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Events/Training

Jun
26
Tue
Soil Health Field Tour @ Ardmore (Noble Foundation)
Jun 26 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Soil Health Field Tour @ Ardmore (Noble Foundation)

The Noble Research Institute invites you to a hands-on field tour with Noble soils and crops consultant Jim Johnson, and world-renowned soil microbiologist Christine Jones, Ph.D.

Spend the morning taking a walk through the Noble cover crop plots, get your hands dirty in the soil and learn how what you see relates to soil biology and soil health. Following lunch, Jones will give a lecture on how enhancing above- and below-ground plant diversity to maximize the power of photosynthesis creates a robust soil microbiome, reducing reliance on additional fertilizers and herbicides; improving soil structure and function; and optimizing soil, plant, animal and human health, water quality, and farm profit.

Registration fee is $25 and includes lunch. For more information or to register, visit www.noble.org/events or call 580-223-5810. Preregistration is requested.

Livestock Forage Workshop @ Atoka (Atoka Choctaw Community Center)
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm
Livestock Forage Workshop @ Atoka (Atoka Choctaw Community Center)

Partners include OSU Extension, USDA NRCS, Choctaw Nation Agriculture Outreach, and more.

To RSVP, Contact Harold Stephens at 580-889-7337.

Download the flyer (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Jun
28
Thu
Workshop: Strategies for Promoting Soil Health, Ag Census, & USDA Program Eligibility @ Tahlequah (Cherokee Nation Headquarters)
Jun 28 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Workshop: Strategies for Promoting Soil Health, Ag Census, & USDA Program Eligibility @ Tahlequah (Cherokee Nation Headquarters)

RSVP by June 25

This free conservation workshop is open to the public and includes lunch.

RSVP to Lisel Worley by phone (918-708-3752 x3) or email, or to Carol Crouch by phone (405-612-9331) or email.

Download flyer & agenda (PDF, 300 KB)

Agenda

9:30 AM – Pre-registration

10:00 AM – Welcome & Introductions

  • Dr. Carol Crouch, NRCS
  • Bruce Davis, Cherokee Nation

10:15 AM – Soil Health Biological Indicators & Principles Demonstration

  • Steve Alspach, NRCS

11:00 AM – Importance of Ag Census

  • Troy Marshall, NASS

11:15 AM – NRCS Programs – Application Process

  • Chad Kacir, NRCS

11:45 AM – Farm Service Agency (FSA) Eligibility Process & Farm and Tract Number

  • Katie Waltman, FSA

12:15 PM – Prayer & Lunch, Cherokee Hills Restaurant

Jun
29
Fri
Workshop: Soil Health And Plant Identification @ Tahlequah (multiple locations)
Jun 29 @ 9:00 am – Jun 30 @ 12:00 pm
Workshop: Soil Health And Plant Identification @ Tahlequah (multiple locations)

Gregory Scott and Blane Stacey will lead this free series of pasture walks and discussion on assessing pasture health. Gregory and Blane are exceptional speakers with a wealth of knowledge about native plants and managed pasture forage systems to improve diversity, yield, and overall soil health. This is an excellent soil health and plant ID learning opportunity with two of Oklahoma’s best!

This training is part of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission’s Soil Health Education Program.
Learn more at https://www.ok.gov/conservation/Programs/Soil_Health_Education_Program.html.

Download the flyer (PDF, 300 KB)

For more information or to register, visit the registration website, or contact the Oklahoma Farmers & Ranchers Association by email or phone (918-207-9107).

Jun
30
Sat
Workshop: Re-connecting to Earth Medicine: Herbs and their Healing Properties @ Oklahoma City (Commonwealth Urban Farms of OKC)
Jun 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Workshop: Re-connecting to Earth Medicine: Herbs and their Healing Properties @ Oklahoma City (Commonwealth Urban Farms of OKC)

This workshop will enter into the world of herbal healing by using all of the senses to identify different medicinal plants on an herb walk. It will explore the basic healing properties of common herbs such as yarrow, sage, rosemary, calendula, thyme, plantain, nettle, and dandelion. This is an introductory course for anyone who is curious about re-connecting to the plants that surround us and learning about how they can teach us, guide us, and accompany us through our own healing journeys.
Instructor: Stephanie Holiman has recently returned to Oklahoma after living in Chile for twenty years, where she directed the organic gardening center Huerto Hada Verde

For more information, visit the Garden School website, or email the organizers.


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