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June 2016 Announcements

Upcoming Events

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Congratulations to our graduates and best wishes for a wonderful summer season!

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

Center & Cal Poly
1. Presentations from CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE & CDFA Forum now available
2. SAEA Sustainable Ag Education Conference ENROLLMENT OPEN: 7/29-31
3. Cal Poly GREEN CAMPUS internship program: 5/26
4. Cal Poly AG LAND petition

San Luis Obispo & Region
5. Paso Robles OLIVE FESTIVAL: 6/4
6. SLO CITY FARM CSA: 6/6 – 10/22
7. GRAIN GROWERS Cooperative and Dry Farming Collaborative Meetup: 6/5
8. PLANTS OF THE PECHO COAST and Diablo Canyon, SLO Botanical Garden: 6/11
9. Business of Food and Ag Sustainability- From Start-up to Farm, MIT Enterprise Forum, SB: 6/15
10. Free Saturdays in the Garden, Blue C Community Garden, Los Osos: 6/18 & 3rd Sat
11. SOLAR COOKING Classes at Davies Farm: 6/18 & 3rd Sat
12. GROUND OPERATIONS documentary screening, Lompoc: 6/20
13. POLLINATION CELEBRATION, SLO Grange: 6/25
14. SUMMER JAMMIN’ Session: 6/25
15. Central Coast LAVENDER FESTIVAL, Paso Robles, 7/9
16. FARM-GIRLS Summer Camp: 7/11-15
17. CAPCA-Ed San Luis Obispo: 8/25

California
18. Russell Ranch Field Day on Farm WATER MANAGEMENT, UC Davis: 6/8
19. BIODYNAMIC Summer Intensive, Rudolf Steiner College: 6/8-12
20. State Water Board and CalRecycle COMPOST Meetings, Sacramento & Riverside: 6/14 & 6/23
21. CA Higher Ed Sustainability Conference (CHESC), CSU Fullerton: 6/26-30
22. Rethink METHANE SYMPOSIUM, Sacramento: 6/29-30

Online
23. Emerging MANURE TO ENERGY Tech. and Economics of Small Scale Digesters: 6/1
24. CCOF Organic Recordkeeping for Growers & Farm Finance Tools: 6/2 & 6/22
25. FARM-TO-POWER: Harvesting Renewable Gas from Agricultural Sources webinar: 6/10
26. OTA Releases Report Linking Organic Hotspots to Local Economies

Opportunities
27. COMPOSTING COUNCIL Young Investigator Scholarships: 7/29
28. Leopold CONSERVATION AWARDS: 7/8
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Center & Cal Poly

1. Presentations from CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE now available
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Climate Smart Agriculture panel discussion on May 18th, which highlighted opportunities, policies, programs and innovative practices that position agriculture to play a leading role in greenhouse gas reduction. For those who missed it, or would like to review the insights of our speakers again, presentation slides and YouTube video link are available at: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/climate.html. CDFA Deputy Secretary Jenny Lester Moffitt’s visual presentation from our May 19th faculty seminar are also available at: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/news.html

2. SAEA Sustainable Ag Education Asso. Conf. ENROLLMENT OPEN: 7/29-31
The Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) National Conference takes place July 29-31 at UC Santa Cruz, co-sponsored by the Cal Poly Center for Sustainability and other leading California agricultural colleges/organizations. The conference highlights educational ideas/networking for sustainability in agriculture through higher ed and training programs. For more information and to register, please go to: http://sustainableaged.org/conferences/2016-santa-cruz-ca/

3. Cal Poly GREEN CAMPUS internship program: 5/26
Apply to join the Cal Poly Green Campus team for 2016/17! Starting this fall, student team members will work 7-15 hours per week ($11/hr) assisting the Cal Poly Energy, Utilities and Sustainability department in planning, implementing and communicating its sustainability initiatives. Application deadline is Thursday, May 26th, and interviews will take place during the week of May 31 – June 3. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter stating your skills and interest to: klsingh@calpoly.edu. To learn more about the Cal Poly Green Campus Program, please visit: https://afd.calpoly.edu/greencampus/

4. Cal Poly AG LAND petition
Dairy Science students interested in ag land conservation on campus are seeking 5000 signatures calling for preservation of grazing and crop lands at Cal Poly, SLO. To sign the petition, go to: http://goo.gl/elCc1e


San Luis Obispo & Region

PERMACULTURE Guild Meeting- Ecology of Leadership: 5/26
The next Permaculture Guild meeting will feature presentations by William Ostrander, local rancher and candidate for Congress, and James Stark, co-director of the Regenerative Design Institute. The meeting takes place Thursday, May 26th from 6 – 8pm at the Grange Hall, 2880 Broad St, SLO. For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1714094095535028/

5. Paso Robles OLIVE FESTIVAL: 6/4
Bring the family for a day of olive inspired fun! The 13th Annual Olive Festival takes place Saturday, June 4th at the Paso Robles Downtown City Park. For more information, please visit: http://pasoroblesolivefestival.com/

6. SLO CITY FARM CSA: 6/6 – 10/22
Be a founding member of the SLO City Farm CSA subscription program and get fresh, hyper-local, seasonal produce each week for 16 weeks! For more information, please visit: http://centralcoastgrown.org/city-farm/csa-farm-stand/

7. GRAIN GROWERS Cooperative and Dry Farming Collaborative Meetup: 6/5
Join California FarmLink, the CA Center for Cooperative Development, and the Ecological Farming Association on Sunday, June 5th from 10 am – 1:30 pm at the SLO Grange to discuss development of a Grain Growers Cooperative and Regional Dry Farm Collaborative, as well as to celebrate and support participating farmers in their efforts. To learn more about all the exciting things happening at the Grange (2880 Broad St, SLO), please go to: http://www.slogrange.com/Calendars/201606_Cal.html

8. PLANTS OF THE PECHO COAST and Diablo Canyon, SLO Botanical Garden: 6/11
Kelly Kephart, terrestrial biologist with PG&E, will discuss the common and not-so-common plants that make up the beautiful lands surrounding Diablo Canyon, how the public can see some of these plants, and how landscapes are managed by the Diablo Canyon Stewardship Program. Cost is $5 garden members/ $10 non-members. For more information, please visit: http://slobg.org/pecho/

9. Business of Food and Ag Sustainability- From Start-up to Farm, Santa Barbara: 6/15
MIT Enterprise Forum Central Coast presents 'Growing Our Own: The Business of Food and Agriculture Sustainability' on Wednesday, June 15th from 6 - 8pm at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, Santa Barbara. Cost is $30 pre-reg/ $15 students. For more information, please go to: http://mitcentralcoast.org/

10. Free Saturdays in the Garden, Blue C COMMUNITY GARDEN, Los Osos: 6/18 & 3rd Sat
The Blue C Community Garden, located at 1968 11th St, Los Osos, hosts a free Saturdays in the Garden program taking place on the 3rd Saturday of each month. June 18th will be a workshop on gardening with Master Gardener Mary Wootten. For more information about Blue C Community Garden, please visit: http://www.ecologistics.org/

11. SOLAR COOKING Classes at Davies Farm: 6/18 & 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, June 18th from 12:30-2pm and on the 3rd Saturday of each month until October. The June 18th class will be an all vegetarian demo. 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.

12. GROUND OPERATIONS documentary screening, Lompoc: 6/20
The Lompoc Valley Beekeepers Association hosts a free screening of the documentary ‘Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields’ on Monday, June 20th from 6:30 – 8 pm at the Lompoc Public Library’s Grossman Gallery, 501 North Ave, Lompoc. Screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Dulanie Ellis, and local farmer-veterans Archie Mitchell and Cal Poly’s Morgan Boyd. For more information, please contact Kate Griffith (805) 588-0996.

13. POLLINATION CELEBRATION, SLO Grange: 6/25
The SLO Grange and friends will be hosting a Pollination Celebration party of Saturday, June 25th from 2–6pm at the Grange Hall, 2880 Broad St, SLO. There will be information booths related to food and farming, local produce for sale, children’s activities, music, dancing and fun! If you have any ideas or information that you would like to share at this event, please contact Sue Sunderland at: 1sun@sbcglobal.net. For more information about the event, please go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1179456218744727/

14. SUMMER JAMMIN’ Session: 6/25
Learn how to make and preserve jams and jellies during the summer season! This free workshop takes place Saturday, June 25th from 10 am – 12 noon at the Garden of the Seven Sisters, 2156 Sierra Way, SLO. For more information and to register, please visit: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/YouthFamilyCommunities/Master_Food_Preserver_Program/Training/

15. Central Coast LAVENDER FESTIVAL, Paso Robles, 7/9
Meet with lavender producers from across the region, learn its many uses, enjoy free samples and much more! The 8th Annual Lavender Festival takes place Saturday, July 9th from 10am – 5pm at the Paso Robles Downtown City Park. For more information, please visit: http://pasoroblesdowntown.org/downtown-calendar/paso-robles-event-lavender-festival/

16. FARM-GIRLS Summer Camp: 7/11-15
FarmGirls Summer Camp takes place at the Our Global Family Farm SLO during the week of July 11 – 15 daily from 8am – 12pm, and teaches girls ages 8-16 how to grow food the permaculture way. Camp will include daily farm activities, crafts and food preparation, and daily permaculture tips based on the patterns found in nature. There will also be songs, skits and nature hikes. For more information and registration, please go to: http://www.permaculture.us.com/farmgirls

17. CAPCA-Ed San Luis Obispo: 8/25
Mark your calendars, 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/


California

18. Russell Ranch Field Day on Farm WATER MANAGEMENT, UC Davis: 6/8
Farm fields across California share a common challenge: how to ensure healthy crops when the availability of key resources is uncertain. Join the UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute to explore research, farmers’ practices and commercial products that aim for resilience in the face of drought, uncertain water allocations, and weather extremes. The 2016 Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility Field Day takes place Wednesday, June 8th from 8am – 1:30pm. For more information and to register, please visit: http://asi.ucdavis.edu/event-calendar/farm-water-management-in-times-of-scarcity

19. BIODYNAMIC Summer Intensive, Rudolf Steiner College: 6/8-12
Join Harald and Cynthia Hoven for a 5-day intensive study of the fundamental theory and practice of biodynamic farming and gardening, held in the beautiful Raphael Garden. For more information, please go to: http://rudolfsteinercollege.edu/events/biodynamic-summer-intensive

20. State Water Board and CalRecycle COMPOST Meetings, Sacramento & Riverside: 6/14 & 6/23
The California State Water Board is holding meetings to discuss both the Development of Performance Measures for Implementation of the Compost General Order, and Land Application of Compostable Materials jointly with CalRecycle. Both meetings are taking place in Sacramento and Riverside. For more information, please go to: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/compost/

21. CA Higher Ed Sustainability Conference (CHESC), CSU Fullerton: 6/26-30
CHESC highlights cutting-edge research, as well as case studies with proven successes in curriculum development, operational programs, and community partnership. This year's conference is being hosted by CSU Fullerton from June 26th through June 30th. For more information and to register, please visit: https://chesc.org/

22. Rethink METHANE SYMPOSIUM, Sacramento: 6/29-30
This symposium will present California’s policymakers and energy industry leaders with a comprehensive vision on how renewable methane from biological and synthetic sources can help California meet its climate protection and air quality improvements goals, serve as a practical storage medium for renewable power-to-gas, and strengthen the state’s economic future. For information, please go to: http://rethinkmethane.org/


Online

23. Emerging MANURE TO ENERGY Tech. & Economics of Small Scale Digesters: 6/1
The USDA Northeast Climate Hub sponsors this webinar where participants will learn about current research, available technologies, future possibilities, and the benefits and costs of small-scale manure digesters. This webinar takes place Wednesday, June 1st at 11 am PT. For more information, please go to: http://www.climatewebinars.net/webinars/emerging-manure-to-energy-technologies-are-cost-effective-small-scale-digesters-possible

24. CCOF Organic Recordkeeping for Growers & Farm Finance Tools: 6/2 & 6/22
CCOF co-hosts two webinars for producers in June. On Thursday, June 2nd, CCOF and the Farmer Veteran Coalition present ‘Organic Recordkeeping for Growers.’ Information is available at: https://www.ccof.org/webinar-organic-recordkeeping-growers
On Wednesday, June 22nd, CCOF and California FarmLink present ‘Farm Finance Tools to Help You Manage Risk.’ Information is available at: https://www.ccof.org/webinar-farm-finance-tools-help-you-manage-risk

25. FARM-TO-POWER: Harvesting Renewable Gas from Agricultural Sources webinar: 6/10
This webinar will highlight two agricultural operations that are pioneering renewable gas development in California, including how the projects were funded, the technology evaluation and development process, key lessons learned, and future plans. The Farm-to-Power webinar takes place Friday, June 10th from 11am – 12pm PT. To register for the webinar, please go to: http://learn.gladstein.org/RM16_WebinarRegister

26. OTA Releases Report Linking Organic Hotspots to Local Economies
The Organic Trade Association has released a white paper including research results linking economic health at the county level to organic food, crop and business activities within the region. For more information, please visit: http://www.ota.com/hotspots


Opportunities

27. COMPOSTING COUNCIL Young Investigator Scholarships: 7/29
The Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF) awards $2,500 scholarships to encourage college-level compost research projects. The ideal candidate will have interest in improving the compost process and the use of compost to increase drought tolerance and nutrient retention, and reduce erosion control and water pollution. Deadline to apply is July 29th. For more information and application requirements, please go to: http://compostfoundation.org/Education/Young_Investigators

28. Leopold CONSERVATION AWARDS: 7/8
Leopold Conservation Awards recognize extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation, inspire other landowners through their example, and help the general public understand the vital role private landowners can and do play in conservation success. The California award is co-sponsored by Sustainable Conservation and the California Farm Bureau. The 2016 Call for Applications is now open; deadline is July 8th. For more information and application procedures, please go to: http://leopoldconservationaward.org/the-award/application-info/



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