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For detailed listings of other events, opportunities and resources for sustainable agriculture at Cal Poly and on the Central Coast, please visit recent postings on our Announcements page!

April 2017 Announcements

Lots happening on campus and in our region this month! We hope to see some of you at the Cal Poly Open House (Ag Pavilion) and at coming Earth Day activities. Please note: it is looking like our ‘Healthy Foodwebs’ workshop with Dr. Elaine Ingham on April 21 will sell out soon, so if you are interested, register today!

Upcoming Events

Center Events

1. Healthy Foodwebs, Healthy Soils with DR. ELAINE INGHAM: 4/21
Join us for a one-of-a-kind workshop with Dr. Elaine Ingham, the world’s most renowned investigator of soil foodweb dynamics on Friday, April 21 from 9 am - 5 pm at the Inn at Morro Bay. Dr. Ingham will cover the basic principles of the soil foodweb and the steps to building soil health for enhanced plant productivity. A must for beginner and seasoned growers alike! Cost is only $95 including lunch thanks to generous funding from USDA SARE and the Miossi Trust. For details and to register, please visit:

2. SOIL CARBON: Reservoir for a Resilient Agriculture: 5/4
Dr. Alan Franzluebbers, USDA-ARS professor and head of the Soil Ecology and Management Lab at NC State University, will be our featured Sustainable Ag spring speaker on Thursday, April 4th from 11 am – 12 pm (UU hour) in Engineering IV (Bldg 192 – Rm 106). Dr. Franzluebbers specializes in assessment methods of biological soil quality and soil organic carbon sequestration, using these tools to interpret the effects of management on soil resources. His research interests include conservation agricultural systems, pasture management, integrated crop-livestock production, and agroforestry systems. His lecture on Soil Carbon: Reservoir for a Resilient Agriculture is free and open to the public. For more information, please go to:  
A scholarly seminar will follow at 3 pm (Entitled 'Assessing soil biological activity as an indicator of soil health'). If interested in attending, please contact the Center at:

3. Soil Health Assessment FIELD DAY: 5/5
The first of our three free Soil Health Assessment Field Days will take place the morning of Friday, May 5th at Cal Poly SLO from 9:30-11:30 am and will feature special guest Dr. Alan Franzluebbers (see above). Save the date! The next two field days are planned for May 25 at Macon Seed, Turlock and June 22 at Full Belly Farm, Guinda. RSVP is requested and more detailed information will continue to be posted at:

4. California’s New HEALTHY SOILS PROGRAM webinar: 5/22
The Center for Sustainability is co-sponsoring a webinar on the CDFA Healthy Soils Initiative on Monday, May 22nd from 10-11 am, which will be presented by the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN). In June, CDFA is planning to release a call for grant proposals from farmers and ranchers to fund management practices that improve soil health. Join us on this webinar to get a preview of the program and get ready to apply when the grant announcement comes out. More information coming soon. Save the date! To register, please go to:

Cal Poly

5. OPEN HOUSE Ag Pavilion Department Showcase: 4/8
The Center will have a booth in the Cal Poly Farm Shop (Bldg 9) from 9 am – 3 pm as part of campus-wide Open House activities. Come meet students and faculty and learn about the many exciting things happening across the university!

6. Targeted/ Prescribed LIVESTOCK GRAZING for Meeting Conservation Goals: 4/20
CC Rangeland Coalition meeting at the Cal Poly Beef Center. Registration deadline is April 12.

7. TOMATO MANIA, Poly Plant Shop: 4/22-23 

8. Cal Poly EARTH WEEK: 4/25-27
Patagonia Worn Wear on Tuesday, REC Solar on Wednesday, keynote speaker Jason Clay, Senior VP of World Wildlife Fund on Thursday, Bioneers videos all three evenings, and much more! Center intern John Stepanek will present on ‘Agriculture and Climate Change’ from 11am – 12pm on Thursday, April 27 in Building 7 (Keck Lab). Full schedule is available at:

9. LEED Green Associate Training: 4/25  

San Luis Obispo and Region

10. Central Coast GREENHOUSE GROWERS Open House & Nursery Tours, Nipomo: 4/8

11. TOMATO FANDANGO, Tiber Canyon Ranch: 4/8-9
Featuring goodies from Growing Grounds (tomato and veggie plant starts), Chaparral Gardens (artisan vinegars), Tropical Chocolate Company, Black Diamond VermiCompost, Roost (bird houses and feeders), and Refiner’s Fire (wood-fired pizza), as well as their own artisan and flavored olive oils. Open 11 am – 4 pm both days at Tiber Canyon Ranch, 280 W. Ormonde Rd, SLO.


13. Salinas AG TECH Summit: 4/12

14. Earth Day at BRANCH MILL Organic Farm, Arroyo Grande: 4/15

15. Vegetable Gardens/ DRY FARMING, SLO Master Gardeners: 4/15

16. HMI Ranching for the Planet, Circle P Ranch, Watsonville: 4/19

17. Earth Day FARMER DINNER, Niner Wine Estates: 4/21

18. Paso Food Co-op LOCAL BITES at the Wellness Kitchen, Templeton: 4/21

19. SLO County Earth Day Fest: 4/22

20. SEEDSAVING Workshop, Kandarian Organic Farms, Los Osos: 4/22

21. Fantastic FERMENTATIONS, SLO Master Preservers: 4/22

22. iFixit Community Repair Celebration with Patagonia: 4/24

23. HMI Whole Farm/ Ranch Land Management, Paicines Ranch: 4/28-29

24. CARBON FARMING SOLUTION with Eric Toensmeier, Santa Barbara: 4/30
Eric Toensmeier, author of The Carbon Farming Solution, will speak via Live Stream. Center director Hunter Francis will moderate a panel discussion with local leaders following the presentation at Santa Barbara City College. Attend in person, or view the live stream, interactive webinar.

25. SLOW MONEY SLO Spring Gathering, Paso Robles: 5/2
Featured presenters will be Coconut Cult, Larder Meat Co, Quick Pickle Kit, RobinSong Farms, and The Groves on 41.

26. UCCE Annual Santa Maria STRAWBERRY Field Day (for growers): 5/10

27. WOMEN AND THE ENVIRONMENT Conference, Santa Barbara: 5/17-18
The Agriculture and Food session during the conference will include speakers Paula Daniels (Center for Good Food Purchasing), Wendy Millet (TomKat Ranch), and Suguet Lopez (Lideres Campesinas). Keynote speaker will be Naomi Klein, award-winning journalist and author. Additional session topics are sustainable communities, environmental justice, impact business and more!


28. CDFA Alternative Manure Mgt Program Public Meetings: 4/17-28

29. Innovation in Agrifood SUPPLY CHAINS, UC Berkeley: 4/18-20

30. National HMONG American Farmers Conference, Fresno: 4/27

31. URBAN SOIL SUMMIT, Los Angeles: 8/7-9


32. OFRF Taking Stock of ORGANIC RESEARCH Investments: 4/6

33. NRCS Soil Health for Non-operator Land Owners: 4/11


34. Live, Work, Make Change in the High Desert, CUYAMA: 4/12 deadline
An Americorps opportunity to work at Blue Sky Center.

35. Vineyard Team EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS: 4/20 deadline

36. GREEN Summer Program scholarships

37. COMPOSTING COUNCIL Young Investigator Scholarships: 6/30 deadline

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