September Updates and Opportunities

Conferences and Events

  • Harvest Conference, September 5-6, 2014, Asheville, North Carolina. Organic Growers School presents the Harvest Conference, an event with a focus on the fall growing season, harvesting, canning, growing, gardening, energy, cooking, and more. Presentations are offered in six tracks, and there are whole-day and half-day preconference workshops offered. Find out more here.


  • Farm Aid 2014, September 13, 2014, Raleigh, North Carolina. Each year, Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews headline a Farm Aid concert to bring together a wide variety of musicians, farmers and fans for one mission: keeping family farmers on their land. Farm Aid 2014 is an all-day music and food festival, and will feature a unique lineup of artists and genres. Click here for more information.


  • ASAP’s 2014 Farm Tour, September 20-21, 2014, western North Carolina.  Visit over 30 Appalachian Grown certified farms in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, McDowell, Rutherford, and Yancey Counties of Western North Carolina on a self-guided driving tour.  Find more information and purchase tickets here.


  • American Farmland Trust’s National Conference, Oct 20-22, Lexington, KY, The Farmland, Food and Livable Communities conference focuses on farming, land use, and food policy. If you have an interest in the impact that land use has on food systems, economic development, job creation, and agricultural viability, visit the conference website here.  


  • The eXtension Community of Practice (eCoP) on Community, Local and Regional Food Systems will host a Food Security Conference September 29 – October 1 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cleveland, Ohio. The conference is entitled Building Extension Capacity to Address Community Food Security through Food Systems.  For complete conference information and to register, click here.



  • Putting Local on the Menu: Five Best Practices and a Cost Calculator TrainingSeptember 4, 2014, 3:30-4:45 pm. This National Good Food Network webinar, led by Anthony Flaccavento, will present the results of SCALE Inc.’s research into how institutional cafeterias and mid-priced restaurants are successfully putting local on the menu, while staying within their tight budgets. Click here to learn more and to register.


  • Promoting High Quality Conservation on Organic Farms. September 10, 2014, 11 am-12 pm. In this webinar from the National Center for Appropriate Technology, conservation professionals and landowners will learn how NRCS conservation practices and enhancements can provide high value production and biodiversity benefits while at the same time aiding producers to obtain or maintain their USDA organic status. Presenters are Jo Ann Baumgartner, Director of the Wild Farm Alliance, and Harriet Behar, MOSES Organic Specialist. Click here to register.




Funding Opportunities


  • Ben & Jerry’s Foundation Grassroots Organizing for Social Change. Organizing for Social Change Program offers general or project support to non-profit organizations throughout the United States and is BJF’s most competitive grant program. BJF makes one-year grants for up to $20,000, to organizations with budgets under $500,000. Only organizations with 501(c)3 status, or who have a fiscal agent with this status are eligible to apply. Click here for more information.


  • Golden LEAF Foundation Open Grants ProgramThe Golden LEAF Foundation is committed to using the funds entrusted to it for projects that show the most potential for strengthening North Carolina’s long-term economy, especially in tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, and/or rural communities. In the Open Grants Program, Golden LEAF’s grantmaking is focused in the areas of Agriculture, Job Creation, and Retention and Workforce Preparedness. In agriculture, Golden LEAF sees particular promise in the areas of value-added processing, market expansion, and projects targeting alternative crops, livestock, and aquaculture. Eligible applicants are governmental entities and 501 (c)(3) non-profit organizations. First, applicants complete a letter of inquiry. Applications are reviewed on a bi-monthly basis. Click here for more information.