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  • Saturday, October 15, 2011

    Iowa Focus: Sustainable Agriculture Events

    From the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture:

    Oct. 17, 2011: Workshop: Basic Photovoltaics PV101
    Time: 9 AM - 4 PM
    Location:
    Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
    120 E. Boysen Road
    Hiawatha, Iowa 52233-1277
    (319) 395-6700

    Price: $110 (or $90 for iRenew members) - Register Online

    This 8-hour course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of photovoltaic (PV) systems. Participants will learn how PV systems work, diagram the four PV system types, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of each system type, define the solar window, make energy efficiency recommendations, estimate system loads, and understand the basics of PV site assessment.

    Oct. 20 2011 Errington Memorial Lecture, evening, Ames. Jonathan Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, will speak about "Fundamental Dilemmas: Feeding the World, Sustaining the Planet." Contact: (515) 294-9934, lectures@iastate.edu.

    Oct. 21 PFI Field Day: From Commercial to Organic/Energy Efficient Farm, Phase 2, 2-4 p.m., Emmetsburg. In fall 2010, Soper Farms began the process of adding an organic enterprise, called New Shoots, to their farm. Check out 160-acres used for grass-fed beef and pastured checks, visit the new facilities for cattle maintenance and poultry processing, and explore the New Shoots organic vegetable operation under construction. Rich Schuler, PFI energy consultant, will present. For more information contact PFI at 515-232-6551 or Harn Soper at harnsoper@gmail.com.

    Oct. 21 Errington Lecturer Technical Talk, 3:10 p.m., Ames. Jonathan Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, will give a technical talk entitled "Solutions for a Cultivated Planet: Evaluating Options for a Sustainable Global Food System." Contact (515) 294-9934, lectures@iastate.edu.

    Nov. 11-13 The 11th Annual Fall Harvest Gathering for Women in Sustainable Agriculture, Cedar Valley Resort, Whalan, MN. The weekend will feature conversations around the theme of "selling or buying land with passion," virtual farm tours, time to relax and meet new people, and storytelling by Catherine Friend, author of Hit by a Farm. The event is sponsored by Women, Food and Agriculture Network, Women in Sustainable Agriculture-Minnesota, and Women in Sustainable Agriculture-Wisconsin. Contact: staceyleighbrown@yahoo.com.

    Nov. 14-15 7th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo, Paso Robles, CA. The Central Coast Vineyard Team sponsors this two-day educational meeting for farmers, ag professionals, and pest control advisors to learn about the latest in research and business trends. Learn more at www.sustainableagexpo.org. Contact: info@sustainableagexpo.org.

    Nov. 21: 11th Annual Iowa Organic Conference
    http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/organic11/home.html
    Location: Iowa State University, Scheman Building, Ames, Iowa

    Contact: Kathleen Delate, ISU Organic Agriculture Program, kdelate@iastate.edu, (515) 294-7069

    The Leopold Center is among the co-sponsors for this conference that will feature keynote speaker Joe Bennett, organic ag manager for Cascadian Farm/Small Planet Foods.


    Jan. 12-14, 2012: Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference
    January 12-14, 2012
    Scheman Building
    Iowa State University
    Ames, Iowa

    Made From Scratch

    Practical Farmers of Iowa is cooking up an agriculture with a blend of profitable enterprises, healthful food, strong communities and a commitment to our future farmers

    Our Recipe for Success?

    Fedele Bauccio, CEO, Bon Appetit Fedele will be our keynote speaker. When Fedele Bauccio co-founded Bon Apptit Management Company in 1987, he set out to revolutionize the food service industry by bringing fresh, made-from-scratch food to the contract market. Today, Bon Apptit spends over $55 million annually on food from within a 150-mile radius of each caf, uses only sustainable seafood, sources turkey breast and chicken raised without antibiotics as a routine feed additive, features natural beef burgers, and leads the industry in using cage-free shell eggs. In 2007, the company debuted its Low Carbon Diet, the first program to make the connection between food and climate change. Bon Apptit is now a $500 million company with over 400 cafs in 28 states serving over 80 million meals a year.

    Fedele was named 2008 Innovator of the Year by Nation's Restaurant News, and also received the prestigious Going Green Award by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in 2009. He is also a member of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production.

    Ingredients include:

    * Multiple sessions on field crops, fruit and vegetable production, grazing, profitable enterprises, on-farm energy, cooking, local foods, partnerships between farmers and friends of farmers and more
    * NEW this year: PFI offers a Soils 101 short course, running January 12 in the afternoon through the morning of January 13 (before the start of the full conference)
    * Lots of networking time
    * Meals featuring PFI members products
    * Plenty of exhibit space


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