CANCELED: See this note from the organizers:
“After much information gathering and deliberation among our staff at the Center for Engagement and Community Development, we have decided to cancel the face-to-face National Rural Grocery Summit slated for June 8-9, 2020 in Manhattan, Kansas. We are sad to make this decision as we were looking forward to seeing so many of our friends, owners, and partners and hearing about new and cutting-edge ideas regarding rural grocery operations and access to healthy foods.
We are exploring a number of online engagement opportunities to continue to provide important and relevant information for rural grocers and for all those working to improve access to healthy foods. Please stay tuned.”
The Seventh National Rural Grocery Summit will bring together store owners, citizen leaders, food suppliers, academic researchers, healthy food access stakeholders, policy makers, and funders to talk with one another about how best to sustain this critical small business and improve rural access to healthy foods.
Please note that, in cooperation with efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Kerr Center tour dates for April and May have been canceled.
Guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday of the month.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.
Learn how the native prairie area at the OSU Botanic Garden was established, with Dr. Dwayne Elmore. His information will aid you in preparing a native prairie area at home. Master Gardener Kathy will provide pointers and tips on how to create a wildlife-friendly garden.
What is a watershed and why is it important to protect it? As you look down at the ground, you are standing on a watershed. This is an area of land where all the rainfall, streams and creeks drain into a common outlet. Every little thing that happens upstream of that outlet point can positively or negatively impact the watershed. What can you do to improve the overall health of our watersheds? Tune in to this webinar to learn about the Nature Conservancy’s conservation work in protecting Oklahoma’s top five priority watersheds and how our daily activities affect the water we need to drink.
The CSP is a program of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). It pays farmers and ranchers for conservation practices on working lands.
“Whether you are looking to improve grazing conditions, increase crop yields, or develop wildlife habitat, we can custom design a CSP plan to help you meet those goals,” reads the program website.
“We can help you schedule timely planting of cover crops, develop a grazing plan that will improve your forage base, implement no-till to reduce erosion or manage forested areas in a way that benefits wildlife habitat.”
The signup process for CSP is simple. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition makes it even easier to navigate, with a free information alert to help applicants sign up.
Applications are accepted throughout the year, but interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by the deadline to ensure their applications are considered for 2020 funding.
For more information or to apply, contact the nearest NRCS office.
Join a diverse group of water quality, water management, conservation and education professionals in northeast Oklahoma for the Blue Thumb Riverology 101 training.
This three-day workshop is designed for teachers and environmental educators who will participate in hands-on learning experiences that can easily be used in the classroom.
Participants will also learn about point and non-point source pollution, erosion, stream and lake ecology, and programs the sponsoring organizations can bring to your school or education event.
Some of the activities are outside and on the water, so come prepared. An email with instructions on what to bring and wear will be sent out two weeks prior to the event.
Information for the 2020 State Master Gardener Conference will be available in April. The conference will be held in Bartlesville and will be hosted by the Washington County Master Gardeners. Please check back for details in April.
Myriad Botanical Gardens’ annual Oklahoma Gardening School is the state’s premier annual horticultural symposium designed for home gardeners and professional horticulturists, garden designers and landscape architects. Each year the Oklahoma Gardening School showcases local and national experts in gardening, plant selection, and garden design. Their illustrated talks and Q&A discussions help participants learn how to create and maintain more sustainable gardens in Oklahoma.
Speakers will share inspiring ideas for the 2020 theme of Garden Renovation for a Changing Climate: Transforming Your Yard into a Beautiful, Resilient and Eco-Friendly Garden by presenting how to convert Oklahoma lawns or existing garden beds into gorgeous, hardy and sustainable gardens.
Bathtub Rocks is an incredible and unique natural freshwater stream formation at the J.T. Nickel Family Nature & Wildlife Preserve. The water flowing over the rocks is considered to be one of the state’s most pristine water sources. However, protecting this area has proven a challenge over the last several years. Meet Preserve Director Jeremy Tubbs and learn more from him about why we own this area, what the Nature Conservancy is doing to protect it, and how you can help.