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January 2018 Announcements

We hope to see some of you at the annual Ecological Farming Conference in Pacific Grove January 24-27. Soil health aficionados, be sure to check out the Carbon+Soil=Solutions pre-conference workshop on January 24th, followed by a special composting bioreactor workshop with David Johnson on January 28th at beautiful Orella Ranch on the Santa Barbara Coast (details on both below). To support our own work in soil health education, please visit our Soil Health Dimensions webpage at: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/soilhealthdimensions.html

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


Center & Cal Poly

1. Support the Center for Sustainability at Whole Foods SLO this Thursday!  1/11
2. Microbiome Analysis to Assess Soil Health and Improve Crop Yields: 1/30
3. CRFG Annual Pruning Clinic: 1/13
4. Ag Showcase: 1/18-19
5. Dairy Ingredients Symposium early bird registration: 1/21
6. Join the Earth Week 2018 Steering Committee
7. CalFresh Outreach Program

San Luis Obispo & Region
8. SLO Food System Coalition meeting: 1/16
9. Labor and Safety Regulations at J. Lohr Vineyards, Paso Robles: 1/18
10. Carbon+Soil=Solutions! Regenerative Agriculture Intensive, EcoFarm Pre-conference: 1/24
11. EcoFarm Conference, Pacific Grove: 1/24-27
12. Composting Bioreactor Intensive with Dr. David Johnson at Orella Ranch: 1/28

California
13. Best Practices for Food Manufacturing and Processing free workshops: 1/16, 1/18, 1/25
14. Shepherding Skills Workshops, Auburn: 1/18 – 9/15
15. Teaching and Supporting Agritourism Workshop, San Diego County: 1/22-23
16. Sustainable Foods Summit, San Francisco: 1/30-31
17. California Plant and Soil Conference, Fresno: 2/6-7
18. Sierra Harvest Sustainable Food and Farm Conference, Grass Valley: 2/9-11
**. Wine Grape Soil Fertility Seminar with Neal Kinsey, Napa: 2/12-14

Online
19. CCOF/CAFF Food Safety Webinars: 1/11 & 1/22
20. How to Get SIP Certified free webinars: 1/16 & 1/18
21. CALAND Model Development for Agricultural & Cultivated Lands and Forest Mngmt webinars: 1/17
22. NGFN #CommunityFood: It Takes a Network webinar: 1/24
23. The Latest on COMET Ecosystem Services Quantification Tools: 1/25

Opportunities
24. City Farm SLO 2.3 acre ground lease available
25. Farm Assistant sought at Windrose Farm, Creston
26. 4-H Youth Development Advisor, SLO and SB counties: 1/12 
27. Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship applications open Jan. 15th
28. USDA Value-Added Producer Grant deadline: 1/24
29. California Farm Academy Apprenticeship Program, Winters: 1/25
30. Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) pre-proposal deadline: 1/31
31. Sustainable Ag Education Assoc Conference Request for Proposals: 2/5
32. CA Higher Educ Sustainability Conference apply to speak or nominate project: 2/16
33. NRCS National Conservation Innovation Grants: 2/26 
34. CCOF Organic Farm Certification Service Specialist position

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Center & Cal Poly

1. Support the Center for Sustainability at Whole Foods this Thursday!  1/11
This month, the Center for Sustainability was selected to be the recipient of SLO Whole Foods Market’s 5% Day Community Giving Program. On Thursday (January 11), 5% of the store’s net sales for the day will be donated to the Center. Any purchases made that day will help support our work. Our special thanks go to our friends at Whole Foods for their on-going support! For store details, please visit: https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/sanluisobispo

2. Microbiome Analysis to Assess Soil Health and Improve Crop Yields: 1/30
Dr. Poornima Parameswaran, co-founder and president of Trace Genomics, will be our featured speaker for this quarter’s Sustainable Ag Lecture Series. Soil microbes are increasingly being recognized for their important role in soil health. Trace Genomics is tackling the challenging problem of profiling the soil microbiome using state-of-the-art genomic technology. A better understanding of the status of their soil microbiome can assist growers with critical planting decisions regarding genetics, rotation, and fertilizer. Learn about new techniques for assessing soil organisms and their potential to improve crop management! Dr. Parameswaran’s lecture will take place Tuesday, January 30th from 11am – 12pm in the Baker Science Bldg 180 – Room 102. For event information, please visit: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/sustainable_ag_lecture_series.html

3. CRFG Annual Pruning Clinic: 1/13
The California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG) Annual Tree Pruning Clinic takes place Saturday, January 13th beginning at 1pm at the Cal Poly Crops Unit, corner of Highland and Mt. Bishop Rd, San Luis Obispo. This year’s guest speaker is Tom Spellman from Dave Wilson Nursery. After a brief demonstration, the meeting will adjourn to the CRFG Demonstration Orchard on campus where members and guests will be encouraged to prune one or more deciduous fruit trees under the supervision of Mr. Spellman. The Pruning Clinic is open to the public, and no RSVP is required. For more information, please visit: http://www.crfg-central.org/calendar.html

4. Ag Showcase: 1/18-19
Cal Poly’s Agribusiness Management and National Agri-Marketing Association (ABM/NAMA) presents the 29th Annual Ag Showcase. With over 95 companies in attendance, students are given the opportunity to communicate and network with company representatives from a wide range of fields in the industry. This year, the Ag Showcase takes place two days on Thursday, January 18th and Friday, January 19th from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm in the Farm Shop, Bldg 9. For more information, please visit:  https://agb.calpoly.edu/current/agshowcase.html

5. 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

6. Join the Earth Week 2018 Steering Committee
Are you interested in helping determine what events happen during Earth Week 2018? Do you have fun ideas for how to engage students, staff, and faculty? Do you have research or projects you would like to showcase that fits into the Earth Week theme? Open to all students, staff and faculty, committee members will be required to attend a kick off meeting in January and two meetings per month, seven meetings in total. Members will also be expected to help with outreach and other volunteer duties during Earth Week April 19-23, 2018. If you are interested, please sign-up at the following link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=2wING578lUSVNx03nMoq5-ccdYkiqABMjCRGanEkrJVUMVpHWURGRllXWlM5QUJXNktHR0lZTUxDQS4u

7. CalFresh Outreach Program
The Public Health Nutrition Research Group has unique internship opportunities for students interested in working to combat food insecurity among college students through the CalFresh Outreach Program. The program assists people in meeting their nutritional needs. This paid internship is a great way for students from multiple disciplines to gain relevant experience with a major public health project. Email calfreshhelp805@gmail.com for the internship application. To learn more about the CalFresh Outreach Program, please visit: https://phnrg.calpoly.edu/calfreshoutreach 


San Luis Obispo & Region

8. SLO Food System Coalition meeting: 1/16
The next quarterly meeting of the SLO Food System Coalition will take place Tuesday, January 16th from 9-11am at the Copeland Health Education Pavilion, French Hospital, 1911 Johnson Ave, San Luis Obispo. To learn more, please visit: http://www.slofoodsystem.org/

9. Labor and Safety Regulations at J. Lohr Vineyards, Paso Robles: 1/18
In this Vineyard Team tailgate, you will learn about joint liability with farm labor contractors (FLCs), Cal-OSHA inspections, and the role of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board in California agriculture. The Labor and Safety Regulations workshop takes place Thursday, January 18th from 9am – 12pm at J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Paso Robles. Cost is free for Vineyard Team members, $30 non-members. For more information, please go to: http://www.vineyardteam.org/events/index.php?id=214

10. Carbon+Soil=Solutions! Regenerative Agriculture Intensive, EcoFarm Pre-conference: 1/24
Learn all about the mysteries of the living soil, meet fellow soil stewards and join the carbon-farming revolution! In-depth presentations by leading soil health visionaries, organizers, policy groups and practitioners will be complemented by ample time for dialogue during Q&A and in break-out groups. Presenters will include NRCS agronomist Ray Archuleta, North Dakota farmer Gabe Brown, and New Mexico State University molecular biologist David Johnson. For more information, please go to: https://eco-farm.org/conference/2018/session/carbonsoilsolutions-regenerative-agriculture-intensive-asilomar-jan-24-830am
To view the full list of EcoFarm pre-conference events, please visit: https://eco-farm.org/conference/2018/pre-conference-events

11. EcoFarm Conference, Pacific Grove: 1/24-27
The 38th Annual Ecological Farming Conference Sow Good will be taking place January 24th – 27th at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove. For a full schedule of workshops and keynotes, please visit: https://eco-farm.org/conference/2018/sessions

12. Composting Bioreactor Intensive with Dr. David Johnson at Orella Ranch: 1/28
Join molecular biologist David Johnson from New Mexico State University on Sunday, January 28th from 10am – 4pm at Orella Ranch on Santa Barbara’s Gaviota Coast to explore how regeneration of soil microbial communities in agroecosystems can improve farm productivity, soil fertility, and system water-use efficiency, and to learn how to build low-cost composting bioreactors at your farm, ranch or home. For more information and tickets, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/composting-bioreactor-intensive-with-david-johnson-nmsu-tickets-41850795857


California

13. Best Practices for Food Manufacturing and Processing free workshops: 1/16, 1/18, 1/25
Food manufacturers, Sustainability and Environmental Compliance Managers, Wastewater Operators, and Facilities Managers are invited to Efficiency and Resiliency through Best Practices, a free workshop on cost savings, conservation and incentives hosted by the California Air Resources Board, California Green Business Network, and the US-EPA. Three dates and locations to choose from; please register for free at the following links: Fresno on January 16th www.eventbrite.com/e/food-manufproc-efficiency-and-resiliency-through-best-practices-workshop-fresno-tickets-40848879097,
Los Angeles on January 18th https://laifoodsymposium.eventbrite.com,
Stockton on January 25th www.eventbrite.com/e/food-manufproc-efficiency-and-resiliency-through-best-practices-workshop-san-joaquin-tickets-41244986866

14. Shepherding Skills Workshops, Auburn: 1/18 – 9/15
The 2018 Shepherd Skills Workshop Series kicks off on Thursday, January 18th with Sheep Management Basics, a comprehensive discussion of sheep husbandry and economics for both new and aspiring sheep producers. Presenters include Dan Macon, UCCE Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor for Placer, Nevada, Sutter and Yuba Counties; and Roger Ingram, Advisor Emeritus. Additional workshops in the series will be offered January 20th, March 3rd, May TBD, August 30th, and September 14th-15th. For more information and to register, please call (530) 889-7397 or visit: http://ucanr.edu/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/

15. Teaching and Supporting Agritourism Workshop, San Diego County: 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

16. Sustainable Foods Summit, San Francisco: 1/30-31
The eighth North America edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit: New Horizons for Eco-labels and Sustainability will take place January 30-31 at the Nikko Hotel San Francisco. Focal themes for this year will include health and wellness trends, organic and eco-labels outlook, sustainable ingredients, and clean label developments, with sessions lead by key executives involved in sustainability in the food industry. To receive a special discount rate, mention the Center for Sustainability and contact katie@ecoviaint.com. For more summit information, please visit: http://www.sustainablefoodssummit.com/namerica/

17. 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

18. 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/


Online

19. CCOF/CAFF Food Safety Webinars: 1/11 & 1/22
Organic agricultural professionals are invited to join the CCOF Foundation and Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) for a series of free webinars on how the new federal food safety regulations intersect with organic regulations. The third in the series will review FSMA topics particularly relevant to organic growers and will take place Thursday, January 11th at 12pm PST; information is available at: https://www.ccof.org/food-safety-and-organic-webinar. The following webinar will clarify the basic FSMA compliance requirements for organic growers and will take place Monday, January 22nd at 12pm PST; information is available at: https://www.ccof.org/how-do-i-need-comply-fsma-webinar

20. How to Get SIP Certified free webinars: 1/16 & 1/18
Join one of the free 30 minute webinars to get advice on how to best achieve certification for your vineyard, winery and wines, review program rules, and receive guidance on how to use the online database. The next SIP Certified webinars take place at 9am on Tuesday, January 16th and Thursday, January 18th. For more information, please go to: http://www.sipcertified.org/1-16-1-18-free-get-certified-webinars/

21. CALAND Model Development for Agricultural Lands and Forests webinars: 1/17
On Wednesday, January 17th, the California Natural Resources Agency will be hosting two public webinars on CALAND model development: one on Agricultural and Cultivated Lands from 9:30-11am and the other on Forests from 1-2:30pm. To register for the CALAND Agricultural and Cultivated Lands webinar, please go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5459298820122761218?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery. To register for the CALAND Forest Management webinar, please go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2906772680636280322?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

22. NGFN #CommunityFood: It Takes a Network webinar: 1/24
During this webinar, the National Good Food Network (NGFN) will launch the Food Systems Leadership Network, a new national Community of Practice dedicated to supporting non-profit community-based organizations working on food systems change.  The webinar will introduce the Food Systems Leadership Network, highlight its unique components (mentorship and grant opportunities!), and discuss how the Network will add value to both your organization’s work and your growth as a food systems practitioner. For more information, please visit: http://ngfn.org/resources/ngfn-cluster-calls 

23. The Latest on COMET Ecosystem Services Quantification Tools: 1/25
Participate to learn the latest news about the COMET suite of tools and hear about plans to integrate a version of COMET into the Conservation Delivery Streamlining Initiative (CDSI). CEUs are available. For more information, please go to: http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/the-latest-on-the-carbon-management-and-evaluation-tool-comet-suite-of-ecosystem-services-quantification-tools/


Opportunities

24. 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/

25. Farm Assistant sought at Windrose Farm
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 some 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.
For more information, please contact Bill Spencer at: farmerbill63@gmail.com

26. 4-H Youth Development Advisor, SLO and SB counties: 1/12 
The Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor for 4-H Youth Development will address statewide goals to develop research-based youth development programming to increase youths’ leadership and college/career readiness with an emphasis on expanding programming to underserved audiences. To ensure full consideration, submit application materials by Friday, January 12th. For full job description and information on how to apply, please visit: http://ucanr.edu/Jobs/Jobs_990/?jobnum=1304  

27. Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship applications open Jan. 15th
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  

28. USDA Value-Added Producer Grant deadline: 1/24
Administered by USDA Rural Development, the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program provides competitive grants to producers for working capital, feasibility studies, business plans, and for marketing efforts to establish viable value-added businesses. Up to $75,000 is available for planning grants and up to $250,000 is available for implementation grants. Deadline to submit electronic applications is January 24th and deadline to submit paper applications is January 31st. For a description of the program and relevant links, please visit the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) blog at:
http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/vapg-deadline-january-2018/ or the VAPG toolkit page at: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/value-added-producer-grants

29. California Farm Academy Apprenticeship Program, Winters: 1/25
The California Farm Academy Apprenticeship Program is for highly motivated, committed individuals who know they want to pursue a career in agriculture. The program lasts approximately two years, and includes both a paid on-the-job training component, as well as coursework requirements. Deadline to apply is Thursday, January 25th. For more information about the program and how to apply, please visit: http://landbasedlearning.org/farm-academy-apprentice

30. Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) pre-proposal deadline: 1/31
CDFA’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is currently accepting concept proposals for the 2018 grant cycle. FREP’s competitive grant program funds research that advances the agronomic and environmental performance of fertilizing materials. Applicants are invited to submit two-page concept proposals to FREP by Tuesday, January 31st. For full Request for Proposals, please go to: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/ffldrs/frep/CompetitiveGrantProgram.html

31. Sustainable Ag Education Assoc 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 is Monday, February 5th. For more information, please visit: https://www.hawaii.edu/sustainability/saea-2018/

32. California Higher Education 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/

33. 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/  

34. CCOF Organic Farm Certification Service Specialist position
California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) is seeking a Farm Certification Service Specialist to work in the Santa Cruz, CA office performing tasks related to organic farm certification. Applicants must be able to work in a fast-paced office environment with significant job responsibilities. This job requires knowledge of organic production practices, and the ability to work both independently and as a team with other professionals. The job also requires customer service skills, the ability to manage data, and to work within a regulatory environment. This position will also require Spanish language skills sufficient to communicate with Spanish speaking clients. For full job description, please visit: https://www.ccof.org/ccof/work-ccof



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