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March 2017 Announcements

We are gearing up for a very busy spring, with several offerings in soil health education, including a special SLO County visit by soil foodweb expert, Dr. Elaine Ingham on April 21.
Please join us this Thursday (March 2) at 4 p.m. on campus for a look at developments and trends in the continually expanding organic food industry!

Please scroll down below the following list to read the event descriptions.

Upcoming Events

Center & Cal Poly
1. STATE OF ORGANIC panel discussion: 3/2
2. CARBON FARM PLANNING with Carbon Cycle Institute: 4/12
3. Healthy Foodwebs, Healthy Soils with DR. ELAINE INGHAM: 4/21
4. SOIL HEALTH Assessment Field Days: 5/5, 5/25, 6/22

San Luis Obispo & Region
5. ‘Gaining Ground’ Movie Fundraiser for CENTRAL COAST GROWN: 2/28
6. Grow Your LOCAL FOOD Manufacturing Business: 3/2
7. Growing AMAZING TOMATOES: 3/4
8. RANCHING SUSTAINABILITY Workshop and BBQ, Los Alamos: 3/9
9. SLO Master Preservers, Intro to CANNING & All About Citrus: 3/11 & 3/25
10. Wild Brew Fest, Santa Barbara: 3/11
11. WiVi Central Coast, Paso Robles: 3/15
12. Environmental Shorts at the Octagon Barn, SLO Film Festival: 3/15
--. SLO Master Gardeners, Propagation Workshop: 3/18
13. LOVE SLO Day of Service: 3/18
--. Planning your garden with seedsaving, SLO Seed Exchange, Nipomo: 3/25
14. Building Small, Living Large with MARK LAKEMAN: 3/27

California
15. CAFF Food Safety Workshops, Northern California: 3/9 – 4/4
16. This Way to Sustainability XII, CSU Chico: 3/23-24
17. California FARM TO SCHOOL Conference, Modesto: 3/27-29

Online
--. Working Together for a Secure Water Future, Sustainable Conservation: 3/13
18. Soil Health ECONOMICS - A Farmer’s Perspective: 3/14
--. Sustainability Metrics and Food Chain Transparency webinar: 3/28
19. Biofungicides, Biostimulants and Biofertilizers to Boost Crops and Manage Diseases, eOrganic: 3/30

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Center & Cal Poly

1. STATE OF ORGANIC panel discussion: 3/2
This Thursday, March 2 from 4 - 6 pm we will host a panel of industry leaders who will share their perspectives on the evolution of the organic marketplace, including its origins, successes, challenges, regulation and current trends. The event will take place on campus in Bldg 7 - Room 2 (ATL Keck Lab across from the main library). Organic veteran, Tonya Antle of the Organic Produce Network, Bob Borda of Cal-Organic Farms, Tom Chapman of Clif Bar and Rachel Molatore of Taylor Farms are our special guest presenters. Discussion will follow. Free and open to the public. For details, please visit:
http://cfs.calpoly.edu/organic2017.html

2. CARBON FARM PLANNING: 4/12
Learn the principles of carbon farming and how to develop and implement a Carbon Farm Plan at Cal Poly’s beautiful Swanton Pacific Ranch in Santa Cruz County on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 8:30 am - 5 pm (in Davenport, CA). This interactive workshop will feature Dr. Jeff Creque of Marin Carbon and the Carbon Cycle Institute. Carbon farming combines cutting-edge agricultural practices with the tools of ecological design to build healthy soil and profitable farms and ranches. A Carbon Farm Plan evaluates and quantifies how on-farm practices can sequester carbon while providing other environmental co-benefits such as increased on-farm climate resilience, soil health, and farm productivity. Cost for the full-day workshop is $75 and includes lunch. Spaces are limited and filling fast! For details and to enroll, visit: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/carbon_farm.html

3. Healthy Foodwebs, Healthy Soils with DR. ELAINE INGHAM: 4/21
Join us for a one-of-a-kind workshop with Dr. Elaine Ingham, the world’s most renowned investigator of soil foodweb dynamics on Friday, April 21 from 9 am - 5 pm at the Inn at Morro Bay. Dr. Ingham will cover the basic principles of the soil foodweb, the steps to building soil health for enhanced plant productivity, and will address the production and use of bio-amendments such as compost and compost teas. Learn how to put a healthy soil biota to work for your farm or garden! A must for beginner and seasoned growers alike. Cost is only $65 thanks to generous funding from USDA SARE and the Miossi Trust. This special EARLY BIRD pricing is in effect through March 31st. For details and to register, please visit: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/soilfoodweb.html

4. Soil Health Assessment Field Days: 5/5, 5/25, 6/22
The Center will be hosting three tailgate-style, on-farm field days this spring to highlight innovative assessment and management strategies for soil health in a variety of cropping systems: (1) Friday, May 5th at Cal Poly SLO, (2) Thursday, May 25th at Macon Seed in Turlock, and (3) Thursday, June 22nd at Full Belly Farm in the Capay Valley. Each workshop will take place from about 9:30 – 11:30 am and will feature leading guest speakers and organizations involved in soil health assessment. More details coming soon! All workshops are free and open to the public, but we request that those interested in participating RSVP through the Eventbrite link provided at: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/soilsworkshops.html


San Luis Obispo & Region

5. ‘Gaining Ground’ Movie Fundraiser for CENTRAL COAST GROWN: 2/28
Join Central Coast Grown (CCG) for a screening of Gaining Ground, an award winning film about growing food, empowering communities and changing lives.  The CCG Movie Fundraiser takes place Tuesday, February 28th starting at 6pm at the SLO Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St. There will be audience discussion, silent auction and food and drink from SLO Natural Foods Coop, Whalebird Kombucha and Tap It Brewing. For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/CentralCoastGrown/

6. Grow Your LOCAL FOOD Manufacturing Business: 3/2
Calling all small food and beverage business owners! This workshop will cover all the bases for your small business! This interactive workshop will cover: business structure options, the importance of a financial management system, qualifying for a loan or line of credit, financing your growth, finding commercial kitchen space, and working with retailers. Hosted by the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on Thursday, March 2nd from 5:30 – 8 pm. For more information and to enroll, please go to: http://sbdc.calpoly.edu/event/grow-your-local-food-manufacturing-business/

7. Growing AMAZING TOMATOES: 3/4
Join Master Gardener Tami Reece on Saturday, March 4th at 1pm at the SLO Botanical Garden to discover how to grow and harvest tomatoes as well as the best ways to store them. For more information about this and other upcoming events, please visit: http://slobg.org/

8. RANCHING SUSTAINABILITY Workshop and BBQ, Los Alamos: 3/9
The Santa Barbara Cattlemen’s Association is sponsoring a Ranching Sustainability Analysis (RSA) Workshop and BBQ on Thursday, March 9th from 9am – 2pm at the BranQuinho Ranch, Los Alamos. RSA is a tool developed by ranchers for ranchers and land managers as a way to document ranch practices to help with regulators and identify strategies for added profitability. For more information, please download: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/files/256269.pdf  

9. Master Preservers, Intro to CANNING & All About Citrus: 3/11 & 3/25
The SLO Master Preservers’ home food preservation community classes for 2017 are starting in March! Introduction to Canning takes place Saturday, March 11th and All About Citrus takes place Saturday, March 25th; both are from 10am – 12pm at the UCCE Auditorium, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. For more information and to register, please go to: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/YouthFamilyCommunities/Master_Food_Preserver_Program/Training/ 

10. WILD BREW FEST, Santa Barbara: 3/11
The Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival is pleased to announce the second annual Wild Brew Fest scheduled for Sunday, March 11th at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara. The event will feature the area’s best traditionally brewed and wild fermented beer, cider, jun, mead, kombucha, spirits and more. They will have educational talks, a DIY Fermentation Station and many opportunities for attendees to engage and learn about traditional fermentation. For more information and tickets, please visit: http://www.sbfermentationfestival.com/wild-brew-fest

11. WiVi Central Coast, Paso Robles: 3/15
WiVi Central Coast is the largest gathering of wineries, growers and vendors on the Central Coast, with hundreds of new products, product demonstrations, educational seminars and networking opportunities. For more information and to register, please go to: http://www.wivicentralcoast.com/

12. Environmental Shorts at the Octagon Barn, SLO FILM FESTIVAL: 3/15
Ecologistics and SIP Certified sponsor an evening of stimulating short films about environmental activism and rural life. Local and global concerns are addressed in this collection of films by documentary filmmakers, many of whom will be in attendance. And enjoy wines from California wineries that use sustainable growing techniques, courtesy of SIP Certified. This event takes place Wednesday, March 15th at 7pm at the historic and recently renovated Octagon Barn, 4400 Octagon Way, San Luis Obispo. For more information and tickets, please go to: https://slofilmfest.org/octagon-barn-night-environmental-shorts/

13. LOVE SLO Day of Service: 3/18
Inspired by the desire to meet needs, demonstrate kindness, and impact lives, a group of community leaders came together to make this vision a reality. This year’s Love SLO day of service takes place Saturday, March 18th starting with a rally at 8 am. This is when the San Luis Obispo community will have the opportunity to make this an even better place to live! If you would like to be a farmer for a day and help City Farm get ready for warm season crop planting, please sign-up at: http://loveourcitiesprojects.com/projects/san-luis-obispo/city-farm-spring-beautification  To sign-up for other service projects for Love SLO 2017, please visit: http://loveslo.com/

14. Building Small, Living Large with MARK LAKEMAN: 3/27
Hope’s Village SLO hosts Mark Lakeman for ‘Building Small, Living Large’ on Monday, March 27th from 5:15 pm – 7 pm at the SLO City Library, 995 Palm St. Co-founder of Dignity Village, the City Repair Project, and principal of Communitecture, Mark is an internationally renowned urban place-maker, community design facilitator, and an inspiring catalyst in numerous housing projects for the very low income and people suffering homelessness – a brilliant man and an amazing speaker! For more information, please visit: http://www.hopesvillageofslo.com/news-events.html


California

15. CAFF Food Safety Workshops, Northern California: 3/9 – 4/4
Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) is collaborating with partners CCOF, Family Farmed, UCCE and Farmers Guild to offer food safety workshops throughout northern California. To view the schedule of workshops, please go to: http://www.caff.org/food-safety-workshops/

16. This Way to Sustainability XII, CSU Chico: 3/23-24
This annual two-day event at Chico State will host over 100 sustainability professionals in over 80 presentations, workshops, films, exhibitor fair and more. To view the conference schedule and to register, please go to: http://www.csuchico.edu/sustainablefuture/conference/index.shtml

17. 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

18. Soil Health ECONOMICS - A Farmer’s Perspective: 3/14
This webinar on Tuesday, March 14th at 11am will present the economic benefits of soil health based on implementing a soil health management system that includes continuous no-till, cover crops, nutrient management, and subsurface drainage. For more information, please go to: http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/soil-health-economics-a-farmers-perspective

19. Biofungicides, Biostimulants and Biofertilizers to Boost Crops and Manage Diseases: 3/30
This eOrganic webinar takes place Thursday, March 30th at 11 am. A wide range of biologically based products are now available on the market that claim to boost crop growth and help plants withstand many plant diseases. However, there are few independent, scientifically-based studies to validate the efficacy of some of these products, and instructions detailing how and when to apply these products to achieve the best results are unclear. In this webinar, participants will describe the different types of products available in the marketplace today, provide an overview of recent studies evaluating their efficacy, and discuss strategies for identifying the most effective products and application practices. For more information and to register, please visit: http://articles.extension.org/pages/74056/using-biofungicides-biostimulants-and-biofertilizers-to-boost-crop-productivity-and-help-manage-vege


Center for Sustainability
College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
(805) 756-5086
cfs@calpoly.edu


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