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August 2016 Announcements

Upcoming Events

We hope you are all enjoying a fantastic season and hope to see you at some of the exciting events ahead. Best wishes for the rest of summer!

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

Center & Cal Poly

1. WOODY TASCH to speak at Small Food and Farm Business forum: 10/6
2. SLO County Food Entrepreneurs CELEBRATION at Niner with Woody Tasch: 10/7

San Luis Obispo & Region

3. INNOVATIONS ON THE LAND - Managing for Change, Pacific Grove: 8/9-10
4. Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) Research FARM FIELD DAY, Gilroy: 8/14
5. SOIL AND WATER Conservation Workshop, US-LTR RCD: 8/16
6. Celebration of SUMMER HARVEST DINNER: 8/19
7. PICKLING Jardiniere, Avila Valley Barn: 8/19-20
8. TOMATO EXTRAVAGANZA, Master Gardeners and Food Preservers: 8/20
9. SOLAR COOKING Classes at Davies Farm: 8/20 & 3rd Sat
10. Composting at Blue C Community Garden, Los Osos: 8/20
11. Food and Farm Mixer, SLO FARMERS GUILD: 8/22
12. CAPCA-Ed Central Coast Chapter seminar: 8/25
13. FESTIVAL OF FRUIT, CA Rare Fruit Growers: 8/26-28

California & Northwest

14. 2nd SOIL NOT OIL International Conference, Richmond: 8/5-6
15. BIOCHAR 2016, Corvallis, OR: 8/22-25

Online

16. ASSESSING SUSTAINABILITY for Agricultural and Urban Forests webinar: 8/11
17. Session archives from the 2016 Food Hub Conference now available

Jobs & Other Opportunities

18. PROJECT MANAGER, Upper Salinas- Las Tables RCD
19. CalCAN Program and Operations Coordinator, Sebastopol
20. EQIP Financial incentives available for climate smart ag practices

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Center & Cal Poly

1. WOODY TASCH to speak at Small Food and Farm Business forum: 10/6
The Center for Sustainability and Slow Money SLO will also co-host a public panel discussion, “Growing Small Food and Farm Businesses,” featuring Woody Tasch, visionary founder of Slow Money, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Guild (Grange) Hall, 2880 Broad St., San Luis Obispo. Tasch will join local food entrepreneurs to explore innovative strategies for supporting small/local food economies. The event is part of the center’s Sustainable Ag Lecture Series and is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome, and local food will be available for purchase. Be sure to consider joining us for the local food celebration with Woody at Niner Wine Estates the next night! Details for the Guild Hall Thursday event can be found at: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/sustainable_ag_lecture_series.html

2. SLO County Food Entrepreneurs CELEBRATION at Niner with Woody Tasch: 10/7
Woody Tasch will be the featured speaker at a fundraiser co-hosted by the Center for Sustainability and Slow Money SLO: “Celebrating SLO County Sustainable Food Entrepreneurs.” The local food and wine celebration will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Niner Wine Estates in Paso Robles and will feature creative wine and food pairings orchestrated by Niner chef Maegen Loring. Tasting stations will be scattered throughout Niner Estates’ newly landscaped gardens and will provide networking opportunities with food artisans, entrepreneurs and supporters. Tickets are $60 per person and are available online at: slofoodcelebration.eventbrite.com. Proceeds from the event will benefit the work of Slow Money SLO, a local nonprofit organization that provides business development support and facilitates peer-to-peer lending to small, local food and farm businesses. Advance purchase of tickets is advised as space is limited. Additional information about the event can be found at: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/slofoodcelebration.html


San Luis Obispo & Region

3. INNOVATIONS ON THE LAND - Managing for Change, Pacific Grove: 8/9-10
Sand County Foundation is proud to present ‘Innovations on the Land: Managing for Change’ taking place August 9-10 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove. This national symposium will bring together the nation’s leading private landowner conservationists and leaders in academia, government and non-governmental organizations to exchange ideas and learn about the most innovative approaches to responsibly managing agricultural lands in the face of sweeping change. For more information, please visit: http://innovationsontheland.com/

4. Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) Research FARM FIELD DAY, Gilroy: 8/14
Join OSA’s California research team for their annual Gilroy field day from 1 – 5pm at 10385 Watsonville Rd. The field day will feature variety trails, seed production and breeding projects at their Bay Area/Central Coast hub, as well as results from their statewide seed hub development work. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about this and other OSA event, please go to: http://seedalliance.org/events

5. SOIL AND WATER Conservation Workshop, US-LTR RCD: 8/16
The Upper Salinas- Las Tablas Resource Conservation District is planning to hold a Soil and Water Conservation Workshop on Tuesday, August 16th in Paso Robles. Please check their website for upcoming details: http://www.us-ltrcd.org/

6. Celebration of SUMMER HARVEST DINNER: 8/19
With an abundance of produce this year, City Farm SLO would like to celebrate with a hand-crafted harvest dinner in the beautiful outdoor setting of See Canyon Fruit Ranch, San Luis Obispo. The Celebration of Summer Harvest Dinner takes place Friday, August 19th from 6:30 – 9:30 pm; proceeds benefit the City Farm SLO project of Central Coast Grown. For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebration-of-summer-harvest-dinner-tickets-26312871507

7. PICKLING Jardiniere, Avila Valley Barn: 8/19-20
Learn to pickle vegetables in a party atmosphere! Master Preserver Ingrid Hilton will be leading an evening pickling class on Friday, August 19th and a morning pickling class on Saturday, August 20th, both at the Avila Valley Barn. For more information, please go to: http://www.avilavalleybarn.com/canning.html

8. TOMATO EXTRAVAGANZA, Master Gardeners and Food Preservers: 8/20
The SLO Master Gardeners will be holding an all-day Tomato Extravaganza on Saturday, August 20th from 8am – 3pm at the Garden of the Seven Sisters, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. In conjunction with this event, the Master Preservers will be conducting a one hour tomato demonstration. More details to come! For information, please visit: http://ucanr.edu/sites/mgslo/?calitem=325890&g=20913

9. SOLAR COOKING Classes at Davies Farm: 8/20 & 3rd Sat
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 20th from 12:30-2pm and on the 3rd Saturday of each month until October. 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) 458-1214 or 440-9346.

10. Composting at Blue C Community Garden, Los Osos: 8/20
The Free Saturdays in the Garden program for August will be a composting demonstration by sustainable farmer John Richardson, taking place 1-2pm at the Blue C Community Garden, 1968 11th St, Los Osos. For more information, please visit: http://ecologistics.org/2016-free-programs-at-blue-c-community-garden/

11. Food and Farm Mixer, SLO FARMERS GUILD: 8/22
The next Farmers Guild meeting takes place Monday, August 22nd from 6-9pm at the SLO Guild Hall (formerly the Grange), 2880 Broad St, San Luis Obispo. This event will be a mixer to connect local farmers with local buyers and distributors. It will feature a special guest speaker from Harvest Santa Barbara. Wine, beer and light snacks will be provided. For more upcoming information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/Farmers-Guild-San-Luis-Obispo-615706195234358/

12. CAPCA-Ed Central Coast Chapter seminar: 8/25
The Central Coast Chapter of the California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) co-hosts the CAPCA-Ed seminar for California license holders in San Luis Obispo on Thursday, August 25th. For a full schedule of CAPCA-Ed seminars, please go to: https://capcaed.com/august-25-2016-san-luis-obispo-capca-ed-and-central-coast-chapter/

13. FESTIVAL OF FRUIT, CA Rare Fruit Growers: 8/26-28
The California Rare Fruit Growers host the Festival of Fruit taking place August 26 – 28 throughout San Luis Obispo County. Indulge your passion for fruit and meet the amazing growers of the Central Coast! The weekend will be jam-packed with speakers, tours and more. For more information and registration, please visit: http://festivaloffruit.org/


California & Northwest

14. 2nd SOIL NOT OIL International Conference, Richmond: 8/5-6
The Soil Not Oil Conference takes place Friday, August 5th and Saturday, August 6th from 8am – 9pm at the Richmond Memorial Convention Center and will be comprised of a diversity of speakers including scientists, farmers, environmentalists, elected officials, grassroots organizations, food justice advocates and community members. For more information and to register, please go to: http://soilnotoilcoalition.org/

15. BIOCHAR 2016, Corvallis, OR: 8/22-25
The US Biochar Initiative has organized this conference with the aim of bringing together stakeholders in the applied biochar research community and the private sector to further biochar market development. Biochar 2016 takes place August 22-25 at Oregon State University, Corvallis. To find out more about the scheduled speakers and workshops, please visit: http://usbi2016.org/


Online

16. ASSESSING SUSTAINABILITY for Agricultural and Urban Forests: 8/11
The USDA Forest Service presents this webinar summarizing the results from their recently released report ‘Assessing the Sustainability of Agricultural and Urban Forests in the US.’ The webinar takes place Thursday, August 11th from 11am – 12:30pm PT. For more information, please go to: http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/assessing-sustainability-for-agricultural-and-urban-forests/view

17. Session archives from the 2016 Food Hub Conference now available
The Wallace Center and the National Good Food Network hosted over 400 food hub managers, staff and supporters in Atlanta, GA this year. Session archives from the conference are now available at: http://ngfn.org/resources/food-hubs/2016-conference/


Jobs & Other Opportunities

18. PROJECT MANAGER, Upper Salinas- Las Tables RCD
The US-LTR Resource Conservation District in Templeton is seeking a full-time Project Manager to oversee the planning, implementation and tracking of natural resource management and restoration projects and assist in program development. For a full job description, please go to: http://www.us-ltrcd.org/about-us/career-opportunities/

19. CalCAN Program and Operations Coordinator, Sebastopol
California Climate and Agriculture Network is seeking a Program and Operations Coordinator to work with its sustainable agriculture and climate policy team in the areas of events coordination, communications, grants management and administration. For a full job description, please go to: http://calclimateag.org/calcan-job-announcement/

20. EQIP Financial incentives available for climate smart ag practices
NRCS California has received $4.3 million to provide financial assistance to farmers and ranchers for their climate smart agricultural practices. These funds are being distributed through the EQIP program of NRCS. Please contact your NRCS District Office to find out how to qualify: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/ca/programs/financial/eqip/

 

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