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March 2018 Announcements

Please scroll below the list of hyperlinks to see event descriptions with additional information for each item.

Upcoming Events


Center & Cal Poly

1. Farmers for America documentary screening: 3/7
2. Teaching Sustainability Across the Curriculum: 3/9
3. Introductory Artisanal Cheesemaking: 3/26-29

San Luis Obispo & Region
4. Holistic Land Planning and Ecol. Monitoring Course, Paso Robles: 3/1-4
5. Cocktail 101 - From Garden to Glass: 3/4
6. Sell Your Food Products, Atascadero: 3/8
7. Evolution of Organic documentary screening, Santa Barbara: 3/8
8. Vineyard Team Crop Estimation Tailgate: 3/15
9. Garland Farms and Aquaponics Tour at Rancho Dos Pueblos, Goleta: 3/18
10. WiVi Central Coast, Paso Robles: 3/21
11. CAPCA Ed San Luis Obispo: 3/22
12. Spread the Goodness –All About Jams and Jellies Class: 3/24
13. Love SLO Day of Service: 3/24
14. Central Coast Craft Beer Fest: 3/24
15. Salinas Valley AgTech Summit, Hartnell College: 3/27-28

California & Out-of-State
16. Three Day Soils Event at Chico State: 3/1-3
17. Climate Day at Expo West 2018, Anaheim: 3/7
18. Biocontrols USA West 2018, San Diego: 3/7-9
19. This Way to Sustainability Conference XIII, CSU Chico: 3/15-16
20. BioCycle West Coast 18, San Diego: 3/26-29
21. California FarmLink Farm Finance Expo, West Sacramento: 3/28
22. SARE Our Farms, Our Future Conference, St. Louis MO: 4/3-5

Online
23. Nature and Health in Communities: A Review of Best Available Science: 3/14
24. eOrganic Conducting On-Farm Variety Trials: 3/20 & 4/11

Opportunities
25. National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) internships, Washington DC: 3/5
26. CDFA Applications for Healthy Soils Program Technical Assistance Workshops: 3/9
27. Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships: 3/15
28. Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) Fellows Program: 3/15
29. Ag Innovations seeking Co-Executive Director

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Center & Cal Poly

1. Farmers for America documentary screening: 3/7
The Brock Center for Agricultural Communication presents a free screening of the documentary Farmers for America on Wednesday, March 7th from 7-9pm in the ATL Keck Lab (Bldg 7). Popcorn, cookies and Whalebird Kombucha will be provided. Sign up for your free tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/farmers-for-america-documentary-screening-tickets-43102389407

2. Teaching Sustainability Across the Curriculum: 3/9
The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) invites Cal Poly educators to learn about sustainability and encourages the incorporation of sustainability learning objectives into their courses. The Sustainability Across the Curriculum workshops have been designed in collaboration with engineering faculty Rebekah Oulton, sustainability coordinator Kylee Singh, and the Academic Senate Committee on Sustainability. The next workshop will be taking place Friday, March 9th from 10am – 2pm at Kennedy Library, Rm 511. For more information and to register, please visit: https://ctlt.calpoly.edu/sustainability-across-curriculum

3. Introductory Artisanal Cheesemaking: 3/26-29
A four-day classroom and hands-on course on the technology of manufacturing different types of cheeses. Suitable for anyone planning on starting a small cheese business, or for those already in the business who are wanting to find out more about the technology. For more information and registration, please go to: https://dairy.calpoly.edu/short-course-symposia


San Luis Obispo & Region

4. Holistic Land Planning and Ecological Monitoring Course, Paso Robles: 3/1-4
The Jefferson Center for Holistic Management will present this course from March 1st – 4th at Tablas Creek Vineyard in Paso Robles. The course will include a comprehensive study of the methods, tools and techniques of holistic management, and participants will gain hands-on experience developing their own land plans. For more information and tickets, please go to: https://shop.jeffersonhub.com/products/land-planning-ecological-monitoring-2018-paso-robles

5. Cocktail 101 - From Garden to Glass: 3/4
Farmstead ED will be joined by YES Cocktail Company and Windrose Farm at their next hands-on workshop Cocktail 101: From Garden to Glass on Saturday, March 4th from 10am – 1pm in Paso Robles. For more information and tickets, please go to: https://farmsteaded.com/products/grow-your-own-cocktail-garden-sunday-march-4th-10a-1p

6. Sell Your Food Products, Atascadero: 3/8
Join Cal Poly Professor Robert Kravets as he discusses ways you can legally sell your homemade food (formulated) products to the general public. The ‘Sell Your Food Products’ workshop will take place on Thursday, March 8th at 6pm at the Atascadero Library. For more information, please visit: http://friendsoftheatascaderolibrary.org/programs.htm

7. Evolution of Organic documentary screening, Santa Barbara: 3/8
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network presents a screening of the documentary Evolution of Organic and a conversation with its director Mark Kitchell on Thursday, March 8th from 7-9pm at the Marjorie Luke Theatre, Santa Barbara. For more information, please visit: http://www.sbpermaculture.org/

8. Vineyard Team Crop Estimation Tailgate: 3/15
Estimating yield is difficult, but important for both logistical and financial planning. Growers will share their methods, tips, techniques and experiences with crop size projections at the Crop Estimation Tailgate taking place Thursday, March 15th from 9am – 12pm at Byron Winery, Santa Maria. For more information, please go to: http://www.vineyardteam.org/events/index.php?id=218

9. Garland Farms and Aquaponics Tour at Rancho Dos Pueblos, Goleta: 3/18
Join Santa Barbara Food and Farm Adventures for a tour of Garland Farms in Goleta from 3-6pm on Saturday, March 18th. For more information, please visit: https://www.meetup.com/Santa-Barbara-Food-and-Farm-Adventures/events/247708192  

10. WiVi Central Coast, Paso Robles: 3/21
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/

11. CAPCA Ed San Luis Obispo: 3/22
CAPCA Central Coast presents its meeting on Thursday, March 22nd from 8am – 12pm at the San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge. CEUs are available. For more information, please go to: https://capca.com/events/20180322-san-luis-obispo/

12. Spread the Goodness –All About Jams and Jellies Class: 3/24
The next Master Preservers class will showcase various techniques for making jams and jellies, focusing on using a boiling water canner and steam canner. The Spread the Goodness – Jams and Jellies class will take place Saturday, March 24th from 10am -12pm at the Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club. Class fee is $5. To register for this and other upcoming classes, please visit: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/YouthFamilyCommunities/Master_Food_Preserver_Program/Training/

13. Love SLO Day of Service: 3/24
Volunteer opportunities are available to participate in Love SLO Day of Service on March 24th. Work day opportunities include those through City Farm SLO, SLO Guild Hall, GleanSLO and more! To sign up for a project, please go to: https://www.loveslo.com/communityservice

14. Central Coast Craft Beer Fest: 3/24
The Central Coast Brewers Guild presents the first Central Coast Beer Fest on Saturday, March 24th from 1-4pm at the Sunken Gardens, Atascadero. For more information and tickets, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/central-coast-craft-beer-fest-tickets-38469532407

15. Salinas Valley AgTech Summit, Hartnell College: 3/27-28
The Fifth Annual Salinas Valley Agricultural Technology Summit takes place March 27th-28th at Hartnell College, Salinas. Event admission is free and all proceeds from the exhibition benefit Hartnell College Agriculture Business and Technology Institute students. For more information, please visit: http://svagtechsummit.com/


California & Out-of-State

16. Three Day Soils Event at Chico State: 3/1-3
Get your Soils on! Come to Chico State to share and participate in a three-day Soils Event March 1st-3rd. Thursday, March 1st will be the NRCS Collaborators Roundtable; Friday, March 2nd will be the Professional Soil Scientists Association of California (PSSAC) meeting and field tour; and Saturday, March 3rd will be the Region 6 Collegiate Soil Judging Event. All are welcome to these events. For more information, please visit: http://pssac.org/meetings/2018-annual-meeting

17. Climate Day at Natural Products Expo West 2018, Anaheim: 3/7
Climate Collaborative hosts their second Climate Day at Expo West on Wednesday, March 7th. Get the tools, information and inspiration to help your company take meaningful action. For information and to RSVP, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/climate-day-at-expo-west-2018-registration-39406751655
Natural Products Expo West takes place March 7th – 11th at the Anaheim Convention Center. For more information about the Expo, please visit: https://www.expowest.com/ew18/Public/Enter.aspx

18. Biocontrols USA West 2018, San Diego: 3/7-9
https://www.biocontrolsconference.com/usa-west/

19. This Way to Sustainability Conference XIII, CSU Chico: 3/15-16
This Way to Sustainability Conference XIII takes place March 15th – 16th at CSU Chico. Featured keynote speakers will include Cheri Chastain, Sustainability Manager at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and Dr. David Montgomery, Professor of Geomorphology at the University of Washington. For more information, please visit: http://www.csuchico.edu/sustainablefuture/conference/index.shtml

20. BioCycle West Coast 18, San Diego: 3/26-29
BioCycle West Coast 18 is taking place March 26th-29th at San Diego Town and Country Resort. For more information, please visit: http://www.biocyclewestcoast.com/

21. California FarmLink Farm Finance Expo, Sacramento: 3/28
California FarmLink presents the Growing Opportunity Farm Finance Expo on Wednesday, March 28th from 11am – 5pm in the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria. Don’t under-invest in the future of your farm! Panels and workshops will include lenders, farmers and trainers who will discuss agricultural loans; alternative sources of capital; demystifying debt; preparing loan applications; and offer interactive farm financial management activities. Tickets are $10. For more information, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/california-farmlink-growing-opportunity-farm-finance-expo-tickets-41975136764

22. SARE Our Farms, Our Future Conference, St. Louis MO: 4/3-5
The USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE) and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) host this once-in-a-decade, national event to look at the progress of sustainability in agriculture together with a diverse community of stakeholders. The Our Farms, Our Future Conference takes place April 3rd – 5th in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information, please visit: https://ofof.sare.org/


Online

23. Nature and Health in Communities: A Review of Best Available Science: 3/14
The Green Cities: Good Health website is an informational portal to the extensive research on nature and human wellness response. Dr. Kathleen Wolf, the project director, will provide an overview of the science and its relevance in community policy and planning. The Nature and Health in Communities webinar takes place on Wednesday, March 14th at 10am PT. For more information, please visit: http://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinars/nature-and-health-in-communities-a-review-of-best-available-science

24. eOrganic Conducting On-Farm Variety Trials: 3/20 & 4/11
The goal of this two-part webinar series is to provide horticultural crop and small grain growers with the skills and information necessary to conduct effective on-farm trials, and manage risk in crop variety and seed sourcing decisions. The webinars take place on Tuesday, March 20th and Wednesday, April 11th and are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit: http://articles.extension.org/pages/74592/conducting-on-farm-variety-trials-to-manage-risk-for-organic-and-specialty-crop-producers


Opportunities

25. National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) internships, Washington DC: 3/5
NSAC has two paid summer internships available, one Grassroots Internship and one Policy Internship, both based in Washington D.C. For full internship descriptions, please visit: http://sustainableagriculture.net/about-us/jobs/

26. CDFA Applications for Healthy Soils Program Technical Assistance Workshops: 3/9
The California Department of Food and Agriculture is now accepting grant applications from non-profits, universities and CA Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) offering technical assistance to farmers and ranchers who are interested in applying to the state’s Healthy Soils Program (HSP). Deadline to apply to be a Technical Assistance Provider is March 9th. Solicitation for HSP Incentives and Demonstration Projects will be announced March 5th. For more information, please visit: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/healthysoils/

27. Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship: 3/15
If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student studying organic and/or sustainable agriculture, Annie’s Homegrown would love to hear more about who you are, the work you’re doing, and the vision you have for a better future. The application period for Annie’s Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships begins January 15th and runs through March 15th. For more information, please visit: http://www.annies.com/giving-back/agricultural-scholarships  

28. Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) Fellows Program: 3/15
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and a consortium of leading food and agriculture companies and universities are pleased to announce that the FFAR Fellows program is now accepting graduate student applications and research proposals. For more information about the program, please visit: http://www.ffarfellows.org/Student


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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