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June 2018 Announcements

Upcoming Events

Please visit the links below for some exciting opportunities ahead. Hearty congratulations to this year’s graduates and all our best wishes to everyone for a joyful summer! Please scroll down below the following list of links to see event descriptions with additional information

Center & Cal Poly
1. ITRC Basic Soil, Plant & Water Relationships: 7/31
2. Sustainable Rangeland and Livestock Management, Swanton Pacific Ranch: 8/6-17

San Luis Obispo & Region
3. Solar Cooking Classes FREE at Davies Farm: 6/16 & 7/21
4. Rare Plant Rescue, SLO Botanical Garden: 6/21
5. Pasture to Plate: All About Grazing!: 6/23
6. FarmGirls Summer Camp at City Farm SLO: 6/26-29
7. Forbes AgTech Summit, Salinas: 6/28-29
8. Central Coast Lavender Festival, Paso Robles: 7/7
9. California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, UCSB: 7/9-12
10. Organic Produce Summit, Monterey: 7/11-12
11. California Mid-state Fair, Paso Robles: 7/18-29
12. Water Efficiency and Solar, Vineyard Team: 7/26
13. Holistic Financial Planning Course, Tablas Creek Vineyard: 8/6-8
14. Docent Ranch Walks, Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, Cambria: select dates in June, July, August

California & Out-of-State
15. Evolution of Organic screening and panel, Paicines Ranch: 6/2
16. FREP Biochar Field Day, UC Davis: 6/6
17. Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Summit, Sacramento: 6/6-7
18. Russell Ranch Field Day, UC Davis: 6/11
19. 4R Nutrient Stewardship Summit, Des Moines IA: 6/11-12
20. Soil Solarization Workshop, Winters: 6/12
21. Organic Fertilizer Assoc of CA (OFAC) meeting, Chico: 6/15
22. The Grassfed Exchange, Rapid City SD: 6/20-22
23. Food IT: The Full Stack, SF: 6/26
24. Fresno Food Expo: 7/26
25. Soil Health Institute Annual Meeting, Albuquerque NM: 8/1-3

Online
26. NRCS Assessment of Organic Farming on Soil Physical & Chemical Properties: 6/5
27. OFRF Soil Health webinar series, Weed Management: 6/13

Opportunities
28. CDFA seeking comments on Healthy Soils Program: 6/19
29. Compost Council Young Investigator Scholarship: 6/30
30. UC Garden Nutrition Extenders application deadline: 6/30
31. Climate Ready Program, CA Coastal Conservancy: 7/2
32. Leopold Conservation Award application deadline: 7/14
33. Program & Administrative Associate Position, California FarmLink, Aptos
34. Executive Director Position, One Cool Earth, Paso Robles

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Center & Cal Poly

1. ITRC Basic Soil, Plant and Water Relationships: 7/31
The Irrigation Training and Research Center's (ITRC) Designer/Manager School is a comprehensive program offering a variety of classes designed for both agricultural and landscape irrigation professionals, taught by the very people who developed them - Charles M. Burt, Stuart Styles and Franklin Gaudi. The classes are all held at the ITRC facilities at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. The first of this summer's courses will focus on Basic Soil, Plant and Water Relationships and take place on Tuesday, July 31st. For information and registration for this and following courses, please visit: http://www.itrc.org/classes/desmgr.htm

2. Sustainable Rangeland and Livestock Management, Swanton Pacific Ranch: 8/6-17
Swanton Pacific Ranch is proud to host this unique and valuable opportunity as a result of Cal Poly's commitment to the practice and education of environmentally sound rangeland management and livestock production. Sustainable Livestock and Rangeland Management is offered as a 2-week, 4-unit field-based course August 6th-17th. This course will benefit those who wish to better understand different aspects of animal science, agriculture production, and natural resource and environmental management. For more information, please visit: https://spranch.calpoly.edu/ASCI470  To register for any of the summer courses at Swanton Pacific Ranch, please go to: http://www.summer.calpoly.edu/opportunities/swanton-pacific.html


San Luis Obispo & Region

3. Solar Cooking Classes FREE at Davies Farm: 6/16/ & 7/21
Learn to cook with energy from the sun at Davies Farm (5009 Jespersen Rd, San Luis Obispo). Their free solar cooking classes take place from 12:30 - 2pm on the third Saturday of each month through October. Join the fun this summer on June 16th and/or July 21st! No pre-registration needed. Solar cooking is easy, inexpensive, helps retain nutrients and flavors, keeps your home cool, and uses no fuel other than the sun. For questions, please call (805) 549-9346 or 440-9346.

4. Rare Plant Rescue, SLO Botanical Garden: 6/21
California is home to more than 6,000 kinds of native plants – more than any other state in the country. However, 35% of these are rare and require special attention if we hope to share them with future generations. Join Dr. Heather Schneider of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden on Thursday, June 21st from 6-7pm at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden to learn more about rare plants of SLO County and conservation efforts taking place. Suggested donation $5 members/ $10 members. For more information, please visit: https://www.slobg.org/calendar-of-events/rare-plant

5. Pasture to Plate: All About Grazing!: 6/23
Join FARMstead Ed for their next Pasture to Plate workshop to hear from local ranchers and farmers about their rangeland management and grazing practices, while tasting and learning about their favorite hearty appetizers from ingredients grown right here on the Central Coast! The P2P workshop takes place Saturday, June 23rd from 10am – 1pm. For more information and tickets, please go to: https://farmsteaded.com/products/pasture-to-plate-all-about-grazing-saturday-june-23rd-10a-1p

6. FarmGirls Summer Camp at City Farm SLO: 6/26-29
FARMGIRLS Summer Camp is Girl Power for our Future Food System!  FARMGIRLS Summer Camp is held at Our Global Family Farm, a permaculture demonstration site located at City Farm SLO. It features food crops and indigenous food cropping systems from the four corners of the globe. FARMGIRLS Summer Camp will include farming, cooking, eating, making crafts, singing and nature hikes. The FARMGIRLS summer camp is a place where women and girls of all ages can learn about how to grow food in an ecological approach that follows the ethics of permaculture: care for the earth, care for one another, and share the abundance. Together we can create a food system that is Regenerative, Healthy, Local, and Resilient. For information and registration, please visit: http://www.permaculture.us.com/farmgirls/farmgirls-summer-camp

7. Forbes AgTech Summit, Salinas: 6/28-29
The smartest minds at the intersection of Silicon Valley and global agriculture converge at the Forbes AgTech Summit to tackle critical challenges and showcase the latest innovations for farmers, investors and stakeholders of global food systems. For more information, please visit: https://www.forbes.com/forbes-live/event/agtech-summit/

8. Central Coast Lavender Festival, Paso Robles: 7/7
This free event celebrates the lavender industry – an emerging local product – and features tastes of lavender cuisine, lavender oils, lavender ice cream, and education on sustainable farming practices. The Central Coast Lavender Festival takes place Saturday, July 7th from 10am – 5pm at the Downtown Paso Robles City Park. For more information, please visit: www.centralcoastlavender.com/lavender-festival/

9. California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, UCSB: 7/9-12
Registration is now open for the 2018 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) taking place the week of July 9th at UC Santa Barbara. Cal Poly will be receiving three Sustainability Best Practice Awards and delivering a number of additional presentations at this year's conference. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. Register at:  https://chesc.org/

10. Organic Produce Summit, Monterey: 7/11-12
Retail and buying organizations from across North America will meet with organic growers, shippers, processors and distributors in this intimate and energetic event devoted exclusively to organic fresh produce. The Organic Produce Summit takes place July 11th – 12th at the Monterey Convention Center. For more information and registration, please visit: https://www.organicproducesummit.com/

11. California Mid-state Fair: 7/18-29
Lots to look forward to at this year’s California Mid-State Fair at the Paso Robles Event Center! For more information, please visit: https://www.midstatefair.com/fair/

12. Water Efficiency and Solar, Vineyard Team: 7/26
http://www.vineyardteam.org/events/index.php?id=223

13. Holistic Financial Planning Course, Tablas Creek Vineyard: 8/6-8
This course will cover the foundations of Holistic Management, holistic decision-making, and the methods, tools and techniques of Holistic Land Planning and Ecological Monitoring. For more information, please go to: https://shop.jeffersonhub.com/products/holistic-financial-planning-course-paso-robles-california-august-6-to-8-2018

14. Docent Ranch Walks, Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, Cambria: select dates in June, July, August
Forest Loop Walks and Bluff Trail Walks with knowledgeable docents. For more information and dates, please visit: http://www.cambriaranchwalks.com/


California & Out-of-State

15. Evolution of Organic, Paicines Ranch: 6/2
Paicines Ranch, an up-and-coming center of regenerative agriculture practices near Hollister, hosts a showing of the documentary Evolution of Organic on Saturday, June 2nd. Film showing will include a live panel discussion with Mark Kitchell the film’s director and John Wick of the Marin Carbon Project, and a ranch tour with resident Regenerative Rancher/Farmer Claudio Nunez. For more information and tickets, please go to: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3399995

16. Biochar Field Day at UC Davis: 6/6
The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is teaming up with University of California, Davis, to host a Biochar Field Day. The event will bring together researchers, industry representatives and other interested stakeholders to discuss the feasibility of biochar use in agroecosystems. Presentations will highlight research, showcase available resources, and provide up-to-date information on biochar use in California agriculture. $15. June 6, 2018, 8:00 am-1:30 pm at Russell Ranch, 34205 Russell Blvd, Winters, CA. For more information, agenda and registration visit: http://blogs.cdfa.ca.gov/FREP/?p=723

17. Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Summit, Sacramento: 6/6-7
The Groundwater Resources Association of California (GRA) is planning the First Annual GSA Summit for June 6th-7th in Sacramento, to serve as a forum for GSA members to network and connect on technical and policy issues to address SGMA compliance. The event will be preceded by a pre-summit Groundwater Sustainability Planning Workshop on June 5th. For more information, please visit: https://www.grac.org/events/140/

18. Russell Ranch Field Day, UC Davis: 6/11
This year’s Annual Field Day at the UC Davis Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility will focus on relationships among water management, fertility management, soil health and soil biology. For agenda and registration, please go to: http://asi.ucdavis.edu/event-calendar/annual-russell-ranch-field-day

19. 4R Nutrient Stewardship Summit, Des Moines  IA: 6/11-12
Attendees will hear from speakers about advances and tools for in-field implementation of the 4R principles, linkages between 4R and on-farm conservation, agribusiness involvement, government- and non-governmental organization-supported initiatives, and details on projects funded through the 4R Research Fund. For more information, please visit: https://www.tfi.org/conferences/4r-summit

20. Soil Solarization Workshop, Winters: 6/12
Thinking about solarizing a field or hedgerow this summer? Join organic farmer Paul Underhill and UCCE solarization specialist Dr. Jim Stapleton for a demonstration and discussion on soil solarization to control weeds and pathogens. This workshop takes place Tuesday, June 12th from 4-6pm at Terra Firma Farm in Winters. For more information, please go to: http://ccsmallfarms.ucanr.edu/?calitem=411233&g=81700

21. Organic Fertilizer Assoc of CA (OFAC) meeting, Chico: 6/15
OFAC will present its next educational workshop for growers and professionals at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico on Friday, June 15th. CEUs available. For more information, please visit: https://www.organicfertilizerassociation.org/seminars

22. The Grassfed Exchange, Rapid City SD: 6/20-22
The Grassfed Exchange Conference is a gathering of regenerative ranchers, dairymen, and sustainable food supporters from across the world who come together to network and exchange ideas. To learn more and to register, please visit: https://grassfedexchange.com/

23. FOOD IT: The Full Stack, SF: 6/26
The 5th annual Food IT will gather food and ag thought leaders, start-ups, key industry players, investors and representatives from leading global food and agriculture innovation hubs to discuss Food and AgTech challenges and solutions in an innovative and interactive forum. FOOD IT: The Full Stack takes place Saturday, June 26th at Mission Bay Conference Center, UCSF. For more information and tickets, please go to: http://mixingbowlhub.com/events/food-full-stack/

24. Fresno Food Expo: 7/26
The Fresno Food Expo is a celebration of Central California’s vibrant food community and a showcase of the Central Valley’s most innovative food and beverage producers. To learn more about the Expo, please visit: https://fresnofoodexpo.com/

25. Soil Health Institute Annual Meeting, Albuquerque NM: 8/1-3
The Soil Health Institute’s 3rd Annual Meeting Renewing Soil, Restoring Life will take place August 1st -3rd at the Albuquerque Convention Center, New Mexico, overlapping with the Soil and Water Conservation Society’s 73rd Annual Meeting taking place July 29th – August 1st in the same venue. To learn more about the Soil Health Institute, please visit: https://soilhealthinstitute.org/


Online

26. Assessment of Organic Farming on Soil Physical and Chemical Properties: 6/5
Join this webinar to learn about the long term impact that organic farming practices can have on various soil properties. The Assessment of Organic Farming on Soil Physical and Chemical Properties webinar takes place Tuesday, June 5th starting at 12pm PT. For more information, please go to: www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/an-assessment-of-organic-farming-on-soil-physical-and-chemical-properties  To view the full list of upcoming NRCS Conservation Webinars, please visit: www.conservationwebinars.net/upcoming-webinars-1

27. OFRF Soil Health webinar series, Weed Management: 6/13
Join the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) and eOrganic for their 2nd of 9 webinars focused on soil health. The Weed Management: An Ecological Approach webinar takes place Wednesday, June 13th. For more information and to register, please visit: http://articles.extension.org/pages/74667/soil-health-and-organic-farming-webinar-series


Opportunities

28. CDFA seeking comments on Healthy Soils Program: 6/19
The CDFA Environmental Farming Science Advisory Panel (EFA SAP) is seeking comments to the most recently updated Healthy Soils Program (HSP) information presented at the May 24th meeting. Please send comments no later than June 19th 5pm PST to cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov. The updated HSP information can be downloaded at: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/efasap/meetings_presentations.html

29. Compost Council Young Investigator Scholarship: 6/30
The Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF) is now accepting applications for the Young Investigator Scholarship open to undergraduate and graduate students. Deadline is June 30th. For more information, please go to: http://www.compostfoundation.org/Education/Young_Investigators

30. UC Garden Nutrition Extenders application deadline: 6/30
UC Garden Nutrition Extenders work in elementary schoole classrooms in SLO and Santa Barbara counties teaching the Learn, Grow, Eat Go! 4-H Junior Master Gardener curriculum. Applications are now being accepted to join the 2018 UC GNE training taking place Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-4pm from July 9th – August 8th. Application deadline is June 30th. For more information, please contact Abbi Marrs (805) 781-5947 or mbmarrs@ucanr.edu. To learn more about the program, please visit: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/uccalfreshslosb/UC_Garden_Nutrition_Extenders/

31. Climate Ready Program, CA Coastal Conservancy: 7/2
The California Coastal Conservancy is soliciting applications for a new round of Climate Ready grants. The Conservancy seeks to support multi-benefit projects that use natural systems and working lands to assist communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change. Grant applications are due July 2nd. For more information, please visit: http://scc.ca.gov/climate-change/climate-ready-program/

32. Leopold Conservation Award application deadline: 7/14
Sand County Foundation, California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are proud sponsors of the California Leopold Conservation Award, honoring landowner achievement in voluntary conservation since 2006. Nominations for the 2018 Leopold Award are due July 14th. For more information and to download an application form, please visit: https://suscon.org/project/leopold-conservation-award/

33. California FarmLink Program and Administrative Associate Position, Aptos
California FarmLink, based in Aptos, CA, is seeking a Program and Administrative Associate with an anticipated start date of July 24th. California FarmLink is a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to link independent farmers and ranchers with the land and financing they need for a sustainable future. The Program and Administrative Associate is responsible for proactively managing office needs, maintaining database records, supporting workshops and events, and contributing to various projects in Communications, Development, Program, and Finance departments as needed. To view the full job description, please download the PDF: 2018_CAFarmLink_job.pdf

34. Executive Director Position, One Cool Earth, Paso Robles
Anticipated start date is August 1st. Please view the job description at:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1m1paZxQc2icderUK1QS1pm7EGb3biQIL-tVHfItVW0k/edit



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