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Student Sustainability Fair is 11am - noon Friday, April 22 (2nd Floor of Kennedy Library)!
Exhibit in collaboration with Horticulture Club; Architectural Engineering; Energy, Utilities & Sustainability
Image design by: Habib Placencia (Art & Design ‘17) and Kevin Church (ARCE ’17)

April 2016 Announcements

We hope you will join us for some exciting educational seminars that we will be hosting this spring on veteran training in agriculture, retail sustainability and climate-smart agriculture. Please see below for details on those and other community events!

Upcoming Events

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Center & Cal Poly

1. Growing Future Farmers and Food Leaders: 4/21
2. Sustainable Ag Education Association Call for Proposals: 4/17
3. Sustainability in Retail panel discussion: 5/10
4. Climate Smart Agriculture panel discussion: 5/18
5. CAFES Innovation Challenge: 4/13
6. Cal Poly Open House & CAFES Showcase: 4/16
7. Al Smith Day, Swanton Pacific Ranch: 4/24
8. LEED Training at Cal Poly: 4/26


San Luis Obispo & Region

9. SLO Seedsavers Meeting: 4/12
10. Annual Central Coast Caneberry Meeting, UC Extension SLO: 4/13
11. Field-level Food Safety Workshop, Santa Barbara/Ojai: 4/15
12. Landscaping with Drought Tolerant and Native Plants, SLO Master Gardeners: 4/16
13. Conservation Celebration at the Charles Paddock Zoo, Atascadero: 4/16
14. Tomato Fandango and Plant Sale, Tiber Canyon Ranch: 4/16-17
15. Nitrate Removal through Structural BMPs, Monterey: 4/20
16. Basics of Canning, UC Master Preservers SLO: 4/23
17. Earth Day at Branch Mill Organic Farm, Arroyo Grande: 4/23
18. Vineyard Team’s Earth Day Food and Wine: 4/23
19. Earth Day SLO 2016 at El Chorro Regional Park: 4/24
20. Earth Day Wine Down at Windrose Farm: 4/24
21. Save the Trees, Save the Bees Weekend, Cambria: 4/30-5/1
22. Slow Money SLO Spring Meeting: 5/3
23. San Luis Obispo County 2016 Tourism Exchange: 5/6


California

24. CAPCA-Ed Sustainable and Organic Production seminar, Escondido: 4/13
25. The True Cost of American Food Conference, SF: 4/14-17
26. Farmers Guild Entrepreneurial Intensive, Ukiah: 4/17-18
27. Central Coast Rangeland Coalition Meeting - Rancher Economics, Sunol: 4/21
28. California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC), CSU Fullerton early reg: 4/22


Online

29. AMS Proposed Rule on Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices webinar: 4/15
30. CalRecycle Public Meeting on Organics Grant Program: 4/19
31. Go Organic! Certification Webinar for Growers: 4/21


Other Opportunities

32. Western SARE Graduate Student grant deadline: 5/11
33. StormRewards rebate application deadline: 5/12
34. Esalen Internship for Summer 2016, Integral Leadership Program
35. The GREEN Program, Study Abroad with Global Renewable Energy Education Network
36. Leopold Conservation Awards: 7/8

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Center & Cal Poly

1. Michael O’Gorman of FARMER VETERAN COALITION: 4/21
Executive Director of the Farmer Veteran Coalition, Michael O’Gorman, is a pioneer of both organic agriculture and agricultural training for military veterans. We are excited to be hosting Mr. O’Gorman at Cal Poly on Thursday, April 21st. During UU hour 11am-12pm in Bldg 52 Rm E27, he will be discussing the role of veterans in cultivating a new generation of farmers and food leaders and in strengthening rural communities. The presentation will also feature Oscar Gonzales, California State Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency. For more information, please visit: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/OGorman_event.html

2. Sustainable Ag Ed Asso. Call for Proposals: DUE 4/17
The Center for Sustainability, Swanton Pacific Ranch, the UC Global Food Initiative and others are co-hosting this year’s Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) Conference to be held July 29-31 at UC Santa Cruz. Proposals for presentations and workshops are now being accepted. This is a wonderful chance to share experiences in teaching and training sustainable agriculture. Deadline for submission of a proposal is April 17th. For more information, please visit http://sustainableaged.org/conferences/2016-santa-cruz-ca/instructions-submitting-presentation-proposal/

3. Save the Date: SUSTAINABILITY IN RETAIL Panel: May 10
As part of our free quarterly public lecture series, the Center for Sustainability will host a panel on sustainability in the food retail sector, highlighting leaders from across the retail industry (from extreme value to natural foods) who will discuss successes and challenges in addressing sustainability issues in their respective businesses. We expect this panel will take place in the late afternoon on May 10 and are awaiting room confirmation. Details will follow soon.

4. CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE panel discussion: 5/18
Save the date for Wednesday, May 18th from 4-6pm when the Center for Sustainability and the California Agriculture and Climate Network (CalCAN) will co-host a panel discussion on climate adaptation and mitigation strategies in agriculture, which will include confirmed speaker Dr. Jeff Creque of the Carbon Cycle Institute and other leaders from around the state who are implementing innovative strategies in a diversity of agricultural settings that are helping to address societal carbon sequestration and other climate goals. More information to come!

5. CAFES Innovation Challenge: 4/13
In every industry, innovation is needed to drive advancements, improvements and growth – and agriculture is no exception. Innovation runs across the food spectrum, from hydroponics to food hubs, and it seems the sky is the limit for agricultural entrepreneurs. Join the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) to team up with other innovators and create a startup you can pitch to a panel of industry experts in just 2 hours. The CAFES Innovation Challenge takes place Wednesday, April 13th from 6-9pm in the Hatchery Bldg 2 – Rm 210.  To signup, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cafes-innovation-challenge-farm-gate-to-table-tickets-21995661616?platform=hootsuite

6. Cal Poly OPEN HOUSE & CAFES Showcase: 4/16
Open House is an annual Cal Poly event that showcases the campus to admitted and current students, their supporters, alumni, and the SLO community. Come see us at the annual College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences’ Department Showcase in the Agricultural Pavilion on Saturday, April 16th from 9 am – 3pm. For more information, please visit: http://cafes.calpoly.edu/open-house-2015

7. AL SMITH DAY, Swanton Pacific Ranch: 4/24
Don’t miss your chance to ride the rails at Swanton Pacific Ranch during the annual Al Smith Day, Sunday, April 24th from 10am – 4pm. Ride the historic one-third scale, steam-powered trains, watch demonstrations by the Cal Poly Logging Team, enjoy tours of the facilities, hear updates on railroad activities and plans, and break for a Santa Maria-style barbecue lunch at noon before rejoining the fun! For more information and to buy tickets, please go to:  http://spranch.calpoly.edu/events.ldml

8. LEED Training at Cal Poly: 4/26
Interested in getting involved with the green building industry? Leading Green is offering this training course geared toward students who are interested in receiving a LEED Green Associate Credential that shows employers and clients that you have certified knowledge in the green building industry. The course takes place Tuesday, April 26th from 6 – 10 pm in Bldg 10 – Rm 220. Cost is $300/ $200 for full-time students. For more information and to register, please go to: http://leadinggreen.ca/calpoly/


San Luis Obispo & Region

9. SLO Seedsavers Meeting: 4/12
The Seedsavers meeting and potluck will be Tuesday, April 12th from 6-8pm at the Grange Hall, 2880 Broad St, SLO. They will be discussing the summer demonstration garden at the Grange, the new summer grains plot at City Farm, and the grand opening of the Nipomo Branch Seed Library. The Nipomo Seed Library grand opening takes place Saturday, April 23rd. For questions about the Nipomo Seed Library, please email kpendleton@slolibrary.org

10. Annual Central Coast CANEBERRY Meeting, UCCE SLO: 4/13
UC Extension of San Luis Obispo presents this year’s annual Caneberry Meeting on Wednesday, April 13th from 7:30am – 1:30pm at the SLO Veterans Memorial Hall. For full agenda and registration, please go to: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/

11. Field-level FOOD SAFETY Workshop, Santa Barbara/Ojai: 4/15
With increasing demand for food safety plans from retailers and new FSMA regulations rolling out, now is the time to focus on creating or updating your food safety plan that is in alignment with organic regulations. CCOF presents this workshop on Field-Level Food Safety on Friday, April 15th from 10am – 4pm at Rancho del Pueblo in Ojai. Cost is $50. For more information and registration, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/field-level-introduction-to-food-safety-workshop-santa-barbara-tickets-20066834442

12. Landscaping with Drought Tolerant and NATIVE PLANTS, SLO Master Gardeners: 4/16
The SLO Master Gardeners have 2 exciting back-to-back events planned for Saturday, April 16th. Join them at 10am for a workshop on Landscaping with Drought Tolerant and Native Plants, with a guest speaker from the California Native Plant Society. Then put ideas into action at the Spring Plant Sale which follows from 12pm – 2pm with sales of Euphorbias, Delphiniums, Erigonums, Agastache and succulents. Both events take place at the Garden of the Seven Sisters, 2156 Sierra Way, SLO. For more information, please download: http://ucanr.edu/sites/mgslo/files/237992.pdf

13. CONSERVATION CELEBRATION at the Charles Paddock Zoo, Atascadero: 4/16
On Saturday, April 16th from 10am – 2pm, the Charles Paddock Zoo will host a family event focusing on natural resource conservation and the global and local protection of animals and plants. A fun day for children of all ages, with interactive adventures and hands-on activities including native plant gardening, food waste composting, water conservation, beekeeping and more! For more information, please visit: http://www.visitsanluisobispocounty.com/events/2800/conservation-celebration-at-the-charles-paddock-zoo

14. TOMATO FANDANGO and Plant Sale, Tiber Canyon Ranch: 4/16-17
Tiber Canyon Ranch hosts this outdoor mini-festival 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), Soap Me Up Too!, and Refiner’s Fire (wood-fired pizza), as well as their own artisan and flavored olive oils. The Tomato Fandango takes place both Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th from 12 noon – 5pm at Tiber Canyon Ranch, 280 W. Ormonde Rd, SLO. To learn more about Tiber Canyon Ranch, please visit: http://www.tibercanyon.com/

15. NITRATE REMOVAL through Structural BMPs, Monterey: 4/20
The Agricultural Water Quality Alliance (AWQA) hosts this meeting on methods for nitrate reduction through small scale on-farm structural practices on Wednesday, April 20th from 1-4pm. The meeting will include tours of bioreactor research at CSUMB, presentation by extension specialist Tim Hartz on his woodchip bioreactor research, and an on-farm nutrient harvester in Moss Landing. Please RSVP to receive an agenda and meeting location. For more information, please go to: http://www.awqa.org/event/awqa-meeting-on-nitrate-removal-through-structural-bmps/?instance_id=414

16. Basics of CANNING, UC Master Preservers SLO: 4/23
Get back to the basics of canning at this Master Preservers workshop highlighting methods of preserving (e.g. water-bath canning, steam canning, freezing and dehydrating), the difference between high and low acid foods, and how to select safe recipes. This workshop takes place Saturday, April 23rd from 10am – 12pm at the Garden of the Seven Sisters, 2156 Sierra Way, SLO. For more information and to register, please go to: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/YouthFamilyCommunities/Master_Food_Preserver_Program/Training/

17. EARTH DAY at Branch Mill Organic Farm, Arroyo Grande: 4/23
Celebrate Earth Day on the farm and enjoy live local music, food, workshops, crafts and other goods. Earth Day at Branch Mill Organic Farm takes place Saturday, April 23rd from 9am – 4:45pm rain or shine! For more information, please visit: http://branchmillorganics.com/newsletter-february-2016/

18. Vineyard Team’s EARTH DAY FOOD AND WINE: 4/23
Enjoy a top quality food and wine experience paired with a casual, low-key atmosphere, all while celebrating the passionate people behind a sustainable food movement. The Earth Day Food and Wine Main Event takes place Saturday, April 23rd at Castoro Cellars in Templeton beginning at 1pm. For more information and tickets, please go to: http://earthdayfoodandwine.com/main-event/

19. Earth Day SLO 2016 at El Chorro Regional Park: 4/24
The 26th Annual SLO County Earth Day Fair and Music Festival takes place Sunday, April 24th from 10am – 5pm at El Chorro Regional Park, home of the SLO Botanical Garden on Hwy 1 across from Cuesta College. For more information, please visit: http://earthdayalliance.com

20. Earth Day Wine Down at WINDROSE Farm: 4/24
Farmstead ED presents Earth Day Wine Down at Windrose Farm on Sunday, April 24th. Choose from one or all of these activities to wind down your Earth Day weekend: Growing Great Heirloom Tomatoes workshop, Plant Your “Palate” workshop, Heirloom Plant Sale, Farm Tours, and picnic lunch. For more information and tickets, please go to: http://farmsteaded.com/collections/all/products/plant-your-palate-earth-day-winedown-with-windrose-farm

21. SAVE THE TREES, Save the Bees Weekend, Cambria: 4/30-5/1
These two consecutive events take place in Cambria at the end of April: the Arbor Day Concert on Saturday, April 30th from 1-4pm at the Greenspace Creekside Reserve, and the Bee Faire on Sunday, May 1st from 1-4pm at the Cambria Historical Society. The Bee Faire will feature local honey and honey goods and a visit by America’s Honey Queen, Kim Kester. For more information, please visit: http://www.visitsanluisobispocounty.com/events/2909/save-the-tree-save-the-bees-weekend

22. SLOW MONEY SLO Spring Meeting: 5/3
The next meeting of Slow Money SLO will feature Doug Martin presenting his new line of all natural sodas, Larry Kandarian on his organic grain farm in Los Osos, and Greg Ellis from One Cool Earth, as well as food from Vert Foods and sweets from Chocolate Stache. The meeting takes place Tuesday, May 3rd at the Grange Hall, 2880 Broad St, SLO. For more information, please go to: http://slowmoneyslo.org/

23. San Luis Obispo County 2016 TOURISM EXCHANGE: 5/6
Join Visit San Luis Obispo County for their annual Tourism Exchange at the historic Fremont Theatre, as they celebrate the impact of the new countywide Tourism Marketing District in its first year, and share initiatives and strategies for a more united effort during year two! For more information and registration, please visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-luis-obispo-county-2016-tourism-exchange-tickets-24388592938?aff=ebrowse


California

24. CAPCA-Ed Sustainable and Organic Production seminar, Escondido: 4/13
The next CAPCA-Ed seminar on Sustainable and Organic Production takes place in Escondido on Wednesday, April 13th. CEUs are available. For a full schedule of classes, please visit: https://capcaed.com/

25. The TRUE COST of American Food Conference, SF: 4/14-17
A veritable who’s who of thought leaders of the food movement will comprise this four-day conference at Fort Mason, SF. For more information, please visit: http://sustainablefoodtrust.org/events/the-true-cost-of-american-food/

26. FARMERS GUILD Entrepreneurial Intensive, Ukiah: 4/17-18
This weekend-long series of workshops will provide new and aspiring farmers with a solid introduction to the entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed, a valuable supplement to on-farm experience. Cost is $30 including lunch both days. For more information, please go to: http://www.farmersguild.org/mendocino-april-17--18.html

27. Central Coast RANGELAND COALITION Meeting- Rancher Economics, Sunol: 4/21
The focus of the spring 2016 meeting of the Central Coast Rangeland Coalition will be on the economics of ranching in the central coast of California, and will take place Thursday, April 21st from 9am – 4:15pm at the Sunol Valley Maintenance Yard. For more information and to register, please go to: http://www.elkhornsloughctp.org/training/show_train_detail.php?TRAIN_ID=CeU6F8J

28. California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC), CSU Fullerton early reg: 4/22
CHESC highlights cutting-edge research, as well as case studies with proven successes in curriculum development, operational programs, and community partnership. This year's conference is being hosted by CSU Fullerton from June 26th through June 30th. Register by April 22 to secure early bird pricing! For more information, please visit: https://chesc.org/


Online

29. AMS Proposed Rule on Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices webinar: 4/15
The USDA will soon be accepting public comment on proposed regulations for organic livestock and poultry practices. A webinar on the proposed rules is planned for Friday, April 15th. For more information, please go to: https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic-livestock-and-poultry-practices

30. CALRECYCLE Public Meeting on Organics Grant Program: 4/19
CalRecycle will be holding a public meeting on Tuesday, April 19th from 10am – 12:30pm to discuss the proposed program criteria for the Organics Grant Program at the CalEPA Headquarters in Sacramento. Webinar capabilities will be available for those not able to attend in person. For more information, please visit: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Climate/GrantsLoans/

31. GO ORGANIC! Certification Webinar for Growers: 4/21
Interested in going organic, but don’t know where to start? Organic certification is simpler than you think! Learn from CCOF’s Elizabeth Whitlow and organic farmer veteran Matt McCue during this webinar taking place Thursday, April 21st from 10 – 11:30am PT. For more information and to register, please go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3304502306019430916


Other Opportunities

32. Western SARE Graduate Student grant deadline: 5/11
Full-time masters and PhD students addressing issues in sustainable agriculture are eligible to apply for this grant of up to $25,000 for two years. Deadline for applications is May 11th at 1pm MDT. For more information and link to the Call for Proposals, please visit: http://www.westernsare.org/Grants/Types-of-Grants

33. STORMREWARDS rebate application deadline: 5/12
Residents of San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande and Nipomo are eligible for rebates related to rainwater collection projects. The next upcoming deadline to apply for a rebate is May 12th. For more information, please visit: https://stormrewards.org/

34. Esalen Internship for Summer 2016, INTEGRAL LEADERSHIP Program
Cal Poly students have the opportunity to spend a month at the world-famous Esalen in Big Sur this summer in a work-study exchange that includes opportunities to receive Cal Poly credit. For more information about the Esalen Integral Leadership Program, please visit: http://www.esalen.org/page/integral-leadership-program-overview

35. The GREEN Program, Study Abroad with Global Renewable Energy Education Network
The GREEN Program offers short-term summer experiential education programs for students interested in gaining a global perspective on renewable energy and sustainability. For more information, please visit: http://thegreenprogram.com

36. LEOPOLD Conservation Awards: 7/8
Leopold Conservation Awards recognize extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation, inspire other landowners through their example, and help the general public understand the vital role private landowners can and do play in conservation success. The California award is co-sponsored by Sustainable Conservation and the California Farm Bureau. The 2016 Call for Applications is now open; deadline is July 8th. For more information and application procedures, please go to: http://leopoldconservationaward.org/the-award/application-info/


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