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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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show

February 27-28, 2019
Sturbridge, Massachusetts
New England's largest agricultural conference solely dedicated to agricultural marketing is sponsored by the six New England State Departments of Agriculture. The goal of the biennial conference is to provide practical agricultural marketing education and information to farmers in New England that they can apply to their agribusiness. Farmers of all types and sizes, new and established, from throughout New England, attend to enhance their marketing and business skills.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

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