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Rodale Institute Organic Field Day

July 19, 2019
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
At this all-day event, join Rodale Institute's researchers and staff to learn the latest results of research projects and visit demonstration stations on the farm. The day is "go at your own pace," meaning you can spend as much time as you'd like at any station learning from experts.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Food Safety in Stacked Enterprise Farming

July 22, 2019
Berkshire, New York
This NOFA New York field day takes place at Kingbird Farm. Managing the many facets of a farm that produces vegetables, chickens and other livestock can create some challenges when it comes to Food Safety considerations, but it also provides huge opportunities in developing healthy, living, highly productive soils. Hear how Karma and Michael plan for optimizing their farm's productive capacity while producing safe, nutrient-dense foods.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Farm Incubator Opportunities

July 24, 2019
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
This CRAFT workshop offers a tour of The Seed Farm's incubator site, including a look at the land, infrastructure, and equipment available to aspiring and beginning growers, such as a walk-in packhouse, tractors, and greenhouse. The workshop will discuss the nuts and bolts of the different ways farmers lease and learn at this unique incubator farm.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Kneading Conference

July 25-26, 2019
Skowhegan, Maine
The Kneading Conference gathers farmers, millers, bakers, maltsters, researchers, and grain enthusiasts from around the world for two days of intensive baking workshops, wood-fired oven building workshops, and discussions about grain growing and running grain businesses. Attendees choose from hands-on workshops, live demonstrations, lectures, panel discussions, and more.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Grasstravaganza: Health & Resiliency from Soil to Table

July 25-27, 2019
Cobleskill, New York
This conference is hosted by SUNY Cobleskill, in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Cornell University Cooperative Extension, the New York Grazing Coalition, and Soil and Water Conservation. Grasstravaganza features both regional and national speakers, including special guest Dr. Elaine Ingham, microbiologist and soil biology researcher, as well as workshops, hands-on learning at the college farm, and local farm tours.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Vital Signs: Knowing Soil from the Ground Up

July 27, 2019
Quechee, Vermont
NOFA Vermont presents this hands-on soil health workshop with educator and soil enthusiast Cat Buxton at Wild Water Farm. The workshop begins with soil health principles, then introduces practices like composting, compost teas and extracts, incorporating cover crops and green manures, hugelkultur, mulching, and using plant guilds to support ecosystem services. Finally, explore a variety of visual soil assessment tools and evidence-based monitoring techniques.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Soil and Water Conservation Society International Annual Conference

July 28-31, 2019
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Bridging the Divide: Uniting Rural and Urban Landscapes for Conservation" includes eight general conservation research and practice topics. Specialty tracks will foster dialogue surrounding unique partnerships in watershed planning and implementation, engagement of the private sector in conservation, and the challenges of adapting the landscape to a changing climate. The agenda includes workshops, concurrent and plenary sessions, and tours.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Water, Soil, Tools at Deep Root Farm

July 29, 2019
Macedon, New York
At this NOFA New York afternoon field day, join Eric Houppert, owner of Deep Root Farm, and others for an interactive round table that will explore strategies for managing soil and handling produce from field to market. Try out tools from hand weeders to walk behind tractors, taking a look at how Eric manages the soil in his context and what you can do on your farm.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Cornell Floriculture Field Day

July 30, 2019
Ithaca, New York
The morning session of the Cornell Floriculture Field Day includes presentations on plant development and trialing, disease management, and labor and policy, as well as research updates from graduate students. The afternoon program includes tours of the annual flower and foliage trial gardens at their new location at Cornell Botanic Garden.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Innovations in Organic Vegetable Production

July 31, 2019
Freeville, New York
This free afternoon event is part of the Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series. Join Cornell researchers and Cornell Cooperative Extension for field tours of ongoing organic research. Learn about soil health, perennial cover crops, hemp production, tarps for weed suppression, variety trials, and vegetable breeding for organic production. The NY Soil Health Trailer will also be on-site with demonstrations to show participants how healthy soil compares to degraded soil.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Management Options and Rootstock Varieties for Organic Apple Production

August 1, 2019
Ithaca, New York
The Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series continues with this free evening event. See how mulch compares to tillage and allowed herbicides in terms of weed suppression and soil health in a block of 'Honeycrisp,' and how 'Modi' performs on different rootstocks in a high-density tall spindle orchard. Advances in organic management of insect pests and diseases will also be discussed.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Farmer Olympics

August 6, 2019
Burlington, Vermont
NOFA Vermont presents the 5th annual Farmer Olympics. Individual farm teams will show off their finely-honed skills in events ranging from physical to cerebral to just plain ridiculous. Unwind, celebrate the season, and kick back before that heavy fall workload begins.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Balancing Quality and Efficiency amid an Evolving Labor Force: Myth-busting H2A for Small Farms

August 7, 2019
Lisbon, New York
At this NOFA New York afternoon field day, Kent Family Growers will share how their farm manages the challenges of reaching far-flung markets while offering local CSA members maximum choice, despite their rural northern location. This field day covers a range of topics from how to identify 1% efficiencies to help you maximize production, to how you can integrate on-farm fruit and vegetable processing while maintaining high food safety standards. Particular focus of this field day will be on farm labor.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Insect and Disease Management in Organic Vegetable Production

August 8, 2019
Pocantico Hills, New York
Stone Barns Center is hosting Abby Seaman, from Cornell University, for a full-day workshop for beginning farmers. The morning session will cover pest and beneficial biology and identification, as well as integrated pest management concepts, with crop-specific examples. The afternoon will be a crop walk, looking at pests and beneficials in the field and discussing possible management strategies.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Grass-milk Production Systems

August 8, 2019
Charlotte, Vermont
At this mid-day NOFA Vermont workshop, join Organic Valley veterinarian Dr. Guy Jodarski and farmers Joe and Emily Donegan to discuss grass-milk production. There will be a particular focus on grazing management, nutrition, animal housing, and labor efficiency.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Organic Dairy Series: Overcoming Dairy Production Challenges

August 12, 2019
Walpole, New Hampshire
University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program offers an opportunity to join UVM Extension Agronomist Heather Darby and Sarah Flack, Livestock Production Consultant, for a pasture walk and talk addressing strategies for overcoming grass-fed dairy production challenges. Chris and Holly Gowdy have been managing a seasonal grass-fed dairy herd with the cows calving in late summer. This allows them to focus on producing high quality first cut hay and align pasture productivity and herd demand. The event is free.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Packhouse Design & Post-Harvest Handling

August 13, 2019
Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania
During this twilight meeting presented by PASA, you'll tour wash and pack areas at two different farms while examining their advantages and disadvantages. At farm, learn how farming on rented land can impact post-harvest activities. Next, at Blackberry Meadows Farm, learn how relocating and redesigning their wash and pack area has improved efficiency at the farm. Presenters will also review important considerations for installing or improving a packhouse on your own farm.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Building Resilience into Organic Forage Systems

August 14, 2019
Truxton, New York
This free event is part of the Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series. Visit Kirk and Kathie Arnold at Twin Oaks Dairy and learn about mixed intercropping, interseeding into corn, and double cropping with triticale and sorghum sudangrass. Cornell researchers will discuss improving soil health and other ways farmers can increase resilience to extreme weather events. The NY Soil Health Trailer will also be on-site with demonstrations to show participants how healthy soil compares to degraded soil.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Raising Organic Pastured Poultry

August 14, 2019
Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania
PASA is offering a free afternoon tour of Carversville Farm Foundation to see how the farm is expanding its organic pastured poultry operation to raise 400 turkeys, 3,000 broilers, and 1,300 laying hens this year. The tour will focus on examining the farm's systems to husband and harvest certified organic poultry. In addition to reviewing the nuts and bolts of seasonal setup and daily care, the event will explore utilizing appropriate technologies, increasing production efficiency, determining performance objectives, and maintaining records.
In: Northeast SARE Region


New Tools for Managing Onion Thrips and Foliar Disease in Organic Onion Production

August 15, 2019
Geneva, New York
NOFA New York offers this free opportunity to join other onion growers and Cornell researchers to learn about current projects on organic management of an important insect pest, the onion thrips, and foliar diseases of onions. Tour active research plots to see how new resistant onion cultivars, plastic mulches, and OMRI-Listed pesticides and adjuvants are managing these pests.
In: Northeast SARE Region


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