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
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)
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)
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)
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.
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
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.
FREE Water Testing and Employee Training Workshop hosted by Healthy Living Farm, Extension, GFVGA, Global Growers, NRCS, Cooper Ag, and Georgia Organics. Each participant will receive templates and instructions on how to document for GAP/FSMA, an opportunity for a water test cost share, free lunch, and one-on-one and group consultation from Extension and GFVGA.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 20th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
A.M. - Water Testing and Water System Inspection 101
- - How to fill in and use water testing/ag die off/system inspection records for FSMA/GAP
- - Irrigation discussion and cost-share opportunities from NRCS
- - How to take and read your water test and next steps
P.M. - Employee Training 101
- - Interactive session demonstrating employee training practices
- - Distribution of employee training video resources, farm signs, and employee training templates
- - The when, why, where and how of employee training and demonstration on how to document for FSMA/GAP
- - Discussion on food storage best practices: temperatures, ethylene gas food sensitivities, etc.
* This workshop is limited to 15 participants *
Join Georgia Organics on the banks of the Savannah River in Augusta where hundreds of attendees will unite for the 21st Annual Georgia Organics Conference & Expo.
Over two days, you’ll be inspired, connected, refreshed, invigorated and challenged. Farmers will share techniques, hacks and acumen that lift farmer productivity and prosperity. Educators will inspire with stories of kids loving broccoli. Advocates will rally to fight for just and clean food. Augustans will give tours around their healthy food oasis. Exhibitors will show off the latest and greatest. And everyone will eat good and beautiful food grown by the ultimate stewards of land, flavor and joy. Come see why food is the answer!
Local historian, photographer and food justice activist, Jim Embry, will provide the opening presentation for the Madison County Historical Society’s 2018 Program on Thursday, February 15 6:30 pm at the Central Bank’s Community Meeting Room, 350 W. Main St., Richmond. This inaugural presentation titled "ROOTS IN AGRICULTURE—The Legacy of Henry Laine" will celebrate Black History Month and feature the renowned Madison County native and multi-talented Black leader, Henry Allen Laine (1870-1955). Laine was an educator, agriculturalist, and poet who had major impacts on many aspects of the Madison County community for over 50 years.
Virginia State University and Virginia Association for Biological Farming present Virginia's premier gathering of farmers, gardeners, and supporters as the Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF) and Virginia State University (VSU) collaborate to bring you knowledgeable speakers, informative sessions, amazing local food, and wonderful networking opportunities! Pre-Conference Workshops are offered on Monday, January 22nd.
Conference information can be found at vabf.org. Visit the website often. Information on speakers, sessions, and opportunities to be involved is updated weekly.
Join professional pastured poultry producers from around the country at this two day conference hosted by American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) in Fayetteville, Arkansas, at the Mount Sequoyah Retreat, 50 N Skyline Dr, Fayetteville AR, 72701.
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Have you ever thought about holding an educational event on your farm but not know quite where to start? Join Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) to learn how to pull off a successful program. Kirsten Jurcek, Grazing Educator and owner of Brattset Family Farm in Wisconsin, will share tips and tools to help you plan, promote, and host a pasture walk or similar event. There will be time for Q&A so be sure to come with any burning questions you may have! https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED52DB8088493D
Community Food Strategies, an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems and partnership between several organizations, is hosting a Statewide Food Council Gathering on Nov 30 - Dec 1 for all of the 30+ food councils and their partners across North Carolina. Click on title for more details.
Black Urban Growers (BUGs) announces 7th Annual Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners National Conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, November 10–12, 2017.
Since 2010 they have been creating a space for black urban and rural farmers, food justice activists, chefs, educators, policy makers and everyday citizens to come together and share innovative ideas, projects, and best practices for reclaiming and reshaping our food system.
100% grass-fed milk production is a successful, expanding new market for dairy farmers. Join FACT to learn how to use low-stress cattle handling, low-to-no-tillage seeding, and proper manure distribution to create a 100% grass-fed dairy. Presenter, Kevin Mahalko, is an Organic Valley farmer in Wisconsin. His family’s multi-generation dairy has 120 Holsteins with approximately 350 acres of permanent managed grasslands and hardwood forest. There will be time for Q&A so be sure to come with any questions you may have! https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED52DB8288483D
Join Larissa McKenna, Food Animal Concerns Trust's (FACT) Humane Farming Director, to learn more about applying for a Fund-a-Farmer Grant from FACT. This year they have two types of grants: Pasture Improvement Grants and Certification Grants. They will discuss our grant eligibility guidelines and share tips for applying online. Applications are due by December 4, 2017! https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED52DB84894A31
Join Southern SAWG and a couple hundred other farmers, researchers, and farm service providers in Knoxville, TN at the University of Tennessee's Organic Crops Field Tour. UT has put together an excellent program packed with practical information on profitable vegetable production, cut flower production, packing house design, beekeeping and much more! Click title of post to learn more.
During this summit the Arkansas Monarch Conservation Partnership (AMCP) will present the draft version of the Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Conservation Plan for public comment and review. This plan will also be made available online for those who cannot attend in person. The summit will be held at UA - Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock.