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November 2014

November 1-3, 2014
MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference
Point Lookout Resort, Northport, ME

Based on the idea that farmers learn best from their peers and other practitioners, this event is known for its intimacy, in-depth treatment of topics, and amazing discussions. To Register or for more information, contact MOFGA: www.mofga.org, Phone: 207-568-4142, email: mofga@mofga.org

November 3 - 9am to 5:15pm
Succeeding with Grass-Fed Beef: Human Health, Carbon Sequestration, and Farm Viability Heifer International, Rutland, MA

Would you like to build the health of your soil, produce great meat, improve your family's health, and combat climate change? You can do all of this, and make a profit, by raising 100% grass-fed beef!

Join us for a one-day conference with Ridge Shinn. An expert in grass-fed-and-finished beef production, Ridge will share with us the critical lessons he has learned, including the following:

  • How to produce beef with minimal capital investment (no land, no barn, no tractor.)
  • How to build a beef or dairy herd that will thrive on grass and hay-no grain ever.
  • How to build soil health and fertility.
  • How to manage grazing and extend it through the winter.
  • How to market your meat.
  • Why 100% grass-feeding is the way to go for human and animal health, soil health, climate stability, and sustainable rural economies.

Benefit from Ridge's years of experience in every aspect of beef production: from herdsman, Vice President of a slaughterhouse, to importer of New Zealand breeding stock. Currently he is developing an operations model for large-scale production of 100% grass-fed-and-finished beef in the Northeast.

Cost: By Oct. 20: NOFA member $65; Non-member $81. By Oct. 29: NOFA member $70; Non-member $88. After Oct. 30: NOFA member $75; Non-member $94. A 100% organic lunch including 100% grass-fed beef is included in the registration price.

For more info and to register, visit www.nofamass.org/events/succeeding-grass-fed-beef.

November 4 & 5, 2014, 9 am – 5 pm
Learn from the Vet: Dairy Cows
Rodale Institute, 611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown, PA

Join our veterinarian, Dr. Hue Karreman, for this 2-day class that will empower livestock farmers to become close observers of their animals and develop disease prevention and health-promoting strategies that improve animal health and business performance.

The focus will be preventive animal husbandry and use of natural treatments that are allowed by the US National Organic Program. Participants will leave with a strong foundation in organic livestock health care strategies and farmers transitioning to organic will quickly feel at ease regarding animal health issues. Whether you have one cow, 40 cows, 100 cows or 1000 cows, you will come away from this class with sound, practical information.

For more information or to register: www.rodaleinstitute.org/event-registration/?ee=76

Please call or email Maria Pop, Education & Outreach Manager at: 610-683-1481; maria.pop@rodaleinstitute.org

November 10-12, 2014
29th Annual Sustainable Ag Conference
Hyatt Regency, Greenville, SC

Keynote Mark Shephard, the event will offer:

  • 55 Workshops in 2 incredible days, including a First Time Conference Attendee Program and workshops to take seasoned veterans to the next level
  • 3 Pre-conference Tours take you to some of the Upstate’s most innovative farms and restaurants
  • 9 Hands-on Intensives and 2 Get-Your-Hands-Dirty Off-site Learning opportunities

For more information: www.carolinafarmstewards.org/sac/

November 10-12, 2014
Slow Money Conference
Louisville, KY

Since their inaugural national event in 2009, Slow Money gatherings have emerged as a significant new venue for field building, investing, and social change. The events feature food entrepreneurs who are leading the way rebuilding local food systems, along with many renowned thought leaders in agriculture, investing, and philanthropy.
This year’s event is being planned in collaboration with Wendell Berry’s daughter Mary, Executive Director of the recently formed Kentucky-based Berry Center.

For many decades, Wendell Berry has been a beacon for all people interested in small farms, agrarian culture, and a connection between agriculture and economic fundamentals. “I am proud to be associated with Slow Money and pleased to welcome them to Louisville this November for their annual gathering,” states Mary Berry.

Slow Money gatherings have attracted thousands of people from 36 states and several foreign countries. Since mid-2010, over $38 million has flowed from Slow Money funders to more than 350 small food enterprises, mostly in the US and a few abroad. Twenty-one local networks and 13 investment clubs have formed. For more information: http://slowmoney.org/national-gathering/2014/home

November 11, 2014
Diversity by Design: Using Trap Crops to Control the Cruciferous Flea Beetle
(Joyce Parker, EPA)
Webinar from eOrganic

This eOrganic webinar takes place at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Thanks to USDA NIFA and other funding sources, they are available for free and are open to the public. Advance registration is required. You can find all upcoming and archived eOrganic webinars on organic farming and research topics at http://www.extension.org/pages/25242 or click the link above to go directly to this webinar page.

November 11-12, 2014
NESAWG's annual It Takes a Region Conference
Region-Sizing: Making It Work
Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NY

For more information and to sign up:
http://www.nefood.org/page/2014-it-takes-a-region-conference

Our 2014 It Takes a Region conference will be held November 11-12 at the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs, NY. Pre- conference sessions begin November 10.

This year's theme: REGION-SIZING: MAKING IT WORK!

What does it take to make our food system strong, resilient and region-sized? What does real collaboration and cooperation look like? How can we be more effective? We'll be exploring the various channels, mechanisms, structures and infrastructures for making region-sizing work at NESAWG's 2014 It Takes a Region Conference.

Together, we'll explore some of the tremendous advances we've made in region-sizing the food system to date, as well as new opportunities for collaboration. We'll explore and address the work of farmers, food hubs, cooperatives, and market innovators, non-governmental organizations and Departments of Agriculture, independent researchers, land grant universities, farmworkers, as well as the efforts of science writers and journalists to amplify our stories. On Tuesday evening, our keynote speaker Jim Hightower will issue a rallying cry for collaboration and change.


It Takes a Region PRE-CONFERENCE, November 10
intensive sessions for food systems leaders

Come one day early for NESAWG's annual It Takes a Region Conference -- Region-Sizing: Making It Work for intensive sessions and extra networking!
Monday, November 10, 2014
1:00 – 5:00 PM
The Third Annual Policy Leaders Roundtable
Help shape the Northeast federal policy agenda and collaborate on strategy with other leaders.

Community News Project
Join in this strategy session to implement a new, Northeast region-wide project, to deliver our stories to the press and our political reps.

Food Hubs, Farm to Institution and Procurement Leaders Roundtable
If you're a leader in supply/value chains or institutional procurement, working to improve sustainability and region-sizing, contact us about this advanced-level, invitation-only dialogue.

New Entry Farmers
Attend this orientation for the Northeast Incubator Farm Training Initiative.

5:30 – 7:00 PM
People of Color Caucus
Discuss race and equity issues in the food system.

7:00 – 8:30 PM
Mentor-Mentee Gathering
Share leadership and mentoring stories, and learn from seasoned farm and food systems professionals -- at a fun session / reception.

November 12-14, 2014
ACORN Conference 2014: Honoring Our Roots, Sowing Our Future
Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, Halifax, NS

ACORN’s conference is a fun, three-day event that brings together organic and sustainable farmers, processors and businesses from across the region—and beyond!

For more information: Phone: (866) 322-2676, Website: www.acornorganic.org/conference

November 13-16, 2014
Biodynamic Conference: Farming for Health
Hyatt Regency | Louisville, Ky.

The biennial Biodynamic Conference, hosted by the Biodynamic Association, is the foremost opportunity in North America to learn about biodynamics, along with innovations from organic, permaculture, and ecological agriculture. Events include over 60 workshops, on-farm field days, pre-conference workshops and more. For more info: phone: (262) 649-9212, email: info@biodynamics.com

November 16-17, 2014
IOWA Organic Conference: Rekindling the Light Within
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Keynote Speaker Mary Berry, Executive Director of the Berry Center. For more information: contact Dr. Kathleen Delate, kdelate@iastate.edu, or www.sustainability.uiowa.edu/2014-iowa-organic-conference.

November 18, 2014
Dehulling Ancient Grains (Researchers from NIFA-OREI Value-Added Grains Project)
Webinar from eOrganic

This eOrganic webinar takes place at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Thanks to USDA NIFA and other funding sources, they are available for free and are open to the public. Advance registration is required. You can find all upcoming and archived eOrganic webinars on organic farming and research topics at http://www.extension.org/pages/25242 or click the link above to go directly to this webinar page.

November 19, 2014
Effective Use of Electric Fencing to Improve Grazing Management and Enhance Soil Health
Webinar by USDA NRCS, 2 pm Eastern Standard Time

Participants will gain a basic understanding of how temporary fencing is used in intensive grazing systems, and they will learn how proper operation and maintenance of equipment is key to successful management. Presented by USDA NRCS East National Technical Support Center.

Contact Holli Kuykendall, holli.kuykendall@gnb.usda.gov, or go to: www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/effective-use-of-electric-fencing-to-improve-grazing-management-and-enhance-soil-health.

November 20, 2014
Considerations for Out-Wintering the Organic Dairy Herd (Brad Heins, University of Minnesota)
Webinar from eOrganic

This eOrganic webinar takes place at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Thanks to USDA NIFA and other funding sources, they are available for free and are open to the public. Advance registration is required. You can find all upcoming and archived eOrganic webinars on organic farming and research topics at http://www.extension.org/pages/25242 or click the link above to go directly to this webinar page.

November 21-23, 2014
Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming
Tufts University, Medford, MA

Organized by Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, in collaboration with the Institute of the Environment and the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Tufts University.

For more information and registration: www.bio4climate.org/conference-2014, or email: climate2014@bioclimate.org.


 

 

 


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