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Cal Poly Farm

June 2017 Announcements

Upcoming Events

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We hope you are having a great spring and invite you to consider some of these upcoming events – including our final soil health workshop at the beautiful Full Belly Farm in the Capay Valley on June 22nd.

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

Center & Cal Poly

1. Soil Health Assessment Field Day at Full Belly Farm, Guinda: 6/22
2. Farmer Experiential Education and Development (FEED) begins September 12
3. Net Impact Cal Poly Chapter seeking student board members for 2017-18

San Luis Obispo and Region

4. Olive Festival, Paso Robles: 6/3
5. Special Legal Considerations for Managing Farms and Ranches, Salinas: 6/8
6. Pasture to Plate: All About Sausage, Paso Robles: 6/10
7. Solar Cooking Classes FREE at Davies Farm: 6/17
8. Waste Reduction in the Winery: 6/22
9. Avila See Canyon Cirone Farms, SLO Seed Exchange: 6/24
10. CA Higher Ed Sustainability Conference, UC Santa Barbara: 6/24-30
11. SLO Master Preservers Open House: 6/27
12. Forbes AgTech Summit, Salinas: 6/28-29
13. FarmGirls Summer Camp: 7/11-14

California

14. Benefits of Soil Mgmt for Farming Systems, Five Points: 6/6
15. Microbial Underpinnings of Soil Health, UC Davis: 6/15
16. Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee, Clovis: 6/24
17. Food It: Fork to Farm, The Mixing Bowl, Mountain View: 6/27
18. Urban Soil Summit 2.0: Terroir! Los Angeles: 8/7 – 8/9

Online Webinars

19. Coastal Agriculture: The permitting process and emerging issues: 6/2
20. Developing a Climate Action Plan: Lessons from the Florida Keys: 6/8
21. Improving Soil Health on Urban Farms: 6/13
22. CCOF Streamline Your Recordkeeping Paperwork webinar: 6/22
--. Innovative Cover Crop Techniques for Strawberries webinar: 6/22

Opportunities

23. Sustainable Ag Lands Conservation (SALC) Program workshops: 6/5, 6/15, 6/22
24. Composting Council Research & Education Foundation (CCREF) Scholarships: 6/30
25. CalRecycle Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program: 7/18

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Center & Cal Poly

1. Soil Health Assessment Field Day at Full Belly Farm, Guinda: 6/22
The third and final of our Soil Health Assessment Field Days will take place Thursday, June 22nd from 9:30 – 11:30am at Full Belly Farm, Guinda, north of Sacramento. Featured guest speakers will be Judith Redmond (Full Belly owner and member of the CDFA Environmental Farming Advisory Panel), and representatives from Denele Analytical and NRCS California. CEUs for CCAs have been applied for. For more information and to RSVP, please visit: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/soilsworkshops.html

2. Farmer Experiential Education and Development (FEED) begins September 12
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. The first cohort is scheduled for September 12 through December 8. For more information, please visit: http://www.extended.calpoly.edu/programs/feed/index.html

3. Net Impact Cal Poly Chapter seeking student board members for 2017-18
The Cal Poly chapter of Net Impact is seeking new members for their Executive Board. Join a group of student leaders passionate about sustainable business, corporate social responsibility, and ethics in industry. Open positions for the 2017-18 academic year are Director of Campus Relations, Director of Finance, and Director of Marketing. If interested, please schedule an interview by contacting mlweathe@calpoly.edu


San Luis Obispo and Region

4. Olive Festival, Paso Robles: 6/3
The 14th Annual Olive Festival takes place Saturday, June 3rd from 10am – 5pm at Paso Robles Downtown Park. Bring the entire family for a day dedicated to Paso Robles area olives including sampling, vendors, demonstrations, cooking contest, mobile olive oil press, Culinary Row, and don’t miss the olive oil ice cream! The festival is preceded by an olive oil contest and pre-festival social mixer on Friday, June 2nd. For more information, please go to: http://pasoroblesolivefestival.com/

5. Special Legal Considerations for Managing Farms and Ranches, Salinas: 6/8
California FarmLink hosts this special seminar on Thursday, June 8th that will cover current topics in agricultural and emerging food safety law, federal programs, and farm and ranch business formation and transfer. The training will consist of two workshops, morning session from 9am – 12pm for attorneys, accountants and business advisors, and afternoon session from 1 – 4pm for ag educators and technical assistance providers. Both workshops take place at the Monterey County Agricultural Center, 1432 Abbott St, Salinas. For more information, please visit: http://www.californiafarmlink.org/events

6. Pasture to Plate: All About Sausage, Paso Robles: 6/10
FARMstead Ed presents this sausage making class hosted by J & R Meats in Paso Robles on Saturday,
June 10th from 10am – 1pm. Come learn what local producers, sausage makers and chefs have to say about their choice recipes! More information and tickets at: https://farmsteaded.com/

7. Solar Cooking Classes FREE at Davies Farm: 6/17
Learn to cook with energy from the sun at Davies Farm (5009 Jespersen Rd, SLO). Their free solar cooking classes will take place on Saturday, June 17th 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.

8. Waste Reduction in the Winery: 6/22
The next tailgate meeting of the Vineyard Team will be a discussion of Waste Reduction in the Winery on Thursday, June 22nd from 9am – 12pm at the recently SIP certified Chamisal Vineyards winery facility. For more information and to RSVP, please go to: http://www.vineyardteam.org/events/index.php?id=205

9. Avila See Canyon Cirone Farms, SLO Seed Exchange: 6/24
Join Mike Cirone and SLO Seed Exchange on Saturday, June 24th from 1-3pm for a discussion of Summer Fruits and Pollination. For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/SloSeedExchange/

10. CA Higher Ed Sustainability Conference, UC Santa Barbara: 6/24-30
Concurrent sessions during the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) at UC Santa Barbara will include Climate Action, Food Systems, Social Equity, Waste Reduction, and more. For more information about each of these sessions, please visit: https://chesc.org/concurrent-sessions-2017/

11. SLO Master Preservers Open House: 6/27
The Master Preservers of San Luis Obispo County will present information about their program at their Open House on Tuesday, June 27th from 2 – 3:30pm at the UC Extension, 2156 Sierra Way, SLO. Learn how to preserve fresh food for a healthful diet and reduction of food waste! The Master Preserver training program for 2017-18 begins August 1st. For more information and to register, please go to:  http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/?calitem=368497&g=20595

12. Forbes AgTech Summit, Salinas: 6/28-29
Forbes AgTech Summit brings insights and innovation from the best in the field. From precision farming to big data’s role in feeding the planet, the summit will feature prominent speakers who will explore topics at the heart of technology, entrepreneurism and agriculture. For more information, please visit: https://www.forbes.com/forbes-live/event/agtech-summit

13. FarmGirls Summer Camp: 7/11-14
The FarmGirls Summer Camp, designed for girls ages 8-16, will take place from July 11 – 14, 8am – 12pm, at Our Global Family Village, City Farm San Luis Obispo. Morning activities will include farm work, food preparation, hiking and cooperative games, arts and crafts, and music making. For more information and to sign up, please go to: http://www.permaculture.us.com/farmgirls/farmgirls-summer-camp


California

14. Benefits of Soil Mgmt for Farming Systems, Five Points: 6/6
The California Farm Demonstration Network presents this unique learning opportunity on Tuesday, June 6th from 9am – 1pm at the UC West Side Research and Extension Center, 17353 W. Oakland Ave, Five Points. The course will combine an integrated and systems-oriented approach for soil, crop and pest management aimed at achieving healthy soil as an overall means for improving agricultural performance. CCA/PCA CEUs are available. To view the brochure and to RSVP, please go to: http://ucanr.edu/SoilMgmt

15. Microbial Underpinnings of Soil Health, UC Davis: 6/15
The Microbial Underpinnings of Soil Health workshop takes place Thursday, June 15th from 8:30am – 12pm at the Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility, UC Davis. The workshop will include exhibits and demonstrations, short experiments, and calculation exercises to help shed light on the soil’s crucial microbiological processes. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, please go to: http://asi.ucdavis.edu/event-calendar/microbial-underpinnings-of-soil-health-workshop

16. Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee, Clovis: 6/24
EcoFarm Association’s Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee takes place Saturday, June 24th from 5 – 8:30pm at Mokichi Okada Association’s Oasis Garden, Clovis. This fruit-filled evening features tasting and sales of 60+ varieties of stone fruit from organic growers! Enjoy fresh fruit pies, farm tours, presentations, Japanese Tea Ceremony, kids craft corner, live music, and local food vendors. For more information, please visit: https://eco-farm.org/organic-stone-fruit-jubilee

17. Food It: Fork to Farm, The Mixing Bowl, Mountain View: 6/27
The Mixing Bowl’s 4th Annual Food It: Fork to Farm takes place Tuesday, June 27th from 9am – 6pm at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View. CAFES Dean Andy Thulin will be a featured panelist representing the academic viewpoint of key issues in food and agtech. For more information and tickets, please go to: http://mixingbowlhub.com/events/food-fork-farm/

18. Urban Soil Summit 2.0: Terroir! Los Angeles: 8/7 – 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, our 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. Discounted registration available until June 10th! For more information, please visit: http://greengardensgroup.com/urban-soil-summit-terroir/


Online Webinars

19. Coastal Agriculture: The permitting process and emerging issues: 6/2
The California Coastal Commission presents this webinar to provide an opportunity for local governments, resource agencies, landowners, and members of the public to learn about the permit process and emerging issues related to coastal agriculture, including those for carbon storage on active rangelands. The webinar takes place Friday, June 2nd from 11am – 12pm PDT. For more information and to register, please go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2932336321246387459

20. Developing a Climate Action Plan: Lessons from the Florida Keys: 6/8
http://www.climatewebinars.net/webinars/developing-a-climate-action-plan-for-your-community-lessons-from-the-florida-keys

21. Improving Soil Health on Urban Farms: 6/13
http://www.conservationwebinars.net/documents/planned-conservation-webinars

22. CCOF Streamline Your Recordkeeping Paperwork webinar: 6/22
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8450944609535276290


Opportunities

23. Sustainable Ag Lands Conservation (SALC) Program workshops: 6/5, 6/15, 6/22
The Strategic Growth Council’s SALC Program is now accepting applications for its third round of Ag Conservation Easement, and Strategy and Outcome grants. Full applications are due August 1st. Three technical assistance workshops are being offered in June: June 5, 1:30-3pm at 7351 Rosanna St, Gilroy;
June 15, 1-2:30pm webinar; and June 22, 11am-12:30pm at 800 S. Victoria, Ventura. For more information and to RSVP for workshops, please contact cfcp@conservation.ca.gov. For more information about the SALC Program, please visit: http://www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp/SALCP

24. Composting Council Research & Education Foundation (CCREF) Scholarships: 6/30
The CCREF Young Investigator Scholarship focuses on supporting undergraduate through PhD students, from a college or university in the United States, conducting research and education in the fields of composting and compost use. More specifically, the ideal candidate will have interest in improving the compost process and the application and the utilization of finished compost to increase drought tolerance, soil nutrient content, reducing erosion and water pollution, and increasing carbon storage in soils to combat climate change. Application deadline is June 30th. For more information, please visit: http://compostfoundation.org/Education/Young_Investigators

25. CalRecycle Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program: 7/18
The Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment. Application deadline is July 18th. To access the application and information regarding eligibility and program criteria, please visit the Notice of Funds Available webpage at: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Climate/GrantsLoans/FoodWaste/FY201617/default.htm



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