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Sep
21
Sat
Lessons Learned From A Lifetime Of Grass Management @ Hennessey (Chuck Grimes Farms)
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Lessons Learned From A Lifetime Of Grass Management @ Hennessey (Chuck Grimes Farms)

RSVP by September 19

* Stabilizing Cimarron River bank with Shoreline Reed and Southwind Reed

* Solar Water Systems

* Low Input Cattle Genetics

* Plant Identification in the Pasture (Bring plants you would like to ID, if you like.)

Lunch (provided)

* Rainfall Simulator – Oklahoma Conservation Commission

* Successfully Planting Native Range (Grasslander Seeder and proper seed mix)

* Queen of the Grasses – Growing Eastern Gama Grass

The event begins on the farm on the Cimarron River and then moves to Chuck’s home place for lunch and the afternoon sessions. Registration begins at 8:30 at the first stop.

Cost is $50 per person. Please RSVP by Sept. 19 for lunch count purposes.

To register, write a check payable to OKGLC (Oklahoma Grazing Lands Coalition) and mail to Kim Barker, 35878 Cimarron Road, Waynoka, OK 73860.

For more information, or to register via PayPal, contact Kim Barker by email or phone (580-732-0244).

Sep
24
Tue
What Can I Do with My Land? @ Luther (Phil Campbell Farm)
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
What Can I Do with My Land? @ Luther (Phil Campbell Farm)

What Can I Do with My Land?

Beginner Farmers | Big or Small Acreage Landowners

Local farmer-led field day full of tips and learning:

For more information, visit the event webpage.

RSVP by September 20 for free lunch, to the Oklahoma County Conservation District, by email or phone (405-415-4602).

This will be a field tour, so please dress appropriately and bring a lawn chair.

Sep
28
Sat
Wildlife Expo 2019 @ Oklahoma City (Lazy E Arena)
Sep 28 – Sep 29 all-day
Wildlife Expo 2019 @ Oklahoma City (Lazy E Arena)

Presented by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and a coalition of conservation organizations, agencies and sponsors, Wildlife Expo 2019 celebrates Oklahoma’s natural diversity and opportunities for the sporting enthusiasts and newcomers. From camping and outdoor skills to shooting sports, fishing and bird watching, Expo visitors have an opportunity to try their hands at two days of fun in the outdoors.

For more information, visit the Expo website, or contact Rhonda Hurst by email or phone (405-522-6279).

Sep
29
Sun
Monarchs in the Park 2019 @ Norman (Andrews Park)
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monarchs in the Park 2019 @ Norman (Andrews Park)

Monarchs in the Park 2019 will celebrate the fall migration of the monarch butterfly through central Oklahoma on Sunday, September 29th from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Andrews Park, Norman.

The festival makes for a fun and educational day celebrating this amazing migratory butterfly and all the pollinators that call Oklahoma home!

You will be able to release your own butterfly at the festiva,l or you may give one of our young volunteers the privilege. There will be a variety of butterflies native to Oklahoma at the festival. A $6 donation will release one butterfly, or $10 for two butterflies. Donations will go directly to the Norman Park Foundation, a charitable organization.

Activities for all ages throughout the day include:

  • Garden demos
  • Butterfly parade
  • Pollinator crafts
  • Monarch release
  • Educational presentations
  • Food trucks
  • Art booths
  • Facepainting
  • Live Music
  • Pollinator plant and seed sale

Throughout the festival, educational exhibits and demonstration areas will be on view from:

  • Oklahoma Master Gardeners
  • Oklahoma Master Naturalists
  • Oklahoma Native Plant Society
  • Blue Thumb
  • Oklahoma Biological Survey
  • Okies for Monarchs
  • The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma
  • Prairie Wind Nursery
  • Wild Things Nursery

For more information, visit the festival webpage, or contact the City of Norman’s Parks & Recreation Department by email or phone (405-366-5472).

Oct
1
Tue
Pollinator Challenge Mini-grants Application Deadline
Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm
Pollinator Challenge Mini-grants Application Deadline

The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) is awarding ten (10) Pollinator Challenge mini-grants of $500 to conservation districts who wish to work on pollinator habitat, pollinator education, and outreach efforts.

To apply for a mini-grant, the district must complete the following:

1. A pollinator project application form.

2. Sign up 25 individuals for the Okies for Monarch Pledge.

3. Be a current member of OACD.

4. Bee willing to create a buzz about pollinators in your community.

Applications are due for the mini-grants on October 1, 2019. A committee of OACD board members will select the 10 project ideas that will receive the mini-grants. Winners will be announced, and checks presented, at the 2019 Area Meetings in the fall.

For questions, contact Sarah Blaney by email or phone (517-763-8609).

Managing Weather-Related Risk for Specialty Crops @ Ardmore (Noble Research Institute)
Oct 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Managing Weather-Related Risk for Specialty Crops @ Ardmore (Noble Research Institute)

Specialty crop producers must manage many risks, one of which is adverse weather. During this course, you will learn about the many technologies and practices you can employ on your large or small specialty crop operation to mitigate the effects of unpredictable and often extreme weather.

For more information or to register, visit the event website or contact the Noble Research Institute at 580-223-5810.

Oct
2
Wed
Oklahoma Gardeners Association Meeting: Sandra Schwinn, Monarch Watch @ Oklahoma City (Will Rogers Park Exhibition Center)
Oct 2 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Oklahoma Gardeners Association Meeting: Sandra Schwinn, Monarch Watch @ Oklahoma City (Will Rogers Park Exhibition Center)

Sandra Schwinn of Monarch Watch will be the speaker for the October monthly meeting of the Oklahoma Gardeners Association. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, visit the event webpage, or email Racinda Ross.

Oct
4
Fri
Beginning Livestock Workshop @ Judsonia, AR (Wholly Cow Farms)
Oct 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Beginning Livestock Workshop @ Judsonia, AR (Wholly Cow Farms)

Join NCAT for a one-day beginning livestock workshop at Wholly Cow Farms in Judsonia, Arkansas. NCAT Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale and NCAT Livestock Specialist Linda Coffey will teach sessions on business planning, marketing, and sustainable livestock production. Farmer Ryan Pace will lead a tour of the farm and share his experiences raising organic grass-fed beef, including his rotational grazing and forage management systems. Other topics will include hog production and an introduction to USDA programs.

The workshop is free, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided.

For more information or to register for the beginning livestock workshop, visit the workshop webpage, or contact Margo Hale by email or phone (479-442-9824).

Oct
7
Mon
Monarch Migration Talk @ Tulsa (Tulsa Garden Center Mansion in Woodward Park)
Oct 7 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Join the Tulsa Garden Club and Okies for Monarchs for a discussion of the fall monarch migration, the status of monarchs, and what you can do in the fall and winter to support the mighty monarch and all pollinators! Free and best for ages 12 and up. This short presentation will last about 30 minutes.

For more information, visit the event webpage or contact the Tulsa Garden Club by email or phone (918-625-1161).

Oct
9
Wed
Organic Oklahoma Conference @ Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC Student Center)
Oct 9 – Oct 10 all-day
Organic Oklahoma Conference @ Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC Student Center)

Register by September 30 for this year’s Organic Oklahoma conference.

The conference will focus on cover crops and the future of organic agriculture.

Speakers include Ajay Nair (Iowa State University) and Fred Kirschenmann (Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University).

For more information or to register, visit the registration page or contact Stephanie Larimer by email or phone (405-744-5404).