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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 February 2024

                                                                                                                              Image credit: Citrus Chicks 

Connect, share, learn and get inspired this month by participating in any of these great events! 
Please see below for links to upcoming events and opportunities in sustainable agriculture: 

Upcoming Events

Cal Poly
1. Valentine’s Roses, Poly Plant Shop: order online through 2/9
2. Social Justice Teach-In: Postponed to 5/9

3. Annual Scion Exchange and Grafting Demos, California Rare Fruit Growers: 2/17
4. Change the Status Quo, An Evening with Richard Blanco: 2/27 
5. Aspire to Grow DEI Conference: 2/28

San Luis Obispo & Central Coast
6. Western Monarch Day Celebration, Pismo Beach: 2/3
7. Vineyard Team Tailgate, Biochar in the Vineyard, Soledad: 2/16
8. Mushroom Discovery Weekend, SLO Botanical Garden: 2/16-19
9. WiVi Central Coast, Paso Robles: early bird reg ends 2/16
10. Planning a Spring Vegetable Garden, SLO Master Gardeners: 2/17
11. Green Chef Competition, The Lavra, Arroyo Grande: 2/18
12. Agricultural Order TNA/INMP Reporting Workshops, SLO, Salinas, Santa Maria: 2/20, 21, 27
13. BlendFest on the Coast, Paso Robles Wine Country: 2/22-25
14. Permaculture Gardening Series – Food Forest Design, City Farm SLO: 2/24  [Promo code ‘FIVEOFF’]
15. SLO Food System Coalition quarterly meeting: 3/5

California & Hybrid
16. California Plant and Soil Conference, Fresno: 2/6-7
17. World Ag Expo, Tulare: 2/13-15
18. 3rd Annual Regenerative Almond Field Day, Burroughs Family Farms, Snelling: 2/22
19. California Rangeland Conservation Coalition 2024 Summit, Stockton: 2/23
20. California Organic Seed Summit 2024, Ukiah & virtual platform: 2/23-25
21. California Small Farm Conference, virtual w/ statewide gatherings: 2/25-3/1
22. BioSolutions Conference and Expo, Visalia: 3/4-6  [Promo code 'CAFF']
23. Natural Foods Expo West, Anaheim: 3/12-16
24. Soil Health Academy, Regenerative Orcharding w/ Stacked Enterprises, Burroughs Family Farms, Denair: 4/30 -5/2

25. NRA 2025 Update to California’s Natural and Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy
       Grasslands Virtual Workshop: 2/5 & Croplands Virtual Workshop: 2/27 
26. CCOF GoGreen Business Energy Financing Program webinar: 2/6
27. California Fire Science Seminar Series: starts 2/6 
28. eOrganic Organic Mngmt Spotted Wing Drosophila & Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation: 2/7 & 2/20, 3/21
29. From Policy to Practice: Food Donation Guidance for SB 1383 Food Generators: 2/8
30. Rodale Institute: Advantages of Organic vs Conventional & Tine Weeder Performance: 2/14 & 2/28
31. Culinary Breeding Network, Clemson ‘Going Organic’ webinar series: 2/14
32. USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum: Cultivating the Future: 2/15-16
33. College Conference on Cooperative Livestream, National Farmers Union: 2/16
34. UC Sustainable Food Systems Emerging Issues Webinar Series
      Part 1 – Harvesting Solutions: Trio of Perspectives Addressing Food Waste from Field to Fork: 2/22
      Part 2 – Farm to Corrections: Cultivating Justice through Nutrition and Gardening Initiatives: 2/29


35. CDFA Healthy Soils Program: apply by 2/9
CA Small Ag Business Drought and Flood Relief Grant Program: extended to 2/15
37. NRCS Funding for Water Efficiency, Water Quality, and Organic Transition: apply by 2/16
38. EPA People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Student Design Competition: due 2/21
39. CDFA Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program: closes 2/26
40. Association of California Water Agencies Scholarships: due 3/1
41. Paid Summer Farm Apprenticeships through Anne Saxelby Legacy Fund: apply by 3/15
42. Taylor Farms Summer Internships: apply by 3/15
43. CA-CRaFT Program application for citrus growers, Citrus Research Board: due 3/15
44. Pollinator Habitat Grant Programs for farmers and ranchers
45. CCOF is currently seeking Organic Inspectors, SLO & Santa Barbara Counties
46. Career Openings, California Association of Resource Conservation Districts
47. City Farm SLO Summer Internships 
48. Work with Groundswell International
49. Apricot Land Farms is Hiring! Holistic Poultry Specialist, Market Garden Assistant and
Habitat Restoration Team Member

50. SARE Best Practices for the Sustainable Urban Farm

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