Friday, January 30, 2015
The Herrett Center, College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, ID
8:30 am – 4:30 pm $40 per person Register HERE
Join us for sessions on enhancing the fertility of soil through the use of cover crops and organic nutrient management planning. Engage in a farmer-to-farmer exchange of knowledge and best practices, that afternoon. And hear an update on a new crop insurance program and future market opportunities with Clif Bar and Amy’s Kitchen.
See detailed agenda below.
Plus! Pre-conference Networking Dinner, Thursday, January 29
Elevation 486 in Twin Falls, ID
6 pm Space is limited. RSVP required.
Join us the evening before the conference to network with fellow farmers and meet our guest presenters – organic farmer, Anne Berblinger, of Gales Meadow Farm in Forest Grove, OR and Small Farms Extension Agent, Nick Andrews, with Oregon State University in Aurora, OR.
Friday, January 30
9:00 Organic Nutrient Management
Introduction: The Value in Planning and Monitoring – Nick Andrews, Oregon State University
Case Study: The Benefit of Cover Cropping and Nutrient Management Planning and Monitoring at Gales Meadow Farm – Anne Berblinger, Gales Meadow Farm
The Nuts & Bolts: Planning with the OSU Calculator and Nitrogen Monitoring – Nick Andrews
Whole-Farm Revenue Insurance: A New Opportunity for Organic and Diverse Farms – Jo Lynne Seufer, USDA Risk Management Agency
Future Organic Market Opportunities in Idaho – John Paneno, Director of Sourcing, Amy’s Kitchen and Dale Cucommum, Bakery General Manager, Clif Bar; Moderated by Skylar Jett, Idaho State Department of Agriculture
12:45 Gales Meadow Farm Tour (virtual) – Anne Berblinger, Gales Meadow Farm
Cover Crop Management in Idaho – Lauren Hunter, University of Idaho
Predicting Plant-available N from Cover Crops in Idaho – Amber Moore, University of Idaho
Session A: Cover cropping and nutrient management on larger farms
Session B: Cover cropping and nutrient management on smaller farms
Session C: Continuing the Conversation on Future Market Opportunities with Amy’s Kitchen and Clif Bar
JANUARY 30 – FEBRUARY 1, 2015
Instructor: James Loomis, Head Grower at Onsen Farm Greenhouses
In this workshop students will cover basics of aquaponic theory, it’s history and many variations. From backyard bathtub systems to massive warehouse raft installations, Ebb & Flow to NFT, we will decode hydroponic terminology and explain the dynamic biology in an active re-circulating Aquaponic ecosystem. After covering the basics of the system design we’ll hit the greenhouse and explore Onsen Farm’s hybrid AP system. Students will lock in this knowledge and construct a complete aquaponics system by repurposing an IBC tote into a small backyard food growing machine. We’ll also tackle the techniques with hands on instruction for building a DWC raft system, a suspended NFT run and build a complete bell siphon assembly for each student to take home.
We’ll wrap up the workshop with a discussion concerning the hurdles to making Aquaponics a truly sustainable technology. Solving the issues around energy, materials, and sourcing a truly sustainable fish feed is the main focus of the aquaponic research here at Onsen Farm.
This WORKshop will get down and dirty with all aspects of our commercial AP system. A system built almost entirely of repurposed materials, heated with geothermal water and cooled with spring water with an end goal of having all nutrition for the fish generated on site.
The Workshop will begin with a meet and greet on Friday at 4pm, followed by dinner and an introduction to Aquaponics technology. Saturday is a full day intensive and we’ll end things on Sunday at 4pm.
Tuition is $160 including four meals (two lunches and two dinners) along with the pleasure of soaking in our hot springs pool. Space will be limited to 10 persons. Please call 208/543-0987 or email us at email@example.com to register.
We have a couple of local homes rented for students. Accommodations will run approx. $35 per night per person.
Places are already filling up quickly for our upcoming Winter Carnival Wine Dinners. Chef Gary is busy working on the menus with the winemakers and we’ll have them to you shortly!
Pilgrim’s Health Education Center EventsCDA Healing Arts Open ForumDate: Wed., Feb. 4, 6:30-8pmLocation: Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N 14th St, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814, 208-676-9730, www.PilgrimsMarket.comThe Open Forums are free monthly opportunities to dialogue with Dr. Todd and Dr. Hunter about a wide range of questions related to the pursuit of health. Bring your questions, curiosity, ideas and a willingness to learn. Drs. Todd Schlapfer and Hunter Peterson are naturopathic physicians at Coeur d’Alene Healing Arts clinic in downtown Coeur d’Alene. They have over 30 years of collective private practice experience and embrace a person-centered health model. www.cdahealingarts.com
First ThursdayFebruary 5th 5-8 pmJoin us for our famous 1st Thursday pintxos bar extravaganza filled with morsels and tidbits inspired by cupid himself. Paella will be ready at 6:00 so come early to relax with a drink, try one of the special tapas and perhapsd o a bit of Valentine Shopping. All sweets are 20% off all day.
Gluten Free Mama’s Valentine Baking ClassDate: Thurs., Feb. 5, 6:30-8pmLocation: Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N 14th St, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814, 208-676-9730, www.PilgrimsMarket.comEnjoy gluten free baking with Rachel Carlyle Edington, the Gluten Free Mama, and learn how to make Gluten Free Whoopie Pies and more! Gluten Free Mama Rachel is the owner of Gluten Free Mama Kitchen, which makes delicious gluten free flour blends and mixes. She has written three cookbooks and travels the NW teaching gluten free baking classes. Fee: $10/person (under 12 free). RSVP Required: 208-676-9730.