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November 2016 Announcements

Upcoming Events

Center & Cal Poly
1. WALTER ROBB and WOODY TASCH News and Recaps from October
2. Cal Poly Strategic Plan and Sustainability Petition
3. Baker and Koob Endowment grants for STUDENT PROJECTS: 11/14

San Luis Obispo & Region
4. CARRIZO COLLOQUIUM: 11/4
5. VINEYARD Pest and Disease Management seminar: 11/4
6. Ventura County FARM DAY: 11/5
7. SLO FARMERS GUILD Meeting: 11/7
8. BLUE FRONTIER founder David Helvarg public talk and book signing, Cambria: 11/13
9. SUSTAINABLE AG EXPO: 11/14-15
10. FARM TO SCHOOL Mixer: 11/15
11. Knocking Out NOXIOUS WEEDS on Rangelands, Salinas: 11/16
12. Growing Together LATINO FARMER Conference, Monterey: 11/15
13. WINTERIZE Your Garden, SLO Master Gardeners: 11/19
14. DRIP IRRIGATION Essentials, SLO Botanical Garden: 11/19
15. HOLIDAY INFUSIONS Workshop, Templeton: 11/20
16. ECO-FARM CONFERENCE early registration: 12/4
17. Farmers Guild Farmer/ Buyer Mixer at SLO Farm Supply: 1/9

California & Southwest
18. Commercial ORGANIC SEED PRODUCTION Workshop, Pescadero: 11/6
19. QUIVIRA Conference, Albuquerque, NM: 11/9-11
20. Seedstock FUTURE OF URBAN FOOD SYSTEMS Conference, CSU Fullerton: 11/10-11
21. US COMPOSTING COUNCIL Conference, Los Angeles, early bird deadline: 12/1

Online
22. COVER CROP Management & Grazing Management, NRCS Planned Conserv: 11/8 & 11/16
23. NFU Beginner Farmer and Rancher Online Virtual Conference: 12/5-8

Opportunities
24. Land Lease Applications for 1-4 acres at CITY FARM SLO
25. Communications and Outreach Intern, Morro Bay Nat’l Estuary Program (MBNEP): 11/18
26. Cachuma Resource Conservation District (RCD) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR position: 11/20
27. THRIVE Open Innovation Call for Startups: 11/30
28. Assoc VP, Agricultural Sustainability, Environmental Defense Fund, SF or DC
29. ONE COOL EARTH school garden volunteer opportunities
30. JOB LISTINGS through EcoFarm website
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Center & Cal Poly

1. WALTER ROBB and WOODY TASCH News and Recaps from October
We were honored to host Woody Tasch, founder of Slow Money at Cal Poly on October 6th and Walter Robb, Co-CEO of Whole Foods, on October 13th. To read a recap of Mr. Tasch’s visit to SLO, please go to: http://slowmoneyslo.org/. A video recording of the event is available at: https://youtu.be/_2d1aRiOg0U.
To see the SLO Tribune coverage of Mr. Robb’s visit to Cal Poly, please go to: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/business/article108152122.html. A short Mustang News piece is also available at: https://youtu.be/JDOg_xMFRZI. Or see all the links on our News page at: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/news.html

2. Cal Poly Strategic Plan and Sustainability Leadership
Cal Poly is currently accepting feedback and comments for its campus Strategic Plan until the end of the fall term. Information about the Cal Poly Strategic Plan is available at: http://vision2022planning.calpoly.edu/. In response to this request for feedback, the Empower Poly Coalition, a consortium of sustainability-related student clubs, is requesting faculty, staff and students sign a petition to support sustainability as a campus priority within the Strategic Plan, in line with other campus priorities such as diversity, student success and fundraising. The EPC petition is available at: http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/make-sustainability-leadership-a-cal-poly-goal

3. Baker and Koob Endowment grants for STUDENT PROJECTS: 11/14
The purpose of the Baker and Koob Endowments is to support hands-on, project-based learning opportunities for individual students and groups at Cal Poly. The funds are not restricted to a major or college, but rather is intended to support multi-disciplinary, cross-college collaborative Learn by Doing activities. Deadline for receipt of applications is November 14th. For more information, please visit: http://provost.calpoly.edu/endowments


San Luis Obispo & Region

4. CARRIZO COLLOQUIUM: 11/4
The Carrizo Colloquium will take place Friday, November 4th from 9am – 3pm at the SLO Library Community Room, 995 Palm St, San Luis Obispo. This is event is free to the public and features presentations on contemporary field science and research on the diverse flora and fauna of the Carrizo Plain. Keynote speaker Dustin Pearce of the Conservation Biology Institute will present on the recently completed Western San Joaquin Valley Solar Assessment. For more information and to register, please visit: https://ecologistics.org/carrizo-colloquium/

5. VINEYARD Pest and Disease Management seminar: 11/4
UC Cooperative Extension will be holding a full day seminar from 9am – 3pm on Friday November 4th at the Veterans Memorial Hall, San Luis Obispo, covering a range of important vineyard pest and disease management topics. Cost is $100 including lunch, and CEUs are available. For more information and to register, please go to: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/?calitem=340593&g=20595

6. Ventura County FARM DAY: 11/5
Students for Eco Education and Agriculture (SeeAg) presents the 4th Annual Ventura County Farm Day on Saturday, November 5th with farm tours of over 20 working farms around Ventura County from 10am – 3pm and a BBQ event from 4 - 9pm at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. For more information, please visit: http://www.venturacountyfarmday.com/

7. FARMERS GUILD Meeting: 11/7
Meet the new and current food growers of the SLO community, and come share stories, ideas and a potluck feast. Focus of this Monday, November 7th meeting will be an upcoming Farmer/ Buyer Mixer aimed at connecting local farmers with grocers, restaurants and distributors, and planned for January at Farm Supply. The SLO Farmers Guild meeting takes place from 7 – 9pm at the SLO Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St, San Luis Obispo. For updates and information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/Farmers-Guild-San-Luis-Obispo-615706195234358/

8. BLUE FRONTIER founder David Helvarg public talk and book signing, Cambria: 11/13
Melville Prize winning author and ocean activist David Helvarg, founder and executive director of Blue Frontier, will discuss the powerful impact of the Pacific Ocean and coast on California’s history, economy and adventurous culture in a public talk and short video on Sunday, November 13th from 3 - 5 pm at the Cambria Veterans Hall, 1000 Main St.  He will also sign copies of his book, The Golden Shore – California’s Love Affair with the Sea, now out in paperback with a new Foreword by Ted Danson. For more information about Blue Frontier, please visit: www.bluefront.org

9. SUSTAINABLE AG EXPO: 11/14-15
With 8.5 DPR and 14 CCA continuing education units available, the Vineyard Team’s Sustainable Ag Expo is packed with sessions on today’s critical and emerging topics in sustainable agriculture for today’s practitioners! The Expo takes place November 14-15 at the Madonna Inn Expo Center, San Luis Obispo. For more information, please visit: http://www.vineyardteam.org/events/expo.php

10. FARM TO SCHOOL Mixer: 11/15
Come meet others interested in celebrating school gardens and healthy food, everyone is invited! The Farm to School Mixer takes place Tuesday, November 15th from 6:30 – 8pm at the Copeland Health Education Pavilion, 3rd floor meeting room, 1911 Johnson Ave, San Luis Obispo. For more information, please contact treelees@charter.net or lmharris@ucanr.edu. The mixer is free and open to the public, but please RSVP at: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=19073

11. Knocking Out NOXIOUS WEEDS on Rangelands, Salinas: 11/16
The direct annual cost to monitor and control invasive plants in California is $82 million, and the indirect economic impacts are event larger. Join the fight to reduce noxious weeds and get trained at the 2016 Workshop Series! The Salinas workshop takes place Wednesday, November 16th from 8am – 4pm at the UCCE Ag Center Conference Room, 1432 Abbott St, Salinas. For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.knockoutweeds.com/salinas.html  

12. Growing Together LATINO FARMER Conference, Monterey: 11/15
The National Center for Appropriate Technology presents the 2016 Latino Farmers Conference taking place Tuesday, November 15th from 8:30am – 5pm at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel. For more information, please go to: https://latinofarmerconference.ncat.org/

13. WINTERIZE Your Garden, SLO Master Gardeners: 11/19
The SLO Master Gardeners’ Advice to Grow By workshop on Saturday, November 19th will discuss how to prepare your garden for the cooler winter months. The workshop takes place from 10am – 12pm at the Garden of the Seven Sisters, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. For more information, please go to: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/?calitem=341415&g=20595

14. DRIP IRRIGATION Essentials, SLO Botanical Garden: 11/19
Are you considering making the switch to a more efficient irrigation system for your landscape? Cal Poly ITRC’s Franklin Gaudi can help lead you through the process. The Drip Irrigation Essentials workshop takes place Saturday, November 19th from 1 – 2pm at the SLO Botanical Garden, cost is $5 members/ $10 non-members. For more information, please visit: http://slobg.org/drip/

15. HOLIDAY INFUSIONS Workshop, Templeton: 11/20
Have you wanted the inside scoop on infused oils, vinegars and salts? Or perhaps a favorite festive beverage? Join FarmsteadEd on Sunday, November 20th from 11am – 2pm at the Groves on 41, 4455 CA Highway 41, Templeton, to create your own culinary infusions for this season’s gift giving! Workshop cost is $85 and includes materials, plus holiday appetizers and sparkles to sip. For more information and tickets, please go to: http://farmsteaded.com/

16. ECO-FARM CONFERENCE early registration: 12/4
The 37th Annual Ecological Farming Conference ‘Cultivating Diversity’ will be taking place January 25 – 25 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove. Early bird registration is in effect through December 4th, so register soon! For more information, please visit: https://eco-farm.org/conference

17. Farmers Guild Farmer/ Buyer Mixer at SLO Farm Supply: 1/9
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California & Southwest

18. Commercial ORGANIC SEED PRODUCTION Workshop, Pescadero: 11/6
Join the Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and the Bay Area Seed Hub to learn how to incorporate seed production in your diversified farm plan! OSA’s Steve Peters and Aaron Dinwoodie of Feral Heart Farm will present this one-day workshop and field day on Sunday, November 6th that will include: seed biology fundamentals; managing population size and isolation distances; seed production, harvesting and cleaning practices for several vegetable crops; basic on-farm varietal improvement and breeding techniques; and economics of seed production. For more information and to register, please visit: https://donate.seedalliance.org/pescadero/events/fundamentals-commercial-organic-seed-production-workshop/e94996

19. QUIVIRA Conference, Albuquerque, NM: 11/9-11
The 2016 Quivira Conference takes place November 9 – 11 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Albuquerque, NM. This year’s theme is ‘Light, Soil, Action!’ with the goal of tackling the urgent question: How can we transform our world by getting regenerative solutions implemented widely and quickly? For more information, please visit: http://quiviracoalition.org/2016_Conference/

20. Seedstock FUTURE OF URBAN FOOD SYSTEMS Conference, CSU Fullerton: 11/10-11
Grow Local OC: The Future of Urban Food Systems Conference presented by Seedstock and the OC Food Access Coalition will focus on the community and economic development potential of urban and local food systems efforts in Orange County – to improve food access and health outcomes, connect people to their food, and create new jobs and business opportunities by employing innovative business models and farming systems of the future. The conference takes place Thursday, November 10th at CSU Fullerton, and a Future Farm Field Trip takes place Friday, November 11th. For more information, please visit: http://growlocaloc.com/conference/

21. US COMPOSTING COUNCIL Conference, Los Angeles, early bird deadline: 12/1
Biochar, compost, ReFed, contamination, the latest in compost facility operations issues- these topics and more are waiting for you at the 25th Anniversary Compost2017 Conference taking place January 23- 26 at Bonaventure Westin, Los Angeles. Early bird prices are in effect until December 1st. For more information, please go to: http://compostingcouncil.org/compost-conference/compost-conference.html


Online

22. COVER CROP Management & Grazing Management, NRCS: 11/8 & 11/16
USDA Planned Conservation Webinars for November will be ‘Cover Crop Management in Vegetable Systems’ on Tuesday, November 8th and ‘Grazing Management to Promote Small Ruminant Health’ on Wednesday, November 16th. Both webinars begin at 11am PT and are free to the public. CEUs are available. For more information, please go to: http://www.conservationwebinars.net/documents/planned-conservation-webinars

23. NFU Beginner Farmer and Rancher Online Virtual Conference: 12/5-8
The National Farmers Union presents Growing for the Future: Beginning Farmer and Rancher Online Virtual Conference from December 5 – 8. This conference is a unique online, interactive virtual conference focused on beginning farmer and rancher issues, including mentorship, business planning, USDA programs for women and veterans, conservation and much more! For more information and to register for free, please visit: https://nfu.org/growing-for-the-future/


Opportunities

24. Land Lease Applications for 1-4 acres at CITY FARM SLO
Central Coast Grown would like to announce the availability of up to four acres at City Farm-San Luis Obispo for ground lease beginning immediately. The property is irrigated Class One and Class Two farmland intended for row crops with the possibility of perennial plantings and animal husbandry. For information about submitting a proposal, please go to: http://centralcoastgrown.org/grow-with-us/

25. Communications and Outreach Intern, Morro Bay Nat’l Estuary Program (MBNEP): 11/18
The Communications and Outreach Intern is a dynamic and creative individual that assists with planning and logistics for outreach events, education activities in elementary and middle school classrooms, and educational content development for the Estuary Nature Center and Estuary Program website. He/she reports to the Communications and Outreach Coordinator and is an ambassador for the Estuary Program on estuarine and watershed conservation efforts. Deadline to apply is November 18th. To learn more about this position, please visit: http://www.mbnep.org/job-openings/

26. Cachuma Resource Conservation District (RCD) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR position: 11/20
The Cachuma RCD is seeking applications for a highly motivated, self-directed and enthusiastic Executive Director available to begin work on or before December 14th. The Cachuma RCD is a multi-county RCD with its principal work area located on the Central Coast of California and includes the entirety of Santa Barbara County, and parts of San Luis Obispo and Kern Counties. To inquire about the position, please contact acoates@rcdsantabarbara.org. To learn more about Cachuma RCD, please go to: www.carcd.org

27. THRIVE Open Innovation Call for Startups: 11/30
Will your agriculture technology help feed the world? Innovative agtech startups are invited to apply for the Thrive Open Innovation Forum taking place February 1st in Palo Alto. Deadline to apply is November 30th. For more information, please visit: http://thriveagtech.com/openinnovation

28. Assoc VP, Agricultural Sustainability, Environmental Defense Fund, SF or DC
The Ecosystems Team at the Environmental Defense Fund is hiring an Associate Vice President, Agricultural Sustainability, to provide overall vision, strategy and leadership on agricultural sustainability initiatives, identifying opportunities, developing and implementing projects, and managing advocacy efforts relating to the initiative. The AVP will directly manage EDF’s teams working on several core programs including the Sustainable Sourcing Initiative and Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Markets, and work with EDF’s Corporate Partnership Program on agriculture initiatives pertaining to the supply chain. For full job description, please go to: http://job.ceaconsulting.com/jobs/associate-vice-president-agricultural-sustainability-washington-dc-or-san-francisco-ca-36469

29. ONE COOL EARTH school garden volunteer opportunities
Are you interested in spending time in school gardens and contributing to positive change in our youth and community? One Cool Earth has various volunteer opportunities throughout SLO County where you can do just that! For more information, check out their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/onecoolearth

30. JOB LISTINGS through EcoFarm website
The EcoFarm website now has all their job listings in one convenient location on their website. To see the latest listings, please visit:  http://eco-farm.org/jobs



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