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October 2017 Announcements

Upcoming Events

Best wishes for a prosperous fall!
Please scroll down below the following list of links to see event descriptions with additional information

Center & Cal Poly
1. Hugh Acheson at the Performing Arts Center: 11/3
2. Learn by Doing Conference: 11/3

San Luis Obispo & Region
3. Fall Harvest Festival, SLO City Farm: 10/8
4. Favorite Fruits of the Central Coast with CA Rare Fruit Growers: 10/14
5. Preserving Pies Perfectly: 10/14
6. Solar Cooking Classes FREE at Davies Farm: 10/21
7. Golden Oak Honey Festival, Paso Robles: 10/28
8. Ventura County Farm Day: 11/3-4
9. Central Coast Bioneers Conference and Empower.SLO: 11/4
10. Sustainable Ag Expo: 11/13-15
11. Slow Money SLO Fall Gathering and 5 Year Celebration: 11/14
12. Earthworks for Farm Resilience with Warren Brush: 12/6-10
13. Organic Grower Summit, Monterey: 12/13-14

California & Out-of-State
14. UCSC Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture applications due: 10/31* Extended!
15. Greater Vision 2017: New Frontiers Water Forum, CSU Monterey Bay: 10/6
16. Its Alive! Principles and Practices to Build Soil Health, UC Davis: 10/12
17. Soil2017: Slow Money National Conference, Boulder, CO: 10/16-17
18. BioCycle REFOR17, Portland, OR: 10/16-19
19. HMI Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning, Pescadero: 10/23-12/5
20. California Small Farm Conference, Stockton: 10/29-30
21. California Bioresources Alliance Symposium, Sacramento: 11/1
22. Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) Conference, Modesto: 11/1-2
23. reThink Food, Napa Valley: 11/1-3
24. Latino Farmer Conference, UC Riverside: 11/7
25. Advocacy Training for Women Farmers and Ranchers, Occidental: 11/9-12
26. Quivira Conference 2017, Albuquerque, NM: 11/15-17
27. Association of Applied IPM Ecologists (AAIE) Conference, Visalia: 11/29-12/1

Online
28. Strategies and Perspectives on How to Scale up Regenerative Organic Agriculture: 9/27
29. NRCS Conservation Systems for Livestock & Restoring Native Plants: 10/25 & 10/31

Opportunities
30. CHESC Speaker Selection Committee and Steering Committee: 9/29 & 10/5
31. CDFA Alternative Manure Management Program: due 10/16* Extended!
32. CCREF Request for Proposals (RFP) for literature review on compost: 10/16
33. Transformative Climate Communities concept proposals due: 10/18
34. Scholarships to attend EcoFarm Conference 2018: 10/31
35. Western SARE grant deadlines: 11/1 – 1/12
36. International Compost Awareness Week poster contest: 11/6
37. Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) grants: due 12/15
38. Internships at Yerba Buena Farm, Jamaica

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Center & Cal Poly

1. Chef Hugh Acheson at the Performing Arts Center: 11/3
Hugh Acheson, Food & Wine’s Best Chef and frequent judge on TV’s “Top Chef”, will be the Cal Poly Performing Art Center’s featured speaker on Friday, November 3rd. Hunter Francis, director of the Center for Sustainability, will moderate the discussion on Keeping It Local: Sustaining Your Community. For information and tickets, please click the ‘Speakers’ box at: https://www.calpolyarts.org

2. Learn by Doing Conference: 11/3
Featuring posters and presentation on active learning, undergraduate and graduate student research, and students’ interactions in the field, this conference is a special opportunity for alumni to join faculty, staff and students in honoring our unique institutional identity. The More Than a Motto: Cal Poly Learn by Doing Conference takes place during Homecoming Weekend on Friday, November 3rd. For more information, please visit: https://morethanamotto.calpoly.edu/campusconference


San Luis Obispo & Region

3. Fall Harvest Festival, SLO City Farm: 10/8
Central Coast Grown will hold its first annual Fall Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 8th from 1-5pm at City Farm, 1221 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo. Mark your calendars for a fun day of farm tours, cooking demos, music, yoga, kids’ activities and lots more! The festival aims to showcase City Farm’s educational programs and locally grown produce, as well as to bring together the many individuals and organizations who share a commitment to local sustainable urban agriculture. There is still time to sign up as a sponsor or booth exhibitor. For questions, please contact steven.marx@centralcoastgrown.org. For information and to sign up, please visit: http://centralcoastgrown.org/events-page/

4. Favorite Fruits of the Central Coast with CA Rare Fruit Growers: 10/14
The Central Coast is known for its mellow climate and robust agriculture, but what are some unique and delicious fruits that are right for your home garden? Join members of the California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG) at the SLO Botanical Garden at 1pm on Saturday, October 14th to hear about their favorite fruits and how to grow them without a greenhouse! For more information, please go to: http://slobg.org/fruit/

5. Preserving Pies Perfectly: 10/14
Do you love pie? Want to learn how to have a lovely pie ready to bake in just a few minutes? This class will teach how to make and preserve pie filling so it is ready to go in a moment’s notice. The Preserving Pies Perfectly workshop takes place from 10am -12pm on Saturday, October 14th at UCCE (2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo). Class fee is $5. For more information and to register, please go to: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/?calitem=368539&g=20595

6. Solar Cooking Classes FREE at Davies Farm: 10/21
Learn to cook with energy from the sun at Davies Farm (5009 Jespersen Rd, SLO). Their last free solar cooking class for 2017 will take place on Saturday, October 21st from 12:30-2pm. 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.

7. Golden Oak Honey Festival, Paso Robles: 10/28
Celebrate all things honey with seminars and information on honey and honey bees, beehive hairdo contest, spelling bee, vendors and more. The Golden Oak Honey Festival takes place from 9am – 3pm on Saturday, October 28 at the Paso Robles Downtown Park. For more information, please visit: https://www.pasorobleschamber.com/events/details/golden-oak-honey-festival-5917

8. Ventura County Farm Day: 11/3
Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SeeAg) presents the 5th Annual Ventura County Farm Day with a Family, Food and Farm Film Fest on Friday, November 3rd and tours of 20+ farms on Saturday, November 4th. For more information, please visit: http://venturacountyfarmday.com/

9. Central Coast Bioneers Conference and Empower.SLO: 11/4
Tickets are now on sale for Central Coast Bioneers 2017 which will be held from 9am-5pm on Saturday, November 4th at the SLO Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St, San Luis Obispo. Featured will be keynote talks recorded at the National Bioneers Conference, with special live presentations by local leaders Tim LaSalle (regenerative agriculture) and April Price (renewable energy). EmpowerSLO Advanced Activism Training will also be held concurrently with the conference. For more information and tickets, please go to: https://ecologistics.org/ccb-empower-slo-2017/

10. Sustainable Ag Expo: 11/13-15
The Sustainable Ag Expo is a three-day educational seminar bringing the latest scientific and technical information to growers, pest control advisors and other agricultural professionals interested in and committed to sustainable farming across a range of crops. The Expo takes place November 13-15 at the Madonna Inn Expo Center, San Luis Obispo. Center director Hunter Francis will be part of a panel discussion on Grower-Driven Research and Education through USDA SARE on November 14th. DPR and CCA credits are available. For more information, please visit: http://sustainableagexpo.org/

11. Slow Money SLO Fall Gathering and 5 Year Celebration: 11/7
Join Slow Money SLO fans, foodies, investors and food entrepreneurs to celebrate SLO County Restaurants. Just a few of the participants will be Mint+Craft (a Novo group restaurant), Back Porch Bakery, Bliss Cafe and the SLO Coop grocery. The Fall Gathering begins at 6pm on Tuesday, November 7th at the SLO Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St, San Luis Obispo. Great food sample, door prizes, restaurants announcements and new menu items as well as their plans for the holidays. Suggested event donation $5. For more information, please visit: http://slowmoneyslo.org/

12. Earthworks for Farm Resilience with Warren Brush: 12/6-10
Join international educator, Warren Brush, with a dynamic teaching team here in San Luis Obispo for the Earthworks for Farm Resilience workshop taking place December 6th-10th. Learn about earthworks and hydration strategies for ecological farming, land restoration, water harvesting and earth reparation for agroecosystem stability. Early bird pricing until October 1st. For more information, please go to: http://permaculturedesign.us/resilience

13. Organic Grower Summit, Monterey: 12/13-14
Launched by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), the Organic Grower Summit will bring organic growers, producers and processors to Monterey for two days of education, information, and networking opportunities with their production supply chain and support service providers. The Organic Grower Summit takes place November 13-14 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. For more information and to register, please go to: https://www.organicgrowersummit.com/


California & Out-of-State

14. UCSC Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture applications: due 10/31* Extended!
Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at UC Santa Cruz is accepting applications for 2018. Learn organic gardening and farming skills and concepts in a premier, six-month, hands-on residential training program organized by the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz. In 2017, the Apprenticeship celebrated its 50th anniversary of training new organic farmers and gardeners. Tuition is $6,000, with some tuition support based on availability. Deadline is October 31st for domestic applicants. Open to people of all backgrounds. For more information, please visit: https://casfs.ucsc.edu/apprenticeship/index.html

15. Greater Vision 2017: New Frontiers Water Forum, CSU Monterey Bay: 10/6
This one day forum will address innovative water management strategies for the Central Coast. Over 20 regional, national and international innovators, policy makers and scientific researchers will explore new vistas in water management for the residential, agricultural, and industrial needs of California’s Central Coast. The forum will take place on Friday, October 6th at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Seaside. For more information and tickets, please visit: https://csumb.edu/greatervision

16. Its Alive! Principles and Practices to Build Soil Health, Winters: 10/12
UC Davis Russell Ranch Sustainable Ag Facility will host a free morning workshop from 8:30am – 12pm on Thursday, October 12th for all farmers who want to learn about soil health. Workshop will focus on organic systems, but will include principles and practices relevant to all systems. Participants will learn through demonstrations, hands-on exercises, and field observations how to assess soil health and how management practices affect soil health. For more information, please go to: http://asi.ucdavis.edu/event-calendar/soilhealth

17. Soil2017, Slow Money National Conference, Boulder, CO: 10/16-17
The Slow Money National Conference ‘Soil 2017’ takes place in Boulder, Colorado from October 16-17. Jeff Wade of Slow Money SLO will be there to meet with other local food system leaders. For more conference information, please visit: https://slowmoney.org/events/soil-one/

18. BioCycle REFOR17, Portland, OR: 10/16-19
BioCycle REFOR17 is being held October 16-19 in Portland, Oregon at the Red Lion Hotel on the River. This national conference offers hands-on information and tools to position companies or organizations for success in anaerobic digestion, biogas markets, composting, manure, food waste, and renewable fuels. The event will feature plenary and technical sessions, an exhibit hall, a site tour, and workshops. For more information, please visit: http://www.biocyclerefor.com/

19. HMI Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning, Pescadero: 10/23-12/5
Holistic Management International presents this six-day course taught in one and two day increments, October 23-24, November 6 and 20, and December 4-5 at TomKat Ranch in Pescadero. Due to grant funding, cost for the full course is only $250, and full scholarships are available. Scholarship deadline is October 10th, registration deadline is October 13th, and walk-in registration ($300) will be offered if available. For more information and registration, please go to: https://holisticmanagement.org/wfrbpca17-2/

20. California Small Farm Conference, Stockton: 10/29-30
The California Small Farm Conference celebrates its 30th year and takes place October 29-30 at the Robert Cabral Agricultural Center, 2010 E. Earhart Ave in Stockton. For more information, please go to: http://www.californiafarmconference.com/

21. California Bioresources Alliance Symposium, Sacramento: 11/1
This free and important symposium is being organized by the US EPA, NRCS, CARB, CDFA, SWRCB, Association of Compost Producers, California Association of Sanitation Agencies, CSU Fresno, and UC Davis. Local regulators and planners, industry representatives, researchers, and legislators involved in the management of manures, foodwaste, biosolids, green waste, agricultural wastes, and woody wastes in California are invited to attend. The two day symposium takes place November 1st-2nd at the Ziggurat Building, West Sacramento. For more information, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-california-bioresources-alliance-symposium-tickets-36364835201

22. Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) Conference, Modesto: 11/1-2
Presenters from academia, industry, and agricultural consulting will provide general and technical information, current research and data, and practical applications addressing statewide and regional nutrient management issues. The FREP Conference is held in collaboration with the Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) and will take place November 11-12 at the DoubleTree Hotel, Modesto. For more information, please visit: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/IS/ffldrs/frep/FREPConference.html

23. reThink Food, Napa Valley: 11/1-3
reThink Food, a unique collaboration between the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and MIT Media Lab, brings together a diverse group of thought leaders and innovators at the intersection of technology, behavior, design, and food. The event will take place November 1-3 at CIA Copia in Napa. For more information and registration, please go to: http://www.re-thinkfood.org/

24. Latino Farmer Conference, UC Riverside: 11/7
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and NRCS are proud to present the 3rd annual statewide sustainable agriculture conference for Spanish speaking farmers. This conference brings together the Latino farming community, the agriculture industry, advocates for sustainability, and agribusinesses for a day of workshops, networking, and learning from fellow farmers. The 2017 Latino Farmer Conference takes place Tuesday, November 7th at the UC Riverside Palm Desert Center. For more information, please visit: https://latinofarmerconference.ncat.org/

25. Advocacy Training for Women Farmers and Ranchers, Occidental: 11/9-12
The goal of the Forces of Nature: Advocacy Skills Training for Women Farmer and Ranchers in California workshop is to provide leadership training to women farmers and ranchers in California and increase their engagement in regenerative agriculture policy advocacy at the state and local levels. The workshop takes place at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center from November 9-12. Applications are now open to those actively farming or ranching in California, and if selected to participate, workshop, meals and accommodations will be free. For more information and to apply, please go to: http://oaec.org/courses/forces-nature-advocacy-skills-training-for-women/

26. Quivira Conference 2017, Albuquerque, NM: 11/15-17
This year’s theme is Ranching and Farming at the Radical Center – It’s All About Soil, Water, and Neighbors. Carbon Farming session will feature Calla Rose Ostrander, Russell Chamberlin, Kevin Watt, and Kevin Muno. For more information, please visit: https://quiviracoalition.org/conference/

27. Association of Applied IPM Ecologists (AAIE) Conference, Visalia: 11/29-12/1
The AAIE Annual Meeting and Conference takes place November 29th through December 1st at the Visalia Convention Center and Marriott Hotel. Take advantage of early bird registration and room rate before the prices go up! More information on the Events tab at: http://www.aaie.net/


Online

28. Strategies and Perspectives on How to Scale up Regenerative Organic Agriculture: 9/27
Regeneration International presents this webinar on Wednesday, September 27th from 9-10am PT. For more information, please visit: http://regenerationinternational.org/events/strategies-perspectives-scale-regenerative-organic-agriculture-webinar/

29. Conservation Systems for Livestock & Restoring Native Plants: 10/25 & 10/31
The NRCS Conservation Webinars for October will include ‘Conservation Systems for Micro-Scale Livestock Operations’ on Wednesday, October 25th and ‘Restoring Native Plant Communities: Soil and Hydrology Suited Planning Tools’ on Tuesday, October 31st. For a full schedule of upcoming webinars, please visit: http://www.conservationwebinars.net/documents/planned-conservation-webinars


Opportunities

30. CHESC Speaker Selection Committee and Steering Committee: 9/29 & 10/5
The California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) is seeking staff, faculty and students of colleges and universities in California to serve on their Speaker Selection Committee and their Overall Steering Committee. Application deadlines are September 29th for the Speaker Selection Committee, and October 5th for the Steering Committee. For more information, please go to: https://chesc.org/call-committee-membership/

31. CDFA Alternative Manure Management Program: due 10/16
CDFA’s Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) is accepting applications from dairy and livestock producers through October 16th. Funds up to $750,000 are available for pasture-based management and improved solid separation in conjunction with drying, storage, and composting options. The program has also been approved for an additional year of funding. To inquire about receiving technical assistance for the application process, please contact the Center at (805) 756-5086 or cfs@calpoly.edu. For more information about AMMP, please visit: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/AMMP/

32. CCREF Request for Proposals (RFP) for literature review on compost: 10/16
The Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF) has released its RFP to develop a literature review on the Soluble Salt Content in Finished Compost. Deadline to submit a proposal is October 16th. To download the full RFP, please CLICK HERE

33. Transformative Climate Communities concept proposals due: 10/18
The California Strategic Growth Council is accepting applications for the 2017 Transformative Climate Communities Program, Planning Grants. Concept proposals are due October 18th. For program guidelines, please visit: http://sgc.ca.gov/Grant-Programs/Transformative-Climate-Communities-Program.html 

34. Scholarships to attend EcoFarm Conference 2018: 10/31
The EcoFarm Association is committed to fostering new leadership in ecological agriculture through its Scholarship and Work Trade Programs. Applicants from diverse backgrounds doing transformative work in under-represented communities are encouraged to apply to participate in these programs. Applications are being accepted through October 31st. For more information and to apply, please go to: https://eco-farm.org/news/apply-scholarship-or-work-trade-ecofarm-2018

35. Western SARE grant deadlines: 11/1 – 1/12
The Western SARE program of the USDA is currently soliciting proposals in the following categories - Professional Development Grants (due November 1st), Farmer/Rancher Grants (due December 6th), Professional + Producer Grants (due December 6th), and Graduate Student Grants (due January 12th). To download full RFPs for each of these grant types, please go to: http://www.westernsare.org/Grants/Types-of-Grants

36. International Compost Awareness Week poster contest: 11/6
Everyone from 3rd grade through college and adult is invited to design a poster to help promote International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) which will be May 6-12, 2018. Poster theme is ‘Compost! Building a Better Future’ and deadline to submit artwork is November 6th. For more information, please visit: http://compostfoundation.org/ICAW-Poster-Contest

37. Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) grants: due 12/15
OFRF research priorities for 2018 are: (1) Soil health, particularly management focused on reducing environmental impacts; (2) Innovative weed control, especially related to changing weather patterns due to climate change; (3) Management of emerging insect and disease issues; and (4) Livestock health, including livestock and crop integration and best practices for grass-based livestock production. Request for proposals and application instructions are available at: http://www.ofrf.org/news/ofrf-now-accepting-research-proposals

38. Internships at Yerba Buena Farm, Jamaica
Yerba Buena Farm in Jamaica, West Indies, is offering two internship opportunities for students who are interested in having an active and immersive international experience. Information about their Sustainable Beekeeping Internship and Essential Oil Distillation Internship as well as the internship application are available at: https://yerbabuenafarmjamaica.com/internships/internship-application/



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