The Summit is a statewide educational event (the only of its kind in Florida) geared toward farmers and the public (those who eat, cook, and grow good food) to come together and learn new skills and techniques on growing, processing, preparing and selling organic and sustainable foods, on farm and at home. (Click on title for more details)
We have learned from the Michigan State / Wallace Center 2017 National Food Hub Survey that food hubs are maturing as businesses. This Farm Credit East / Wallace Center 2018 Food Hub Benchmark Study dives deep into the business fundamentals that illuminate just how this development is progressing. Click title for more details.
Join us for our 51st Annual Meeting and Estelle Witherspoon Award ceremony in Birmingham and Epes Alabama in August. The event is celebrating a great half-century of work, memories, and progress in the development of the Federation as the foremost organization serving Black Farmers, co-op members and low income people in rural and urban communities.
Come learn about how to assess soil health on the farm, the practices that support it, and why it’s important. We’ll cover the basics of how soil fertility, physical properties, and soil biology are related, and discuss a variety of management strategies that promote soil health, including what researchers at Clemson have learned from years of no-till research. We’ll tour research plots at Clemson’s Student Organic Farm, and demo soil sampling techniques and key organic no-till equipment. We’ll also cover different soil testing methods, and discuss which might be right for your farm. Click title for more details.
The goal of the summit is to improve understanding, capacity and performance of farms and businesses that participate in direct to consumer markets. Summit will feature new resources—intended to assist farmers, market managers and direct marketing farmers—as well as research and data on direct to consumer markets.
National leaders and experts from industry and the public sector will participate in plenary sessions and break-out trainings. Technical assistance will include workshops for Farmers Market Promotion Program grant participants and MarketMaker stakeholders. (Click title for more details)
THE FARM & FOOD EVENT OF THE YEAR!
The Sustainable Agriculture Conference brings together farmers, foodies, ag-tivists, and experts for a weekend of celebration of innovation in local, sustainable agriculture.
Attendees will experience a supportive and interactive event featuring local farmer-mentors as well as experts from various sectors of our agricultural system. (Click title for more details)
The 43rd annual Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference and Trade Show will be in Louisville, KY from Dec 4 – 7, 2018. https://www.acresusa.com/events/2018conference
The Conference includes Eco-Ag intensive, day-long workshops; seminars; 1-on-1 eco-consultant opportunities; round table discussions, an eco-ag trade show, and film screenings geared toward the beginning to advanced farmer. Keynote speakers include Joel Salatin.
Registration is now open https://www.acresusa.com/events/2018conference/registration-19
Volunteer opportunities include a waived registration fee ($200) for a total of 4-6 volunteer hours during the event https://www.acresusa.com/events/2018conference/volunteer
Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference will be January 23-26, 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s 28th annual conference is for serious organic and sustainable producers, farm to school participants, urban farmers or those interested in creating more vibrant community food systems in the South. The event offers informative pre-conference courses and field trips, practical conference sessions, networking and a trade show. Each year, participants go home with information to use immediately to improve their operations.
Full schedule available October 1st: https://www.ssawg.org/conference
In partnership with the United States Botanic Garden (USBG), NCAT is bringing the week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) training to Washington, D.C., for a special event focused on urban farming. Armed to Urban Farm will give veterans an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and learn about urban farming as a viable career.
ATF combines engaging classroom sessions with farm tours and hands-on activities. Participants will learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, urban soils, land access, vegetable production, and more. Participants will gain a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farming enterprise. In addition, ATF attendees will join a nationwide network of supportive farmer-veterans and agricultural advisors. Click on title for more details.
The Exploring Our Living Streams Curriculum provides hands-on activities for teaching students about watershed science and water monitoring. The 4-H AWW Program provides support to clubs and classrooms as they use the curriculum and collect water data. During the 2 day EOLS workshop, participants are certified as water monitors (water chemistry and stream biomonitoring) and learn how their students can be certified as 4-H AWW Water Monitors. (Click on title for more details)
For the 8th year in a row, Kentucky’s own Whippoorwill Festival invites students of all ages and experiences to learn sustainable living skills in the heart of Appalachia, July 13-15, 2018. The Festival hosts over 50 workshops geared toward enhancing our relationship with the earth and each other, such as herbalism, homesteading, primitive skills, political action, energy and healing, yoga, healthy food and food preserving techniques, natural building, and so much more!
In addition to workshops, the Festival includes live evening music and acoustic jam sessions. This year’s performers include the Chelsea Nolan, Brett Ratliff, Senora May, Seth Murphy and Nick Penn Attendees are encouraged to bring their instruments and participate in open mic and campfire jam sessions.
A family-friendly event, Whippoorwill has countless activities pop up throughout the weekend, including: Field Trips, Kids Clothing Swap, Trade Bizarre, Flutist Circle, multiple Affinity Group Meet n Greets, Kids Activities, and co-parenting scheduling for parents to trade kid-watching. Kids have as much fun as parents and elders at this festival. Click title to learn more.
The USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) anticipates providing more than 200 million free meals to children across the U.S. when school is out of session this summer. The seasonality and flexibility of SFSP create a perfect opportunity to highlight local products and incorporate food education. Join this webinar to learn about USDA farm to summer resources and hear from NFSN Core Partners about innovative farm to summer initiatives taking place across the country. Register here.
Vegetable Production Workshop
JULY 2, 2018
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY
250 E M NORRIS STREET
PRAIRIE VIEW, TX 77446
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This webinar is ideal for those involved or interested in the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Grant Program.
This webinar provides information to develop a useful evaluation plan for both your organization's own use, as well as for a BFRDP proposal. We’ll be taking a deeper dive into creating outcomes and indicators. Participants will gain an understanding of the basic steps, and will have a list of resources to use in developing future plans. Click title for more information.
Lexington, Kentucky, is a food and literature citadel, an idealized college town where farmers and cooks and writers tell new stories about the South. Join SFA for a three-day Summer Symposium that explores this diverse city, at the heart of the Bluegrass region and on the cusp of Appalachia. Through lectures, oral history presentations, documentary films, dinners, tastings, and experiences, SFA will frame the centrality of Kentucky in the regional food conversation. (Click title for more details)
Websites, social media, email, and other types of digital marketing are great tools, but they can also be a huge waste of time. This session will cover basic dos and don’ts of websites, tips for getting found on the web through search engine optimization and online directories, and making the most of email and social media marketing. Click title for more details.
Fundraising for farm to school can be challenging. Join us to learn about different opportunities and avenues to fundraise for farm to school activities. This webinar will be led by Lea Madry, National Farm to School Network Development Director, and is open to the public. Register here.
In partnership with the United States Botanic Garden (USBG), NCAT is bringing the week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) training to Washington, D.C., for a special event focused on urban farming. Armed to Urban Farm will give veterans an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and learn about urban farming as a viable career. Please click on the title to learn more.
Your farm brand consists of everything that you offer, say, or do, from the quality of your produce or meat to the color of your logo to the way you greet your customers. This session will explain how to creating a clear, consistent, and compelling brand that can help people remember your farm, build customer loyalty, and increase sales. Click here to register.
State-supported farm to school positions within state agencies and Extension offices offer vital leadership and support to further institutionalize the farm to school movement. Join this webinar to learn about a new resource from the National Farm to School Network which highlights the growth and prevalence of state-supported farm to school positions and offers tools, resources and best practices for advocating for and maintaining state positions. Click title for more details.
Kent Solberg, Grazing and Livestock Specialist with the Sustainable Farming Association, will discuss options for creating a forage chain by sequencing annual, perennial, and stored forages to feed your ruminant animals. Join in to learn how a well-designed forage chain can offer multiple benefits to your farm - including extending the grazing season and reducing feed costs. > Register
Field day activities will include: “A Garden Tour and Square Foot Gardening/Intensive Planting Demonstrations”. The Square Foot Gardening method saves gardeners time, effort, tools, space and water. Schools across the nation and international humanitarian groups around the world are using the Square Foot Gardening method making inroads against poverty and hunger. The Square Foot Gardening method is estimated to cost 50% less, uses 20% less space, 10% of the water, and only 2% of the work compared to single row gardening. Additional benefits are: virtually no weeds, no digging or rototilling, and no heavy tools are necessary. Read More
Are you a farmer who raises your animals on pasture? Or perhaps you are a consumer who buys humanely-raised meat, milk, and eggs. Join us to learn more about the nutritional benefits that come from raising food animals on grass. Our presenter, Collette Lentz, MS, will discuss the nutritional advantages and the associated human health benefits of pasture-raised versus conventionally-raised animals. > Register
A Conversation with Lowcountry Local First and the Responsive Evolution of an Incubator and Apprenticeship Program
DESCRIPTION: Join us for a conversation with Brian Wheat from Lowcountry Local First (https://lowcountrylocalfirst.org/). Their Good Farming initiative supports sustainable agriculture and is designed to grow and connect the local food system by training new farmers, supporting existing farm businesses and educating consumers. Additionally, they provide consulting services for private companies, municipal government, and anchor institutions to cultivate local farms and fill gaps in economic development activities. Lowcountry Local First has transitioned their farmer training program from an incubator farm model to an apprenticeship model that incorporates apprenticeships with local food businesses as well as farms, providing pathways to careers in food throughout the value chain. Learn about this transformation and participate in the discussion to see how their transition and lessons learned might be applicable to your farmer training program.
Target Audience: This presentation is geared toward organizations and programs providing training to beginning farmers through hands on experiential training.
Overwhelmed by the challenges of accessing farmland? Don’t be. Whether you are a new, beginning or established farmer, this webinar will help you navigate the issues around accessing farmland or a farm property. Jason Silverman with Land For Good will discuss land tenure arrangements, including leasing and owning, as well as provide tips for finding and evaluating a piece of land. > Register
A presentation intended to inspire Extension educators who want to make racial equity a more intentional part of their work – and an introduction to resources and tools to help do so.
In this webinar, we will begin to discuss what racial equity training is and how it benefits Extension work. We will also suggest additional resources and tools useful to those who want to bring racial equity training to their organizations.
This is the first in a series of webinars that will explore the role that racial equity plays in our food system. Click title for more details and to register.
The Arkansas Agriculture Department, in coordination with the Arkansas Farm to School Team, will host a Farm to School Training and “Local Conversations Event” in Northwest Arkansas in mid-April 2018. The event is two-fold. The morning will serve as specific Farm to School training, relevant to Arkansas producers/farmers, and others with a vested interest in Farm to School efforts or members of the supply chain. There will be lunch provided for attendees. The afternoon session will shift gears slightly, and be similar to past “Local Conversations” events hosted by the Arkansas Agriculture Department. The afternoon will function more like a vendor tradeshow, open to the public, and will bring in partners like Governor Hutchinson's initiative, Healthy Active Arkansas. Click tItle above for more details.
In 2018 $30M in funding is available through the USDA AMS Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) support an array of direct-to-consumer and local food market projects. These competitive grant opportunities are important sources of support for building local and regional food systems. But if you don’t have much experience with grant writing, applying for a federal grant can seem like a big lift. How can you present your project in a way that captures the hearts and minds of reviewers? How should you structure your budget? How do you measure and evaluate the metrics stipulated in the RFA?
To answer these questions and more the Wallace Center, the Farmers Market Coalition, Colorado State University, and USDA AMS are teaming up to bring you the webinar Crafting Winning LFPP/FMPP Proposals. Dawn Thilmany and Becca Jablonski of Colorado State University will lead participants through best practices for planning and writing LFPP/FMPP proposals, emphasizing that designing an effective and impactful goal-based program is the foundation of successful grant applications. The webinar will take place on April 12th at 2:00pm EST. Click here to register for the webinar.
The event aims to help strengthen the ability of regional food systems to promote healthy food access, economic security, equity and prosperity in both rural and urban communities. They are convening practitioners, producers, investors, and others experienced with innovative food enterprises in order to learn from the successes of regional stakeholders as well as the ongoing challenges they face. Participants will also explore unique partnerships and policy initiatives to address capital gaps and inequitable access within disenfranchised communities.
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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service will host two informational webinars to go over the application process and requirements. The first webinar takes place on Tuesday March 27th at 2pm ET and will focus on navigating Grants.gov. The second webinar will be held the following day, March 28th at 2pm ET and focuses specifically on the application process. For more information and to register click here.
Join the Wallace Center as they explore how the collaborations, non-traditional partnerships, and innovative multi-stakeholder engagements that are emerging across local and regional food value chains are interacting to create true vitality within the food system.
The central focus of the NGFN Conference is on the success of food hubs. They're gearing up for 400+ food hub managers, staff and supporters of all types to dig deep into the nuts and bolts of running hubs, financing, technology, and enhancing the triple bottom line.
March 27-30, 2018
Are you interested in raising goats? Or perhaps you already are but have questions about how to improve your management practices. This is the webinar for you! Annie Warmke of Blue Rock Station in Ohio will share how to get started in goat herding, and some great naturally based strategies for keeping goats healthy and happy. Annie has taught natural goat health since 2010 and is the author of the Naturally Healthy Goat Reference Guide. Bring your questions! >Register
Lexington, KY. Local and national speakers spotlight a variety of topics, including livestock and row crops, dairy, growing produce, farm finances, and life on the farm. We expect more than 300 participants, including consumers, farmers, academics, government agencies, and businesses from Kentucky and beyond to continue the momentum in building a stronger and healthier food system.
Program features four short courses, 25 educational workshops, Liz Carlisle as the invited keynote speaker, an exhibitor fair, a Farm and Urban Food Systems Tour, a festive reception and silent auction, a special screening of King Corn and the always popular "Meet the Buyers" session. From beginning farmers to experienced growers, to the consumer who wants to learn more about the benefits of organic, these workshops have something for everyone.
Risk Management Education (RME) Community Outreach Conference in Huntsville, Alabama
The Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU) Small Farms Research Center in collaboration with Alabama Cooperative Extension System will be hosting its Community Outreach Conference, on February 28 - March 1, 2018. The conference will focus on the following issues, but not limited to; risk management strategies, business development, USDA programs and services (Farm Service Agency, Rural Development, Housing and business cooperatives, Natural Resource Conservation Services.) Access to capital, New and Emerging Agricultural Issues. Registration will begin Friday, February 9, 2018. Please see attached flyer.
Learn how to evaluate land in the mountains for a possible vineyard site and learn how to lay out the vineyard for best results at Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard & Greenhouse Nursery.
The fee for all classes/workshops is $45 including a catered lunch.
All classes are taught at the Mountain Grape School at Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard in Marshall NC.
Directions to the classroom will be forwarded upon receipt of payment for the class.
You can sign up for workshops at www.JeweloftheblueRidge.com Registration closes three days before the class.
Live long and ferment!
2018 Business of Farming Conference
A-B Tech/Mission Health Conference Center
ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference brings together beginning, established, and aspiring farmers from across the region to share tools and resources to build more successful farm businesses. The conference features over 15 business and marketing workshops led by innovative farmers and business professionals, a Grower-Buyer Meeting, individual consulting opportunities, exhibitor hall, and a locally sourced breakfast and lunch.
Early bird registration is $75 per person or $125 for two farm partners until January 31, and $95 per person or $165 for two farm partners beginning February 1. Farmers can also register to attend a Friday Half-Day Workshop Intensive on "Farm Succession Planning" or Labor Challenges and Strategies" on February 23. Register online for the conference and Friday workshops at http://asapconnections.org/events/business-of-farming-conference/ or contact ASAP at 828-236-1282 to register over the phone.