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September 2016 Announcements

Upcoming Events

These announcements come with our best wishes for what remains of summer and a hearty welcome to returning students. We hope you will be able to join us for coming special events with Woody Tasch of Slow Money and Walter Robb of Whole Foods!

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’s SUSTAINABLE FOOD ENTREPRENEURS Event: 10/7
3. WHOLE FOODS’ CEO Walter Robb appearing at Cal Poly: 10/13
4. STUDENTS- Green Campus Eco Reps deadline: 10/2
5. CAL POLY DAY at Swanton Pacific Ranch: 10/9

San Luis Obispo & Region

6. Avocado and Margarita Festival, Morro Bay: 9/10
7. Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival: 9/11
8. 15th Annual Strawberry Production Meeting, Camarillo: 9/15
9. Coastal Cleanup Day: 9/17
10. Avila Apple Festival: 9/17 -18
11. NATIVE PLANT Workshop, SLO Master Gardeners: 9/17
12. SOLAR COOKING Classes at Davies Farm: 9/17 & 10/15
13. Windrose Heirloom Tomato Festival & Dinner, Paso Robles: 9/24-25
14. HEAL SLO 10th Anniversary Conference: 10/7
15. Tri-County Growing Edible Education Symposium: 10/14-15
16. Loa-Fest, Santa Barbara: 10/16
17. DEEP ECOLOGY Collaboratory, Ecologistics: 10/21-23
18. '100 Years of Cooperatives' Screening at SLO Guild Hall: 10/21
19. 8th Annual SLO Community SEED EXCHANGE: 10/21
20. Golden Oak Honey Festival, Paso Robles: 10/22
21. CCOF San Luis Obispo Chapter meeting, Atascadero: 10/23
22. STEELHEAD SUMMIT: 10/27-28
23. Ventura County Farm Day: 11/5

California

24. CASFS Peppers and Potatoes Field Day & Small Orchard Blocks: 9/12 & 9/18
25. California MULTI-SPECIES GRAZING Academy, Auburn: 9/16-18
26. 1st Annual FARM TANK SUMMIT, Sacramento: 9/22-23
27. EAT REAL Festival, Oakland: 9/23-25
28. HMI CULTIVATING COMMUNITY: Land, Food, Health at Paicines Ranch: 10/14-16
29. Seedstock Future of Urban Food Systems Conference, CSU Fullerton: 11/10-11

Online

30. Soil Health Impacts on Pest Management: 9/13
31. Crop Insurance to Help Diversified Farmers Manage Risk webinar: 9/14
32. COMET Farm Tool webinars for September: 9/15, 9/21, 9/27
33. Organic Seed Production webinar series, eOrganic: 9/20, 10/18, 11/15

Opportunities

34. Coastal San Luis RCD Engineer position
35. US-LTR RCD Program Manager position: 9/23 deadline
36. UCSC Farm Apprenticeship: 9/30 deadline
37. CAL POLY STUDENTS: Learn Sustainability with the GREEN Program
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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 campus Thursday, October 6th during UU hour 11am – 12pm at Chumash Auditorium (Bldg 065- Rm 204). 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, the Net Impact Club and Slow Money SLO.

For those who cannot make it to campus, 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 a panel of 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’s SUSTAINABLE FOOD ENTREPRENEURS Event: 10/7
Woody Tasch will also be the featured speaker at a fundraiser benefit 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 chef Maegen Loring. 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 local nonprofit organization that provides business development support and facilitates 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’ CEO Walter Robb appearing at Cal Poly: 10/13
Walter Robb, Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, will be hosted by the Center at Cal Poly on Thursday, October 13th during UU hour 11 am -12pm at Chumash Auditorium (Bldg 065 Rm 204). This will be a unique opportunity to hear from and meet one of the country’s top entrepreneurs and business leaders of the food and agriculture industry. Save the date!

4. STUDENTS- Green Campus Eco Reps deadline: 10/2
Eco Reps are a group of 40 students committed to creating a culture of environmental stewardship on the Cal Poly campus through peer education, sustainability-focused projects, and outreach events. Apply to join the team for the 2016/17 school year! Application deadline is October 2nd. For more information, please go to: https://afd.calpoly.edu/greencampus/projects/ecorep

5. CAL POLY DAY at Swanton Pacific Ranch: 10/9
Cal Poly Day at our Swanton Pacific Ranch in Davenport, CA takes place Sunday, October 9th  from 10:30 am – 4pm. The event includes a Santa Maria-style barbecue lunch; train rides on the 1/3-scale, steam-powered train; railroad and ranch activities; live music; and a showcase demonstration by the Cal Poly Logging Team. The cost is $30 for adults; children ages 4 to 10 are $15 each; admission is free for children 3 and under. Early registration is recommended as the event sells out each year. For more information or to register, please call 805-995- 3659 or go to: http://sprr.calpoly.edu/


San Luis Obispo & Region

6. AVOCADO AND MARGARITA FESTIVAL, Morro Bay: 9/10
A day of guacamole, margaritas, live music and fun in beautiful Morro Bay – what more could you ask for? The Avocado and Margarita Festival takes place Saturday, September 10th from 10am – 7pm on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay. For more information, please visit: https://avomargfest.com/

7. Santa Barbara FERMENTATION FESTIVAL: 9/11
The 6th Annual Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival will showcase local and regional experts on the history, benefits and preparation of fermented foods. The festival takes place Sunday, September 11th from 11am – 5 pm at Rancho la Patera and Stow House, Goleta, and will include 75+ artisan fermented foods from 50+ exhibitors, as well as interactive hands-on activities. For more information, please go to: http://www.sbfermentationfestival.com/

8. 15th Annual STRAWBERRY PRODUCTION Meeting, Camarillo: 9/15
Get the latest information on pathogen and pest management, breeding, irrigation and nutrient management at the Ventura County Strawberry Production Meeting taking place Thursday, September 15th from 7:30 am – 12:30 pm at 516 Eubanks Rd, Camarillo. For information and agenda, please go to: http://www.calstrawberry.com/training_and_education/event/15th-annual-strawberry-production-meeting-in-ventura-county

9. COASTAL CLEANUP Day: 9/17
Join ECOSLO and several other organizations and volunteer Saturday, September 17th from 9am – 12pm to clean up the coast in San Luis Obispo County! For locations and to sign up, please go to:
http://ecoslo.org/coastal-cleanup-day/

10. Avila APPLE FESTIVAL: 9/17 -18
Come down to Avila Beach for everything apple at the Avila Apple Festival, Sunday, September 18th from 12-4 pm. Enjoy music, booths from SLO County apple growers, contests, kid’s activities and more! The festival will be preceded by a Farm-to-Table dinner on Saturday, September 17th from 5 – 8:30pm at Avila Valley Barn. For more information, please visit:  http://www.avilaapplefestival.com/

11. NATIVE PLANT Workshop, SLO Master Gardeners: 9/17
The SLO Master Gardeners will discuss native plant selection and maintenance in the home garden with special guest John Doyle from the California Native Plant Society on Saturday, September 17th from 10am – 12pm in the Garden of the Seven Sisters, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. This workshop is free and open to the public.

12. SOLAR COOKING Classes at Davies Farm: 9/17 & 10/15
Learn to cook with energy from the sun at Davies Farm (5009 Jespersen Rd, SLO). Their free solar cooking class will take place on Saturday, September 17th from 12:30-2pm and again on October 15th. 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) 458-1214 or 440-9346.

13. Windrose HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL & Dinner, Paso Robles: 9/24-25
Come for the traditional heirloom tomato tasting of over 40 varieties, stay for the local chefs and vendors that will be preparing bites of their favorite recipes. The Heirloom Tomato Festival takes place on Saturday, September 24th from 2-6pm at Windrose Farm, Paso Robles. For a full dinner experience, return to Windrose Farm at 5pm on Sunday, September 25th for their Tomato Festival Dinner featuring local chefs Tim Veatch of Thomas Hill Organics and Erik Gutierrez of Sweet Rose Creamery. For information and tickets for these events, please go to: http://farmsteaded.com/collections/all

14. HEAL SLO 10th Anniversary Conference: 10/7
Healthy Eating Active Living SLO presents its 10th anniversary conference on Friday, October 7th from 8:30am – 2:30pm 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 Rose Hayden-Smith, Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow at UC Cooperative Extension. The event will also include a Veggie Box Competition for local organizations. For information, schedule and registration, please visit: http://www.healslo.com/

15. 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/

16. LOA-FEST, Santa Barbara: 10/16
LoaFest is the culmination of LoaTree’s community funding campaign to support its next phase of growth. Come celebrate with live music and food and drink at the new LoaTree headquarters at 434 Olive St, Santa Barbara, on Sunday, October 16th from 1- 8 pm. For more information, please visit: https://loatree.com/loafest/

17. DEEP ECOLOGY Collaboratory, Ecologistics: 10/21-23
The Deep Ecology Collaboratory is bringing together top 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/

18. '100 Years of Cooperatives' Screening at 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

19. 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. Save the date!

20. Golden Oak Honey Festival, Paso Robles: 10/22
Bring the entire family and relax among the fall colors at the 3rd Annual Golden Oak Honey Festival taking place Saturday, October 22nd from 9am - 3pm at the Paso Robles Downtown City Park. Enjoy arts and crafts, food and wine, beekeeping seminars and more. For more information, please go to: http://pasoroblesdowntown.org/downtown-calendar/paso-robles-event-golden-oak-festival/

21. CCOF San Luis Obispo Chapter meeting, Atascadero: 10/23
The CCOF SLO chapter will be holding its next meeting on Sunday, October 23rd from 2-4pm at the Atascadero Grange, 5035 Palma Ave, Atascadero. For more information, please go to: https://www.ccof.org/ccof-san-luis-obispo-chapter-meeting-0

22. 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. Advance registration is $175 until October 1st. For more information, please go to: http://calsalmon.org/programs/steelhead-summit/2nd-steelhead-summit

23. 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/


California

24. CASFS Peppers and Potatoes Field Day & Small Orchard Blocks: 9/12 & 9/18
The Peppers and Potatoes Field for Beginning Farmers takes place Monday, September 12th from 1-4pm at the UC Santa Cruz Farm. Planning and Planting the Small Orchard Block takes place Sunday, September 18th from 3-6pm at Fifth Crow Farm, Pescadero. For information about these and other upcoming Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) events, please visit: http://casfs.ucsc.edu/news-events/events/index.html

25. California MULTI-SPECIES GRAZING Academy, Auburn: 9/16-18
The Multi-Species Grazing Academy is a unique and exciting program emphasizing the practical application of controlled grazing/browsing principles to improve the environment and increase ranch profit. This challenging course consists of a minimum of lecture and a maximum of hands-on experience. You will learn the following at the Academy: range and brush ecology, nutrition, guard dogs, reproduction, health, grazing planning, and monitoring. For more information, please go to: http://ucanr.edu/sites/Roger_Livestock/Multi-Species_Academy/

26. 1st Annual FARM TANK SUMMIT, Sacramento: 9/22-23
Food Tank and its partners present this two-day summit which will bring together some of the world’s most impactful food system leaders. The Farm Tank Summit takes place September 22nd-23rd at the Hyatt Regency, Sacramento. For more information, please visit: http://foodtank.com/events/2016/09/22/1st-annual-farm-tank-summit-sacramento-ca

27. EAT REAL Festival, Oakland: 9/23-25
The Eat Real Festival is an annual celebration of good food with a focus on artisan food craft, street food, craft beers, local wines and delicious cocktails – all featuring sustainable local ingredients. By highlighting fresh and local ingredients, Eat Real shows how easy it is to support a regional food system by bringing farmers, food producers and eaters together. The Eat Real Festival takes place September 23rd-25th at Jack London Square, Oakland. For more information, please go to: http://eatrealfest.com/

28. 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/

29. 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/


Online

30. SOIL HEALTH IMPACTS on Pest Management: 9/13
This webinar presented by Dr. Lori Hoagland of Purdue University will explore mechanisms that regulate plant-soil-microbial interactions and how these interactions can be used to develop strategies that help growers improve productivity and sustainability. The Soil Health Impacts on Pest Management webinar takes place Tuesday, September 13th from 11am-12pm PT. For more information, please go to: http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/soil-health-impacts-on-pest-management

31. CROP INSURANCE to Help Diversified Farmers Manage Risk: 9/14
Join California FarmLink and CCOF for this second of a two-part series looking at key aspects of farm risk management. The Crop Insurance to Help Diversified Farmers Manage Risk free webinar takes place Wednesday, September 14th from 12-1:30pm. For more information and to register, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/growing-profitable-small-farms-webinar-series-tickets-24464206099

32. COMET Farm Tool webinars for September: 9/15, 9/21, 9/27
Online training sessions are being offered twice a week through the fall for the COMET-Farm whole farm and ranch carbon and greenhouse gas accounting system. For a full schedule for September, please visit: http://cometfarm.nrel.colostate.edu/HelpPage

33. Organic SEED PRODUCTION webinar series, eOrganic: 9/20, 10/18, 11/15
The Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) is offering a six-part webinar series covering a range of topics for organic seed production. The series continues with its fourth installment on Seed Quality, Harvesting Techniques and Equipment on September 20th at 11am PT. For more information, please visit: http://articles.extension.org/pages/73816/organic-seed-production-webinar-series


Opportunities

34. Coastal San Luis RCD Engineer position
The Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District is looking for an experience, licensed agricultural/environmental/civil engineer that is entrepreneurial, self-sufficient, and ready on day on to develop and implement conservation projects that are community-supported and science-driven. For job description and application procedures, please go to: http://www.coastalrcd.org/

35. US-LTR RCD Program Manager position: 9/23 deadline
The Upper Salinas- Las Tables Resource Conservation is seeking a Project Manager to oversee the planning, implementation and tracking of natural resource management and restoration projects, and to assist in program development including water conservation, soil health, outreach and education, and volunteer recruitment. Application deadline is Friday, September 23rd at 5pm. For full job description and application procedures, please go to: http://www.us-ltrcd.org/about-us/career-opportunities/

36. UCSC Farm Apprenticeship: 9/30 deadline
The UC Santa Cruz Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture is now accepting applications for their 50th anniversary year of the apprenticeship! The apprenticeship is a six-month, full-time certificate course in crop production and marketing for those interested in small- to medium-scale organic farming and urban gardening. Full and partial course fee waivers are available for veterans, beginning farmers, and those with financial need. AmeriCorps funding is accepted. Deadline to apply for domestic applicants is September 30th. For more information, please go to: http://casfs.ucsc.edu/apprenticeship/index.html

37. CAL POLY STUDENTS: Learn Sustainability with the GREEN Program
The nationwide GREEN (Global Renewable Energy Education Network) Program provides students opportunities to learn sustainability experientially on campus and abroad. The program has an on-campus student ambassador at Cal Poly! For more info, contact Cal Poly rep Bryan Kwan at bryankwan34@gmail.com or visit: http://thegreenprogram.com/

 

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