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Events/Training

Oct
6
Thu
American Community Gardening Association Conference @ New Orleans (Loyola University)
Oct 6 – Oct 9 all-day
American Community Gardening Association Conference @ New Orleans (Loyola University)

The American Community Gardening Association conference is unique, a place to meet and share ideas with community gardeners and garden organizations from across North America. They are informative, inspiring, empowering, and fun.

The 2022 ACGA is in New Orleans, October 6 – 9, with the theme, “Rooted in Green Community.” It’s a beautiful time of year in the Big Easy, perfect weather for visiting gardens and enjoying the city’s legendary culture, music and cuisine. Gain insights into food and environmental justice, and share stories from your own gardens and organizations. See you in October! Laissez les bons temps rouler (et les jolis jardins aussi)!

Conference registration includes a one year American Community Gardening Association Membership.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website, or email the ACGA.

Guiding Resilience: A Legal Workshop for Ag Service Providers @ online
Oct 6 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Guiding Resilience: A Legal Workshop for Ag Service Providers @ online

Guiding Resilience is a legal workshop that empowers agricultural service providers to guide farmers and ranchers towards resolutions for their legal vulnerabilities.

Complete this five-session, highly interactive, and facilitation-focused workshop ready to share your assets and wisdom to guide farmers and ranchers to legal solutions with confidence. Plus, you’ll have a group of fellow service providers to help keep you on track..

Learn the 10 best practices of farm legal risk management over 5 weeks.

October 6: Farm Law as Creative Power
October 13: Organizing Farm Businesses for Legal Success
October 20: Growing a Legally Resilient Workforce
October 27: Accessing Farmland with Legal Confidence
November 3: Diversifying Farm Enterprises Without Adding Legal Risk

Each week contains a pre-work video, assessment, plus optional activities and reading selections. You’ll meet on Wednesdays listed above with your instructor to learn more about the law and develop your skills.

For more information or to register, visit the workshop webpage, or contact Farm Commons by email or phone (218-302-4030).

Oct
7
Fri
Symbolic Monarch Migration Project (deadline)
Oct 7 all-day
Symbolic Monarch Migration Project (deadline)

Through the Symbolic Migration Project, youth can become active participants in monarch conservation. Families, home schools, nature centers, youth groups, and classrooms are welcome to participate!

Group leaders can access lessons and activities that engage youth in monarch biology and ecology. Participants create Ambassador and life-sized monarch butterflies out of paper that are shipped to Mexico. These symbolic butterflies are delivered to youth who attend schools near the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (MBBR) in central Mexico along with an environmental lesson.

Each Ambassador becomes a gift to the youth who receives it. United by the monarch butterfly, youth in Mexico, the United States, and Canada celebrate and pledge to protect monarchs and their extraordinary migration.

The postmark deadline is October 7, 2022. To cover the costs of the project, participants buy a $15 “Passenger Ticket” for each Ambassador Butterfly folder submitted. These funds support school visits in Mexico to deliver the Ambassador butterflies and provide conservation education.

For more information, or to participate, visit the Symbolic Monarch Migration Project webpage, or email the Environmental Education Alliance.

The Symbolic Migration project is a partnership project between Journey North, a program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, and Monarchs Across Georgia, a committee of The Environmental Education Alliance, a 501(c)(3) organization. Journey North manages the interactive Symbolic Migration Participant Maps and hosts all educational materials on the Journey North website. Monarchs Across Georgia administers the program and is responsible for all fundraising.

Agroforestry & USDA Webinar Series @ online
Oct 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Agroforestry & USDA Webinar Series @ online

USDA’s National Agroforestry Center is launching a free 10-part monthly webinar series to highlight how different USDA programs can be used to advance agroforestry adoption.

Each individual webinar will include two speakers and one USDA agency representative, as well as one program participant who has used that USDA program to enhance their agroforestry work.

Learn how USDA programs can be utilized to promote and support agroforestry establishment, management, research, and other efforts in your area.

For more information or to register, visit the program webpage.

Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (deadline)
Oct 7 @ 4:00 pm
Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (deadline)

October 7, 2022, is the deadline for applications to the USDA NIFA Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program.

Community Food Projects are designed to increase food security in communities by bringing the whole food system together to assess strengths, establish linkages, and create systems that improve the self-reliance of community members over their food needs.

The program is designed to:
– Meet the needs of low-income people by increasing their access to fresher, more nutritious food supplies.
– Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs.
– Promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm, and nutrition issues.
– Meet specific state, local, or neighborhood food and agricultural needs for infrastructure improvement and development.
– Plan for long-term solutions.
– Create innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.

Preferred projects also develop linkages between two or more sectors of the food system, support the development of entrepreneurial projects, develop innovative linkages between the for-profit and nonprofit food sectors, encourage long-term planning activities and multisystem, and build long-term capacity of communities to address the food and agricultural problems of communities, such as food policy councils and food planning associations.

These grants are intended to help eligible private nonprofit entities that need a one-time infusion of federal assistance to establish and carry out multipurpose community food projects. Projects are funded from $10,000–$400,000 and from one to four years. They are one-time grants that require a dollar-for-dollar match in resources.

For more information or to apply, visit the program webpage, or email Lydia Kaume.

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