Solid Ground Farmer Training series.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Country Living Expo and Cattlemen?s Winterschool

January 26, 2019
Stanwood, Washington
WSU Livestock Master Foundation, WSU Extension, and the Cattlemen's Association present a day-long opportunity to attend classes on a multitude of topics, network with other small farmers, and visit local agricultural businesses at the trade show.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference

January 26, 2019
Latham, New York
Capital Area Agricultural and Horticultural Program presents the opportunity to hear talks from grazing experts, get to know other farmers, and enjoy a buffet luncheon featuring local, grass-fed meats. Speakers include Ridge Shinn, CEO of Big Picture Beef; Marc Cesario of Meeting Place Pastures; and Greg Brann of Resource Regeneration Services.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

NOFA-NJ Winter Conference

January 26-27, 2019
New Brunswick, New Jersey
NOFA-NJ will host its 29th Annual Winter Conference, with an amazing lineup of national and internationally recognized speakers who will share their insights and experience. The five tracks will be Business, Crops, Gardening, Livestock, and Policy.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Southern New England Livestock Conference

January 26, 2019
Dighton, Massachusetts
The Livestock Institute of Southern New England presents this conference where participants learn some of the best ways to access certain markets and grow businesses. There are seven tracks of programming: marketing and management, butchering and cooking, soil and pasture health, insight into buyers, animal basics, advanced animal care, and Meatworks information.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Flowering in the North Conference

January 28-30, 2019
Portland, Maine
University of Maine Cooperative Extension hosts this winter meeting to share knowledge about Zone 5 growing, marketing, and designing with farm-fresh flowers. The first day is a hands-on day-long workshop on design and management for weddings. The main conference features numerous breakout sessions.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

No-till on the Plains Winter Conference

January 28-30, 2019
Wichita, Kansas
This event features day-long pre-conference workshops on soil health for beginners and on integrating nutrition and biology toward plant and soil health to reduce the fertilizer budget. Main conference topics include soil biology, holistic management, crop rotations, livestock grazing, and more. Conference scholarships are available to women working in agriculture or people of color working in agriculture.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention

January 29-31, 2019
Hershey, Pennsylvania
The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention has become the premier grower meeting in the Northeast, combining three days of six or more concurrent educational sessions with a large industry trade show and numerous networking opportunities, all designed to enable fruit, vegetable, and berry growers, as well as direct marketers, to stay on the cutting edge of their industries. Registration is open to all interested commercial fruit, vegetable, and berry growers, direct marketers, and allied industry personnel.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Exploring the Small Farm Dream

January 29, February 7, and February 12, 2019
Tangent, Oregon
This three-part class series from Oregon State University Small Farms Program will give you the tools to start making choices to determine if farming is right for you. In this course, you will learn about current opportunities in small-scale agriculture, explore objectives, assess personal and financial resources, conduct preliminary market research, and learn about farm business finances, which will all feed into an action plan and guide your next steps.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Women in Ag Learning Network Virtual Conference

January 29-31, 2019
Online
eXtension's Women in Ag Learning Network presents this virtual conference on Women in Ag Programs for 21st Century Farms and Ranches: Best practices & innovative approaches for emerging audiences. It is designed for agricultural educators and service providers who are interested in launching new programs or expanding and improving existing programs for women farmers and ranchers. The online conference over three afternoons includes presentations, panel discussions, and interactive sessions.

In: Online

 

Sheep Shearing: The New Zealand method

January 29, 2019
Online
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) continues its series of free webinars on humane animal production with this presentation on the New Zealand method, an efficient and low-stress way to shear sheep. Learn an overview of the technique, the tools, and the importance of shearing in the humane treatment of fiber bearing animals. Presenter Amber Van Hove is the owner of Barnhart Fields Farm in Washington State and a certified national sheep shearer.

In: Online

 

Holistic Grazing Planning Online Course

January 29 - March 5, 2019
Online
HMI offers this weekly online course on Tuesdays. In this course you will learn the key grazing planning principles and practices for improving land health and productivity. You will learn the steps to this simple approach to grazing planning so that you can better analyze and address critical grazing considerations, as well as determine forage inventory, animal needs, and grazing and recovery periods. Once you have clarity about these parameters you will learn how to develop and communicate to others a written grazing plan.

In: Online

 

Food for Profit

January 31, 2019
Lebanon, Tennessee
University of Tennessee's Center for Profitable Agriculture offers Food for Profit, a one-day course that takes you step by step through the information necessary to start and run a small food product business. Sessions will include planning your business, regulations, marketing, safe food handling, packaging, financing and more. A Tennessee food manufacturer will also share some of the realities of a food business.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Agroforestry Symposium

January 31, 2019
Columbia, Missouri and livestreamed
The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry presents the 10th annual Agroforestry Symposium, "Innovation to Entrepreneurship: Fostering a Culture of Research Translation." The Symposium is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.

In: North Central SARE Region, Online

 

Pastured and Free-Range Poultry Workshop: Alternatve Species Overview & Duck Welfare Considerations

January 31, 2019
Davis, California, and online
The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program's Pastured / Free-Range Poultry Project presents this three-hour workshop as part of a five-part series that is offered live and online. This session will focus on the basics of waterfowl commercial poultry production on small farms, with a talk on the relationship between duck welfare assessment, management, and health.

In: Western SARE Region, Online

 

GrassWorks Grazing Conference

January 31 - February 2, 2019
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
The theme for the 27th annual GrassWorks Grazing Conference on grass-based agriculture is "Surviving the Storm." The conference includes sessions in a dairy track, a sponsor track, and three other tracks. Speakers include Kathy Voth, Dick Cates, Steve Apfelbaum, and others.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Mid-Missouri Grazing Conference

January 31, 2019
Jefferson City, Missouri
This day-long event promises to bring you valuable information to enhance the productivity and profitability of your grazing enterprise. The keynote speaker is Greg Judy, and sessions include Multi-Species Grazing, Stocker vs Cow-Calf Economics, Selecting Genetics for the Environment, Weed ID and Economic Impacts, Mineral Supplementation for Beef Cattle, and Soil Testing and Interpretation.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Food Safety Workshop

January 31 - February 1, 2019
Unity, Maine
Family Farmed and MOFGA partner to offer a two-day workshop with Atina Diffley. This two-day food safety workshop is hands-on and designed for active learning. Participants will do risk assessments in the classroom to identify potential hazards, analyze how they move on farms, and determine the need to take action or not. Diffley will discuss all the areas of food safety on the farm and ways to implement cost-effective strategies in line with the work as well as discuss recordkeeping systems that support decision-making, and maximize profitability while also meeting food safety requirements.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Organic Vegetable Production Conference

February 1-2, 2019
Madison, Wisconsin
This producer-initiated conference is built around farmer to farmer skill sharing and attracts experienced growers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and beyond. Farmer panelists representing small, mid, and large-scale operations will cover technical production information on garlic, onions, peppers, and one-cut salad heads. Management topics include vegetable no-till, greenhouse management, training and retaining labor, and variety selection.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Documenting the Source of Wild Ginseng in Pennsylvania

February 1, 2019
Online
This webinar is part of the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Agroforestry webinar series. In this one-hour session, Eric Burkhart of Penn State will present on "Documenting the source of wild ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L.) in Pennsylvania: results from six years of surveying yields insights into forest farming and husbandry participation."

In: Online

 

Northern Indiana Grazing Conference

February 1-2, 2019
Shipshewana, Indiana
LaGrange County Soil & Water Conservation District presents the two-day Northern Indiana Grazing Conference, featuring Sarah Flack and Ray Archuleta, as well as sessions on marketing, animal health, soil health, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

NDFMGA & Local Foods Conference

February 1-2, 2019
Mandan, North Dakota
The 2019 NDFMGA & Local Foods Conference will be a place for farmers and ranchers who direct market what they grow and raise to learn from expert speakers and each other, to help make more informed business decisions. The conference is held in conjunction with the North Dakota Grape and Wine Growers Conference and hosted by NDlocalfoods and North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Kansas Farmers Market Regional Workshops

February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, or 22, 2019
Olathe, Parsons, Dodge City, Wichita, Manhattan, or Hays, Kansas
Kansas Department of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are hosting six regional workshops to help farmers market vendors and managers make Kansas businesses more successful.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Hudson Valley Value-Added Grain School: Developing Markets for Local Grains

February 1, 2019
Coxsackie, New York
The 5th Annual Hudson Valley Value-Added Grain School focuses on accessing and developing markets for value-added grains, with topics to include current grain-market sectors and their quality requirements, developing direct markets to consumers, developing a grain-processing enterprise, distribution strategies, accessing capital, and marketing tools. An extended panel discussion in the morning will feature representatives from the milling, malting, distilling, and feed sectors. Afternoon sessions will feature presentations by small- and larger-scale grain-processing enterprises.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Iowa Farmers Market Association Workshop

February 2, 2019
Des Moines, Iowa
Each year, Iowa Farmers Market Association hosts a workshop to teach market managers and vendors how to run a successful market. Sessions will include marketing strategies for social media and other websites; a market success and lessons learned panel; an in-depth look at the Farmers Market Coalition and available resources; discussion on cooking demos at markets; insurance options for markets and vendors; questions answered on scales, food sales, and licensing requirements; updates on state programs; and more.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Chestnut Growers Workshop

February 2, 2019
Madrid, Iowa
In this full-day workshop from Practical Farmers of Iowa, learn from a number of experts about all aspects of chestnut production and marketing. Topics will include site selection, planting and tree management, varietal recommendations, grafted versus seedling trees, harvesting and curing, marketing, and financial resources.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Agricultural Resource Fair

February 2, 2019
Bloomfield, Connecticut
At this free half-day event from UConn Extension, learn about the reality of farm funding through grants, loans, and other creative methods, as well as how farmers met eligibility requirements,how they navigated the paperwork, and what was funded. In the afternoon, there will be basic and advanced intensive training on farm financials and accounting.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Rotational Grazing For Beginners

February 2, 2019
Kingston, New York
Cornell Cooperative Extension Livestock Educator Jason Detzel will teach the basics and benefits of rotating your animals in this one-day course. It will cover planning, infrastructure and management, calving considerations, and water and forage management.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Iowa Soil Health Conference

February 4-5, 2019
Ames, Iowa
Iowa State University's Soil Health Conference features a wide range of speakers that include farmers with rich experience in implementing management practices and innovative approaches for building a resilient system, and well known scientists and agronomists of national recognition in the area of soil health. The conference agenda will include presentations and group discussions that will address the economics, systems approach, and real life experience for improving soil health and management challenges. There will be a poster session highlighting the current research efforts in soil health.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Marketing, Branding, and Promotion

February 4, 2019
Keene, New Hampshire
The FamilyFarmed Growing Success Training Program is coming to the Monadnock Region, presented by the Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition and the Cheshire County Conservation District. This is the first of two full-day training programs conducted by Atina Diffley. Both trainings are free; pre-registration is required. (The second training is February 7, 2019.)

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

FarmStarts

February 5, 2019
Dubuque, Iowa
FarmStarts provides free training for beginning farmers who have been in the business for less than 10 years on organic grain and dairy production and marketing, as well as organic transition and certification, risk management, and farm finances. Conventional and organic producers are welcome. Beginning farmers may qualify for a travel and expense allowance.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Farm Transition and Estate Planning Workshop

February 5, 19, or 20, 2019
Winthrop, Hinckley, or Floodwood, Minnesota
This program from University of Minnesota Extension is designed to assist farm families with the necessary preparation to develop and implement their farm transition and personal estate plan. The one-day course is offered in locations across the state.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

PASA Sustainable Agriculture Conference

February 6-9, 2019
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Each February, thousands of farmers, homesteaders, educators, and other food system professionals gather for PASA's Sustainable Agriculture Conference, offering four days of intensive learning on more than 160 food and farming topics. No matter your experience level or agricultural interests, you'll be able to pack your schedule with valuable sessions that help hone your craft and advance your cause. The conference offers meaningful and practical educational workshops, presentations, panel discussions, and learning circles, as well as a trade show, networking and social events, and children's programming.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Lower Financial Risk by Increasing Soil Health

February 6, 2019
Online
Join eOrganic and the Organic Farming Research Foundation for a free, one-hour webinar on how to lower your financial risk by increasing soil health, presented by Mark Schonbeck of the Virginia Association for Biological Farming. This webinar will explore how several key soil health practices can reduce risks during organic transition and organic production. Advance registration is required.

In: Online

 

Meat Goat Production and Management Home Study Course

February 6 - March 13, 2019
Online
This online course from Penn State Extension is for goat producers interested in improving their production practices and ultimately the profitability of their operation. It presents basic production, marketing, and financial information for beginning producers and is a great review for seasoned producers. The six-part course is held on Wednesday evenings.

In: Online

 

Montana Summit on Agricultural Finance

February 6-7, 2019
Chico Hot Springs, Montana
The Montana Summit on Agricultural Finance will be a gathering of people who share a common interest in helping Montana farmers and ranchers access financing for their land and agricultural businesses. The goal is for participants to leave the summit with new professional contacts, a working understanding of existing agricultural financing tools, an introduction to exciting new tools, and a plan for filling the gaps in agricultural financing going forward.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Exploring New Local Sales Opportunities: Mixer

February 6, 2019
Sebastopol, California
This evening event concludes the Workshop Series for North Bay Farmers on Exploring New Local Sales Opportunities, organized by UC SAREP, UC Cooperative Extension, and Community Alliance with Family Farms/The Farmers Guild. At this "speed-dating" mixer, farmers and buyers have the opportunity to meet, learn about each other's businesses, and form new business connections.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Organic Crop Improvement Association Annual Meeting

February 6-7, 2019
Dubuque, Iowa
Networking opportunities abound at the 2019 OCIA Annual General Membership Meeting. Everyone is invited to attend educational presentations on February 6, 2019, and OCIA members only will conduct the business portion of their meeting on February 7, 2019. Presentation topics include organic transition, cover crops, organic farming methods, and roller-crimping.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Courses

February 6 or 20, 2019
St. Charles or Andover, Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Agriculture Produce Safety Program is presenting this day-long course in locations across the state. If your farm is covered by the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, attending this Grower Training Course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement. However, all growers interested in learning about produce safety, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule are encouraged to attend and will find the course material valuable.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Sustainable Food & Farm Conference

February 7-10, 2019
Grass Valley, California
Sierra Harvest's Sustainable Food & Farm Conference educates, motivates, and connects the community with field days, speakers, workshops, and social activities. Keynote speakers include Paul Miller and Dru Rivers of Full Belly Farm, Doniga Markegard of Markegard Family Grass-Fed LLC, and Jeff Lowenfels, best-selling author.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Women Managing the Farm Conference

February 7-8, 2019
Manhattan, Kansas
The Women Managing the Farm conference provides a supportive setting in which women can develop the skills, resources and knowledge needed for success in a competitive agricultural environment. Conference sessions are designed to keep women up-to-date on the latest advancements in agriculture and thriving within their rural communities. Presentations cover many topics, including farm finances, relationships and health, agricultural and estate law, crop production and marketing, management, and more. Optional pre-conference workshops on February 6, 2019, include sessions about precision agriculture technology, viticulture and enology, and QuickBooks.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Efficiency and Cost of Production: Postharvest Systems and Crop Planning

February 7, 2019
Keene, New Hampshire
The FamilyFarmed Growing Success Training Program is coming to the Monadnock Region, presented by the Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition and the Cheshire County Conservation District. This is the second of two full-day training programs conducted by Atina Diffley. Both trainings are free; pre-registration is required. (The first training is February 4, 2019.)

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Agritourism Intensive 2019 - Santa Cruz County

January 10, February 7, and March 7, 2019
Watsonville, California
UC SAREP and UCCE Santa Cruz County present a three-session hands-on, low-cost, interactive class to evaluate your options, learn from experts, and begin planning your new or expanded agritourism enterprise.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Pastured and Free-Range Poultry Workshop: Poultry Nutrition Basics and Egg Quality

February 8, 2019
Davis, California, and online
The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program's Pastured / Free-Range Poultry Project presents this three-hour workshop as part of a five-part series that is offered live and online. This session will focus on poultry nutrition basics and egg quality.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Georgia Organics Conference & Expo

February 8-9, 2019
Tifton, Georgia
Attendees at the annual Georgia Organics Conference and Expo will connect with like-minded peers, tour farms, cultivate new skills at all-day and in-depth workshops and conference educational sessions, and discover 70 exhibit booths with innovative food-and agriculture-related information. This conference is about building stronger farms, school gardens, and communities.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Healthy Farms Conference

February 8-9, 2019
Grand Island, Nebraska
Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society's annual Healthy Farms Conference focuses this year on "Revitalization" for communities, landscapes, food systems, and the NSAS. The conference facilitates farmer-to-farmer training and support with five breakout sessions, two keynote presentations, ample time for meaningful conversation, a fun dinner on Friday night, and the annual NSAS membership meeting.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Southern Foodways Alliance Winter Symposium: Food is Work

February 8-9, 2019
Birmingham, Alabama
If you are a curious eater who wants to see and hear stories about the dynamic American South, food, and labor, join Southern Foodways Alliance for this Winter Symposium. If you are a food professional and you wish to track the latest cultural trends, sign on. If you work as a content creator or editor and aim to gain new perspectives on how stories frame understandings, this event is for you.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Farming with Beneficial Insects for Pest Control

February 8, 2019
Edgerton, Wisconsin
Join Thelma Heidel-Baker from the Xerces Society for this full-day course offered by the Friends of Silverwood. Learn about beneficial insect ecology, habitat opportunities, impacts of different farm practices to beneficial insects, and assessing farms for insect conservation.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Sustainable Farming Association Annual Conference

February 9, 2019
St. Joseph, Minnesota
The Sustainable Farming Association's annual conference includes sessions on soil health, production, agritourism, regulation, livestock, energy, and marketing, as well as children's programming and social events.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Scaling Up: Farmer Training to Improve Food Supply Chain

February 9, 2019
Boone, North Carolina
Farmers and food producers interested in scaling their business to new markets are invited to attend a unique professional development training. The goal of the workshop is to help farmers, ranchers, and food entrepreneurs to increase their capacity in order to scale up to new markets. Sessions will focus on building collaborations across the food chain, food quality and food safety, marketing local food, and record-keeping and business planning. The event is open to the public, and all farm and food producers, especially those interested in selling through the High Country Food Hub, are encouraged to attend.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Winter Growing, Storage Crops & Grain Production

February 9, 2019
Warren, Rhode Island
This Advanced Growers Workshop from NOFA Rhode Island features Chuck Currie of Freedom Food Farm, sharing how this 90-acre certified organic farm feeds people year-round. The afternoon workshop will discuss the equipment, infrastructure, and regulations involved in growing root crops, greens, grain, and beans, and preserving the summer abundance through canning and fermentation.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Fruit Tree Care Workshop

February 9, 2019
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Apple Seeds hosts a free, hands-on morning workshop featuring NCAT's Guy Ames talking about fruit-tree care and leading the group in pruning the Apple Seeds orchard. Learn all about fruit trees, what grows well in this corner of Arkansas, when to plant them, how to take care of them and when to prune them.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Farmland Access Bootcamp

February 9, 2019
Newton, Iowa
Renewing the Countryside's Farmland Access Bootcamp will provide beginning farmers with a comprehensive overview of land access strategies, tools, and resources and help them plan their next steps towards land tenure. The day-long session is designed for farmers with 10 or less years of experience, who are ready to begin or are actively searching for land or are working to change their current land situation.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Society for Range Management Annual Meeting

February 10-14, 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota
This 72nd annual event, "Gateway to the Prairie," includes speakers, symposia, workshops, poster sessions, a trade show, and special events such as a Sustainable Farmers Association of Minnesota Workshop on Integrating Managed Grazing for Soil Health.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Midwest Winter Production Conference

February 11-12, 2019
Jefferson City, Missouri
Webb City Farmers Market presents a two-day training on winter production. The demand for locally grown vegetables and fruit knows no season, and the opportunity for innovative farmers to expand into the winter months is huge. Conference presenters include Paul and Sandy Arnold of Pleasant Valley Farm in upstate New York, Dr. Matthew D. Kleinhenz of Ohio State University, Dr. Touria Eaton of Lincoln University, Liz Graznak of Happy Hollow Farm, and Jason Hirtz of Box Turtle Farm. Registration is limited to 100 people.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

New York Certified Organic Winter Meeting

February 12, 2019
Geneva, New York
This free series of monthly meetings brings together grain and dairy farmers to hear guest speakers on topics of organic crops and dairy production. The February session will feature Soil Health with Bob Schindlebeck and Fay Benson, as well as German Cover Crops with Deutsche Saatveredelung AG by webinar.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Marketing: Branding 101

February 12, 2019
Bethel, Connecticut
This free evening workshop is part of the University of Connecticut's Solid Ground Farmer Training series. It's taught by Keith Padin of Full Heart Farm.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Organic Soil Fertility for Vegetables and Strawberries

February 12, 2019
Salinas, California
This University of California day-long short course for growers, consultants, and others involved in organic soil fertility management will focus on the practical aspects of soil fertility management for fast-maturing leafy green vegetables and long-season strawberry production. Topics covered include understanding the contribution of various sources of nitrogen for crop production.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Navigating Farm Labor: How to Structure Labor on the Small Farm

February 12, 2019
Alexander, North Carolina
This Organic Growers School evening workshop will showcase how to structure labor on a small farm through the eyes of established regional farmers. This is a great workshop to attend if you have been farming and are looking to take your farm to the next level by bringing on additional labor support. Legal and financial considerations will be highlighted and discussed to better understand which labor structure best fits your farming model.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Food for Profit

February 12, 2019
Unicoi, Tennessee
University of Tennessee's Center for Profitable Agriculture offers Food for Profit, a one-day course that takes you step by step through the information necessary to start and run a small food product business. Sessions will include planning your business, regulations, marketing, safe food handling, packaging, financing and more. A Tennessee food manufacturer will also share some of the realities of a food business.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Defeating Internal Parasites in Sheep and Goats

February 12, 2019
Online
This free, one-hour webinar is the first in a three-part series from Food Animal Concerns Trust on exploring how to defeat parasites in small ruminant animals. This session will discuss the seriousness of parasites, the parasite life cycle, parasite effects and symptoms, and general vocabulary for the discussion. The presenter is NCAT's Linda Coffey.

In: Online

 

West Virginia Small Farm Conference

February 13-16, 2019
Charleston, West Virginia
This 15th annual West Virginia Small Farm Conference will unlock the potential of West Virginia small farms to produce food profitably and will help small farms transition from commodity production to food production for community and local consumption. The conference boasts a variety of useful topics, unique events, and informative speakers across more than 110 sessions.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

FarmStarts

February 12 or 13, 2019
Altamont or Piper City, Illinois
FarmStarts provides free training for beginning farmers who have been in the business for less than 10 years on organic grain and dairy production and marketing, as well as organic transition and certification, risk management, and farm finances. Conventional and organic producers are welcome. Beginning farmers may qualify for a travel and expense allowance.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Organic Grain Conference & Trade Show

February 13-14, 2019
Champaign, Illinois
The Organic Grain Conference is the largest event in Illinois dedicated solely to organic grain education and networking. Explore advancements and issues facing the industry. Both production and policy sessions are included in the agenda.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Conference

February 14-16, 2019
Corpus Christi, Texas
Join farmers, ranchers, and gardening enthusiasts from all over Texas at the TOFGA conference to share ideas, network, build community, and have fun. The conference includes two days of interactive learning sessions, plus multiple add-on pre-conference workshops and farm tours.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Nevada Farms Conference

February 14-16, 2019
Reno, Nevada
The Nevada Farms Conference offers three intensive workshops, pre-conference farm tours, and 15 sessions in three different tracks, with learning opportunities for all types and sizes of farms and ranches.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Food Hub Boot Camp

February 14-15, 2019
Livingston and Ronan, Montana
Montana Food and Agriculture Development Center Program Network is partnering with Tera Johnson of the Food Finance Institute to bring the Food Hub Boot Camp to Montana. The training will be four days of intensive training (in two consecutive locations) on food hub business modeling, financial infrastructure, and raising capital. This training is designed to help each participating food hub operator understand their own unique business model, get underneath the hood of their financial statements, and identify a pathway to raising capital and achieving a resilient, successful business.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Organicology

February 14-16, 2019
Portland, Oregon
Billed as "The Study of a Sustainable Food Future," Organicology features workshops, all-day intensives, and a large trade show. Keynote speakers are Patrick Holden, Winona LaDuke, and a panel of regional organic farmers.

In: Western SARE Region

 

OEFFA Annual Conference

February 14-16, 2019
Dayton, Ohio
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association hosts its 40th annual conference, "Just Farming: The path before us." The event begins with Food and Farm School and continues with social events, six workshop sessions with multiple concurrent workshops, keynote speakers Elizabeth Henderson and Onika Abraham, and an exhibit hall.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

New Mexico Organic Farming Conference

February 15-16, 2019
Albuquerque, New Mexico
The New Mexico Organic Farming Conference features a mix of workshop sessions and social events. Workshop tracks include Water, Soil, Management, Plants/Seeds, and New/Exciting. NCAT's Rex Dufour and Dave Scott will speak at the conference.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Feast Down East

February 15, 2019
Wilmington, North Carolina
Feast Down East's Annual Local Food Conference brings together all those who are involved in supporting and growing the local food system in Southeastern North Carolina: farmers and fishermen, food retailers and establishments, foodies, advocates, and community leaders. The purpose of the conference is to strengthen the activities of these groups and the relationships between them. Workshop topics include agricultural and gardening techniques, cooking demonstrations and food tastings, and the policy work of local food councils.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Granite State Graziers Winter Grazing Conference

February 16, 2019
Concord, New Hampshire
Granite State Graziers winter grazing conference is New Hampshire's premier educational event for pasture-based farmers, offering workshops, networking, and inspiration. Presenters include Kathy Voth and Kathy Soder.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Mother Earth News Fair

February 16-17, 2019
Belton, Texas
The Mother Earth News Fair is a unique opportunity to interact with some of the most sought-after experts in the world of sustainability. Speakers will address renewable energy, organic gardening, animal husbandry, modern homesteading, and more. The event features workshops, hands-on extended workshops, and a marketplace.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Organic Agriculture Research Forum

February 16, 2019
Portland, Oregon
In conjunction with Organicology, the Organic Farming Research Foundation will hold the 2019 Organic Agriculture Research Forum. The forum will feature talks from researchers, farmers, students, and other agriculture specialists chosen for their innovative excellence and relevance to the advancement of organic agriculture, implementation of sustainable practices, and improvement of our food system overall. Presentations will cover a variety of topics ranging from organic farming for climate change, crop cultivars developed for organic systems, and organic pest and weed management. Farmers, ranchers, extension staff, educators, agricultural professionals, and others interested in organic agriculture are invited to attend. NCAT's Jeff Schahczenski is one of the presenters at this event.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Farm Dreams Workshop

February 16, 2019
Asheville, North Carolina
This entry-level, one-day workshop from Organic Growers School will help people in the exploratory stages of starting their own farms learn about sustainable farming careers, finances, and resources, and help them begin to develop a plan to move forward.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Wisconsin Cut Flower Growers School

February 16-17, 2019
Madison, Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Cut Flower Growers School is a two-day workshop from University of Wisconsin, Madison, designed to help new and beginning growers learn the ins and outs of producing and marketing cut flowers. Learn from experienced growers about variety selection, seed starting, planting and harvest schedules and methods, post-harvest handling, pest management, tools and equipment, and direct marketing. Find out how to turn your passion for flowers into a sustainable small business. Speakers will emphasize sustainable and organic production practices.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

NOFA Vermont Winter Conference

February 16-18, 2019
Burlington, Vermont
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont presents its 37th annual Winter Conference, with the theme "Food Traditions: Celebrating Our Agricultural Roots." The agenda includes roundtables, workshop sessions, keynotes Leah Penniman and Melody Walker Brook, exhibits, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Farmer to Farmer Field Days at Yokayo Roots Farm

February 18, 2019
Ukiah, California
This free technical workshop for farmers will focus on the tools, techniques, and processes for effective winter hoop house production. It will look at how best to protect winter crops, whether or not to heat a greenhouse, selection of winter crops, the timing of winter production and more. Attendance is free and open to specialty crop growers, as well as anyone aspiring toward a career in production agriculture.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Tuskegee University Farmers Conference

February 18-23, 2019
Tuskegee, Alabama
The 127th annual Tuskegee University Farmers Conference is a two-day educational forum that features tours, panel discussions, interactive demonstrations, and concurrent workshops. The theme for this year's conference is "Solving Common Problems in Uncommon Ways: Sustainable Innovation for the People." Sessions address emerging issues surrounding small farmers, farm families, and rural communities.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Conference

February 19-20, 2019
Grantville, Pennsylvania
The Northeast Pasture Consortium's Annual Conference will be held prior to the Pennsylvania Forage Conference. Sessions will address transitioning a dairy to pasture-based operation, managing pastures, and meat marketing.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Breaking Bad Habits: Integrating Crop Diversity into High Tunnel Production Systems

February 19, 2019
Online
Join eOrganic for a webinar to learn what crops other than tomatoes can be grown in high tunnels, and how to integrate cover crops into your high tunnel rotations. The presenter is Cary Rivard of Kansas State University. K-State has been working on research projects to determine the feasibility of high tunnels for other high-value crops like strawberries, sweet potato slips, melons, and others, in addition to cover-cropping strategies for high tunnel growers. This presentation will explore some of these options and discuss different strategies for incorporating diversity into high tunnel production.

In: Online

 

Eastern New York Fruit and Vegetable Conference

February 19-21, 2019
Albany, New York
Cornell Cooperative Extension hosts the 2nd annual Eastern New York Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Day one includes a full day on tree fruit, a full day on small fruit, a full day of FSMA/PSA grower training and a morning of business management. Day two includes a general session on pollinators, followed by full sessions of vegetables and tree fruit. Day three includes several half day workshops including: a fertility session for annual and perennial crops, a grape production workshop for eastern growers, a CSA marketing intensive, and an in-depth irrigation workshop for annual and perennial crops.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Scaling up to Wholesale: Marketing & Production

February 19, 2019
Ann Arbor, Michigan
This day-long workshop is presented by the Michigan State University Farmer Field School. Learn directly from six farmers who are succeeding with wholesale markets. Whether you want to get started with wholesale or take your farm's wholesale business to the next level, this is the workshop for you.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Defeating Internal Parasites in Sheep and Goats

February 19, 2019
Online
This free, one-hour webinar is the second in a three-part series from Food Animal Concerns Trust on exploring how to defeat parasites in small ruminant animals. This session will discuss ways to prevent parasites, including organic principles for encouraging animal health, animal selection, evasive grazing, strategic deworming, and quarantine of new purchases. The presenter is NCAT's Linda Coffey.

In: Online

 

Urban & Small Farms Conference

February 20-21, 2019
West Valley, Utah
At this conference, learn from experts in the field about improving production practices to increase your yields and farm business profits. Topics will include beginning operations; water issues; advanced fruit, vegetable, and soil management; beginning animal operations; and cut flower operations.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Mountain West Seed Summit: Reunion of the Radicles

February 21-23, 2019
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance is presenting its 2nd Mountain West Seed Summit at the Institute of American Indian Arts. This hallmark event will represent the vanguard of a burgeoning movement to reclaim seed sovereignty in local communities and create a sustainable food future rooted in local seeds. Seed growers, seed stewards, farmers, gardeners, and food activists will join together for three days of seed knowledge and networking. Speakers include author and gift economy proponent Charles Eisenstein (Sacred Economics), Mohawk seed steward Rowen White, head of the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network, and Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Drought Planning Workshop

February 21, 2019
Minot, North Dakota
North Dakota State University Extension is collaborating with the Drought Mitigation Center to host a free drought planning workshop. During this one-day workshop, participants will learn about the impacts of drought, tools available for drought planning, and how to develop and implement a plan. Ranchers Jim Faulstich of South Dakota and Lynn Myers of Nebraska will share information about the drought plans for their ranches. The workshop is capped at 40 participants.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Agriculture as the Heart of Environmentalism: Institute for Mindful Agriculture Winter Workshop

February 21-23, 2019
Ghent, New York
The Institute for Mindful Agriculture welcomes you to its 2019 Winter Workshop, with presenters Dan McKanan, Karen Washington, and Lorrie Clevenger, as well as the IMA team, and Hawthorne Valley's Farmscape Ecology Program team. Explore agriculture as a restorative practice for tending our inner sense of belonging and creating spaces for letting this connection live in community. The workshop will include time for presentations, in-depth discussion, and reflection.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

MOSES Organic Farming Conference

February 21-23, 2019
LaCrosse, Wisconsin
The MOSES conference is the largest event in the United States about organic and sustainable farming, offering 60 workshops over six sessions, inspiring keynotes, engaging roundtables, and a resource-packed exhibit hall with more than 170 vendors.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Organic University

February 21, 2019
LaCrosse, Wisconsin
These in-depth classes take place the day before the MOSES Organic Farming Conference. Nine different topics are offered, including industrial hemp, organic weed management, managing risk, organic mushrooms, grazing, produce safety, soil, specialty cut flowers, and wholesale vegetable production.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Pastured and Free-Range Poultry Workshop

February 22-23, 2019
Corvallis, Oregon
This two-day workshop on pastured and free-range poultry is presented by the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program led by University of California Cooperative Extension and others including NCAT. These courses aim to provide beginning poultry farmers in California and Oregon essential information regarding such topics as husbandry practices, housing, records maintenance, biosecurity, and more. The courses will include both lecture and hands-on labs.

In: Western SARE Region

 

California Small Farm Conference

February 22-23, 2019
Davis, California
The California Small Farm Conference pulls together innovators, family farmers, and experts in environmentally and economically transformative practices. It's an opportunity to interact with leaders in your field, to network, and to learn about new trends and practices. The conference is developed in partnership with CAFF/Farmers Guild. It includes workshops, on-site day-long short courses and off-site day-long field courses.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Business of Farming Conference

February 23, 2019
Asheville, North Carolina
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project's (ASAP) annual Business of Farming Conference brings together professional farmers from across the Southeast region to network and share resources to grow their farm businesses. At the conference farmers learn about marketing, business planning, branding, and management from regional experts and innovative farmers. The conference is designed for beginning and established farmers, and those seriously considering farming as a profession.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

CT NOFA Annual Winter Conference

February 23, 2019
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Connecticut NOFA presents its Annual Winter Conference, the largest gathering of organic farming and food enthusiasts in Connecticut. Enjoy a wide array of workshops, great gift and farm goods shopping, a delicious lunch, and keynote speaker CR Lawn, founder of Fedco Seeds.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

OSU Small Farms Conference

February 23, 2019
Corvallis, Oregon
The Oregon Small Farms Conference is a day-long event geared toward farmers, agricultural professionals, food policy advocates, students and managers of farmers markets. More than 25 educational sessions are offered on a variety of topics relevant to the Oregon small farmers. Featured speakers include Josh Volk, Ellen Polishuk, and Karen "Mimo" Davis and Miranda Duschack.

In: Western SARE Region

 

InTents Conference: Grow Your Farmers Market Business

February 24-26, 2019
San Diego, California
Whether you're a farmer, artisan food maker, or farmers market manager, you'll discover smart new ways to increase your income at the InTents Conference. Take advantage of three full days of inspiring speakers, authors, and experts. Compare notes and gain new perspectives from fellow entrepreneurs. Discover new resources for the supplies and systems you need.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Advanced Business Planning with Richard Wiswall

February 24, 2019
Unity, Maine
MOFGA presents this full-day opportunity to find out your farm's profit centers--which parts of your farm make the most money and which may actually lose money. Learn about efficient farm planning and analysis, efficient farm office management, key financial statements, employee management, and financial tips for success. Set aside the day to finally work on these, and other important farm business concerns.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Agriculture & Food Conference

February 24, 2019
Dighton, Massachusetts
Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership presents its 12th annual Ag & Food Conference. The agenda includes workshops for the general public as well as info-packed sessions for farmers and gardeners of all experience levels. Registration includes a locally sourced lunch, and at the Resource Fair, you'll learn about local organizations and businesses that provide services and products to help you grow.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

CCOF Annual Meeting and Conference

February 26-27, 2019
Fresno, California
Join CCOF and its members for Organic Generation: The Next Era. This year's event will focus on the next era of growth for organic and future generations of organic producers and consumers. The CCOF Annual Meeting and educational conference is a tradition that convenes the CCOF membership and supporters to celebrate successes and plan for the future.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Online Marketing Webinar Series

February 26, 2019
Online
The University of Tennessee's Center for Profitable Agriculture continues its monthly series of webinars on online marketing with a free, one-hour session on Developing a Social Media Strategy, with Sarah Cornelisse, Penn State University.

In: Online

 

Defeating Internal Parasites in Sheep and Goats

February 26, 2019
Online
This free, one-hour webinar is the last in a three-part series from Food Animal Concerns Trust on exploring how to defeat parasites in small ruminant animals. This session will cover treatment protocols and strategies, and will tie together all of the strategies that were discussed throughout the webinar series. The presenter is NCAT's Linda Coffey.

In: Online

 

Tree Fruit Production for Small-Scale Farmers

February 26, 2019
Bethel, Connecticut
This free evening session is part of the University of Connecticut Extension's Solid Ground Farmer Training program. This course will focus on tree fruit production and will cover site selection and preparation, soil requirements for various tree fruit, varieties, planting and care, proper harvesting, and integrated pest management for select insects and diseases.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Food Hub Boot Camp

March 14-15, 2019
Livingston and Ronan, Montana
Montana Food and Agriculture Development Center Program Network is partnering with Tera Johnson of the Food Finance Institute to bring the Food Hub Boot Camp to Montana. The training will be four days of intensive training (in two consecutive locations) on food hub business modeling, financial infrastructure, and raising capital. This training is designed to help each participating food hub operator understand their own unique business model, get underneath the hood of their financial statements, and identify a pathway to raising capital and achieving a resilient, successful business.

In: Western SARE Region

 

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