Monday, March 7, 2016

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods!

Creating Pollinator Habitats in Your Garden and Yard

March 7th. Omaha. It's not too early to start planning your summer gardens! Now, more than ever, it is important to create habitat for our pollinators. Their numbers are decreasing and they are crucial for environmental health and food production. In this hour-long workshop, you will learn how to create a pollinator oasis in your garden, yard, or on your small farm. Take home free resources!

Integrating Grazing into Cropping Systems

March 8. Online. This free, one-hour webinar presented by the USDA NRCS Soil Health Division will describe opportunities to integrate crop and livestock systems and how soil health responds to grazing of cover crops and perennial forages in diverse agricultural operations. Unique soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics in integrated crop-livestock systems will be explored in this presentation by Alan Franzluebbers, Ph.D., as well as description of a simple biologically based measurement to assess nutrient cycling.

Farm Biosecurity Plans and All Hazard Plans for Farms

Tuesday, March 8 at 12:00 pm CST. Do you have a farm biosecurity plan? Are you prepared for all hazards? Join Dr. Gregory Martin, Pennsylvania State Extension, to learn what goes in the plans. Lynette Black, Oregon State University Extension, will moderate.

Tips of the Trade: Creative Marketing for Humane Farms

March 8th. FACT will offer a free webinar entitled Tips of the Trade: Creative Marketing for Humane Farms on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 3 to 4:15 p.m. EST. If you have ever wanted to learn new & innovative ways to market the products your farm produces, this is the webinar for you! Register here

Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments: Are They Necessary?

March 8th. 7pm. Dick Sloan farms near Rowley in northeastern Iowa. For the past two years, he has conducted on-farm research on soybeans grown from neonicotinoid-treated and untreated seeds, and found no differences in yield. As a result, he has been able to cut input costs on his farm. Matt O’Neal, research entomologist at Iowa State University, will discuss recent research on the possible negative impacts of neonicotinoids, along with management alternatives for growers.

Working with Local Organic Grains

March 8. Online. eOrganic invites you to a free, one-hour webinar by bakers and pasta makers on incorporating local grains into their businesses. Four panelists will discuss why they began working with local grains, the development of their product lines and how they have dealt with such issues as sourcing local grain and flour, flour quality, pricing and marketing, and what customer reaction has been. The webinar takes place at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Advance registration is required.

Small Ruminant Management: Winter Kidding & Lambing

March 9, 6pm – 7pm. Online. By the end of fall most ewes and does are pregnant, with parturition (kidding or lambing) occurring in winter and spring. If you are raising sheep and/or goats, are you well prepared? Veterinarian and goat grazer, Dr. Jennifer Miller, will discuss the last (and most exciting!) part of the gestation cycle and managing the newborn kids and lambs. Registration for participation is required by March 7, 2016. Afterwards, you will get the instructions for logging into the webinar. Please register online at 

Getting started with biosecurity: protecting farm animal health

March 9th. The entry of disease to your farm can be devastating to your profits and emotionally debilitating to everyone raising livestock. Biosecurity is not difficult nor isolating, but it is important to prevent disease exposure to your farm animals. Join us for this discussion and you will learn proven biosecurity techniques.

Women in Agriculture Webinar- Hiring and Firing Processes

This webinar will outline how to protect your operation with efficient hiring practices and tools such as background checks, employee handbooks and more.  Alternatively, the webinar will also go over the correct course of action when firing an employee and help to ease any issues that may arise during the process. 

To Certify Organic Or Not? Separating the Production and Certification Issues

March 9th. For more information or to sign up, go to:    

Small Ruminant Webinars: Natural parasite control

March 10. Online. This is the final episode of the University of Maryland Extension Small Ruminant Program's winter webinar series. The free, evening webinar is presented by Dr. Dahlia O'Brien, Virginia State University, at 7 p.m. EST. Pre-registration is not required, but participation is limited to the first 100 people who log on.!webinars/cu81

Tree Care Workshop – South Sioux City

 8:30 am–3:30 pm. South Sioux City Hall Room: Council Chambers, 1615 1st Ave, South Sioux City NE 68776. Contact,  Graham Herbst, 402-444-7875,

Webinar: Building a Website to Tell Your Farm's Story

March 10. Online. Learn how to build an effective farm website to reach new customers through direct marketing, in this webinar from Future Harvest CASA. The webinar is perfect for new farmers looking to build thier first website, and for experienced farmers looking to freshen up their existing websites.

Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: Raising Meat Birds on Pasture

March 10. The University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community. Webinars are held from noon -1:00 p.m. on Thursdays and are free. This session is presented by Andy Larson, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator.

Native Plants

March 12th. ​At the 2 Pillars Church, on the Northwest corner of 15th and South Street in Lincoln. 2pm. Free. Justin Evertson, Green Infrastructure Coordinator with the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum and the Nebraska Forest Service. The program will highlight woody and prairie plant species that attract and sustain biodiversity, including pollinators, right in our own yards.


Facility Manager Position at Prairie Hill

PRAIRIE HILL Learning Center, a Montessori farm - school located on HWY 77 seven miles south of Lincoln, seeks a Facility Manager beginning in May. 20-30 hours per week, with daily hours beginning at 6:45am. Position involves being knowledgeable and handy with maintenance of buildings and grounds on our 12 acre farm. Good communication and organizational skills are required. Respect for and appreciation of children is crucial.  E-mail: Send a resume to Mail: PRAIRIE HILL Learning Center, 17705 S. 12 St., Roca, NE 68430, Telephone: 402-438-6668 and ask to speak to our Executive Director, Mandie Schadwinkel. 

Fund a Truck, Fund Local Foods!

Nebraska Food Cooperative is asking for your help to raise capital for loan repayment and truck repairs.  Our delivery trucks put on a lot of miles to deliver fresh food across our state.  We had to replace one of our vehicles and make extensive repairs on another. As a grassroots community to help small farms and build local economies, we are asking for your contribution so that the money tied up in these expenses can be freed to go toward running the co-op and making our network stronger.  We believe in the value of the co-op, and we believe in you, our community of co-op members! Read more, and support NFC today!

Dryland Farming Opportunity

I have + or - 6 acres that I am transitioning to organic status. It has not had any pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers applied to it for five years. It is currently in alfalfa that has reached the end of its productivity. It does not have access to irrigation. Anyone out there want to farm it organically on a sharecrop or cash rent basis? I also have 10 acres of prairie grass (never sprayed with anything) that will need to be harvested - usually sometime between June 25 and July 10. Will do that on a sharecrop or cash basis as well. I do not have the necessary large farming equipment, but have access to some on a rental basis. Interested?  Please email me Gene Gage, Heartland Organics

GM Position at Open Harvest 

Open Harvest Co-op Grocery has been serving Lincoln, NE as a leader in the organic and natural foods market for 40 years. We are seeking a General Manager to steer us through the increasingly competitive market and lead the success and continued growth of our store. We are looking for a candidate that embraces Cooperative Principles, is passionate about local food and economies, and has a strong work ethic and personal integrity. If you have questions, please email Brande Payne, Board Chair at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Ducks, Geese & Guineas

We are looking for baby ducks and geese available this Spring.  We are interested in Cayuga, Khaki Campbell or other breeds for egg production.  The geese we are looking for are Chinese or African for guard animals.  Guineas for bug control. 

Summer Garden Educators

Big Garden in Omaha is hiring. WE ARE HIRING for our 2016 Summer Garden Educators. Know 19+ young adults looking for a full-time summer job gardening & working with youth? Contact Cait at for more information.

Registered Milking Devons

I have two registered milking Devons, 1 six year old bred cow who had been milked before and one bred heifer. The cow is a1/a2 and the heifer has not been tested but has a 25% chance of being a2/a2. Both bred to a low birthweight belted Galloway bull. Makes some good beef calves. Their are only 1500 or so in the U.S. And they don't really fit my herd. I would like them to go to someone who would use them for what they were bred for. I am asking $1500 a piece. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks, Eric Lanik, Johnson Hill Farm, 402-480-2485


Establishing Your Market for Perennial Fruits and Veggies

March 15th. Vaughn Hammond, Orchard Manager and Mentor at Union Orchard in Omaha, NE will share with participants how they can get established in the perennial fruits market. Topics will include crop/site selection, plant establishment and maintenance, post-harvest handling and how to bring products to market.

Webinar: Save Energy & Money with LED Greenhouse Lighting

March 15. This webinar covers the results of a one-year study conducted by the University of Minnesota Department of Horticulture, Outsourced Innovation, and Tangletown Gardens funded by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. The study explored benefits of using LED lighting to grow leafy greens, Swiss chard, tomatoes and basil in comparison to conventional high-pressure sodium lighting with a focus on energy costs and production characteristics. Fritz Ebinger provides an overview of the study results and talks about the potential implications for commercial greenhouse growers.

Good Sense Food Safety Practices for Organic Diversified Vegetable Farms

March 16. Online. Join eOrganic for a webinar on good sense food safety practices on organic diversified vegetable farms by Chris Blanchard of Purple Pitchfork. Chris Blanchard will guide you through twelve simple steps you can take to put you and your farm on the way to safe food production, including practical food safety, and the steps you can take to put you and your farm on the path to safe food production. The webinar at 2 p.m. Eastern is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

Getting started with growing and marketing Christmas trees

Wednesday, March 16 at 6:00 pm CDT. Christmas trees can be a profitable crop. Success at growing and marketing Christmas trees begins before you plant your first tree. This session will discuss all the aspects of growing Christmas trees such as; species and site selection, cultural practices, cost of production and marketing options.

Biodynamic Animal Husbandry

March 16. The Biodynamic Association presents Steffen Schneider of Hawthorn Valley Farm as he shares biodynamic insights into the nature of animals, best practices for integrating livestock into a diverse farm, and strategies for supporting animal health and vitality. Learn more and register,

Sound and Sensible Organic Certification Outreach Tools

March 16. Online. These one-hour webinars, hosted by the Agricultural Marketing Service's National Organic Program, will provide an overview of education and outreach materials created for the Sound and Sensible organic certification initiative. Each session will summarize the goals of sound and sensible certification, provide an overview of the successful outcomes of 14 recent sound and sensible projects, and take a closer look at two of the projects and their deliverables. The webinar begins at 1 p.m. Eastern. To participate, dial toll-free (U.S. & Canada): 866-740-1260 Access Code: 7202000. Also Access the Web at On the left side of the screen, enter Participant Access Code: 7202000.

Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation in Organic Production

March 17. Online. USDA National Organic Program has released new guidance concerning Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation. The guidance provides examples of practices that support these conservation principles and demonstrate compliance with USDA organic regulations. This webinar will discuss the guidance and opportunities for USDA NRCS to support producers as they implement these conservation practices. In the Understanding Organic Agriculture series, this webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology.

Small Farms Winter Webinar: Using Cover Crops on Small Farms

March 17. Online. The University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series provides practical knowledge on emerging topics that advance local food production in Illinois. Webinars are be held from noon -1:00 p.m. on Thursdays and are free. This session is presented by Nathan Johanning, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator.

Midwest Aronia Association Annual Conference

March 19-20
Des Moines, Iowa
The Midwest Aronia Association's 6th annual conference focuses on "Turning the Corner." The agenda includes sessions on production, marketing, processing, and more.

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