Calendar

Apr
10
Mon
Home-based Food Entrepreneur Virtual National Conference @ online
Apr 10 – Apr 13 all-day
Home-based Food Entrepreneur Virtual National Conference @ online

This conference is designed to offer practical, actionable ideas and information from some of the leaders of the cottage food movement and from cottage food entrepreneurs who are running a successful, and profitable, business from their home kitchen.

The conference is for anyone and everyone who is operating or wants to start a home-based food enterprise. While it is true that each state has its own cottage food and/or food freedom law, this conference focuses on the many issues and challenges facing food business owners regardless of where they call home. As examples, the national conference will explore the differences between operating as a sole proprietor or LLC, how to take your marketing to the next level, ways to approach possible expansion into some form of commercially-licensed operation like a commercial kitchen rental or construction, and how to attract and grow your customer base. Of course, there will be opportunities to connect with others in your state, too.

On each day of the four day virtual (online) conference, a keynote will kick things off, followed by 3 practical workshops, each to include live question and answer sessions. This adds up to a great value of sixteen sessions and over nine hours of content — all hosted on the Whova conference platform that provides plenty of opportunities to engage with others attending. Prizes are even given away for the most Instagram-worthy product photos.

For more information or to register, visit the event webpage, or contact Renewing the Countryside by email or phone (507-291-3663).

Apr
11
Tue
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center | Poteau | Oklahoma | United States

Please note that, in cooperation with efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Kerr Center is currently offering tours by appointment only, and only outdoors. To request a tour, please contact us at least two weeks in advance by calling 918.647.9123 or emailing mailbox@kerrcenter.com (please put “public tour” in subject line).

(Under normal circumstances, guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday, April through September.)  During these tours, Kerr Center staff show visitors our current horticulture and livestock projects.

Tours go from 9-11 or 1-3 (approximate length),  and cost $10 per person.

Advance registration is required. Contact us a week in advance to let us know you are coming and whether you want to see horticulture or livestock projects or both.

Keep in mind that what is available to see varies according to season. When you call, we can let you know what is available to see. We want you to have the best possible experience!

Pay at the door. Tours begin at the Kerr Center office.

Click here for directions and map.

All other visits must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Groups are welcome.

Call the Kerr Center at 918.647.9123 or email mailbox@kerrcenter.com with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.

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
22
Sat
Earth Kind Earth Day Workshop @ Oklahoma City (Will Rogers Gardens)
Apr 22 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Earth Kind Earth Day Workshop @ Oklahoma City (Will Rogers Gardens)

Celebrate Earth Day by joining this “Earth Kind” workshop at Will Rogers Gardens to learn about natural gardening practices, composting, attracting pollinators, choosing native plants for your landscape, and lots of giveaways. Lunch provided.

Presented by Joshua Campbell, Urban Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, and Julia Laughlin, Horticulture Educator.

For more information or to register, visit the event webpage, or contact the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation department by email or phone (405-297-1392).

Apr
29
Sat
Mother Earth News Fair – Kansas @ Lawrence, KS
Apr 29 – Apr 30 all-day
Mother Earth News Fair – Kansas @ Lawrence, KS | Topeka | Kansas | United States

The Mother Earth News Fair – Kansas 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 – Kansas website, or contact the Fair organizers by email or phone (1-800-234-3368).

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Training – Northern States @ online
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Training – Northern States @ online

Become a community scientist with this Monarch Larva Monitoring Project training! The MLMP team from the Monarch Joint Venture and the UW-Madison Arboretum co-lead these virtual one-day trainings on how to collect data that contributes to our knowledge about the monarch population. Participants learn about monarch biology, monitoring procedures, and data entry protocols, and are able to ask monarch biologists their questions about monarchs and monitoring.

This session will be relevant for both newcomers and individuals who are already participating in the MLMP or another monarch citizen science project. The four-hour training will be conducted in two parts with a one-hour break between them. This year, MLMP is offering three trainings focused on specific regions: western states on February 4th, southern states on February 25th, and northern states on April 29th.

For more information or to register, visit the training webpage, or contact Katie-Lyn Bunney by email or phone (651-222-7631).

Apr
30
Sun
National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Stewardship Week
Apr 30 – May 7 all-day
National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Stewardship Week

NACD’s 68th Stewardship Week will be held April 30 – May 7. In 2023, NACD’s Stewardship Week will be focused on watersheds and the theme of “One Water.”

NACD Stewardship Week is one of the largest national programs to promote natural resource conservation. Celebrated annually since 1955 between the last Sunday in April and the first Sunday in May, NACD Stewardship Week reminds us of our individual responsibilities to care for natural resources.

For more information or to submit an entry, visit the Stewardship Week webpage, or contact NACD by email or phone (202-547-6223).

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
2
Tue
Grant Application Deadline: Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP)
May 2 @ 10:59 pm
Grant Application Deadline: Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP)

The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), administered by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, funds projects that develop, coordinate, and expand direct producer-to-consumer markets to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products.

Supported activities may include developing, coordinating, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, online sales, or other direct producer-to-consumer (including direct producer-to-retail, direct producer-to-restaurant, and direct producer-to-institutional marketing) market opportunities.

A 25% match is required. Eligible applicants include local governments, nonprofits, agricultural businesses and cooperatives, and others.

Applications are due by May 2, 2023.

For more information or to apply, visit the program website, or email the FMPP staff.

Grant Application Deadline: Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP)
May 2 @ 10:59 pm
Grant Application Deadline: Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP)

The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) funds projects that develop, coordinate and expand local and regional food business enterprises that engage as intermediaries in indirect producer to consumer marketing to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. Grants can be used for the planning stages of establishing or expanding a local and regional food business enterprise or to improve or expand a food business that supports locally and regionally produced agricultural products and food system infrastructure by performing feasibility studies, market research, training and technical assistance  for the business enterprise and/or for producers working with the business enterprise. A 25% match is required.

Eligible entities may apply if they support local and regional food business enterprises that process, distribute, aggregate, or store locally or regionally produced food products. Such entities may include:

All applicants must be domestic entities owned, operated and located within the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands to be considered eligible. Entities that are eligible to apply include:

  • Agricultural businesses and cooperatives.
  • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) networks and associations.
  • Food councils.
  • Economic development corporations.
  • Local governments.
  • Nonprofit and public benefit corporations.
  • Producer networks or associations.
  • Regional farmers’ market authorities.
  • Tribal governments.

The deadline for submitting applications for the 2023 Request for Applications is May 2, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

For more information or to apply, visit the LFPP website, or email the LFPP staff.

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