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May 2018 Announcements

We are looking forward to hosting two events this month. For those interested in learning how to interpret and make best use of soil tests, please join us on campus May 17 for a talk with Ag Laboratory founder Eryn Gray. On May 23, we will host a general interest documentary on the importance of seeds with its directors at the SLO library. Also, happy International Compost Awareness Week May 6-12! Please scroll down below the following list of hyperlinks to read the event descriptions.


Upcoming Events


Center & Cal Poly
1. Utilizing Analytics to Monitor the Nutrient Cycle: 5/17
2. SEED: The Untold Story documentary screening and panel: 5/23
3. ‘California Plants’ book release and presentation: 5/3
4. Sustainable Rangeland and Livestock Management, Swanton Pacific Ranch: 8/6-17
5. Cal Poly on-campus U-pick: Friday
6. Cal Poly grass-fed beef now available: Friday & Saturday

San Luis Obispo & Region
7. 3rd Cambria Bee Fair: 5/6
8. Slow Money SLO Spotlight on Whalebird Kombucha: 5/8
9. Santa Maria Strawberry Field Day: 5/9
10. Western Food Safety Summit, Hartnell College: 5/9
11. Carrizo Colloquium: 5/11
12. Central Coast Wildlife Festival: 5/12
13. A Taste of Spring at City Farm SLO: 5/19
14. Pickles: The Sweet and Sour of It: 5/19
15. Spring Plant Sale and Rodent Workshop, SLO Master Gardeners: 5/19
16. Irrigation Troubleshooting, Scheid Vineyard: 5/24
17. 35th Strawberry Festival, Arroyo Grande: 5/26-27
18. Pastured/ Free-range Poultry workshop and tour, Salinas: 5/30 & 6/2
19. Organic Produce Summit, Monterey: 7/11-12

California & Out-of-State
20. Water Diversion: Monitoring and Reporting training, Santa Rosa: 5/7
21. Water in the Middle East and Africa: A Nexus of Cooperation and Conflict, UCLA: 5/7
22. California Women in Agriculture CWA Statewide Meeting, Sacramento: 5/7-8
23. Farmer-to-Farmer Field Days, Santa Rosa & St Helena: 5/9 & 6/13
24. Mixing Bowl FoodIt: The Full Stack, SF early bird reg: 5/15
25. Groundwater Sustainability Agency GSA Summit, Sacramento: 6/6-7
26. Organic Fertilizer Assoc of CA OFAC meeting, Chico: 6/15
27. The Grassfed Exchange, Rapid City SD: 6/20-22
28. 2nd annual Reducetarian Summit in LA: 9/28-30

Online
29. Using Adaptive Nutrient Management: 5/8
30. OFRF Soil Health webinar series, Building Organic Matter: 5/9
31. AgSTAR Federal Financing Resources for Anaerobic Digesters: 5/9
32. Anchors in Resilient Communities- Role of hospitals in food systems: 5/17
33. Rehydrate the Earth – Recharge Groundwater and Create Habitat on any scale: 5/23
34. Climate Resilience – A Course for Farmers: 5/30 – 7/30

Opportunities
35. CCOF Future Organic Farmer Grant for Students and Teachers: 5/15
36. CDFA Alternative Manure Management Program: 5/22
37. Western SARE Research and Education grant pre-proposals: 6/4
38. FARMGIRLS Summer Camp at City Farm SLO: 6/26-29
39. Compost Council Young Investigator Scholarship: 6/30
40. Compost2019 Call for Presentations and Workshops: 6/30
41. Part-time internships at Jack Creek Farms, Templeton
42. Internships at Avila Valley Barn and Gopher Glen Organic Apple Farm
43. Field Technician Manager and Lab Technician positions at Ag Laboratory, Santa Maria

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Center & Cal Poly

1. Utilizing Analytics to Monitor the Nutrient Cycle: 5/17
Learn how multiple lab analyses can be combined to inform management decisions in the field to promote soil health and crop yield. Special guest Eryn Gray, PCA, CCA, principal agronomist and managing partner of Ag Laboratory and Consulting will present our Sustainable Ag Lecture Series (SALS) presentation on Thursday, May 17th from 11am -12pm in Baker Science Bldg 180 – Rm 101. Free and open to the public. For more information, please visit: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/sustainable_ag_lecture_series.html

2. SEED: The Untold Story documentary screening and panel: 5/23
Few things on Earth are as miraculous as seeds. Follow the journey of passionate seed keepers around the world who are protecting our ancient food legacy. Documentary film screening of SEED: The Untold Story will take place Wednesday, May 23rd starting at 7pm at the SLO Public Library Community Room, 995 Palm St, San Luis Obispo. Screening will be followed by Q&A with the film’s directors and local organizations. The event is being co-hosted by the Center for Sustainability, SLO Seed Exchange and SLO Permaculture Guild. For more information about the event, please download: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/pdfs/events/SEED.pdf

3. ‘California Plants’ book release and presentation: 5/3
Cal Poly botany professor and author Matt Ritter will present ‘A Tour Through Our Iconic Flora’ at the next general meeting of the California Native Plant Society as part of a book release celebration for his new book, California Plants. May 3 (Thursday) 7:30-8:30 pm at the Vet’s Hall on Grand at Monterey in SLO. For details, please visit: http://cnpsslo.org/event/dr-matt-ritter-book-release/

4. Sustainable Rangeland and Livestock Management, Swanton Pacific Ranch: 8/6-17
Swanton Pacific Ranch is proud to host this unique and valuable opportunity as a result of Cal Poly's commitment to the practice and education of environmentally sound rangeland management and livestock production. Sustainable Livestock and Rangeland Management is offered as a 2-week, 4-unit field-based course August 6th-17th. This course will benefit those who wish to better understand different aspects of animal science, agriculture production, and natural resource and environmental management. For more information, please visit: https://spranch.calpoly.edu/ASCI470 To register for any of the summer courses at Swanton Pacific Ranch, please go to: http://www.summer.calpoly.edu/opportunities/swanton-pacific.html

5. Cal Poly On-campus U-pick: Friday
https://www.facebook.com/calpolyhcs/

6. Cal Poly grass fed beef now available: Friday & Saturday
https://www.facebook.com/calpolymeats/


San Luis Obispo & Region

7. 3rd Cambria Bee Fair: 5/6
The Bee Fair will buzz into Cambria on Sunday, May 6th from 11am - 4pm, promoting all things related to bees in order to help save them. Beekeeping discussions, honey products, children’s activities, and the ever-popular Buzzy Pets Parade! For more information, please visit: http://www.visitcambriaca.com/itinerary-element/cambria-bee-fair-may-18/

8. Slow Money SLO Spotlight on Whalebird Kombucha: 5/8
Join Slow Money SLO at their next event, the first Spotlight Series On-Site gathering! It is May 8, 6pm at Whalebird Kombucha! Tour the brewery, taste the non-alcoholic kombucha and try other local food being sampled. Go to the Slow Money SLO home page for more details: http://slowmoneyslo.org/

9. Santa Maria Strawberry Field Day: 5/9
2 DPR and 3 CCA credits are available for this year’s UCCE Strawberry Field Day taking place Wednesday, May 9th at Manzanita Berry Farms in Santa Maria. For more information and to register, please go to: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/?calitem=409372&g=20595

10. Western Food Safety Summit, Hartnell College: 5/9
The 13th Annual Western Food Safety Summit will take place Wednesday, May 9th from 8am – 5pm at Hartnell College, Salinas. For more information, please visit: https://www.hartnell.edu/western-food-safety-summit

11. Carrizo Colloquium: 5/11
The 2018 Carrizo Colloquium on Friday, May 11th will feature presentations on contemporary field science and research on the biodiverse flora and fauna of the Carrizo Plain. For more information and to register, please visit: https://ecologistics.org/carrizo-colloquium/

12. Central Coast Wildlife Festival: 5/12
Come Discover the Wild Where We Live with Pacific Wildlife Care at the 2018 Central Coast Wildlife Festival on Saturday, May 12th from 11am – 4pm at Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo. For more information, please visit: http://www.pacificwildlifecare.org/wildlife-festival/

13. A Taste of Spring at City Farm SLO: 5/19
Celebrate A Taste of Spring Under the Pergola where farmers, local chefs and musicians will come together to create an enjoyable experience of the senses on Saturday, May 19th at City Farm SLO. For tickets, please go to: https://atasteofspring.brownpapertickets.com/

14. Pickles: The Sweet and Sour of It: 5/19
Pickles are the perfect condiment to have ready at your fingertips. Topics will include the fresh-pack method, refrigeration or boiling water canning methods, and how fermentation is a pickling process. Learn what you need to know to pickle your garden! Class fee is $5. To register, please go to: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/?calitem=398496&g=20595 To view the full Master Preservers calendar of workshops, please visit: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/YouthFamilyCommunities/Master_Food_Preserver_Program/Training/

15. Spring Plant Sale and Rodent Workshop, SLO Master Gardeners: 5/19
http://ucanr.edu/sites/mgslo/

16. Irrigation Troubleshooting, Scheid Vineyard: 5/24
Learn what goes into preparing a Distribution Uniformity (DU) report and what things affect a DU score at the Vineyard Team’s next tailgate at Scheid Vineyard, Greenfield. For more information, please go to: http://www.vineyardteam.org/events/index.php?id=219

17. 35th Strawberry Festival, Arroyo Grande: 5/26-27
As one of California’s largest and premiere festivals on the Central Coast, this family-style event brings together thousands of visitors and residents to enjoy activities and entertainment, the Strawberry Stampede, hundreds of art, craft and display booths, ethnic foods, and scrumptious strawberry treats of all kinds. The Place-To-Be on Memorial Day weekend, says Sunset Magazine! For more information, please visit: http://arroyograndevillage.org/strawberryfestival

18. Pastured/ Free-range Poultry workshop and tour, Salinas: 5/30 & 6/2
The UC Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program hosts their next Pastured Poultry workshop in Salinas as an evening course on Wednesday, May 30th, followed by a farm tour the afternoon of June 2nd. Class fee is $20. To register, please go to: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=21362

19. Organic Produce Summit, Monterey: 7/11-12
Retail and buying organizations from across North America will meet with organic growers, shippers, processors and distributors in this intimate and energetic event devoted exclusively to organic fresh produce. The Organic Produce Summit takes place July 11th – 12th at the Monterey Convention Center. For more information and registration, please visit: https://www.organicproducesummit.com/


California & Out-of-State

20. Water Diversion: Monitoring and Reporting training, Santa Rosa: 5/7
This workshop is designed for anyone who is required to attend training addressing water diversion, monitoring and reporting as required by AB 589. The Water Diversion training takes place Monday, May 7th from 12:30-4pm at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building. Cost is $25 pre-registration/ $30 on-site. For more information, please visit: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=24556

21. 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

22. California Women in Agriculture (CWA) Statewide Meeting, Sacramento: 5/7-8
Join CWA members from across our state at the Sacramento Legislative Statewide Meeting taking place May 7th-8th. For more information, please visit: http://cawomen4ag.com/upcoming-events/

23. Farmer-to-Farmer Field Days, Santa Rosa & St Helena: 5/9 & 6/13
The next upcoming events in the Farmers Guild's Farmer-to-Farmer Field Days series will take place on Wednesday, May 9th at Blue Leg Farms in Santa Rosa (focus: weed management), and on Wednesday, June 13th at Long Meadow Ranch in St. Helena (focus: scheduling for restaurant accounts). For more information, please visit: http://www.farmersguild.org/farmer-to-farmer-field-tours-2017-2018.html

24. Mixing Bowl FoodIt: The Full Stack, SF early bird reg: 5/15
The Mixing Bowl’s fifth annual FOOD IT will gather food and ag thought leaders, start-ups, key industry players, investors and representatives from leading global food and agriculture innovation hubs to discuss food and agtech challenges and solutions in an innovative and interactive forum. FoodIt: The Full Stack takes place Tuesday, June 26th from 8:30am – 3pm at the Mission Bay Conference Center, UCSF. Early bird registration deadline is May 15th. For more information, please visit: http://mixingbowlhub.com/events/food-full-stack/

25. Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Summit, Sacramento: 6/6-7
The Groundwater Resources Association of California (GRA) is planning the First Annual GSA Summit for June 6th-7th in Sacramento, to serve as a forum for GSA members to network and connect on technical and policy issues to address SGMA compliance. The event will be preceded by a pre-summit Groundwater Sustainability Planning Workshop on June 5th. For more information, please visit: https://www.grac.org/events/140/

26. Organic Fertilizer Assoc of CA (OFAC) meeting, Chico: 6/15
OFAC will present its next educational workshop for growers and professionals in Chico on Friday, June 15th. CEUs available. For more information, please visit: https://www.organicfertilizerassociation.org/seminars

27. The Grassfed Exchange, Rapid City SD: 6/20-22
The Grassfed Exchange Conference is a gathering of regenerative ranchers, dairymen, and sustainable food supporters from across the world who come together to network and exchange ideas. To learn more and to register, please visit: https://grassfedexchange.com/

28. 2nd annual Reducetarian Summit in LA: 9/28-30
The summit will take place in Los Angeles at the Airport Marriott Hotel from September 28-30. The goal of the Reducetarian Summit is to bring together people and perspectives from all corners of the world to explore strategies for reducing consumption of animal products and will feature a full expo showcasing delicious plant-based food. https://reducetarian.org/summit-2018/


Online

29. Using Adaptive Nutrient Management: 5/8
Improved nutrient cycling is one soil function that many producers implementing soil health management systems report. This webinar will provide results from a group of South Carolina producers who used adaptive nutrient management strategies to evaluate and adjust nutrient application strategies over several years. The ‘Using Adaptive Nutrient Management’ webinar starts at 11am PDT on Tuesday, May 8th. For more information, please go to: http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/using-adaptive-nutrient-management-to-answer-how-much-fertilizer-do-you-really-need For a full schedule of NRCS Conservations Webinars, please visit: http://www.conservationwebinars.net/upcoming-webinars-1

30. OFRF Soil Health webinar series, Building Organic Matter: 5/9
Please join the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) and eOrganic for a series of 9 webinars focused on the topics covered in their new Soil Health and Organic Farming educational guides. The first webinar of the series will focus on Building Organic Matter and will take place Wednesday, May 9th starting at 11am. For more information and to register, please visit: http://articles.extension.org/pages/74667/soil-health-and-organic-farming-webinar-series

31. AgSTAR Federal Financing Resources for Anaerobic Digesters: 5/9
This webinar jointly sponsored by the EPA and USDA will focus on federal funding opportunities and support services available to anaerobic digestion projects. Starts at 10am PDT on Wednesday, May 9th. To register, please go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6169268873992585474

32. Anchors in Resilient Communities- Role of hospitals in food systems: 5/17
This panel discussion will present the results of Health Care Without Harm’s 2 year national study that examined hospitals’ community benefit practices to improve access to healthy foods, promote healthier food environments, and prevent diet-related disease. The Anchors in Resilient Communities: Hospitals Increasing Community Health, Wealth, and Resilience webinar starts at 12:30pm PDT on Thursday, May 17th. For more information and to register, please go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1341945535571433217

33. Rehydrate the Earth – Recharge Groundwater and Create Habitat on any scale: 5/23
The Biodynamic Association presents this webinar taking place at 4-5:30pm PDT on Wednesday, May 23rd. For more information and to register, please go to: https://www.biodynamics.com/civicrm/event/info

34. Climate Resilience – A Course for Farmers: 5/30 – 7/30
Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) presents this free interactive online course where participants will share knowledge about building resilience and productivity within a changing climate. For more information, please visit: http://learn.mesaprogram.org/climate/


Opportunities

35. 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

36. 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

37. Western SARE Research and Education grant pre-proposals: 6/4
These grants involve scientists, producers and others using interdisciplinary approaches to address issues related to sustaining agriculture. Pre-proposals are due June 4th; download the Call for Proposals at: https://wsaregrants.usu.edu/grants/docs/CFP_PRE.pdf

38. FarmGirls Summer Camp at City Farm SLO: 6/26-29
FARMGIRLS Summer Camp is Girl Power for our Future Food System!  FARMGIRLS Summer Camp is held at Our Global Family Farm, a permaculture demonstration site located at City Farm SLO. It features food crops and indigenous food cropping systems from the four corners of the globe. FARMGIRLS Summer Camp will include farming, cooking, eating, making crafts, singing and nature hikes. The FARMGIRLS summer camp is a place where women and girls of all ages can learn about how to grow food in an ecological approach that follows the ethics of permaculture: care for the earth, care for one another, and share the abundance. Together we can create a food system that is Regenerative, Healthy, Local, and Resilient. For information and registration, please visit: http://www.permaculture.us.com/farmgirls/farmgirls-summer-camp

39. Compost Council Young Investigator Scholarship: 6/30
The Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF) is now accepting applications for the Young Investigator Scholarship open to undergraduate and graduate students. Deadline is June 30th. For more information, please go to: http://www.compostfoundation.org/Education/Young_Investigators

40. Compost2019 Call for Presentations and Workshops: 6/30
https://compostconference.com/submit-abstracts/

41. 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

42. 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

43. Field Technician Manager and Lab Technician positions at Ag Laboratory, Santa Maria
Ag Laboratory and Consulting is currently hiring for two positions. To view the job description for Field Technician Manager, please visit: http://files.constantcontact.com/43fd6bc7401/c9f1b973-ea4a-4f7d-b2c0-fa2716fd669a.pdf  To view the job description for Lab Technician, please visit: http://files.constantcontact.com/43fd6bc7401/ded388ee-c254-42f0-a3b3-795f4ea8aab3.pdf


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