Upcoming Educational Opportunities:

  • Anytime:
    • SARE 2018 Conference: Our Farms, Our Future.  All conference materials available as video, podcasts, and posters.
    • ATTRA Tutorials – self-guided and comprehensive multi-lesson tutorials in Scaling Up for Regional Markets, Pest Management, Farm Business Planning & Marketing for Beginnners, and Getting Started in Farming.
    • USDA Science & Technology Training Library – contains hundreds of archived webinars on Bioenergy, Conservation, Forestry, and Sustainable Forests.  Lists of upcoming webinars are also available on the site.
    • Farmer-to-Farmer Podcast with Chris Blanchard.  "Chris is a veteran farmer and educator who draws on over 25 years of experience to get at the big ideas and practical details that go into making a farm work.  Whether his guests are discussing employment philosophy or the best techniques for cultivating carrots, his down-to-earth conversations with experienced farmers - and the occasional non-farmer - will be time well spent."
    • Summaries of presentations at the 2016 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium are now available online at http://eorganic.info/node/16778. Many of the workshops and keynote presentations were recorded live and may be viewed via the eOrganic YouTube channel.
    • Recorded presentations and associated materials from the Bionutrient Association's Soil & Nutrition Conferences over the past several years.  Too many well-known names to list, connecting the dots between healthy soils, healthy people, and a healthy planet.
    • Videos and presentations from the 2017 National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health sessions are now available.

 


The 43rd Annual Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference and Trade Show — Dec 4-7

will be in Louisville, KY from Dec 4–7, 2018. 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. Contact Mary Battjes at Acres with any questions about the conference or volunteering. 512-215-2374 | 800-355-5313 | mbattjes@acresusa.com.


Winter Wellness Workshop: How to Make Your Own Tea & Tinctures — Dec 9

Join VEJ garden leader L'Oreal Hawkes-Williams as she teaches the Earth-friendliest ways to keep your body healthy during Michigan's harsh winter. You'll learn how to make your own tea and tinctures from organic ingredients that you can buy from local growers or grow yourself next season. This is a hands-on workshop, so you'll have a chance to give tea and tincture-making a try and take some home for later! We will be using alcohol in the tincture-making, so all participants must be 21 years or older.

Park on Greydale Street. The workshop takes place in the studio (the small building on the left, closer to Hope Park). Space is limited to 12 participants. The workshop is free, but VEJ will be happy to accept donations to cover the costs of the workshop and to support our community gardening, environmental education, interfaith celebration, and youth programs.  Register here.


Water Management and Water Quality — Jan 9

First in a series of 9 webinars sponsored by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic focused on the topics covered in their new Soil Health and Organic Farming educational guides: building organic matter, weed management, conservation tillage, cover crops, plant breeding and variety selection, water management and quality, nutrient management, and more! This series is recommended for farmers, extension agents, educators, agricultural professionals, and others interested in building soil health.
This webinar will focus on the role of soil health and organic soil management in water conservation and water quality.  For more information and to register, visit http://articles.extension.org/pages/74667/soil-health-and-organic-farming-webinar-series.


MOFFA Organic Intensives — Jan 12

For 2019, MOFFA's Organic Intensives will offer the opportunity to choose between four topic areas: Healthy Organic Livestock, Organic Mushroom Production, Technology in Organic Field Crops, and Advanced Organic Soil Management.  More information at www.moffa.net/oi-2019.html.  Register now — earlybird registration ends December 15.


CSI Soil Health Seminar 2019 — Jan 17-18

Crop Services International's team of Dane Terrill, Joe Miazgowicz, and Ron Ward along with Jeff Rasewehr, Cover Crop Specialist, will be presenting two days of ecological farming practices focusing on Balancing MInerals, Bio-Activating Microbes and Using Cover Crops to help regenerate healthy soil and grow healthy crops.

Agricultural (row crop and pasture) Farmers, Turf Managers, Fruit and Vegetable Producers, Gardeners, Homesteaders, Consultants and Educators can take this knowledge and employ these practices on their operations. The seminar will be in Kalamazoo, and is $275 for the two days, including lunch and refreshments. See http://www.cropservicesintl.com/soil-health-seminar/ for more information.


Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference — Jan 26-27

Farm School on Friday, the conference on Saturday. Michigan's biggest small farm conference ... what else can we say?  More information at http://www.smallfarmconference.com/.


16th Annual Michigan Family Farms Conference — Feb 9

The Michigan Family Farms Conference, presented by MIFFS, is a forum for beginning, small-scale and culturally diverse farmers to network, learn and build sustainable family farms. Celebrating its 16th year in 2019, the conference has become a resource for connecting farmers from across the state. The 2019 conference will be held at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.  We'll provide more information as it becomes available.


40th Annual OEFFA Conference — Feb 14-16

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 40th annual conference, Just Farming: The Path Before Us, will return to Dayton this winter! Celebrate OEFFA’s 40th anniversary during Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference, which features nearly 80 educational and inspiring workshops; a three-day trade show; in-depth, full day Food and Farm School classes, and a free half-day soil health workshop on Thursday; engaging nationally-recognized keynote speakers Elizabeth Henderson and Onika Abraham; made-from-scratch, local, organic meals; Thursday and Friday evening networking and receptions; a kids’ conference, child care, and more! Learn more and register at www.oeffa.org/conference2019 A limited number of scholarships are available to persons of color and beginning farmers. Volunteers can save $80 or more off of registration if you help us at conference! But, don't wait! You have to apply by January 7. Contact Renee Hunt at (614) 947-1642 or renee@oeffa.org.


Nutrient Management for Crops, Soil and the Environment — Feb 20

First in a series of 9 webinars sponsored by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic focused on the topics covered in their new Soil Health and Organic Farming educational guides: building organic matter, weed management, conservation tillage, cover crops, plant breeding and variety selection, water management and quality, nutrient management, and more! This series is recommended for farmers, extension agents, educators, agricultural professionals, and others interested in building soil health. This webinar includes a discussion of the role of soil health and the soil food web, including practical guidelines for optimizing crop nutrition, minimizing adverse environmental impacts of organic fertility inputs, and adapting soil test-based nutrient recommendations (especially N) for organic systems.  For more information and to register, visit http://articles.extension.org/pages/74667/soil-health-and-organic-farming-webinar-series.


MOSES Organic Farming Conference — Feb 21-23

The midwest's largest organic farming conference ... 60 Workshops | 6 Sessions: Crops, Livestock, Market Farming, Soils, Business, & More.  9 Organic University™ Full-Day Classes (Feb. 21): Dig deeply into a farming topic!  Two-Floor Exhibit Hall full of Buyers, Suppliers, Ag Agencies, Tools & Services.  3,500 Participants ... network with farming peers from around the country!

Feb. 21-23, 2019, La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, Wis.  More information: https://mosesorganic.org/conference/.


Central Michigan Seed Swap — Feb 24

The 5th Annual edition of Michigan's largest seed swap will be held on Sunday, February 24th, from 11am – 4pm at the Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S Badour Rd, Midland, Michigan.  Educational Workshops All Day — Family Fun & Kids Activities — Seed Vendors & Artisans.  For more information see http://www.smallhousefarm.com/seedswap/.


2019 Indiana Organic Grain Farmer Meeting — Mar 6-7

Save the date for Indiana’s only conference focused on organic grain production!  We’ve expanded this annual meeting to a two-day conference with additional education and networking for organic grain farmers, ag professionals, and those considering a transition to organic grain.

Day One : Curious about organic grain production or how to get started? Engage in a full-day workshop on transitioning to organic grain production.

Day Two : Expand your knowledge with general and breakout sessions, networking time, and an industry trade show.

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting? Email modonnel@purdue.edu or call 765-284-8414.  The conference will be held at the Beck Agricultural Center, West Lafayette, Ind.  For more information see https://extension.purdue.edu/event/24590 and look for a registration link in January to choose one or both days.


Organic Farmer Training Program — Mar 18-Nov 11

The Organic Farmer Training Program (OFTP) teaches organic farming through hands-on activities, farm walks, classroom activities & discussions, video lectures, readings, guest speakers, visits to 20+ Michigan farms and practical assignments, like writing a Farm Business Plan. The OFTP is a vibrant, diverse and positive learning community where students learn from each other and can share their unique skills, experience and goals. For more info, visit the OFTP Website  or email your questions to msufarm@msu.edu.


Organic Practices for Climate Mitigation, Adaptation, and Carbon Sequestration — Mar 20

First in a series of 9 webinars sponsored by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic focused on the topics covered in their new Soil Health and Organic Farming educational guides: building organic matter, weed management, conservation tillage, cover crops, plant breeding and variety selection, water management and quality, nutrient management, and more! This series is recommended for farmers, extension agents, educators, agricultural professionals, and others interested in building soil health.
In this webinar, we will discuss the capacity of sustainable organic systems and practices to sequester soil carbon, minimize nitrous oxide and methane emissions during crop and livestock production, and enhance agricultural resilience to weather extremes. The presentation will include practical guidelines for optimizing the organic farm’s “carbon footprint” and adaptability to climate disruptions already underway.  For more information and to register, visit http://articles.extension.org/pages/74667/soil-health-and-organic-farming-webinar-series.


Understanding and Managing Soil Biology for Soil Health and Crop Production — May 22

First in a series of 9 webinars sponsored by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic focused on the topics covered in their new Soil Health and Organic Farming educational guides: building organic matter, weed management, conservation tillage, cover crops, plant breeding and variety selection, water management and quality, nutrient management, and more! This series is recommended for farmers, extension agents, educators, agricultural professionals, and others interested in building soil health.
This webinar will examine the functions of the soil food web and key components thereof in promoting soil health and fertility and sustainable organic crop production. Research-based guidance on organic practices and NOP-approved inputs for improved soil food web function will be discussed.  For more information and to register, visit http://articles.extension.org/pages/74667/soil-health-and-organic-farming-webinar-series.