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September 2017 Announcements

Upcoming Events

Greetings, All – and welcome back to returning students, staff and faculty! We hope you are all wrapping up a fruitful summer and off to a prosperous fall. See below for some exciting upcoming events and opportunities:

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

Center & Cal Poly

1. F.E.E.D. farmer education begins September 5!
2. Graduate fellowships for Global Reduction of Food Waste

San Luis Obispo & Region

3. CDFA Healthy Soils Program (HSP) technical assistance workshops, Santa Maria: 9/2 & 9/6
4. Avocado Margarita Festival, Morro Bay: 9/9
5. Intro to Canning & All Things Pickled: 9/9 & 9/30
6. Food and Farming: Front and Center, Santa Barbara: 9/9
7. Slow Money SLO Summer Celebration with Woody Tasch: 9/10
8. ComCap17, Monterey: 9/10-13
9. Fermentation Festival, Santa Barbara: 9/10
10. EcoSLO Coastal Cleanup Day: 9/16
11. Solar Cooking Classes FREE at Davies Farm: 9/16 & 10/21
12. Sustainability in Action: SIP Certified Explained: 9/20 – 10/18 
13. Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival: 9/23
14. Heirloom Tomato Festival, Windrose Farm, Paso Robles: 9/23-24
15. Wild and Scenic Film Festival, 3 locations in SLO County: 9/28-30
16. Growing Edible Education Symposium: 10/6-7
17. Fall Harvest Festival, Central Coast Grown: 10/8

California & Out-of-State

18. National Heirloom Expo, Santa Rosa: 9/5-7
19. Soil Not Oil Conference, Richmond: 9/6-9
20. Regenerative Agriculture Initiative Seminar, CSU Chico: 9/7
21. Belcampo Farms One-Day Workshop, Gazelle: 9/9
22. Alternative Manure Management seminar and technical workshops, Tulare: 9/11-12
23. Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Full Belly Farm, Guinda: 10/7-8
24. Soil2017, Slow Money National Conference, Boulder, CO: 10/16-17
25. California Small Farm Conference, Stockton: 10/29-30
26. Advocacy Training for Women Farmers and Ranchers, Occidental: 11/9-12
27. Association of Applied IPM Ecologists (AAIE) Conference, Visalia: 11/29-12/1

Online

28. Organics and Regenerative Agriculture webinar: 9/5 
29. From Farms to Cities: Percolating Ideas for Water Security: 9/6
30. FSMA 101 webinar: 9/11
31. Improving Soil Health in Irrigated Intensive Veg Production: 9/12
32. Advanced Biodynamics webinar: 9/13

Opportunities

33. FREP Call for Posters: 9/8
34. Postdoctoral soil scientist/agronomist position at the Soil Health Institute, NC: 9/10
35. Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) RFP release: 9/12
36. Center for Produce Safety RFP release: 9/12
37. Transformative Climate Communities concept proposals due: 10/18
38. California Coastal Conservancy Prop 1 Grants: 10/31
39. Western SARE grant deadlines: 11/1 – 1/12
40. Farm manager position at Quail Springs Permaculture, Maricopa CA
41. NSAC Grassroots Fellowships, Washington DC
42. GREEN Program Winter/Spring breaks in Hawaii, Iceland, Japan, Peru

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Center & Cal Poly

1. F.E.E.D. farmer education begins September 5!
The first cohort of the Farmer Experiential Education and Development (FEED) is under way! FEED is an intensive 12-week certificate program designed to immerse participants in a hands-on learning experience. To sign up to receive information about the next offering of the FEED program, please visit: http://feed.calpoly.edu/

2. Graduate fellowships for Global Reduction of Food Waste
Cal Poly’s Food Science and Nutrition Department has been awarded a USDA grant to fund graduate fellowships for a masters program focused on global issues related to agricultural and food waste. Evaluation of candidates begins immediately. For more information, please refer to the following press release: http://www.calpolynews.calpoly.edu/news_releases/2017/August/USDA.html


San Luis Obispo & Region

3. CDFA Healthy Soils Program (HSP) technical assistance workshops, Santa Maria: 9/2 & 9/6
Earth First Construction is offering technical assistance workshops for the HSP Incentives Program on Saturday, September 2nd at 1:30pm and Wednesday, September 6th at 5:30pm, both at the Santa Maria Public Library, Shepard Hall, 421 S. McClelland St, Santa Maria. Applications for the HSP Incentives Program are due September 19th. For more information about these and additional workshops being offered, please go to: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/healthysoils/IncentivesProgram.html

4. Avocado Margarita Festival, Morro Bay: 9/9
A day of guacamole, margaritas, live music and fun in beautiful Morro Bay – what more could you ask for? The Avocado and Margarita Festival takes place Saturday, September 9th from 10am – 7pm on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay. For more information, please visit: https://avomargfest.com/

5. Intro to Canning & All Things Pickled: 9/9 & 9/30
The Master Preservers of SLO County are offering two workshops in September – Introduction to Canning on Saturday, September 9th (Class fee $10) and All Things Pickled on Saturday, September 30th (Class fee $5) – both from 10am–12pm at UC Extension, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. For more information about these and additional workshops, please see to the ‘Calendar’ bar at: http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/   

6. Food and Farming: Front and Center, Santa Barbara: 9/9
The Better World Series presents a discussion of agricultural sustainability and viability with a panel of Ventura and Santa Barbara county growers on Saturday, September 9th at the LoaTree headquarters, 508 E. Haley St, Santa Barbara. Tickets are $30 and now available to the general public. For more information, please go to: https://betterworldseries.com/sustainable-agriculture/

7. Slow Money SLO Summer Celebration with Woody Tasch: 9/10
Join Slow Money SLO to celebrate their five year anniversary and to meet the founder of Slow Money, Woody Tasch. Come hear about Woody’s recently completed second book and the latest Slow Money news both locally and nationally. The Summer Celebration with Woody is comprised of two events taking place on Sunday, September 10th – a buffet brunch in the private Novo Cellar in San Luis Obispo from 10-11:30am, and a reception at Grape Encounters in Atascadero from 1-2:30pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-celebration-with-woody-tasch-founder-of-slow-money-tickets-37160711689

8. ComCap17, Monterey: 9/10-13
ComCap17 is a national conference focused on community capital and economic development, and takes place September 10-13 at various venues around downtown Monterey. Jeff Wade of Slow Money SLO will be speaking as part of the Rebuilding Local Food Economies session on Monday, September 11th at 3pm. Woody Tasch will be giving the keynote that evening at 7pm entitled ‘What if we were investors in the companies that feed us?’ Use the code SLO to receive discounted registration. For more information about the entire ComCap17 Conference, please visit: https://2017.comcap.us/

9. Fermentation Festival, Santa Barbara: 9/10
The Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival will showcase local and regional experts on the history, benefits and preparation of fermented foods. The festival takes place Sunday, September 10th from 11am – 5 pm at Rancho la Patera and Stow House, Goleta, and will include 50+ presenters as well as interactive hands-on activities. For more information, please go to: http://www.sbfermentationfestival.com

10. EcoSLO Coastal Cleanup Day: 9/16
Join ECOSLO and other organizations and volunteer Saturday, September 16th from 9am – 12pm to clean up the coast in San Luis Obispo County! For locations and to sign up, please go to: http://ecoslo.org/coastal-cleanup-day/

11. Solar Cooking Classes FREE at Davies Farm: 9/16 & 10/21
Learn to cook with energy from the sun at Davies Farm (5009 Jespersen Rd, SLO). Their last 2 free solar cooking classes for 2017 will take place on Saturday, September 16th and October 21st from 12:30-2pm. No registration needed. Solar cooking is easy, inexpensive, helps retain food nutrients and flavors, keeps your home cool, and uses no fuel other than the sun. For information on this and other upcoming workshops, please call (805) 549-9346 or 440-9346.

12. Sustainability in Action: SIP Certified Explained: 9/20 – 10/18 
Sustainability In Practice (SIP) Certified invites hospitality, marketing and sales staff to learn about and experience sustainable winegrowing practices in action this harvest. Meetings are being held at sustainability certified vineyards in Arroyo Grande, Lompoc, Carmel-By-The-Sea, Soledad, Santa Maria, and Templeton through October 18th. To register for any of the upcoming meetings, please go to: http://www.sipcertified.org/sustainability-action-sip-certified-explained/

13. Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival: 9/23
The 80th Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival takes place on Saturday, September 23rd with lots of family fun including homegrown growing contests, baking and honey contests, scarecrow decorating contest, games, entertainment, parade and more! For more information, please visit: http://www.agharvestfestival.com/

14. Heirloom Tomato Festival, Windrose Farm, Paso Robles: 9/23-24
Come for the traditional heirloom tomato tasting of over 40 varieties, stay for the local chefs and vendors that will be preparing bites of their favorite recipes. The Heirloom Tomato Festival takes place on Saturday, September 23rd from 2-6pm at Windrose Farm, Paso Robles. For a full dinner experience, return to Windrose Farm at 5pm on Sunday, September 24th for their Tomato Festival Dinner featuring local chef Julie Simon. For information and tickets for these events, please go to: https://farmsteaded.com/

15. Wild and Scenic Film Festival, 3 locations in SLO County: 9/28-30
Central Coast State Parks Association presents the Wild and Scenic Film Festival on three separate nights – Thursday, September 28th at the Pismo Beach Golf Club; Friday, September 29th at the South Bay Community Center in Los Osos; and Saturday, September 30th at the SLO Guild Hall, San Luis Obispo. For more information and tickets, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wild-scenic-film-festival-tickets-36495347567

16. Growing Edible Education Symposium: 10/6-7
The 3rd Annual Growing Edible Education Symposium takes place October 6-7 at the Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School, 2450 Pennington Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo. This important event brings together schools and organizations that support the farm-to-school and school garden efforts in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. Participants will learn about best practices for teaching K-12 students about food and nutrition. The two day event will include farm and school garden bus tours, workshops, culinary cook-off, panel discussions, and keynote speakers from UC Davis and the Center for Ecoliteracy. For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.geesymposium.org/

17. Fall Harvest Festival, Central Coast Grown: 10/8
Local non-profit Central Coast Grown will hold its first annual Fall Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 8th from 1-5pm at City Farm, 1221 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo. The festival aims to showcase City Farm’s educational programs, and the produce being grown by its independent tenant farmers, as well as to bring together the many individuals and organizations who share a commitment to local sustainable urban agriculture. The event organizers are currently seeking sponsors, booth exhibitors, and volunteers. For questions, please contact steven.marx@centralcoastgrown.org. For information and to sign up, please visit: http://centralcoastgrown.org/events-page/


California & Out-of-State

18. National Heirloom Expo, Santa Rosa: 9/5-7
The National Heirloom Expo takes place at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and will feature over 100 nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., demonstrations, exhibitors, vendors and kids’ pavilion. For more information, please visit: http://theheirloomexpo.com/

19. Soil Not Oil Conference, Richmond: 9/6-9
The Soil Not Oil: Regenerative Agriculture and Socio-Ecological Justice to Heal the Earth International Environmental Conference takes place September 6-9 at the Richmond Memorial Convention Center, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond. For more information, please visit: http://soilnotoilcoalition.org/

20. Regenerative Agriculture Initiative Seminar, CSU Chico: 9/7
The Regenerative Agriculture Initiative Seminar Series presents ‘Regenerative Agriculture and its Crucial Role in the Solution to Africa’s Current Famine’ from 4-6pm on Thursday, September 7th at Colusa Hall, Rm 100 on the CSU Chico campus. The seminar speaker is Roland Bunch, author of ‘Two Ears of Corn: A Guide to People-Centered Agricultural Improvement’ and consultant who has worked in 49 nations of Latin America, Asia and Africa. The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit: http://www.csuchico.edu/sustainablefuture/events/

21. Belcampo Farms One-Day Workshop, Gazelle: 9/9
The Jefferson Center for Holistic Management, Savory Institute, and Belcampo Farms present a one-day workshop on Saturday, September 9th at Belcampo Farms, 4120 Scarface Rd, Gazelle. Cost is $100 online/ $110 at the door and includes breakfast, lunch and evening social hour. For more information and registration, please go to: http://shop.jeffersonhub.com/products/belcampo-farms-one-day-workshop-september-9-2017

22. Alternative Manure Management seminar and technical workshops, Tulare: 9/11-12
CDFA is now accepting applications for the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP), deadline is October 2nd.  To address relevant practices for AMMP, Earth First Construction will be presenting a Manure Solutions Seminar on Monday, September 11th from 8:30am -12pm at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, followed by four technical assistance workshops: Monday, September 11th from 2-4pm at the Int’l Agri-Center in Tulare, and Tuesday, September 12th from 9-11am, 2-4pm, and 4:30-6:30pm at the Tulare County Library in Visalia. The technical assistance workshops are free, registration for both the seminar and technical workshop together is $50, and registration for the seminar only is $125. The Manure Solutions Seminar will feature four industry experts who will discuss the topics of solid separators, microbial solutions, functional water, and successful grant writing. For more information and to register for the seminar and/or the technical assistance workshops, please go to: http://manuresolutions.org/
For information about additional AMMP workshops being offered, as well as the application guidelines, please visit: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/AMMP/

23. Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Full Belly Farm, Guinda: 10/7-8
The Hoes Down Festival celebrates its 30th year! As usual, there will be lots of activities, workshops, crafts, and amazing food and drinks. For more information, please visit: http://www.hoesdown.org/

24. Soil2017, Slow Money National Conference, Boulder, CO: 10/16-17
The Slow Money National Conference ‘Soil 2017’ takes place in Boulder, Colorado from October 16-17. Jeff Wade of Slow Money SLO will be there to meet with other local food system leaders. For more conference information, please visit: https://slowmoney.org/events/soil-one/

25. California Small Farm Conference, Stockton: 10/29-30
The California Small Farm Conference celebrates its 30th year and takes place October 29-30 at the Robert Cabral Agricultural Center, 2010 E. Earhart Ave in Stockton. Early bird discounts are available through September 15th. For more information, please go to: http://www.californiafarmconference.com/

26. Advocacy Training for Women Farmers and Ranchers, Occidental: 11/9-12
The goal of the Forces of Nature: Advocacy Skills Training for Women Farmer and Ranchers in California workshop is to provide leadership training to women farmers and ranchers in California and increase their engagement in regenerative agriculture policy advocacy at the state and local levels. The workshop takes place at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center from November 9-12. Applications are now open to those actively farming or ranching in California, and if selected to participate, workshop, meals and accommodations will be free. For more information and to apply, please go to: http://oaec.org/courses/forces-nature-advocacy-skills-training-for-women/

27. Association of Applied IPM Ecologists (AAIE) Conference, Visalia: 11/29-12/1
The AAIE Annual Meeting and Conference takes place November 29th through December 1st at the Visalia Convention Center and Marriott Hotel. Take advantage of early bird registration and room rate before the prices go up! More information on the Events tab at: http://www.aaie.net/


Online

28. Organics and Regenerative Agriculture webinar: 9/5 
Presented by Oregon Tilth. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7366379740882172161

29. From Farms to Cities: Percolating Ideas for Water Security: 9/6
Presented by Sustainable Conservation, with special panelist Miles Reiter, Chairman and CEO of Driscoll's.
http://suscon.org/sept-6-live-webcast-registration/

30. FSMA 101 webinar: 9/11
https://www.ccof.org/fsma-101-webinar

31. Improving Soil Health in Irrigated Intensive Veg Production: 9/12
http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/improving-soil-health-in-irrigated-intensive-vegetable-production

32. Advanced Biodynamics webinar: 9/13
https://www.biodynamics.com/civicrm/event/info?id=41&reset=1


Opportunities

33. FREP Call for Posters: 9/8
There are still a few spaces available for posters at the Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) /Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) conference in Modesto taking place November 1-2. Posters must have scientific subjects and research results relevant to the efficient use of fertilizing materials in California conditions, and promote improved nutrient and irrigation management practices in agriculture. Anyone, whether funded by FREP or other entities, may submit an abstract. Poster acceptance includes free admission to the conference for one person. For more information, please visit: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/IS/ffldrs/frep/FREPConference.html

34. Postdoctoral soil scientist/agronomist position at the Soil Health Institute, NC: 9/10
The Soil Health Institute located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is seeking an independent contractor with research-level expertise in soil health analyses, agronomy, agricultural production and resource management practices for a 1 to 3 year term. For full job description, please go to: http://careers.careerplacement.org/jobs/10161702/soil-scientist-agronomist

35. Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) RFP release: 9/12
OFRF research priorities for 2018 are: (1) Soil health, particularly management focused on reducing environmental impacts; (2) Innovative weed control, especially related to changing weather patterns due to climate change; (3) Management of emerging insect and disease issues; and (4) Livestock health, including livestock and crop integration and best practices for grass-based livestock production. Request for proposals and application instructions will be made available on September 12th at the OFRF website: http://www.ofrf.org/

36. Center for Produce Safety RFP release: 9/12
The Center for Produce Safety will announce a request for preliminary research proposals on September 12th. Proposal deadline will be November 14. Please look for the research priorities and guidelines for the proposal process at: http://www.centerforproducesafety.org/

37. Transformative Climate Communities concept proposals due: 10/18
The California Strategic Growth Council is accepting applications for the 2017 Transformative Climate Communities Program, Planning Grants. Concept proposals are due October 18th. For program guidelines, please visit: http://sgc.ca.gov/Grant-Programs/Transformative-Climate-Communities-Program.html 

38. California Coastal Conservancy Prop 1 Grants: 10/31
The Coastal Conservancy’s proposal solicitation for Proposition 1 grants is now available, with applications for the current round due October 31st. The four priority project types are: water sustainability improvements, anadromous fish habitat enhancement, wetland restoration, and urban greening. An informational webinar will be offered on September 7th at 10am, please RSVP to grants@scc.ca.gov to receive additional details. For more information and application materials, please go to: http://scc.ca.gov/grants/proposition-1-grants/

39. Western SARE grant deadlines: 11/1 – 1/12
The Western SARE program of the USDA is currently soliciting proposals in the following categories - Professional Development Grants (due November 1st), Farmer/Rancher Grants (due December 6th), Professional + Producer Grants (due December 6th), and Graduate Student Grants (due January 12th). To download full RFPs for each of these grant types, please go to: http://www.westernsare.org/Grants/Types-of-Grants

40. Farm manager position at Quail Springs Permaculture, Maricopa CA
Please view the job description at: http://www.quailsprings.org/farm-manager/

41. NSAC Grassroots Fellowships, Washington DC
Interested in learning what it takes to fix federal food and farm policy? Want to help build national grassroots campaigns around issues like farm to school, local food, beginning farmers, and more? The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is currently seeking a Grassroots Fellow for 2017-18, beginning in September/October 2017 and ending in June 2018. This nine month fellowship position is paid, full time, includes partial benefits, and is located in NSAC’s DC office on Capitol Hill. For full position description, qualifications, and application procedures, please go to: http://sustainableagriculture.net/about-us/jobs/

42. GREEN Program Winter/Spring breaks in Hawaii, Iceland, Japan, Peru
The GREEN Program has upcoming sustainability-related winter and spring break programs in Hawaii, Iceland, Japan and Peru. For more information, please visit: https://thegreenprogram.com/programs


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