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The Kerr Center is seeking applicants for the full-time position of Education/Horticulture Program Manager, based in Poteau, Oklahoma.
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Check out the Kerr Center' work with - and resources on - fall gardening and season extension, with a new presentation by David Redhage.
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Common Bees of Eastern North America is a new field guide covering 125 species, with photos, a key for identification, and range maps.
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The September 2021 issue of Field Notes covers fall gardening, monarch migration, agrivoltaics, a new field guide to bees, and more! Read on!
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Here are links to collections of resources to help farmers and ranchers navigate the new challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Events/Training

Sep
29
Wed
Oklahoma County Master Composter Training 2021 @ Oklahoma City (OSU Extension Center)
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Oklahoma County Master Composter Training 2021 @ Oklahoma City (OSU Extension Center)

The Oklahoma County Master Composter training is a series of classes that will provide a better understanding of composting and solid waste recycling.

Participants who complete the training will be awarded a Master Composter training certificate and be encouraged to complete a compost project in their community and volunteer hours related to composting.

The 2021 class runs each Wednesday from 1:00 to 4:00, September 15 – October 30.

For more information, contact Joshua Campbell by email or phone (405-713-1125).

Sep
30
Thu
Practical Tools for a Climate-Resilient Farm: Cover Crops, Biochar, and On-Farm Water Management @ online
Sep 30 @ 11:30 am
Practical Tools for a Climate-Resilient Farm: Cover Crops, Biochar, and On-Farm Water Management @ online

Barr Farms has raised livestock and certified organic mixed vegetables on a fragipan (shallow soil) in the Ohio River Valley for 13 years. In response to increasing climate challenges – heavy rain events, high humidity all year, wetter than normal summers, and the possibility of droughts in the fall – Adam and Rae have implemented several mitigating systems.

Learn about their use of ryegrass and cover crops, biochar, drainage, and other adaptations to increase farm resiliency. Join in a discussion of the pros and cons of various strategies for farming successfully in a changing climate. Q&A with Adam and Rae will follow the live presentation.

Open to all and FREE to attend. Registration is required.

For more information or to register, visit the event webpage, or contact the Organic Association of Kentucky by email or phone (502-219-7378).

Funding for this Field Day is made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) Office of Agricultural Marketing and Product Promotion through a Specialty Crop Block Grant.

Oct
1
Fri
Deadline: 100 Schools for Monarchs Challenge
Oct 1 all-day
Deadline: 100 Schools for Monarchs Challenge

Okies for Monarchs is challenging Oklahoma public schools and other public youth activity centers to make some space for monarchs! The organization is looking for 100 public youth entities that want to join its efforts to collectively plant 25,000 square feet of pollinator habitat.

The first 100 schools to complete the application process by October 1, 2021 will receive by mail, a free seed packet with 250 square feet worth of Okies for Monarchs Wildflower Seed Mix, specially curated by Johnston Seed Company, as well as tips for successful planting, pollinator educational resources, and a Monarch Habitat sign*.

Now more than ever, bringing nature into our lives and the classroom is as important for us as it is for the wildlife we aim to support. Okies for Monarchs works in partnership with communities to expand the amount of pollinator habitat throughout our great state. Did you know that Oklahoma is centrally located in the path of the monarch migration that extends between Mexico and Canada? Each spring and fall, multiple generations of monarchs follow this time-honored path, stopping along the way for nourishment and for egg-laying. While nectar bearing flowers are generally a slightly easier target, monarchs must have milkweed to raise their young.

Multiple factors are involved with the decline of this crucial food source, including increased use of herbicides, rapidly shifting weather norms due to climate change and the loss of wild spaces. While many of these factors are out of our hands, one solution is right under our feet! Create more habitat that provides food and shelter for pollinators.

Get your school to participate in this rewarding and free challenge! When children begin to make connections between the timing of the migration and the progress of the milkweed in this mix, they begin to see bigger relationships happening between plants and wildlife and how one part of nature is communicating with another. This is a powerful realization that will undoubtably make them better stewards of the environment as they mature. There are also many curriculum opportunities through the seasons in a pollinator garden, particular involving science, math, and art.

Is your school ready to help plant the path for pollinators? Submit your application here.

Does your school already have a pollinator garden? Register it at okiesformonarchs.org and get a free Monarch Habitat sign.

Oct
4
Mon
Fall Gardening & Outdoor Decorating Tips (webinar) @ online
Oct 4 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Fall Gardening & Outdoor Decorating Tips (webinar) @ online

Fall is a great time to garden in Oklahoma. In this workshop, OSU Extension Urban Agriculture Educator Joshua Campbell will introduce things you can do in your garden in the fall – both fall gardening and outdoor decorating. Topics covered will include raised bed gardening, soil preparation and soil amendments, composting, and more. The workshop is free, but registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

For more information or to register, visit the event webpage, or contact Diana Sansing by email or phone (405-713-1125).

Oct
5
Tue
Promoting Your Farm & Engaging with Customers at the Farmers Market (webinar) @ online
Oct 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Promoting Your Farm & Engaging with Customers at the Farmers Market (webinar) @ online

In this free webinar, guest presenter April Jones will discuss tips and strategies to promote your farm by engaging with customers at the farmers market, including how to build your customer base, steps to creating repeat customers, strategies to engage on social media strategies, and best practices for building partnerships with other businesses, organizations and individuals.

April Jones is the founder of the Pinehurst Farmers Market, located in downtown Columbia, S.C. She is an emerging leader in food and agriculture nominee and a Farmers Market Coalition writer.

For more information or to register, visit the registration page, or contact the Food Animal Concerns Trust by email or phone (773-525-4952).

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