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 May 2024

Please see below for links to upcoming events and opportunities in sustainable agriculture: 

Upcoming Events

Cal Poly
1. Cal Poly Citrus U-Pick and ‘Fill Your Own’ Olive Oil, Cal Poly Farm: Sat, weather permitting
2. Fuels and Vegetation Education Program Field Workshops: 5/9 & 5/20
3. Dairy Economics Short Course, Dairy Products Technology Center: 5/14-15
4. Bringing Beavers Back to Coastal California: 5/18
5. Cal Poly Meats: open Thurs, Fri, Saturdays

San Luis Obispo & Central Coast
6. Bee, Butterfly and Bat Faire, Cambria: 5/5
7. Vineyard Team: Electric Vehicles, New Vineyard Sites, Dry Farming Success: 5/8, 5/15, 5/30
8. Biochar 101, SLO Permaculture Guild, Arroyo Grande: 5/11
9. Paso Robles Olive and Lavender Festival: 5/11
10. Taste of Santa Barbara: 5/13-19
11. Paso Wine Fest 2024: 5/16-19
12. Gardening with Pollinators and Beneficial Insects, Master Gardeners SLO: 5/18
13. Black Diamond Vermicompost tour, California Rare Fruit Growers: 5/18
14. Wild Flower Day Ride, Radical Adventure Riders and Bike SLO County: 5/19
15. 2024 Sudden Oak Death Blitz SLO County volunteer opportunity: 5/24-27
16. Sheep Shearing Shindig, City Farm SLO: 5/25 
17. World Ocean Day Cleanup, EcoSLO, Avila Beach: 6/8
18. FarmsteadED Open Farm Days: 6/21-23
19. Salinas Biological Summit: 6/25-26

20. Sustainable Ag with Artificial Intelligence Extension Workshop, Palm Desert: 5/7 
21. Sustainable Produce Summit, Palm Desert: 5/30
22. Honig Vineyard Field Day, Wild Farm Alliance, Rutherford: 5/30
23. 2024 California Cooperative Conference, San Diego: 5/31 - 6/1
24. Agri-Pulse Food and Ag Issues Summit West, Sacramento: 6/4
25. Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee and Small Farm Expo, Kingsburg: 6/22

26. UC Ag Experts Talk: Monitoring Western Grapeleaf Skeletonizer: 5/8
27. LEED Green Associate Training: 5/11, 6/8 or On-Demand [Discount code ‘green’]
28. EPA Tools and Resources Webinar Series: Prescribed Burning and Smoke Planning: 5/15
29. Climate Resilience through Regeneration: Healthy Soils from Coast to Valley, SusCon: 5/15
30. Clemson Going Organic webinars: Market trends in the global plant protein industry: 5/15
31. Climate Startups of the Central Coast, SLO Climate Coalition: 5/16 
32. Malting and Brewing with Organic Naked Barley, eOrganic webinar: 5/16 

33. Rodale Institute: Ancient Wheat & Organic IPM: 5/22 & 5/29
34. CCOF Virtual Teatime with Albert Straus of Straus Family Creamery: 5/23
35. NRCS Practice Standard 336: Building Soil C and Soil Health with Biochar: 5/30

36. Local Agriculture Market Program, USDA-AMS: due 5/14
37. Western SARE Research and Education Grant pre-proposals: due 5/23
38. SARE Food Loss and Waste Training and Technical Assistance Grant: deadline 6/28 
39. Regenerative Agriculture Apprenticeship, Measure to Improve: apply by 6/10
40. Civic Spark Fellow Program: apply by 6/14

41. Americorps VIP Program for recent graduates: due 7/15
42. Leopold Conservation Award nominations due: 7/18
43. Seeds for Bees Program free seed applications open: through 8/31


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