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Education Special

A comprehensive listing of the very best information sources, distance & in-class courses for small farmers!

By CONNIE DUIVENVOORDEN

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Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association (AFFPA)

Provincial Berry and Vegetable School

Want to grow the best crops ever on your small farm? Join other growers from Western Canada for the latest information on production and direct marketing at this 2-day school. Most AFFPA members market directly to consumers via U-Pick farms, farm gate sales and/or through Farmer’sMarkets. There is an Introductory Stream—for industry newcomers—and an advanced stream.
Details: Late Feb. or early March, 2011. Leduc, Alberta
Fee: TBA (2010 non-member price was $195/person for 2 days, lunch included.)
Info: http://albertafarmfresh.com/fruit_veg_10.htm
Email: dgregorwich@syban.net
Phone: 780-373-2503, Don & Joan Gregorwich. Fax: 780-373-2297

Alberta Sustainable Agriculture Apprenticeship Program (ASAAP)

A new apprenticeship program, in the Edmonton and Peace River region, is open for applications. Anyone who would like to learn more about sustainable farming, whether it be to transition from conventional agriculture to a niche product or to get some hand-on experience, can apply. Make the leap from learning to start-up. Help feed and work with bison, learn how to operate a feed-mill or develop a market garden. There are many options. In addition to learning on their host farms, the apprentices also attend farm tours and workshops provided by other farmers in the program.
Details: Most apprenticeships run from spring to fall, a few start this fall. A list of all the farms can be found on the website. To apply contact the farmer directly with a resume and a cover letter.
Info: www.startfarming.ca
Email: becky.lipton@mail.mcgill.ca
Phone: 780-271-1116 (Edmonton); Fax: 780-434-1616

There is also a national organization that offers apprenticeships:
http://www.soilapprenticeships.org/home.html

Alpaca Ontario

Annual Education Weekend

Whether you are looking at the business potential of an alpaca farm, or are ready to move past the hobby farm stage, the education weekend brings together alpaca owners and breeders willing to share information. Keynote speaker Dr. Patrick Long, DVM will teach some basics in alpaca husbandry as well as more advanced procedures. Dr. Brett Kaysen from Colorado State University will speak on genetics and Jill McLeod, alpaca judge and fibre expert on her expertise.
Details: Oct. 22–24, 2010. Peterborough, ON at the Morrow Building
Fees: TBA
Info: www.alpacaontario.ca
Email: info@alpacaontario.ca or trixi@rogers.ca (Trixi Lloyd, President)
Phone: Alpaca Ontario @ 705-696-1649; Fax: 705-696-2099

C-Dar Biodynamic Society
The society is based at C-Dar Lodge Farm, a 20-acre biodynamic demonstration farm in Paradise Valley, British Columbia (15km north of Squamish). The farm serves as the experiential learning site for the society’s courses and workshops. Lead instructor Ferdinand Vondruska has more than 30 years experience studying, teaching and practicing biodynamics around the world including teaching a credit course at the University of Mexico in Oct. 2009, and on the farm that he established in 1985.
Biodynamic Introduction Workshops
These workshops introduce a fresh approach to gardening, agriculture and forest care. Learn about biodynamic principles and preparations. Activities include talk/discussion, making a biodynamic compost and going on a guided walk of the farm.
Details: Sat. Oct. 16; Sat. Oct. 30; & Sat. Nov. 13th, 2010
Fee: TBA

Biodynamic Preparation Making Courses
During these intensive sessions participants will make biodynamic preparations together. Preparations play an important role in biodynamic farming and are made of certain medicinal herbs that have undergone a long process of fermentation in order to enrich them in growth stimulating substances. These courses are for participants who wish to learn more in-depth about the preparations, and may wish to make their own.
Details: Sept. 27- Oct. 1, 2010
Fee: $500/wk plus food costs of $30/day ($150/wk). Accommodation: (7 spots available)
$30/night. Camping available: $15/night.
Info: http://www.cdarbiodynamic.org
Email: info@cdarbiodynamic.org
Phone: 604-898–9101 ext. 2010

Canadian Farm Business Management Council (CFBMC)
STEP UP Program

STEP UP is an on-farm paid work placement that matches experienced farm managers with young people just starting their farming careers. CFBMC will match you to a farm of your interest.
Learn from experienced successful farmers with a desire to mentor. More than a mud-on-the boots work program, participants can learn how to make strategic management decisions and take home tried and true ideas for their small-scale farm.
Details: Limited placements. Min. 8 weeks. May be out of province. Must have completed within the last five years or be currently enrolled in a post-secondary agricultural program in Canada.
Must be a Canadian citizen. Min.18 years old. Priority will be given to those who have completed their second year of studies within their agricultural program and either currently own or manage a farm or plan to within the next 3 years. A $200 compensation/report will be given to the mentee for each report submitted (min. 3). CFBMC will help the mentee get to their place of learning (the mentors farm) by arranging and paying for all transportation costs.
Info: www.farmcentre.com.com and search STEP UP program
Email: council@cfbmc.com
Phone: 1-888-232-3262 or 613-237-9060 (Ottawa); Fax: 1-800-270-8301 or 613-237-9330

Center for Agroeology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS)
“Teaching Direct Marketing and Small Farm Viability: Resources for Instructors”
As part of the University of California Santa Cruz’s Division of Social Sciences, CASFS has taken a lead role in developing curriculum resources for those teaching about sustainable agriculture at the college and university level. Their latest training manual, is also designed for agriculture organizations, farm-training programs, apprenticeship programs, extension and anyone involved in teaching about small-scale farming and direct marketing. The manual is organized into six units, three focus on marketing and three cover other topics related to making a small farm economically viable. Included are lessons and resources for running a CSA project, selling at farmers’ markets, forming collaborative marketing groups and grower cooperatives, and selling to restaurants. Also covered are strategies to improve small farm planning.
Fee: $30. U.S. (tax and binder included). Please enquire to TrainingManual@ucsc.edu for
shipping costs and questions about the guide and ordering.
Info: http://casfs.ucsc.edu/education/instruction/tofg/index.html (other manuals available)
Email: jonitann@ucsc.edu
Phone: 831-459-3240 (Santa Cruz, CA)

Channel Rock
Food Security Workshop

Seven pro-active people in the food security movement will lead a week-long workshop at stunning Channel Rock on Cortes Island. Delve into a plethora of fascinating topics related to food security. Spend a day with Tony Clark for Beekeeping 101 and learn everything you ever needed to know about keeping bees, including how to build and maintain a hive. Glean from the passions of Joel Salatin, a 3rd generation alternative farmer from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. As a sought-after writer and speaker, he speaks in defense of small farms and opting out of conventional agriculture. Try your hand at canning and fermentation. Learn the basics of
permaculture from Oliver Kellhammer, and take home pearls of wisdom from Cec Robinson, as he shares information about his sustainable shellfish farm in Whaletown.
Details: Sept.19-26, 2010
Fees: $1245 (includes lodging, meals, snacks). $225 deposit required.
Info: www.channelrock.ca
Email: bookings@channelrock.ca.
Phone: 250-935-6441

Community Forests International (CFI)
Ecological Forestry – Short Course

CFI is offering their first Short Course in Ecological Forestry in Sackville, New Brunswick. If you’ve just purchased a woodlot and want to sharpen your skills and find out how to put your woodlot to work for you, this course could be the one for you. The course will cover native plant and tree identification, chainsaw use and maintenance, the principle of ecological, restoration and conservation forestry, sawmill operation, wildcrafting and timber framing.
Details: Mon. Aug 2 to Fri . Aug 6, 2010
Fee: $400
Info: http://forestsinternational.org/news
Email: Jeff@forestsinternational.org
Phone: 514-839-0546 (Montreal)

Everdale Organic Farm & Learning Centre
Organic Farming Certificate

Want to fast track your small farm dream? Ontario’s first Organic Farming Certificate program —new in 2010— combines the hands-on rigour of a practical farm internship with the curriculumbased focus of a college or university course. Whether you are from the city, a conventional farmer looking for a viable farm plan, or in your twenties and looking for a way to make a difference this will move you forward. OFC is a 32-week program that teaches the practical skills and concepts necessary for the sound management of a small-scale organic farm. The OFC training schedule includes 600 hours of curriculum-based learning such as field trips, lectures/seminars, a personal field plot project completed by each OFC intern, field walks, and technical field demonstrations. It also includes 900 hours of in-field training and farm experience on Everdale’s organic farm.
Details: Applications are accepted year round but the best time to apply is before Jan. 31 for the
upcoming season.
Fees: Program tuition: $4,000. Food and accommodation costs (this includes high speed internet
access and long distance phone calls) $3304 for April 12 – Nov. 19. ($14.88/day).
Info: http://www.everdale.org/node/70
Email: gavin@everdale.org
Phone: 519-855-4859 ext. 104 (Gavin Dandy, Director of Farm Programming)

Farmers Growing Farmers
This is a multi-year program that supports new farmers who are pursuing sustainable, near-urban, direct-to-market farm enterprises. Through a wide range of services (business planning, mentoring, new farm network, mailing list etc.) FGF helps new farmers plan, start-up and establish successful farm businesses.
Email: growingfarmers@everdale.org
Phone: 647-367-1816
Everdale is always a buzz with practical, hands-on workshops. Here’s a little taste:
The Buzz on Bees.
Sun. July 18, 2010 10:00am – 4:00pm

Build your own Cold Frame
Sat. Aug. 28, 2010, 10:00am – 1:00pm or 2:00-5:00 pm.
Fee: $125
Introduction to Sheep
Sat. Oct. 2, 2010, 10:00am – 4:00pm.
Fee: $92
Info: www.everdale.org/node/250
Email: Lynn@everdale.org or
Phone: 519-855-4859 ext. 101

Extension – U.S.
Access some of the most researched knowledge from university minds across America in an eOrganic Webinar series. There are two tracks –Farming and Research. Archived webinars in the Farming Section include presentations on organic blueberry production and cover crops selection. New workshops are posted regularly.
Details: Attending a Webinar requires downloading software. Users need to make sure their computer is compatible.
Info: www.extension.org/article/25242

FarmStart
Ready to buy a farm? (Toronto)

Thinking you’d like to buy a farm? Is this the right choice for you? How should you begin your search? How do you find financing? How do you make an offer? These questions and lots more will be the focus of this workshop, geared towards first time buyers.
Fee: $55
Info: http:/www.farmstart.ca/workshops/current-events-workshops/
Email: gayl@farmstart.ca
Phone: 519-836-704 (Guelph, ON)
Check the website for other courses including new locations for the “Exploring your New Farm
Dream” course.

Green Living Show – BioVino
BioVino – Canada’s first annual biodynamic, organic and sustainable wine exposition – was held at the Green Living Show in 2010. BioVino featured up to 150 wines from over 40 different winemakers ranging from Organic to Carbon Neutral Certified. During free seminar growers talked about their experiences be it converting a winery to biodynamics, operating a carbon neutral winery, or making it sulfite free wines. Organizers plan to do it again, offering small-scale growers an opportunity to get the inside track on what is hot, and achievable, in the green wine industry.
Details: April 15-17, 2011 at the Direct Energy Centre, Toronto. Session times TBA.
Fees: Seminars are held as part of a wine tasting. 2010 advance price was $40 + tax, includes
show admission.
Info: http://www.greenlivingonline.com/torontoshow/features.html
Email: cmckenzie@green-living.ca
Phone: 416-360-0044 ext. 327 (Toronto). Toll Free: 1-866-934-0044 ext. 327

Government of Alberta – Environment
Working Well Workshop

Working Well offers province-wide, hands-on workshops for well owners to learn the basics of groundwater, well construction, common well problems, contamination risks, importance of well reclamation and best management practices. Having an understanding of proper water well sitting, construction, maintenance and plugging will help ensure your well water yields are sustainable over many years.
Details: See website for workshop dates and locations across Alberta.
Fee: Free
Info: http://environment.alberta.ca/01317.html (The website also has free resources.)
Email: krista.tremblett@gov.ab.ca (coordinator)
Phone: 780-644-8341 (toll-free Alta, dial 310-0000)

Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI)
Young Farm Women’s Training program

MAFRI offers young women who want to be part of the family farm business, but lack the formal training, a unique training program designed for young women and often delivered by women.
Women are supported to learn the management, economics and production side of the business through meetings, tours, and resources. Activities and events include business and financial planning, tax implications, marketing, employee management, succession planning, insurance, farm law or farm business arrangements, the how-to of crop and livestock production; marketing and further processing.
Fees: Usually no fees – unless the event includes a meal or something outside the parameters of
the funding of the program.
Details: Contact your local GO.
Info: http://web2.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/programs/index.php?name=aaa36s03
Email: Jill.Falloon@gov.mb.ca (Skills Development Specialist)
Phone: 204-726-6381 (Brandon, MB); Fax: 204-726-6260

National Farmers Union
New Farm Project

The New Farm Project has been working to support farmers in the Kingston area since 2008 when it was initiated by the local NFU chapter, with major funding from Heifer International. Since then they have been building farm capacity through training and financial support for new and revisioning farmers, the CRAFT internship program, and equipment sharing co-ops. The other half of their mission is to build farm community, which they continue to do through events like their annual Fall Gathering, CRAFT days for interns, and even movie nights. This summer look for a wide variety of workshops ranging from beekeeping and bread-making to agritourism and scything. In the fall, look for workshops on fence-building, marketing, soil fertility, and much more!
Fee: Most workshops are free to participants, although some may include a small fee for
materials or food (noted in workshop descriptions).
Info: www.newfarmproject.ca
Email: miguelhahn.nfp@gmail.com (project co-coordinator)
Phone: 613-273-6280 (Godrey, ON)

Olds College
Learn online, when it works for you. The instructor of these new courses is a highly qualified Animal Health Technologist with further access to information from the veterinarians on staff at Olds College.
Animal Behaviour: theory only
This is an introductory study of animal behavior, training and handling. The learner will develop skills in identifying normal and abnormal behavior in the common domestic species, recognizing effective training protocols and will gain an understanding of how to deal with problem behaviors.
Details: 15 Weeks – 32 hours of study.
Fee: $399 + GST

Parasitology: theory only
The course will provide you with information on common parasites of domestic animals with emphasis on the technical procedures involved in their diagnosis and treatment. Public health implications will also be covered, as well as an introduction to parasites of exotic animals.
Details: 15 Weeks – 40 hours of study
Fee: $399 + GST
Details: open registration, just call 1-800-661-6537 ask for CE registration, sign up with your payment information and Olds College will send you the manual, and the access codes to our
Learning Management system to start the course. These courses will work in a dial up connection.
Info: http://www.oldscollege.ca/programs/ContinuingEducation/animal-science/aht-online.htm
Email: mcootefreeman@oldscollege.ca (Manager Continuing Education Animal Science)
Phone: 403-556-4767 (Direct line). 1 800-661 6537 ext. 4767

Ontario Beekeepers’ Association (OBA) —Technology-Transfer Program (TTP)
For the small farmer looking at adding bees to their farm for pollination or honey sales, OBA holds educational, hands-on workshops every spring on introductory beekeeping, integrated pest management in beekeeping and introductory queen rearing. Here are the 2010 descriptions:
Introductory Beekeeping Workshop
This beekeeping workshop consists of classroom sessions and hands-on lessons in the bee yard, for the beginner. Participants of all experience levels are welcome. Topics include basic honey bee biology, beekeeping equipment, working in the bee colony,
seasonal beekeeper responsibilities, harvesting and extracting honey and preparing bee colonies
for winter.
Beekeeping & Integrated Pest Management Workshop
This intermediate beekeeping workshop consists of classroom sessions and hands-on lessons in the bee yard. Participants should have taken an Introductory Beekeeping workshop or course
and/or have at least one season of beekeeping experience prior to attending. Topics include pest and disease biology and identification, monitoring for pests and diseases, record keeping, treatments and integrated pest management.
Introductory Queen Rearing Workshop
This queen rearing workshop consists of classroom sessions and demonstrations with hands-on lessons in the bee yard. Participants are required to have prior beekeeping knowledge and experience in maintaining colonies. Topics include queen biology, methods of rearing queens, preparing a cell builder colony, grafting
techniques and introduction of cells and queens
Details: Dates TBA (usually held May/June). Dates are set early in the year for courses held in
Guelph. Local associations/clubs host workshop elsewhere in Ontario.
Info: http://techtransfer.ontariobee.com ( “Courses and Workshops” )
Fees: TBD. 2010 fees ave. $115 for a one-day workshop. Participants receive a copy of the
Ontario Queen Rearing Manual.
Email: obatechtransfer@rogers.com
Phone: 519-836-3609 (Guelph, ON)

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
OMARFA has just created a page on their website for new farmers, to help you navigate their massive website and find the information you’re looking for!
Info: www.Ontario.ca/NewFarmer

Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA)
Growing your Farm Profits Workshops

Wish you could grow profits as well as you grow crops. This two-day workshop will help with your financial success by giving you the tools to assess where you are now and where you could be in the future. Most workshop leaders are farmers or worked closely with farmers, and the workshops are practical and lead you step by step. Learn from other farmers and hear new ideas; develop action plans and begin the planning process.
New! The workshop is the entry point to potential cost-share opportunities available through Growing Forward Business Development for Farm Businesses.
Info: http://www.ontariosoilcrop.org/en/programs/gyfp091.htm
Phone: 519-826-4214. 1-800-265-9751; Fax: 519-826-4224 or contact your local OSCIA rep.

Organic Connections (OC)
“Embrace the Future” Conference and Tradeshow

How will Canada’s new organic regulations affect your farm? How do I keep the farm afloat?
These are some of the topics that will be discussed at Western Canada’s largest organic conference and trade show. Learn about the new regulations, new markets or ventures and get inspired by two organic trail blazers, including Maria Rodale, CEO of Rodale, and author of a spring 2010 release “Organic Manifesto” book. The OC board members are recognized leaders in the organic sector.
Fees: TBA
Details: Nov. 21-23, 2010. TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK
Info: www.organicconnections.ca
Email info@organicconnections.ca
Phone: Lorraine at 306-956-3110

Royal Roads University
The Centre for Non-Timber Resources at Royal Roads University is an applied research and development centre focused on non-timber forest products (wild mushrooms, berries, floral greenery, etc.) that provide economic diversification options for landowners. They have a 10-day training course on NTFP harvesting that is delivered within communities, and the centre occasionally organizes other workshops based on interest and available resources. The centre is also the lead for a national network of similar organizations across Canada and can connect people with organizations working on NTFPs in their area.
Info: http://www.royalroads.ca/cntr
Phone: (250) 391-2600 ext. 4328
Email: ntfp@royalroads.ca

The Land Conservancy (TLC)
Developing an Appreciation for Ecoforestry

The essence of ecoforestry is to understand and sustain the forest landscape and our role in it. Therefore, the focus of this workshop will be on forest ecology and actions which help us understand the forest better and allow us to steward forests in ways which do not diminish their ecological functioning. Participants will use the forest at Wildwood (Vancouver Island, BC) to discuss topics of forest and landscape history, ecology, dendrochronology and non-timber
products. They will also spend some time discussing and practicing inventory techniques.
Details: July 23-25, 2010. Please note this workshop takes place outside (camping at Wildwood).
Into: http://blog.conservancy.bc.ca/properties/vancouver-island-region/wildwood/educationalworkshops/
Fee: $200 + GST for members. Non-members: $240 + GST
Phone: 250-479-8053

University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)
UFV launched four new certificate programs in the fall of 2009. These certificates consist of key courses from either the livestock or horticulture programs and are offered on a part-time basis, over two semesters.

Berry Production Essentials certificate
This certificate is comprised of 18 credits (6 three-credit courses) and is designed for those entering the berry industry, who wish to gain sufficient knowledge and certification to position themselves for advances within the farm structure and as professional development for others whose employment requires up-to-date knowledge of berry production. The certificate can easily ladder into a Horticulture certificate program or Agriculture diploma at UFV, for students wishing to further their expertise and professional advancement in the horticulture industry.

Current Agricultural Practices Essentials certificate
This 18-credit, 6-course, post-credential certificate will help meet the professional development needs of agriculturists who have either been away from agriculture for a while or who are recent Canadians with prior agriculture experience. This program will update the student’s knowledge of Canadian agriculture practices and British Columbian growing techniques and trend and offer a valuable experience (Practicum I) in a modern agriculture business.
Integrated Pest Management Essentials certificate
This certificate is comprised of 15 credits (5 three-credit courses) and is designed to help producers and agri-service personnel to identify and assess pests in the field, and prepare students for entry-level pest scout positions.
Field Vegetable Production Essentials certificate
This certificate is comprised of 18 credits (6 three-credit courses) and is designed for those entering the field vegetable industry, who wish to gain sufficient knowledge and certification to position themselves for advances within the farm structure and as professional development for others whose employment requires up-to-date knowledge of field vegetable production. The certificate can easily ladder into a Horticulture certificate program or Agriculture diploma at UFV, for students wishing to further their expertise and professional advancement in the horticulture industry.
Fee: Application fee $45 (new applicants). 3-credit course. $408.48. Other fees may be
applicable.
Details: Intake is continuous with courses starting in Sept. & Jan.

Keeping Your Flock Healthy – The basics of flock health for poultry
owners

This course is intended for owners of small flocks who wish to learn more about diseases in poultry, including its spread and prevention. Content will include the recognition of common diseases, methods that can be taken to prevent their entry into the flock, and actions that can be followed if they appear. This course is sponsored by Growing Forward, a cooperative initiative between the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Fee: There is no course fee but enrollment is limited.
Details: 4 sessions, Tues, 6:30–8 pm. Starts Oct12. Abbotsford, BC.

The following continuing education courses are part of the Equine Studies program being developed at the college:
Introduction to Equestrian Coaching and Instruction
This is the first of two courses to help you prepare for the Equine Canada Instructor/Coach Evaluation. Participants should be comfortable and confident around horses. This course will focus on English style of riding. Topics include the theory of coaching, discussion and lesson plan development using 20 common teaching subjects, and how to prepare for an Equine Canada exam.
Fee: $495
Detail: Chilliwack — Trades & Technology Centre. Maureen Walters, 10 sessions, Tues, 6:30–
9:30 pm,. Starts Oct 12.

Practical Horse Care
This new short course will cover a variety of topics, such as an introduction to basic anatomy, feeding and nutrition, routine health care, hoof care, common ailments and common unsoundnesses and how it relates to conformation flaws. There will be a discussion on competitions, equine activities, clubs and associations. It includes a Saturday class for hands on application and real life experience with the horse.
Details: Chilliwack — Trades & Technology Centre . Maureen Walters, 7 sessions, Wed, 6:30–
8:30 pm and Sat. Nov 27, $195. Starts Oct 20.
Phone: 1-888-504-7441, ext. 2813. Fax: 604-792-7110 (Shelley Hayes Agriculture Technology
Department)
Email: Shelley.Hayes@ufv.ca

University of Guelph — Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming
Lifeskills Workshop Series

A series of half-to-full day workshops are planned on the new 1-hectare Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming. They range from permaculture and rotation design to making potting mix, methods of water conservation, and food preservation. Check the website for the first offerings this winter. In the meantime the farm is open for tours and volunteers. In 2009 it boasted 4,000 volunteer hours!
Info: http://www.organicag.uoguelph.ca/outreach/workshops.html
Email: mscroggi@uoguelph.ca
Phone: 519-824-4120 ext. 53032 (Martha Gay Scroggins, Centre coordinator and workshop
teacher)

University of Minnesota Bee lab (U of MN)
Healthy Bees: A Course For Keeping Bees Healthy (and on their own six feet)
Warriors and villains! By reading and completing five fun and interesting modules online you’ll learn about healthy bees and strategies you can use to keep them that way–with minimum or no use of pesticides and antibiotics. This course, developed by U of MN beekeeping faculty, is given a fun twist with a “Hives Angels” theme, helping the user to easily digest and remember the research-based strategies for better colony health. This course is packed with large, color photographs, original illustrations, and practical recommendations for beekeepers and anyone interested in beekeeping. Upon completion, you will receive a Warrior’s Certificate, certifying you worthy of helping bees to fight off their villains and stand on their own six feet.
Fee: $ 25 U.S.
Info: http://www.extension.umn.edu/honeybees/components/healthybeesonline.htm

University of Wisconsin (UW) — Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
The CIAS at the UW has researched pastured poultry systems on small and mid-size farms (in the upper Midwest) and found that it can be an excellent source of extra income on diversified farms, especially if the farms already direct market other farm products. Farmers looking for a low capital investment, extra farm income, and an operation that can be run by one person (kids can help!) can learn more from research briefs and resources on the Centre’s website. There is a free 124 page book “Poultry Your Way” that provides an overview of poultry production systems for meat and eggs, including breed selection, marketing and processing alternatives. It also
describes the many management alternatives available to poultry producers. There is also a spreadsheet to help farmers make financial and management decisions about new or existing poultry enterprises.
Info: http://www.cias.wisc.edu/category/crops-and-livestock/poultry/

Oregon State University– Extension Small Farms Program
OSU Organic Fertilizer & Cover Crop Calculator

This free online tool, introduced in 2010, compares the nutrient value and cost of cover crops, organic and synthetic fertilizers and compost. Use this Excel Calculator to develop well balanced and cost effective nutrient management programs for your small farm.
Info: bóng đá trực tuyến http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/calculator
The site is also a gateway to publications for those with small acreages. Subscribe to a free online “Oregon Small Farm News” newsletter with up-to-date information (i.e. Irrigation Management Basics) and farm profiles, or look for fact sheets to help you build a fence, choose alternatives for hog production etc.
Info: http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu

University of Saskatchewan –Canadian Center for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA)
Sleepless in Saskatchewan DVD Resource

The Sleepless in Saskatchewan – Making Sleep Work for You! DVD package was developed in response to agricultural producers, and shift workers saying they need better quality sleep, It contains an informational booklet, a Sleepless in Saskatchewan documentary (42 min) which focuses on how sleep works, sleep cycles, agriculture and sleep, shift work, sleep hygiene, extended hours of work, sleep apnea, diet and exercise and two Supplemental DVD’s which is a
complete (2.5 hour) workshops held in rural Saskatchewan by the Agricultural Health and Safety
Network and the Farm Stress Unit.
Fee: $20. Available from Saskatchewan rural municipality offices or through the Network office at CCHSA, online at: www.aghealthandsafetynetwork.usask.ca or call 306-966-6644.