Center for Sustainability

Center for Sustainability

Agriculture for Tomorrow

A College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) Program

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Stewards of Tomorrow

Preparing leaders in sustainability through education, research, outreach, and operations.

To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.

  —Mahatma Gandhi

Announcements April 2020

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In this month's announcements, you will find some helpful resources related to Covid-19, as well as a list of local farm-direct delivery and pick-up services that are available to the public. We encourage you to support your local agricultural community as much as possible in this challenging time. 
Best wishes for safe months ahead.

Upcoming & Ongoing 

Cal Poly

1. Cal Poly Digital Earth Week Events: 4/22-23
2. Cal Poly Tomato Spectacular (Virtual Sale), Poly Plant Shop  SOLD OUT
3. Cal Poly Meats Drive-thru: Thurs, Fri, Sat 


4. Farming During COVID webinar series: Wednesdays 4/1, 4/8, 4/15
5. The rhizophagy cycle: How plants harvest nutrients from microbes, Soil Health Academy: 4/2
6. LEED Green Associate Training Live Webinar: 4/7, 4/18, 5/9, 5/15 OR On-Demand
      Discount code ’green’ for $50 off student registration
7. CDFA/CAFB Donating Farm Products to Food Banks webinar: 4/8
8. UC Ag Experts Talk - Current Research on Pollinator Health (2.5 DPR units): 4/8
9. Biochar Production Technologies webinar: 4/14 
10. How to Keep Farmers on the Land During COVID-19 webinar: 4/17
11. LGMA Webinar: Collaborating for Safer Leafy Greens: 4/17
12. Sheep and Grapes Online Workshop: 4/17 & 4/24
13. 2020 UCCE Food Webinar - Organic vs. Conventional Agriculture: 4/18
14. Ag Order 4.0 public comments due: 6/20  Extended  

15. CDFA Dairy Methane Reduction Technologies webinar: 4/21
16. Economics of Grazing Organic Replacement Dairy Heifers: 4/22 
17. USDA Farmers to Families Webinar for growers and shippers: 4/29
18. Sustainable Agricultural Planning Grants Technical Assistance webinar: 5/7
19. A Novel DIY Video Making Method for Busy Teachers, Professors and Scientists


20. Grassroots Director position at Nat'l Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC): 4/27
21. BearCorps Fellowship Program in regenerative agriculture and forest resilience: 4/27 
22. Beginning Farmers and Ranchers project Call for Papers: 4/30
23. Sustainable Food Systems Online Workshop for Young Researchers abstracts due: 5/8
24. Composting Council College Scholarships: 5/10
25. NRCS RCP Alternative Funding Arrangements: 5/18
26. Western SARE Research and Education Call for Pre-proposals: 5/22
27. CDFA Biologically Integrated Farming Systems (BIFS) Program: 5/31 

28. 8th California Oak Symposium (March 2021, SLO) Call for Abstracts: 6/12
29. CDFA Healthy Soils Program (HSP) Incentives Program: 6/26 
   For HSP Grant prep assistance: Contact or
30. Soil-to-Table Certification Program, Tres Estrellas Organic Farm, Tecate, Mexico
32. Leopold Conservation Awards application deadline: 7/15 
33. Job Opportunities at the California Rangeland Trust
34. California Volunteers website, Office of the Governor

Farm-Direct Delivery or Pick-up in SLO County*

Avila Valley Barn  Barn Boxes and Butcher Boxes now available 
Growing Grounds Nursery 
Kandarian Organic Farms 
Larder Meat Company 

Nature’s Touch Nursery & Harvest featuring SLO County Farm Trail products

25% of Farm Trail sales go to local medical teams. For info, visit FARMsteadED
Rinconada Dairy
Rutiz Family Farms 
SLO County Farmers’ Markets and Online Vendors List 
Talley Farms 
Tiber Canyon Ranch  Olive oil & Balsamic vinegar - Email them for pickup options

Sanitizer Order Online & Pick-up
Bethel Rd Distillery 

Krobār Craft Distillery


Restaurant Take-Out/Delivery Map, SLO Chamber of Commerce

SLO Master Gardeners Helpline 
SLO Master Preservers Helpline

Agriculture Emergency Information Page from
COVID-19 Farm Resources from AgSafe 
COVID-19 Farm Resources from Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) 
COVID-19 Information Page from USDA 

* If you would like your farm delivery/pickup service listed, please contact us!

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