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 October 2019

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Upcoming Events

The new school year has begun here at Cal Poly and we’re off to a great start!  Please see below for links to a plethora of exciting upcoming food and ag events and opportunities:

Center & Cal Poly
1. Grocery Story: Food Cooperatives author & Deconstructing Dinner host Jon Steinman: 11/10
2. October is Sustainability Month at Cal Poly: Zero Waste 10/1 & Food Day 10/17 & more
3. Cal Poly Study Abroad - Sustainability in Panama, Costa Rica, Taiwan info sessions
4. Swanton Pacific Day 2019: 10/12 
5. CAFES Research Seminar Series: Fridays
6. Fall Quarter Produce Subscription Program Sign-up, Real Food Collaborative 

San Luis Obispo & Region
7. Bounty of the Harvest benefit dinner at Tiber Canyon Ranch: 10/5 
8. Harvest Hard Cider Dinner, Gopher Glen Organic Apple Farm: 10/5 
9. Pumpkin Palooza, Jack Creek Farms, Templeton: 10/5 
10. California Stormwater Quality Assoc. (CASQA) Annual Conference, Monterey: 10/7-9
11. Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change talk by Dr. Tim LaSalle, 7 pm at SLO Guild Hall: 10/11
12. Central Coast Tiny Footprint & Net Zero Expo, Madonna Meadows: 10/11-13 
13. Healing Earth, John Todd Booksigning & Workshop: 10/18 & 10/19
14. Harvest Wine Weekend, Paso Robles: 10/18-20
15. Soils-Compost-Fertilizers, UCCE Master Gardeners: 10/19
16. Fall Harvest Festival at City Farm SLO: 10/20 
17. Compost Demonstration, Gopher Glen Organic Apple Farm & Coastal San Luis RCD: 10/25
18. Golden Oak Honey Festival, Paso Robles: 10/26 
19. SLO Master Food Preservers Simply Sourdough: 10/26 
20. School Wellness Summit, Buellton: 10/30
21. Sustainable Ag Expo, San Luis Obispo: 11/11-13 
22. Increasing Access at Local Farmers Markets, SLO Food System Coalition: 11/18

California & Out-of-State
23. Regenerative Food Systems Investment Forum, Oakland: 9/30-10/1
24. Soil Health Tech for Climate Resilience, Merced: 10/9
25. Cal-Pac SRM and CC Rangeland Coalition: Diversification on the Range, Santa Rosa: 10/16-17
26. Wild Working Landscapes: Range Mgmt and Wildlife Coexistence, Melville MT: 10/18-20
27. Verge 19: Accelerating the Clean Economy, Oakland: 10/22-24
28. Net Impact Conference 2019, Detroit MI: 10/24-26
29. Heritage Livestock Conference: All Things Sheep! Santa Rosa: 10/25-26
30. 2019 Flood-MAR Public Forum, Sacramento: 10/28-29
31. Annual FREP/WPHA Conference, Fresno: 10/28-30
32. Regenerative Earth Summit, Boulder CO: 10/29-30
33. 2019 ASA-CSSA-SSSA Int'l Meeting: Embracing the Digital Envir., San Antonio TX: 11/10-13
34. Soil and Nutrition Conference, Southbridge MA: 11/14-17 (early bird due 10/1)
35. 2019 Fire Congress, Association for Fire Ecology, Tucson AZ: 11/18-22

36. Dry Farming Organic Vegetables webinar: 10/1 
37. Applications for Internet of Things (IoT) for Improved Ag Operational Efficiency: 10/2 
38. Specialty Crop Block Grant Program webinar: 10/2
39. Western SARE Professional + Producer Grant webinar: 10/4
40. USDA Value-Added Producer Grant webinars: 10/8 & 10/24 
41. CA Air Resources Board Research Roundtable webcast: 10/7
42. Organic 101 for Small and Midsized Farms webinar: 10/14
43. EPA Excess Food Opportunities Map webinar (Registration Link): 10/16
44. Benefits of Using Satellite Imagery for Making Better Crop Mngmt Decisions: 10/16
45. Equitable Food Oriented Development webinar: 10/17
46. Assessing Crop Profitability for Farm Business Planning: 10/29
47. CDFA Farmer Resource Portal 
48. UCANR Healthy Soils Page

49. Regenerative Ranching Apprentice 2019 and Horse Apprentice 2019 jobs at TomKat Ranch
50. Volunteer (remote) research assistantship with Yale’s Carbon Removal Group
51. World Oceans Day Manager full-time position: application due 10/17
52. Scholarship to attend Soil Health Academy in Chico: due 10/19  (workshop dates 12/3-5)
53. Propose a workshop for Small Farm Conference, Paso Robles: due 11/1
54. CalRecycle Organics Grant Program: 11/7
55. Western SARE upcoming grant deadlines: 11/11, 11/13, 11/20
56. Scholarship to attend EcoFarm Conference: 11/12
57. Nominations for Int’l Certified Crop Adviser of the Year Award: 11/26


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