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May 2016 Announcements

We hope you will be able to join us for some great educational events this month, including our Retail panel on May 10 and Climate Smart Ag panel on May 18! A special thank you to the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust for making the Center's May events possible.

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


Upcoming Events

Center & Cal Poly
1. Sustainability in FOOD RETAIL panel discussion: 5/10
2. CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE panel discussion: 5/18
3. TEACHING SUSTAINABILITY in Any Course workshop: 5/6
4. SAEA Sustainable Ag Education National Conference registration now open: 7/29-31

San Luis Obispo & Region
5. Slow Money SLO: 5/3
6. Community Advocacy: Learning from Diverse, Local Success Stories: 5/5
7. FIRE-SAFE Demonstration Garden ribbon cutting at SLO Botanical Garden: 5/6
8. OUTDOOR DISCOVERY Festival at Lopez Lake: 5/7
9. SLO MAKERSPACE Expo: 5/7
10. UC Annual Santa Maria STRAWBERRY FIELD DAY: 5/10
11. RCD RANGELAND Management Workshop: 5/26
12. A Farr-Reaching Legacy, AMERICAN FARMLAND TRUST, Salinas: 5/27
13. Arroyo Grande STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: 5/28-29

California
14. SOIL HEALTH Demonstrations, San Joaquin Valley: 5/4, 5/10, 6/15, 6/24
15. Food Funded ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INVESTOR FAIR, SF: 5/5

Online
16. Applying for the VALUE ADDED PRODUCER Grants program webinar: 5/6
17. Revisiting Your Agritourism Strategy webinar series: 5/19 - 7/14
18. USDA releases new URBAN AGRICULTURE Toolkit

Opportunities
19. Future ORGANIC FARMER GRANTS application deadline: 5/15

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Center & Cal Poly
1. Sustainability in FOOD RETAIL panel discussion: 5/10
The Center for Sustainability and the Agribusiness Department will be co-hosting a panel discussion on Sustainability in Food Retail on Tuesday, May 10th from 4 - 6 pm in the University Union Bldg 65 – Rm 220. Industry leaders from Grocery Outlet, Ralph’s, and Whole Foods will discuss how sustainability impacts today’s marketplace in the retail industry as well as their own successes and challenges in addressing sustainability issues in their businesses. For more information please visit: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/sustainable_ag_lecture_series.html

2. CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE panel discussion: 5/18
The Center for Sustainability will be hosting a panel discussion on ‘Climate Smart Agriculture’ on Wednesday, May 18th from 4-6pm in the ATL Keck Lab (Bldg 7-Rm 2), near the main library. Members of the panel will include Dr. Jeff Creque of the Marin Carbon Project, Renata Brillinger of the California Climate and Agriculture Network, and Dr. Jean-Pierre Wolff of Wolff Vineyards. This is a free public event to spotlight the critical role of agriculture in addressing the challenges of climate change. For more information, please visit: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/climate.html

3. TEACHING SUSTAINABILITY in Any Course workshop: 5/6
The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) and the Academic Senate Sustainability Committee co-sponsor this interdisciplinary workshop that will investigate ways to augment existing courses to include a sustainability component as an adjunct learning outcome. The Teaching Sustainability in Any Course workshop takes place Friday, May 6th from 12-2pm in Kennedy Library, Room 202A. It will be led by Dr. John S. Farnsworth, who serves as the Provost’s Faculty Associate for Curriculum Development and Transformation and as Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University. Lunch will be provided. PRE-REGISTRATION is required at: http://ctlt.calpoly.edu/teaching-sustainability-any-course-workshop-registration. For more information, please go to: http://ctlt.calpoly.edu/teaching-sustainability-any-course

4. SAEA Sustainable Ag Education National Conference registration now 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. Don't wait to register, as spots will fill up fast! Registration cost includes lodging and meals for all three days, and are heavily discounted thanks to major support from the UC Office of the President, Global Food Initiative. For more information and to register, please go to:http://sustainableaged.org/conferences/2016-santa-cruz-ca/conference-registration/


San Luis Obispo & Region

5. Slow Money SLO: 5/3
The next meeting of Slow Money SLO will feature Doug Martin presenting his new line of all natural sodas, Larry Kandarian on his organic grain farm in Los Osos, and Greg Ellis from One Cool Earth, as well as food from Vert Foods and sweets from Chocolate Stache. The meeting takes place Tuesday, May 3rd at the Grange Hall, 2880 Broad St, SLO. Bring and share some of the food you love, meet new people, and hear from three great speakers! For more information, please go to: http://slowmoneyslo.org/

6. Advocacy: Learning from DIVERSE, LOCAL SUCCESS STORIES: 5/5
On Thursday, May 5th from 9am – 12pm, come hear about community advocacy success stories from local leaders Lea Brooks (city to county bike advocacy), Charlie and Tamara Kleeman (the Santa Margarita quarry), and Chuck Stevenson (raising health issues through the Healthy Communities Committee). Break out groups will discuss how to apply similar strategies to local food related issues such as increasing food stamp participation, farm-to-school, and food hubs. The Community Advocacy workshop takes place at the San Luis Coastal Adult School, Classroom J2, 1500 Lizzie St, SLO. Suggested donation $5-10. For more information, please visit: http://www.slofoodsystem.org/

7. FIRE-SAFE Demonstration Garden ribbon cutting at SLO Botanical Garden: 5/6
The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is hosting a ribbon cutting for its new Fire-Safe Demonstration Garden on Friday, May 6 at 3 PM at 3450 Dairy Creek Road in San Luis Obispo. Sitting on a one-acre hillside, the Fire-Safe Garden shows homeowners how to plant and where to landscape to prevent damage from wildfires. The garden features CalFire landscaping principles for homeowners to model in their yards. The Fire-Safe Demonstration Garden at the SLO Botanical Garden is the largest in the state and is free to the public. The public is invited to join the ribbon cutting and enjoy the new garden, year-round. For more information about the SLO Botanical Garden and its other upcoming events, please visit: http://slobg.org/

8. OUTDOOR DISCOVERY Festival at Lopez Lake: 5/7
The Outdoor Discovery Festival takes place at the Lopez Lake Recreation Area on Saturday, May 7th from 11am – 4:30pm. Expect lots of fun including a Color Fun Run, live entertainment, exhibits, kids activities, boats rides and more! Please note there is a $10 per car fee to enter the park. For more information, please go to: www.facebook.com/LopezLakeRecreationArea/

9. SLO MAKERSPACE Expo: 5/7
Hey Central Coast Makers! The SLO Makespace Expo takes place Saturday, May 7th from 11am – 3pm in Mission Plaza, bringing together artists, inventors, techies, tinkerers, explorers, recyclers and dreamers of all ages. For more information, please go to: http://www.slomakerspaceexpo.com/

10. UC Annual Santa Maria STRAWBERRY FIELD DAY: 5/10
Its that time again! Get the latest information on strawberry shelf life studies, trap design for corn earworm, crop production and protection, avoiding pesticide run-off and much more! The Annual Santa Maria Strawberry Field Day takes place Tuesday, May 10th from 8am – 12:45pm at Manzanita Berry Farms. For information on agenda and registration, please go to: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/?calitem=322906&g=20595

11. RCD RANGELAND Management Workshop: 5/26
Join rangeland management experts Karl Striby, Royce Larsen and Mike Bonnheim for an informative workshop on the Bonnheim Ranch taking place Thursday, May 26 from 10am – 3:30pm. Beau Miller from Dow AgroSciences will also be on hand to discuss herbicide trials taking place on the ranch. Cost is $65 including lunch. For more information and registration, please visit: http://www.us-ltrcd.org/rangeland-management-workshop-may-26th/

12. A Farr-Reaching Legacy, AMERICAN FARMLAND TRUST, Salinas: 5/27
Join American Farmland Trust and the Ag Land Trust at an event to honor Rep. Sam Farr’s dedication to Central Coast farmland conservation during his 23-year career in Congress. This special evening reception and dinner will be held on the beautiful and rustic grounds of Corral de Tierra Country Club, Salinas, on Friday, 27th from 6 – 9pm. For more information, please visit: https://www.farmland.org/a-farr-reaching-legacy

13. Arroyo Grande STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: 5/28-29
This premiere Central Coast festival features two days of family-style activities and entertainment, including the Strawberry Stampede, arts and crafts, and scrumptious strawberry treats of all kinds! For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/agstrawberryfestival/


California

14. SOIL HEALTH Demonstrations, San Joaquin Valley: 5/4, 5/10, 6/15, 6/24
The California Farm Demonstration Network (including partners NRCS, RCD, UCCE) is hosting a series of farm visits for agricultural producers that will demonstrate how long-term goals for healthy soil are being achieved at each farm, without compromising production. These first four workshops take place in Firebaugh, Dixon, and Madera, with future workshops planned throughout California. To view the announcement, please visit: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/ca/newsroom/releases/?cid=NRCSEPRD964806

15. Food Funded ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INVESTOR FAIR, SF: 5/5
Slow Money Northern California and the Mixing Bowl present Food Funded, where food entrepreneurs and investors convene for a day of educational workshops and live investment presentations to catalyze the funding flow for food ventures. This event takes place Thursday, May 5th from 8:30am – 6pm at the Golden Gate Club, SF. For more information, please go to: http://foodfunded.us/


Online

16. Applying for the VALUE ADDED PRODUCER Grants program  webinar: 5/6
Join this webinar to learn more about the application process for the Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) program, which provides competitively awarded grants to individuals or groups of independent agricultural producers, producer-controlled entities, organizations representing agricultural producers, and farmer or rancher cooperatives to create or expand value-added producer-owned businesses. This webinar takes place Friday, May 6th from 11am – 12: 30 pm PT. At the time of the webinar, enter the required conference ID/Passcode 9268341 at: https://www.readytalk.com/

17. Revisiting Your Agritourism Strategy webinar series: 5/19 - 7/14
Starting Thursday, May 19th the UC Small Farm Program is hosting five, free practical webinars designed especially for those with some type of agritourism program already set up. All webinars will be from 11am – 12pm PT. For more information, please go to: http://blog.farmsreach.com/revisiting-your-agritourism-strategy-for-increased-income/

18. USDA releases new URBAN AGRICULTURE Toolkit
From rooftop gardens to aquaponics centers in old warehouses to growing crops on abandoned properties, urban agriculture provides many benefits to a community, including closer neighborhood ties, reduced crime, education and job training opportunities, and healthy food access for low-income residents. USDA has published an Urban Agriculture Toolkit that lays out the common operational elements that most urban farmers must consider as they start up or grow their operations. To download a copy, please visit: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/knowyourfarmer?navid=kyf-urban-agric


Opportunities
19. Future ORGANIC FARMER GRANTS application deadline: 5/15
Among the challenges to meet the rising demand for organic products that are healthy for both people and the planet is the need for new organic farmers and entrepreneurs. The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund supports the next generation of organic producers through small grants that support organic education. The CCOF Foundation offers these grants in three categories: K-8th grade, high school, and vocational and higher education. Deadline to apply is May 15th. For more information and to apply, please go to: https://www.ccof.org/ccof/structure/ccof-foundation/ccof-foundation-programs/future-organic-farmer-grant-fund


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