Two-part Produce Farm Training in October at Heifer Ranch (AR)-- Part One: PRODUCE SAFETY GROWER COURSE
Oct
8
8:00 AM08:00

Two-part Produce Farm Training in October at Heifer Ranch (AR)-- Part One: PRODUCE SAFETY GROWER COURSE

Produce Safety Grower Course

October 9th | 8am-5pm | Registration $35 (includes lunch)

For fresh produce farms, FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule sets mandatory federal standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding produce. Most produce farms will be affected by this Rule. This training will help growers understand the new requirements and will provide the information needed to comply with the Produce Safety Rule.

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Organic Oklahoma Conference (OK City)
Oct
10
to Oct 11

Organic Oklahoma Conference (OK City)

New and experienced growers and gardeners who want to learn more about organic and sustainable production practices are invited to attend the 2018 Organic Oklahoma Conference Oct. 10-11 in Oklahoma City.

This annual fall workshop, which will be held at the Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City Student Center, 900 N. Portland Avenue, is proof of the strong interest in organic farming and gardening across the state.

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Two-part Produce Farm Training in October at Heifer Ranch (AR)  Part 2: Scaling up Your Produce Farm: Postharvest  Handling for Intermediated Markets
Oct
10
9:00 AM09:00

Two-part Produce Farm Training in October at Heifer Ranch (AR) Part 2: Scaling up Your Produce Farm: Postharvest Handling for Intermediated Markets

Scaling up Your Produce Farm: Postharvest

Handling for Intermediated Markets

October 10th | 9am-4pm | Registration $10 (includes lunch)

This on-farm workshop will focus on harvest and postharvest operations for fruit and vegetable growers to be able to scale up into wholesale and intermediated markets. Intermediated markets are non-direct-to-consumer markets and include sales directly to restaurants, grocers, schools, universities and other institutions, as well as sales to food hubs and other aggregators and distributors dedicated to local food sourcing.

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NFSN Trending Topics Webinar: Results from the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey
Oct
11
2:00 PM14:00

NFSN Trending Topics Webinar: Results from the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey

The National Farm to School Network (NFSN), in partnership with Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, launched the 2018 National Survey of Early Care and Education Providers in the spring of 2018. Over 2,000 ECE providers from across the country responded and shared information about current farm to ECE initiatives, motivations for participation, challenges to starting or expanding farm to ECE, and more. Join the National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems to hear about the survey findings and learn how you can use the results to promote farm to ECE in your state and community. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

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A Brief Exploration of the Brand New Livestock Compass - Webinar
Oct
18
3:00 PM15:00

A Brief Exploration of the Brand New Livestock Compass - Webinar

Are you a livestock producer who is struggling with profitability and determining your true cost of production?  Join Southern SAWG’s Growing Farm Profits team on Thursday October 18th at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time, 2:00 p.m. Central for a one hour webinar introducing the new Livestock Compass tool that will help lead you to profitable decision making on your farm or ranch.  While this tool will be valuable to all livestock producers, those who raise multiple species of livestock and sell through multiple markets stand to gain the most. Our webinar leaders Jim Munsch and John Hendrickson have extensive experience helping farmers of all kinds improve their profit management decisions. Click title to learn more or here to register.

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Nov
5
8:30 AM08:30

Southwest Florida Small Farmers Networking Meeting (Naples, FL)

WHERE: Oakes Demo Farm, Deer Run Lane, Naples, FL 34120

 WHAT: The SWFL Small Farmers Network is a resource-network focused on diversified and sustainable farming systems.

 This event is open to established and beginning farmers from Hillsborough County south to Collier County.

 Connect with growers and food entrepreneurs in the region.

 We’ll take a farmer-led tour of Oakes Demo operations.

 UF/IFAS Extension presentations on member-selected topics that include, but are not limited to: food safety, direct marketing strategies, regulation and policy issues, aquaculture, diversified farming systems, and more!  

 We’ll host a Pot-luck lunch, so please bring something to share! Click title for more details.

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Sustainable Agriculture Conference (Durham, NC)
Nov
9
to Nov 11

Sustainable Agriculture Conference (Durham, NC)

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)

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Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show (Kentucky)
Dec
4
to Dec 7

Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show (Kentucky)

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

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2019 Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference
Jan
23
to Jan 26

2019 Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference

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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

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NFSN Trending Topics Webinar: State Farm to School Month Proclamations
Sep
20
2:00 PM14:00

NFSN Trending Topics Webinar: State Farm to School Month Proclamations

In addition to the federal Congressional resolution NFSN championed in 2010 to establish October as National Farm to School Month, many states have passed resolutions declaring a Farm to School Week or Month. Similar language can be used in your state legislature or for a proclamation by your governor. Join us to learn from NFSN Core and Supporting Partners how they: 1) advocated and obtained these proclamations, 2) used these farm to school weeks/months to celebrate farm to school, and 3) used these celebrations as a springboard for more farm to school policies. Guest speakers will include NFSN Arkansas Core Partner, Emily English, of Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, and NFSN Hawaii Core Partner, Natalie McKinney, of Kokua Hawaii Foundation. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

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2018 National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit (Virginia)
Sep
15
to Sep 18

2018 National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit (Virginia)

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)

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Appalachia Works: Expanding Opportunities For Our Region's Future (MS)
Sep
12
to Sep 14

Appalachia Works: Expanding Opportunities For Our Region's Future (MS)

Countdown to Tupelo!

 Plenary Speakers Announced!

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and U.S. Department of Labor Deputy Chief of Staff Molly Conway will be joining ARC Federal Co-Chair Tim Thomas for the opening plenary discussion at Appalachia Works: Expanding Opportunity for Our Region’s Future in Tupelo, Mississippi, September 12–14, 2018. 

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Aug
30
3:30 PM15:30

Value Chain Coordination: Bringing People Together - an NGFN webinar

Value Chain Coordination (VCC) is the "soft infrastructure" that supports the success of Good Food enterprises. VCC often requires organizing events and opportunities for key relationships across the food value chain to flourish by engaging the right stakeholders, maintaining communication channels, and fostering a trusting environment. Examples include organizing stakeholder meetings, forming working groups, and bringing potential partners together.

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Raising Cattle in NW Arkansas (Webinar)
Aug
29
6:30 PM18:30

Raising Cattle in NW Arkansas (Webinar)

Benton County Extension is hosting a webinar featuring Dr. Allen Williams on August 29 from 6:30-8:30pm for those raising cattle in Northwest Arkansas, registration is free. 

Please share widely with your cattle networks in Northwest Arkansas.

Please register for Soil Health & Adaptive Grazing on Aug 29, 2018 6:30 PM CDT at: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6651757668791943683

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Arkansas ​​​​​​​Upcoming Grower Training (Various Locations in AR)
Aug
21
8:00 AM08:00

Arkansas ​​​​​​​Upcoming Grower Training (Various Locations in AR)

Upcoming Grower Training

All Farms Growing, Harvesting, Packing, or Holding Produce for Any Market Should be Trained in PRODUCE SAFETY. 

Cornell University's Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) has developed a national produce safety training program to prepare fresh produce growers with the information needed to be in compliance.

Training locations and dates are listed below. You must register to be able to attend.

Upcoming training dates and locations (click title for more details):

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Soil Health on the Farm: Concepts & Techniques to Assess & Maintain Healthy Soil (Clemson, SC)
Aug
17
8:30 AM08:30

Soil Health on the Farm: Concepts & Techniques to Assess & Maintain Healthy Soil (Clemson, SC)

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.

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Annual Meeting Federation of Southern Cooperatives (Alabama)
Aug
16
to Aug 18

Annual Meeting Federation of Southern Cooperatives (Alabama)

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. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/360866671087412/

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​​​​​​​Upcoming Grower Training (Various Locations in AR)
Aug
14
8:00 AM08:00

​​​​​​​Upcoming Grower Training (Various Locations in AR)

Upcoming Grower Training

All Farms Growing, Harvesting, Packing, or Holding Produce for Any Market Should be Trained in PRODUCE SAFETY. 

Cornell University's Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) has developed a national produce safety training program to prepare fresh produce growers with the information needed to be in compliance.

Training locations and dates are listed below. You must register to be able to attend.

Upcoming training dates and locations (click title for more details):

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Food Hub Benchmarking Study 2018 (Webinar)
Aug
2
3:30 PM15:30

Food Hub Benchmarking Study 2018 (Webinar)

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.

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Organic Food & Farming Summit 2018: Nature’s Garden Express (Florida)
Jul
27
to Jul 28

Organic Food & Farming Summit 2018: Nature’s Garden Express (Florida)

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)

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Military Veterans: Apply Now for Urban Farm Training in Washington, D.C.
Jul
13
6:00 AM06:00

Military Veterans: Apply Now for Urban Farm Training in Washington, D.C.

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.

https://www.ncat.org/atf_DC/

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Exploring Our Living Streams - (Alabama)
Jul
13
to Jul 15

Exploring Our Living Streams - (Alabama)

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)

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8th Annual Whippoorwill Festival Teaches Skills for Earth-Friendly Living!
Jul
13
to Jul 15

8th Annual Whippoorwill Festival Teaches Skills for Earth-Friendly Living!

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.

 

 

 

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Webinar:  NFSN Trending Topics Webinar: Farm to Summer
Jul
12
2:00 PM14:00

Webinar: NFSN Trending Topics Webinar: Farm to Summer

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.

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VEGETABLE PRODUCTION COURSE - FREE (Registration Requested)
Jul
2
8:00 AM08:00

VEGETABLE PRODUCTION COURSE - FREE (Registration Requested)

Vegetable Production Workshop

JULY 2, 2018

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY

MAIN CAMPUS

250 E M NORRIS STREET

PRAIRIE VIEW, TX 77446

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 PRE-REGISTER

FOR MEAL COUNT:

Online At:

https://pvcahsfarmfieldevent.eventbrite.com

Or By Phone: (936) 261-5002

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

 Rafash Brew, Program Specialist, (936) 261-5149, Email: rebrew@pvamu.edu

 OR

 Angela Moore, (936) 261-5002, Email: almoore@pvamu.edu

Click title for more details.

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Webinar: Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
Jun
25
1:00 PM13:00

Webinar: Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

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.

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Southern Foodways Summer Symposium (Kentucky)
Jun
21
to Jun 23

Southern Foodways Summer Symposium (Kentucky)

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)

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Webinar 4: Building Online Engagement to Market your Farm
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Webinar 4: Building Online Engagement to Market your Farm

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.

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Military Veterans: Apply Now for Urban Farm Training in Washington, D.C.
Jun
14
to Jul 13

Military Veterans: Apply Now for Urban Farm Training in Washington, D.C.

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.

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Webinar 3: Creating a Strong Brand for your Farm
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Webinar 3: Creating a Strong Brand for your Farm

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.

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Webinar:  Farm to School
Jun
7
2:00 PM14:00

Webinar: Farm to School

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.

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Webinar:  Building a Forage Chain for Your Livestock
May
30
3:00 PM15:00

Webinar: Building a Forage Chain for Your Livestock

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

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May
18
10:30 AM10:30

ALLIANCE FIELD DAY - Gulfport, MS

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

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Webinar:   The Nutritional Benefits of Pasture-Raised Animals
May
15
4:00 PM16:00

Webinar:  The Nutritional Benefits of Pasture-Raised Animals

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

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A Conversation with Lowcountry Local First and the Responsive Evolution of an Incubator and Apprenticeship Program
May
11
1:00 PM13:00

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.

 

REGISTER HERE!

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Webinar:  Land Access for Livestock Farmers
May
2
1:00 PM13:00

Webinar: Land Access for Livestock Farmers

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

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Racial Equity in Food Systems Work: Beginning the Journey (Webinar)
Apr
23
3:00 PM15:00

Racial Equity in Food Systems Work: Beginning the Journey (Webinar)

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.

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