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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.

EcoFarm PreConference: January 17

10am-5pm PDT
A new event for 2023 before our Virtual Symposium! Our day-long gathering on Tuesday, January 17th will lead into the 43rd EcoFarm Conference at Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA.​
 
12 organic leaders will give TED-style talks on the dysfunction surrounding the USDA Organic label and real solutions for the future of food.
 
To attend, select the in-person event or the Live Streaming option on the EcoFarm registration page:
What to expect
Twelve leading voices of the Organic movement will give short TED-style talks about their personal experiences. They will explore a failing food system and the solutions that the Real Organic Project brings. Special guest, Paul Hawken, will give the morning keynote exploring the connection between the Regeneration project and the Real Organic Project. We will end the day with Paul reflecting on the day's talks.
Be a part of the conversation
How do we outsmart a consolidated marketplace that is so hostile to small farms? As USDA Organic is being redefined by industry, the Real Organic Project is growing rapidly. With over 1,100 certified farms across the country, the Real Organic Project is offering farmers and eaters a way to find each other. Is it growing fast enough? What does it take to grow the movement we so desperately need? Let’s answer these questions together.

Michiana Regional Seed Swap: January 21

The fifth annual Michiana Regional Seed Swap is a resource for regional residents in Michiana and beyond to exchange and learn about seeds. Join fellow gardeners, growers and plant enthusiasts to gather and exchange seeds, compare and discuss varieties, attend educational sessions and more.

New this year: the swap will include a focus on native plants in addition to vegetable/garden crops!
Participants are not required to bring seeds to the event, but if you save seed, please bring them along!
 
Location:  Goshen College Church-Chapel  |  1700 S Main St, Goshen, IN 46526
 
When: Saturday, January 21, 2023  |  10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
 
Cost: Free, with opportunities to buy seeds.

Registration: Not required.  More information here.


2023 Virtual Small Grains & Forages Conference: February 1

Provided by Albert Lea Seed, this free virtual event will take place via Zoom.  

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2023. 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM CST

Get updates on the current small grains market, learn about Kernza production and marketing, no-till planting of small grains after soybeans, an overview of Viking and Blue River alfalfa and red clover options for 2023, management of sorghum x sudangrass and forage sorghum to suit your nutrition needs, and how to extend the grazing season and increase your grazing days.

 

A schedule and registration can be found at this link.


OEFFA's 44th Annual Conference: Germinate, Regenerate, Agitate: February 16-18, 2023

Save the date for the 2023 OEFFA conference, Germinate, Regenerate, Agitate!
 
After five years at the Dayton Convention Center, OEFFA is shifting the annual conference back to Central Ohio. Join us February 16-18, 2023, at Cherry Valley Hotel in Newark, Ohio!
 
The conference will again be three days of learning, sharing, and connecting in person with hundreds of sustainable farmers, gardeners, and local food supporters. From backyard gardening to pasture management to food policy, our conference covers diverse themes related to organic and sustainable agriculture.
 
Learn more and sign up for conference email updates here.
 
 
 
 

MIFFS Michigan Family Farm Conference: February 25

The The Michigan Family Farms Conference is more than just a conference. Year after year, farmers, educators, and food system professionals gather to network, learn, and share resources and experiences. We also come together to celebrate diversity, expand our knowledge of sustainable agriculture, and strengthen the supportive network of farmers that we know is essential for building resilient farms. We will also present awards and if there is an individual that you would like to nominate, please see the form here for nomination information.

The Michigan Family Farms Conference offers beginning, small-scale, and culturally diverse farmers a chance to network, learn, and build sustainable family farms. It is an energizing, hands-on event featuring multiple tracks of breakout sessions plus a youth track to engage the whole family. 

Register here.