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May 2017 Announcements

We hope you will be able to join us for some special soil health activities this week at Cal Poly starting with a free public lecture this Thursday (May 4) at 11 am entitled “Nurturing Soil Biology to Capture Carbon and Promote Ag Resilience” with Dr. Alan Franzleubbers. Details for that and other exciting events below.

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


Upcoming Events


Center & Cal Poly

1. Nurturing Soil Biology to Capture Carbon and Promote Ag Resilience: 5/4
2. Soil Health Assessment Field Day at Cal Poly: 5/5
3. Healthy Soils Initiative webinar with CalCAN: 5/22
4. Soil Health Assessment Field Day at Macon Seed, Turlock: 5/25
5. Sprout Up SLO Gala at Santa Rosa Park: 5/13
6. Farmer Experiential Education and Development (FEED) begins June 19

San Luis Obispo and Region

7. Slow Money SLO Spring Gathering, Paso Robles: 5/2
8. CA Higher Ed Sustainability Conference, UCSB, early bird reg: 5/12 (extended!)
9. Introduction to Canning: 5/6
10. The Economics of Sustainable Winegrowing: 5/9
11. UCCE Annual Santa Maria Strawberry Field Day: 5/10
12. Groundwater Recharge – Solutions for SLO County: 5/12
13. Women and the Environment Conference, Santa Barbara: 5/17-18
14. Watershed Landscaping, SLO Master Gardeners: 5/20
15. Raise the Solar Roof, SLO Guild Hall: 5/20
16. Solar Cooking Classes at Davies Farm: 5/20
17. CCRWQCB Total Nitrogen Applied Workshop, Santa Maria: 5/26
18. Strawberry tasting at Rutiz Farms, SLO Seed Exchange: 5/27

California

19. Empowering Women Veterans, Santa Rosa: 5/3-5
20. Biodynamic Core Principles and Composting Workshop, Corralitos & Watsonville: 5/27
21. Organic Produce Summit, Monterey: 7/12-13
22. Urban Soil Summit, Los Angeles: 8/7-9

Online Webinars

23. The Adaptation Workbook - Building Your Climate Adaptation Plan: 5/4
24. Pest Management from an Ecological Framework: 5/9
25. CCOF Building Successful Organic Businesses: 5/15
26. AgSTAR Innovative Business Models for Anaerobic Digestion Projects: 5/24

Opportunities

27. PCA sought for large organic grower in California
28. CCOF Future Organic Farmer grants for students: 5/15
29. Western SARE Graduate Student grants: 5/17
30. Composting Council Young Investigator Scholarships: 6/30
31. CSU Bakersfield seeking VISTA applicants for Edible Garden Coordinator position

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Center & Cal Poly

1. Nurturing SOIL BIOLOGY to Capture Carbon and Promote Ag Resilience: 5/4
Dr. Alan Franzluebbers, USDA-ARS professor and head of the Soil Ecology and Management Lab at NC State University, will be our featured Sustainable Ag spring speaker on Thursday, April 4th from 11 am – 12 pm (UU hour) in Engineering IV (Bldg 192 – Rm 106). Dr. Franzluebbers specializes in assessment methods of biological soil quality and soil organic carbon sequestration, using these tools to interpret the effects of management on soil resources. His research interests include conservation agricultural systems, pasture management, integrated crop-livestock production, and agroforestry systems. His lecture on Soil Carbon: Reservoir for a Resilient Agriculture is free and open to the public. For more information, please go to: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/sustainable_ag_lecture_series.html  
A research seminar on Dr. Franzluebbers soil testing methodologies will follow at 3 pm (entitled 'Assessing soil biological activity as an indicator of soil health'). If interested in attending, please contact the Center at: cfs@calpoly.edu

2. SOIL HEALTH ASSESSMENT Field Day at Cal Poly: 5/5
The first of our three free Soil Health Assessment Field Days will take place the morning of Friday, May 5th at Cal Poly SLO from 9:30-11:30 am and will feature special guest Dr. Alan Franzluebbers (see above) and Ken Oster, Soil Scientist for our local NRCS office - along with campus soil experts. This Cal Poly tailgate-style workshop is free and open to the public, however pre-registration is strongly requested. The next two field days are planned for May 25 at Macon Seed, Turlock, and for June 22 at Full Belly Farm, Guinda. For information and to RSVP, please visit: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/soilsworkshops.html

3. HEALTHY SOILS INITIATIVE webinar with CalCAN: 5/22
The Center for Sustainability is co-sponsoring a webinar on the CDFA Healthy Soils Initiative on Monday, May 22nd which will be presented by the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN). In June, CDFA is planning to release a call for grant proposals from farmers and ranchers to fund management practices that improve soil health. Join us on this webinar to get a preview of the program and get ready to apply when the grant announcement comes out. To register, please go to: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/f7da2100f641f8c8cde7dc3c8da9331e  

4. SOIL HEALTH Assessment Field Day at Macon Seed, Turlock: 5/25
The second of our Soil Health Assessment Field Days will take place Thursday, May 25th from 9:30 – 11:30am at Macon Seed, a diversified almond, vegetable and sheep farm and seed producer in Turlock. Featured guest speakers Joe Mullinax, owner of Macon Seed and Denele Analytical soil laboratory, and Zahangir Kabir, NRCS West Regional Soil Health Specialist. To RSVP, please visit: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/soilsworkshops.html

5. Sprout Up SLO Gala at Santa Rosa Park: 5/13
Sprout Up will be having their end of the year Gala Saturday, May 13th from 3-7pm at Santa Rosa Park, SLO to celebrate another year of environmental education in our community. Live music, painting and science activities for all ages, as well as food for purchase, corn hole tournament and silent auction. Admission is free and donations encouraged. For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/825192610979191/

6. Farmer Experiential Education and Development (FEED) begins June 19
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 beginning farmers while also providing mentorship throughout the first year of the beginning farmers' career 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 tentatively scheduled for June 19 through September 8. For more information, please visit: http://www.extended.calpoly.edu/programs/FEED.html


San Luis Obispo and Region

7. SLOW MONEY SLO Spring Gathering, Paso Robles: 5/2
Slow Money SLO is excited to convene their Spring Gathering at Oak Creek Commons, Paso Robles, on Tuesday, May 2nd. Starting at 5:30 pm, come for the optional tour of Oak Creek Commons or come at 6 pm to celebrate North County foodpreneurs! Park on the street and follow signs from the OCC parking facility at 635 Nicklaus St, Paso Robles. Featured presenters Coconut Cult, Larder Meat Co, Quick Pickle Kit, RobinSong Farms, The Groves on 41. For more information and agenda, please visit: http://slowmoneyslo.org/

8. CA Higher Ed SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE, UCSB, early bird reg: 5/5
The California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) and host campus, UC Santa Barbara, invite you to this year's conference! CHESC highlights cutting-edge research, as well as case studies with proven successes in curriculum development, operational programs, and community partnerships. This unique event is jointly organized by independent/private colleges, California Community Colleges, California State Universities, and the University of California, creating the opportunity for dialogue across institutions. Early bird discounts available until May 5th. For more information and to register, please go to: https://chesc.org/registration/register-for-the-conference/

9. Introduction to CANNING: 5/6
Learn basic canning principles for water bath, steam and pressure canning from the SLO Master Preservers. Cost for the class is $10. Please sign-up to attend at: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/?calitem=354911&g=20595

10. The Economics of SUSTAINABLE WINEGROWING: 5/9
Ever wonder how much it would cost to implement a new sustainable practice? Or how to calculate your Return on Investment? The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance has developed new tools to help users evaluate the costs and benefits of practices to help guide decisions about potential management changes such as those involved in water, trunk disease, and solid waste management. Come learn about these new tools and associated resources. The Economics of Sustainable Winegrowing workshop takes place Tuesday, May 9 from 9am – 12pm at Chamisal Vineyards, 7525 Orcutt Rd, SLO. For more information and to register, please go to: http://www.sustainablewinegrowing.org/event/810/Economic_Tools_to_Assess_Costs_Benefits_of_Sustainable_Winegrowing_Practices.html

11. UCCE Annual Santa Maria STRAWBERRY FIELD DAY: 5/10
Resistance of Botryis gray mold pathogen, anaerobic soil disinfestation, IPM strategies, Lygus bug management, drone technology and much more! The Annual Santa Maria Strawberry Field Day takes place Wednesday, May 10th from 8am – 12:30pm at Manzanita Berry Farms. For agenda and to register, please visit: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/?calitem=366188&g=20595

12. GROUNDWATER RECHARGE – Solutions for SLO County: 5/12
Discussion of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and the potential for recharge on agricultural lands in SLO County. The Groundwater Recharge meeting takes place Friday, May 12th from 8:30am – 1:30pm at the SLO Veteran’s Hall. Lunch provided courtesy of the SLO Farm Bureau. For agenda and to register, please visit: http://ucanr.edu/Calendar/?calitem=368121

13. WOMEN AND THE ENVIRONMENT Conference, Santa Barbara: 5/17-18
Agriculture and Food session during the conference will include speakers Paula Daniels (Center for Good Food Purchasing), Wendy Millet (TomKat Ranch), and Suguet Lopez (Lideres Campesinas). Keynote speaker will be Naomi Klein, award-winning journalist and author. Additional session topics are sustainable communities, environmental justice, impact business and more! https://weconference.events/

14. Watershed Landscaping, SLO Master Gardeners: 5/20
http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/?calitem=365527&g=20595

15. Raise the Solar Roof, SLO GUILD HALL: 5/20
Raise the Solar Roof is a full day of fun and music with the proceeds going toward adding a Solar Porch to the SLO Guild Hall, a grassroots community-built meeting place. For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to: http://raisethesolarroof.bpt.me/

16. SOLAR COOKING Classes at Davies Farm: 5/20
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, May 20th 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.

17. CCRWQCB Total Nitrogen Applied Workshop, Santa Maria: 5/26
The Central Coast Water Quality Control Board will be presenting a Total Nitrogen Applied Workshop on Friday, May 26th from 10am – 12:30pm in English, 1:30 – 4pm in Spanish at the Santa Maria Public Library, 421 McClelland St. Growers and technical assistance providers with Tier 2 and Tier 3 ranches growing high risk crops who are new to the requirement are encouraged to attend. The Total Nitrogen Applied reporting requirement only applies to Tier 2 and Tier 3 ranches growing high risk crops: beet, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, Chinese cabbage (Napa), collard, endive, kale, leek, lettuce (leaf and head), mustard, onion (dry and green), spinach, strawberry, pepper (fruiting), and parsley. Those growing any of the above crops on a Tier 2 or Tier 3 ranch during 2017 are required to submit a Total Nitrogen Applied report for all crops grown on that ranch by March 1, 2018.


California

20. Biodynamic Core Principles and Composting Workshop, Corralitos & Watsonville: 5/27

21. Organic Produce Summit, Monterey: 7/12 – 7/13
This event is nearly sold out; limited registrations are still available. Information at: http://www.organicproducesummit.com/

22. Urban Soil Summit, Los Angeles: 8/7-9
http://greengardensgroup.com/urban-soil-summit-terroir/


Online Webinars

23. The Adaptation Workbook - Building Your Climate Adaptation Plan: 5/4
http://www.climatewebinars.net/webinars/the-adaptation-workbook-building-your-climate-adaptation-plan

24. Pest Management from an Ecological Framework: 5/9
http://www.conservationwebinars.net/documents/planned-conservation-webinars

25. CCOF Building Successful Organic Businesses: 5/15
https://www.ccof.org/building-successful-organic-businesses

26. AgSTAR Innovative Business Models for Anaerobic Digestion Projects: 5/24
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5557285092277361154


Opportunities

27. PCA sought for large organic grower in California
Large organic grower of vegetables and herbs in California is seeking a PCA whose primary responsibility will be to look at the growing operation from an integrated and holistic pest management perspective. For a full job description, please go to: http://producecareers.com/jobs/pca-california/

28. CCOF Future Organic Farmer grants for students: 5/15
https://www.ccof.org/ccof/structure/ccof-foundation/ccof-foundation-programs/future-organic-farmer-grant-fund#vhe

29. Western SARE Graduate Students grants: 5/17
http://www.westernsare.org/Grants/Types-of-Grants

30. Composting Council Young Investigator Scholarships: 6/30
http://compostfoundation.org/Education/Young_Investigators

31. CSU Bakersfield seeking VISTA applicants for Edible Garden Coordinator position
https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=65274&fromSearch=true


To request your event be placed on our announcements page, please send event information to cfs@calpoly.edu



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