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December 2017 Announcements

Upcoming Events

World Soil Day is tomorrow, December 5th! This is a good opportunity to remember the quiet but vital role soils play in all of our lives – AND for us to extend our appreciation to all of our incredible sponsors and collaborators for their help in our soil health offerings held over the past year. Thank you! We are now compiling information gathered from those events into an online educational series we plan to launch in spring 2018. For more info on World Soil Day, see the following FAO link, as well as other upcoming campus and regional events below. www.fao.org/world-soil-day/about-world-soil-day/en/
A happy holiday season to all!

Please scroll down below the following list of links to see event descriptions with additional information

Center & Cal Poly
1. Honey and Beekeeping Presentations from our Sustainable Ag Lecture Series
2. Poinsettia Sale at the Poly Plant Shop
3. Dairy Ingredients Symposium early bird registration: 1/21

San Luis Obispo & Region
4. Water and Nitrogen Use Workshop, Templeton: 12/5
5. Earthworks for Farm Resilience with Warren Brush: 12/6-10
6. Grapevine Physiology Workshop: 12/7
7. Project Hope and Fairness French Christmas Dinner: 12/9
8. Organic Grower Summit, Monterey: 12/13-14
9. EcoFarm Pre-conference Regenerative Agriculture track: 1/23-24
10. EcoFarm Conference, Pacific Grove: 1/24-27

California
11. SoCal Farmers Summit, Encinitas: 12/13-15
12. Teaching and Supporting Agritourism Workshop, San Diego County: 1/22-23
13. Sustainable Foods Summit, San Francisco: 1/30-31

Online
14. National Farmers Union Beginning Farmer and Rancher virtual conference: 12/4-7
15. CDFA Soil as Climate Smart Agricultural Strategy webinar: 12/5
16. Filtrexx Structural Living Walls & LEED Building webinars: 12/6 & 12/20
17. Organic Value-Added Processing and Certification webinar: 12/11
18. Life Underground: Partnering with Soil Microbial Communities on the Farm: 12/12
19. ASA/SSSA/Verdesian Soil Health- Focus on Nutrients: 12/13
20. Community Food: It Takes a Network webinar, National Good Food Network: 12/14 

Opportunities
21. USDA Farm-to-School Grant Program: 12/8
22. Employment opportunities at Los Angeles Pierce College: 12/8
23. USDA California Climate Hub seeking Postdoctoral Fellow: 12/15
24. Patagonia 2018 Case Competition - Carbon Neutrality sign-up deadline: 12/17
25. Grist Fellowships for environmental justice/reporter/video producer: 12/29
26. SARE Conference travel award applications: 1/2
27. Western SARE Graduate Student grant deadline: 1/12
28. Presentations from the 2017 CA Bioresources Alliance Symposium

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Center & Cal Poly

1. Honey and Beekeeping Presentations from our Sustainable Ag Lecture Series
Many thanks to our guest presenters Dr. Joe Carson, Gene Brandi, and the F.E.E.D. program for a great two days of beekeeping presentations at Cal Poly in November. Joe and Gene have kindly shared the slides from their presentations, and they are available for download at: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/sustainable_ag_lecture_series_fall_2017.html

2. Poinsettia Sale at the Poly Plant Shop
The Poly Plant Shop at Cal Poly has kicked off its annual Holiday Sale! More than 30 cultivars of poinsettias, plus wreaths, centerpieces, succulents, ornaments, and other gifts will be available for purchase starting Friday, December 1st through mid-December. The Poly Plant Shop is located on the Cal Poly campus at the top of Via Carta Road in the Horticulture Unit Bldg 48. For more information, call (805) 756-1106 or visit: http://www.polyplantshop.com/

3. Dairy Ingredients Symposium early bird registration: 1/21
Come and learn the latest developments in dairy ingredients at the 20th Dairy Ingredients Symposium taking place February 26-28 at Cliffs Resort, Shell Beach. This symposium is designed for industry and academic researchers, marketers, product developers, and manufacturers. The latest technological developments, tailored dairy ingredients, dairy industry trends, market opportunities, and new opportunities for dairy businesses will be featured at this event. Students are encouraged to attend and present their research in the symposium poster session. Early bird registration ends January 21st. For more information, please go to: https://dairy.calpoly.edu/short-course-symposia


San Luis Obispo & Region

4. Water and Nitrogen Use Workshop, Templeton: 12/5
Calculating the amount of water and nitrogen applied to a vineyard are important for tracking inputs and improving efficiency. This Vineyard Team workshop will include how to interpret soil and water analysis reports and how to calculate total water applied from irrigation, frost protection, and rainfall plus total nitrogen applied from fertilizer, compost, and water. Paul Crout of Vineyard Professional Services will guide participants through the process of calculating total water used and total Nitrogen applied. The Water and Nitrogen Use Workshop takes place Tuesday, December 5th from 9 am – 12pm at Castoro Cellars, Templeton. For more information, please visit: http://www.vineyardteam.org/events/index.php?id=212

5. Earthworks for Farm Resilience with Warren Brush: 12/6-10
Join international educator, Warren Brush with a dynamic teaching team from Casitas Valley Farm and Quail Springs Farm, here in San Luis Obispo for the Earthworks for Farm Resilience workshop taking place December 6th-10th. Learn about earthworks and hydration strategies for ecological farming, land restoration, water harvesting and earth reparation for agroecosystem stability; great for people working on their own landscape, farm or as a consultant. The workshop hosts are offering a work trade opportunity to receive $500 off the course fee in exchange for two additional days of earthworks assistance. For questions, please contact kellycmetcalf@hotmail.com. For more information about the workshop, please go to: http://permaculturedesign.us/resilience

6. Grapevine Physiology Workshop: 12/7
UC Cooperative Extension will be holding a full-day workshop on grapevine physiology and how various management practices can be used to optimize vine growth, productivity and fruit quality. The Grapevine Physiology Workshop takes place Thursday, December 7th from 8am – 3:15pm at the Veterans Memorial Building, San Luis Obispo. Cost is $100/person including lunch. For agenda and registration, please go to: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=21604

7. Project Hope and Fairness French Christmas Dinner: 12/9
Get ready for a fantastic French Christmas dinner orchestrated by food science emeritus professor Tom Neuhaus! Proceeds benefit Project Hope and Fairness in support of African cocoa farmers. French Christmas Dinner takes place Saturday, December 9th from 6-9pm at Old Mission Parish Hall, 752 Palm St, SLO. Ticket price is $85 per person. Purchase tickets at Mama Ganache or by donating online at: https://www.projecthopeandfairness.org/donate.php

8. Organic Grower Summit, Monterey: 12/13-14
Launched by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), the Organic Grower Summit will bring organic growers, producers and processors to Monterey for two days of education, information, and networking opportunities with their production supply chain and support service providers. A premier gathering of the organic producer community! The Organic Grower Summit takes place November 13-14 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. For more information and to register, please go to: https://www.organicgrowersummit.com/

9. EcoFarm Pre-Conference: Regenerative Agriculture track: 1/23-24
More information coming soon! https://eco-farm.org/conference/2018/pre-conference-events

10. EcoFarm Conference, Pacific Grove: 1/24-27
The 38th Annual Ecological Farming Conference Sow Good will be taking place January 24 – 27 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove. Special pre-conference workshops and tours will take place January 23rd and 24th at various locations. Early bird registration is in effect until Sunday, December 10th, discount code SOWGOODEARLY. For more information, please visit: https://eco-farm.org/conference


California

11. SoCal Farmers Summit, Encinitas: 12/13-15
Presented by the Farmers Guild and Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), the SoCal Farmers Summit takes place December 13 – 15 at Leichtag Commons, Encinitas and is open to farmers and ranchers of all experience levels as well as ag advocates. For more information, please visit: http://www.farmersguild.org/socal-farmers-summit-2017.html

12. Teaching and Supporting Agritourism Workshop: 1/22-23
UC SAREP invites you to apply to participate in a FREE two-day professional development workshop offered by UC agritourism trainers and expert partners and funded by Western SARE. This training will include an all-day farm tour of agritourism operations, and will provide interactive, hands-on sessions with tools, resources and individual consultation for developing agritourism workshops and other support activities for agricultural producers in the San Diego region.  Content will focus on the opportunities and challenges faced by producers in establishing and marketing agritourism operations. To learn more about the January 22-23 workshop in San Diego County, please go to: http://asi.ucdavis.edu/event-calendar/yolo-county-agritourism-professional-development-workshop

13. Sustainable Foods Summit, San Francisco: 1/30-31
Taking place in San Francisco January 30-31, the eighth North American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will showcase health impacts, sustainable ingredients, and eco-labels. For the first time, the executive summit will discuss the future of health foods and eco-labelled products in a high-level forum. Although organic and eco-labelled products now comprise over 5 percent of food sales in North America, there are concerns about the future outlook. Will the ‘mainstreaming’ of the organic food market continue? What other eco-labels are emerging? Is more label fragmentation or some degree of harmonization on the horizon? What disruption is being created by Amazon and other new entrants? For more information about the summit and to request a detailed agenda, please visit: http://www.sustainablefoodssummit.com/namerica/


Online

14. National Farmers Union Beginning Farmer and Rancher virtual conference: 12/4-7
The National Farmers Union presents Growing for the Future: Beginning Farmer and Rancher Online Virtual Conference from December 4– 7. This conference is a unique online, interactive virtual conference focused on beginning farmer and rancher issues, including mentorship, business planning, USDA programs for women and veterans, conservation and much more! All content will be archived and posted for two months. For more information and to register for free, please visit: https://nfu.org/growing-for-the-future/

15. CDFA Soil as Climate Smart Agricultural Strategy webinar: 12/5
On Tuesday, December 5th, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), alongside its global partners, will host an international webinar discussion on soil health. The webinar is part of a week-long celebration in conjunction with World Soil Day, and will bring together public and private representatives from California and around the world to discuss the barriers, strategies and success stories related to soil health. To register for the webinar, please visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5217479928986888962. To learn more about California Healthy Soils Week, please go to: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/healthysoils/soilsweek.html

16. Filtrexx Structural Living Walls & LEED Building webinars: 12/6 & 12/20
https://www.filtrexx.com/en/resources/webinars

17. Organic Value-Added Processing and Certification webinar: 12/11
https://www.ccof.org/organic-value-added-processing-certification-webinar

18. Life Underground: Partnering with Soil Microbial Communities on the Farm: 12/12
http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/soil-microbes-every-agronomist-should-know

19. ASA/SSSA/Verdesian free webinar on Soil Health- Focus on Nutrients: 12/13
https://agronomy.org/education/classroom/classes/533

20. Community Food webinar, National Good Food Network: 12/14
http://ngfn.org/resources/ngfn-cluster-calls 


Opportunities

21. USDA Farm-to-School Grant Program: 12/8
The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in schools. Three types of funds are available: Implementation grants, Planning grants, and Training grants. Applications are due Friday, December 8th. For more information, please visit: https://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/farm-school-grant-program

22. Employment opportunities at Los Angeles Pierce College: 12/8
The Los Angeles Community College District is currently inviting applications for the following full-time paid benefitted positions at Pierce College: Farm Manager, Senior Agricultural Technician, and Agricultural Technician. Deadline to apply is December 8th. Please apply online at: https://jobaps.com/laccd/

23. USDA California Climate Hub seeking Postdoctoral Fellow: 12/15
The USDA California Climate Hub in partnership with the John Muir Institute of the Environment at UC Davis has an opening for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellow in climate and water use in perennial crops. The successful candidate will work with a diverse team of researchers at USDA Climate Hubs, Agricultural Research Service, UC Davis, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to address the challenge of climate adaptation in perennial cropping systems. For more information and application procedure, please download: http://calclimateag.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/JMIE-USDA-Climate-Hub-postdoc-flyer.pdf  

24. Patagonia 2018 Carbon Neutrality Case Competition sign-up deadline: 12/17
Graduate students from across the US are invited to tackle the interconnected business and sustainability aspects of a current, real-life issue facing the outdoor retailer Patagonia. This year’s case study focuses on Patagonia’s goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2025. Deadline for the Team Lead to register for this competition is December 17th. For more information, please visit: http://responsiblebusiness.haas.berkeley.edu/events/patagonia-2018.html

25. Grist environmental justice/reporter/video producer fellowship: 12/29
The Grist Fellowship Program is a paid opportunity to hone your journalistic chops at a national news outlet, deepen your knowledge of environmental issues, and experiment with storytelling. Application deadline is December 29th for the next six month fellowship beginning in March 2018. For more information, please go to: http://grist.org/article/are-you-a-news-buff-justice-reporter-or-video-producer-if-so-the-grist-fellowship-is-for-you/  

26. SARE Conference travel award applications: 1/2
The USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is offering conference travel awards for extension professionals to attend Our Farms, Our Future: The Next 30 Years of Sustainable Agriculture taking place April 3-5, 2018 in St. Louis Missouri. Any California-based professional whose position involves extension of agricultural production, conservation or marketing information to agricultural producers at all scales is eligible to apply. To apply, please download the application and instructions at: http://asi.ucdavis.edu/programs/sarep/research-initiatives/are/2018SARE

27. Western SARE Graduate Student grant deadline: 1/12
The Western SARE program is currently soliciting proposals for their Graduate Student Grants (due January 12th). To download full RFP, please go to: https://wsaregrants.usu.edu/grants/docs/CFP_GSG.pdf  

28. Presentations from the 2017 CA Bioresources Alliance Symposium
The California Bioresources Alliance Symposium in November summarized many of the issues faced by the composting industry during the current statewide transition in organics management, and resulted in an excellent dialogue among composters, regulators, and institutions trying to achieve zero waste. Presentations from the symposium are now available at: https://www.epa.gov/ca/2017-california-bioresources-alliance-symposium. A 3-hour video recording of the discussion on issues faced by the composting industry, such as contamination and permitting, is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OwyiMnSVso; to download the accompanying script (PDF), please Click Here


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San Luis Obispo, California 93407
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