News and Events

The September 2022 issue of Field Notes covers woodchip mulch, Bat Week, USDA support for agroforestry, bees and crop pollination, and more! Read on!
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New research shows that bee diversity is even more important for crop pollination than previously thought.
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The August 2022 issue of Field Notes covers pastured poultry, organic certification cost-share, monarchs, and more! Read on!
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A leading international conservation group has designated the monarch butterfly as endangered, put it is still not legally protected.
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The July 2022 issue of Field Notes covers USDA food safety and conservation cost-shares, moths, sugarcane aphid-resistant sorghum, and more! Read on!
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Your specialty crop operation's food safety certification expenses may be eligible for cost-sharing through this USDA program.
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The deadline for signups to CLEAR30 is August 5, 2022. Signups are also open for the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program and CLEAR.
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The June 2022 issue of Field Notes covers dragonflies, non-chemical weed management, integrating crops and livestock, and more! Read on!
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The May 2022 issue of Field Notes covers native plants in beds, native pastures absorbing methane, sunn hemp as a cover crop, National Pollinator Week, and more! Read on!
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Entomologist and author Doug Tallamy returns to Oklahoma in August for a series of free talks on his award-winning nature books.
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Upcoming Events

Oct
6
Thu
American Community Gardening Association Conference @ New Orleans (Loyola University)
Oct 6 – Oct 9 all-day
American Community Gardening Association Conference @ New Orleans (Loyola University)

The American Community Gardening Association conference is unique, a place to meet and share ideas with community gardeners and garden organizations from across North America. They are informative, inspiring, empowering, and fun.

The 2022 ACGA is in New Orleans, October 6 – 9, with the theme, “Rooted in Green Community.” It’s a beautiful time of year in the Big Easy, perfect weather for visiting gardens and enjoying the city’s legendary culture, music and cuisine. Gain insights into food and environmental justice, and share stories from your own gardens and organizations. See you in October! Laissez les bons temps rouler (et les jolis jardins aussi)!

Conference registration includes a one year American Community Gardening Association Membership.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website, or email the ACGA.

Guiding Resilience: A Legal Workshop for Ag Service Providers @ online
Oct 6 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Guiding Resilience: A Legal Workshop for Ag Service Providers @ online

Guiding Resilience is a legal workshop that empowers agricultural service providers to guide farmers and ranchers towards resolutions for their legal vulnerabilities.

Complete this five-session, highly interactive, and facilitation-focused workshop ready to share your assets and wisdom to guide farmers and ranchers to legal solutions with confidence. Plus, you’ll have a group of fellow service providers to help keep you on track..

Learn the 10 best practices of farm legal risk management over 5 weeks.

October 6: Farm Law as Creative Power
October 13: Organizing Farm Businesses for Legal Success
October 20: Growing a Legally Resilient Workforce
October 27: Accessing Farmland with Legal Confidence
November 3: Diversifying Farm Enterprises Without Adding Legal Risk

Each week contains a pre-work video, assessment, plus optional activities and reading selections. You’ll meet on Wednesdays listed above with your instructor to learn more about the law and develop your skills.

For more information or to register, visit the workshop webpage, or contact Farm Commons by email or phone (218-302-4030).

Oct
7
Fri
Symbolic Monarch Migration Project (deadline)
Oct 7 all-day
Symbolic Monarch Migration Project (deadline)

Through the Symbolic Migration Project, youth can become active participants in monarch conservation. Families, home schools, nature centers, youth groups, and classrooms are welcome to participate!

Group leaders can access lessons and activities that engage youth in monarch biology and ecology. Participants create Ambassador and life-sized monarch butterflies out of paper that are shipped to Mexico. These symbolic butterflies are delivered to youth who attend schools near the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (MBBR) in central Mexico along with an environmental lesson.

Each Ambassador becomes a gift to the youth who receives it. United by the monarch butterfly, youth in Mexico, the United States, and Canada celebrate and pledge to protect monarchs and their extraordinary migration.

The postmark deadline is October 7, 2022. To cover the costs of the project, participants buy a $15 “Passenger Ticket” for each Ambassador Butterfly folder submitted. These funds support school visits in Mexico to deliver the Ambassador butterflies and provide conservation education.

For more information, or to participate, visit the Symbolic Monarch Migration Project webpage, or email the Environmental Education Alliance.

The Symbolic Migration project is a partnership project between Journey North, a program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, and Monarchs Across Georgia, a committee of The Environmental Education Alliance, a 501(c)(3) organization. Journey North manages the interactive Symbolic Migration Participant Maps and hosts all educational materials on the Journey North website. Monarchs Across Georgia administers the program and is responsible for all fundraising.

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