Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

Introduction to Cut Flowers

August 25. Kansas City. Looking for a way to complement your market offerings throughout the season? Cut flowers could be one way to diversify and increase profitability. This workshop in the Growing Growers series will cover the basics of growing and marketing cut flowers.

Farmers Markets: Rules, Regulations and Reforms

August 25 or 28. Online. This webinar, held twice, will provide an opportunity for farmers market vendors and farmers market managers in Illinois to learn about new regulations and reforms that impact farmers markets and provide input to the Governor-appointed Illinois Farmers Market Task Force about future farmers market regulations. This webinar will provide an overview of the reforms that HB5657 made and what farmers and market managers need to know about the new law.

Online Organic Agriculture Course

Tuesday, August 26. 16-week online Transitioning to Organic Agriculture Course (Tuesdays, Aug 26 – Dec. 9th).  Classes will include lessons on weed management, nutrient management, pest management and markets for organic grain, vegetable and fruit crops. Programs and policies from USDA, NRCS and other groups to assist in the transition will be presented. For more information please contact the Organic Agriculture Program at Iowa State at 515-294-7069 or contact Kathleen Delate at  $10/session; $50/course.  Web access info will be given to those who register.

Tree Farm Standards 2015

August 26th. This year the American Tree Farm System is taking a look at our Standards of Sustainability per the PEFC requirements for certification. In January to March there was a public comment period on the Standards as they are now. An Independent Standards Review Panel (ISRP) looked at those comments and has come out with a revised standard. Now we have opened a second public comment period on this revised standard, as well as the accompanying Guidance Document. Sarah Crow and ISRP Chair Steven Sinclair will lead this webinar going over the revised standards and any changes that have been suggested. This webinar will be valuable for Tree Farmers new and old, as well as any one interested in sustainable forestry in America!

No-till/Cover Crop Field Day

Wednesday, August 27. Stella. More information available at 

Systems for Accountability and Efficiency on the Market Farm: Webinar

August 27. Whether you manage one seasonal worker or a large year-round crew, good management can make the difference between making headway on your farm's work, or just creating headaches. Consultant and veteran farmer Chris Blanchard has worked with farmers throughout the Midwest to develop systems that make it easy to achieve reliable results throughout your farming operation. Learn about them in this free, one-hour webinar from Countryside Conservancy.

Targeted Grazing Online Workshop: Monitoring for Success

August 27. Online. This event is part of a series of online workshops presented by the Targeted Grazing Committee of the Society for Range Management. The presenter is Dr. Marc Horney, California Polytechnic State University.

Solar-powered Water Systems for Grazing Operations

August 27. Online. This webinar is part of a series presented by the Natural Resources Conservation Service East National Technology Support Center. This webinar will present differences and USDA NRCS planning considerations for using solar-powered watering systems for livestock grazing operations compared to typical electrical power sources for livestock water. One of these planning considerations is knowing when to choose solar power as the energy source for the watering system. Other planning considerations covered during this webinar include water delivery and engineering design concepts. Additionally, animal behavior and management adjustments that may need to be incorporated as a result of using this type of water delivery system will be discussed.

Physical, Chemical, and Biological Properties of Soil and Water

Thursday, August 28. Mead. UNL ARDC. More Information:

Tunnel to Table Workshop

August 31. Colby, Kansas. This event is the first in Kansas Rural Center's series of three "Tunnel to Table" workshops that will offer experienced and beginning vegetable and fruit growers critical information on applying polytunnels – such as high tunnels and low tunnels – as strategic tools for Kansas farms. Topics of each workshop's presentations and round-table discussions featuring area growers will include Kansas-specific polytunnel structure considerations, production and marketing strategies, economics of tunnel production, and solutions to common region-specific challenges. Each workshop also offers the opportunity to tour and learn from a unique farm with established polytunnel systems.

Seed Festival Harvest and Threshing

Hands on seed harvest and threshing festival. Sunday, August 31, 3: pm, continuing Sept 1 morning. At Meadowlark Hearth, Scottsbluff, Ne, Learn what carrot flowers look like and beet seed as well as many more types of seed: how to grow and save them. Overnight place to camp or to put sleeping bag place. Bring food to share. Email or call us to let us know to expect you! or 308-631-5877. Our farm is 5 minutes east of Scottsbluff on hwy 26 & Co Rd 26 turn north, first farm on left.


Organic Hens for Adoption!

We are replacing some of our flock and need to find home for our older hens (1.5years old). You are welcome to buy as many as you can care for. We are asking that you pay $4 for each hen. Our hens enjoy vegetable scraps, grit, oyster shell, bugs, fresh water and organic feed. They are locked up every night to keep them safe from critters. We recommend that you bring a large box or a pet carrier to bring your hens home. Our farm is located at 1240 Ironwood Road, Harlan, Iowa. Please let us know if you need directions. We are offering pick up times this week. Please let us know what day and time will work for your pick up this week. We need to find homes for these ladies ASAP. Ellen Walsh-Rosmann, 712-579-1933,

For Sale

We have a few things for sale.  John Deere 24 T  twine Baler $1000. New Holland 116 windrower, needs hydraulic pump, otherwise works great $3500.  King Kutter Shredder  6ft.  $500. Give us a call if you are interested 402-780-5287. Melissa

Farm Job Available in Kansas

We at Heartland Farm, a 25 year old organic Farm in central Kansas are seeking a full time, live-in farmer to run all aspects of our 80 A. (not all in farm acreage) sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace.  Sister Jane Belanger, OP. Heartland Farm, 1049 CR 390, Pawnee Rock, KS 67567.

Farm Job Wanted

I am currently looking for a farm job. I would like to stay close to Blair, Omaha, Fremont, or even across the border in Iowa.  Brenda Ruenholl,  Washington County, brrr@juno.com402-533-2541402-203-0850

Cows for Sale

I've decided that there is such a thing as too much diversity, at least when it comes to my cow herd. I have quite the mix of cattle right now and I'd like to at least narrow it down to a few breeds. So I've decided to sell the Scottish Highland and Longhorn cattle. Here are links to the ad's if you are interested:  Scottish Highland, .  Longhorns, .  I'd make any NSAS member a heck of a deal if they wanted them all. Thanks,  Jon,

2014 Organic Farmer Seed Survey

The purpose of this survey is to better assess certified organic crop producers’ attitudes and perceptions regarding organic seed. The purpose is also to understand producers’ current use of organic seed and any obstacles that restrict organic seed sourcing. Producers should be prepared to offer best estimates on their organic seed usage or have their seed records on hand. The survey also asks which crops and traits should be prioritized through organic plant breeding programs. If you are a certified organic crop producer, please take ten minutes to respond to this survey. Your responses are voluntary and will be held confidential. Your responses will not be identified by individual or farm. All responses will be compiled and analyzed as a group.


Southeast Nebraska Diversified Ag Tour

Friday, September 5, 7:30am. Southeast Nebraska. The stops will include Union Orchard-The Wostrel Family; Bloom Where You're Planted Farm,- Teresa & Terry Lorensen; Lunch: Slattery Vintage Estate- Barb & Sarah Slattery; Ox Bow Animal Health; and Chisholm Family Farm- The Chisholm Family.  Cost $20.00 per person.  Deadline to Register: Friday, August 29.   For more information contact Vaughn Hammond at 402-873-3166 or email

"Green Agritourism" - Power of Business Friday 15

Friday, September 5 at 10:15 am Central. Our September 5 Friday 15 guest is Beth Kennett, from Liberty Hill Farm, in Rochester, VT. Liberty Hill Farm is a 240-acre working dairy farm, that has been offering "farm vacations" to visitors from all over the world. Many of Liberty Hill's guest return year and after year. We'll chat with Beth about how Liberty Hill attracts and keeps customers and what it means to be a "green" agritourism destination.

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