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The Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service is the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming, offering 65 workshops over 6 sessions, inspiring keynotes, engaging Roundtables, and a resource-packed Exhibit Hall with over 170 vendors.
For more information or to register, visit mosesorganic.org/conference/.
Register by February 20.
The Oklahoma Nutrition Information and Education (ONIE) Project will host the third annual Oklahoma Farmers Market Conference on February 23 from 9 – 4 in Oklahoma City.
The conference will also include a Pre-Conference Grant Writing Workshop (February 22, 2 – 5 PM) and a post-conference agritourism rolling workshop (February 24, 8 AM – 5 PM).
Conference tracks address topics of interest to market managers, board members, growers, vendors, and community partners or city officials. The conference focus this year is to increase the availability of local food in Oklahoma communities. Topics will include starting or sustaining farmers markets, marketing to the public, policies, community engagement and more.
The conference will kick off with a keynote address by National Farmers Market Coalition Executive Director Jen Cheek.
Register online at www.onieproject.org/OKFMC by February 20 at noon. There is no charge for the conference or the pre-conference workshop. The post-conference rolling workshop, which includes a chartered tour of farms and agritourism sites, will cost $25 for non-members. For more information, contact Meredith Scott at (405) 271-2091 or Meredith-Scott@ouhsc.edu.
Register by noon on Feb. 22.
Seniors 62 years and up are invited to visit Myriad Botanical Gardens for a fun day away from the house and the cold weather.
The outing includes guided tours of the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, and a presentation on lavender from Children’s Garden Manager, Abby Curry.
This month’s topic is All About Lavender. Widely known for its scent and beauty in the garden, it’s not only a great draw for pollinators, but can also be used for a variety of home and cooking purposes. Each participant will make a lavender sachet to take home.
Wrap up the day with some light refreshments and prizes-come ready to win!
For more information and to register, visit oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com.
The Soil Health Track @ the OACD State Meeting is an opportunity for agriculture producers, conservation districts and other interested members of the public to hear from experts about the soil health movement in conservation, as well as network with other producers about soil health practices they have tried on their own operations.
Speakers will cover topics such as managing weeds with plant diversity, assessing the health of your soil, how soil health can increase your farm’s profits, and how to apply soil health practices to grazing lands.
– Russell Hedrick, JRH Grain Farms, Hickory, NC
– Dr. Randy Anderson, Agriculture Research Services, Brookings, SD
– Adam Daugherty, USDA-NRCS, Coffee County, TN
– Dr. Rick Haney, Agriculture Research Services, Temple, TX
– Dr. Jason Warren, Oklahoma State University
– Dr. Cait Rottler, USDA-Southern Plains Climate Hub
– Steve Glasgow, USDA-NRCS
Register by February 14.
OSU is holding a eight-session Pecan Management course to provide an in-depth experience, classroom and orchard, for current and prospective pecan growers. The course includes one session per month from February – October (March excluded).
Course cost is $250 per individual. For more information or to register, contact Stephanie Larimer at (405) 744-5404 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit okpecans.okstate.edu/pecan-management-course.