Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems

Calendar of Events

Each box-like entry below is a link to an event.

CARCD 76th Annual Conference: Communities, Collaboration, and Climate

Jan. 11- Feb. 4, 2022, Virtual on Zoom

CARCD continues the tradition of bringing together representatives from federal and state agencies, non-profits, private industries, farming communities, and resource conservation districts (RCDs) to share knowledge, build partnerships, and address urgent natural resource challenges. Experts will present and engage in conversations on climate-smart agriculture, the tree mortality crisis, community fire resilience, sustainable groundwater management, watershed health, social equity in conservation, and wildlife preservation. Virtual meetings, social events, and presentations will take place throughout the month! Learn more and register now.

goats grazing near treesFour Legged Friends: A Climate Friendly Solution to Fuel Reduction

Jan. 27, 2022, Virtual on Zoom, 2:00-4:00 pm

The Fire Safe Council of San Diego County is hosting a webinar about how grazing can be used to reduce the risk of wildfire, featuring:

  • Christopher Danch - Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council
  • Brittany "Cole" Bush - Shepherdess Land and Livestock
  • Matthew Sablove - Good Shepherds Regenerative Land Management

Please register ahead of time.

Almond Field Day

Feb. 17, 2022, 9:30 am, Burroughs Family Farms

Learn regenerative techniques with almonds with the Ecdysis Foundation at the Almond Field Day at Burroughs Family Farms, Ballico, CA, Feb. 17th at 9:30 am. Lunch will be provided.

twts logoThis Way to Sustainability: Elevating the Many Voices of Climate Justice

March 24-25, 2022

TWTS is a nationally recognized, student-run conference focusing on challenges, ideas, solutions and resiliency in planning our sustainable future. The conference hosts 1400 participants each year with a variety of respected professionals speaking on the many aspects of sustainability. The goal of the conference is to educate students, staff and faculty, and community members; providing attendees an opportunity to network, discuss, and become more aware of pertinent environmental and social issues we all face. 

Past events...

Old webinar links expire after a short time. This list is simply to give you the gist of what kinds of events have been offered and inspire you to keep in touch!

Apprenticeship Info Session

Dec. 14,  5:00 pm PST, Virtual on Zoom

Learn how you can train on a farm or ranch in the Center for Land-Based Learning's Apprenticeship Program. The Beginning Farm and Ranch Manager Apprenticeship connects apprentices with seasoned employers for paid on-the-job training while providing free online classes in ag production. In this session, they go over the nuts and bolts of the program and answer any questions you have.

hands holding soilCDFA Healthy Soils Incentives Program Information Webinar 

Dec. 1, 1:00 pm PST, Virtual on Zoom

Hostd by CRARS. Come learn more about the CDFA Healthy Soils Incentives Program and how to take advantage of this funding opportunity for California Farmers and Ranchers. Bring your questions! We'll be doing a general overview of the grant program before diving into the details of the application process.

2021 Fibershed Wool & Fine Fiber Symposium: Weaving Voices: People, Land & Water

Nov. 13,  9:00 am - 4:00 pm PST, Virtual on Zoom

Multiple speakers starting with a conversation between those working to produce our global demand for textiles and those that receive the mounds of material that is discarded once clothing is deemed “uninteresting” or damaged. There will also be presentations on finding solutions to water shortages due to climate changes and uplifting regional fiber-based economies.

Regenerate Conference Field Day

Tuesday, Sept 21, 2021, 10am-3pm

Registration is now open, with limited spots available, for the Regenerate California Field Day at TomKat Ranch in Pescadero, California. TomKat Ranch is bringing people together for meaningful conversations that catalyze the transition to a regenerative agriculture system. This field tour will be focused on holistic solutions that improve soil health, climate stability, water quality and availability, animal welfare, human health, economic prosperity, and biodiversity. Register for this as a stand-alone event or along with your Regenerate 2021 ticket by clicking this box.

ECHO East Africa Biennial Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture and Appropriate Technologies

September 28-30, 2021, Online Event

a network and training opportunity for those involved in alleviating hunger and poverty in East Africa by responding to climate change and declining yields in Africa with sustainable options. Three hours on three afternoons. $20 to register. (Donations for scholarships for those who cannot afford this fee are welcome.)

The Every Drop Impact Project Virtual Forum

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 -- 4:00-6:00 pm, Virtual on Zoom

Gateway Science Museum invites you to join our interactive Every Drop Impact Community Science Forum! Discuss the social, economic, and environmental impacts of drought. CRARS Director Cynthia Daley will be one of the speakers. Attendees will work with others to recommend resilience strategies, and learn how participating in community science can help inform scientists about which communities are at risk for drought. RSVP (click this event box) to get the Zoom link.

Climate Smart Agriculture: Agricultural Impacts and Strategies for California and The Western Cape

Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 7:00 AM - 11:30 AM (PDT - California), 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM (SAST - Western Cape), Free Webinar

Multiple speakers present an overview of climate smart tools available to assist farmers and ranchers.

Public Meeting of the CDFA Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel

July 15, 2021, 9:00-3:00 pm PST

Join the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the members of the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel (EFA-SAP) for a public meeting containing updates on CDFA's Climate Smart Agriculture incentive programs: Below-ground Biodiversity Metric, Restore CA, Conservation Agriculture Planning Grants Program, State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), Healthy Soils Program (HSP), Technical Assistance Program. 

sheep2021 Sheep Producer Forum—Managing Risk

Thursday, June 24, 2021, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm PST, Wool Growers Restaurant, Bakersfield, CA 

Agenda items will include: Pasture, Range & Forage Insurance Program * Lamb Price Risk Protection * Economic Tools for Managing Risk * Precision Trace Mineral Nutrition for the Ewe Flock * Resources for Managing through Drought * Tax Options for Drought-Related Sales of Livestock * Electronic Identification Systems: Information is Power. The cost is $15. Registration is required.

sheep on rangelandManaging Risk in Your Sheep Operation

Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm PST, Foster's Bighorn Restaurant, Rio Vista, CA

Join the University of Wyoming, UC Cooperative Extension, and the California Wool Growers Association for a half-day workshop focused on real-world tools for managing risk in your sheep business! Topics include: Pasture, Range & Forage Insurance Program, Lamb Price Risk Protection, Economic Tools for Managing Risk, Managing Nutrition to Mitigate Risk, Resources for Managing through Drought, Tax Issues for Drought-Related Sales of Livestock, Electronic Identification Systems: Information is Power. The cost is $15 (includes lunch). Registration is required.

red clover cover cropCover Cropping in Orchards

Thursday, June 17, 2021, 9:00-10:30 am PST, Zoom Webinar

Community Alliance with Family Farmers and the Sacramento Valley Technical Assistance Hub are offering this virtual demonstration event. Discussion topics will include benefits for pollinators, beneficial insects, pest management, and soil health. Speakers will be Ben King from Pacific Gold Agriculture in Colusa, CA and Rex Dufour from the National Center for Appropriate Technology. Advance registration required.

compostCompost on the Farm

Thursday, June 17, 2021, 10:00 am PST, Virtual on Zoom

A free online workshop on compost will be held on Thursday, June 17th, 10 am-12 pm led by the Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm, and co-sponsored by the Sonoma RCD. You will hear about the use and benefits of compost, the CDFA Healthy Soils compost demo project at Shone Farm, a keynote presentation from farmer Phil Foster, and enjoy an engaging panel grower discussion. Please register in advance.