Growing Power 3-Day Aquaponics Workshops

Along with the workshops announced yesterday, Growing Power will also hosting intensive hands-on workshops focused exclusively on aquaponic and urban aquaculture training. Topics include system design, water chemistry, fish husbandry, and plant selection. These workshops begin on Friday, the day before the standard 2-day workshop and participants will not have an opportunity to participate in the other breakout sessions.  Please be aware no video recordings are allowed.

Aquaponics system2015 Three-day Aquaponics Workshops :

  • February 20, 21, 22
  • March 20, 21, 22
  • April 10, 11, 12
  • May 1, 2, 3
  • June 12, 13, 14

Cost for the 3-Day Aquaponic Workshop: $600

The workshop price includes continental breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Lodging is not included.

CANCELLATION POLICY: No Refunds

You can change your registration date or transfer your registration to another person the weekend of registration. Growing Power has a no refund policy.

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Growing Power “From the Ground Up!” Workshops

Growing Power, a national non-profit with a mission of creating and teaching others to create healthy food from healthy soil, has announced their schedule of workshops for this spring. All workshops will take place at Growing Power’s Community Food Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

From the Ground Up! Workshops are intensive, hands-on trainings offering diverse groups the opportunity to learn, plan, develop, operate, and sustain community food projects. Project participants leave the workshop with improved skills that they can take back into their communities and pass on to others. These workshops are for both rural and urban projects. Please be aware no video recordings are allowed. Continue reading

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Internship Opportunity: White Violet Center Eco-Justice Intern

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, located in Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, is seeking applicants for the position of Eco-Justice Intern.

At WVC you’ll find 320 acres of forestland, 300+ acres of certified organic cropland, a 5 acre organic garden, 2 orchards, a small apiary from which they harvest and sell raw honey, a small flock of chickens, and a herd of 40 alpacas. The animals’ manure is used for compost in the garden and their valuable fiber is harvested annually to create handmade yarns, scarves, hats, shawls, and other garments. The produce grown at WVC is used in kitchens on campus and sold at their Community Supported Agriculture program and farmer’s market. They do various processing for our CSA, such as dehydrating, fermenting, and pickling. Continue reading

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Event: 12th Annual Composting Symposium: Building Soil and Community

Join us on Tuesday, February 24th from 9am-3pm at the Trutter Center at Lincoln Land Community College for the 12th Annual Composting Symposium in Springfield.

The symposium is a forum for sharing composting information; stimulating the composting market; and bringing composter, educators, and businesses together so that everyone can benefit from learning about this organic soil amendment.

Registration fee: $30 before February 3rd. $35 after February 3rd. Free to students with valid ID. 

Build Your Own Bin registration fee: $15 before February 5th. This optional session allows participants to learn more about vermicomposting and construct their own composition bin for use at home, work or the classroom. Continue reading

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Ceres Trust Grad Student RFA

ceres-trust-logo-300bThe 2015 Ceres Trust Grad Student grants are now open for application.  Detailed information can be found at cerestrust.org.

Program Description

Up to 10 one-year grants of up to $10,000 each will be made to support organic research by full-time graduate students (Masters and Ph.D.) enrolled at accredited colleges and universities in the North Central Region. The 12 states in the region are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Successful applicants will be eligible to apply and compete for a second year of funding.

Application Process and Proposal Format

Applicants may either fill out the application online or complete the application as a word document and upload, but should not do both.  Applicants must abide by character counts as stated in the application. Characters include all letters, spaces and punctuation. Font must all be 12 pt. All requested attachments must be correctly uploaded in order for the applications to be considered. In addition to the online application, all applicants should also send four paper copies of their complete application to:

Ceres Trust, PMB 125

479 Mankato Avenue

Winona, MN 55987

Application Period

Applications may be submitted as early as January 15, 2015. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2015.

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Grants: iSEE requests proposals for interdisciplinary research projects

UPDATE: A reminder that the deadline is Feb. 1 for pre-proposals (“white papers” of no more than three pages) for 2015 iSEE seed funding!

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) is making a Request for Proposals for 2015 seed grants to launch interdisciplinary, thematic research projects.

Pre-proposals should outline projects that address a global problem within one of iSEE’s themes:

icon-solar Climate Solutions

icon-energy Energy Transitions

icon-building Sustainable Infrastructure

icon-water Water and Land Stewardship

icon-nature Secure and Sustainable Agriculture

Among the information the pre-proposal should include is addressing the strengths of the proposed interdisciplinary research team. Continue reading

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Event: Slow Food Springfield Film Festival

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A film festival for everyone interested in learning about and supporting local food systems is planned for Saturday, January 24, 2015 in Foundation Hall at the Old State Capitol (Level 2) in Springfield from 2:00 – 8:30 p.m. Continue reading

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Job Opportunities: SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education) is hiring full-time Program Director and part-time Office Manager

SAGE (www.sagecenter.org) is looking to hire a full-time program director and part-time office manager. SAGE is a small nonprofit located in the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA.

SAGE is looking to expand and bringing in a mid-level program director (full-time) will be key to the success of current and future projects. The office manager position (part-time), while focused largely on organizational finance and admin tasks, also gets her hand in many of the farming related legal/financial work, budgeting on grants and programs, and program implementation.

SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education) is a nonprofit organization, founded in 2001 and headquartered in Berkeley, California. SAGE’s mission is to cultivate urban-edge places where farming and local food culture can thrive and be celebrated. As a lean, entrepreneurial organization, they work collaboratively with a range of partners including public agencies, farmers, educators, conservationists, health experts, economists, planners, public-interest organizations, and community groups. Their goals are to: (1) cultivate urban-edge places that model sustainable agriculture integrated with resilient communities; (2) broaden the community of supporters for urban-edge farming; and (3) provide expertise, resources, tools and convening opportunities that advance vibrant regional agriculture and help farmers thrive.

Further questions can be directed to  Charlotte Hryse, the SAGE Program Associate for Sustainable Agriculture Education, at charlottehryse@gmail.com.

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Event: Community gardening and Urban Farming Workshop Coming to Springfield

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Event: Food Systems for Food Security Symposium

On February 10, 2015, the College of ACES and International Food Security at Illinois (IFSI) will host a symposium on Food Systems for Food Security at the ACES Library, Information, and Alumni Center.

Faculty, staff, post docs, graduate students, and others who are interested in food security are invited to attend.

Speakers and panelists will include faculty from across the campus, including those in Crop Sciences, iSEE, and ACE as well as Psychology and Civil Engineering. The event will begin at 8am with breakfast and conclude with a wine and cheese reception in the late afternoon.

Registration can be found here. The deadline to register is January 30, 2015.

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