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December 2016 Announcements

Upcoming Events

Greetings and Happy World Soil Day on Monday, December 5. Thanks to grant funding for our own soil initiatives, we are looking forward to hosting some leading speakers on the topic this winter and spring. Stay tuned for details! Please see below for upcoming events and opportunities and all our best wishes for a joyful holiday season!
Scroll down below the list to see event descriptions with additional information for each item.

Cal Poly
1. Holiday Plant Sale at POLY PLANT SHOP: 12/2-4, 12/9-11
2. CAL POLY CHEESE Holiday Gift Packs

San Luis Obispo & Region
3. PERMACULTURE Talk at Bliss Café & Garden Work Party: 11/30 & 12/3
4. Swedish Christmas Dinner, PROJECT HOPE AND FAIRNESS, Paso Robles: 12/3
5. Holiday on the Farm at WINDROSE FARM: 12/4
6. ECO-FARM Conference early registration: 12/4
7. Kids Cooking & Ancient Agriculture, SLO Botanical Garden: 12/4 & 12/10
8. Farmer/ Buyer Mixer at Farm Supply, SLO FARMERS GUILD: 1/9

California
9. Introduction to REGENERATIVE FARMING, Wild Willow Farm, San Diego: 1/4 – 20
10. Sustainable FOOD AND FARM CONFERENCE, Grass Valley: 1/6-8
11. Sustainable FOODS SUMMIT, SF: 1/18-20

Online
12. NFU BEGINNER FARMER AND RANCHER Online Virtual Conference: 12/5-8
13. RESIDUE AND TILLAGE Management in Organic Systems: Western States: 12/6
14. Adapting Farms to WEATHER EXTREMES AND CLIMATE Uncertainty: 12/20

Opportunities
15. Farm Education Assistant & Land Lease Opportunities at SLO CITY FARM
16. EPA P3 Student Design Competition Grant webinar: 12/6
17. Patagonia Regenerative Organic Ag CASE COMPETITION FOR GRAD STUDENTS: 12/18
18. Western Growers AG-TECH Startup Scholarships: 12/30
19. ANNIE’S Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships: 1/6
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Cal Poly

1. Holiday Plant Sale at the Poly Plant Shop: 12/2-4 & 12/9-11
The Poly Plant Shop at Cal Poly is gearing up for its annual Holiday Sale. Poinsettias, wreaths, centerpieces, succulents, ornaments, and other gifts will be available for purchase starting Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4; then again on Friday, December 9 through Sunday, December 11. Hours are 10am - 4pm on Fridays and 10am- 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The Poly Plant Shop is located on the Cal Poly campus at the top of Via Carta Road in the Horticulture Unit Bldg 48. For more information, call (805) 756-1106 or visit: http://www.polyplantshop.com

2. CAL POLY CHEESE Holiday Gift Packs
Made and packaged entirely by Cal Poly students, Cal Poly cheese is the perfect gift to give this holiday season. Ten cheese varieties in five gift-pack arrangements are available, and can be shipped or picked up at the Cal Poly Creamery exclusively during the holiday season. For information and to place your order, please visit: http://www.calpolycheese.com


San Luis Obispo & Region

3. PERMACULTURE Talk at Bliss Café & Garden Work Party: 11/30 & 12/3
Permaculture designer Leif Skogberg will give a talk on ‘Healing Inner and Outer Gardens’ at Bliss Café in SLO on Wednesday, November 30th at 7 pm, preceded by optional dinner at 6 pm. Through his Appreculture Design Institute, Leif offers practical tools, strategies and techniques for creating a more resilient, thriving and sustainable world - from the inside out. Leif calls his unique system of inner and outer sustainability “appreculture”, a hybrid of appreciation and culture.  Put his lessons into action at the community garden work party this Saturday, December 3rd from 9 am – noon at Our Global Family Village located at SLO City Farm at the end of the Calle Joachin cul-de-sac. Information about Lief can be found at: http://www.leifskogberg.com/home   

4. Swedish Christmas Dinner, PROJECT HOPE AND FAIRNESS, Paso Robles: 12/3
Project Hope and Fairness is celebrating its 10th year of providing vital assistance to African family cocoa farmers and villages. Come celebrate their anniversary with a Swedish Christmas Dinner on Saturday, December 3rd from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at Oak Creek Commons, 635 Nicklaus St, Paso Robles. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased in person at Mama Ganache chocolate shop; via check mailed to Tom Neuhaus, 1445 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo; or electronically by making a donation at: http://projecthopeandfairness.org/  To view a full menu for the event, please download a copy at: http://projecthopeandfairness.org/uploads/ASwedishChristmasDinner.pdf   

5. Holiday on the Farm at WINDROSE FARM: 12/4
Local artisan producers and purveyors will be showcasing their locally made and locally grown groceries on Sunday, December 4th from 11am – 3pm at Windrose Farm, located east of Paso Robles, near Creston.  This festive holiday farm gathering is all about sharing more about what we grow and make locally here on the Central Coast.  Fun and festive culinary delights will be presented as ideas for this season’s gift giving. This is a free, family-friendly event. For more information, please visit: http://farmsteaded.com/

6. ECO-FARM Conference early registration: 12/4
The 37th Annual Ecological Farming Conference ‘Cultivating Diversity’ will be taking place January 25 – 28 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove. Early bird registration is in effect until midnight  December 4th, so register soon! For more information, please visit: https://eco-farm.org/conference

7. Kids Cooking & Ancient Agriculture, SLO Botanical Garden: 12/4 & 12/10
The SLO Botanical Garden is hosting a Garden Fresh Kids Cooking Class together with Cal Poly health and nutrition advocates on Sunday, December 4th from 1 – 3pm. The following Saturday, December 10th from 1- 2 pm, the Garden hosts Amalia Escobar Galpert who will discuss Andean cosmology and teachings, and show a video of contemporary Quechua agricultural practices, with the hope that an appreciation of these ancient practices will provide a model for sustainable agriculture in harmony with the natural world. Join Amalia for a wine reception after the talk featuring spectacular Halter Ranch Vineyards wine and appetizers. Presentation is $5 members/ $10 non-members. For more information about both events, please visit: http://slobg.org/

8. Farmer/ Buyer Mixer at Farm Supply, SLO FARMERS GUILD: 1/9
The SLO Farmers Guild will host a Farmer/ Buyer Mixer on Monday, January 9th from 3 – 6pm at Farm Supply, 224 Tank Farm Rd, San Luis Obispo, with the aim of helping to connect local farmers with area grocers, restaurants and distributors. Save the date! For information and updates, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/Farmers-Guild-San-Luis-Obispo-615706195234358/


California

9. Introduction to REGENERATIVE FARMING, Wild Willow Farm, San Diego: 1/4 – 20
Wild Willow Farm in San Diego is offering a two-week intensive Introduction to Regenerative Farming course with emphasis on growing cool season crops, running from January 4th – 20th. For more information, please visit: http://www.sandiegoroots.org/farm/farm-school.php

10. Sustainable FOOD AND FARM CONFERENCE, Grass Valley: 1/6-8
The Sustainable Food and Farm Conference draws more than 500 farmers, ranchers, homesteaders and foodies who come to be inspired by internationally acclaimed keynote speakers and local experts in sustainable farming and ranching. Keynote speakers this year are Greg Judy, Elaine Ingham and Ben Hartman. The event also features farm tours, farm expo and workshops. For more information, please go to: http://www.foodandfarmconference.com/

11. Sustainable FOODS SUMMIT, SF: 1/18-20
How can sustainable ingredients affect the environmental and/or health impacts of food products? What are best practices in addressing food and packaging waste? What can be done to improve supply chains and mitigate food fraud risks? These and other important topics will be discussed at the North American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit taking place January 18th – 20th at Parc 55 San Francisco. For more information, please visit: http://www.sustainablefoodssummit.com


Online

12. NFU BEGINNER FARMER AND RANCHER Online Virtual Conference: 12/5-8
The National Farmers Union presents Growing for the Future: Beginning Farmer and Rancher Online Virtual Conference from December 5 – 8. This conference is a unique online, interactive virtual conference focused on beginning farmer and rancher issues, including mentorship, business planning, USDA programs for women and veterans, conservation and much more! For more information and to register for free, please visit: https://nfu.org/growing-for-the-future/

13. RESIDUE AND TILLAGE Management in Organic Systems: Western States: 12/6
Decreasing tillage and maximizing plant residues are important practices to improve the health of soil and reduce erosion, however can be challenging in systems that rely on tillage for weed control. Dr. Z. Kabir, NRCS Regional Soil Health Specialist (CA, NV, PIA) will discuss several opportunities to better manage tillage and plant residues in organic systems on Tuesday, December 6th starting at 12 pm PT. For more information, please go to: http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/residue-and-tillage-management-in-organic-farming-systems-western-states

14. Adapting Farms to WEATHER EXTREMES AND CLIMATE Uncertainty: 12/20
Learn about new resources for helping agricultural producers, forest and other natural resources managers integrate climate change considerations into their management and stewardship action plans. This webinar takes place Tuesday, December 20th from 11 am – 12pm PT. For more information, please go to: http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/adapting-farms-to-weather-extremes-and-climate-uncertainty


Opportunities

15. Farm Education Assistant & Land Lease Opportunities at SLO CITY FARM
Central Coast Grown is seeking a Farm/Education Assistant to participate in farm management operations, carry out existing educational activities and to develop new ones at City Farm SLO. City Farm SLO is also looking for tenant farmers to lease up to four acres at City Farm-San Luis Obispo for agricultural production. The property is irrigated Class One and Class Two farmland intended for row crops with the possibility of perennial plantings and animal husbandry. For information about both opportunities, please go to: http://centralcoastgrown.org/grow-with-us/

16. EPA P3 Student Design Competition Grant webinar: 12/6
EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet Program is a unique college competition for designing solutions for a sustainable future. An informational webinar describing this year’s upcoming funding opportunity and how to apply will take place Tuesday, December 6th from 11am – 12pm PT. To register for the webinar, please go to: https://www.epa.gov/P3/informational-webinar-how-apply-epa-p3-grant  For more information about the EPA P3 program, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/P3

17. Patagonia Regenerative Organic Ag CASE COMPETITION FOR GRAD STUDENTS: 12/18
Graduate students from across the US are invited to tackle the interconnected business and sustainability aspects of a current, real-life issue facing the outdoor retailer Patagonia. In light of the recent launch of Patagonia Provisions, this year’s case study focuses on Patagonia’s desire to accelerate regenerative agricultural practices for food. More specifically, what can a company like Patagonia do to incentivize farmers to invest in regenerative and restorative organic agricultural practices in the face of many challenges involving many stakeholders? Deadline for the Team Lead to register for this competition is December 18th. For more information, please visit: http://tiny.cc/patagoniacase

18. Western Growers AG-TECH Startup Scholarships: 12/30
The Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology (WGCIT) is awarding scholarships to individuals and companies working on ideas or technologies that will assist the fresh fruit, nut and vegetable industry to produce more food using fewer inputs and with less waste. Scholarships are to be used to underwrite the cost of a workstation at the WGCIT. Application deadline is December 30th. For more information, please go to: http://www.wginnovation.com/blog/western-growers-seeks-startups-30000-agtech-scholarship

19. ANNIE’S Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships: 1/6
Annie's scholarship program assists undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in sustainable and organic agriculture. Application deadline for this upcoming year is January 6th. For more information, please visit: http://www.annies.com/giving-back/agricultural-scholarships


Center for Sustainability
College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences
Cal Poly State University
San Luis Obispo, California 93407
(805) 756-5086

cfs@calpoly.edu


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