Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Healthy Farms Conference Breakout Sessions VII

A.  Leveraging labels to market your product: An overview of the labeling landscape and an in depth look at AWA Certification  

How do you let consumers know that your farm really has the well-treated animals raised outdoors on pasture or range that they see on supermarket labels and want for their families? Today’s producers face a bewildering range of terms and claims used to promote and label food. Animal Welfare Approved audits and certifies family farms that utilize high-welfare methods of farming, outdoors on pasture or range. Certified farms use the AWA label as a way to add value and to assure customers of high-welfare farming practices. Hear from Alexandra Frantz, Central Region Farmer and Market Outreach Coordinator, about what the most commonly used labels mean (and don’t mean) and how certification and effective labeling can help your products stand out in the marketplace.

Alexandra Frantz; As the Central Region Farmer and Market Outreach Coordinator for AWA, Alexandra works to expand the market for Certified AWA products by promoting Certified AWA farmers and developing relationships with retailers, restaurants, farmers markets, and consumers. In addition to attending and speaking at events and conferences across the Midwest, Alexandra provides a broad range of marketing support—from traditional press releases to social media features—for Certified AWA farmers, and identifies and recruits pasture-based farmers interested in AWA Certification.

B. Training for Beginning Farmer in Nebraska; The Farm Beginnings Nebraska Story!
The Farm Beginnings® Program works to get more successful farmers on the land and organize for a system in which family farmers can flourish. Family farmers are a force for change. They are caring for the land, strengthening rural communities, running viable farm businesses, and producing food and fiber for their communities. Farm Beginnings provides a wide range of trainings, including Farm Dreams, Farm Beginnings and the Journeyperson Course. We are working to improve land access for family farmers through organizing to reform key policies. We facilitate a vibrant network of farmers who lead field days, skill shares, and lots of support to each other. We have developed a Farm Transition Toolkit and a clearinghouse that connects land owners and land seekers. The 2016 Farm Beginnings® Nebraska Classes are being held in  Weeping Water, NE at the Cass County Extension Office.

In this session we will discuss the Farm Beginnings Nebraska program and hear from several graduates

Gary Lesoing; has served as Nebraska's SARE State Coordinator since 2008. Lesoing has been involved in research and extension in sustainable agriculture since 1980. He conducted research in organic and diversified cropping systems at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Agriculture Research and Development Center. In 1998 Lesoing became a Regional Agronomy Specialist for the University of Missouri-Columbia in the West Central Region of Missouri and continued working in sustainable agriculture. In 2004 he moved back to his home state of Nebraska and became an Extension Educator in Nemaha County with a focus on crop production, sustainable agriculture and beginning farmer training. Lesoing holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology (1975) from Peru State College in Nebraska and a Master of Science Degree in Animal Science (1977) and a PhD. in Agronomy (1992) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Gary and his wife Evey have two adult daughters and two grandchildren. Gary is an NSAS member, and has served on the Board of Directors for NSAS.

C.  Introduction to High Density Planting of Tree Fruits 

The latest trend in fruit tree production is high density planting using dwarf trees with increased plant population. Planting 1000 trees or more per acre rather than 180 trees per acre as done in traditional planting schemes.  Learn about the pros and cons as well some of the different types of high density planting methods and how this might fit into your production and marketing plans.

Vaughn Hammond; is currently the Team Leader and Mentor at Union Orchard located near Nebraska City.  His career has focused around local foods and sustainable, alternative agriculture and the entrepreneurship related to small farming.  His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and a Masters of Science in Entomology.  His previous experience includes working for the University of Nebraska as a research technologist and Extension Educator and Agriculture Advisor in Afghanistan working with fruit, vegetable and honey producers in the Paktya Provence. Vaughn is a longtime NSAS member.

Click below for details and to register!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

#2016HFC An All-Nebraska Evening!

2016 Healthy Farms Conference!

A highlight for many at the annual Healthy Farms Conference is the All-Nebraska Evening. Held on Friday evening of the conference, the Evening features Nebraska musicians, artisians & farmers. Details below! Register here, www.universe.com/2016HealthyFarmsConference

Beer + Wine + Cheese = Nebraska!
When: Friday, January 29th. 4:00pm
Where: Marcotte Room, located just next to the General Session Room
When: Will continue after Live Auction, Dinner & Entertainment in Room 213 (roughly 8:15pm)

Live Auction Fundraiser!

When: Friday, January 29th. 5:30pm
Where: General Session Room
Auctioneer: Shayne Fili
Come Support the works of Sustainable Agriculture in Nebraska. Support NSAS!

All-Nebraska Meal!

When: Friday, January 29th. 6:30pm
Where: General Session Room
Featuring numerous local, sustainable and organic farmers our meal will be a highlight of the evening!

Featuring the Wildwoods Band!

When: Friday, January 29th. 7:00pm
Where: General Session Room

About: The Wildwoods, are an acoustic music group from Lincoln, Nebraska. Their music is rich in love, happiness & passion that will melt your heart & inspire your soul! www.thewildwoodsband.com  

Tickets for the evening are $40 and support the programs of the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society! NSAS is a non profit, farmer led, organization dedicated to sustainable and organic farming and foods!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Healthy Farms Conference Breakout Sessions VI

Who Are Your Customers? Introduction to One Important Segment

A “from the other side” presentation/panel discussion by representatives of some of the  organized consumer groups (eg: Omaha Thrifty Moms, etc). We’ll actually hear what one large segment of end consumers think of us and our products. 

Moderator: Gene Gauge

Amanda Kuehmichel; My husband and I run a small business out of our home in Bellevue, NE called Thrifty Omaha Moms. I began the business in 2013 selling some eggs and splitting a whole beef with some friends. The business began with supporting other small businesses to purchase items in bulk for a discount for our group. The group has grown and is around 2,000 members. I would roughly estimate that around 150 members purchase local food items on a pretty regular basis through my weekly farm orders. I work closely with Farmtable Delivery and Stick and Stones Brick Oven Bakery for these weekly orders. I then work with a handful of other farmers to purchase bulk meats and dairy. My group purchased nearly $100,000 in local foods in the past year. Outside of this business I run two other small businesses (selling Norwex and Mary and Martha), am a homeschooling Mom to two girls(ages 4 and 6), and are part of a church plant in Bellevue. I grew up in Wisconsin and moved to Nebraska in July of 2011. My husband Ben is a Software Engineer for Google. 

Fence Building & Water Systems

Mike will explain how to build a good hi-tensile fence and the keys to a resilient system. He we also discuss various options for portable water and grazing pivots.

Mike Anderson’s heart and soul has been in the world of agriculture since his childhood days spent on his family’s farm in South-Central Nebraska. As an international wildlife fencing & irrigation consultant working in the industry for more than 40 years, he’s been sought after for his vast industry knowledge by numerous state and federal agencies, university researchers, dealers, distributors, landowners and managers. After years spent as a territory rep responsible for design training and sales of power fence products and irrigation systems, Mike has also parlayed his extensive knowledge into the design and construction of vineyards and orchards. When he’s not spending his days traveling to support his valued customers and colleagues you can find him enjoying time with his family at his home in Lincoln.

Consideration when choosing a location for your Orchard

The success of an orchard in most cases just doesn’t happen.  Several considerations need to be made when choosing where to locate your planting to help ensure healthy, successfully fruit production.  It is not just about having a piece of ground and planting there but rather identifying nuances of the site and taking those characteristics into consideration and understanding how they affect the growth of the planting.

Vaughn Hammond; is currently the Team Leader and Mentor at Union Orchard located near Nebraska City.  His career has focused around local foods and sustainable, alternative agriculture and the entrepreneurship related to small farming.  His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and a Masters of Science in Entomology.  His previous experience includes working for the University of Nebraska as a research technologist and Extension Educator and Agriculture Advisor in Afghanistan working with fruit, vegetable and honey producers in the Paktya Provence.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

2016 Healthy Farms Conference Youth Program!

This year, parents, plan on bringing lots of warm clothing: gloves, hats and boots for your child to participate in outdoor activities with the Arbor Day Tree Adventure!  From COLD to HOT children will also want to have their swimsuits to enjoy the kiddy wading or Olympic-sized indoor pool. Thanks to a generous sponsor, youth under 10 are free to attend the conference. Email William @ healthyfarms@gmail.com for details.  

Friday, January 29th. 10:00 – 2:00pm.

Art in the Garden. Ali Clark, Big Muddy Urban Farm & Omaha City Sprouts. Create garden decorations for your home garden, using natural and recycled materials! Some of the projects will include: pinecone bird feeders, water bottle flowers and more     

Wacky Container Gardening. Ali Clark. Create a fun & unique indoor garden planter using wacky containers! We’ll provide materials for creating your wacky container, & invite you to bring your own. Ideas include: recycled food containers, used shoes, dishes, etc.       
Growing fruits and veggies in your orchard. Vaughn Hammond from Union Orchard.

Friday, January 29th. 2 pm - 4 pm

Tree Adventure Tour & Gnome Hunt!
We'll meet our guide in the Upper Lobby of the Lied Lodge. We'll begin with a walk to the Tree Adventure. Once there we'll get tour of the greenhouse, the Hero Gallery and the Education Pavilion. About the Hero Gallery: "The Trees for America® program embodies the Arbor Day Foundation’s belief that each of us has a responsibility for wise environmental stewardship." 

Next we'll split into teams and begin the Gnone Hunt which will include a scavenger like hunt with clues & activities as we search for the Arbor Day Gnome! If time & weather allows, we'll continue to explore the Arbor Day Lodge Trails!

Saturday, January 30th. 9:00 – 1:30pm.

Lil’ Chefs Cooking with Local Foods. JoAnne Garvey Chef Instructor, Institute for the Culinary Arts, Metropolitan Community College. Students will make pizzas from scratch using local ingredients. 

Identifying Beneficial Insects. We will look at the beneficial insects most commonly found in Nebraska farms, and identify them at all of their various life stages.  Natalia Bjorklund UNL Extension Educator..
Creating Farmers Market Stands. Cait Caughey from Botna Burrow & the Big Garden. In this session we will explore what goes into setting up a farmer's market stand. We will design our own products, create samples and signage, set prices, learning about making change and customer service. Great for all ages -- lots of creative play!  

Herbal Plant Medicine Making.  Cait Caughey. In this session we will touch, taste, and smell different plants that have qualities that can heal us like lavender, mint, lemon balm, echinacea, yarrow, and calendula! We will learn how these plants grow. Then, we will process them to make lip balm, tea, and an herbal chest rub great for colds! Homemade health care is amazing! Great for all ages but little ones are suggested to have their parent along to help. 

Saturday, January 30th, 1:30 – 3:30pm.

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Ground Hog Day Hike, Movie and Craft!
We'll begin by hiking to the Tree Adventure. Once there we'll begin the Ground Hog Day Hike. Followed by Trees in Movies and crafts.  This enjoyable 15–20 minute compilation of 90 scenes from 66 classic movies in which trees have starring roles. And just outside the theatre, interactive tree-themed kiosks provide a fun and educational experience for all age. The Tree Adventure will also be included!

Ali Clark serves as the garden manager at City Sprouts Community Garden and farmer at Big Muddy Urban Farm. She grew up gardening and loves to be creative with natural materials, plants and garden spaces. When she isn't farming, Ali enjoys cooking, knitting and candy-making.

Cait Caughey operates a family-farm in Southwest Iowa (Botna Burrow) and is the Education Coordinator at Big Garden in Omaha. She teaches organic gardening skills, farm to school, and entrepreneurship curricula in Omaha and SW Iowa to children and youth ages 2-18. She loves building soil, building connections to healthy food, and building relationships. You can contact her at ccaughey@bigmuddyumc.org 

JoAnn Garvey, Full-time faculty instructor teaching Introduction to Culinary Arts, and proteins fabrication. With over 30 years of experience in food service. Students will make pizza from scratch using local ingredients. Chef Garvey brings her expertise to healthy farms conference and, is a a board member of City Sprouts, and NSAS.

Register online @ www.NebSusAg.org/conference.shtml

Monday, January 18, 2016

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods!

Building a Legally Sound Intern and Volunteer Program for Farm Work

January 19. Online. By now, most farmers are aware that doing farm work with interns and volunteers can be legally complicated, and many farms have faced steep fines for doing it wrong. Get ahead of the curve and learn ways to build a legally compliant intern or volunteer program for your farm in this free webinar from Farm Commons. https://farmcommons.org/building-legally-sound-intern-and-volunteer-program-farm-work

What a Small Grain Crop Can Afford You: Diverse Covers for Grazing

January 19th. Mark Peterson has been raising cereal rye for seed the past few years in southwestern Iowa. Harvesting his main seed crop in July gives Mark the opportunity to plant a diverse cover crop mix for the remainder of the growing season. Later in the year, his neighbor’s cattle are allowed to graze the mix. Mark will discuss how he and his neighbor decide on fencing, water and rent as part of the arrangement. Colten Catterton of Green Cover Seed works with Mark and other farmers on selecting cover crop species based on specific goals. He’ll address how he and Mark selected the Petersons’ cover crop mix, and what things to consider when choosing a mix for grazing purposes.  https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/farminar

Consumer Trends

January 19th. 
Join UVM Extension Community & Economic Development Specialist Mary Peabody to examine some of the major drivers in food purchase decisions, and then consider specific strategies for positioning your products in a rapidly changing marketplace. The founding director of the Women's Agricultural Network, Mary is passionate about working with small-scale farmers and small business owners on issues related to business planning, marketing and feasibility. 

Hyperketonemia Treatment at the Individual Cow and Herd Level

Tuesday, January 19 at 12:00 pm CST. Presented by: Dr. Jessica McArt, Cornell University. In this webinar, Dr. McArt will briefly review the physiology of hyperketonemia development as well as β-hydroxybutyrate concentration cut points to use in treatment decision making. Dr. McArt will discuss common treatments, including: medication, method of action, dose, duration, effect. Herd-level testing and treatment strategies will be presented as well as action recommendations following herd prevalence estimation. https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/dairexnetwebinar/

HR 4 Ag & Main Street

January 19.  1:00 pm–4:00 pm.  Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk. Contact,  Jessica G. Jones, 402-335-3669jjones12@unl.edu. The HR 4 Ag & Main Street workshop is a three-hour face-to-face session created by Nebraska Extension and designed for farmers/ranchers and other agriculture and main street business owners. The goal of the program is to provide education on human resource management and human risk mitigation strategies to increase your farm, ranch, or other business’ resiliency and stability. Topics to be covered include: recruiting and retaining the best employees, pay and benefits, motivating and engaging employees, communication, building and leading your team, managing conflict, and more.
Additional Public Info: To register call: Northeast Research & Extension Center (402-379-4000)

Crowdfunding for the Food + City Community

January 20th. Learn the five most important lessons for successful crowdfunding for your food innovation business. Join Barnraiser crowdfunding expert, Gina Giarmo, as she shares fast, easy and effective tips and stories from the front line of food makers, producers, and businesses. Details!

Organic Agriculture Research Symposium 2016 Live Broadcast

Wednesday, January 20 at 11:00 am CST. The plenary and key workshop sessions will be broadcast as webinars. Plenary speakers will be André Leu, President of Organic International / IFOAM and Mathieu Ngouajio, USDA/NIFA National Program Leader in Cropping Systems. Also livestreamed will be workshops on soil health, long-term and strategic research, and innovative educational systems. Location: Register in advance athttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5589622818350441474

Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Workshop

January 20-21. Online. The USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub hosts this workshop on Agricultural Solutions: adapting to and mitigating climate change on farms and forests in the southeastern United States. The workshop will focus on adaptive strategies that make working lands more resilient to an increasingly variable climate, while at the same time mitigating greenhouse emissions. State and federal programs that support these efforts will be highlighted, along with tools for improving resilience and communication methods. http://www.ncsu-feop.org/GHG/

"The Power of the Web: Free Internet Legal Research"

Wednesday, January 20 at 11:00 am CST. Join us in our continuing webinar series sponsored by the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium. Our January webinar, entitled, The Power of the Web: Free Internet Legal Research, focuses on getting the most out of free legal materials on the internet. This program is designed to be useful to attorneys and non-attorneys seeking to learn more about free legal research materials. For additional information about the program, please visit the National Agricultural Law Center website here. No pre-registration is required and this webinar is offered free of charge, but limited to the first 100 registrants. https://uaag.adobeconnect.com/research/

Grazing Strategies for Riparian and Wet Meadow Improvement in the Sagebrush Steppe

January 20. Online. This webinar is presented by USDA NRCS West National Technology Support Center. Participants will understand the effects of grazing riparian and wet meadow areas during each season and how to manage grazing to initiate improvement of ecological functions. This webinar will review key principles of grazing management in riparian and meadow areas, describe common grazing strategies and typical vegetation response, and showcase examples from around the sage steppe. http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/grazing-strategies-for-riparian-and-wet-meadow-improvement-in-the-sagebrush-steppe

NGFN Webinar: Group GAP

January 20. Online. GroupGAP is a new service (available Spring 2016) from USDA to audit farmers to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). Small farmers are feeling the pressure to get third-party certified as more buyers are requiring GAP certification, and as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) puts them under new regulatory oversight. In this free National Good Food Network webinar, hear the experience of a few of the trailblazers--groups who have already received GroupGAP certification. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6529838299388868097

Best Management Practices for On-Farm Climate Change Resilience – Social, Ecological & Economic Implications

January 20. 2-3 p.m. Online. The USDA Northeast Climate Hub hosts this webinar in which participants are made aware of the social, ecological and economic drivers and implications of certain management practices that may reduce farm-scale risks producers in the northeast face due to climate change. http://www.climatewebinars.net/webinars/best-management-practices-for-on-farm-climate-change-resilience-in-the-northeast

NPSAS Winter Conference

January 21-23. Aberdeen, South Dakota. The 37th winter conference of the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society is titled "Growing for the Future." Keynote speakers are Organic Valley Veterinarian Dr. Paul Detloff and Founder and Executive Director of Food & Water Watch Wenonah Hauter. The schedule includes half-day workshops and a variety of conference sessions on soil, production, livestock, and business topics. http://npsas.org/component/eventbooking/?task=view_event&event_id=69&Itemid=355

Soils and Soil Fertility for Small Farms

January 21 - Soils and Soil Fertility for Small Farms, Mike Roegge, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator. https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=13379

Financing Farmland Roundtable – Discover and Reveal Creative Options for Purchasing Land

January 21. Online. This roundtable session, hosted by Farm Commons, builds off information covered in their recorded tutorial on financing and participants are asked to have watched it before participating. This session is appropriate for farmers seeking farmland and don’t necessarily want to go through a traditional bank. This session is also appropriate for farmers who have used unconventional or creative land purchasing options to share pitfalls or success stories with others. https://farmcommons.org/financing-farmland-roundtable-discover-and-reveal-creative-options-purchasing-land

IOIA Webinar: Maple Syrup Inspection

January 21. Online. This International Organic Inspectors Association webinar will prepare inspectors and certifiers to understand the requirements of the standards being used in Canada and the United States for organic maple syrup (and birch syrup) production. It will provide tools for use by inspectors in the woods and sugar camps, as well as in more industrial maple syrup-processing situations. IOIA Maple Syrup Inspection Webinar is an advanced 300-level course. This webinar will be presented in one, three-hour session. http://www.ioia.net/schedule_web.html#jan21

Agronomy & Horticulture Seminar

 January 22. 3:30 pm. UNL's East Campus,  Keim Hall. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, associate professor, Extension Plant Pathologist, UNL Plant Pathology, UNL Agronomy and Horticulture, will present “Important and Emerging Disease Concerns of Corn.” Dr. Jackson-Ziems is responsible for statewide extension programming and research on established and emerging diseases of corn and sorghum. Join us in person or online athttps://connect.unl.edu/fridayseminarseries.

Skype for Business

January 22. 10:30 am–11:30 am. UNL's City Campus in Lincoln, Architecture Hall Room: 107. Contact, Ranelle Maltas, 402-472-0585ranelle@unl.eduLearn to use instant messaging, video chat/conference and share your screen. Register online athttps://training.unl.edu

2016 Healthy Farms Conference

Register today and save!

If you have not registered for the conference yet, early bird registration ends January 20th. Early registration helps in the planning and coordinating of the conference, and helps us conduct a successful conference. Save time and money by registering today! Complete details about the conference can be found at our website,http://nebsusag.org/conference.shtml
Additionally, you can read about all of the breakout sessions, exhibitors, sponsors and other conference going ons at our blog, http://healthyfarmsnebraska.blogspot.com/

FFA/4-H Students;

We have a limited number of scholarships available for FFA & 4-H students. Email for details.

Youth Program;

Thanks to one of our #2016HFC sponsors, youth 10 and under are free to attend the conference.  Email William for details. 


The Lied Lodge is equipped with both guest rooms & suites, as well as an Olympic size in door pool, and a separate children's pool. 
Lodging is available by calling 800-546-5433 & 
requesting a guest room under "The Healthy Farms Conference" reservations. Lied Lodge & Conference Center, 2700 Sylvan Rd. Nebraska City. To ensure rooms to suit your needs, reservations should be made as soon as possible.

Roundtable Discussions; 

We still have space for a few roundtable discussions. These are informal conversations about topics related to sustainable and organic farming and foods.  They typically are an overflow of potential breakout topics and covers the scope of experiences from the farm. We will once again be hosting the roundtable discussions on Saturday morning of the conference.   Have a topic? Email William @ healthyfarms@gmail.com!


Miking Goats

I have a customer looking for a couple young does for milking. If anyone has any leads, please let me know. Lanette A Stec, Erstwhile Farm, LLC, 402-897-4065erstwhilefarm@gmail.com

Bred Dairy Goats for Sale

Eight bred dairy goats for Sale. All due March, 2016. All from good dairy stock & in good health. Sharon Oamek, 402-690-9252sharon@honeycreekcreamery.com. Omaha/Council Bluffs area. 

Feeder Goats, Lambs, Hogs

Please email me if you know of a reasonable source for feeder goat kids, lambs or heritage feeder hogs. Thanks. Andrew, hollisterrentals@gmail.com

Oats & Barley

Looking for 600 bu. of feed-grade oats or barley available?  First choice is certified organic, but not required. Thx, Randy Wattermann, West Point, wattermann@skyww.net

Cass County Farming / Agriculture Waste and Recycling Survey

Cass County seeking input from farmers on Waste & Recycling Survey. Details here,https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q25L9NT


I have 150 irrigated acres in Western Douglas County that I will be available for cash rent spring of 2016. Jeaniffr Snide, G&J Snide Farms LLC,  Jeaniffr5@aol.com

Survey seeks opinions of women livestock farmers

USDA Small Business Innovation Research grant to study the tool- and equipment-related needs of women livestock farmers. To assist Green Heron in designing better tools and equipment, women who raise or care for livestock of any kind are invited to complete a brief survey.   The survey will be open through September, and respondents who complete it will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Green Heron Tools gift certificate. Begun by two small-scale farmers with backgrounds in nursing and public health, Green Heron is the first company in the world to focus on scientifically designing agricultural tools and equipment that work well for women. For more information please visit www.greenherontools.com. Complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/greenherontools_women_livestock_farmers.


The Art of Seed Preservation

January 26. Online. This free, hour-long webinar presented by Bill McDorman and Belle Starr will present where and how to store your saved seeds. Get your seed questions answered in an open forum for questions. https://urbanfarm.leadpages.co/sso-free-webinar-01-26-16/

Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans and the Planning Process

January 26. Online. USDA-NRCS leads this webinar devoted to nutrient management planning. Participants gain an understanding of the elements included in a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) and the processes to follow when developing a CNMP as outlined in the USDA-NRCS National Planning Procedures Handbook. http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/comprehensive-nutrient-management-plans-and-the-planning-process

Webinar: Roundtable for Interns and Volunteers

January 28. Farm Commons hosts this open webinar where farmers can explore and share opportunities for creating a vibrant and legal internship program. This session is appropriate for farmers already conducting or planning to facilitate intern and volunteer work on their farm. Time will be spent on troubleshooting and brainstorming solutions for common issues that arise including how to offer in-kind wages and develop credible curricula. Participants are asked to have attended “Building a Legally Sound Intern and Volunteer Program for Farm Work” tutorial before joining.https://farmcommons.org/roundtable-interns-and-volunteers

Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: Farm Pond Ecology

January 28. Online. The University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community. Webinars will be held from noon -1:00 pm on Thursdays and are free. This session, Farm Pond Ecology: Managing for Desirable Plants and Fish, features David Shiley, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator. https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=13379