Attracting certain bird species by landscaping or using birdhouses can help with insect control and be a fun family project. Some birds can be a detriment, such as red-winged blackbirds in sunflowers, or the aggressive…
Soil health is the single most important factor to a successful and resilient farm and ranching operation. Soil health principles apply whether you grow crops, raise livestock or both. Soil health management practices applied in together can benefit and enhance both grazing and farming.
- Aug. 29 – Workshop – $100 (Seating limited to first 200)
- Aug. 30 – Bus Tour – $65 (Seating limited to first 50)
TOPICS AND SPEAKERS
- Managing Grazing to Regenerate Soil Health and Ranch Livelihoods Dr. Richard Teague, Texas A&M University, Vernon, TX
- Multi-use Cover Crops for Grazing and Soil Health Doug Spencer, Rangeland Management Specialist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA, Marion, KS
- Soil Health, The System Under the Surface Dr. Jennifer Moore-Kucera, NRCS West Regional Soil Health Team Leader, Portland, OR
- Five Years of No-till: Cash Crops, Cattle and Cover Crops are Making the Difference for Soil Health Darin Williams, continuous no-till producer/soil health practitioner, Waverly, KS
In an effort to provide fresh market producers with the most up-to-date information on management, production and marketing techniques, Oklahoma State University is teaming up with the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation to host the fall 2016 Oklahoma Market Garden School.
The eight-week course will begin Tuesday August 30th and will meet weekly on Tuesday evenings through October 25th at the Tulsa County Extension Office located at 4116 E. 15th, Tulsa, OK. Classes will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. Registration is $50 per individual or $70 per couple. Couples will receive one set of handouts.
The school is geared toward those who are established in the business as well as those who are interested in exploring a new enterprise. Each week’s session will focus on a different area related to fruit and vegetable production, such as getting organized, soils and fertilizer management, crop establishment and irrigation, guidelines for producing fruit and vegetable crops, season extension, pest management, food safety and marketing.
The class is limited to 50 participants and preregistration is required:
- Online registration is available at https://secure.touchnet.com/C20271_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=3 (click on “Short Courses and Schools”).
- To register by mail, send the registration form (from the OSU’s department of horticulture and landscape architecture website at http://www.hortla.okstate.edu/), along with the payment, to Oklahoma Market Gardening Course, attn: Stephanie Larimer, 358 Ag Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078-6027, or call her at 405-744-5404.
Guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday of the month.
During these tours, Kerr Center staff show visitors our current horticulture and livestock projects.
Tours go from 9-11 or 1-3 (approximate length), and cost $10 per person.
Advance registration is required. Contact us a week in advance to let us know you are coming and whether you want to see horticulture or livestock projects or both.
Keep in mind that what is available to see varies according to season. When you call, we can let you know what is available to see. We want you to have the best possible experience!
Pay at the door. Tours begin at the Kerr Center office.
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All other visits must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Groups are welcome.
Call the Kerr Center at 918.647.9123 or email email@example.com with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.
The 7th National Small Farm Conference is titled, “Creating and Sustaining Small Farmers and Ranchers.” It is the U.S.’s premier conference that addresses the needs, challenges and successes of small farmers from Alaska to Alabama, from Maine to Maui, and even from countries far beyond our shores.
- Learn about innovative advances in research, extension and outreach
- Network and strengthen existing partnerships with other small farm professionals
- Take home new ideas that will help to ensure small farmers and ranchers in your region not only survive, but thrive in today’s economy.
The conference is hosted by Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with support from Virginia Tech.
For more information and to register, visit http://www.vsu.edu/nationalsmallfarmconference/.
Tulsa’s RiverParks Authority is pleased to announce Monarchs on the Mountain, a new festival celebrating the vital role that eastern Oklahoma plays in the monarch butterfly migration. The festival will take place in the pavilion area of the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area near the main trailhead.
The day will be filled with fun and educational activities highlighting the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, the great monarch migration, and the habitat of Turkey Mountain, which supports a myriad of wildlife. Information will be available, and plants may be purchased, to help establish your own monarch waystation. Visitors can even make a seed ball to plant this fall.
Monarch tagging will be demonstrated, and butterflies will be released to join the southward migration to the Oyamel fir forests of central Mexico. This free festival will appeal to all ages and food trucks will be on site. Come spend the day celebrating eastern Oklahoma’s unique place in the life of the monarch!
The event is hosted by the RiverParks Authority, in partnership with the Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition, the Tulsa Audubon Society, and The M.E.T. Supporters include Sustainable Tulsa, Blue Thumb, The Tulsa Zoo, City of Tulsa, Monarch Initiative of Tulsa, Westside Y, and the USFWS.
For more information contact Marci Hawkins, steering committee chair, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.