Resource Partners Event Roundup

Center for Rural Affairs

April: The Center for Rural Affairs (CFA) has two events this month. In partnership with The Farmer Veteran Coalition and the Drake University Agricultural Law Center, CFA is hosting the WI Farmer Veterans Tour and Workshop on April 12.  Veterans and family members interested in farming careers are invited to attend this event at Growing Power Farms in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A tour of the farm and its composting and aquaponics system will be followed by workshops at the farm. Admission is free and seating is limited so register here to reserve your spot!

Also on the 12th is the Farm Dreams Workshop. Women interested in farming and ranching will be able to participate in a four-hour workshop to get a feel for the professions and learn how to take the first steps to enter the field. The workshop takes place at the Syracuse Public Library in Syracuse, Nebraska and costs $5. Participants must register in advance and can contact virginiam@cfra.org or call 402.992.5134.

May: On May 10 the Farm Business Financing Workshop for Women will take place at the Lewis and Clark Center in Nebraska City, Nebraska. The event is an intensive business planning and farm-financing course to help women farmers and ranchers design a business plan and access financing for agricultural operations. Contact virginiam@cfra.org or call 402.992.5134 to register in advance. The event costs $5 and lunch is included.

June: For those thinking about venturing into the farmers market business, the June 7 event Selling at Farmers Markets gives tips and tricks to find the best location, customer base, product, presentation and price to maximize success. Located in Ashland, Nebraska, this event costs $5 and includes lunch. Contact virginiam@cfra.org or call 402.992.5134 to register.

On June 21, Selling Through a CSA will teach women getting started in gardening, farming, and ranching about the advantages of selling through a community supported agriculture system. The workshop will take place at the Webermeier Public Library in Milford, Nebraska. Contact virginiam@cfra.org or call 402.992.5134 to register in advance 

National Center for Appropriate Technology (ATTRA)

April: On April 25 the National Center for Appropriate Technology (ATTRA) will host Entering the Institutional Food Market. Montana farmers, ranchers and processors will be provided information and technical assistance.  Register for this $10 event here by April 20 to reserve a spot.

June: With Montana adopting a new energy code requiring blower door and duct tightness testing for all new homes, there are emerging business opportunities in residential energy efficiency. On June 2, the Home Energy Rater and Energy Star Training in Missoula, Montana will provide comprehensive energy auditor training with an emphasis on new residential construction and the Home Energy Raters rating process. Participants will be prepared to take the tests required to become a certified Home Energy Rater, a Northwest Energy Star Homes Verifier and a Northwest Energy Star Homes Performance Tester. Register online and click here for more details 

Rodale Institute

April: Interested in having your own chickens? On April 26 the Rodale Institute is hosting the Backyard Chickens event to educate those looking to learn how to make chickens a part of their family and get fresh eggs everyday. Participants will learn about cost, breeding, housing, feeding, protecting and handling chickens, as well as leave with a list of recommended books and resources on how to complete this project efficiently. Register ahead of time here.

The Greenhorns

 April: . The future of farmland is unclear. In the next 20 years an expected 400 million acres of U.S. farmland will change hands. On April 26 and 27 Our Land: A Symposium on Farmland Access in the 21st Century at UC Berkeley will delve into the historical context, long-term implications and economic impact and stewardship potential of this impending transition.

May: On May 3 The Greenhorns is hosting Farmland Seekers to provide technical assistance around land and capital access and transition. Attendees will learn essential tools for building and navigating relationships with lenders, investors, landowners, partners, boards, conservation organizations, neighbors and more!

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Winter Conference Round Up

‘Tis the season for farm conferences! Take advantage of the many opportunities to network with other farmers, farm service providers, and farm activists this winter! See what’s happening in your region and get registered for fantastic conferences happening near you. Farm Aid staff will be present at the conferences marked with an asterisk (*).

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January

Jan. 10-11 – Midwest CSA Conference – Eau Claire, WI

Jan. 10-12 – Practical Farmers of Iowa Conference – Ames, IA

Jan. 12 – Cascadia Grains Conference – Tacoma, WA

*Jan. 12 – NOFA-Mass Winter Conference – Worcester, MA

Jan. 17-19 – GrassWorks Grazing Conference – Wausau, WI

Jan. 18-19 – Future Harvest-CASA Conference – Lansdowne, VA

Jan. 23-26 – EcoFarm Conference – Pacific Grove, CA

*Jan. 23-26 – Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SAWG) Conference – Little Rock, AR

Jan. 24-26 – Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society Winter Conference – Aberdeen, SD

Jan. 25-27 – NOFA-NY Winter Conference – Saratoga Springs, NY

Jan. 26-27 – NOFA-NJ Winter Conference – Lincroft, NJ

 

February

Feb. 2-3 – Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference – St. Paul, MN

*Feb. 6 – 9 – Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture Conference – State College, PA

Feb. 7-9 – Organicology – Portland, OR

*Feb. 10-12 – Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) Conference – Saratoga Springs, NY

Feb. 15-16 – Small Farmer’s Conference – Albany, GA

*Feb. 15-17 – NOFA-VT Winter Conference – Burlington, VT

Feb. 16-17 – Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association Conference – Granville, OH

Feb. 16-17 – Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota Annual Conference – Chaska, MN

Feb. 21 – California Climate and Agriculture Summit – Davis, CA

Feb. 21-23 – MOSES Organic Farming Conference – La Crosse, WI

*Feb. 22-23 – Georgia Organics Conference – College Park, GA

 

March

March 1-2 – NOFA-NH Winter Conference – Laconia, NH

March 2 – CT-NOFA Winter Conference – Wilton, CT

March 2-5 – National Farmers Union Convention – Springfield, MA

March 10-12 – California Small Farm Conference – Fresno, CA

March 22-23 – New England Meat Conference – Concord, NH

March 29-30 – Just Food Conference – New York, NY