2018 August Edition

2018 August Edition

Better late than never!  Here are a few updates and dates for you to be aware of! Also, the Savanna Institute has MANY Free Webinars coming up!  Check them out in the Calendar section!

Savanna Institute Releases New Book: Perennial Pathways

Perennial Pathways: Planting Tree Crops is filled with all sorts of practical ways to integrate perennial crops on your farm. As a comprehensive, 110-page guidebook to designing and installing farm-scale edible agroforestry, this book is indispensable for new agroforestry farmers throughout the stages of farm startup: from the outset of envisioning into the thick of planting and managing crops. It provides sparks to the imagination and scaffolding for plans to take shape. Throughout, it informs decisions of when to “do it yourself” and when to seek help. The book is available as a free PDF download and also in physical form shipped directly to you for $20 (S&H included). Find the book at www.SavannaInstitute.org

August 3: International Beer Day

August 9: Smokey Bear’s Birthday!

August 28: Nutshell with Tom Wahl: Commercial Chestnut Production – Free Online Discussion at 6pm CT via The Savanna Institute: The Savanna Institute’s Nutshell discussions take place online, live with experts on practical topics in agroforestry and perennial agriculture. In this Nutshell, Tom Wahl of Red Fern Farm (Iowa) and author of The Iowa Chestnut Primer, will discuss site selection and planting, growing and maintenance, harvesting and marketing of chestnuts as a commercial enterprise. Limited space is available, so register today at www.savannainstitute.org/events.html

September 2: International Bacon Day

September 3: Labor Day

September 6: Fight Procrastination Day

September 11: 9/11 Remembrance Day

September 11: Nutshell with Mark Cornwell: Partnerships to Tackle Transportation Challenges – Free Online Discussion at 6pm CT via The Savanna Institute: The Savanna Institute’s Nutshell discussions take place online, live with experts on practical topics in agroforestry and perennial agriculture. In this Nutshell, Mark Cornwell will discuss how to create mutually beneficial partnerships to tackle transportation challenges. Limited space is available, so register today at www.savannainstitute.org/events.html.

September 14 – 16: Fungi Foraging and Cultivation at Wellspring Forest Farm in Mecklenburg, New York: Explore the wondrous world of fungi and learn how to grow and forage mushrooms with Farming the Woods co-author Steve Gabriel and Olga Tzogas of Smugtown Mushrooms. This 3-day intensive course includes tree ID, forest ecology, stormwater bio-filter construction, and of course cooking and eating mushrooms. Sliding scale (self-determined) fee of $175-300. No one turned away for lack of funds. $30 to camp on-site. More information and registration at www.events.wellspringforestfarm.com

September 22: Oktoberfest starts in Germany

September 25: Nutshell with Dan Shepherd: Harvest, Processing, and Marketing Pecans at Pecan Valley – Free Online Discussion at 6pm CT via The Savanna Institute: A look at the harvesting and cleaning of pecans for processing for the farm store. A talk about quality and packaging to get the most out of what is raised. Limited space is available, so register today at www.savannainstitute.org/events.html.

October 3 – 7: Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon – https://www.eforester.org/safconvention  

October 6: 12th Annual Chestnut Roast at MU Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center in New Franklin, MO from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The University of Missouri is celebrating its 20th anniversary at this year’s Annual Chestnut Roast. The event includes roasted chestnut samples and sales, tours of the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center Farm, chef demonstrations, local craft and food vendors, and activities for the whole family. The event is free and open to the public.

October 8: Columbus Day

October 9: Fire Prevention Day

October 9: Nutshell with Tammy and Mark Allen – Operating a Small Sawmill as a Second Income – Free Online Discussion at 6pm CT via The Savanna Institute: After 20 years in the sawmill business, we have learned how to work smarter, not harder. A sawmill can be a great second income. Limited space is available, so register today at www.savannainstitute.org/events.html.

October 9 – 11: GPSAF Meeting/Great Plains Forestry Gathering in Hays, Kansas.  See Attached Flyer.

October 16: Boss’ Day

October 23: Nutshell with Jason Fischbach – The Hazelnut Industry in the Upper Midwest: Where are we At? – Free Online Discussion at 6pm CT via The Savanna Institute. Limited space is available, so register today at www.savannainstitute.org/events.html.

November 4: Daylight Saving (END)

November 6: Election Day

November 6: Nutshell with Tory Dahlhoff – Economic Opportunity and Challenges of Agroforestry for Farmers – Free Online Discussion at 6pm CT via The Savanna Institute: Learn how members of the panel are trying to work in new cropping systems such as agroforestry into the regional economic development conversation. Limited space is available, so register today at www.savannainstitute.org/events.html.

November 11: Veterans Day

November 20: Nutshell with Eric Wolske: Black Currant Production in the Midwest – Free Online Discussion at 6pm CT via The Savanna Institute: Black currant production has historically been concentrated in Europe, where it is largely used to supply the juice industry. As the US market continues to look for healthier food and drink options, the black currant provides an incredible healthy, machine-harvested product to meet these consumer demands. Limited space is available, so register today at www.savannainstitute.org/events.html. 

November 22: Thanksgiving Day

November 23: Black Friday

November 26: Cyber Monday

December 4: Nutshell with Mark Shepard: Designing a Silvopasture Polyculture for Hogs – Free Online Discussion at 6pm CT via The Savanna Institute: For more than 20 years Mark Shepard has been raising grass-fed and chestnut finished hogs in a diverse polyculture system that includes perennial forages available from May to October. From currants, mulberries and cherries, to hazelnuts, apples, and hearty finish on chestnuts. Limited space is available, so register today at www.savannainstitute.org/events.html.

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