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Organic Hemp Production

September 18, 2019
Frankfort, Kentucky
Join Organic Association of Kentucky for this afternoon field day to explore the research, logistics, and production realities of growing organic hemp in Kentucky. Dr. Shawn Lucas, (Kentucky State University), Doris Hamilton (Kentucky Department of Agriculture), and Tony Silvernail (Beyond the Bridge Organics/OAK) will share legal updates, KDA and organic certification requirements, genetics, propagation, weed/pest management, fertility, cultivation, protected culture, and more.
In: Southern SARE Region


Alliance of Sustainable Farms Field Day

September 20, 2019
Gulfport, Mississippi
This free field day from the Alliance of Sustainable Farms will take place at 34th Street Wholistic Gardens and Education Center. Field day activities will include a garden tour and Square Foot Gardening/Intensive Planting demonstrations. Pre-registration is required for this free event. To register, send e-mail to
In: Southern SARE Region


A Day on the Farm with Joel Salatin

September 21, 2019
Graham, North Carolina
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund presents a day at Reverence Farms with Joel Salatin. Spend the day mingling with farm animals, taking a hay wagon tour to learn about farming methods, and enjoying presentations.
In: Southern SARE Region


Got Farm Records...Now What?

September 24, 2019
Franklin, Tennessee
University of Tennessee is offering this workshop in numerous locations during the fall and winter. This workshop is designed for existing or would-be operators of a value-added farm business. Using records developed for an example farm with value-added enterprises, presenters will teach how to export the example farm records into a spreadsheet and how to analyze and use them in making business management decisions.
In: Southern SARE Region


Caterpillar Tunnel Construction Field Day

September 24, 2019
Richfield, North Carolina
North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, and others present an opportunity to get hands-on experience with caterpillar tunnel construction. Participants will also learn from season extension experts about crop management and tunnel selection.
In: Southern SARE Region


Developing a Food Safety Plan & Building Wholesale Capacity

September 25, 2019
Conway, South Carolina
In this full-day workshop, Krista Morgan, Market Access Coordinator at Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, will share what farms should consider before scaling up business and what adjustments need to be made before entering wholesale markets. She will also address how to choose which crops to grow based on market choice, how to choose the right wholesaler for your farm, and how to develop a good working relationship with your buyers. Kim Butz, Local Produce Safety Coordinator, will provide an overview of the Harmonized GAP Food Safety Standard. Kim will provide farmers with the tools necessary to reduce food safety risks, meet market requirements, and closely align with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements. By the end of the workshop, you will have a personal GAP food safety plan tailored to your farm.
In: Southern SARE Region


Conservation Resources Workshop

September 25, 2019
Jacksonville, North Carolina
Through this morning workshop, participants will learn about many conservation practices and how local organizations can assist in the implementation on-farm. This workshop is being conducted in cooperation between CFSA, NC Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Onslow County SWCD.
In: Southern SARE Region


Farming & Gardening: Biodynamic Principles & Practices

September 26-28, 2019
Floyd, Virginia
This workshop will give both beginners and experienced farmers/gardeners a solid basis for understanding the major ideas and principles of Biodynamic Agriculture. Join biodynamic practitioners and teachers Gunther Hauk and Alex Tuchman at Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary as they share a combined 50 years of experience.
In: Southern SARE Region


Regenerative Agricultural Summit

September 26-28, 2019
Greenville, Tennessee
The 2019 Regenerative Agricultural Summit will be held at the University of Tennessee Ag Research & Education Center. It will feature Gabe Brown, Ray Archuleta, and Russ Wilson, along with speakers from the University of Tennessee and other experts.
In: Southern SARE Region


Fertility, Cover Crops, and Soil Testing Field Day

September 26, 2019
Lexington, Kentucky
This Organic Association of Kentucky afternoon field day is geared toward production farmers. UK Extension Vegetable Specialist Rachel Rudolph and Sustainable Agriculture Professor Krista Jacobsen will walk producers through ongoing monitoring of soil health and composition, as well as tools and strategies for developing efficient and targeted nutrient budgets and fertility management plans for open field and high tunnel production.
In: Southern SARE Region


No-Till & Cover Cropping: Techniques to Save Time & Increase Soil Health

September 29, 2019
Chester, South Carolina
This event includes an informative tour of Wild Hope Farm and a workshop focused around No-Till and Cover Cropping Techniques. Topics will include cover crop selection, weed-free cover crops, roller crimper 101, and extending weed suppression.
In: Southern SARE Region


Star City Urban Farm Bike Tour

September 29, 2019
Roanoke, Virginia
This 17-mile charity bike tour of Roanoke's urban micro-farms will visit Garden Variety Harvests sites as well as Lick Run Community Farm. All farm sites are within Roanoke City and producing biologically grown vegetables sold in Roanoke farmers markets and restaurants.
In: Southern SARE Region


Managing Weather-Related Risk for Specialty Crops

October 1, 2019
Ardmore, Oklahoma
Noble Research Institute offers this free evening course designed to acquaint experienced and novice growers with the many strategies available to manage weather-related risks, including too much water, too little water, wind, hail, intense sunlight, excess heat and frost/freeze events.
In: Southern SARE Region


Beginning Livestock Workshop

October 4, 2019
Judsonia, Arkansas
Join NCAT for a free, one-day beginning livestock workshop at Wholly Cow Farms. NCAT Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale and NCAT Livestock Specialist Linda Coffey will teach sessions on business planning, marketing, and sustainable livestock production. Farmer Ryan Pace will lead a tour of the farm and share his experiences raising organic grass-fed beef, including his rotational grazing and forage management systems. Other topics will include hog production and an introduction to USDA programs.
In: Southern SARE Region


Carolina Meat Conference: The Future of Local Meat

October 5-7, 2019
Charlotte, North Carolina
NC Choices Carolina Meat Conference is a nationally recognized event, specifically focused on bringing together every part of the meat supply chain. Farmers, chefs, butchers, and industry leaders convene for two days of unparalleled networking, hands-on training, and technical and business assistance.
In: Southern SARE Region


Got Farm Records…Now What?

October 8, 2019
Memphis, Tennessee
this workshop University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture is offering this workshop in numerous locations during the fall and winter. This workshop is designed for existing or would-be operators of a value-added farm business. Using records developed for an example farm with value-added enterprises, presenters will teach how to export the example farm records into a spreadsheet and how to analyze and use them in making business management decisions.
In: Southern SARE Region


Grazing School

October 9, 2019
Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Illinois River Watershed Partnership hosts its second annual Grazing School. This day-long program will discuss methods of management for intensive grazing and Cooperative Extension's 300 Days of Grazing Program. The morning session will begin with a field tour of a rotational grazing operation in Benton County and a fencing demonstration. The afternoon session will feature talks on topics such as the economic benefits of rotational grazing, how to set up a grazing plan, and more.
In: Southern SARE Region


Taking Your Grazing to the Next Level with Holistic Management

October 10-11, 2019
Decatur, Texas
This two-day workshop from Holistic Management International, held at Leo Ranch, will be filled with interactive sessions led by experienced graziers and educators. It is designed for those who already have some experience with holistic planned grazing and want to be inspired and prepared to take their management to a higher level.
In: Southern SARE Region


Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference

October 11-13, 2019
Hendersonville, North Carolina
The 15th annual Wise Women Herbal Conference features top presenters with engaging classes for every woman interested in herbal medicine, personal growth, and the Wise Woman ways, from beginning herbalists to advanced practitioners.
In: Southern SARE Region


Fall Flower and Garden Fest

October 11-12, 2019
Crystal Springs, Mississippi
Mississippi State University presents the free Fall Flower & Garden Fest at the Truck Crops Experiment Station. Topics will include specialty crops, beekeeping, composting, variety selection, and more.
In: Southern SARE Region


Homestead Dreams

October 12, 2019
Asheville, North Carolina
Organic Growers School offers an entry-level workshop designed to help you incorporate small-scale sustainability and self-sufficiency into your life. Whether you own or rent a home, or live in a rural or urban setting, you can move towards self-reliance now.
In: Southern SARE Region


Introduction to Land Stewardship

October 15, 2019
Marietta, Oklahoma
This free, half-day course from Noble Research Institute will provide you with an understanding of the principles, processes, and tools to effectively implement land-stewardship-focused management strategies on your operation. The focus will primarily be on applying Aldo Leopold's five tools—axe, cow, plow, match and gun—to meet stewardship goals and objectives.
In: Southern SARE Region


Agricultural Resilience Clinic with Nicole Masters

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


Food Incubation Summit

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


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