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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Join us for Farm Tours in NY State!

Saratoga Springs, NY — the home of this year’s Farm Aid concert — is a region chock-full of amazing farms. To highlight the diversity of agricultural opportunities in the region, we’re organizing three different farm tours open to the general public on Friday, September 20th (the day preceding the Farm Aid 2013 concert). Please join us for one of the stellar tours we’ve put together!

All tours cost $25 per person and will include lunch. Buses for the tours will depart at 9am sharp from Saratoga Spa State Park.

Register at www.farmaid.org/events and check below for details about each of these fabulous tours. We hope to see you there!

Farmer Communities + Networks
Roxbury Farm CSA, Kinderhook, NY
Gather your friends and put on your muck boots, ’cause it’s a Crop Mob!  Help Roxbury Farm CSA, a 400-acre biodynamic vegetable and livestock farm prepare for garlic planting. Tours led by farmers Jean-Paul Courtens and Jody Bollyut will precede a lively discussion led by local farmer mentors and apprentices. Conversation will focus on the communities that support our family farmers – from CSA members to farmer-to-farmer networks. The views of the Catskills aren’t so bad either.
Tour returns at 3pm

Achieving the Small Farm Dream
Pleasant Valley Farm, Argyle, NY
Join us for a tour of Pleasant Valley Farm and meet the leaders in season extension, winter storage, direct marketing, and much more!  Situated on 180 acres of land in Argyle, NY, Paul and Sandy Arnold will share their inspiring story to show how small family farms can be prosperous and profitable.  This tour will highlight the essential partnerships with NY organizations and agencies that helped Pleasant Valley Farm pursue the small farm dream.
Tour returns at 2pm

Creative Solutions for Family Dairy Farms
Willow Marsh Farm, Ballston Spa, NY
Dairy farmers have to get creative to stay in business. Join us at Willow Marsh Farm, where Chuck and Darlene Curtiss are using value-added dairy products to reach new customers and respond to local demand for their milk. Their 25-cow dairy now offers 40% of its fluid milk as bottled raw milk, cheeses, and yogurts, and also sells fresh products (including their own beef) from local vendors at their farm store. The Curtisses are building an on-farm creamery to process their own cheese and yogurt products. Get ready to taste some of the best farm-fresh dairy products around and engage in meaningful discussion around the challenges and opportunities facing family dairy farms in NY and across the country.
Tour returns at 1:30pm