Webinars related to food systems and/or community development.



Farming demands an unusual mix of craft, passion, and business savvy, all of which can feel intimidating when you’re new to farming.  But there’s good news!  Our Chesapeake region has a wealth of experienced, successful farmers who are committed to passing on their hard-earned lessons and teaching the next wave of farmers. We also have a rich network of agencies and organizations, like Future Harvest CASA, which provide support to new farmers.  Sarah & Niamh will help you learn which of Future Harvest CASA’s three training levels might be best for you.



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Event Date 8/1/2017 1:00 pm ET
Event End Date 8/1/2017 2:00 pm ET
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New Entry and our partner, Allison Goin, will present another webinar in our BFRDP webinar series for potential applicants. This webinar will dive into the budget and match requirement for the BFRDP grant application. Please attend to learn about the requirements and important tips for preparing your proposed project budget and identifying sources of match. Click here to register.

Event Date 8/15/2017 1:00 pm ET
Individual Price Free



Engagement with FSIS Policy: Experiences From The Field



Hear from a panel of speakers who are engaging with USDA FSIS policy as it relates to small meat plants and niche meats. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, with NMPAN's help, is steering a small plant policy group that is meeting quarterly with top FSIS leadership to address policy concerns for small operators. These include issues around humane handling rules, inspector training, pathogen testing, labeling, outreach to small plants, funding, and more. Learn what these folks are up to, what concerns are most pressing for them, and what they believe are potential policy levers for change. We will conclude with next steps and ways others can get involved in having their voices heard.



Panelists will include:

Ferd Hoefner, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Carrie Balkom, American Grassfed Association
Brian Sapp, White Oak Pastures
Denise Perry, Lorentz Meat
Greg Gunthorp, Gunthorp Family Farm

Time for Q & A at the end
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Event Date 8/17/2017 12:00 pm ET
Event End Date 8/17/2017 1:15 pm ET
Individual Price Free

Intro to CFP for Potential Applicants Webinar

August 23, 2017, 1pm EST

Led by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project staff, this webinar will provide an overview on the USDA's Community Food Projects grant program, including program goals, applicant eligibility, the importance of community engagement, the matching requirement, the application process, and indicators of success.
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Event Date 8/23/2017 1:00 pm ET
Individual Price Free



As we approach the end of peak season in Michigan, this webinar will celebrate the many ways farmers markets contribute to community economic development across the state. Findings from recent research projects will quantify effects from consumer, producer and community perspectives. Additionally, speakers will discuss the importance of and challenges in capturing economic outcomes of farmers market activities, and share practical tips and tools for improving the efficiency and efficacy of farmers market data collection. You’ll hear how we’re working to change the culture around data in Michigan and suggestions for those based in other states.



Featured speakers:

Rich Pirog, Director, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems

Jeff O’Hara, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture -  Agricultural Marketing Service

Dru Montri, Executive Director, Michigan Farmers Market Association

Michelle Gagliardi, Special Projects Associate, Michigan Farmers Market Association

John Mann, Assistant Professor of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University

Kathryn Colasanti, Specialist, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems

Moderator: Laura Goddeeris, Specialist, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems






Event Date 9/11/2017 2:00 pm ET
Event End Date 9/11/2017 3:00 pm ET
Individual Price Free