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February 2018 Announcements

Greetings, All. Many thanks to those who attended Tuesday’s lecture with Dr. Poornima Parameswaran on the Soil Microbiome! For information on coming events, please see the list below and visit our website for details.
Please scroll down below the list of hyperlinks to see event descriptions with additional information for each item.

Center & Cal Poly
1. CAFES Alumni and Friends Reception at World Ag Expo, Tulare: 2/14
2. Change the Status Quo: 2/16-17
3. CRFG Scion Exchange: 2/17
4. Campus Farm Stand and U-pick: Wed, Fri, Sat
5. Sustainable Building in Ecuador this summer!

San Luis Obispo & Region
6. 2018 Irrigation and Nutrient Management Meeting, Salinas: 2/13
7. Bread+Cheese=Fondue, a talk about the Glory of Gluten: 2/13
8. Farmers Guild Entrepreneurial Intensive, San Luis Obispo: 2/17-18
9. Knocking Out Noxious Weeds on Rangelands, Santa Maria: 2/20
10. North American Raspberry and Blackberry Conference, Ventura: 2/21-24
11. Vineyard Team Fungicide Resistance Tailgate, Soledad: 2/23
12. Campers’ and Backpackers' Delight: Dehydrated foods for the trail: 2/24
13. Love SLO Day of Service: 3/24

California & Out-of-State
14. Funding Ag Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) workshops: 2/2 & 2/5
15. California Plant and Soil Conference, Fresno: 2/6-7
16. Zero Waste Symposium - Facilitating Markets and Responsibility, San Diego: 2/6
17. Sierra Harvest Sustainable Food and Farm Conference, Grass Valley: 2/9-11
18. CAFF Produce Safety Workshop, Woodland: 2/12
19. Wine Grape Soil Fertility Seminar with Neal Kinsey, Napa Valley: 2/12-14
20. Organic Seed Growers Conference, Corvallis, OR: 2/14-17
21. Beginner Farmer Pastured/ Free-range Poultry workshop, San Diego: 2/22
22. CCOF Annual Meeting, Sacramento: 2/22-23
23. Grazing for Change: 3rd Annual Western Regional Grazing Conference, CSU Chico: 2/24
24. 28th Vertebrate Pest Control Conference, Rohnert Park: 2/26-3/1
25. 2018 Sustainable Poultry School in Marion, NC: 3/5-3/9
26. Natural Products Expo West, Anaheim: 3/7-11
27. This Way to Sustainability Conference XIII, CSU Chico: 3/15-16
28. SARE Our Farms, Our Future Conference, St. Louis MO: 4/3-5

Online
29. NRCS Planned Conservation webinars for February: 2/13 & 2/27
30. eOrganic webinars for February: 2/14 & 2/27

Opportunities
31. Cal Poly seeking Farm Technician
32. City Farm SLO 2.3 acre ground lease available
33. Part-time help sought at Wind Dance Farm, Avila
34. Farm Assistant sought at Windrose Farm near Paso Robles
35. Sustainable Ag Education Assoc Conference Request for Proposals: 2/5
36. California Higher Ed Sustainability Conference apply to speak or nominate project: 2/16
37. REACCH Summer Undergraduate Internship: 2/23
38. Wonderful Public Service Graduate Fellowship: 2/23
39. NRCS National Conservation Innovation Grants: 2/26
40. Salinas River Watershed Management Coordinator position, US-LTR RCD: 2/27
**. Rustici Livestock and Rangeland Scholarship: 3/1
41. Assistance Available to Ag Producers through Conservation Stewardship Program: 3/2
42. Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships: 3/15
43. Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) Fellows Program
44. California Program and Outreach Coordinator, American Farmland Trust

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Center & Cal Poly

1. CAFES Alumni and Friends Reception at World Ag Expo, Tulare: 2/14
Celebrate your Cal Poly connection at the World Ag Expo! Join the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) at the Alumni and Friends Reception on Wednesday, February 14th from 1:30-3:30pm in the Heritage Complex at the World Ag Expo, Tulare. Please RSVP by registering for free at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cal-poly-at-the-world-ag-expo-tickets-41094230951

2. Change the Status Quo: 2/16-17
The Center for Service in Action is excited to announce the 16th Annual Change the Status Quo: A Social Justice Conference, on Friday, February 16th and Saturday, February 17th. This conference aims to empower students to use the Learn by Doing spirit to challenge social norms, ask critical questions, and make lasting social change. The schedule of events will include keynote speaker, resource fair, zero-waste breakfast and lunch, and a full day of workshops organized by student and community experts on a wide variety of social justice issues. For more information, please visit: https://deanofstudents.calpoly.edu/content/serviceinaction/quo/index

3. CRFG Scion Exchange: 2/17
The California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG) will host their biggest event of the year, the Annual Scion Exchange on Saturday, February 17th at the Cal Poly Crops Unit, at the corner of Highland and Mt. Bishop Rd, San Luis Obispo. Everyone is invited; to donate your scions please arrive at 1 pm, doors open for the scion exchange at 1:30 pm. Grafting lessons will continue through the afternoon. For more information, please go to: http://www.crfg-central.org/calendar.html

4. Campus Farm Stand and U-pick: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays
'Clemenule' Clementines and Seedless Kishu U-pick on Wednesday, and Satsuma U-pick on Friday and Saturday. Please check Facebook for times, locations and availability: https://www.facebook.com/calpolyhcs/

5. Sustainable Building in Ecuador this summer!
Bahia Beach Construction, a social enterprise based in Ecuador, is organizing a trip for 16 Cal Poly students to travel to Chone, Ecuador and learn about sustainable building with bamboo this summer June 18th-28th, 2018. On the farm, students will be exposed to bamboo building methods, sustainable farming, and the idea of a sustainable enterprise in an area recovering from a natural disaster. This trip is open to anyone who might be interested! For information on info sessions and how to register, please email the Cal Poly Reps: Antonia Angel aangel02@calpoly.edu or Hannah McKay hnmckay@calpoly.edu. For info on pricing and to learn more about the company, check out: bahiabeachconstruction.com


San Luis Obispo & Region

6. 2018 Irrigation and Nutrient Management Meeting, Salinas: 2/13
The 2018 Irrigation and Nutrient Management Meeting will take place Tuesday, February 13th from 8am – 12pm at the Monterey County Agricultural Center, Salinas. For agenda and information, please go to: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/?calitem=397146&g=20595

7. Bread+Cheese=Fondue, a talk about the Glory of Gluten: 2/13
Enjoy some delicious bread and fondue as dynamic professor Dr. Job Ubbink of the Food Science and Nutrition Department discussed the Glory of Gluten. Bring your valentine or fondue loving friends on Tuesday, February 13th from 6:30 – 8:30pm to Old SLO BBQ Co., 670 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo. Cost is $10/person. Purchase tickets at the door or at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breadcheesefondue-a-talk-about-the-glory-of-gluten-tickets-42022510460

8. Farmers Guild Entrepreneurial Intensive, San Luis Obispo: 2/17-18
Sustainable agriculture starts with a sustainable business! Farmers Guild will present this two-day program providing new and aspiring farmers with an introduction to entrepreneurial skills from recordkeeping to sales, farmland lease negotiation to marketing of farm products. For more information, please visit: http://www.farmersguild.org/slo-february-17--18.html

9. Knocking Out Noxious Weeds on Rangelands, Santa Maria: 2/20
Knocking Out Noxious Weeds on Rangelands will take place Tuesday, February 20th from 8:30am – 3:30pm at Radisson Hotel, Santa Maria. CEUs are available. For more information, please go to:
http://knockoutweeds.com/

10. North American Raspberry and Blackberry Conference, Ventura: 2/21-24
Make plans to come to this very special conference in one of the world’s leading berry production regions! The North American Raspberry and Blackberry Conference will take place February 21st – 24th at the Ventura Beach Marriott. For more information, please visit: http://www.raspberryblackberry.com/north-american-raspberry-blackberry-conference-2018/

11. Vineyard Team Fungicide Resistance Tailgate, Soledad: 2/23
Recent research has identified populations of powdery mildew that are resistant to FRAC 11 and/or FRAC 3 fungicides. A collaboration of researchers and extensionists are working to develop novel diagnostic and management tools to address this issue. Learn more about these tools at the Fungicide Resistance Tailgate taking place Friday, February 23rd from 9am – 12pm at Monterey Pacific Inc, Soledad. CEUs have been applied for. For more information, please go to: http://www.vineyardteam.org/events/index.php?id=216

12. Campers’ and Backpackers' Delight: Dehydrated foods for the trail: 2/24
SLO Master Preservers will present this workshop focused on dehydrating food on Saturday, February 24th from 10am – 12pm at the UC Extension Auditorium, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. Learn the basics of how to dehydrate different foods best suited for backpacking and camping. Class fee is $5. To register for this and other upcoming Master Preserver workshops, please visit: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/YouthFamilyCommunities/Master_Food_Preserver_Program/Training/

13. Love SLO Day of Service: 3/24
Volunteer opportunities are available to participate in Love SLO Day of Service on March 24th. Help keep SLO a beautiful place to live! To view a list of projects accepting volunteers, please go to: https://www.loveslo.com/communityservice


California & Out-of-State

14. Funding Ag Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) workshops: 2/2 & 2/5
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has received funds to reduce emissions from the agricultural sector through replacement of harvesting equipment, heavy duty trucks, pump engines, tractors, and other equipment used for agricultural operations. CARB staff are seeking comment on the development of the FARMER program at a series of public workshops. The next upcoming workshops will be held Friday, February 2nd in San Diego, and Monday, February 5th in Red Bluff. For more information, please visit: https://arb.ca.gov/ag/agincentives/agincentives.htm?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

15. California Plant and Soil Conference, Fresno: 2/6-7
The American Society of Agronomy California Chapter presents this conference with a keynote address by California Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross, a main session on the Intersection of Water and Nutrient Management, and breakout sessions on topics including nutrient management, pest management, sustainable use of water, and managing farm energy. The California Plant and Soil Conference takes place February 6th-7th at the Doubletree Hotel and Convention Center, Fresno. For more information, please download: http://cekings.ucanr.edu/files/275132.pdf

16. Zero Waste Symposium - Facilitating Markets and Responsibility, San Diego: 2/6
This year’s symposium will focus on reuse, recycling and organic materials markets: where they are located, what the future holds, and business projections. Tuesday, February 6th from 9am - 4pm in San Diego. For details and to enroll, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zero-waste-symposium-2018-facilitating-markets-and-responsibility-registration-39936030743

17. Sierra Harvest Sustainable Food and Farm Conference, Grass Valley: 2/9-11
This event features tours, 20 workshops, and a food and farm expo. Keynote speakers will include Joel Salatin, Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser, and Daphne Miller. For more information, please visit: http://www.foodandfarmconference.com/

18. CAFF Produce Safety Workshop, Woodland: 2/12
Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) presents this workshop for fruit and vegetable growers interested in learning about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The CAFF PSA Grower Training will take place Monday, February 12th from 8am – 5pm at the Yolo County Agriculture Department Office, Woodland. Cost is $40. For more information and to register, please go to: https://www.caff.org/food-safety-workshops/

19. Wine Grape Soil Fertility Seminar with Neal Kinsey, Napa Valley: 2/12-14
Soil fertility management holds the key to unlocking your crop’s true potential, whether you grow wine grapes or another crop. The Albrecht model of balancing soil fertility is based on recognizing the need for balanced and complete nutrition for productivity, quality and disease resistance. Agronomist and renowned soil fertility consultant Neal Kinsey will teach the foundation concepts of the Albrecht system as applied to leading vineyards worldwide. The 2018 Wine Grape Soil Fertility Seminar takes place February 12th – 14th at Embassy Suites Napa. For more information, please visit: https://www.acresusa.com/events/2018wine-grape-seminar

20. Organic Seed Growers Conference, Corvallis, OR: 2/14-17
The 9th biennial Organic Seed Growers Conference: Synergy that Sustains takes place February 14th – 17th in Corvallis, Oregon. For more information, please visit: https://seedalliance.org/conference/

21. Beginner Farmer Pastured/ Free-range Poultry workshop, San Diego: 2/22
UC Extension’s Beginner Farmer and Rancher Development Program will present a one day workshop on Pastured and Free-range Poultry on Thursday, February 22nd in San Diego. Cost is $20. For more information and to register, please click on the flyer at: http://ucanr.edu/sites/poultry/

22. CCOF Annual Meeting, Sacramento: 2/22-23
Join California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) in Sacramento February 22nd – 23rd to explore the factors that have made California a hotbed of organic hotspots activity and discuss ways to encourage the growth of organic hotspots across rural America. Center director Hunter Francis will be part of a panel discussing the Role of Education and Research. For more information, please visit: https://www.ccof.org/2018-ccof-annual-meeting-and-conference-organic-hotspots  

23. Grazing for Change: 3rd Annual Western Regional Grazing Conference, CSU Chico: 2/24
Producers, graziers, innovative agriculturalists: gain valuable knowledge about viable market opportunities and production techniques that are not based on consolidation and commoditization. The 3rd Annual Western Regional Grazing Conference takes place Saturday, February 24th at the Chico State University Farm Pavilion. For more information and tickets, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grazing-for-change-2018-3rd-western-regional-grazing-conference-tickets-38701205347

24. 28th Vertebrate Pest Control Conference, Rohnert Park: 2/26-3/1
The 28th Vertebrate Pest Conference will be held February 26th – March 1st at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country, Rohnert Park. Alex Jensen from the Cal Poly Biology Department will speak on ‘A Proposed Analysis of Deer Use of Jumpout Ramps and Carnivore Use of Culverts along Highways with Wildlife Exclusion Fencing.’ For more information, please visit: http://www.vpconference.org/

25. 2018 Sustainable Poultry School in Marion, NC: 3/5-3/9
The sixth annual, five-day Sustainable Poultry School will be hosted in North Carolina by Equip International, partnering with the Sustainable Poultry Network USA and the Global Poultry Initiative. Instructors will include Jim Adkins, Mike Badger and Karen Johnston. This comprehensive educational experience is for anyone interested in raising, breeding, hatching, marketing, cooking, exhibiting and preserving standard bred poultry; the breeder, farmer, consumer, chef and fancier will all benefit. The week will include the nation’s top poultry specialists, live bird demonstrations and visits to local, sustainable model farms. For more information or to register, visit: http://spnusa.com/2018poultryschool.html

26. Natural Products Expo West, Anaheim: 3/7-11
Natural Products Expo West takes place March 7th – 11th at the Anaheim Convention Center. Early bird pricing ends February 2nd. For more information, please visit: https://www.expowest.com/ew18/Public/Enter.aspx

27. This Way to Sustainability Conference XIII, CSU Chico: 3/15-16
This Way to Sustainability Conference XIII takes place March 15th – 16th at CSU Chico. Featured keynote speakers will include Cheri Chastain, Sustainability Manager at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and Dr. David Montgomery, Professor of Geomorphology at the University of Washington. For more information, please visit: http://www.csuchico.edu/sustainablefuture/conference/index.shtml

28. SARE Our Farms, Our Future Conference, St. Louis MO: 4/3-5
The USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE) and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) host this once-in-a-decade, national event to look at the progress of sustainability in agriculture together with a diverse community of stakeholders. The Our Farms, Our Future Conference takes place April 3rd – 5th in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information, please visit: https://ofof.sare.org/


Online

29. NRCS Planned Conservation webinars for February: 2/13 & 2/27
Webinar topics will include ‘Discovering How Cover Crops Impact Cropland Habitat for Pests’ on Tuesday, February 13th and ‘Grazing and Nutrient Management’ on Tuesday, February 27th. To view the full schedule of 2018 webinars, please visit: http://www.conservationwebinars.net/documents/planned-conservation-webinars

30. eOrganic webinars for February: 2/14 & 2/27
Upcoming eOrganic webinars include a live broadcast of the Seed Economics Intensive from the Organic Seed Growers Conference on Wednesday, February 14th and Tools for Farm Biodiversity on Tuesday, February 27th. For full schedule of upcoming eOrganic webinars, please visit: http://articles.extension.org/pages/74615/january-2018


Opportunities

31. Cal Poly seeking Farm Technician
Cal Poly is seeking a full-time Farm Technician to provide facility and production support to the Horticulture and Crops Units, including the Strawberry Center, Organic Farm and Agricultural Operations. For the full job description, qualifications, and application, please go to: https://www.calpolycorporationjobs.org/postings/1117

32. City Farm SLO 2.3 acre ground lease available
Central Coast Grown (CCG) would like to announce 2.3 acres of the City Farm–San Luis Obispo available for ground lease beginning immediately. This irrigated Class One and Class Two farmland is located within the city of San Luis Obispo, California and includes a large hoop house. This farm is intended for row crops with the possibility for perennial plantings and animal husbandry. The property has been cover cropped and farmed without chemical additives for the last four years. The amount of acreage and length of the lease are negotiable. For more information and ground lease application, please go to: http://centralcoastgrown.org/2018/01/acreage-for-lease-at-city-farm-slo-january-2018/

33. Part-time help sought at Wind Dance Farm, Avila
40 acre estate/farm in Avila Valley looking to hire part time worker for 20 hrs/week. Flexible days and hours are available for students. Applicants must have ability to work in all areas - gardening, landscaping, irrigation, pest and weed control, tractor work, pruning, tree and crop care and maintenance. Contact Scott for more information: (805) 305-1032

34. Farm Assistant sought at Windrose Farm near Paso Robles
Windrose Farm in Creston is seeking a full-time employee with a desire to learn and take part in all aspects of its highly-diversified farming operation. Applicant must have good people and communication skills. Applicant must also have good driving skills, as one weekly task is delivering produce to the Santa Monica farmer’s market, something which involves a long shift. Farmers Bill and Barbara will help mentor, but experience in and a passion for sustainable agriculture is preferable. On-site housing is available and long-term options may be considered. Compensation is based on experience and level of commitment. For more information, please contact Bill Spencer at: farmerbill63@gmail.com

35. Sustainable Ag Education Asso Conference Request for Proposals: 2/5
The 2018 Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) conference at the University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu will highlight models of higher education that represent indigenous knowledge, engage critical political-ecological analysis, and train future generations to achieve food system resilience and equity. Through presentations, workshops, field trips, and hands-on activities, participants will share their theories, practices, and visions for integrating indigenous knowledge, decolonization, and socio-ecological resilience into post-secondary agroecology and food systems training. The conference invites participants from across the food system, including academic scholars, students, farmers, cooks, community organizers, land/resource managers and other professionals. Deadline to submit a proposal for a workshop at the conference is Monday, February 5th. For more information, please visit: https://www.hawaii.edu/sustainability/saea-2018/

36. California Higher Ed Sustainability Conference apply to speak or nominate project: 2/16
The California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) will be taking place July 9th-12th at UC Santa Barbara. Call for proposals to speak at the event or nominate a project for a best practice award is now open and the deadline is Friday, February 16th. For more information about the proposal submission process, please go to: https://chesc.org/home/call-for-proposals/

37. REACCH Summer Undergraduate Internship: 2/23
Regional Approaches to Climate Change- Pacific Northwest Agriculture (REACCH PNA) is a USDA-funded, multi-institutional project focused on improving the long-term sustainability of agriculture within the region. REACCH partners (University of Idaho, Washington State University, Oregon State University and USDA-ARS) are teaming up to offer a total of 10, 9-week long, undergraduate internships across the three institutions. Internships will go from June 11th – August 10th for University of Idaho and Washington State University and June 18th – August 17th for Oregon State University. Summer interns will participate in independent research, weekly seminars, and field trips. Interns will receive a salary of $500 per week for the summer internship and a travel budget up to $700. Deadline to apply is February 23rd. For more information, please visit: https://www.reacchpna.org/2018-summer-internship-program

38. Wonderful Public Service Graduate Fellowship: 2/23
Through the generosity of The Wonderful Company, San Joaquin Valley students will have the opportunity to become the next generation of Valley leaders through the Wonderful Public Service Graduate Fellowship. Two $56,000 fellowships will be awarded to SJV students to be applied toward an advanced degree. Deadline to apply is February 23rd. For full application, please download: http://www.maddyinstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/WonderfulPublicServiceFellowshipApplication_2017-2018.pdf

39. NRCS National Conservation Innovation Grants: 2/26
Do you or your organization have an innovative idea for solving a conservation challenge? Looking for a funding partner to help turn your idea into reality? NRCS plans to invest up to $10 million in the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, funding innovative conservation projects in three focus areas: grazing lands, organic systems and soil health. Grant proposals are due February 26th. A webinar for potential grant applicants will take place on January 11th at 1pm PST. For more information, please visit: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/cig/

40. Salinas River Watershed Management Coordinator position, US-LTR RCD: 2/27
The Upper Salinas – Las Tablas Resource Conservation District is soliciting proposals from qualified individuals, organizations, and consultants to develop a watershed management plan for the Salinas River. Applications are due February 27th. For details on the project and position, please download:
http://www.us-ltrcd.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Salinas-River-Watershed-Coordinator_RFQ-final.pdf

41. Assistance Available to Ag Producers through Conservation Stewardship Program: 3/2
Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for the NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program. Funding is available for conservation activities such as cover crops, buffer strips, and pollinator habitat, as well as newer techniques such as precision ag applications, on-site carbon storage, and new soil amendments to improve water quality. Applications for the current funding period are due March 2nd. For more information, please visit: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/ca/newsroom/releases/?cid=NRCSEPRD1377127

42. Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship: 3/15
If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student studying organic and/or sustainable agriculture, Annie’s Homegrown would love to hear more about who you are, the work you’re doing, and the vision you have for a better future. The application period for Annie’s Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships begins January 15th and runs through March 15th. For more information, please visit: http://www.annies.com/giving-back/agricultural-scholarships  

43. Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) Fellows Program
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and a consortium of leading food and agriculture companies and universities are pleased to announce that the FFAR Fellows program is now accepting graduate student applications and research proposals. For more information about the program, please visit: http://www.ffarfellows.org/

44. California Program and Outreach Coordinator, American Farmland Trust
The California Program and Outreach Coordinator assists with outreach and program delivery, administrative, and fundraising operations for the California Division of American Farmland Trust (AFT). The position is full time and is located at AFT’s Sacramento office. Occasional travel is required throughout the state for conferences and other outreach events. For full job description and application, please go to: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/24268

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Center for Sustainability
College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
(805) 756-5086
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