Monday, June 10, 2013

Sustainable Farming & Foods

Weekly Events & Opportunities

Drip Irrigation and Small Farm Equipment

June 10. Olathe, Kansas. This evening event is one of the Growing Growers Market Farming Workshops. These workshops focus on practices and a scale of production suitable for a market farmer.

Education as a Value-Added Product Farminar

June 11. In this Farminar following a field day, Claire Orner will describe how she and her husband, Rusty, have turned Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living into an educational non-profit where they focus on teaching stewardship of the land, the person, and sustainable practices. Claire will review how she schedules events, funding sources, marketing strategies, support opportunities, ownership, and collaboration, and inquiry.

Summer Grazing Tour

June 11. Burwell. Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition and Nebraska Cattlemen.  The day concludes with an evening steak dinner at the Barta Brothers Ranch, featuring a panel discussion with the owners from the tour stops and UNL grazing researchers.

Farm-to-School Best Practices Webinar

June 11. First Nations Knowledge is a series of educational webinars created and hosted by First Nations Development Institute. The series aims to educate Native Americans who are involved in food-systems work and agriculture, plus those who lead or work for Native nonprofit organizations. This webinar will discuss farm-to-school programs in Indian Country. Presenters will showcase their farm-to-school programs, discuss the design of their programs, and share how they have mitigated various challenges to develop successful programs.

First International Symposium on Elderberry

June 9-14. Columbia, Missouri. The First International Symposium on Elderberry (Sambucus) will be the world's first gathering of international scientists from multiple disciplines studying all aspects of the elderberry plant and fruit, and its use as a food and dietary supplement. Horticulturists, Botanists, Biochemists, Food Scientists, Economists, and others will gather during peak elderberry flowering season for several days of scientific exchange and fellowship.

Short and Long Term Benefits of Cover Crops Webinar
June 13. As part of a USDA certified organic research grant, the University of Missouri Bradford Research Center is offering four webinars. This one-hour webinar from 2-3 p.m. features Newell Kitchen, Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS. To join any of these webinars go to and sign in as a guest.

First Annual Iowa Women’s Landowner Conference

June 13. Brooklyn, Iowa. Women farmland owners have the potential to transform Iowa's landscape and farm communities in significant and positive ways, given that women own or co-ownnearly half of Iowa's farmland. Women, Land and Legacy has partnered with Iowa Land Sales & Farm Management to provide information to women who want to learn more about how to care for and pass on the land. The goal of the conference is to target the educationalneeds of women in Iowa, focusing on their empowerment and encouraging local contacts and relationships.

Raising Heritage Poultry for Profit and Pleasure

June 15. Papillion. This workshop is for small, sustainable poultry farmers who are interested in breeding, growing, and selling standard-bred poultry. It addresses production, breeding, and marketing topics. Cost, $95.

Creating a Customized Food Safety Plan - Webinar

June 10. Produce farmers interested in creating an on-farm food safety plan are invited to join and GrowNYC/Greenmarket for a webinar. Participating growers will learn the basics of identifying risk areas, implementing risk management solutions, and creating a food safety plan from trainer Atina Diffley.  The webinar  will be held Monday June 10th, 10am-11:30am CST.  Click here to register.

Organic Pest Management
Saturday June 15, 9:00AM-12:00PM,  Prairie Pines, 3110 N. 112th Street, Lincoln. We'll explore a wide range of alternative, effective pest management techniques at this class, from barriers to home-made sprays. Taught by Sarah Browning, Lancaster County Extension, an expert on local pest management.

Pruning, Trellising and Mounding

Saturday June 15, 1:00PM-4:00PM,  Common Good Farm. Learn great crop maintenance with the help of a good pair of shears, bamboo, and, of course, soil. Taught by Evrett Lunquist, who is a tremendous resource on all topics related to small scale organic farming.

Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday, June 15th, 9:00AM-12:00PM. Learn about permaculture and how to live sustainably and grow bountiful produce with less work and inputs.  Permaculture is a design system which emulates and integrates natural ecosystems. CROPS Executive Director Ingrid Kirst will introduce you to basic performance principles you can implement at home as we explore a home-scale permaculture garden. Register for Permaculture.

Robinette Solstice

June 15th. Join us for the best of soul, funk and R&B with Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers and opening act Jack Hotel, both from right here in Lincoln.  We'll have Robinette food artfully prepared by Rolling Fire Catering, locally made dessert from Gelato to Go, local beer from Blue Blood Brewing and wine from WunderRosa Winery just down the road! Visit this link for tickets and more info!

Climate Communities Weekly Webinar

Urban Agriculture. Sustainablilty Showcases - Lessons Learned from EPA's Greening America's Capitals Program. Thursday, June 13, 2013 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT.

Farm Tractor Safety in Woods and Woodlots
June 11th. 11pm. This webinar will discuss hazards and risks of using farm tractors in woods and woodlots.  Specific topics and issues to be covered include; roll over protection structure and falling object protective structure, pulling and dragging limbs and stumps, tractor stability principles, related machinery hazards, and preparing for woodlot emergencies. Presented by Dennis J. Murphy, Professor, Agricultural Safety & Health and Extension Safety Specialist, Penn State Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering.

The Future of Residential Wood Heating: Growth or Collapse?
June 11th. 12pm. Presenter: John Ackerly , President, Alliance for Green Heat This webinar will look at future wood heat technologies and policies and assess whether engineers are a match for regulators in the US.  Upcoming EPA regulations may be so strict that they may undermine the wood stove industry, but affordable solutions could revolutionize wood heating in the US, and help it gain far more market share. -

Queen Rearing Workshop 
June 13 – 15. Ithaca. Queen Rearing Workshop (for experienced beekeepers).  See for registration information.

Legal and Financial Clinic

Thursday June 13. North Platte. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Legal and Financial Clinic

Friday, June 14. Valentine. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Lighting for Health & Safety in Agricultural Settings

June 13th. 1pm. The goal of this one-hour webinar is to increase awareness of the importance of lighting to the design of healthy, safe, and accessible farm work, and to provide technical guidance on approaches to the identification and correction of lighting problems, particularly when assisting farm workers with visual problems.

Are You a Supermarket Vendor or a Super Market Vendor?

June 13th. 1pm. While marketing your products at a farmers market is a great way to sell direct to customers and garner instant feed back about your products, it does require you work at providing customers with the best shopping and purchasing experience possible, if you want repeat business.  Simply putting your products out and waiting for customers  to make their selections and then pay you is the same as shopping at the supermarket. That's called transactional marketing. Instead, provide customers with a great shopping experience anchored by high quality products and you'll become a super market vendor. This is relationship marketing where the customer experiences a value-add connection with you as the producer.  This presentation examine the traits of highly successful market vendors including market organization, display techniques, signage, communications at the market and through social media, and the vital customer service techniques used by super market vendors.

Nebraska Chapter SWCS Annual Meeting: Climate, Water & Soil Health
            June 13 – 15. Lincoln. More information at

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