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September 2018 Announcements

Upcoming Events

Greetings, we hope you are winding down a memorable summer and look forward to seeing you at some exciting regional events coming this fall.
Please scroll down below the following list of links to see event descriptions with additional information

Center & Cal Poly
1. Swanton Pacific Ranch Day, Davenport: 9/22
*. Orchard Maintenance Day, CRFG Orchard at Cal Poly: 9/22

San Luis Obispo & Region
2. SLO Wine History Project starting: 9/7
3. Avocado Margarita Festival, Morro Bay: 9/8
4. Annual FREP / WPHA Conference, Seaside, posters & early bird reg: 9/10 & 9/24
5. Beginning Farmer Workshop, Branch Mill Organic Farm, Arroyo Grande: 9/15
6. Solar Cooking Classes FREE at Davies Farm: 9/15 & 10/20
7. Master Gardeners SLO workshop & festival: 9/15 & 9/29
8. Coastal Cleanup Day: 9/15
9. On-Farm Organic Research Field Day, Gilroy: 9/16
**. An Evening with Bill McKibben, Cuesta College: 9/17
**. Back Porch Bakery tour, Slow Money SLO: 9/18
10. Avila Apple Festival: 9/22
11. Tomato Festival Weekend, Windrose Farm, Paso Robles: 9/22-23
12. Wild and Scenic Film Festival: 9/27-29
13. 81st Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival: 9/28-29
14. HealSLO Health and Housing Summit: 10/4
15. Fall Harvest Festival, City Farm SLO: 10/21
16. 4th Annual Latino Farmers Conference, Santa Maria: 11/8

California & the West
17. Managing Lands in a Changing Climate, UC Davis: 9/10
18. Global Climate Action Summit, SF: 9/12-14
19. National Heirloom Expo, Santa Rosa: 9/11-13
20. Eat Real Festival, Oakland, 9/14-16
21. Small Ruminant Grazing School, Auburn/Grass Valley: 9/14-15
22. #AG40 AgTech Workshop, South SF, early bird deadline: 9/25
23. 2nd Annual Veterans Ag Day, Cal Poly Pomona: 9/28
24. Celebrating Women’s Leadership in the Food Movement, Sebastopol: 10/13
25. CAPCA / FREP Nutrient Management Update, Anaheim: 10/13
26. Food, Fiber and Farms of the Future, Tomales: 10/18
27. 2018 Biodynamic Conference in Portland, OR: 11/14-18
28. California Dairy Sustainability Summit, Sacramento: 11/27-28

Online
29. #CommunityFood: Shifting Governance for Equity and Empowerment: 9/4
30. Good Food Conference livestream: 9/6-7
31. Digital Organic Recordkeeping webinar: 9/12
32. Practical Conservation Tillage: Soil Health and Organic Farming Webinar Series: 9/19
33. Rangeland Analysis Platform webinar: 9/25
34. Permaculture Design Certificate Online, Oregon State University: 9/24 – 12/7

Opportunities
35. Garden plots available at Our Global Village, City Farm SLO
36. Proposals for workshop and poster presentations at 2019 CalCAN Summit, Davis: 9/7
37. National Farm to School Network seeking Development Director: 9/7
38. Abstract submission deadline for OFRF 2019 Organic Ag Research Forum, Portland OR: 9/10
39. CDFA Technical Assistance Grants for Climate Smart Ag Incentive programs: 9/14
40. Scholarships to attend EcoFarm Conference: 11/1
41. Western SARE Professional Development Grant deadline: 11/7

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Center & Cal Poly

1. Swanton Pacific Ranch Day, Davenport: 9/22
Community members, friends and alumni are invited for a day of walking tours and demonstrations highlighting Swanton Pacific Ranch (SPR), Cal Poly’s living laboratory full of natural beauty, ecological diversity, integrated and sustainable land management practices. Swanton Pacific Ranch Day takes place Saturday, September 22nd from 10am – 3:30pm at SPR in Davenport, on the coast in Santa Cruz County. For more information, please visit: https://spranch.calpoly.edu/news-events


San Luis Obispo & Region

2. SLO Wine History Project on-going food history events starting: 9/7
Learn about unique local and international foods that have inspired our region starting with ‘The World’s Oddest Flavors’ on Sept 7 and ‘Vanilla: An American History’ on Sept 8. The Wine History Project of San Luis Obispo County preserves and presents two centuries of local viticulture through research and interviews, exhibitions and publications, talks, harvestings, and food and wine tastings. For tickets and more info on coming events, please visit: http://winehistoryproject.org/calendar/

3. Avocado Margarita Festival, Morro Bay: 9/8
A day of guacamole, margaritas, live music and fun in beautiful Morro Bay – what more could you ask for? The Avocado and Margarita Festival takes place Saturday, September 8th from 10am – 7pm on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay. For more information, please visit: https://avomargfest.com/

4. Annual FREP / WPHA Conference, Seaside, posters & early bird reg: 9/10 & 9/24
The CDFA Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and the Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) present this conference that balances technical research with discussion on practical applications addressing statewide and regional nutrient management issues. This year's conference takes place October 22-24 at Embassy Suites, Seaside, and will start with farm tours of Huntington Farms and Tanimura & Antle. Deadline to submit abstracts for poster presentations is September 10th, and early bird registration ends September 24th. For more information and registration, please go to: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/IS/ffldrs/frep/FREPConference.html

5. Beginning Farmer Workshop, Branch Mill Organic Farm, Arroyo Grande: 9/15
Join Angie and ‘Beto from Moon Phase Farmers in a workshop to inspire and educate young and beginning farmers. Learn from their journey that started with a desire to farm and the steps they took to gain the training needed. From finding access to land to creating successful management practices, they will share it all! They will also cover helpful and alternative resources for crowdfunding and conservation-based practices. Buffet lunch included, $5/vehicle suggested donation. The Beginning Farmer Workshop takes place Saturday, September 15th from 10am -12:30pm at Branch Mill Organic Farm, 2815 Branch Mill Rd, Arroyo Grande. For more information, please contact Jeff Borum of East Stanislaus RCD at (951) 790-8639 or soilhealth@eaststanrcd.org

6. Solar Cooking Classes FREE at Davies Farm: 9/15 & 10/20
Learn to cook with energy from the sun at Davies Farm (5009 Jespersen Rd, SLO). Their last 2 free solar cooking classes for 2018 will take place on Saturday, September 15th and October 20th from 12:30-2pm. No registration needed. Solar cooking is easy, inexpensive, helps retain food nutrients and flavors, keeps your home cool, and uses no fuel other than the sun. For information on this and other upcoming workshops, please call (805) 549-9346 or 440-9346.

7. Master Gardeners SLO workshop & festival: 9/15 & 9/29
The Master Gardeners workshop for September will feature speaker Jutta Thoerner who will talk about how to rest and rejuvenate your landscape for a fantastic 2019 season on Saturday, September 15th from 10am-12pm at UC Cooperative Extension, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. Free and open to the public. For more information, please visit: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/?calitem=420215&g=20595
The 2018 Fall Fruit Festival will take place on Saturday, September 29th from 10am -2pm. More information about this event at: http://ucanr.edu/sites/mgslo/?calitem=421399&g=20913

8. Coastal Cleanup Day: 9/15
Join ECOSLO and other organizations and volunteer Saturday, September 15th from 9am – 12pm to clean up the coast in San Luis Obispo County! For locations and to sign up, please go to: https://ecoslo.org/coastal-cleanup-day/

9. On-Farm Organic Research Field Day, Gilroy: 9/16
Join Organic Seed Alliance’s (OSA) Steve Peters for the 2nd annual Gilroy On-Farm Organic Research Field Day taking place Sunday, September 16th from 1-5pm at Berry Island Farm, 10833 Watsonville Rd, Gilroy. The day will feature a tour and in-field presentation on an extensive organic tomato breeding project that is in its second year. There will also be an opportunity to tour several other types of seed production crops, including beans, broccoli, onions, watermelon, sweet corn, summer and winter squash. This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to RSVP, please visit:  https://seedalliance.org/events/on-farm-organic-research-field-day-gilroy/

10. Avila Apple Festival: 9/22
The Avila Apple Festival's Gala Dinner is an amazing gourmet meal highlighting our local apples. This 21+ event takes place Saturday, September 22nd from 5-9pm and supports the Avila Beach Community Center. For more information and tickets, please visit: http://www.avilaapplefestival.com/

11. Tomato Festival Weekend, Paso Robles: 9/22-23
Come for the traditional heirloom tomato tasting of over 30 varieties, stay for the local chefs and vendors that will be preparing bites of their favorite recipes. The Heirloom Tomato Festival takes place on Saturday, September 22nd from 2-5pm at Windrose Farm, Paso Robles. For a full dinner experience, return to Windrose Farm at 5:30pm on Sunday, September 23rd for their Tomato Festival Dinner featuring local chefs, fabulous wines and curated cocktails. For information and tickets for these events, please go to:
https://farmsteaded.com/

12. Wild and Scenic Film Festival: 9/27-29
Central Coast State Parks Association presents the Wild and Scenic Film Festival on three separate nights – Thursday, September 27th at Grover Beach Community Center; Friday, September 28th at King David’s Masonic Hall in San Luis Obispo; and Saturday, September 29th at South Bay Community Center, Los Osos. For more information and tickets, please go to: https://centralcoastparks.org/filmfest

13. Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival: 9/28-29
The 81st Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival takes place on Friday-Saturday, September 28-29 with lots of family fun including homegrown growing contests, baking and honey contests, scarecrow decorating contest, games, entertainment, parade and more! For more information, please visit:
http://www.agharvestfestival.com/

14. HealSLO Health and Housing Summit: 10/4
Housing can have a profound impact on health – positive or negative. How can our community make the most of this connection to foster well-being for residents? Join Heal SLO for a half-day summit to learn from state and local innovators in health and housing. For more information and free registration, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/health-and-housing-building-the-connection-tickets-47286034803

15. SLO City Farm Harvest Festival: 10/21
Local non-profit Central Coast Grown will hold its second annual Fall Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 21st from 1-5pm at City Farm, 1221 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo. This event will have fun activities for the whole family – hayrides, pumpkin patch, cooking demos, yoga and more! Come discover and support your local urban farm. For more information, please visit: http://centralcoastgrown.org/

16. 4th Annual Latino Farmers Conference, Santa Maria: 11/8
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the USDA-NRCS are proud to present this 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 4th Annual Latino Farmers Conference takes place Thursday, November 8th at the Radisson Hotel, Santa Maria. For more information, please visit: https://latinofarmerconference.ncat.org/ingles.php


California & the West

17. Managing Lands in a Changing Climate, UC Davis: 9/10
The California Department of Conservation and UC Davis are hosting a day-long symposium “Managing Lands in a Changing Climate to Improve Agricultural Resilience, Food Security and Health” on Monday, September 20th at the Mondavi Center on the UC Davis campus. For more information and to register, please go to: https://globalclimateactionsummit.ucdavis.edu/
18. This is an official affiliate event of the Global Climate Action Summit taking place September 12-14 in San Francisco. For more information about the entire Summit, please visit:
http://globalclimateactionsummit.org/

19. National Heirloom Expo, Santa Rosa: 9/11-13
The National Heirloom Expo takes place at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and will feature over 100 nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers, demonstrations, exhibitors, vendors and kids’ pavilion. For more information, please visit: http://theheirloomexpo.com/

20. Eat Real Festival, Oakland, 9/14-16
From circus performers to fermenting classes, there’s a lot to do at this 3-day edible extravaganza taking place September 14-16 at Jack London Square, Oakland. Proceeds benefit the Food Craft Institute. For more information, please visit: http://eatrealfest.com/

21. Small Ruminant Grazing School, Auburn/Grass Valley: 9/14-15
This 2-day course will provide participants with hands-on understanding of all aspects of managed grazing with small ruminants. Topics will include grazing planning, grazing behavior, fencing, predator protection, small ruminant nutrition, stockmanship and husbandry practices, and economics. Cost of $200/person includes meals. For more information, please visit: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=22467

22. #AG40 AG Tech Workshop, South SF, early bird deadline: 9/25
The Challenge Advisory has designed AG40’s agenda around two key aims: – Improving understanding of modern solutions within agriculture for actors from throughout the industry’s supply chain; and – Better supporting the development of cross-market solutions and their adoption into industry practices. The #AG40 Agricultural Interoperability Workshop takes place November 14-15 at the South San Francisco Conference Center. Register with promo code ‘FARM1’ by September 25th to attend for FREE. For more information, please visit: https://www.challenge.org/ag40/

23. 2nd Annual Veterans Ag Day, Cal Poly Pomona: 9/28
Cal Poly Pomona’s Huntley College of Agriculture and Veterans Resource Center have teamed up with USDA-NRCS to host a Veterans Agriculture Day on Friday, September 28th from 9am – 3pm. For more information and free registration, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/veterans-agriculture-day-at-cal-poly-pomona-registration-44650496838

24. Celebrating Women’s Leadership in the Food Movement, Sebastopol: 10/13
A day of education, celebration and dialogue, this 3rd annual symposium intends to acknowledge, celebrate and lift up the leadership and voice of women in the food movement. Foundations and the Future: Women’s Leadership in the Food Movement takes place Saturday, October 13th from 10am – 6pm at the Red H Farm in Sebastopol. For more information and tickets, please visit:
https://foundationsandthefuture.wordpress.com/

25. CAPCA / FREP Nutrient Management Update meeting, Anaheim: 10/13
CDFA and WRCCA will be co-sponsoring the Nutrient Management Update during the CAPCA Conference on Saturday, October 13th from 1-5pm at the Disneyland Resort Grand Ballroom, Anaheim. For full agenda and to register, please go to: https://capca.com/events/october-13-2018-nitrogen-managmenet-update/

26. Food, Fiber and Farms of the Future, Tomales: 10/18
Learn what carbon farming and regenerative agriculture really means, what the financial, social, and ecological benefits of these practices are, and how to implement them on your property. The event will include short presentations by the PastureMap team, Fibershed leadership, and the Savory Institute Land to Market program leaders. Food, Fiber and Farms of the Future takes place Thursday, October 18th from 1- 7pm at Stemple Creek Ranch, Tomales. For more information and tickets, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-fiber-farms-of-the-future-tickets-47821041021

27. 2018 Biodynamic Conference in Portland, OR: 11/14-18
“Transforming the Heart of Agriculture: through Soil, Justice and Regeneration.” Hear from 100+ inspiring and thought-provoking speakers, and learn, discuss, and build community this fall at the 2018 Biodynamic Conference! For details and registration, visit: https://www.biodynamics.com/conference

28. California Dairy Sustainability Summit, Sacramento: 11/27-28
Early bird registration is now open for the California Dairy Sustainability Summit taking place November 27-28 at the Sacramento Convention Center. This inaugural event will showcase California’s world-leading achievements in sustainable dairy farm practices and the role dairy plays in the global food system. For more information and registration, please visit: https://www.cadairysummit.com/


Online

29. #CommunityFood: Shifting Governance for Equity and Empowerment: 9/4
In this second of a three-part webinar series, two organizations will describe the alternative organizational governance models they have adopted to better reflect their social justice values. The Shifting Governance for Equity and Empowerment webinar will take place Tuesday, September 4th from 12 – 1:15pm PDT. Part 3 of the series, Collective Impact through Network and Systems Leadership, will take place on September 18th. For more information, please visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4724043305172677633

30. Good Food Conference livestream: 9/6-7
Get the latest on cutting-edge plant-based and clean meat research, hear strategies and insights for industry growth, and gain insights into evolving consumer sentiment at the Good Food Conference taking place September 6-7. Signup for the free livestream at: https://goodfoodconference.com/

31. Digital Organic Recordkeeping: 9/12
CCOF Foundation and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) are presenting a webinar on August 21st that reviews USDA organic regulations related to recordkeeping requirements for crop producers. The webinar will highlight practical recordkeeping methods to meet your farm’s needs for organic certification. This webinar is ideal for farmers interested becoming certified organic, growers new to organic certification, or certified organic producers seeking to improve their recordkeeping systems. The webinar will last about 90 minutes beginning at noon PDT. It is free, but pre-registration is appreciated. To register, visit: https://www.ccof.org/digital-organic-recordkeeping

32. Practical Conservation Tillage: Soil Health and Organic Farming Webinar Series: 9/19
This third installment in the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) webinar series will cover the topic of Practical Conservation Tillage on Wednesday, September 19th beginning at 11am PST. For more information, please visit: http://articles.extension.org/pages/25242/webinars-by-eorganic

33. Rangeland Analysis Platform: A free, online tool to help monitor and manage western rangelands: 9/25
http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/rangeland-analysis-platform-introducing-a-free-online-tool-to-help-manage-and-monitor-western-rangelands

34. Permaculture Design Certificate Online, Oregon State University: 9/24 – 12/7
This 10-week online course is designed for professional planners, landscape architects, nursery owners, rural and urban farmers, school gardeners, and community organizers. For more information, please visit: https://pace.oregonstate.edu/catalog/permaculture-design-certificate-online


Opportunities

35. Garden plots available at Our Global Village, City Farm SLO
Local permaculturist Teresa Tree Lees is offering families plots of land to garden together at City Farm SLO. Plots are being offered free to those interested. For questions or to express interest, please email Tree at: treelees@charter.net

36. Proposals for workshop and poster presentations at 2019 CalCAN Summit, Davis: 9/7
The California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) will be hosting their 6th biennial Summit from March 4-5, 2019 and are currently accepting proposals for workshop and poster presentations. Submission deadline is September 7th. Guidelines for workshop and poster proposals are available at: http://calclimateag.org/call-for-proposals-calcan-summit-2019/

37. National Farm to School Network seeking Development Director: 9/7
National Farm to School Network (NFSN) seeks a Development Director to lead the organization in strategic growth and diversification of its funding base. Application deadline is September 7th. To access the full job description, please visit: http://www.farmtoschool.org/employment

38. Abstract submission deadline for OFRF 2019 Organic Ag Research Forum, Portland OR: 9/10
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is pleased to announce the 2019 Organic Agriculture Research Forum to be presented in partnership with Organicology on February 16th in Portland, OR. Presenters are invited to submit abstracts for the forum. Deadline for submissions is September 10th. For more information, please visit: http://ofrf.org/news/ofrf-seeks-abstracts-2019-organic-agriculture-research-forum

39. CDFA Technical Assistance Grants for Climate Smart Ag Incentive programs: 9/14
The CDFA Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation is accepting applications for technical assistance grants to serve the Climate Smart Agriculture Incentive programs. Non-profit organizations, California academic institutions and Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) are eligible to apply. Applications are due September 14th. For more information, please go to: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/

40. Scholarships to attend EcoFarm Conference: 11/1
The EcoFarm scholarship program strives to make the conference more accessible and inclusive by providing financial assistance to attend the EcoFarm Conference. Deadline to apply is November 1st. For more information, please visit: https://eco-farm.org/conference/scholarships

41. Western SARE Professional Development Grant deadline: 11/7
These grants focus on training agricultural professional to help them spread knowledge about sustainable agriculture concepts and practices. Application deadline is November 7th. To download the 2019 Call for Proposals, please go to: https://www.westernsare.org/Grants/Types-of-Grants


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