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Organic Seed Alliance Online Organic Seed Course to help experienced farmers pass on their seed knowledge to beginning farmer.
Orientation on August 15th at 11:00 a.m. PST to answer questions and walk through the online course materials and schedule. Free.
The six-part webinar series is being held throughout the 2016 growing season. Each webinar is led by OSA and other organic seed experts, and focuses on basic skills needed for growing and producing organic seed. Webinars are held at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (12:00 p.m. Mountain, 1:00 p.m. Central, 2:00 p.m. Eastern) on the third Tuesday of each month through November:
• July 19th | Webinar Series #2: Trials and Selection
• August 16th | Webinar Series #3: Diseases and Pests, Case Study  
• September 20th | Webinar Series #4: Seed Quality, Harvesting Techniques, and Equipment  
• October 18th | Webinar Series #5: Cleaning and Record Keeping, Case Study  
• November 15th | Webinar Series #6: Seed Contracting, Economics, and Policy
Contact OSA's Jared Zystro with general questions here.

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6th annual Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence
"Building ECO Community - Joyful Pathways to a Healthier Planet"
September 9-11 at Heartsong, in Tumtum Washington, just north of Spokane.

Workshops, panels, discussion groups, Skill-Share Village, Hands-on activities, Vendors, Booths, Networking, Children's Program, Fun, Circles, Live Music, Singing, Camping
$75 per person suggested for all 3 days, children 12 and under are FREE, teens suggested 3-day admission $37.50. $40 per person suggested single day rate. Meals included. No one turned away for lack of funds.
http://www.inlandnorthwestpermaculture.com/

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Growing Seed on Your Farm
September 11, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Terrapin Farm in Whitefish, Montana
Cost: $15 (includes lunch)
Register: visit www.seedalliance.org/events
This workshop is designed for vegetable farmers with a strong interest in producing seed using organic farming methods. OSA will provide hands-on instruction to help farmers build their skills in organic seed production, handling, and storage. 

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Learn the Fundamentals of On-farm Plant Breeding
September 13 – 14, 2016
The classroom component will take place at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana. The course also includes a number of farm visits throughout the Mission Valley.
Cost: Free (lunch provided)
Register: visit www.seedalliance.org/events
The Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) will teach this two-day classroom and field-based course on plant breeding. Nationally renowned organic plant breeders from the University of Wisconsin, Cornell University, Oregon State University, and Organic Seed Alliance will lead this course.

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2016 Montana Farm to School Summit: Sprouting Success
September 22-23, 2016 at Montana State University in Bozeman

Learn and share how Montana schools and programs are sprouting success through the core elements of farm to school--serving local foods, school gardens, and nutrition, agriculture, and food education. Workshops, field trips, and networking opportunities will provide inspiration and skill building. The two-day conference features Chef Ann Cooper, a nationally renowned advocate for improving school meals, as well as Montana farm to school champions who will share their stories and experiences. Scholarships and continuing education units are available.
 
Register online at: https://tofu.msu.montana.edu/cs/f2s_2016

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2016 AERO Expo and Annual Meeting: A weekend of Building and Empowering Sustainable Communities
October 7-9, 2016, Red Lion Hotel, Kalispell, MT
For more info, visit aeromt.org/expo

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2016 Governor's Food and Agriculture Summit
October 28-29, 2016 at Montana State University, Strand Union Building
751 W Grant Street, Bozeman MT 59717

This Grow Montana Food Policy Coalition event will provide an opportunity for Montanans who care about the state's food economy to come together, share information, and strategize about the next 10 years of work in the state. Visit their website at: https://www.ncat.org/events/

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Save the Date for MOA's 14th Annual Conference
MOA's 2016 Conference will be held December 1-3, 2016, at Flathead Valley Community College.
Featuring keynote speaker John P. Reganold, Regents Professor of Soil Science & Agroecology at Washington State University.
Mark your calendars today and check back soon for details.

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Organic Seed Alliance's Organicology Conference
February 2-4, 2016 in Portland, OR
Learn more at http://seedalliance.org/

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