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Jul
18
Wed
Garden Explorers Camp @ Oklahoma City (Will Rogers Gardens)
Jul 18 – Jul 22 all-day
Garden Explorers Camp @ Oklahoma City (Will Rogers Gardens)

Have fun digging in the soil, planting container gardens to take home, creating crafts, and learning about how to design a garden. Find out what’s bugging you and your plants by exploring the world of insects, plants and diseases. Campers will also enjoy exploring the grounds of the Will Rogers Arboretum, as well as a few field trips away to area destinations. Space is limited to 10, so sign up as soon as you can! Nutritious snacks will be provided throughout the day. Parents should provide a sack lunch and drink. Aftercare is available from 4pm-5:30pm for $50 a child.

For Ages 7-12
Cost: $195/camper *Non-transferable
Location
Will Rogers Garden
3400 NW 36th (located on the SW corner of NW 36th at Grand Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK

For more information or to register, visit the event listing.

Jul
19
Thu
Workshop: Wildfire Recovery and Managing Grazingland Biological Indicators of Soil Health @ Clinton (Cheyenne & Arapaho Community Center)
Jul 19 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Workshop: Wildfire Recovery and Managing Grazingland Biological Indicators of Soil Health @ Clinton (Cheyenne & Arapaho Community Center)

To RSVP for this free workshop, which includes lunch, contact Carol Crouch by phone (405-612-9331) or email.

Download flyer & agenda (PDF, 250 KB)

Agenda

9:30 AM – Pre-registration

10:00 AM – Welcome & Introductions
– Dr. Carol Crouch, NRCS
– Nathan Hart, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes

10:15 AM – Importance of Ag Census
– Troy Marshall

NRCS Conservation Client Gateway
– Dr. Carol Couch, NRCS

10:30 AM – Wildfire Recovery and Managing Grazing Land
– Steve Alspach, NRCS Soil Scientist

11:15 AM – Soil Health Principles & Demonstration
– Steve Alspach
– Greg Scott

11:45 AM – USDA Climate Hub
– Caitlin Rottler, USDA ARS

12:00 PM Lunch & Prayer

1:00 PM – Adjourn

Networking Opportunity

Jul
20
Fri
Conference: Women in Agriculture & Small Business @ McAlester (Eastern Oklahoma State College)
Jul 20 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Conference: Women in Agriculture & Small Business @ McAlester (Eastern Oklahoma State College)

The Ouachita Mountains Resources Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council will host the 2018 Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference July 20th at Eastern Oklahoma State College in McAlester, OK.  The agriculture/small business presentations and networking opportunities will benefit landowners, investors and professionals from across the region.

There will be 10+ speakers from across the state presenting in dual concurring sessions on a wide variety of agriculture/small business related topics. Topics this year include timely subjects such as aquaponics, greenhouses, marketing, Annie’s Project, small business development, food modernization, new tax laws, oil & gas updates, Home Bakery Act, agritourism, and more.

The registration fee for the conference is $20, which includes lunch and the potential to win door prizes from conference sponsors. Seating is limited, so register early to make sure you can be a part of this dynamic learning opportunity.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website or contact Brandi Hernandez by email or phone (903-357-7309).

Jul
21
Sat
Workshop: What’s the Buzz About Bees? @ Bixby (Bixby Library)
Jul 21 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Workshop: What's the Buzz About Bees? @ Bixby (Bixby Library)

Join Alan Larson, local beekeeper and member of the Oklahoma State Beekeepers Association, as he discusses all you need to know about bees and beekeeping.

For more information, visit the event page.

Workshop: Worms Make Me Happy – Composting & Vermicomposting @ Oklahoma City (Commonwealth Urban Farms of OKC)
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Workshop: Worms Make Me Happy – Composting & Vermicomposting @ Oklahoma City (Commonwealth Urban Farms of OKC)

Allen has been building compost piles, as well as composting with worms, for many years, and has a profound appreciation for rot! Allen will discuss the difference between a worm bed and a compost pile, and demonstrate how to build one successfully to make that beautiful, rich, black substance we call “gardener’s gold”.

Instructor: Allen Parleir, coordinator of Closer To Earth and co-founder of CommonWealth

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

Jul
22
Sun
Agroforestry Academy 2018 @ Columbia, MO
Jul 22 – Jul 27 all-day
Agroforestry Academy 2018 @ Columbia, MO | Columbia | Missouri | United States

Register by June 25

The academy is designed to train natural resource professionals, extension agents, and other agricultural educators who work with landowners. Advanced training will be provided on the five recognized temperate zone agroforestry practices integrated with options for bioenergy, marketing, economic, social dimensions, and environmental services. The cornerstone of the academy will be an applied planning and design exercise. Academy trainees will work in small groups to gain hands on practice in agroforestry design based on the needs of a working farm. For more information and registration, visit www.centerforagroforestry.org/academy/.

Jul
23
Mon
Garden Explorers Camp @ Oklahoma City (Will Rogers Gardens)
Jul 23 – Jul 27 all-day
Garden Explorers Camp @ Oklahoma City (Will Rogers Gardens)

Have fun digging in the soil, planting container gardens to take home, creating crafts, and learning about how to design a garden. Find out what’s bugging you and your plants by exploring the world of insects, plants and diseases. Campers will also enjoy exploring the grounds of the Will Rogers Arboretum, as well as a few field trips away to area destinations. Space is limited to 10, so sign up as soon as you can! Nutritious snacks will be provided throughout the day. Parents should provide a sack lunch and drink. Aftercare is available from 4pm-5:30pm for $50 a child.

For Ages 7-12
Cost: $195/camper *Non-transferable
Location
Will Rogers Garden
3400 NW 36th (located on the SW corner of NW 36th at Grand Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK

For more information or to register, visit the event listing.

Aug
9
Thu
Conference: Women in Agriculture & Small Business @ Oklahoma City (Embassy Suites Oklahoma City- Downtown/Medical Center)
Aug 9 – Aug 10 all-day
Conference: Women in Agriculture & Small Business @ Oklahoma City (Embassy Suites Oklahoma City- Downtown/Medical Center)

Mark your calendars for the upcoming annual statewide conference for women in agriculture and small business on August 9-10 in Oklahoma City, OK. The 2-day conference offers a variety of sessions to assist participants in successfully managing risk for their families, farms and/or businesses.

The 2018 conference will feature three keynote speakers: Dr. Janeal Wyn Yancey, professor and author of the popular Mom at the Meat Counter blog; Rebecca Long Chaney, author and rancher, who will share her keynote “Dare to Risk Life Change,” which highlights the trials and tribulations during a life-changing adventure on a million-acre cattle ranch in the Australian Outback; and Marcy Luter, management development training coordinator at Meridian Technology Century, who will share her expertise on how to make better decisions in life and work.

Concurrent sessions are offered from four tracks—agriculture, beginning farmer, alternative enterprises and business and finance—with participants able to choose whatever session is of most value to them. Registration will be $50 per person by August 3 or $60 at the door (includes 2 lunches, breaks, and breakfast Friday). For more information contact Sara Siems at 405-744-9826.

Interested in attending an Annie’s Project Workshop for Farm/Ranch Women?
Annie’s Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational programs designed to strengthen women’s roles in the modern farm enterprise. During a series of 6 sessions, the program focuses on the 5 areas of risk management: Production, Financial, Marketing, Legal and Human Resource Risk. For more information, please visit the Oklahoma Annie’s Project website or the National Annie’s Project website.

If you are interested in attending an Annie’s Project workshop in your area, please contact your local FCS or Ag educator. For other Annie’s Project related questions, you are welcome to contact state coordinators Dr. Damona Doye or Sara Siems at 405-744-9836.

OCM Food & Agriculture Conference @ Kansas City, MO (Marriott Kansas City Airport)
Aug 9 – Aug 11 all-day
OCM Food & Agriculture Conference @ Kansas City, MO (Marriott Kansas City Airport)

This year is the Organization for Competitive Markets’ 20th anniversary, making the 2018 annual Food & Agriculture Conference a very special celebration. Attend, learn, and be prepared to take action together at the 2018 conference.

The conference will begin at 1:00 PM CT on Thursday, August 9 and continue through Friday evening with a member meeting to be held the morning of Saturday, August 11.

A full agenda and more information will be forthcoming. Monitor this space, or visit the conference website.

Conference: Plant Materials @ Stillwater (OSU Wes Watkins Center)
Aug 9 @ 7:45 am – 4:45 pm
Conference: Plant Materials @ Stillwater (OSU Wes Watkins Center)

This year’s conference features speakers addressing ornamental plant materials as well as how and why the green industry has evolved over the last few decades.

Attendees will enjoy presentations from leading green industry professionals as well as academics. Landscape architects, horticulturists, landscapers, Master Gardeners, Linnaeus Gardeners and anyone else with an interest and appreciation for plant materials will benefit from this event.

Continuing education units are anticipated from both the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry as well as the American Society for Landscape Architects.

Registration is $40.00 and lunch is included with registration. For more information or to register, download the brochure, visit the conference website, or contact Stephanie Larimer by phone (405-744-5404) or email.

This conference is part of the Shackelford Lecture Series, which was initiated to celebrate Charles Shackelford and Linda Shackelford’s contributions to the Oklahoma greenhouse industry for over 30 years.