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May
6
Fri
Oklahoma Master Gardener Program (registration deadline)
May 6 all-day
Oklahoma Master Gardener Program (registration deadline)

Registration for the Oklahoma Master Gardener Program is due by May 6. Orientation will be held on May 10 and May 12, and training will begin in September.

The Oklahoma Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program designed to help county extension centers meet the demands for consumer horticulture information. Master Gardeners take classroom training coordinated by local extension staff with the assistance of state extension specialists located at Oklahoma State University. After training is completed, participants are involved in an internship program of volunteer services.

For more information or to register, visit the registration page, or contact Julia Laughlin by email or phone (405-713-2102).

Jun
1
Wed
Small Farmers Conference @ Edmond (Hilton Garden Inn)
Jun 1 – Jun 2 all-day
Small Farmers Conference @ Edmond (Hilton Garden Inn)

The 2022 Langston University Small Farmers Conference is under the leadership of the School of Agriculture & Applied Sciences. This year’s theme is “Innovate, Grow and Succeed in Food and Agriculture: Avenues to Building Stronger Oklahoma Communities”. This conference will provide a rich venue for small farmers and ranchers to learn about practices to enhance their production systems and alternative enterprises. The conference will also provide a platform for small farmers to meet and engage in conversation with national, state, and local representatives in the United States Department of Agriculture agencies.

For more information or to register, visit the conference registration page, or contact Jewell Golden by email or phone (405-466-6122).

Jul
30
Sat
Creek Cleanup and Education – Moore @ Moore
Jul 30 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Creek Cleanup and Education - Moore @ Moore

Join Pioneer Library System and Blue Thumb to gain some educational information about creeks and non-point source pollution by watching a hands-on model explanation, and then help out the local park/community by picking up some trash.

For more information or to register, contact Kim Shaw by email or phone (405-522-4738).

Nov
13
Sun
Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference @ Oklahoma City
Nov 13 – Nov 15 all-day
Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference @ Oklahoma City

‘Growing Together’ – The Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference is back for its first in-person conference at the national level since 2019.

Join in the 8th Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference from November 13 to 15 at the Sheraton Midwest City Hotel at the Reed Conference Center in Oklahoma City.

The Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference is the largest national gathering of the agriculture and military communities and features three days of education, distinguished speakers, guest panels, networking events, farm tours, camaraderie and much more.

For more information or to register, visit the conference webpage, or contact the Farmer Veteran Coalition by email or phone (530-756-1395).

Dec
14
Wed
OK-FIRE Virtual Training @ online
Dec 14 @ 1:00 pm – Dec 15 @ 4:30 pm
OK-FIRE Virtual Training @ online

Register by December 8

Free virtual training workshops will be offered this fall for both new and experienced users of OK-FIRE, the statewide weather-based decision support system of the Oklahoma Mesonet for wildland fire management with applications to wildfire, prescribed fire, and smoke. Dr. J. D. Carlson, OK-FIRE program manager and fire meteorologist in OSU’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, will conduct the training. Workshops will be held in a virtual format over Zoom from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., spanning two consecutive afternoons.

Registration is required and can be done here. For those interested in the virtual workshops, please note that information on the specific content of Part 1 and Part 2 can be found on the online registration form. Part 1 will be useful to all wildland fire managers (those who work with wildfires or conduct prescribed burns), while Part 2 will be of most help to those who work with wildfires. If you can only make one of the two consecutive days, feel free to sign up for the other half of the workshop in another month. It would also be better, if possible, to attend a Part 1 workshop first and a Part 2 workshop in a later month. In addition, you have the option to only sign up for either Part 1 or Part 2. Note that the registration deadline for each workshop, virtual or in-person, is the Friday before the workshop date.

Workshops will consist of a combination of presentations, website demos, and question/answer periods. Participants will learn about the available fire weather, fire danger, and smoke products on OK-FIRE, as well as their application to wildfire, prescribed fire, and smoke management. In addition to past/current conditions based on Oklahoma Mesonet data, OK-FIRE also includes a 3-day forecast component, useful for anticipating periods of high fire danger as well as identifying windows for prescribed burning. If possible, attendees are encouraged to use either tablets or computers, as the larger screens will make for easier viewing and learning. Please note that these workshops are designed for those who work directly (or indirectly) with wildland fire (wildfire and/or prescribed fire). Finally, for those who attended any OK-FIRE virtual workshops last fall, please note that the workshops this fall will be similar to those of last year.

For more information or to register, visit the OK-FIRE training webpage, or contact Dr. J. D. Carlson by email or phone (405-744-6353).

Dec
15
Thu
Neighbors Helping Neighbors (signup deadline)
Dec 15 all-day
Neighbors Helping Neighbors (signup deadline)

December 15 is the signup deadline for the Oklahoma Conservation Commission’s new Neighbors Helping Neighbors program. The program allows either poultry growers or their immediate neighbors to sign up for one of several conservation practices to be installed on their farm.

The project will focus on the poultry growing areas of eastern Oklahoma and will primarily work directly between poultry growers and their immediate neighbors. On a larger scale, it will protect natural resources in eastern Oklahoma while also supporting the important regional poultry industry. Landowners that either own a poultry farm or land adjacent to one in the following counties could be eligible: Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Delaware, Haskell, Le Flore, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Ottawa or Sequoyah.

Some of the natural resource concerns that can be addressed through the program are odor and dust, water quality and light pollution.

For more information or to sign up, visit the program webpage, or contact Jeri Fleming by email or phone (405-334-6343).

The Neighbors Helping Neighbors project is funded in part from USDA NRCS with additional funding from the U.S. EPA Section 319 program and an appropriation from the Oklahoma legislature. Other partners include the Grand River Dam Authority, OSU Extension Services, the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, and the Poultry Federation.

OK-FIRE Virtual Training @ online
Dec 15 @ 1:00 pm – Dec 16 @ 4:30 pm
OK-FIRE Virtual Training @ online

Register by December 8

Free virtual training workshops will be offered this fall for both new and experienced users of OK-FIRE, the statewide weather-based decision support system of the Oklahoma Mesonet for wildland fire management with applications to wildfire, prescribed fire, and smoke. Dr. J. D. Carlson, OK-FIRE program manager and fire meteorologist in OSU’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, will conduct the training. Workshops will be held in a virtual format over Zoom from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., spanning two consecutive afternoons.

Registration is required and can be done here. For those interested in the virtual workshops, please note that information on the specific content of Part 1 and Part 2 can be found on the online registration form. Part 1 will be useful to all wildland fire managers (those who work with wildfires or conduct prescribed burns), while Part 2 will be of most help to those who work with wildfires. If you can only make one of the two consecutive days, feel free to sign up for the other half of the workshop in another month. It would also be better, if possible, to attend a Part 1 workshop first and a Part 2 workshop in a later month. In addition, you have the option to only sign up for either Part 1 or Part 2. Note that the registration deadline for each workshop, virtual or in-person, is the Friday before the workshop date.

Workshops will consist of a combination of presentations, website demos, and question/answer periods. Participants will learn about the available fire weather, fire danger, and smoke products on OK-FIRE, as well as their application to wildfire, prescribed fire, and smoke management. In addition to past/current conditions based on Oklahoma Mesonet data, OK-FIRE also includes a 3-day forecast component, useful for anticipating periods of high fire danger as well as identifying windows for prescribed burning. If possible, attendees are encouraged to use either tablets or computers, as the larger screens will make for easier viewing and learning. Please note that these workshops are designed for those who work directly (or indirectly) with wildland fire (wildfire and/or prescribed fire). Finally, for those who attended any OK-FIRE virtual workshops last fall, please note that the workshops this fall will be similar to those of last year.

For more information or to register, visit the OK-FIRE training webpage, or contact Dr. J. D. Carlson by email or phone (405-744-6353).

Apr
18
Tue
Eastside Fresh Market Grand Opening @ Oklahoma City (OSU Extension Conference Center)
Apr 18 all-day
Eastside Fresh Market Grand Opening @ Oklahoma City (OSU Extension Conference Center)

Join the Eastside Fresh Market’s season opening, with produce, crafts, food, and entertainment for the whole family.

The Eastside Fresh Market serves as a food access hub for Northeast Oklahoma City and creates new market opportunities for NE OKC farmers and other Oklahoma City area food producers.

For more information, visit the market webpage, or contact Brandi Buys by email or phone (405-713-1125).

Apr
30
Sun
OKC Living Classroom Grant Program (application deadline)
Apr 30 @ 5:00 pm
OKC Living Classroom Grant Program (application deadline)

The Oklahoma City Living Classroom Grant Program seeks to increase habitat for monarchs and other pollinators by providing grants to Oklahoma City metro area schools to create monarch gardens. The gardens will include monarch host plants (milkweed) and nectar plants to provide a food source for monarchs along a vital part of their migration pathway.

Selected schools will receive:
– Two professional development opportunities for teachers in July and August 2022
– Awards of up to $1500 each to purchase garden supplies
– National Wildlife Federation’s Monarch Heroes Curriculum

Public, private, and charter K-12 schools in the Oklahoma City metro area are eligible to apply. This includes schools in the following areas Oklahoma City, Edmond, Yukon, Mustang, Moore, Midwest City, Del City, Norman, Bethany, Piedmont, Deer Creek, Choctaw, and Warr Acres.

Applications are due by 5 P.M. on April 30, 2023.

For more information or to apply, visit the program webpage, or contact the Oklahoma City Zoo by email or phone (405-425-0218).

May
6
Sat
Philbrook Native Plant Sale @ Tulsa (Philbrook Museum of Art)
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Philbrook Native Plant Sale @ Tulsa (Philbrook Museum of Art)

Shop a curated selection of plants that support pollinators and ecosystems of our region at the Philbrook Museum of Art annual native plant sale. Bring containers for taking your plants home.

For more information, visit the event webpage, or contact the Philbrook Museum of Art by email or phone (918-748-5300).

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