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Aug
2
Sun
National Farmers Market Week 2020
Aug 2 – Aug 8 all-day

National Farmers Market Week is August 2-8, 2020.

The Farmers Market Coaliton website is a great source of information on farmers’ markets and their benefits to the communities they serve.

If you’d like to find farmers markets near you, there are searchable online directories both at the national level and for the state of Oklahoma.

Aug
5
Wed
Greenhouse Short Course @ Stillwater
Aug 5 – Aug 6 all-day

This greenhouse short course is geared toward the commercial grower or retailer, but most of the tenets and principles conveyed are applicable to greenhouse hobbyists, Master Gardeners, Linnaeus Gardeners, Oklahoma Garden Association members and others that may not necessarily be seeking this discipline as their part- or full-time livelihood.

Because greenhouse production is at least a semester-long course throughout U.S. universities, we will strategically pick and choose topics to squeeze into a relatively short timeframe. However, attendees will make valuable contacts to follow up with long after the formal event has concluded.

Both ornamental and edible crops will be addressed as a team effort between leading industry and academic experts.

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Raymond Cloyd, Kansas State University, Manhattan
    An entomologist by training, Dr. Cloyed has extensive experience in controlling greenhouse pests that all of us encounter regardless of our level of expertise and experience. Dr. Cloyd is in demand, having lectured throughout the U.S. and abroad.
  • Dr. Rick Snyder (Doctor Tomato), Mississippi State University Extension, Crystal Springs
  • Dr. Snyder has 30 years plus of experience growing and advising others regarding commercial tomato operations and other edible crops.
    Todd Cavins, Technical Services Specialist, Ball Horticultural Company, West Chicago
  • Dr. Bruce Dunn, Holly Pasmore, Haldor Howard, Mike Schnelle, all from OSU, Stillwater and OSU-OKC, will also lecture with yet others to still be announced.

Details TBA. For more information, check back at www.hortla.okstate.edu, or contact Mike Schnelle.

Aug
6
Thu
Virtual National Strip Tillage Conference @ online
Aug 6 – Aug 8 all-day
Virtual National Strip Tillage Conference @ online

The world’s largest strip-tillage gathering has gone virtual and e,xpanded!

Join today’s top strip-tillers, agronomists and researchers for 3 days of online learning and networking during the 2020 Virtual National Strip-Tillage Conference. Discover cutting-edge ideas, techniques and strategies from the most innovative, forward-thinking minds in strip-till today to raise your level of strip-till profitability, efficiency, and efficacy.

The Virtual National Strip-Tillage Conference offers a mix of live broadcasts of general sessions featuring top experts; profit-boosting on-demand Strip-Till Classrooms led by strip-till authorities; interactive online farmer-to-farmer Strip-Till Roundtables; and more!

Register today to become part of a lively and interactive online “community,” where you can learn and network alongside other attendees, presenters and strip-till solutions providers conveniently through your computer, tablet or phone.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website, or contact Strip-Till Farmer by email or phone (866-839-8455).

Water Bath Canning Workshop @ Oklahoma City (Oklahoma County OSU Extension Center)
Aug 6 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Water Bath Canning Workshop @ Oklahoma City (Oklahoma County OSU Extension Center)

Take a guided tour and pick tomatoes (or other seasonal produce available) at the Prairie Earth Garden in OKC, OK. Return to the OSU Extension Center for a water bath canning workshop using electric water bath canners.  Each participant will take home a jar of jam and recipes.

  • Check in at the Extension office
  • 9:00 – Vans leave OSU Extension Center.
  • 9:30 – Tour of Prairie Earth Garden.
  • 11:15 – Lunch at OSU Extension Center. (Lunch not provided. Bring a sack lunch).
  • 11:45-3:00 – Jelly Making Workshop.

Teens 15-18 are welcome. If under 18, must provide own transportation. Limited class size.

Wear closed toed shoes!

For more information or to register, visit the workshop webpage, or contact Taylor Conner by email or phone (405-713-1125).

Aug
8
Sat
American Community Gardening Association Conference 2020 @ online
Aug 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
American Community Gardening Association Conference 2020 @ online

The 2020 American Community Gardening Association annual conference will virtually broadcast from Los Angeles at East Hollywood Community Garden Saturday, August 8.  Workshops and live tours will occur throughout the day starting at 8am PST through 2pm PST. Each workshop will be 45 minutes long, including Q&A.

For more information or to register, visit the ACGA website, or contact ACGA by email or phone (1-877-ASK-ACGA).

Aug
11
Tue
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Aug 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.

Pressure Canning Workshop @ Oklahoma City (OSU Extension Conference Center)
Aug 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pressure Canning Workshop @ Oklahoma City (OSU Extension Conference Center)

Ever wondered how to pressure can low acid foods? Learn how to safely and properly can foods like vegetables and meat to enjoy year-round! This 3-hour, low-cost pressure canning workshop will walk participants through home food processing techniques.

(Proper precautions with regard to COVID-19, including providing face masks and encouraging distancing, will be observed.)

For more information or to register, contact the Oklahoma County OSU Extension Center by email or phone (405-713-1125).

Silvopasture & Supply Chain Food Safety for Beginning and ESL Farmers (webinar) @ online
Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm
Silvopasture & Supply Chain Food Safety for Beginning and ESL Farmers (webinar) @ online

The Savanna Institute is hosting this free webinar on silvopasture and supply chain food safety for beginning and ESL farmers, with Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquín of the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance.  Topics include:

  • How to safely incorporate livestock and tree crop production
  • Food safety best practices and common questions for beginning and ESL farmers
  • How we can work towards a justice oriented, safer food system

For more information or to register, visit the event page, or contact the Savanna Institute by email or phone (608-448-6432).

Aug
18
Tue
Webinar Series: Wholesale Readiness @ online
Aug 18 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Webinar Series: Wholesale Readiness @ online

In this 3-part webinar series from the Sustainable Food Center, Ellen Polishuk will give you all the in’s and out’s of setting up a wholesale operation. The $25 registration fee covers access to all three webinars (one per month), plus a copy of Ellen’s book, Start Your Farm: The Authoritative Guide to Becoming a Sustainable 21st Century Farmer.

For more information or to register, visit the registration page, or contact Hallie Casey by email or phone (512-220-1080).

Aug
19
Wed
Exploring Elderberry Benefits (webinar) @ online
Aug 19 @ 1:00 pm
Exploring Elderberry Benefits (webinar) @ online

The Savanna Institute is hosting this free webinar exploring elderberry benefits, with Terry Durham and Chris Patton of the Midwest Elderberry Cooperative.  Topics include:

  • elderberry history
  • medicinal uses
  • nutrition benefits
  • ecological benefits of incorporating elderberries on your farm

For more information or to register, visit the event page, or contact the Savanna Institute by email or phone (608-448-6432).