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November 2017 Announcements

Upcoming Events

We are looking forward to some great events in November: on Nov. 1 & 8, we present a two-part lecture series on BEES featuring leading expert beekeepers. On Friday, Nov. 3, we will help host TOP CHEF Hugh Acheson at the PAC and learn about his efforts to support community and health through his innovative cooking enterprises. We hope you will be able to join us for those and other regional events below!

Center & Cal Poly
1. Successful Beekeeping in Today’s Environment: 11/1 & 11/8
2. Chef Hugh Acheson at the Performing Arts Center: 11/3
3. Envir Mngmt & Sustainable Development in Taiwan info session: 11/14
4. Cal State Student Greenovation Fund application deadline: 11/27

San Luis Obispo & Region
5. Project Hope & Fairness French Christmas Dinner, early bird tix: 11/1
6. Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Summit, Buellton: 11/2
7. Ventura County Farm Day: 11/3
8. Central Coast Bioneers Conference and Empower.SLO: 11/4
9. Vineyard Team Sustainable Ag Expo: 11/13-15
10. Slow Money SLO Fall Gathering: 11/14
11. UCCE Santa Maria Strawberry and Vegetable Meeting: 11/28
12. Earthworks for Farm Resilience with Warren Brush: 12/6-10
13. Organic Grower Summit, Monterey: 12/13-14

California & Out-of-State
14. CA Bioresources Alliance Symposium, Sacramento: 11/1
15. USDA NIFA listening session, Sacramento: 11/2
16. Regenerative Earth Summit: Food + Climate + Culture, U of Colorado, Boulder: 11/6-7
17. Latino Farmer Conference, UC Riverside: 11/7
18. Managed Groundwater Recharge for Sustainable Water Mgmt, Sacramento: 11/8
19. Advocacy Training for Women Farmers & Ranchers, Occidental: 11/9-12
20. Quivira Conference 2017, Albuquerque, NM: 11/15-17
21. Assoc. of Applied IPM Ecologists (AAIE) Conference, Visalia: 11/29-12/1
22. Compost2018, Atlanta GA early bird reg: before 12/1
23. SoCal Farmers Summit, Encinitas: 12/13-15

Online
24. CDFA Opportunities for Precision Ag in Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation: 10/30
25. Filtrexx Sustainable Technologies webinars (living walls, landscape, LEED): Nov/Dec
26. Community Food webinar series, National Good Food Network: 11/2 & 12/14
27. Requirements for Farms to Fully Comply with FSMA, CAFF: 11/14
28. NRCS Raising Dairy Replacement Heifers on Pasture and Soil Health: 11/14
29. How Does Organic Mitigate Climate Change? The Organic Center: 11/29

Opportunities
30. Internship opportunities with One Cool Earth: Garden Educ / Family Cooking / Waste Audit
31. North Bay Fire Recovery Fund
32. Scholarships to attend EcoFarm Conference 2018: 10/31
33. Int'l Compost Awareness Week poster contest: 11/6
34. This Way to Sustainability XIII, CSU Chico proposal deadline: 11/10
35. Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) grants: due 12/15
36. Western SARE Graduate Student grant deadline: 1/12
37. Agricultural Biologist positions, Kern County

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Center & Cal Poly

1. Successful Beekeeping in Today’s Environment: 11/1 & 11/8
The Center and Cal Poly’s FEED program will host a two-part mini-series on Successful Beekeeping in Today’s Environment on two consecutive Wednesdays: November 1st and 8th both from 4-5:30 pm on campus. On Nov 1st, Dr. Joe Carson of eKoBeekeeping Supply will speak at Bonderson Bldg 197-Rm 104. On Nov 8th, Cal Poly alum Gene Brandi of Gene Brandi Apiaries will speak at the ATL Keck Lab (Bldg 7). For more information, please visit: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/sustainable_ag_lecture_series.html

2. Hugh Acheson at the Performing Arts Center: 11/3
Chef Hugh AchesonTop Chef’s Hugh Acheson will be the Cal Poly Performing Art Center’s (PAC) featured speaker on Friday, November 3rd. Chef Acheson is a food advocate who provides easy tools to cooking for self-sufficiency, health and community. Hunter Francis, director of the Center for Sustainability, will moderate the discussion on Keeping It Local: Sustaining Your Community. Discount code HUGH to receive 20% off ticket price. For information and tickets, please go to: Cal Poly Arts Ticket Office 

3. Environmental Management and Sustainable Development in Taiwan info session: 11/14
Find out more about this exciting study abroad opportunity with the NRES Department’s Professor Yiwen Chiu at the next info session on Tuesday, November 14th from 11:10am – 12pm in Bldg 180-Rm 107. Details about the program are available at: https://quantsus.calpoly.edu/study-abroad-taiwan

4. Cal State Student Greenovation Fund application deadline: 11/27
The Greenovation Fund is a micro grant program funded by the Cal State Student Association as a resource to support student-led sustainability projects at CSU campuses. Deadline to apply is November 27th. To learn more about the program and application process, please go to: http://www.calstatestudents.org/greenovation-2017/


San Luis Obispo & Region

5. Project Hope and Fairness French Christmas Dinner, early bird tix: 11/1
Plan ahead for an incredible French Christmas dinner orchestrated by food science emeritus professor Tom Neuhaus! Proceeds benefit Project Hope and Fairness in support of African cocoa farmers. French Christmas Dinner takes place Saturday, December 9th from 6-9pm at Old Mission Parish Hall, 752 Palm St, SLO. Ticket price is $75 until November 1st/ $85 after. Purchase tickets at Mama Ganache or by donating online at: https://www.projecthopeandfairness.org/donate.php

6. Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Summit, Buellton: 11/2
From informed planning to the design of buildings and landscapes, creating communities that support healthy living requires multi-sector collaboration. Join the HEAL Summit on Thursday, November 2nd from 8:30am – 3:30pm at the Santa Ynez Marriott in Buellton to engage in the conversation with HEAL campaign leaders, policy specialists and program managers about their collaborations for collective impact, as well as how each sees their work as part of the larger HEAL movement! Registration cost is $50. For more information, please visit: http://livewellsbc.org/heal-summit/

7. Ventura County Farm Day: 11/3
Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SeeAg) presents the 5th Annual Ventura County Farm Day with a Family, Food and Farm Film Fest on Friday, November 3rd and tours of 20+ farms on Saturday, November 4th. For more information, please visit: http://venturacountyfarmday.com/

8. Central Coast Bioneers Conference and Empower.SLO: 11/4
Tickets are now on sale for Central Coast Bioneers 2017 which will be held from 9am-5pm on Saturday, November 4th at the SLO Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St, San Luis Obispo. Featured will be keynote talks recorded at the National Bioneers Conference, with special live presentations by local leaders Tim LaSalle (regenerative agriculture) and April Price (renewable energy). EmpowerSLO Advanced Activism Training will also be held concurrently with the conference. For more information and tickets, please go to: https://ecologistics.org/ccb-empower-slo-2017/

9. Sustainable Ag Expo: 11/13-15
The Sustainable Ag Expo is a three-day educational seminar bringing the latest scientific and technical information to growers, pest control advisors and other agricultural professionals interested in and committed to sustainable farming across a range of crops. The Expo takes place November 13-15 at the Madonna Inn Expo Center, San Luis Obispo. Center director Hunter Francis will be part of a panel discussion on Grower-Driven Research and Education through SARE on November 14th. DPR and CCA credits are available. For more information, please visit: http://sustainableagexpo.org/

10. Slow Money SLO Fall Gathering and 5 Year Celebration: 11/14
Join Slow Money SLO fans, foodies, investors and food entrepreneurs to celebrate SLO County Restaurants. Just a few of the participants will be Mint+Craft (a Novo group restaurant), Back Porch Bakery, Bliss Cafe and the SLO Coop grocery. The Fall Gathering begins at 6pm on Tuesday, November 14th at the SLO Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St, San Luis Obispo. Great food sample, door prizes, restaurants announcements and new menu items as well as their plans for the holidays. Suggested event donation $5. For more information, please visit: http://slowmoneyslo.org/  

11. UCCE Santa Maria Strawberry and Vegetable Meeting: 11/28
This all day meeting with UC Cooperative Extension, California Strawberry Commission, and the Cal Poly Strawberry Center takes place Tuesday, November 28th at Shepard Hall, Santa Maria Library. 3.5 DPR and 5.0 CCA units are pending. For agenda and registration, please go to: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=21851

12. Earthworks for Farm Resilience with Warren Brush: 12/6-10
Join international educator, Warren Brush, with a dynamic teaching team here in San Luis Obispo for the Earthworks for Farm Resilience workshop taking place December 6th-10th. Learn about earthworks and hydration strategies for ecological farming, land restoration, water harvesting and earth reparation for agroecosystem stability. For more information, please go to: http://permaculturedesign.us/resilience  

13. Organic Grower Summit, Monterey: 12/13-14
Launched by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), the Organic Grower Summit will bring organic growers, producers and processors to Monterey for two days of education, information, and networking opportunities with their production supply chain and support service providers. The Organic Grower Summit takes place November 13-14 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. For more information and to register, please go to: https://www.organicgrowersummit.com/


California & Out-of-State

14. California Bioresources Alliance Symposium, Sacramento: 11/1
This free and important symposium is being organized by the US EPA, NRCS, CARB, CDFA, SWRCB, Association of Compost Producers, California Association of Sanitation Agencies, CSU Fresno, and UC Davis. Local regulators and planners, industry representatives, researchers, and legislators involved in the management of manures, foodwaste, biosolids, green waste, agricultural wastes, and woody wastes in California are invited to attend. The two day symposium takes place November 1st-2nd at the Ziggurat Building, West Sacramento. For more information, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-california-bioresources-alliance-symposium-tickets-36364835201

15. USDA NIFA listening session, Sacramento: 11/2
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is accepting input from stakeholders regarding research, extension and education priorities in food and agriculture. Their California listening session takes place Thursday, November 2nd from 8:30am – 5pm at the Westin Sacramento. The listening session will also be livestreamed (not the oral presentations). For more information, please go to: https://nifa.usda.gov/nifalistens

16. Regenerative Earth Summit: Food+Climate+Culture, U of Colorado, Boulder: 11/6-7
Innovators and leaders in the natural and organic food space, regenerative agriculture movement, soil and carbon sequestration community, as well as farmers, investors, and civic leaders, will work across sectors to build strategies that drive adoption of practical, regenerative agriculture methods in our food system. Discover how we can meaningfully collaborate in service to a vibrant food system. The Regenerative Earth Summit: Food + Climate + Culture takes place November 6-7 at the Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex, University of Colorado, Boulder. For more information, please visit: http://www.attheepicenter.com/regenerative-earth-summit/

17. Latino Farmer Conference, UC Riverside: 11/7
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and NRCS are proud to present the 3rd annual statewide sustainable agriculture conference for Spanish speaking farmers. This conference brings together the Latino farming community, the agriculture industry, advocates for sustainability, and agribusinesses for a day of workshops, networking, and learning from fellow farmers. The 2017 Latino Farmer Conference takes place Tuesday, November 7th at the UC Riverside Palm Desert Center. For more information, please visit: https://latinofarmerconference.ncat.org/

18. Managed Groundwater Recharge to Support Sustainable Water Mgmt, Sacramento: 11/8
This CDFA Public Forum takes place Wednesday, November 8th at the Sacramento Convention Center. Its purpose is to identify benefits, opportunities and barriers; gather momentum; and expand the implementation of managed groundwater recharge projects at all scales on agricultural lands and working landscapes for flood risk reduction, drought preparedness, and aquifer and ecosystem restoration. For more information and registration, please go to: https://secure.cdfa.ca.gov/egov/groundwater/

19. Advocacy Training for Women Farmers and Ranchers, Occidental: 11/9-12
The goal of the Forces of Nature: Advocacy Skills Training for Women Farmer and Ranchers in California workshop is to provide leadership training to women farmers and ranchers in California and increase their engagement in regenerative agriculture policy advocacy at the state and local levels. The workshop takes place at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center from November 9-12. Applications are now open to those actively farming or ranching in CA, and if selected to participate, workshop, meals and accommodations will be free. For more information and to apply, please go to: http://oaec.org/courses/forces-nature-advocacy-skills-training-for-women/

20. Quivira Conference 2017, Albuquerque, NM: 11/15-17
This year’s theme is Ranching and Farming at the Radical Center – It’s All About Soil, Water, and Neighbors. Carbon Farming session will feature Calla Rose Ostrander, Russell Chamberlin, Kevin Watt, and Kevin Muno. For more information, please visit: https://quiviracoalition.org/conference/

21. Association of Applied IPM Ecologists (AAIE) Conference, Visalia: 11/29-12/1
The AAIE Annual Meeting and Conference takes place November 29th through December 1st at the Visalia Convention Center and Marriott Hotel. More information on the Events tab at: http://www.aaie.net/

22. Compost2018, Atlanta GA early bird registration: before 12/1
Compost 2018: Game On! Building Sustainable Communities USCC Conference takes place January 22-25 in Atlanta, GA. Register before December 1st to receive early bird rate. For more information, please visit: https://compostconference.com

23. SoCal Farmers Summit, Encinitas: 12/13-15
Presented by the Farmers Guild and Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), the SoCal Farmers Summit takes place December 13 – 15 at Leichtag Commons, Encinitas and is open to farmers and ranchers of all experience levels as well as ag advocates. For more information, please visit: http://www.farmersguild.org/socal-farmers-summit-2017.html


Online

24. CDFA Opportunities for Precision Ag in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: 10/30
https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/climatesmartag/

25. Filtrexx Sustainable Technologies webinars (living walls, landscape, LEED): Nov/Dec
https://www.filtrexx.com/en/resources/webinars

26. Community Food webinar series, National Good Food Network: 11/2 & 12/14
http://ngfn.org/resources/ngfn-cluster-calls

27. Requirements for Farms to Fully Comply with FSMA, CAFF: 11/14
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2397204014597144835

28. NRCS Raising Dairy Replacement Heifers on Pasture and Soil Health: 11/14
http://www.conservationwebinars.net/documents/planned-conservation-webinars

29. How Does Organic Mitigate Climate Change? The Organic Center: 11/29
https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/9120286610771117059


Opportunities

30. Internship opportunities with One Cool Earth, Paso Robles
One Cool Earth is seeking 3 student interns who are interested in improving the health, academic success, and well-being of elementary school students, connecting kids to healthy food and teaching students how to conserve resources. Please click the following PDF links to view the descriptions and application procedures for each of the 3 internships: Garden Educator Assistant Intern / Family Cooking Nights Intern / Waste Audit Intern

31. North Bay Fire Recovery Fund
A diverse coalition of community-based organizations has come together to establish the ‘Just and Resilient Futures Fund’ in response to the devastating fires in many California counties. Resources from this fund will be provided to victims of fires, especially those suffering losses not covered by insurance or traditional relief services, and to support initiatives for preparedness into the future. To learn more, please go to: http://www.caff.org/north-bay-fires/

32. Scholarships to attend EcoFarm Conference 2018: 10/31
The EcoFarm Association is committed to fostering new leadership in ecological agriculture through its Scholarship and Work Trade Programs. Applicants from diverse backgrounds doing transformative work in under-represented communities are encouraged to apply to participate in these programs. Applications are being accepted through October 31st. For more information and to apply, please go to: https://eco-farm.org/news/apply-scholarship-or-work-trade-ecofarm-2018

33. International Compost Awareness Week poster contest: 11/6
Everyone from 3rd grade through college and adult is invited to design a poster to help promote International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) which will be May 6-12, 2018. Poster theme is ‘Compost! Building a Better Future’ and deadline to submit artwork is November 6th. For more information, please visit: http://compostfoundation.org/ICAW-Poster-Contest

34. This Way to Sustainability XIII, CSU Chico proposal deadline: 11/10
This Way to Sustainability XIII takes place March 15-16, 2018 at CSU Chico. Conference proposals are now being accepted through November 10th. For more information, please go to: http://www.csuchico.edu/sustainablefuture/

35. Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) grants: due 12/15
OFRF research priorities for 2018 are: (1) Soil health, particularly management focused on reducing environmental impacts; (2) Innovative weed control, especially related to changing weather patterns due to climate change; (3) Management of emerging insect and disease issues; and (4) Livestock health, including livestock and crop integration and best practices for grass-based livestock production. Request for proposals and application instructions are available at: http://www.ofrf.org/

36. Western SARE Graduate Student grant deadline: 1/12
The Western SARE program of the USDA is currently soliciting proposals in the following categories - Farmer/Rancher Grants (due December 6th), Professional + Producer Grants (due December 6th), and Graduate Student Grants (due January 12th). To download full RFPs for each of these grant types, please go to: http://www.westernsare.org/Grants/Types-of-Grants

37. Agricultural Biologist positions, Kern County
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/kernco/jobs/1579815/ag-biologist-wgts-meas-inspector-trainee-i-ii-iii-exam-no-6804



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