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August 2017 Announcements

Upcoming Events

We hope you are having an enjoyable summer and hope to see some of you at coming events listed below.

We would like to extend a special thank you to all who participated in our Healthy Soils on-farm workshops this spring (http://cfs.calpoly.edu/soilsworkshops.html) and to express our deep thanks to our co-hosts: California NRCS, Dr. Alan Franzleubbers, Joe Mullinax, Denele Analytical Labs, and Full Belly Farm.

Please scroll down below the following list of links to see event descriptions with additional information

Center & Cal Poly

1. California Climate Action Planning Conference: 8/24-25
2. Farmer Experiential Education and Development (FEED) begins September 5

San Luis Obispo & Region

3. Vineyard Health Workshop, Santa Maria: 8/1
4. The Growing Classroom: 2-day intensive on garden-based learning: 8/1-2
5. Sustainable Building Design at SLO Library: 8/5
6. Farmers Guild SLO Meeting: 8/7
7. Local Bites Event Series, Paso Food Co-op: 8/8
8. Sustainable Berry Workshop, Watsonville: 8/9
9. Focus on the Beef Cow Workshop, King City & Arroyo Grande: 8/16 & 8/17
10. Solar Cooking Classes FREE at Davies Farm: 8/19 
11. FARMstead ED Ice Cream Social, Windrose Farm, Paso Robles: 8/20
12. Central Coast Climate Collaborative Inaugural Summit: 8/23
13. CAPCA Ed San Luis Obispo: 8/24
14. Totally Tomatoes! SLO Master Preservers: 8/26
15. San Luis Obispo Community Seed Harvest: 8/26

California

16. Urban Soil Summit, Los Angeles: 8/8-9
17. Ag Innovations Conference: Microbial Control, La Jolla: 8/13
18. Crop Residues for Advanced Biofuels Workshop, Sacramento: 8/15-17

Online

19. Communicating Climate Change as a Public Health Issue: 8/2 & 8/9
20. Holistic and Organic Livestock Management webinar: 8/3
21. Managing Cover Crops in an Arid Region: A Farmer’s Perspective: 8/8
22. Soil Health Webinar: 8/22

Opportunities

23. Food safety needs assessment survey for farmers, CAFF: 8/1
24. Agriculture Social Scientist Postdoctoral Scholar, Berkeley Food Institute: 8/4

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Center & Cal Poly

1. California Climate Action Planning Conference: 8/24-25
California and its communities have emerged as national and international leaders in addressing the climate crisis. To enhance Cal Poly's leadership and keep its momentum, the City and Regional Planning Department — in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) — is proud to host the third California Climate Action Planning Conference on Thursday and Friday, August 24 and 25, at Cal Poly. This conference will provide innovative, in-depth sessions by leaders in the field. Program content includes the new Scoping Plan, pathways to deep de-carbonization, successful financing and implementation, community vulnerability assessment, state planning guidance, and climate justice. Cal Poly faculty, staff and students can attend for free, but must register. For more information, please visit: https://planning.calpoly.edu/CCAPC

2. Farmer Experiential Education and Development (FEED) begins September 5
Cal Poly’s FEED is an intensive 12-week certificate program designed to immerse students in a hands-on learning experience that will introduce them to the knowledge, skills and tools required to become successful ag professionals while also providing mentorship throughout the first year post-training to create a foundation for long-term success. FEED is approved for military veterans to apply VA benefits toward cost of the program. Scholarships are also available. The first session runs from September 5 through December 8. For more information, please visit: http://feed.calpoly.edu/

San Luis Obispo & Region

3. Vineyard Health Workshop, Santa Maria: 8/1
Join the Santa Barbara County Ag Commissioner’s Office, the Vineyard Team, and Allan Hancock College Agriculture for a free workshop on vineyard health from 8:30am – 12pm on Tuesday, August 1st at Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria. PCA and CCA credits are pending. For more information and to register, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vineyard-health-workshop-tickets-36082905943

4. The Growing Classroom: 2-day intensive on garden-based learning: 8/1-2
Using Life Lab’s The Growing Classroom activity guide for grades K-6, participants in this hands-on workshop will experience garden-based lessons linked to Common Core Language Arts and Math and Next Generation Science Standards; practice basic gardening techniques; and develop management strategies for a school garden program. Cost for the two-day training is $300. To learn more about Life Lab, please visit: http://www.lifelab.org/. To register for the training in San Luis Obispo, please go to: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/?calitem=371036&g=20595 

5. Sustainable Building Design with Ken Haggard and Polly Cooper: 8/5
The San Luis Obispo Library (995 Palm St, SLO) hosts an informative presentation on passive solar construction and sustainable planning at 2pm on Saturday, August 5th. Presenters Ken Haggard and Polly Cooper of the San Luis Sustainability Group are nationally recognized experts in the field of green architecture and have designed several local projects. For more information, please visit: http://slolibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar

6. Farmers Guild SLO Meeting: 8/7
The next Farmers Guild meeting and potluck takes place Monday, August 7th from 7-9pm at the SLO Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St, San Luis Obispo. Come join fellow farmers and food system advocates to share ideas and hear about upcoming events and opportunities. For questions, please contact dena.paolilli@centralcoastgrown.org

7. Local Bites Event Series, Paso Food Co-op: 8/8
This month's event will feature San Luis Sports Therapy's Nutritional Coaching program and Clean Machine Meals. Tuesday, Auguest 8th from 6-7pm at San Luis Sports Therapy, 1345 Park St, Paso Robles. For more information, please go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1982144432063807  

8. Sustainable Berry Workshop, Watsonville: 8/9
Farm Fuel Inc. in collaboration with UCCE and the Shennan Lab at UC Santa Cruz, are excited to host the 2017 Sustainable Berry Workshop on Wednesday, August 9th from 8:15 – 11:45am at the UC Cooperative Extension in Watsonville. Workshop is free to attend. For more information, please visit: http://www.farmfuelinc.com/2017/07/21/sustainable-berry-workshop/

9. Focus on the Beef Cow Workshop, King City & Arroyo Grande: 8/16 & 8/17
The Focus on the Beef Cow Workshop takes place from 9am -2 pm on Wednesday, August 16th at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds Orradre Building in King City, and on Thursday, August 17th at the Arroyo Grande Hall Association. Topics will include economic ranch tools, cow herd nutrition, risk management, drought and wet cycles on the Central Coast, and invasive weeds and other rangeland management concerns. Cost is $17 and registration deadline is August 9th. To register, please go to: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=21230

10. Solar Cooking Classes FREE at Davies Farm: 8/19 
Learn to cook with energy from the sun at Davies Farm (5009 Jespersen Rd, SLO). Their free solar cooking classes take place on Saturday, August 19th from 12:30-2pm and on the third Saturday of each month through October. 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.

11. FARMstead ED Ice Cream Social, Windrose Farm, Paso Robles: 8/20
“Get the Scoop” from farmers and purveyors who grow and make fresh, in-season ingredients that you will use to craft your own custom blends of ice cream, gelato and sorbetto! The FARMstead ED Ice Cream Social takes place Sunday, August 20th from 1-4pm at Windrose Farm, Paso Robles. Tickets are $25. For information and tickets for this and other upcoming events, please visit: https://farmsteaded.com/

12. Central Coast Climate Collaborative Inaugural Summit: 8/23
The Central Coast Climate Collaborative (CCCC), consisting of community leaders from six Central Coast counties from Santa Cruz to Ventura, will be holding its first summit on Wednesday, August 23rd from 8:30am – 3pm at the SLO Veteran’s Hall. Save the date! To learn more about CCCC, please visit:  http://www.centralcoastclimate.org/

13. CAPCA Ed San Luis Obispo: 8/24
California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) and the Central Coast Chapter host their one-day seminar on Thursday, August 24th from 7:30am – 3:15pm at the San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge. 7 DPR and 6.5 CCA credits are available. For more information, please go to: https://members.capca.com/event/47  

14. Totally Tomatoes! SLO Master Preservers: 8/26
The Totally Tomatoes workshop takes place Saturday, August 26th from 10am -12pm at the UCCE Auditorium, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. This class will offer a variety of methods to preserve your tomato bounty. Recipes may include salsas, juice, dehydration, and pressure canning. Class fee is $5. To register, please go to: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/?calitem=368488&g=20595

15. San Luis Obispo Community Seed Harvest: 8/26
Bring your seeds to harvest, clean, package, label and swap - All hands on deck for the fun! Location TBD. Stay tuned for announcements at: https://www.facebook.com/SloSeedExchange/

California

16. Urban Soil Summit, Los Angeles: 8/8-9
The Urban Soil Summit unites a diverse group of leading thinkers, scientists, engineers, policy makers, architects, designers, and concerned individuals in an energetic exchange about the science and actions necessary to create Soil Security, a fundamental building block of human resilience. Over two days, the dialogue will enlighten, inspire, amaze and motivate attending urban dwellers to connect with each other and take action in their own lives to nurture the soil beneath their feet. For more information, please visit: http://greengardensgroup.com/urban-soil-summit-terroir/

17. Ag Innovations Conference: Microbial Control, La Jolla: 8/13
The 2nd Ag Innovations Conference: Microbial Control takes place Sunday, August 13th at the Great Hall, UC San Diego, La Jolla. The objective of the conference is to bring applied microbial control research concepts from around the world to growers, PCAs, and agriculture and ornamental industry partners in Southern California. 6 DPR and CCA CEUs have been approved. Registration fee is $50. For more information, please go to: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/?calitem=367669&g=20595

18. Crop Residues for Advanced Biofuels Workshop, Sacramento: 8/15-17
This three-day workshop taking place at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel will provide an opportunity to address critical research and policy issues associated with determining the carbon intensity of advanced biofuels from crop residues. For more information, please visit: https://www.agronomy.org/meetings/crop-residues

Online

19. Communicating Climate Change as a Public Health Issue: 8/2 & 8/9
Join HealSLO and public health leaders from across the nation for this dynamic series on communicating the powerful connection between climate change and human health. The next two webinars take place from 10-11:30am on Wednesday, August 2nd (‘Climate Change & Health Equity: Telling the Story with Data’) and Wednesday, August 9th (‘Innovative Curricula for Public Health Priority Populations’). For more information, please visit: http://www.healslo.com/webinar/

20. Holistic and Organic Livestock Management: 8/3
Join the CCOF Foundation and Holistic Management International for an introductory webinar that explores the intersections between organic and holistic management systems for cattle operations. This free webinar takes place from 12 – 1:30pm PDT Thursday, August 3rd. For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.ccof.org/holistic-organic-livestock-management

21. Managing Cover Crops in an Arid Region: A Farmer’s Perspective: 8/8
This free NRCS webinar on Tuesday, August 8th will focus on managing cover crops to improve soil health in a fragile, arid region of western Oklahoma by integrating livestock and multi-species covers into a diverse no-till cropping and grazing system to increase water and nutrient cycling. CEUs are available. For more information, please go to: http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/managing-cover-crops-in-an-arid-region-a-farmers-perspective

22. Soil Health Webinar: 8/22
Join the CCOF Foundation and the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) for a webinar on the relationship of soil health and soil organic matter in organic farming systems. This free webinar takes place from 2-3pm PDT on Tuesday, August 22nd. For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.ccof.org/soil-health-webinar

Opportunities

23. Food safety needs assessment survey for farmers, CAFF: 8/1
Community Alliance for Family Farmers (CAFF) is a regional partner in the Local Food Safety Collaborative and has developed a needs assessment survey to gather input to support local farmers and processors in complying with applicable Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations. The survey is voluntary and takes ~20 minutes to complete; participants can elect to enter a raffle to win a $100 gift card; and survey results are NOT linked to any personal information and individual information is confidential. The survey is open until August 1st. Grower input to the following survey is greatly appreciated: https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8iUfvn4ovfllbk9

24. Agriculture Social Scientist Postdoctoral Scholar, Berkeley Food Institute: 8/4
The Berkeley Food Institute seeks a Postdoctoral Scholar for a one-year position (renewable, pending funding) to conduct research for a new soil health policy project at UC Berkeley. Deadline to apply is 5pm PST, August 4th. For more information, please go to: https://food.berkeley.edu/jobs/postdoctoral-scholar-agriculture-social-scientist-position/ 

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