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April 2018 Announcements

Lots of exciting events and opportunities coming up this April! We hope to see you at Cal Poly Open House on Saturday, April 14. Best wishes for a happy Earth Day and fruitful spring!
Please scroll below the list of hyperlinks to see event descriptions with additional information for each item.

Upcoming Events


Center & Cal Poly

1. Tomato Mania: 4/7-8
2. Cal Poly CAFES Open House: 4/14
3. Green Careers: Attainable Jobs in Environmental Sustainability: 4/17
4. Cal Poly Earth Week: 4/17-19
5. Wind Energy + Storage for Commercial and Agricultural Applications: 4/21
6. Real Food Collaborative (RFC) Veggie Subscription Program

San Luis Obispo & Region
7. Central Coast Pepper Production Workshop, Gilroy: 4/4
8. Cover Crop Grower Workshop, Watsonville: 4/5
9. SIP Smart Seminar, Niner Wine Estates, Paso Robles: 4/11
10. Tomato Fandango, Tiber Canyon Ranch: 4/14-15
11. 39th Annual Post-harvest Pest Control Conference, Oxnard; 4/17-18
12. SLO County Earth Day Fair and Music Festival: 4/21
13. Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival: 4/21-22
14. Flavors from Around the World, SLO Master Preservers: 4/28
15. Spring Festival at Branch Mill Organic Farm, Arroyo Grande: 4/28
16. Wine, Waves and Beyond benefit for GleanSLO, Pismo Beach: 5/4-6
17. California Olive Experience, FarmsteadEd: 5/6

California
18. Urban Farming Workshops, Sacramento and San Diego: 4/6 – 5/4
19. Dirt Matters: Healthy Soils for Productive and Sustainable CA, Sacramento: 4/11
20. How to Produce Nutrient Dense Food, Paicines Ranch: 4/12-15
21. Listening Sessions for Nat’l Young Farmers Coalition: 4/17 – 5/1
22. Conservation Easements to Keep Ranches Working, Koopman Ranch, Sunol: 4/19
23. 2018 California Beef Cattle Grazing School, Browns Valley: 4/27-28
24. Silicon Valley AgTech Conference, Mountain View: 5/3
25. Water in the Middle East and Africa: A Nexus of Cooperation and Conflict, UCLA: 5/7

Online
26. No-tilling Through High Residue Conditions: 4/10

Opportunities
27. CDFA Healthy Soils Program application deadline: 4/13
28. Summer Soil Institute at Colorado State: 4/15
29. Teacher Training Program, Stone Barns Center for Food and Ag, NY: 4/16
30. CalCAN Campaign Organizer position: 5/1
31. AMS Local Food Promotion Program and Marketing Improvement Program grants: 5/7
32. PG&E Better Together Resilient Communities Grant: 5/11
33. CCOF Future Organic Farmer Grant for Students and Teachers: 5/15
34. NRCS Seeks Partners for Easement Restoration: 5/18
35. CDFA Alternative Manure Management Program: 5/22
36. OFRF Education and Research Program Associate position 
37. Part-time internships at Jack Creek Farms, Templeton
38. Internships at Avila Valley Barn and Gopher Glen Organic Apple Farm

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Center & Cal Poly

1. Tomato Mania: 4/7-8
Tomato Mania 2018 will feature 70 cultivars of student grown tomatoes for everyone to enjoy! For more information and directions to the Poly Plant Shop, please visit: http://www.polyplantshop.com/

2. Cal Poly CAFES Open House: 4/14
On Saturday, April 14th, come meet students, faculty and alumni and learn about the many exciting things happening across the college and university! The Center will have a booth at the Farm Shop (Bldg 9) from 9am – 3pm as part of the Ag Pavilion Department Showcase. Other activities will include the Tractor Pull at 1pm, the Alumni Beer and Wine Garden from 2:30-5pm, and the Poly Royal Rodeo at 5:30pm. For more details about the day’s demonstrations and events, please go to: https://cafes.calpoly.edu/saturday-april-8-open-house

3. Green Careers: Attainable Jobs in Environmental Sustainability: 4/17
The focus of Cal Poly Career Services’ next Emerging Markets Panel will be ‘Green Careers: Attainable Jobs in Environmental Sustainability’ and will take place on Tuesday, April 17th from 11:10am – 12:30pm in University Union Rm. 220. Please see the Career Services calendar for information: https://careerservices.calpoly.edu/explore-services/your-events

4. Cal Poly Earth Week: 4/17-19
Earth Week at Cal Poly will be 3 fun-filled days of events and activities related to sustainability on campus! There is still time to sign-up to volunteer or host a booth at the Earth Week Clubs Fair. Join the Facebook Event page for the latest details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2021497508175124

5. Wind Energy + Storage for Commercial and Agricultural Applications: 4/21
The rapid development of energy storage has expanded the playing field for the economical use of wind turbines, particularly in the commercial and agricultural sectors. This free class will cover various types of wind turbines and energy storage technologies, and how they can be paired in the most cost-effective way. Ideal for owners of facilities in the more windy foothill areas of the coast and central valley. The Wind Energy class takes place Saturday, April 21st from 9am – 4:30pm at Bldg 20A on the Cal Poly campus. For questions, please contact taufik@calpoly.edu. For more information, please go to: http://usi.pge.com/event-details?EventID=18875

6. Real Food Collaborative (RFC) Veggie Subscription Program
Cal Poly’s Real Food Collaborative is offering veggie boxes during spring quarter! Pick-ups will be every Wednesday on Dexter Lawn (close to the Library and the food trucks) from 3:15-6pm. Don't forget a reusable tote! If you have any questions, contact realfoodcalpoly@gmail.com or text (530) 302-6309. For more information and to signup, please go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeADkc-1j5_culYwxPEk6w1tufivJQ4b5nn8FduVAJImLYX4g/viewform  


San Luis Obispo & Region

7. Central Coast Pepper Production Workshop, Gilroy: 4/4
UCCE Santa Clara and Monterey Counties and cosponsors California Pepper Commission and Farm Bureau present the 2018 Central Coast Pepper Production Workshop on Wednesday, April 4th from 8am – 12:45pm at Old City Hall, Gilroy. CEUs are available. For more information, please go to: http://cesantaclara.ucanr.edu/SmallFarms/PepperProductionWorkshop/

8. Cover Crop Grower Workshop, Watsonville: 4/5
Join the UC Cooperative Extension, Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County, USDA Agricultural Research Service, and Pajaro Valley growers at a cover crop field workshop. There you will share ideas with other growers and cover crop researchers on the benefits, challenges, and management strategies for including cover crop in many different production scenarios. For more information, please visit: https://www.ccof.org/cover-crop-grower-workshop

9. SIP Smart Seminar, Niner Wine Estates, Paso Robles: 4/11
Learn the latest and maximize the value and benefits of being Sustainability in Practice (SIP) Certified, whether you work in the vineyard, tasting room, marketing or sales. The SIP Smart Seminar takes place 8:30am – 1pm at Niner Wine Estates Craft Winery, Paso Robles. For more information about this and other upcoming Vineyard Team events, please go to: http://www.vineyardteam.org/events/

10. Tomato Fandango, Tiber Canyon Ranch: 4/14-15
Featuring goodies from Growing Grounds (tomato and veggie plant starts), Chaparral Gardens (artisan vinegars), Black Diamond VermiCompost, Kacey Cakes (gluten and dairy-free desserts), Rock Front Ranch (honey and jujube fruit),  Roost (bird houses and feeders), and Refiner’s Fire (wood-fired pizza), as well as Tiber Canyon artisan and flavored olive oils, talks by Chef John Baer, and live music by Russ Douglas. Open 11 am – 4 pm on both April 14th and 15th at Tiber Canyon Ranch, 280 W. Ormonde Rd, SLO. To learn more about Tiber Canyon Ranch, please visit: http://www.tibercanyon.com/

11. 39th Annual Post-harvest Pest Control Conference, Oxnard: 4/17-18
Co-produced by the Citrus Research Board and UC Ag and Natural Resources, this highly technical two-day conference for researchers, industry personnel and service company representatives will provide updates on recent developments in post-harvest disease control. Registration deadline is April 6. For more information, please visit: http://citrusresearch.org/news/make-plans-to-attend-the-39th-annual-post-harvest-pest-control-conference/

12. SLO County Earth Day Fair and Music Festival: 4/21
The 28th Annual San Luis Obispo County Earth Day Fair and Music Festival takes place Saturday, April 21st from 11am - 5pm at Laguna Lake Park, SLO. Mark the date and invite others for a day of education, community and fun. Information about attending, volunteering, or registering a booth are available at: http://earthdayalliance.com/earth-day-2018-2/

13. Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival: 4/21-22
Community Environmental Council (CEC) hosts the two day Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival where 200+ earth-friendly exhibitors will provide opportunities for the community to gather, share stories, and work toward building a climate-resilient future. For more information, please visit: http://sbearthday.org/

14. Flavors from Around the World, Master Preservers: 4/28
Flavor enhancers, condiments, are important for creating cultural recipes from around the world. Come and learn how to make your own condiments including chutneys as we travel around the globe through food. The Flavors from Around the World: Condiments and Chutneys workshop takes place Saturday, April 28th from 10am - 12pm at the UCCE Auditorium, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. Class fee is $5. For more information about this and other upcoming SLO Master Preservers classes, please visit: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/YouthFamilyCommunities/Master_Food_Preserver_Program/Training/

15. Spring Festival at Branch Mill Organic Farm, Arroyo Grande: 4/28
Join Branch Mill Organic Farm for a fun day of harvest tastings, mini workshops, farm tours, music and more on Saturday, April 28th from 11am – 4pm. For more information, please visit: http://branchmillorganics.com/earth-day-fair-funraiser/  

16. Wine, Waves and Beyond benefit for GleanSLO, Pismo Beach: 5/4-6
Enjoy 3 days of unforgettable events that embrace California’s traditional surfing lifestyle along with exceptional wine and food at Wine, Waves and Beyond, the 9th Annual Central Coast Surf Classic May 4-6. Proceeds benefit GleanSLO, a program of the Food Bank Coalition of SLO County. For more information, please visit: https://www.winewavesandbeyond.com/

17. Inside the Olive: California Olive Experience, FarmsteadEd: 5/6
Taste like pros and look behind the scenes at this emerging California specialty crop. Explore why this ancient food is gathering so much attention today! The Inside the Olive: California Olive Experience takes place Sunday, May 6th from 10am - 1pm at the Groves on 41, Templeton. For more information about this and other exciting FarmsteadEd events, please visit: https://farmsteaded.com/


California

18. Urban Farming Workshops, Sacramento and San Diego: 4/6 – 5/4
Learn the basics of urban farming from UC Extension advisors and local partners at this series of workshops taking place in both Sacramento and San Diego. $20 for a full day of expert speakers, demonstrations and networking opportunities, which includes lunch and refreshments. Each of the four workshops will cover separate topics, from production issues to marketing and business management. To register for Sacramento workshops, please go to: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=24049  To register for San Diego workshops, please go to: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=24019

19. Dirt Matters: Healthy Soils for a Productive and Sustainable CA, Sacramento: 4/11
Join UC Center Sacramento on Wednesday, April 11th at 12noon for a lecture by Timothy Bowles, Assistant Professor of Agroecology/ Sustainable Agriculture at UC Berkeley. Professor Bowles will highlight how soil health and maintenance can not only improve the productivity of California agriculture, but also address key environmental challenges facing the state. Event is co-sponsored with the Berkeley Food Institute. For more information and to register, please visit: http://uccs.ucdavis.edu/events/2018-April-11-Bowles

20. How to Produce Nutrient Dense Food, Paicines Ranch: 4/12-15
This four day workshop at Paicines Ranch will explore the tenets of soil health, nutrient density and the relationship between food production practices and human health. The workshop will be led by Dan Kittredge of the Bionutrient Food Association and Spencer Smith of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management. For more information, please go to: https://shop.jeffersonhub.com/products/how-to-produce-nutrient-dense-food?platform=hootsuite

21. Listening Sessions for Nat’l Young Farmers Coalition: 4/17 – 5/1
The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) is building a California policy platform based on feedback from young (under 40 counts!), aspiring and active farmers. Join them in listening sessions in Fresno or San Diego to hear from fellow young agrarians and help direct NYFC’s work.
April 17 (Fresno with Hmong interpretation) RSVP to mai@youngfarmers.org
April 18 (Fresno with Spanish interpretation) RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/listening-sessionsesion-de-escucha-fresno-tickets-44261955701
May 1 (San Diego with Spanish interpretation) RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/california-listening-session-san-diego-tickets-44013924834

22. Conservation Easements to Keep Ranches Working, Koopman Ranch, Sunol: 4/19
This joint meeting of the California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management and the Central Coast Rangeland Coalition will discuss the opportunity for mitigation conservation easements to support working rangeland sustainability on the Central Coast. Deadline to register is April 5th. For more information, please go to: http://www.elkhornsloughctp.org/training/show_train_detail.php?TRAIN_ID=Ma64UDQ

23. 2018 California Beef Cattle Grazing School, Browns Valley: 4/27-28
Registration deadline is April 17th. For information and registration, please visit: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/?calitem=407909&g=20595

24. Silicon Valley AgTech Conference, Mountain View: 5/3
AgTech startups are invited to the Silicon Valley AgTech Conference to find partners, investors and customers. For more information, please visit: https://www.svagtech.org/wp/

25. Water in the Middle East and Africa: A Nexus of Cooperation and Conflict, UCLA: 5/7
On May 7th, leading water experts will gather at UCLA to discuss policy and technology solutions to the water crises facing the Middle East and Africa. Learn how local, regional and national solutions are working and how they can also address supply and quality problems in other water-challenged areas of the world. For more information, please visit: http://mideastafrica-water.org/mideastafricawater


Online

26. No-tilling Through High Residue Conditions: 4/10
High biomass cover crops are great for soil health, but require a different strategy for planting to ensure good seed to soil contact. This webinar will focus on management strategies for planting into high biomass to ensure good stands. For more information about this and other upcoming conservation webinars, please visit:  http://www.conservationwebinars.net/upcoming-webinars-1


Opportunities

27. CDFA Healthy Soils Program application deadline: 4/13
California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has announced its second call for grant applications for the Healthy Soils Program. Both farmer incentive grants and demonstration project grants are available for practices such as cover crops, compost, hedgerows, reduced tillage and more. Application deadline is 5pm on Friday, April 13th. For more information, please visit: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/healthysoils/

28. Summer Soil Institute at Colorado State: 4/15
Gain an integrated perspective on soil ecology and biogeochemistry with world-renowned faculty to address critical questions in grassland, agricultural and forest soils. The Summer Soil Institute is designed for graduate students, post-docs, professionals, faculty and K-12 teachers and will take place June 17-30 at Colorado State University. For more information, please go to: https://soilinstitute.nrel.colostate.edu/

29. Teacher Training Program, Stone Barns Center for Food and Ag, NY: 4/16
If you are a high school teacher in the Los Angeles metro area who is passionate about food and interested in food system change, the Stone Barns Center encourages you to apply to the Summer 2018 Teacher Institute July 22 – August 2 in New York’s Hudson Valley. Scholarships will cover most costs for accepted teachers. Application deadline is April 16. For more information, please visit: https://www.stonebarnscenter.org/engage/for-teachers/teacher-training-program/

30. CalCAN Campaign Organizer position: 5/1
California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) is currently seeking a Campaign Organizer who is committed to sustainable agriculture, with a demonstrated interest in using policy, organizing and campaigning to effect systems change. For full job description, please go to: http://calclimateag.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Job-posting-Campaign-Organizer-2-18.pdf

31. AMS Local Food Promotion Program and Marketing Improvement Program grants: 5/7
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has announced several grants to support specialty crop growers, strengthen local and regional food systems, and explore new market opportunities for farmers and ranchers. Application deadline for the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP), and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) is May 7th. For more information, please visit: https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants

32. PG&E Better Together Resilient Communities Grant: 5/11
In an effort to promote local resilience to climate change, PG&E has developed the Better Together Resilient Communities grant program to support local climate resilience initiatives. Extreme heat events is the focus of the 2018 grant program. Application deadline is May 11th. For more information, please visit: https://www.pge.com/en_US/residential/in-your-community/local-environment/resilient-communities/resilient-communities-grant-program.page?WT.mc_id=Vanity_resiliencegrants

33. CCOF Future Organic Farmer Grant for Students and Teachers: 5/15
The CCOF Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund provides grants and scholarships to K-8 teachers, middle and high school students, and to vocational and higher education students. Application deadline for teachers and college students is May 15th. For more information, please go to: https://www.ccof.org/ccof-foundation/future-organic-farmer-grant-fund

34. NRCS Seeks Partners for Easement Restoration: 5/18
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is requesting proposals from qualified individuals and organizations to complete restoration work of degraded wetlands, floodplains and forestlands. Application deadline is May 18th. For more information, please see the News Release at: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/newsroom/releases/?cid=NRCSEPRD1389639

35. CDFA Alternative Manure Management Program: 5/22
The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) provides financial assistance for the implementation of non-digester management practices which will result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Application deadline is May 22nd. Application Assistance and Technical Assistance workshops will be offered at various locations beginning in April. For more grant and workshop information, please visit: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/AMMP

36. OFRF Education and Research Program Associate position 
The Organic Farming Research Foundation in Santa Cruz is seeking an Education and Research Program Associate. Master’s degree in agricultural science or related field is required. For full job description, please go to: http://ofrf.org/sites/ofrf.org/files/staff/Education%20%26%20Research%20Program%20Associate.pdf  

37. Part-time internships at Jack Creek Farms, Templeton
Jack Creek Farms in Templeton is seeking part-time help for farm duties such as berry and pumpkin planting, weed management and irrigation management. Time commitment is 20-30 hours per week, for $12-14 per hour, depending on the season. If interested, please contact info@jackcreekfarms.com

38. Internships at Avila Valley Barn and Gopher Glen Organic Apple Farm
Position includes a wide range of tasks found on a small family farm. Interns will work with the farmers moving livestock, monitoring for pests, pest control, sprouting seeds, transplanting, planting, weeding, harvesting, farm stand fruit/veggie design, record keeping, planning, event planning and execution, fruit stand scheduling, and hard cider fermentation. Our program is meant to be adapted to the intern, which means there is flexibility in the work details. Past interns have focused on website development, insect monitoring and treatment, and vegetable production. If interested, please contact gopherglenapples@gmail.com


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