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January 2017 Announcements

Welcome back to our returning students and a very happy New Year to all of our subscribers! We hope to see you at some of these coming events both on campus and in the community.
Please scroll down below the list of hyperlinks to see event descriptions with additional information for each item
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Center & Cal Poly
1. ‘WATER, CLIMATE AND CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURE’ w/ Dr. Louise Jackson: 2/9
2. CRFG Annual Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop and Meeting: 1/14
3. AG SHOWCASE: 1/19
4. Winter Showcase, Cal Poly Engineers Without Borders: 1/24
5. Cal Poly Reception at UNIFIED WINE & GRAPE SYMPOSIUM, Sacramento: 1/25
6. Cal Poly Reception at WORLD AG EXPO, Tulare: 2/15

San Luis Obispo & Region
7. FARMER/ BUYER MIXER at Farm Supply, SLO Farmers Guild: 1/10
8. EDIBLE EDUCATION Symposium Planning: 1/12
9. FARMING FOR A FUTURE at Talley Farms, SLO Botanical Garden: 1/21
10. Winter Pruning, SLO Master Gardeners: 1/21
11. SLO PERMACULTURE GUILD Quarterly Program: 1/24
12. Regenerative DRY FARMING, EcoFarm Pre-Conference, Pacific Grove: 1/25
13. ECO-FARM Conference, Pacific Grove: 1/25-28
14. Monthly SEEDSAVING Workshops, SLO Seed Exchange: 1/28 – 9/23
15. SLOW MONEY SLO Winter Gathering: 2/7

California
16. CDFA/ NRCS HEALTHY SOILS Summit, Sacramento: 1/11
17. Conservation Burn and BIOCHAR 101 Workshop, Sonoma: 1/13
18. SUSTAINABLE FOODS Summit, SF: 1/18-20
19. US COMPOSTING COUNCIL Conference, Los Angeles: 1/23-26
20. California CLIMATE AND AGRICULTURE Summit 2017, Davis: 2/28 – 3/1
21. California FARM TO SCHOOL Conference, Modesto: 3/27-29

Online
22. GRAZING for Soil Health & HABITAT for Wildlife, Soil, Water, Carbon, NRCS Planned Conservation: 1/10 & 1/24
23. Management Options for CUCUMBER BEETLE in Organic Cucurbits: 1/11

Opportunities
24. UC DAVIS STUDENT FARM seeking new director: 2/21
25. POLICY SPECIALIST, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Washington D.C.
26. Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) Concept Proposals: 1/31
27. Earth Guardians YOUTH COUNCIL Leadership Applications: 2/10
28. CalRecycle ORGANICS Grant Program: 3/9

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Center & Cal Poly

1. ‘WATER, CLIMATE AND CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURE’ w/ Dr. Louise Jackson: 2/9
Dr. Louise Jackson of the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources at UC Davis will be our featured speaker for the Center’s Sustainable Ag Lecture Series on Thursday, February 9th from 11am - 12pm in Baker Science Bldg 180 – Rm 101. She will give a talk entitled: ‘Water, Climate and California Agriculture: A Role for Agroecology.’ Dr. Jackson’s lab has studied soil and root ecology across agricultural landscapes, and has been involved in social-ecological projects on agricultural adaptation to climate change. She has served on the CDFA Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel, and Climate-Smart Agriculture Global Science Conference Committees. To learn more about Dr. Jackson’s work, please visit: http://ucanr.edu/sites/Jackson_Lab/

2. CRFG Annual Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop and Meeting: 1/14 
The California Rare Fruit Growers Annual Tree Pruning Workshop takes place Saturday, January 14th from 1 - 3:30pm at the Cal Poly Crops Unit, corner of Highland and Mt. Bishop Rd, San Luis Obispo. The public is invited to attend the free pruning discussion and watch five fruit tree experts demonstrate their specific pruning practices on dormant fruit trees. A small demonstration orchard will be used for the pruning lesson which will be followed by “hands on” practice by the public. Trees to be pruned include plums, peaches, nectarines, asian pears, pluots and apricots. No experience is necessary. For more information, please visit: http://www.crfg-central.org/

3. AG SHOWCASE: 1/19
Cal Poly’s Agribusiness Management and National Agri-Marketing Association Club presents the 28th Annual Ag Showcase. With over 80 companies in attendance, students are given the opportunity to communicate and network with company representatives from a wide range of fields in the industry. The Ag Showcase takes place Thursday, January 19th from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm in the Farm Shop, Bldg 9. For more information, please visit: http://agb.calpoly.edu/current/agshowcase.html
Cal Poly Career Services will present a Preparing for Ag Showcase workshop for students on Thursday, January 12th from 11 am – 12 pm in Bldg 10 – Rm 126. Learn how to be a standout candidate at the Ag Showcase! For information, please go to: http://www.careerservices.calpoly.edu/explore-services/your-events

4. Winter Showcase, Cal Poly Engineers Without Border: 1/24
Celebrate the successes seen from project implementations, international travel, and research completed right here in San Luis Obispo. Engineers Without Borders (EWB) hosts their Winter Showcase on Tuesday, January 24th from 7 – 9pm in Advanced Technology Lab (ATL Bldg 7). The event will be catered by Cal Poly’s own organic farming organization, Real Food Cooperative. For more information and tickets, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/engineers-without-borders-cal-poly-winter-showcase-tickets-30006814189

5. Cal Poly Reception at UNIFIED WINE & GRAPE SYMPOSIUM, Sacramento: 1/25
Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture alumni and friends are invited to join CAFES Dean Andrew Thulin and Wine and Viticulture Department Head Benoit Lecat for a special reception on Wednesday, January 25th from 6:15 – 8 pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Vines Café, Sacramento as part of the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium. For more information about the Symposium, please go to: http://www.unifiedsymposium.org/

6. Cal Poly Reception at WORLD AG EXPO, Tulare: 2/15
Celebrate your Cal Poly connection at the World Ag Expo with alumni, students and friends. The Cal Poly Reception takes place on Wednesday, February 15th from 2-4 pm at the Conference Dining Room, International Agricenter, Tulare. For more about what’s happening in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES), please visit: http://cafes.calpoly.edu/

San Luis Obispo & Region

7. FARMER/ BUYER MIXER at Farm Supply, SLO Farmers Guild: 1/10
The SLO Farmers Guild will host a Farmer/ Buyer Mixer on Tuesday, January 10th from 2 – 4 pm 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. For information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/CentralCoastGrown or https://www.facebook.com/Farmers-Guild-San-Luis-Obispo-615706195234358/

8. EDIBLE EDUCATION Symposium Planning: 1/12
The Growing Edible Education Symposium for the San Luis Obispo – Ventura – Santa Barbara areas is planned for October 2017. If you are interested in helping to plan this local farm-to-school conference, you are invited to attend the first meeting on Thursday, January 12th at 5pm at the UCCE Conference Room upstairs at 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. For questions, please contact treelees@charter.net

9. FARMING FOR A FUTURE at Talley Farms, SLO Botanical Garden: 1/21
The SLO Botanical Garden invites you to learn about the nearly 70 years of growth and innovation Talley Family Farms and winery has undergone on the central coast. Farming for a Future with Andrea Chavez, manager of Talley Farms Fresh Harvest, takes place Saturday, January 21st from 1 – 2 pm. Cost is $5 Garden members/ $10 non-members. For more information, please visit: http://slobg.org/talley/

10. Winter Pruning, SLO MASTER GARDENERS: 1/21
Master Gardeners of San Luis Obispo will be presenting a free workshop on Winter Pruning on Saturday, January 21st from 10am – 12pm at their headquarters at 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. Please register at: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=19615

11. SLO PERMACULTURE GUILD Quarterly Program: 1/24
The SLO Permaculture Guild hosts Erica Reinheimer co-author of "The Intelligent Gardener – Growing Nutrient Dense Food” at their next meeting at 6pm on Tuesday, January 24th at the SLO Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St, San Luis Obispo. For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/445188822538106/

12. Regenerative DRY FARMING, EcoFarm Pre-Conference, Pacific Grove: 1/25
This all-day intensive is aimed at determining the role of dry farming with a regenerative carbon-centric approach. Topics will include perennial grain systems, agroforestry, dry farm practices in orchards and vineyards, and the use of amendments such as biodynamic composts to regenerate soil. ‘Regenerative Dry-Farming: Perspectives and Practices for Regenerative Agriculture in Dry Lands’ takes place Wednesday, January 25th from 8:30 am – 5 pm at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove. For information about this and other EcoFarm pre-conference events, please go to: https://eco-farm.org/conference/2017/pre-conference-events

13. ECO-FARM Conference, Pacific Grove: 1/25-28
The 37th Annual Ecological Farming Conference ‘Cultivating Diversity’ will be taking place January 25 – 28 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove. For a full schedule of workshops and plenaries, please visit: https://eco-farm.org/conference/2017/sessions

14. Monthly SEEDSAVING Workshops, SLO Seed Exchange: 1/28 – 9/23
SLO Seed Exchange has organized an exciting lineup of two- hour workshops every fourth Saturday from 1 – 3pm at unique county locations with different discussion leaders on various topics that relate to and contribute to skillful seed saving. All levels of learners are welcome to contribute to a robust discussion about growing organic, open-pollinated, heirloom, heritage, and native plant seeds. The first workshop on January 28th will be a brief ‘Introduction to Basic Seedsaving’ and a presentation on ‘Planting Seeds: greenhouse starts vs. direct seeding’; location to be given to enrollees. Workshop fees are $99 for all nine sessions or $15 per single sessions. For more information or to sign up, contact Elizabeth at (805) 543-5364 or stteresa@kcbx.net

15. SLOW MONEY SLO Winter Gathering: 2/7
Slow Money SLO will hold their winter gathering on Tuesday, February 7th from 6 – 8 pm at the SLO Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St, San Luis Obispo, where they will share their plans for 2017, hear from great local food entrepreneurs and sample their products. Featured entrepreneurs will be Karli from Best Ever Salsa, Chris from Tiber Canyon Olive Oil, and Alisha from Rock Front Ranch Jujubes. Participants will also learn how to make fruit leather at home. For more information, please visit: http://slowmoneyslo.org/upcoming-events.html

California

16. CDFA/ NRCS HEALTHY SOILS Summit, Sacramento: 1/11
USDA-NRCS and CDFA will host a joint summit on Building Partnerships on Healthy Soil on Wednesday, January 11 from 9:30 am – 5 pm at the CDFA Main Auditorium, Sacramento. For the full agenda and a link to webinar information, please download: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/healthysoils/docs/Joint_USDA_CDFA_SoilHealthSummitAgenda.pdf

17. Conservation Burn and BIOCHAR 101 Workshop, Sonoma: 1/13
Sonoma Biochar Initiative will present an all-day Biochar/ Conservation Burn Workshop and Training on Friday, January 13th at the Circle Bar Ranch, Sonoma. For more information and tickets, please go to: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2716020

18. SUSTAINABLE FOODS Summit, SF: 1/18-20
How can sustainable ingredients reduce 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

19. US COMPOSTING COUNCIL Conference, Los Angeles: 1/23-26
Biochar, compost & vermicompost, ReFed, contamination, the latest in compost facility operations issues- these topics and more are waiting for you at the 25th Anniversary Compost2017 Conference taking place January 23- 26 at Bonaventure Westin, Los Angeles. A special daylong track devoted to AB1826, compost markets and other California-specific issues takes place on Wednesday, January 25th. For more information, please go to: http://compostingcouncil.org/compost-conference/compost-conference.html

20. California CLIMATE AND AGRICULTURE Summit 2017, Davis: 2/28 – 3/1
The 5th California Climate and Agriculture Summit begins with a conference at UC Davis on Tuesday, February 28th, with keynote speakers Karen Ross (Secretary of CDFA) and Glenda Humiston (VP of UC-ANR). On Wednesday, March 1st, tour three innovative Yolo County farms using integrated farming practices to improve soil health, increase biodiversity and provide climate benefits. Volunteers for a 90-minute shift during the summit receive a 50% ticket discount - if interested, email Summit@calclimateag.org. For more information and to register, please visit: http://calclimateag.org/calcan-summit-2017/

21. California FARM TO SCHOOL Conference, Modesto: 3/27-29
The California Farm to School and Garden Conference will be held March 27-29 at the Modesto Centre Plaza. The conference will offer a series of workshops, panels and discussion that will be of significant educational and networking value to attendees who will represent all facets of the farm to school movement, including farmers, distributors, government representatives, procurement officers, educators, and food program administrators. For more information, please go to: http://www.cafarmtoschoolconference.org/

Online

22. GRAZING for Soil Health & HABITAT for Wildlife, Soil, Water, Carbon: 1/10 & 1/24
NRCS Planned Conservation Webinars for January will include ‘Using Adaptive Grazing to Improve Soil Health in Grazing Ecosystems’ on Tuesday, January 10th and ‘Designing Habitat for Multiple Benefits: Wildlife, Soil, Water and Carbon’ on Tuesday, January 24th, both starting at 11 am PT. For more information, please visit: http://www.conservationwebinars.net/documents/planned-conservation-webinars

23. Management Options for CUCUMBER BEETLE in Organic Cucurbits: 1/11
Striped cucumber beetle (SCB) is one of the most challenging insects to control in organic cucurbit production. Abby Seaman and Jeffrey Gardner of Cornell University will discuss the basics of SCB biology, cultural practices that can minimize damage, the latest on the effectiveness of insecticides allowed for organic production, and a discussion of breeding work underway to help reduce beetle impact. This free webinar takes place Wednesday, January 11th at 11 am PT. For more information and to register, please go to: http://articles.extension.org/pages/73937/management-options-for-striped-cucumber-beetle-in-organic-cucurbits

Opportunities

24. UC DAVIS STUDENT FARM seeking new director: 2/21
The Student Farm at UC Davis (SF) is seeking a new director to lead the continued development of the SF as a learning community where students from many disciplines work to create, maintain and explore sustainable food systems on a 20+ acre farm. Candidates are encouraged to apply by the next review date of February 21st. For a full job description and application procedures, please go to: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01344

25. POLICY SPECIALIST, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Washington D.C.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is seeking a Policy Specialist with a focus on federal agricultural research policy and programs, as well as farm conservation and environmental policies and programs. The Policy Specialist will also serve as a representative on the NSAC Diversity Committee and two additional Issue Committees. Candidates must have two or more years of agricultural policy experience. Please send resume, salary requirements, contact info for three references, and a brief cover letter in one combined PDF document to info@sustainableagriculture.net. To learn more about NSAC, please visit: http://sustainableagriculture.net/

26. FERTILIZER RESEARCH and Education Program (FREP) Concept Proposals: 1/31
The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is currently accepting concept proposals for the 2017 grant cycle. FREP’s competitive grant program funds research that advances the agronomic and environmental performance of fertilizing materials. Applicants are invited to submit two-page concept proposals to FREP by Tuesday, January 31st. More information such as application criteria, priority research areas, and examples of successful proposals are available at: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/ffldrs/frep/CompetitiveGrantProgram.html

27. Earth Guardians YOUTH COUNCIL Leadership Applications: 2/10
Students: Earth Guardians is opening up application for the 2017 Earth Guardians International and National RYSE Youth Councils to core groups of 18 inspiring young leaders from around the planet ages 13-25. Leaders in the youth councils will lead projects, campaigns, and collective actions to promote fossil fuel divestment. There is leadership development integrated into the program, including trainings and mentorship. If you are interested, please apply by February 10th at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc65ImX55IJQQ7DKynDXR56lcsIoeSl_YlZ5iFK5s6CBLidhQ/viewform

28. CalRecycle ORGANICS Grant Program: 3/9
CalRecycle has released the application for the Organics Grant Program (ORG2) for Fiscal Year 2016-17. Application deadline is Thursday, March 9th. For information regarding eligibility and program criteria, please visit: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Climate/GrantsLoans/Organics/FY201617/default.htm



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