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 2020

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For ways to continue practicing and supporting sustainable agriculture, please see below for links to online opportunities, resources and local vendors. 

Upcoming & Ongoing

Cal Poly

1. Learn by Doing @Home Series Virtual class sessions for friends of CAFES 
2. Cal Poly Meats Drive-thru: Thurs, Fri, Sat (incl. CP Organic Farm boxes & more)

San Luis Obispo County

3. SLO Botanical Garden Virtual Plant Sale: 5/6-17 
4. 2020 Sudden Oak Death (SOD) Blitz: 5/16-18 
5. Face Masks for SLO County 
6. Black Diamond 10th Anniversary Compost Tea Giveaway: Saturdays May-July


7. International Compost Awareness Week: 5/3-9
8. CDFA Soil Organic Carbon Mapping Project webinar to receive public comments: 5/5 & 5/6
9. Managing Problematic Pests with Biologicals webinar: 5/5
10. Sustainable Agricultural Planning Grants Technical Assistance webinar: 5/7
11. Farming During a Pandemic: Policy Responses in California webinar: 5/8
12. LEED Green Associate Training: Live Webinar 5/9, 6/6, 6/25 OR On-Demand
13. Sustain and Thrive in Covid-19: Webinars for Small Food Producers: 5/13
14. Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) for Producers: 5/14 Recording available  
15. Social Media Marketing for Farmers webinar: 5/19
16. UC Ag Experts Talk - Invasive shot hole borers in avocado (CEUs pending): 5/20
17. Biochar from Forest to the Farm webinar: 5/21 
18. Innovative Direct Marketing for Farmers webinar: 5/26
19. Getting to Know Your Customer webinar, Vineyard Team: 5/27
20. Innovation and Technology in Food and Farming: 5/29
21. OpTIS: Satellite Imagery to Understand Trends in Conservation Ag Practices: 5/29
22. United Fresh 2020 LIVE!: 6/15 
23. Soil Health Institute Virtual Meeting: 7/30-31 


24. Sustainable Food Systems Online Workshop for Young Researchers abstracts due: 5/8
25. Composting Council College Scholarships: 5/10
26. NRCS RCP Alternative Funding Arrangements: 5/29  Extended 

27. Western SARE Research and Education Call for Pre-proposals: 5/22
28. CDFA Biologically Integrated Farming Systems (BIFS) Program: 5/31 
29. EcoFarm 2021 Workshop, Speaker and Film Proposals: due 6/1
30. Nominations for National Organic Standards Board (NOSB): due 6/1
31. NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP): 6/5
32. 8th California Oak Symposium (March 2021, SLO) Call for Abstracts: 6/12  

33. CDFA Proactive IPM Solutions Program: 6/30 
34. Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Program pre-proposals due: 7/1
35. Leopold Conservation Awards application deadline: 7/15 
36. California Volunteers website, Office of the Governor

37. CDFA Internship Program

38. Center for Land-based Learning Apprenticeship Program

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

Avila Valley Barn  Barn boxes and Butcher boxes available 
Growing Grounds Farm and Nursery  Open 2nd and 4th Tuesday
Kandarian Organic Farms 
Larder Meat Company 
Manzanita Manor Organics  Organic Walnuts and Port-style Wine
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
RobinSong Farms
Rutiz Family Farms 
SLO County Farmers’ Markets and Online Vendors List 
Talley Farms  Produce box pickup or home delivery

Sanitizer Order Online & Pick-up
Bethel Rd Distillery 
Krobār Craft Distillery


CropMobster Exchange virtual trading post
One Cool Earth Virtual Garden Education Program video lessons for kids

SLO Master Gardeners Helpline 
SLO Master Preservers Helpline

Agriculture Emergency Information Page from
COVID-19 Farm Resources from AgSafe 
COVID-19 Farm Resources from Ecological Farming Association 
COVID-19 Information Page from USDA 

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