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Celebrate SLO Food Entrepreneurs

October 2016 Announcements

Upcoming Events

We hope you are enjoying the cooler days. Here on campus, we are preparing for the visit of Slow Money founder, Woody Tasch, who will present on campus and at the SLO Guild on Thursday (see below). On Friday, October 7, we will host him at Niner Wine Estates at a benefit to support Slow Money SLO (slofoodcelebration.eventbrite.com). We hope you can join us for these special events and more to come!

Please scroll down below the following list to view event descriptions and additional URLs

Center & Cal Poly
1. Slow Money’s WOODY TASCH at Cal Poly & SLO Guild Hall: 10/6
2. Celebrating SLO County Sustainable Food Entrepreneurs: 10/7
3. WHOLE FOODS’ Walter Robb appearing at Cal Poly: 10/13
4. October is National CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY MONTH!
5. TedX Cal Poly 'Plot Twist': 10/21
6. LEED Green Associate Training: 11/2

San Luis Obispo & Region
7. Farmer’s Guild Meeting and Potluck: 10/3
8. HEAL SLO 10th Anniversary Conference: 10/7
9. BEEKEEPING & Kids’ Cooking at SLO Botanical Garden: 10/8 & 10/9
10. Tri-County Growing Edible Education Symposium: 10/14-15
11. FAMILY DAY in the Garden, SLO Master Gardeners: 10/15
12. ‘100 Years of COOPERATIVES’ Film, SLO Guild Hall: 10/21
13. 8th Annual SLO Community Seed Exchange: 10/21
14. DEEP ECOLOGY Collaboratory Event: 10/21-23
15. Low-stress LIVESTOCK HANDLING Workshop, Peachtree Ranch, King City: 10/23
16. STEELHEAD SUMMIT: 10/27-28
17. Charcuterie Workshop, Casitas Valley Farm, Ventura: 11/4-6
18. Ventura County Farm Day: 11/5
19. Sustainable AG EXPO: 11/14-15
20. Growing Together LATINO FARMER CONFERENCE, Monterey: 11/15

California & National
21. HMI Cultivating Community: Land, Food, Health at Paicines Ranch: 10/14-16
22. BIONEERS Conference, San Rafael: 10/21-23
23. California Bioresources Alliance Symposium, West Sacramento: 11/1-2
24. Resilience Emerging from Scarcity and Abundance, ASA/CSSA/SSSA Int'l Meeting, Phoenix, AZ: 11/6-9
25. QUIVIRA Conference, Albuquerque, NM: 11/9-11
26. Seedstock Future of URBAN FOOD SYSTEMS Conference, CSU Fullerton: 11/10-11
27. Sustainable Poultry Network National Conference, NC: 11/10-13
28. US Composting Council Conference, Los Angeles, early bird deadline: 12/1

Online
29. Conversations from the Field: How Much Water Does the Environment Need?: 10/3
30. Responding to DROUGHT AND WATER Challenges – National Kickoff: 10/4
31. TARGETED SHEEP GRAZING in Organic Dryland Systems, eOrganic: 10/11
32. Soil Health in High Tunnel Production: 10/11

Opportunities
33. CalAgPlate Agricultural Education Grant Program: 10/21

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Center & Cal Poly

1. Slow Money’s WOODY TASCH at Cal Poly & SLO Guild Hall: 10/6
Woody Tasch, founder of Slow Money Institute and author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered will be speaking on Thursday, October 6th during UU hour 11am – 12pm at Chumash Auditorium (Bldg 065- Rm 207). Mr. Tasch is widely renowned as a thought leader in patient capital, mission-related investing and community development venture capital. His campus presentation is being co-sponsored by the Cal Poly Investing Club and Net Impact.

That evening, Woody Tasch will also be featured as part of a panel discussion on “Growing Small Food and Farm Businesses” from 5:30 to 8 pm Thursday, October  6th at the Guild (Grange) Hall, 2880 Broad St., San Luis Obispo. Tasch will join local food entrepreneurs to explore innovative strategies for supporting small/local food economies. This evening event is part of the center’s Sustainable Ag Lecture Series and is free and open to the public. Details for the Guild Hall Thursday event can be found at: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/sustainable_ag_lecture_series.html

2. Celebrating SLO County SUSTAINABLE FOOD ENTREPRENEURS: 10/7
Woody Tasch will also be the featured speaker at a fundraiser co-hosted by the Center for Sustainability and Slow Money SLO: “Celebrating SLO County Sustainable Food Entrepreneurs.” The local food and wine celebration will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Friday, Oct. 7, at Niner Wine Estates in Paso Robles and will feature creative wine and food pairings orchestrated by Niner chefs. Tasting stations will be scattered throughout Niner Estates’ newly landscaped gardens and will provide networking opportunities with food artisans, entrepreneurs and supporters. Tickets are $60 per person and are available online at: slofoodcelebration.eventbrite.com. Proceeds from the event will benefit the work of Slow Money SLO, a nonprofit that provides business development and peer-to-peer lending to small, local food and farm businesses. Advance purchase of tickets is advised as space is limited. Additional information about the event can be found at: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/slofoodcelebration.html

3. WHOLE FOODS’ Walter Robb appearing at Cal Poly: 10/13
Walter Robb, Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, will be appearing at Cal Poly on Thursday, October 13th during UU hour 11 am -12pm at Chumash Auditorium. This will be a unique opportunity to hear from one of the country’s top entrepreneurs and business leaders of the food and agriculture industry. More information at: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/news.html

4. October is National CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY MONTH!
Campus Sustainability Month throughout October provides a series of opportunities to engage and inspire incoming students and other campus stakeholders to become leaders in sustainability. Get involved at any of the following events happening throughout October:

  • Learn about commuting options 7:30 -10:30am on Wednesday, October 5 on Dexter Lawn, employees can earn incentives at iRideshare.org;
  • View Food Day student video submissions from 10-11am on Thursday, October 20th in Chumash Auditorium, then join the Cal Poly Farmers Market from 11am -12pm at the University Union;
  • Meet campus sustainability clubs at the Sustainability Festival Thursday, October 27th from 10am -2pm at Mustang Way;
  • Join the ‘Cal Poly Goes Green’ Team and earn points for EcoChallenge from October 14-28 at https://ecochallenge.org/october-2016/

Learn more about Cal Poly Sustainability efforts at: https://afd.calpoly.edu/sustainability/

5. TedX Cal Poly 'Plot Twist': 10/21
Life doesn't happen the way you expect it to. For better or for worse, everyone encounters plot twists in the stories of their lives - and it's those moments of dramatic change that teach us, test us, and inspire us. At TEDxCalPoly 2016, we're going to be exploring a variety of ideas that will shape the way we look at important issues in our world and ultimately set our lives on a new path. TedX Cal Poly takes place Friday, October 21st from 5 - 9:30pm at the Performing Arts Center. More information at: https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/20017

6. LEED Green Associate Training: 11/2
Interested in getting involved with the green building industry? Leading Green is offering this training course geared toward students who are interested in receiving a LEED Green Associate Credential that shows employers and clients that you have certified knowledge in the green building industry. The course takes place Wednesday, November 2nd from 6 – 10 pm in Bldg 10 – Rm 221. Cost is $300/ $200 for full-time students. For more information and to register, please go to: http://leadinggreen.com/calpoly


San Luis Obispo & Region

7. Farmer’s Guild POTLUCK: 10/3 Tonight!
Join new and veteran growers from our region at the Guild Hall (formerly Grange) at 2880 Broad Street SLO for a community gathering to share comradery and resources. 7-9 pm on Monday, October 3. Potluck-style meal. Please bring a dish to share. Information at: https://www.facebook.com/Farmers-Guild-San-Luis-Obispo-615706195234358/

8. HEAL SLO 10th Anniversary Conference: 10/7
Healthy Eating Active Living SLO presents its 10th anniversary conference on Friday, October 7th from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm at Mountainbrook Church Event Auditorium, San Luis Obispo. Featured keynote speakers will be Anthony Iton, Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at the California Endowment, and Chris Massa, Farm to School Operations Specialist for Ventura Unified School District. The event will also include a Veggie Box Competition for local organizations. For information, schedule and registration, please visit: http://www.healslo.com/

9. BEEKEEPING & Kids’ Cooking at SLO Botanical Garden: 10/8 & 10/9
The SLO Botanical Garden will be hosting a Beekeeping Workshop on Saturday, October 8th from 1 – 2:30pm and a Kids’ Cooking Workshop with Cal Poly STRIDE on Sunday, October 9th from 1 – 3:30pm. For information on these and other upcoming events, please go to: http://slobg.org/

10. Tri-County Growing EDIBLE EDUCATION Symposium: 10/14-15
Farm to School Ventura County presents the 2nd Annual Tri-County Growing Edible Education Symposium with farm to school bus tours around Ventura County taking place Friday October 14th, and hands-on interactive workshops taking place Saturday, October 15th at Fremont Middle School, Oxnard. For more information, please go to: http://www.geesymposium.org/

11. FAMILY DAY in the Garden, SLO Master Gardeners: 10/15
Family Day in the Garden takes place Saturday, October 15th from 10am -12pm at the Garden of the Seven Sisters, 2156 Sierra Way, SLO. Families will be treated to a variety of hands-on activities designed to make learning fun in the garden. Participants will receive a garden passport and a stamp after visiting each demonstration station. At the end of the tour, diplomas will be handed out to the kids in recognition for learning about Garden Awareness. For more information, please visit: http://ucanr.edu/sites/mgslo/

12. ‘100 Years of COOPERATIVES’ Film, SLO Guild Hall: 10/21
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the SLO Natural Foods Coop with a screening of the PBS documentary '100 Years of Cooperatives' at the SLO Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St, San Luis Obispo. Find out more about Guild Hall events on their calendar: http://sloguildhall.com/Calendars/201610_Cal.html

13. 8th Annual SLO Community SEED EXCHANGE: 10/21
This year’s Community Seed Exchange takes place Friday, October 21st at the San Luis Obispo Library Community Room, beginning with a talk by ethnoecologist Daniela Soleri on Seed Libraries from 5:30-6:30pm and followed by the community seed exchange beginning at 7pm. For information, please see the flyer at: http://www.slolibrary.org/images/Images/adults/seedex.pdf

14. DEEP ECOLOGY Collaboratory Event: 10/21-23
The Deep Ecology Collaboratory by Ecologistics is bringing together leaders in the environmental movement to collaborate with our community in order to address some of our world’s most urgent problems. Participants will address the biodiversity crisis, overpopulation and globalization through the lens of deep ecology principles, which recognizes the inherent value of all living creatures. This three-day event takes place October 21st-23rd at Rancho El Chorro, San Luis Obispo. Registration includes a pay-what-you-can option. For more information, please visit: http://ecologistics.org/deep-ecology-collaboratory/

15. Low-stress LIVESTOCK HANDLING Workshop, Peachtree Ranch, King City: 10/23
The Low-stress Livestock Handling Workshop takes place Sunday, October 23rd from 8am – 2pm at Peachtree Ranch, King City. Learn about low-stress livestock handling from Steve Cote. Steve worked for 26 years helping farms and ranches with range and soil conservation with USDA; with 17 years practicing and teaching livestock handling learned from Bud Williams. He has gone around the country helping producers on rangelands, pastures, feedlots and dairies to solve their handling difficulties. Cost is $20. For more information, please go to: http://cesanbenito.ucanr.edu/livestock/

16. STEELHEAD SUMMIT: 10/27-28
The Salmonid Restoration Federation is hosting the 2nd Steelhead Summit from October 27th-28th at the Veteran’s Memorial Center, San Luis Obispo. The agenda will highlight genomic variation, steelhead recovery planning, coastal monitoring status reports, fish passage planning, water conservation efforts, and will include regional status reports and field tours. For more information, please go to: http://calsalmon.org/programs/steelhead-summit/2nd-steelhead-summit

17. CHARCUTERIE Workshop, Casitas Valley Farm, Ventura: 11/4-6
Join Jeronimo Alonso Brown of Casitas Valley Farm for a delicious and educational journey into the art of Charcuterie (meat preservation). Attend one or all three days of this workshop taking place November 4th – 6th, early bird pricing ends October 16th. For more information, please go to: http://casitasvalley.com/charcuterie-2016/

18. 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/

19. Sustainable AG EXPO: 11/14-15
With 8.5 DPR and 14 CCA continuing education units available for industry professionals, the Vineyard Team’s Sustainable Ag Expo is packed with sessions on today’s critical and emerging topics in agriculture. The Expo is open to everyone takes place November 14-15 at the Madonna Inn Expo Center, San Luis Obispo. For more information and to register, please visit: http://sustainableagexpo.org/sustainable-ag-expo-program/

20. 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/


California & National

21. HMI Cultivating Community: Land, Food, Health at Paicines Ranch: 10/14-16
Holistic Management International hosts its 2016 Gathering ‘Cultivating Community: Land, Food, Health’ from October 14th-16th at Paicines Ranch. For more information, please visit: https://holisticmanagement.org/cc/

22. BIONEERS Conference, San Rafael: 10/21-23
Come to make friends, learn something new, find experts, share your voice, build a network and have fun! The 2016 National Bioneers Conference takes place October 21 – 23 in San Rafael. For more information, please go to: http://conference.bioneers.org/

23. California Bioresources Alliance 11th Annual Symposium, West Sacramento: 11/1-2
'Renewable Carbon Management in California": The California Bioresources Alliance Symposium focuses on management of organic residuals in California including manure, biosolids, food waste, agricultural wastes, green waste and wood waste. Registration deadline is October 27. https://www.epa.gov/ca/california-bioresources-alliance-11th-annual-symposium

24. Resilience Emerging from Scarcity and Abundance, ASA/CSSA/SSSA Int'l Meeting, Phoeniz, AZ: 11/6-9
The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America will host more than 4,000 scientists, professionals, educators, and students at the 2016 International Annual Meeting, "Resilience Emerging from Scarcity and Abundance," on Nov. 6-9, 2016, in Phoenix, AZ. Information at: https://www.acsmeetings.org/

25. 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/

26. 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/

27. SUSTAINABLE POULTRY NETWORK National Conference, NC: 11/10-13
The Sustainable Poultry Network National Conference takes place November 10th – 13th in Asheville, North Carolina. This conference is for those interested in starting a small flock in their backyard, small farm poultry businesses, and those wanting to learn how to breed, grow or market poultry products. Special pricing is available until October 10th! For more information, please visit: http://www.spnusa.com/2016nc.html

28. 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

29. Conversations from the Field: How Much Water Does the Environment Need?: 10/3 Tonight!
On Monday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m. PT, Sustainable Conservation will live stream a leadership panel of speakers with diverse perspectives on California's ongoing water crisis. During this panel discussion, they will dig in to the concept of providing sufficient water at the right place, at the right time, and at the right temperature. Register for the live stream at: http://suscon.org/

30. Responding to DROUGHT AND WATER Challenges – National Kickoff: 10/4
Please join the USDA Office of Sustainability and Climate Change for a 2-hour introduction to upcoming opportunities related to drought and water challenges. The US Forest Service will also address regional drought vulnerabilities on federal lands. This webinar takes place Tuesday, October 4 beginning at 10 am PT. For more information, please go to: http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/drought-and-water-challenges

31. TARGETED SHEEP GRAZING in Organic Dryland Systems, eOrganic: 10/11
Heavy reliance on tillage hinders the long-term sustainability of organic production systems, which has prompted interest in developing reduced tillage practices that can be used successfully. One approach is to develop integrated crop-livestock production systems that replace tillage with targeted grazing. In this webinar at 11am on Tuesday, October 11th, presenters from Montana State University will summarize their experience with such a system. For more information on this and other upcoming webinars, please visit: http://articles.extension.org/pages/25242/webinars-by-eorganic

32. Soil Health in HIGH TUNNEL Production: 10/11
Participants in this webinar will learn what is currently understood about how high tunnel production affects soil quality and health, including critical plant nutrient availability, salinity, and organic matter management, microbial functioning, and also about soil-health oriented high tunnel management strategies. This webinar begins at 11 am PT on Tuesday, October 11th. For more information, please go to: http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/soil-health-in-high-tunnel-production


Opportunities

33. CalAgPlate Agricultural Education Grant Program: 10/21
The California Department of Food and Agriculture is pleased to announce the competitive solicitation process to award 2016 CalAgPlate grant program funds that promote agricultural education and leadership activities for students at K-12, post-secondary, and adult education levels. Proposals must be submitted electronically to grants@cdfa.ca.gov by 5 pm on October 21st. For more information, please visit: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/egov/calagplate/



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