Event Calendar


Wednesday, August 10, 2022
2 p.m.


The Organic Center has partnered with The University of Rhode Island (URI) to identify the best opportunities for developing cost-effective and organic-compliant tools to help organic farmers navigate food safety risks and third-party certification. Dr. Patrick Baur from URI will present results from a national needs assessment that included farmer-focused listening sessions and a national survey. Specifically, these results will touch on which producers are most impacted on a national level and which food safety requirements are most difficult to synchronize with NOP standards. This needs assessment will also help prioritizing which research and knowledge gaps can best address these specific conflicts. Join Dr. Amber Sciligo of The Organic Center & Dr. Baur as they discuss the research findings and next steps for this pivotal work. This webinar will include a Q&A session following the presentation.

The Organic Center webinars are open to all and are recorded. Register via the link below to gain access to the recording when made available on demand.


The Organic Center / (802) 275-3897 /




Thursday, August 18, 2022
4 p.m.


High levels of stress are present in agricultural communities. Unstable finances, the pressure of multigenerational farm lineage, injury, chronic illness, harsh weather conditions, and more recently stressors associated with COVID-19 are among the challenges producers face daily. The Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP) network of partners believes that the unique needs of agricultural communities must be addressed. This is done through communication and collaboration with partners across the Western region to offer education, support in navigating resources, and funding opportunities for agricultural communities.

Mauricio Guerrero-Villanueva is a Graduate Student Researcher with the California AgrAbility Program. In this presentation, Community Talks: Building and Developing Mental Health Garden Outreach Events, Mauricio will describe a series of in-person, virtual, and hybrid community talks held in California's agricultural communities. The goal of the talks was to hold spaces for community members and leaders (Promotores) to gather and discuss the importance of mental health and gardening. The events were an opportunity to hear from community members about mental health concerns, the extent to which appropriate services exist, and what they would like to see at a mental health and gardening event. This session will highlight the gardening events and partners coming together to support farmer and farmworker mental health.

Intended Audience: WRASAP lead agencies; WRASAP collaborating organizations; any agency/health provider/program providing services to producers (agricultural farmers, ranchers, workers, business owners, and non-industrial private forest owners and managers) and their families in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

Register via the link below to join this free webinar. The last day to register is Monday, August 15, 2022; all registrants will receive connection information upon registration submission.


Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program / (530) 752-1613 /




Monday, December 5, 2022 through Monday, December 19, 2022
9 a.m.-12 p.m.


Register today for this three-part winter course with farm consultant Ellen Polishuk of Plant to Profit! This course will build on the material covered in introductory sessions in January and March 2022 (available to watch on fairfarms.oeffa.org/polishuk). Take a deep dive into your numbers from the season to understand your farm's costs of production and calculate fair prices and wages.

The What: In order to increase farm profits, we have to dive into assessing IF and WHICH of our crops, enterprises, and markets are actually generating profits.

The Why: Growers are struggling to attract and retain excellent employees. We want to pay our people more. How much more can we really "afford" to pay?

The How: We are going to keep appropriate yield, labor, and cost data in the 2022 season.

The Deal: We will meet virtually in December to discuss how to discover profitability using three different strategies:
- Veggie Compass, whole farm profitability tool
- Individual Crop Costing Tool, provided by Kitchen Table Consultants
- An informative and organized Profit and Loss Report, a tool for making decisions on increasing labor cost

Visit fairfarms.oeffa.org/polishuk to view a recordkeeping checklist and costing tools resource list to keep track of your numbers this growing season.

The cost of this three-part course is $75 and includes the opportunity for a one-on-one consultation session with Ellen. Course capacity is limited to 40.


Jacob Taylor / (614) 725-3162 /



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