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Online 

Thursday, January 5, 2023 through Monday, February 6, 2023
9 a.m.

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Motivating and managing employees is essential to most diversified vegetable farms, and rare is the farmer who comes to farming with those labor management skills. Whether you have worked with employees for many years or are in the early stages of hiring staff, this series will give you practical tools to make your farm an employer of choice.

FairShare CSA Coalition will cover hiring the right people, developing a motivated workforce, establishing a positive farm business culture, providing reviews and feedback, and much more through this nine-part series. Research-based approaches and real world examples make this series practical and useful for any vegetable farm employer. Please note that this program is for all vegetable farm owners and for hired managers with at least 10 years of experience.

Be prepared to attend online sessions with your camera on and ready to engage in discussions with your farmer peers. Space is limited. Register via the link below.

Sessions are on Thursdays from 9:00-11:00am and Mondays from 4:00-6:00pm Central Time.

Dates and Topics:
5 January from 9-11 AM: Strategic Leadership
9 January from 4-6 PM: Developing a Motivated Workforce
12 January from 9-11 AM: Hiring the Right People
16 January from 4-6 PM: Employee Onboarding and Training
19 January from 9-11 AM: Farm Business Culture
23 January from 4-6 PM: Reviews and Feedback
30 January from 4-6 PM: Becoming an Ethical H-2A Employer
2 February from 9-11 AM: Developing Intercultural Competence for Farm Employers
6 February from 4-6 PM: Managing Conflict

Speakers:
David Bachhuber, Lovefood Farm
Kat Becker, Cattail Organics
Katie Bishop, PrairiErth Farm
Stacey Botsford, Red Door Family Farm
Kristen Kordet, Blue Moon Community Farm
Robyn Calvey, Park Ridge Organics
Linda Halley, Gwenyn Hill Farm
Cassie Noltnerwyss, Crossroads Community Farm
Michelle Week, Good Rain Farm
Claire Strader, Extension Dane County & FairShare
Sarah Janes Ugoretz, FairShare

Location:
Online

Contact:
Beth Knorr / (234) 231-8166 /

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/vegetable-farmers-becoming-the-employer-of-choice-tickets-440579784997

 

Online 

Thursday, February 2, 2023 through Sunday, February 5, 2023
8 a.m.

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Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) is partnering with the Northeast Community Seed Conference & Celebration in hosting the 41st Annual Winter Conference, which will offer 70+ workshops and events.

The conference will offer virtual workshops at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. daily with on-demand recordings to follow each session.

Location:
Online

Contact:
NOFA-NY / (315) 988-4000 /

http://nofany.org/conference/workshops/

 

Newark, Ohio 

Thursday, February 16, 2023 through Saturday, February 18, 2023
8 a.m.

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Register today for the 2023 OEFFA conference, Germinate, Regenerate, Agitate!

Join OEFFA February 16-18, 2023, at Cherry Valley Hotel in Newark, Ohio. This conference is three days of learning, sharing, and connecting with hundreds of sustainable farmers, gardeners, and local food supporters. From backyard gardening to pasture management to food policy, this conference covers diverse themes in organic and sustainable agriculture.

Learn more and register at conference.oeffa.org.

Location:
Cherry Valley Hotel & Event Center
2299 Cherry Valley Rd. SE
Newark, OH 43055

Contact:
OEFFA / (614) 421-2022 /

http://conference.oeffa.org

 

Newark, Ohio 

Thursday, February 16, 2023
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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This day-long workshop at the 2023 OEFFA Conference will help attendees launch their own on-farm research ideas. Work with others to develop research questions and the partnerships, ideas, and resources to get them answered. Discussion will include available funding sources, like the upcoming Warner Grants program.

There is no cost to attend and lunch is provided. Sign up by January 31, 2023 via the link below.


This workshop is sponsored by Central State University, Ohio State University Organic Food and Farming Education and Research, and Agrosystems Management Program, North Central SARE, and OEFFA.

Location:
2023 OEFFA Conference - Cherry Valley Hotel
2299 Cherry Valley Rd SE
Newark, OH 43055

Contact:
Cassy Brown / (330) 263-3634 /

http://go.osu.edu/oeffa23

 

Newark, Ohio 

Friday, February 17, 2023
5-6:30 p.m.

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The FarmLink Mixer is a social event for farmland seekers and farmland owners to meet and connect.

Farmers and landowners who have available farmland to rent, sell, or transfer can meet up with interested farmers looking for land. Land seekers are encouraged to talk to farmland owners about their hopes and plans for a farm, and find other interested farmers who may want to collaborate on a farm project. Transferring land is a big challenge—this event is to help ease some of the hurdles and bring interested parties together.

This event takes place during the OEFFA conference, but is open to the public as well.

Location:
Cherry Valley Hotel & Event Center
2299 Cherry Valley Rd SE
Newark, OH 43055

At the 2023 OEFFA Conference, but open to the public.

Contact:
Begin Farming / (614) 421-2022 /

http://heartlandfarmlink.org/

 

West Lafayette, Indiana 

Wednesday, February 22, 2023
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Purdue Extension will host the annual Indiana Organic Grain Farmer Meeting on February 22, 2023 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Beck Center at 4550 US 52 W in West Lafayette, IN. Doors open at 8 a.m. with a light breakfast and networking time with producers, advisors, and trade show vendors.

At this year's event, participants can expect to hear from the following presenters:

Dr. Erin Silva, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Reducing tillage in organic grain rotations – how can we make it work?

Dr. Michael Langemeier, Purdue University: Comparing Conventional and Organic Crop Net Returns

Dr. Darcey Telenko, Purdue University: Integrated Disease Management in Organic Grains

Participants will also have the opportunity to attend breakouts geared toward either prospective/beginner growers or more experienced growers. A feature of this year's event will be discussion circles focused on specific subject matter, including equipment, weed management, and grain marketing. This will give participants opportunities to learn from each other and build stronger networks.

Registration is $60 with early bird pricing through January 16, 2023. Afterward, prices will increase to $90.

CEUs are available for Certified Crop Advisors. This event is also a great professional development opportunity for ag professionals in private industry, government, and extension.

More information about the agenda and registration details can be found via the link below.

Location:
The Beck Center at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE)
4550 US 52 W
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Contact:
Ashley Adair / (765) 496-6362 /

http://puext.in/iogfm

 

Kalamazoo, Michigan 

Saturday, February 25, 2023
8 a.m.

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The Michigan Family Farms Conference is more than just a conference. Year after year, farmers, educators, and food system professionals gather to network, learn, and share resources and experiences. We also come together to celebrate diversity, expand our knowledge of sustainable agriculture, and strengthen the supportive network of farmers that we know is essential for building resilient farms.

The Michigan Family Farms Conference offers beginning, small-scale, and culturally diverse farmers a chance to network, learn, and build sustainable family farms. It is an energizing, hands-on event featuring multiple tracks of breakout sessions plus a youth track to engage the whole family.

Click the link below to learn more closer to the date.

Location:
Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Texas Township Campus)
6767 W O Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Texas Township Campus

Contact:
Michigan Food and Farming Systems / (517) 709-8271 /

http://www.miffs.org/mffc2023

 

Online 

Tuesday, February 28, 2023
2 p.m.

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The CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series is a free online series demonstrating how businesses and projects within the food system can be connected to development finance tools, such as bonds, tax increment finance, tax credits, and revolving loan funds, to create equitable local and regional food systems. This series will showcase how development finance agencies from across the country are investing in local food systems. Speakers will present case studies on a range of food systems projects – including production, processing, distribution, retail, storage, and more – to explain why various financing tools were chosen for the specific project and how those financing tools work. Each installment of this series will explore how the development finance toolbox can be used to drive investment across the food supply chain.

With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, CDFA is researching how development finance agencies can become more engaged in developing localized food systems through traditional finance approaches. The premise of this project is to suggest and then prove that, if organized and defined properly, the food system can become a defined asset class worthy of traditional investment. Through this work, CDFA aims to advance opportunities and leverage existing capital financing streams that scale local and regional food systems and increase access to better food while creating new living wage jobs in communities across the country.

Click the link below to register.

Location:
Online

Contact:
CDFA / (614) 705-1300 /

http://www.cdfa.net/e/2023fsfws

 

Online 

Thursday, March 2, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Join farmers, researchers, educators, and other interested individuals on the first Thursday of each month to discuss a variety of topics related to organic production research.

Group leaders include: Julia Barton (OEFFA Organic Policy Specialist); Denise Natoli Brooks (Central State University); and Casey Brown (Ohio State). The event is hosted by The Ohio State University's Organic Food & Farming Education and Research (OFFER) project.

Location:
Zoom

Contact:
Cassandra Brown / 419-685-1159 /

http://offer.osu.edu/news/events

 

Columbus, Ohio 

Friday, March 3, 2023
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Farm law effects everyone, especially our most innovative, direct-to-consumer farmers. Unfortunately, legal answers aren't always easy to come by—and they can be boring and difficult to understand.

The Discovering Resilience Workshop offered by Farm Commons and OEFFA is different. It's interactive and informative. It empowers farmers and ranchers with helpful resources to resolve legal vulnerabilities in land use and leasing, farm financing, agritourism, diversification, farm events, value-added production, business structures, insurance, sales contracts, and food safety liability.

Nearly 90% of farmers plan to make changes to their operation as a result of the workshop's 10 easy-to-follow steps to build legal resilience. In today's difficult farm climate, we need all the resilience we can get. This workshop provides exactly that.

The event will be on Friday, March 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District office. Registration is $65 for non-members and $50 for members. Included in this price is a one-year membership to Farm Commons (a $99 value). The Farm Commons membership provides access to live workshops, farm law resources, and community connections.

This event is made possible in part thanks to the generous space contribution from the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District. This program is supported by NIFA USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (2019-49400-30033).

Location:
Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District office
1404 Goodale Blvd #100
Columbus, Ohi0 43212

Contact:
Robin Hackett / (614) 947-1633 /

http://beginfarming.oeffa.org/discovering-resilience-a-legal-workshop-for-farmers-and-ranchers/

 

Online 

Thursday, April 6, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Join farmers, researchers, educators, and other interested individuals on the first Thursday of each month to discuss a variety of topics related to organic production research.

Group leaders include: Julia Barton (OEFFA Organic Policy Specialist); Denise Natoli Brooks (Central State University); and Casey Brown (Ohio State). The event is hosted by The Ohio State University's Organic Food & Farming Education and Research (OFFER) project.

Location:
Zoom

Contact:
Cassandra Brown / 419-685-1159 /

http://offer.osu.edu/news/events

 

Online 

Tuesday, April 25, 2023
2 p.m.

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The CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series is a free online series demonstrating how businesses and projects within the food system can be connected to development finance tools, such as bonds, tax increment finance, tax credits, and revolving loan funds, to create equitable local and regional food systems. This series will showcase how development finance agencies from across the country are investing in local food systems. Speakers will present case studies on a range of food systems projects – including production, processing, distribution, retail, storage, and more – to explain why various financing tools were chosen for the specific project and how those financing tools work. Each installment of this series will explore how the development finance toolbox can be used to drive investment across the food supply chain.

With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, CDFA is researching how development finance agencies can become more engaged in developing localized food systems through traditional finance approaches. The premise of this project is to suggest and then prove that, if organized and defined properly, the food system can become a defined asset class worthy of traditional investment. Through this work, CDFA aims to advance opportunities and leverage existing capital financing streams that scale local and regional food systems and increase access to better food while creating new living wage jobs in communities across the country.

Click the link below to register.

Location:
Online

Contact:
CDFA / (614) 705-1300 /

http://www.cdfa.net/e/2023fsfws

 

Online 

Thursday, May 4, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Join farmers, researchers, educators, and other interested individuals on the first Thursday of each month to discuss a variety of topics related to organic production research.

Group leaders include: Julia Barton (OEFFA Organic Policy Specialist); Denise Natoli Brooks (Central State University); and Casey Brown (Ohio State). The event is hosted by The Ohio State University's Organic Food & Farming Education and Research (OFFER) project.

Location:
Zoom

Contact:
Cassandra Brown / 419-685-1159 /

http://offer.osu.edu/news/events

 

Online 

Thursday, June 1, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Join farmers, researchers, educators, and other interested individuals on the first Thursday of each month to discuss a variety of topics related to organic production research.

Group leaders include: Julia Barton (OEFFA Organic Policy Specialist); Denise Natoli Brooks (Central State University); and Casey Brown (Ohio State). The event is hosted by The Ohio State University's Organic Food & Farming Education and Research (OFFER) project.

Location:
Zoom

Contact:
Cassandra Brown / 419-685-1159 /

http://offer.osu.edu/news/events

 

Online 

Tuesday, June 27, 2023
2 p.m.

Open/Close

The CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series is a free online series demonstrating how businesses and projects within the food system can be connected to development finance tools, such as bonds, tax increment finance, tax credits, and revolving loan funds, to create equitable local and regional food systems. This series will showcase how development finance agencies from across the country are investing in local food systems. Speakers will present case studies on a range of food systems projects – including production, processing, distribution, retail, storage, and more – to explain why various financing tools were chosen for the specific project and how those financing tools work. Each installment of this series will explore how the development finance toolbox can be used to drive investment across the food supply chain.

With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, CDFA is researching how development finance agencies can become more engaged in developing localized food systems through traditional finance approaches. The premise of this project is to suggest and then prove that, if organized and defined properly, the food system can become a defined asset class worthy of traditional investment. Through this work, CDFA aims to advance opportunities and leverage existing capital financing streams that scale local and regional food systems and increase access to better food while creating new living wage jobs in communities across the country.

Click the link below to register.

Location:
Online

Contact:
CDFA / (614) 705-1300 /

http://www.cdfa.net/e/2023fsfws

 

Online 

Thursday, July 6, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Join farmers, researchers, educators, and other interested individuals on the first Thursday of each month to discuss a variety of topics related to organic production research.

Group leaders include: Julia Barton (OEFFA Organic Policy Specialist); Denise Natoli Brooks (Central State University); and Casey Brown (Ohio State). The event is hosted by The Ohio State University's Organic Food & Farming Education and Research (OFFER) project.

Location:
Zoom

Contact:
Cassandra Brown / 419-685-1159 /

http://offer.osu.edu/news/events

 

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Columbus OH 43214

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