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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Get your Learning On

I found this list of free webinars on the SANET list serve. There are a scad of topics on local food and farming including food hubs, to how to get banks to lend to small farmers, to how to start a CSA, how to get a grant, how to raise grass fed beef, how to grow for a farmers market, etc., etc..  Happy learning!

Compilation of Webinars and Distance Learning Programs for Food System and Agricultural Development Professionals
National Good Food Network Webinars
Free and Open to the public.
NGFN webinars take place the third Thursday of each month, 3:30-4:45 ET (unless otherwise noted). Current archive includes:

Two Revolutionary Tools for Beginning Farmers
Financing Food hubs: Dozens of Ideas
The Farmer and the DellR: Technology for Good Food
Clearing the Roadblocks: Market-Based Strategies for Getting Good Food to All Communities
Local Food in Retail - Two Models, One Goal
Food Hubs: Viable Regional Distribution Solutions
Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All
"Healthy" - Institutions and Consumers as Buyers of Good Food
The Economics of Regional Meat - Interactive Panel Discussion
The Economics of Regional Meat
Want to Get Results? You Get What You Measure!
Getting Banks to "Yes" with Small, Diversified Farms
Leveraging Existing Infrastructure for Significant Food System Change: Food Hubs, Regional Distribution, Farm to School, and more
Real Food into University Cafeterias: a Billion Dollar Challenge
The Business of Food Hubs: Planning Successful Regional Produce Aggregation Facilities
Food Safety Webinar: United Fresh Produce GAP Harmonization Initiative
Towards Local and Regional Sourcing - Sysco and Chipotle
Healthy Urban Food Enterprise Development Center
Building Local Government Support for Good Food
School Food FOCUS
Linking Diverse Communities Through Healthy Food: Examples from Metropolitan Areas
Building Regional Food Systems, Part 2: Creating Networks and Measuring Impacts
Building Regional Food Systems, Part 1: Foundational Definitions and the Northeast
Linking Diverse Communities Through Healthy Food: Examples from the Southwest
Third-Party Certification
Building the Supply of Healthy Foods - Experiences and Tools from the Field Community Food Enterprise
An Introduction to the National Farm to School Network
Good Food at Retail - Models of Success
Food Safety - An Interactive Briefing
USDA Programs and Funding Opportunities
Innovations in Value Chain Infrastructure-Red Tomato NGFN/Sysco Partnership
Aggregation/Distribution: Appalachian Sustainable Development

Center for Environmental Farm Systems Webinars SARE PDP Training the Trainers in Community-Based Food Systems
Free and Open to the public.

Webinar 1: Communication and Community Team Building for Local Food Systems
Webinar 2: Creative Approaches to Local Food Systems Projects

Farmers Markets Coalition Webinars
Free and Open to the public.

Measuring the Mob: Getting Reliable Visitor Counts December 7th, 2011
Markets as Business Incubators: Strategies to Grow Your Vendor Base
6050W and Farmers Markets: Electronic Payment Reporting Requirements.
Protecting Board Members & Learning the Nitty Gritty of Statewide Insurance Programs.
Making the Most of Your Market Insurance Policy & Minimizing Market Liability Risk.
Producer Liability: Understanding & Communicating Vendors' Risks & Insurance Needs.
Demystifying Farmers Market Risk & Being a Smart Insurance Shopper.
EBT and Nutrition Outreach: Practical Advice from Successful Programs.
Food Safety First: GAPs and Food Safety Issues for Farmers Markets. A Measuring Success: Market Record-Keeping and Evaluation.
Sowing Value, Reaping Rewards: Recruitment, Services, and Administrative Systems for Successful Membership Organizations.
Best Board Practices and Meetings that Matter: An Introduction to Nonprofit Governance.
Strategic Planning in the Real World: how to Put No Staff, No Money, and Big Dreams to Work for Your Organization.

New Farmer Project Webinars (U. of Vermont) &SM=webinars/sub-menu.html
Free and Open to the public.

Business & Financial Management
Employment and Labor Law Considerations for Farm and Food Businesses
Ins and Out of Insurance
Tax Time Techniques for Beginning Farmers
Crop Production Topics
Basic Soil Health and Soil Testing
Choosing Forage Crops for Fall Seeding
View the Intro to Plant Disease Webinar
Farm Safety
Farm Safety for the Growing Season
Food Safety
Practical Food Safety for Produce Farms
Managing Food Safety Risks in Agritourism
Land Access
Land Access for Beginning Farmers Part I
Land Access for Beginning Farmers Part 2 Webinar
Livestock Production Topics
The Bottom Line on Broilers
Raising Sheep in Your Future?
Livestock Slaughter and Meat Labeling Regulations webinar recording
Practical Poultry Production
Principles of Pastured Pork
Raw Milk Webinars
Rotational Grazing Basics
Building Your Online Presence
CSA Primer
Fine Food from the Farm
Managing Food Safety Risks in Agritourism
Price Your Product for Profit
Marketing to Restaurants
Regulation Webinars
Employment and Labor Law Considerations for Farm and Food Businesses
Land Access for Beginning Farmers Part 2 Webinar
Livestock Slaughter and Meat Labeling Regulations
Practical Food Safety for Produce Farms
Tax Time Techniques for Beginning Farmers

Northeast Beginning Farmers Project Webinars
Free and Open to the public.

Archived Recordings from the Lunchtime Learning Webinars, Summer 2011

Farm Finance: Helping New Farmers Scale the Capital Access Barriers
Alternative Farm Financing: Individual Development Accounts
Challenges to Beginning Farmers: Competencies & Skills Checklists
Measuring the Economic Impacts of Beginning Farmers

eXtension/eOrganic Webinars 

Free and open to the public.

Current archive includes:

Why Eat Organic: Live Broadcast from the Illinois Specialty Crops
Reduced Tillage in Organic Vegetable Production: Successes, Challenges, and New Directions
Microbial Food Safety Issues of Organic Foods
Starting Up Small-Scale Organic Hops Production
Dryland Organic Agriculture Symposium from the Washington Tilth Conference 2011
Tracking Your Produce--For Your Business and Health
Healthy Soils for a Healthy Organic Dairy Farm -- Broadcast from 2011 NOFA-NY Organic Dairy Conference
Root Media and Fertility Management for Organic Transplants
Plan for Marketing Your Organic Products
How to Breed for Organic Production Systems
Flooding and Organic Certification
Stockpiling Forages to Extend the Grazing Season on Your Organic Dairy
Fly Management in the Organic Dairy Pasture
Using Small Grains as Forages on Your Organic Dairy
Third Party Audits for Small and Medium Sized Meat Processors
A Novel Strategy for Soil-borne Disease Management: Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation (ASD)
Integrated Pest Management in Organic Field Crops
The Evolution, Status, and Future of Organic No-Till in the Northeast US
USDA ERS 2011 Organic Farming Systems Conference Webinars
Local Dirt: Beyond Marketing. Find Buyers, Sell Online, Source & Buy Product.Yourself
GMO Contamination: What's an Organic Farmer to Do?
North Carolina's Statewide Initiative for Building a Local Food Economy
Grafting for Disease Management in Organic Tomato Production
Shades of Green Dairy Farm Calculator
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated with Dairy Farming Systems
Assessing Nitrogen Contribution and Rhizobia Diversity Associated with Winter Legume Cover Crops in Organic Systems
Using Winter Killed Cover Crops to Facilitate Organic No-till Planting of Early Spring Vegetables
Using Cover Crops to Suppress Weeds in Northeast US Farming systems
Transitioning Organic Dairy Cows off and on Pasture
Greenhouse Gases and Agriculture: Where does Organic Farming fit?
Impact of Grain Farming Methods on Climate Change
Setting up a Grazing System on Your Organic Dairy Farm
Maximizing Dry Matter Intake on Your Organic Dairy Farm
How to Calculate Pasture Dry Matter Intake on Your Organic Dairy Farm
Late Blight Control in Your Organic Garden
Late Blight Control on Organic Farms
Increasing Plant and Soil Biodiversity on Organic Farmscapes
Cover Crop Selection
The Economics of Organic Dairy Farming in New England
Estimating Plant-Available Nitrogen Contribution from Cover Crops
Planning for Flexibility in Effective Crop Rotations
Using NRCS Conservation Practices and Programs to Transition to Organic
Planning Your Organic Farm for Profit
A Look at the Newly Released Organic Pasture Rule
Organic Blueberry Production
High Tunnel Production and Low Cost Tunnel Construction
Getting EQIPed: USDA Conservation Programs for Organic and Transitioning Farmers
Organic Certification of Research Sites and Facilities
Grafting Tomatoes for Organic Open Field and High Tunnel Production
Undercover Nutrient Investigation: The Effects of Mulch on Nutrients for Blueberry
ABCs of Organic Certification Watch Jim Riddle, University of Minnesota

eXtension/Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network Webinars Mobile Slaughter Units
Free and Open to the public.

Mobile Processing Units: What's the State of the Art?
Mobile Poultry Processing Units in CA, MT, and VT
USDA-FSIS Webinars on Mobile Units

Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension Agritourism Webinars
Free and Open to the public.

Using Social Media for Farm Marketing I
Using Social Media for Farm Marketing II
Using Twitter to Market Your Farm

East Coast Agritourism Webinars (North Carolina State University)
Free and Open to the public.

Introduction to Agritourism
Assessing Your Resources: Is Agritourism Right for Your Farm?
Marketing Basics: Positioning Your Agritourism Operation for Success
Creating the Customer Experience: Tips for Agritourism Businesses
Agritourism and the Internet: Social Media 101

National Conference of State Legislatures Webinar Charting a Course toward Good Food and Good Business: State Options d-and-good-busine.aspx
Free and Open to the public.

Healthier people and a more thriving economy can result from strengthening food systems.

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service Webinars Chefs Move to Schools &info_center=14&tax_subject=760
Free and Open to the public.

Foundation Center: Training Class Webinars
Free and Open to the public.

Before You Seek a Grant
Finding Foundation Support for Your Education
Foundations and Their Role in Philanthropy
Grantseeking Basics
Guide to Online Grantseeker Resources
How to Approach a Foundation
Introduction to Corporate Giving
Introduction to Finding Funders
Introduction to Fundraising Planning
Principios de la escritura de propuestas
Proposal Budgeting Basics
Proposal Writing Basics
Your Board and Fundraising

The Foundation Center's Webinar Series for Nonprofit Startup Organizations

Legal Essentials of Starting a Nonprofit Organization
Board and Governance Issues for Startup Organizations
Defining Mission and Vision
Effective Program Development for Startup Organizations
First Fundraising Strategies for Startup Organizations

EPA: Brownfields and Urban Agriculture Reuse Special Webinar
Free and Open to the public.

Policy Barriers and Incentives to Reusing Brownfields for Community Gardens and Urban Agriculture

ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture Video Archive
Free and Open to the public.

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP): Financing for Clean Energy in Rural Montana
Is Whole Farm Revenue Insurance Right for Your Farm? - Adjusted Gross Revenue-Lite Insurance
Free and open to the public. Current archive includes:
Sustainable Apple Production -A Beginner's Guide
Is USDA's AGR-LITE Insurance Program Right for You?
Innovative No-Till: Using Multi-Species Cover Crops to Improve Soil Health
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food
Grass-finished Beef: Production & Marketing
Potential Bioenergy Production via Thermochemical Conversion
All About Farm Energy Audits
Local Food Systems 101
Farm-Scale Biodiesel Production: Taxes & Financial Incentives
Onion Power: Potential Production of Biofuels from Onions and other Vegetables
DIY Biodiesel: Keeping It Safe, Keeping It Legal
From the Farm to the Farmers' Market
Making Organic Small Grains Work on Your Farm
Getting Started in Farm-Scale Biodiesel Production
Grow Montana ~ Montana Food System Notes
Sheep and Goats: What They Can Do for You!
Hoop Houses For Extending Your Growing Season

National Food Service Management Institute Training Courses
Free and Open to the public.

The National Food Service Management Institute offers Web Seminars (Webinars) that provide information on topics of importance to child nutrition professions. All NFSMI Webinars are recorded and placed in the Document Library after their original air dates. They are viewable through our Web site in the formats of Flash Player and Windows Media Videos.

Free and open to the public (registration required). Current archive includes:

Building a Professional Team - 2009 BLT
Carbohydrate Counting for School Food Service Professionals
CARE Connection
Cooks for Kids
Expert Committee Recommendations on Childhood Obesity: Where Does CNP Fit?
Financial Management: A Course for School Food Service Directors
Fueling the School-Aged Athlete - Healthy Eating Scores!
Growing Your Professional Skills - 2008 BLT
Helping Child Nutrition Professionals Communicate Effectively with the Families of Special Needs Children
Nutrition 101: A Taste of Food and Fitness - 2005 BLT
Serving Safe Food in Child Care
Special Food for Special Kids
Update on Inborn Errors of Metabolism
Using Exchange Lists for Students with Diabetes in School Food Service
Special note: Continuing education courses offered online at NFSMI support the professional development and training of child nutrition program personnel at all levels of responsibility. The NFSMI's online course system supports the research-based competencies, knowledge, and skills needed for excellence in child nutrition program management.
NFSMI online training provides self-paced online courses that may be completed over multiple sessions. Once a course has been completed, a certificate of completion is provided and may be used to satisfy certain certification and credentialing requirements. Additionally, NFSMI online courses are offered free of charge.

National Farm to School "Lunch Bites" Webinars
Free and open to the public. Current archive includes:

Farm to School and Farm-Based Education
The Lunch Box: Healthy Tools to Help All Schools
School Food Transformation at the Los Angeles Unified School District
Farm to School: Cooking with Children in the Classroom
Farm to School Month Across the Nation
Farm to School for parents: How to get involved
Making the Most of Farm to School Month
Farm to School Innovations in the Mid-Atlantic Region
Evaluating your Farm to School program - Best practices and tools
Farm to School: A Legislative History

SARE National Continuing Education Program Webinars g-Education-Program
Free and Open to the public.

Course 1: Sustainable Agriculture: Basic Principles and Concept Overview
Course 2. Strategic Farm/Ranch Planning and Marketing
North Central Region SARE Grant Webinars
Free and Open to the public. NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Webinar
NCR-SARE Farmer/Rancher Grants and Youth Educator and Youth Sustainable Agriculture Grants Webinar
NCR-SARE Research and Education Grant Program Webinar
NCR-SARE Graduate Student Grant Program Webinar

Southern SARE: Perspectives of Systems Research Video Tutorial s/Video-Perspectives-on-Systems-Research
Free and Open to the public.

Uses the advice and experiences of systems research experts to help you become a productive systems researcher and a more successful grant writer. The educational program is divided into five video modules:
Module 1 -- Introduction and Meet the Exemplars
Module 2 -- Getting Started in Systems Research
Module 3 -- Building a Systems Research Team
Module 4 -- Overcoming Challenges and Obstacles
Module 5 -- Funding and Support

Nebraska SARE: AgriMarketing Webinars
Free and Open to the public.

Workshops on Business Feasibility, Marketing Plans & Strategies
Successfully Transitioning from Commodity Agriculture to Value Added Agriculture-Part 1
Successfully Transitioning from Commodity Agriculture to Value Added Agriculture-Part 2
Using the Census and Other Sources to Define Market Potential-Part 1
Using the Census and Other Sources to Define Market Potential-Part 2

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Webinars -for-media-farm/farm-media-training-webinar/
Free and Open to the public.

FARM Media Training Webinar
Share Your Farm Story: Tools and Tactics to Market Your Business and Connect with Media
Special note: this is a recording of a webinar, but unclear how permanent it is on this website.

American Farmland Trust: Planning for Food and Agriculture: Taking a Systems Approach Webinars or-food-and-agriculture.asp

Free and Open to the public.

State and regional planning
County and community-based planning

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future Distance Learning Course
Food Production, Public Health and the Environment that is taught as a distance learning course.
Free and Open to the public.
Not a webinar but each of the 8 modules has slides and a mp3 audio

American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment
Free and Open to the public.

Farm to Campus: The Successes and Challenges of Sourcing Local and Sustainable Food Special note: this is a recording of a webinar, but unclear how permanent it is on this website.

USDA Farm to School Webinars
Digging Through the Farm to School Resources
USDA Farm to School: Opportunities to Increase Local Foods in School Meal

Natural Resources Conservation Service Webinars 021685
Dozens of webinars dealing with conservation, nutrient management, irrigation, grazing, terracing, organic production, and even benefits of grass-fed beef.

Public Health Law and Policy Webinar
Healthier Food For Sale
In this webinar, we discussed how to identify and leverage financing mechanisms to create healthier food options in local communities, and heard from people who have experience launching and sustaining successful projects

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Boiling Bagels

When I am not farming I am trying new things to cook and bagels are a new thing for me. While making them for the 4th time I decided to video the steps that include boiling and this is it.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Washin' The Vegetables

The root harvest for the Winter share.

Friday, January 06, 2012

12 Photos in No Particular Order

It's January 6th and the weather was clear and warm-an eventual high of 58F-and so we took a walk around the farm and i took some pictures
Shelf Fungus, some of which has been torn off the log it was on

A panoramic looking up the hill towards the market garden (i.e. north)

Another panoramic further down the hill and with some strangeness to it


An earthworm running around in January

The pond, it is frozen despite it being so warm

The grape arbor, so green in January

The remains of the turkey nest. it looks like 3 eggs died before hatching and there was another poult besides the two we found in August that must not have made it.

Green grass in the dead of winter. This time last year we had a lot of snow on the ground

An oocyst