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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 2023

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Upcoming Events

Happy October!  We hope to see you at Cal Poly's Swanton Pacific Ranch near Santa Cruz for a special Healthy Soils Ranch Field Tour on Friday, October 20th.

Please see below for links to this upcoming event and more: 

Cal Poly

1. Healthy Soils Ranch Field Tour, Swanton Pacific Ranch, Davenport, CA: 10/20
      Register by Wed 10/11

2. Fall Career Fair: 10/11-12
3. Cal Poly Fuels and Vegetation Education (FAVE) Program
      * Webinar: Project Development and Regulatory Sequencing for Wildfire Grants: 10/17
      * Field Trainings: South Lake Tahoe 10/13 , Woodside 10/27 , Oakhurst 11/1 
4. Climate Solutions Now virtual conference: 10/25-27
5. Cal Poly Meat Market and Poly Provisions: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

San Luis Obispo & Central Coast

6. UC Organic Avocado and Citrus Workshop, Ventura: 10/12
7. California Avocado Society Annual Meeting, Ventura: 10/14  (early bird registration by 10/6)
8. Rachel's Farm Film Premier, Santa Barbara Permaculture Network: 10/15
9. Central Coast Farmer Equity Gathering, City Farm SLO: 10/17
10. CAFF Central Coast Farmer Gathering, Los Olivos: 10/18
11. Central Coast Sustainability Summit, UC Santa Barbara: 10/18
12. Still Takeover and Whiskey Workshop, Hotel Cerro, San Luis Obispo: 10/19
13. Central Coast Rangeland Coalition: Liability, Housing and Collaboration, Scotts Valley: 10/19
14. Golden Oak Honey and Pumpkin Festival, Paso Robles: 10/21
15. Crossings: How Road Ecology is Shaping the Future of Our Planet, SLO Public Library: 10/23
16. Cuesta Ranch Education classes: Plant Propagation & Establishing a Small Farm: 10/28 & 11/4
17. Community Olive Crush, Kiler Ridge Olive Farm, Paso Robles: 10/29, 11/26
18. Sustainable Ag Expo, Vineyard Team, SLO: 11/14-15 
19. Organic Grower Summit, Monterey: 11/29-30

California & the West
20. EcoFarm Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Full Belly Farm, Guinda: 10/7
21. The Global Produce and Floral Show, Anaheim: 10/19-21
22. Verge 23: The Climate Tech Event, San Jose: 10/24-26
23. Food AI Summit, Alameda: 10/25 
24. OFAC Sustainable Pest Management and Production seminar, Fresno: 10/26

25. ‘Growing Together’ Latino Farmer Conference, Stockton: 11/1-2
26. Regenerate Conference: Microbes/Markets/Climate, Santa Fe NM: 11/1-3
27. California Seaweed Festival, San Diego: 11/3-4
28. FREP/WPH Nutrient Management Conference, Modesto: 11/8-9

Virtual & Hybrid
29. ASA Irrigation Scheduling and Nutrient Management for Orchard Systems: 10/19
30. NRCS Pest Mngmt Technologies webinar & Incentives for Urban Ag webinar: 10/24 & 10/26

31. UC Ag Experts Talk: Diseases in Pistachio and Walnut: 10/25
32. California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) Symposium, CSU Chico & Online: 10/25-28
33. Composting with Aerated Static Piles webinar, Solana Center: 11/1
34. Rodale Institute webinars: Impact of Soil Management on Soil Health and Vegetables: 11/8 
35. Vineyard Team Sustainable Winegrowing Education On-Demand: Free through 11/30
36. 2024 Agritourism Intensive: 1/24 - 2/28 (Register by 11/17)


37. Western SARE Grants deadlines: 10/25 – 12/7
38. CCOF Organic Transition Grants: due 10/27
39. California Small Ag Business Drought and Flood Relief Grant Program: due 10/31
40. Garden Educator Positions, One Cool Earth  
41. Working Lands Coordinator, Land Trust of Santa Cruz County
42. Partner Engagement Manager, California Climate and Ag Network (CalCAN)
43. Sustainable PCA Trainee and Data Analyst, Braga Fresh, Soledad
44. Robotics Engineer, TRIC Robotics, Santa Maria
45. Crop Production Manager, Brite Creek Farm, Tehachapi
            Email inquiries to:

46. Zero Foodprint Compost Connector Program - apply for reduced cost compost
ATTRA Community Forest Gardens: Case Studies throughout the U.S.
48. California Climate Action Plan Database



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