The January 2021 issue of Field Notes covers the western monarch population, a new treatment for goat parasites, small-scale tools, soil biodiversity, and more!
The Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is holding its 27th Annual Conference online this year. This virtual conference format features expert speakers and will draw participants from across the state and country. The conference includes virtual tours of farms, ranches, and homesteads from different regions and of different scales to highlight the diverse ways that Texans are participating in organic and sustainable agriculture. With workshops featuring top soil scientists, industry experts, and innovative and experienced farmers and ranchers, this year’s conference is sure to excite and engage!
Live sessions will be held every Tuesday and Thursday evening in January and February. Dive in deep with expert speakers and fellow agriculturalist on topics like applied weed ecology, on-farm goat diaries, high tunnel management, utilizing technology for online sales, and much, MUCH more! Tune in to live sessions to have the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas.
Never miss a session with a-synchronistic viewing options! If you are unable to tune-in to workshops on Tuesday or Thursday you can view them at your leisure. Your conference registration gives you access to the session recordings up to a year after the conference.
The University of Missouri’s 12th Annual Agroforestry Symposium is a free virtual gathering with engaging webinars, research posters, exhibitors, and roundtable sessions. Speakers include:
- Mariah Gladstone, Blackfeet & Cherokee food educator, IndigiKitchen
- Michael Muehlbauer and Alkebu-Lan Marcus, Philadelphia Orchard Project
- Rose Hayden-Smith, garden historian and author, UC Food Observer
- Jim Worstell, The Resilience Project
In response to the ongoing challenges we collectively face at this time, including the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, and inequities in social, environmental, and economic realms, the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry seeks to share and support creative solutions. Sustainable food and agriculture systems exemplified by diversified agroforestry practices yield outcomes that can have a positive effect on each of these challenges. From healthy, accessible food that supports disease-resistant bodies, to innovative strategies for strong local economies, and community engagement for improved equity and awareness, the 2021 Agroforestry Symposium will highlight inspiring efforts and leaders who are paving a way to comprehensive community wellness.
Major themes to be addressed at the Symposium are relevant to farmers, value-added producers, health professionals, community organizers and engaged citizens. Themes include:
- Specialty crops for healthy people and a healthy environment
- Innovative community development and advocacy
- Access and equity for a socially just food system
This annual event is an opportunity for networking and education, to help build and grow connections between efforts taking place at the University of Missouri, partnering institutions, and organizations who are contributing to resilient food and agriculture solutions. In order to retain the collective energy of a live in-person event without compromising health and safety, the Symposium seminars will be held online with opportunities for discussion, questions, and dialogue. The event will take place Thursday, January 28th through Saturday, January 30th, from 9:00am to 12:30pm daily.
Raising Sheep & Goats 101
One of the appeals of living on an acreage or in a more rural area is the ability to raise animals for fun or profit. This program is for anyone considering raising sheep or goats for the first time. Join Oklahoma County Extension Educator Joshua Campbell to learn the basics of breed selection, housing, fencing, health and nutrition for sheep and goats. Registration required to receive the Zoom link.