The National Association of Conservation Districts’ Annual Meeting is the premier event for leaders in conservation, from district officials and agency representatives to industry professionals. Each year, the meeting draws over 1,000 conservation leaders from across the United States and its territories.
Meeting attendees have the opportunity to:
– Network with landowners, partnering organizations, companies and government agencies
– Discover emerging technologies, services and programs through the Innovation Fair
– Engage in professional development
– Participate in forums discussing natural resource issues
– Develop strategies for education and outreach
– Influence conservation policy
For more information or to register, visit the event webpage, or contact the National Association of Conservation Districts by email or phone (202-547-6223).
SoilCon 2023 is a free, virtual conference that brings research, extension, and production together to move soil health principles into practice. The Washington State Soil Health Initiative (WaSHI), with support from Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE), organizes the conference.
For more information or to register, visit the conference website, or email the Washington State Soil Health Initiative.
Meaningful conversations between women farmers, rural business leaders and landowners have been a goal of the Women Managing the Farm Conference since the event began in 2005, and the 2023 meeting is no exception. From ag advocacy at large and small scales to the impact of military aggression on global food security to mental health, the 2023 Women Managing the Conference offers women the chance to explore how to grow their operations, their communities and themselves.
This annual conference provides a supportive setting in which women can develop the skills, resources and knowledge needed for success in a competitive agricultural environment. Conference sessions are designed to keep women up to date on the latest advancements in agriculture and thriving within their rural communities.
During the two-day conference, attendees will also select from presentations covering many topics, including a K-State calving school, farm finances, relationships and health, agricultural and estate law, crop production and marketing, management and more. Attendees also choose networking sessions tailored to the different roles women hold, such as agricultural partners and helpers, independent producers, absentee landowners, ag industry career women and business managers.
Early registration runs through January 15, 2023, at $175, with scholarships available for those who apply before that deadline. New this year is a student rate of $60 for any high school or college students. After that date, registration is $200. Additional pre-conference sessions are available for $25, including beginning QuickBooks, advanced QuickBooks, interactive farm safety and an introduction to UAV/drone technology.
For more information or to register, visit the conference webpage, or contact Rhonda Lund by email or phone (785-532-4016).
After a two-year pandemic hiatus, Georgia Organics will once again its conference for farmers, community advocates, equity activists, and climate leaders. Over three packed days, attendees will build and reinvigorate the connections that lead to impactful collaborations for Georgia’s food system.
For more information or to register, visit the conference webpage, or contact Georgia Organics by email or phone (678-702-0400).
February 16 is the application deadline for the USDA NIFA Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grants Program.
The Food Safety Outreach Program will complement and expand the national infrastructure of the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program. The Food Safety Outreach Program will build upon that national infrastructure, with a sustained focus on delivery of customized training to members of the target audiences.
Awardees will develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Grant applications will be solicited directly from those in local communities to include those from community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, food hubs, farm cooperatives, extension, and other local groups.
For more information or to apply, visit the program webpage, or contact Jodi Williams by email or phone (202-424-9722).
Join this free Step into Spring workshop to learn about preparing your garden, landscape, and lawn for the busiest growing season of the year, spring! Presented by Educators Julia Laughlin (Horticulture), Taylor Conner (FCS and Registered Dietitian), and Joshua Campbell (Natural Resources and Urban Agriculture)
For more information or to register, visit the registration page, or contact LaDonna Hines by email or phone (405-713-1125).
The Mother Earth News Fair offers an array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance. Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!
Each MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR features:
- Workshops from the leading authorities on organic gardening, food preservation, homesteading and livestock, green building, and natural health
- Regional and national exhibitors featuring sustainable products and services
- Off-Stage demos with topics ranging from hands-on seed saving to building mud houses to heritage breed livestock
- Inspirational keynotes, food, and kids’ programming.
For more information or to register, visit the Mother Earth News Fair – Texas website, or contact the Fair organizers by email or phone (1-800-234-3368).
Gear up for spring! During this gardening workshop, Ed Crall will teach you how to build raised beds. The workshop will be held at the Deer Creek Conservation District.
For more information, call the Deer Creek Conservation District office at 580-772-7670.
CSA Week is taking place from February 20th through February 26th, 2023! During this special week, farmers and farmer support organizations across the country come together in promoting CSA.
In previous years, CSA Day was led by Small Farm Central, and it become “the day” when CSA farms collectively promote CSA across the country with unified messaging and urgency for members to sign up. It’s a way for everyone to encourage CSA sign-ups while promoting the CSA movement across the nation. In 2021, the CSA Innovation Network extended the event from one day to an entire week, continued it in 2022, and is doing so again in 2023! This will give more time to build engagement with new and returning CSA members.
Don’t forget to log your CSA Week participation on the new interactive CSA Week Participant Map! This map allows everyone celebrating CSA Week to see all the participating farms and farm support organizations across the country.
For more information, visit the CSA Week webpage, or email the CSA Innovation Network.
The first ever Dallas Inner-City Growers’ Summit is a collaborative forum for producers and food system stakeholders looking to improve the way the region feeds itself. The summit features networking sessions, expert speakers, workshops, and more.
Collaborate with local food system practitioners to look at best practices across the country and internationally to work towards building a more sustainable and resilient food system in north Texas.
For more information or to register, visit the summit webpage, or contact Rabekha Siebert by email or phone (214-930-2122).