Monday, February 24, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

Getting Started with Hops Webinar

February 24. This evening webinar is part of the ongoing 2014 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series from Michigan State University Extension. http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/msu_extension_offers_online_programs_for_beginning_farmers



Maximizing Small Grain Production

Growers, consultants and agribusiness professionals are invited to participate in a series of six online programs highlighting field crop production and pest management on Monday evenings beginning Feb. 24 through March 31, 2014.  Participants will learn how to enhance their field crop production systems in the coming season and have an opportunity to ask questions of MSU agriculture experts. The live webinar presentations will begin at 7 p.m. EST each Monday evening and run until 8 p.m. EST. One MDARD Pesticide Recertification Credit will be available through each webinar for application to one of the following categories:  Private Core, Commercial Core or Field Crops. Participants can view the programs independently online free of charge. However, pre-registration is required to access connection information. 
http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?folder=fieldcropswebinars2014



Farm Start-Up, Accessing Land & On-Farm Crop Storage

February 24. Kansas City, Kansas. This evening workshop is part of the Growing Growers series geared toward beginner farmers, but offering great information and skill development for more experienced farmers as well. Interested in starting your own farm? Learn how to access land and start your own business. http://www.growinggrowers.org/workshops.html



Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Soil Quality in Long-term Integrated and Transitional Reduced Tillage Organic Systems

February 25 and 27. Join eOrganic for a 2-part webinar series about a current USDA-NIFA funded research project: Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Soil Quality in Long-term Integrated and Transitional Reduced Tillage Organic Systems. Presenters will be Ann-Marie Fortuna, North Dakota State University, and Craig Cogger and Doug Collins, Washington State University-Puyallup. The first webinar will take place on February 25, 2014, and the second will take place on February 27, 2014. Both presentations will be at 2PM Eastern Time (1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time). They will each last 45 minutes, followed by a 30 minute question and answer session. The webinars are free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. http://www.extension.org/pages/70280/



Entomology Lecture (link)



Tuesday, February 25th. 4:00 pm-5:00 pm. "Delivering plant resistance to the field: Characterizing and breeding soybeans resistant to Aphis glycines" by Lia Marchi Werle, entomology graduate student. Entgomology Hall at UNL. Contact: Jeri Cunningham, 402-472-8678jcunningham1@unl.edu



Farminar: Pesticide Drift: Response and Compensation

Tuesday, February 25, 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Online. Consider this scenario: your farm is subjected to chemical drift from a neighbor's application to their property adjacent to your land. What steps do you follow once this happens? Learn how an organic vegetable and livestock farm has responded (and continues responding) to pesticide drift. http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/farminar



Webinar: Starting a Farm



February 25. 6 p.m. A beginning farmer has to find financing, lease or buy land, coordinate equipment, establish a website, and so much more, all while growing crops or raising livestock. The legal issues abound, but this webinar will help beginning farmers understand the fundamental issues that should demand attention while the farm gets started. Register and learn more here, http://www.farmcommons.org/webinars


Biochemistry & Redox Biology Seminar -- Peter J. Lammers


"A Route to Algal Biofuels via EcoSystem Services: The Case for Extremophile, Galdieria sulphuraria" Tuesday, February 25th. 4:00 pm-5:00 pm. Dr. Peter J. Lammers, professor, Energy Research Laboratory, New Mexico State University, will present this seminar. Peter Lammers is Professor and Director of the Energy Research Laboratory at New Mexico State University and P.I. of a multi-institutional 2013 DOE-EERE award for Algal Biomass Yield Improvements. The presentation will focus on algal cultivation, biomass processing to energy products using hydrothermal liquefaction and nutrient recycling. The extreme challenges of large-scale algae cultivation will be discussed in the context of water resource limitations in arid regions and food/fuel constraints. Results of outdoor cultivation trials suggest multiple opportunities for biotechnology development using the Cyanidiales group of acidophilic red alga. Progress towards the goal of energy-positive municipal wastewater treatment will be described. All Biochemistry/Redox Biology Center Seminars are free and open to the public. Website: http://www.chemistry.nmsu.edu/Faculty/LAMMERS.htm

Farm to School Workshops

Ord, Spaulding, Loup City.  February 25, 26, 27. www.cfra.org

Panhandle No-till Partnership Winter Conference

February 26 – 27. Gering. More information about the Partnership, their educational activities, and the Winter Conference is at:  www.panhandlenotill.org.

Paul A. Olson Seminars in Great Plains Studies

A Prophet without Honor?: Malthus on the Great Plains. Wednesday, February 26th. 3:30 pm-4:30 pm. KSU economic historian Derek Hoff will speak at the Center for Great Plains Studies on population change in the Great Plains. The lecture is free and open to the public. View the lecture's live stream here: https://connect.unl.edu/gpc-olson.  Website: http://www.unl.edu/plains/seminars/Olson/olsonseminars.shtml

Water Seminar Series

A Vision for an Ultra-High Resolution Integrated Water Cycle Observation and Prediction System. Wednesday, February 26th. 3:30 pm-4:30 pm. Eight public lectures on a varied slate of state and regional water issues will form the University of Nebraska's spring semester water seminar series that begins Jan. 15 and runs through April. The seminars are free and open to the public. Hardin Hall on UNL's East Campus in Lincoln. 

Spring 2014 Biotechnology/Life Sciences Seminar Series

Efficient gene-inactivation and non-meiotic allele introgression in livestock. Wednesday, February 26th. 4:00 pm-5:00 pm. Presented by Dr. Scott Fahrenkrug, Recombinetics, Inc. A reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.http://biotech.unl.edu/

Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: Asparagus Production

February 27. Online. The University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community, providing practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. Webinars are held from 1:00 - 2:30 pm on Thursdays and are free. This session is presented by Mike Roegge, University of Illinois Extension Small Farms/Local Foods Educator. https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=8854

Farm Credit East Webinar: Navigating the Grant Process

February 27. Online. This webinar will provide answers to questions about the grant process. For example: What kinds of grants are available to Northeast producers? Who funds them? What application processes are like? What can farmers apply for on their own and when should they engage a grant writer? What services does Farm Credit East provide? This webinar features Farm Credit East consultant Nathan Rudgers. http://bit.ly/1fDIuru

17th Annual Winery and Grape Growers Forum and Trade Show

Thursday, February 27th. 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Features both state and national industry experts sharing their advice on everything from growing grapes to marketing the wine they produce. Keynote speakers include Keith Striegler owner of Flint Ridge Winegrowing Services, Katie Cook enology project leader at the University of Minnesota, and Danene Beedle, marketing director of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board. More information and forms available @ www.unl.edu/viticulture. Holiday Inn & Convention Center - Kearney, NE

Heuermann Lecture: Our Culture War Over Food and Farming

Thursday, February 27th. 3:30 pm-5:00 pm. Dr. Robert Paarlberg, Betty Freyhof Johnson '44 Professor, Department of Political Science, Wellesley College: Author of "Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know." Additional Public Info: Preceded by a 3 p.m. public reception. Hardin Hall in Lincoln. 

Engler Lecture Series welcomes Jason Tatge (link)

Thursday, February 27th. 7:30 pm-9:00 pm. Jason Tatge, 2013 Pipeline Innovator of the Year and Founder of Farms Technology LLC and Farmobile LLC will be speaking about Entrepreneurship and Ag-Tech ventures. Dessert reception to follow. Public welcome! UNL's East Campus Union. 

25th Annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference

February 27-March 1. La Crosse, Wis. Started 25 years ago as a gathering of 90 people who wanted to learn more about farming organically, the MOSES Conference has grown to become the country’s foremost educational and networking event for the organic community with annual attendance topping 3,000! The people involved in organic and sustainable farming tend to be passionate about food and farming, which makes for a truly inspiring event. Please join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of this remarkable gathering! Find more information here, http://mosesorganic.org/conference/

Legal and Financial Clinic

Friday, February 28. Valentine. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Cornstalk Grazing: Influence on Corn Yield, Soil, Water and Livestock

Friday, February 28th. 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Additional Public Info: All times are Mountain Time. Location: Water Resources Field Lab at Brule. The program will be held at the Armstrong Family's Purty Punkins main building, which is just north of the Water Resources Field Lab at Brule. The address of the Purty Punkins building is 351 Road West M South, Brule, NE. Contact: Aaron Stalker, 308-696-6707aaron.stalker@unl.edu

Thermal Conversion of Animal Manure to Biofuel

February 28th, 1:30pm Central. Continued advances in technology have facilitated new avenues to access and extract energy (in various forms) from materials such as animal manure and crop residues that have not traditionally been considered viable fuel sources. Thermo-Chemical conversion encompasses the chemical conversion of such biomass feed stocks into energy products through action of thermal processes such as Combustion, Gasification, and Pyrolysis. Biomass gasification is a well-developed technology that has the potential to convert various feed stocks into value added products for on-farm heat generation and carbon sequestration. The availability of on-farm gasifiers that can handle diverse feed stocks is limited and represents a hurdle to the widespread utilization. Please tune-in to the upcoming Thermal Conversion of Animal Manure to Biofuel webinar, as Dr. Sammy Sadaka discusses his current research efforts in Thermo-chemical conversion technologies and explores some of the bio-energy prospects that this field offers. https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/lpelc

Department of Agronomy & Horticulture Seminar (link)

Bread, beer, and beef - life is good. Friday, February 28th. 3:30 pm-5:00 pm. Seminar presented by Steve Baenziger, professor, UNL Agronomy & Horticulture and Nebraska Wheat Growers Presidential Chair. Additional Public Info: Refreshments served at 3:00 p.m. Keim Hall on UNL's East Campus. 

Holistic Financial Planning

February 28-March 1, 2014 (2 Days), 8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. To register go to: www.cccneb.edu/conferences. For further information about the workshops contact Bob Shields at 308-379-1361 or Bob.Shields01@gmail.com

Planning for On-Farm Success: Planning for Financial Success

March 1. Missoula, Montana, and online. Community Food and Agriculture Coalition is offering four workshops for farmers and ranchers in their first three years of operation between January and March 2014. This third workshop focuses on planning for financing your farm and preparing and understanding financial statements. One of the presenters for the workshop is NCAT's Tammy Howard. http://missoulacfac.org/planning-for-on-farm-success.html

TEDx Manhattan: Changing the Way We Eat

March 1. New York, New York and online. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. This fourth TEDx Manhattan event features numerous speakers on agriculture, food systems, and the culture of food. Talks will be streamed live online. http://www.tedxmanhattan.org/

Winter Lecture Series

March 2nd.  7:00 pm-8:00 pm. Climate change is the focus of the 2014 Winter Lecture Series that will take place on several Sunday evenings at Hardin Hall auditorium. The lectures are free and open to the public. Hardin Hall in Lincoln. Directions: 33rd and Holdrege Streets on UNL's East Campus



Opportunities

NSAS Membership

February is NSAS Membership Month! Enjoy the Healthy Farms Conference? Like the information and conversations happening across the NSAS List Serv? Look forward to the Young Farmer Nights or Sustainability Happy Hour? These are but a few of the programs NSAS membership dues go to support.
  At the summer NSAS Board meeting the board decided due to the changes in bookkeeping and membership recordkeeping the membership year would be set with a fixed expiration date.  
Beginning this year, the membership year for the Nebraska Sustainable Ag Society begins on February 1st and concludes on January 31st of the following year.  Memberships purchased anytime during the current membership year will expire on January 31st. When registering for the annual conference members are able to purchase/renew their membership for the upcoming year, and are encouraged to do so in order to obtain a full year of membership benefits. Get the maximum benefits from your 2014 NSAS membership by joining by February 28th! Questions about memberships, and benefits, contact any NSAS board member, http://nebsusag.org/about.shtml



Funding to attend Moses Conference

We have some funds in the UNL organic grant for attending the MOSES conference if someone is interested they need to contact Charles Shapiro. cshapiro@unl.edu
Office: 402-584-3803

Lost & Found from the Healthy Farms Conference

We have several items that people are missing.  We have a small kleen kanteen drink container and a travel coffee mug.
Notebook from Russ Finch Session. Includes notes from the Russ Finch session on Geothermal Greenhouses, addresses, etc. If these are yours please contact me today at healthyfarms@gmail.com




Upcoming

Using Contans for White Mold Management on Organic Farms Webinar

March 4. Online. Join eOrganic for a webinar on Using Contans (Coniothyrium minitans) for White Mold Management on Organic Farms, by Alex Stone of Oregon State University. Alex Stone will explain what white mold is, and how to diagnose it on the farm. She will discuss the life cycles of the biocontrol agent, Contans (Coniothyruium minitans), and the white mold pathogen (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum). Farmers will learn how to incorporate Contans into an integrated white mold management program. The webinar is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. http://www.extension.org/pages/69132/

Monday, February 17, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods


February 17th. 7pm Central. Is free and will air online. http://www.hulu.com/farmed-and-dangerous A Chipolte original comedy series that explores outrageously twisted and utterly unsustainable world of industrial agriculture. http://farmedanddangerous.com/Viewing parties available across the state including at NSAS. Contact William for details, healthyfarms@gmail.com

Sprouting Fodder Webinar

February 17. In this webinar from the Cornell Small Farms Program, John Stoltzfus, a dairy farmer in Whitesville, New York, who has produced fodder for his 50-cow dairy herd, will talk about his methods for sprouting barley, the problems he's encountered in his system over the past two years, and what he's learned since our previous webinar in 2012. Fay Benson, an educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension, will discuss the topic of nutrient availability in sprouted seeds and how this process can benefit the animal, as well as minimizing nutrient losses to the environment. Romi Wilson, a graduate student in Horticulture at Cornell University, will talk about seed issues relating to sprouting fodder. http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2014/02/06/learn-why-more-and-more-farmers-are-using-sprouting-fodder/

Forage Fermentation: How to Make Good Silage

February 17th. 12pm. Presenter: Dr. Limin Kung, Professor of Animal Science at University of Delaware. With so many variables affecting the quality of silage, it can be difficult to manage the fermentation process to produce an optimal feed. Dr. Kung will cover: the general factors which affect forage quality, the basic types of silage fermentation, factors that affect fermentation and silage stability, and some management practices to help in attaining high feeding value. https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/dairexnetwebinar/
Hatching and brooding your own chicks

February 17th. 6pm Central. Interested in breeding your own chicks or having an incubation project in your classroom? Mr. Phil Clauer will be discussing what is involved in hatching and brooding your own chicks. https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/poultry

Urban Pest Management Conference

February 18 – 19. Lincoln. For more information see http://entomology.unl.edu/upm.pdf

Increasing production efficiency through reproductive management; Innovations in Agriculture and Rural Development Webinar

February 18.
12:00 PM. 

Webinar Description: Dr. Funston will discuss the importance of having a high percentage of beef calves born early in “your” calving season, whenever that is. This event coupled with overall reproductive rate is a major economic driver in cow/calf operations and has a profound impact on the profitability of any beef cattle operation. Many producers do not have the capital to increase land resources. Learn how calving distribution can impact output from any ranch operation and factors that influence when cows and heifers conceive during the breeding season. 
 http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?folder=Agruraldev

Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation to Control Soil Borne Pathogens Webinar

February 18. Join eOrganic for a new webinar on Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation by Carol Shennan and Joji Muramoto of the University of California Santa Cruz. This webinar will briefly review the development and use of anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD) techniques for control of soil borne pathogens in various crops and regions around the world, and then focus on the current state of knowledge and use of ASD in California primarily for strawberry production. Presenters will discuss the latest research findings relating to the efficacy of the technique, mechanisms underlying disease suppression, and our experience with growers using the technique in their own operations. The webinar is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.http://www.extension.org/pages/70271/

“Making Niche Pork Work for You at Any Scale”

February 18th. 7pm. Ethan Book, Kate Edwards & Philip Kramer. Iowa farmers have fattened hogs on abundant grain from their farms for generations, and opportunities abound for direct-to-consumer and wholesale niche pork. Hear how other farmers have made niche pork work for them, explore how you can get started and learn about new growth opportunities in niche pork production. http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/farminar

Water Seminar Series

Nitrogen Impacts to Environment. Wednesday, February 19th. 10:30 am. Daniel Sobota, an ecologist and research associate at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Western Ecology Division in Corvallis, Ore., uses the latest in experimental, modeling and remote sensing research methods to investigate nitrogen's effects on nutrient cycling and organic matter dynamics in fragile stream and river ecosystems. Location: Nebraska East Union in Lincoln. 

Community Garden Webinars

February 19th   Beyond Raised Beds: How Cities and Towns Benefit from Community Gardens.
 Erin Sullivan White, Principal, Community Food Lab, Raleigh, NC.  
This webinar will present community gardens as important urban design and planning tools, and will suggest ways that proponents of community gardens can use recent research and urban design principles to raise support for their projects. By emphasizing the way gardens draw multiple disciplines and community opportunities together, the talk will explore the cross-cutting nature of garden benefits, and establish the significant role that community gardens can play in local food systems. 
http://goo.gl/fQKN7

Getting Started with Selling at Farmers Markets Webinar

February 19. This evening webinar is part of the ongoing 2014 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series from Michigan State University Extension. http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/msu_extension_offers_online_programs_for_beginning_farmers

Beyond the Brand: Marketing your Mission for Improved Fundraising and Community Support

February 19. The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and the Farmers Market Coalition are partnering this winter to hold a series of three webinars designed to provide farmers market managers, vendors, and volunteers with information and guidance to understanding the characteristics of their customer base, learn how to build a brand worthy of community support, and stay competitive in a rapidly evolving local food scene. These webinars are free for Farmers Market Coalition members as well as all farmers markets and interested vendors in Pennsylvania. In this second webinar, learn about why and how to spend less energy promoting the market as just a great place to shop and more energy marketing your mission. http://farmersmarketcoalition.org/education/webinars/

Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: Organic Pest Management: Weeds

February 20. The University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community, providing practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. Webinars are held from 1:00 - 2:30 pm on Thursdays and are free. This session is presented by Adam Davis, University of Illinois Associate Professor of the Department of Crop Sciences, Weed Science and Crop Management. https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=8854

Growing Raspberries and Blackberries with IPM

Save the Date: Thursday, February 20, 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM Central Time for an online Webinar especially for North Central Extension Master Gardeners and home gardeners entitled Growing Raspberries and Blackberries with Integrated Pest Management.
 This 90 minute webinar will feature Vaughn Hammond, Extension Horticulturist, University of Nebraska; Michelle Grabowski, Extension Plant Pathologist, University of Minnesota; Celeste Welty, Extension Entomologist, Ohio State University; and Mary Meyer, Extension Horticulturist, University of Minnesota. The webinar will begin with planting and management recommendations for growing raspberries and blackberries. The second section will cover diseases including viruses. The final section will cover insect pests of raspberries, and blackberries including the spotted winged drosophila.  Best management practices will be covered including minimizing pest problems and prevention of pests. The three, 20 minute presentations will each be followed by 10 minutes of questions and discussion. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Am1gDin3TZqgdDRidGNZa0Uxd0tVT0taQ2Foc0R5S1E#gid=0

Build, Prepare, Invest: Assessing Food Hub Businesses for Investment Readiness

February 20. This National Good Food Network webinar will introduce the Food Hub Business Assessment Toolkit from Wholesome Wave. This toolkit provides a framework for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of food hubs in the areas of business model and strategy, impact potential, market overview, marketing and sales, operations, organization and management, risk mitigation, technology and systems, and finance. The webinar will provide an overview of the business assessment process and explore certain areas in depth, presenting Farm Fresh Rhode Island as a case study. https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/366468434

Department of Agronomy & Horticulture Seminar

Fire and Drought: Critical interations in rangeland management. Friday, February 21st. 3:30 pm-5:00 pm. Seminar presented by Dirac Twidwell, assistant professor, rangeland ecologist, UNL Agronomy & Horticulture. Refreshments served at 3:00 p.m. Location, Keim Hall on UNL's East Campus in Lincoln. 

Legal and Financial Clinic

Friday, February 21. Norfolk. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Beekeeping Workshop

Saturday, February 22. Nebraska City. Everything you need to know to succeed in apiculture. Registration and contact info can be seen at bit.ly/1fZle9t.

Farming Smarter, Not Harder

February 22. Lawrence, Kansas. Do you wonder how to have more money in the bank at the end of the season? Does the business side of farming seem incomprehensible to you? Kansas Beginning Farmer Coalition is presenting a farm business management workshop featuring Richard Wiswall, author of The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook, to explain the keys to managing your farm as a business. http://www.kansasfarmersunion.org/kbfc.html

Winter Lecture Series

China's Water-Energy-Climate Conundrum. Sunday, February 23rd. 7:00 pm-8:00 pm. Climate change is the focus of the 2014 Winter Lecture Series that will take place on several Sunday evenings at Hardin Hall auditorium. The lectures are free and open to the public. Hardin Hall in Lincoln. Directions: 33rd and Holdrege Streets on UNL's East Campus



Opportunities

NSAS Membership

February is NSAS Membership Month! Enjoy the Healthy Farms Conference? Like the information and conversations happening across the NSAS List Serv? Look forward to the Young Farmer Nights or Sustainability Happy Hour? These are but a few of the programs NSAS membership dues go to support.
 At the summer NSAS Board meeting the board decided due to the changes in bookkeeping and membership recordkeeping the membership year would be set with a fixed expiration date.  
Beginning this year, the membership year for the Nebraska Sustainable Ag Society begins on February 1st and concludes on January 31st of the following year.  Memberships purchased anytime during the current membership year will expire on January 31st. When registering for the annual conference members are able to purchase/renew their membership for the upcoming year, and are encouraged to do so in order to obtain a full year of membership benefits. Get the maximum benefits from your 2014 NSAS membership by joining by February 28th! Questions about memberships, and benefits, contact any NSAS board member, http://nebsusag.org/about.shtml

Moses Conference Lodging

I will be attending the MOSES Conference and the Organic University. I will leave on Feb. 26 and return on March 2. I also have reserved a room. If there is there anyone who would like transportation and share a place to stay please contact me by February 20.  swanson5155@windstream.net. Paul Swanson

Lost and Found from the Healthy Farms Conference

We have several items that people are missing.  Troy Kash-Brown is missing a Grain Place Basket of goodies including popcorn. We also have a small kleen kanteen drink containter and a travel coffee mug. If these are yours, or you have Troy's basket please contact me today at healthyfarms@gmail.com


News

Going Organic Gets Fulton Family Farm of the Year Award


The Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society presented its 2014 Farm Family of the Year Award Friday to Kevin Fulton of Litchfield. “I think it’s a reflection on everyone in this room,” Fulton said as he accepted the award during the opening of the NSAS Healthy Farms Conference in Kearney. Read the rest of the story
Healthy Farms Conference Promotes Sustainability

On Saturday the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society wrapped up their two day Healthy Farms Conference; promoting sustainable and organic local farms and farmers. Read the complete article. 


Upcoming

Panhandle No-till Partnership Winter Conference

February 26 – 27. Gering. More information about the Partnership, their educational activities, and the Winter Conference is at:  www.panhandlenotill.org.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Nebraska Evening

Register here, https://healthyfarmsconference2014.eventbrite.com

Friday beginning at 4pm.


Beer + Wine + Cheese = Nebraska!
When: Friday, February 14th beginning at 4pm
Thanks: Special thanks to Bold Nebraska for Sponsoring!
Where: Wingate Inn, in the meeting room (located next to the dining area).
When: Will continue after Live Auction, Dinner & Entertainment (roughly 8:15pm)
























Live Auction Fundraiser for NSAS!
When: Friday, February 14th 5:30PM
Where: General Session Room
Auctioneer: Adam Marshall, http://adammarshallauction.com/
What: Artisanal crafted items and experiences to enlighten your journey in life, while also supporting sustainable agriculture in Nebraska!


A Nebraska Entertainer!
When: Friday, February 14th after a delicious local foods dinner, 7:15PMish
Where: General Session Room
Singer: Melinda Ferree as Patsy Cline
What: Songs for the journey, and the night

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2014 Healthy Farms Breakout Sessions VII

Breakout Sessions
Saturday, February 15th. 3:00pm. 


Growing food in an Urban Neighborhood: Lincoln’s Haley Hamlet. Tim Rinne

A mile from downtown, in Lincoln’s historic Hawley Neighborhood, the residents of a city block are tearing up their lawns and growing food.  Since 2009, two-thirds of an acre of ground in this standard-size block (with no vacant lots) has been converted to an edible landscape to grow vegetables and fruits for the twenty participating neighbors.  This block-based ‘hamlet’ right in the Capital City’s core is working to model a more productive, sustainable and cooperative use of the urban environment... growing community while growing food.


About Tim: Tim Rinne just celebrated his 20th year as the State Coordinator of Nebraskans for Peace.  Long interested in environmental and climate issues, from 2004-2013, he was the Political and Legislative Chair for the Nebraska Sierra Club.  Helping create the Hawley Hamlet and learning to grow some of his own food is the most satisfying political thing he’s ever done.  Makes you wonder why he waited until he was in his fifties to get going…




Dry Curing & Smoking Ham. Chad Lebo

Black Iberian pigs arrived in the United States in 1539, when Hernando de Soto landed in Florida. From the 16th century until the mid-20th century, curing and smoking ham was a traditional activity on many American farms. You can keep this now-dying tradition alive by dry curing and smoking your own ham and bacon whether you live in farmland and suburbia. But smoking is about more than just ribs. We will learn about many aspects of curing and smoking including various methods of smoking beef, fowl, vegetables, fish, herbs and spices and even water. We will also discuss aging. We will be focusing on whole muscle curing such as bacon and ham and corned beef.

About Chad: While living in Madagascar for 5 years and suffering a terrible lack of bacon, Chad Lebo reached back to his Mennonite roots and began curing and smoking his own bacon and ham. He also began making cheeses to accompany the smoked meats and it eventually grew into a small business crafting and selling artisanal cured meats and cheeses. This business has continued after he moved from Africa to Omaha in June of 2013. His new business, Cure Cooking, is based in Omaha and offers private and public cooking lessons in various traditional food crafts such as curing, cheese making, canning and sourdough bread baking. He also is a consulting cook for the Madecasse Chocolate company designing new flavors that are produced in Madagascar and sold throughout the United States and Europe. Visit www.curecooking.com for more information.


Attracting Beneficial Pollinators with Native Plants. Ben Vogt

Native insects are in evolutionary sync with native plants, so it makes since to include swaths of prairie wildflowers and grasses for nectar and larval food sources. Once you attract these pollinators and pest managers, you’re likely to increase crop yields, mitigate runoff, and improve soil structure. We’ll look at some of the top native plants for home and small farm gardens, as well as new prairie initiatives for larger operations.


About Ben: Benjamin Vogt owns Monarch Gardens, a prairie garden consulting business for DIY homeowners, businesses, and schools. He is on the board of Wachiska Audubon Society, writes a gardening column for Houzz, and speaks nationally on using native plants. You can visit him at his blog The Deep Middle.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

2014 Healthy Farms Conference Breakout Sessions VI

Breakout Sessions
Saturday, February 15th. 1:30pm. 

Growing citrus fruit in Nebraska in a geothermal greenhouse. Russ Finch


Russ Finch will talk about his geothermal greenhouse, design and utilization, success and failures.


About Russ: has a long history of involvement in a variety of professions. Russ has been involved in seismographing, served in the army, has been a baker and cook, has been involved as a farmer for 45 years and manufacturing for 31 years. He has worked with the post office for 27 years and finally has been involved in greenhouses for 35 years. Mr. Finch’s passion for the last several years has been developing the geo-thermal system and high plains structure adapted to his geo-thermal system. Russ grew his geo-thermal greenhouse design from a heating system he used for his home near Alliance. At 81 years of age, Mr. Finch incorporated a new business to market the "Greenhouse in the Snow" design/structure. Mr. and Mrs. Finch have been married 66 years have a son & daughter.


Learning the Language of the Fields. Daniel Deffenbaugh

Though the health and environmental benefits of sustainable agriculture are well known, a lesser emphasized aspect of this practice is the spiritual growth that can take place as we become intimate conversation partners with the land. For centuries, philosophers and clerics in the West have downplayed the human relationship with nature preferring instead to accentuate our distinction from the natural world on which we are ultimately dependent. Sustainable agricultural practices serve as a means of reintroducing us to our natural home, helping us, in the words of Thoreau, to "learn the language of the fields." In so doing, we regain a sense of what it means to be both physically and spiritually whole.

About Daniel: Daniel G. Deffenbaugh is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Hastings College and author of Learning the Language of the Fields: Tilling and Keeping as Christian Vocation. A native of southern Ohio, he has been an organic gardener and seed saver for over thirty years. His current academic work focuses on the notion of integrated health, which sees human well-being as a dynamic balance of spirituality, physical vitality, community involvement, and ecological integrity.



Seed Saving for Resilience. Betsy Goodman

Historically, seed saving is something that every gardener did. Now, we are more product oriented and less aware of the value associated with allowing our plants to complete the whole cycle, that is-seed, plant, fruit, seed. Here, we will discuss the importance of seed saving as well as the fundamental basic concepts that a seed saver needs to know. Then, we will focus on specific vegetables upon request. 


About Betsy: Elizabeth graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2009 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies, emphasizing in Sustainability, Community, and Biocultural Diversity. She has worked with various farmers, herbalists, and seed producers along the West Coast. Fall 2011, Elizabeth attended Seed School from NATIVE Seed Search in Tuscan, AZ. Since 2010, Elizabeth has been Production Assistant at BloomsOrganic Farm. Every year, Elizabeth works with the Douglas County Health Department and the Douglas County Extenuation office to plan a community wide Seed Swap. Additionally, Elizabeth is the Founder and Volunteer Coordinator for Omaha Public Library's, Common Soil Seed Library.