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Seminars & Workshops

Diane Green is a well-known presenter and workshop leader in the Northwest. Her work as a small acreage organic farmer/gardener has brought her a wealth of information and experience to share with all types of audiences. Diane is a passionate advocate for helping to develop local food systems and cultivating the next generation of farmers. She has offered presentations, seminars and workshops to groups ranging in size from ten to 800 in attendance.

diane in the kitchen

(Photo by Rob Howard)

Market Gardening & Small Acreage Farming practices bring satisfaction while producing food, working outdoors, being one’s own boss, and working intimately with nature. Unfortunately, many farmers avoid learning about the business end of farming and many market gardeners give up because of frustrating and often avoidable losses.

Diane teaches a wide variety of workshops, seminars and on-line courses that focus on the planning and analysis tools needed to run a profitable farm, or raise a successful market garden in an easy, step-by-step format that benefits beginning or experienced farmers and market gardeners alike.

You can see a list of current on-farm classes and workshops on the "What's Happening on the Farm?" page, including information about Greentree's Organic Gardening Workshop Series.

If you are not able to come to an on-farm workshop, you may want to consider the “Planning the Garden CD.” This is a self-paced workshop that will teach you everything you need to know about planning for the gardening season and includes numerous organic gardening tips.

Diane is in the process of developing a series of on-line webinars associated with the on-farm organic gardening workshop series.  Let us know if you are interested in taking classes on-line during the winter season!

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cultivating success awardDiane has been working with the Cultivating Success program through University of Idaho since its inception www.cultivatingsuccess.org .  The vision of the Cultivating Success program is to increase producer and consumer understanding, value, and support of sustainable local farming systems in Washington and Idaho through educational and experiential opportunities.  Partners in this program strive to create strong communities with infrastructures that provide the resources and skills needed to produce local and sustainable food and agricultural products for the residents of the Pacific and Inland Northwest.  Diane has helped to develop a series of courses for beginning and existing farmers, as well as working with academic students and community members and continues to work as a consultant for many new programs being offered.

Diane was given the Cultivating Success Outstanding Farmer Mentor Award in 2010, presented by University of Idaho, Washington State University, and Rural Roots.

Topics for Training, Presentations, and Workshops

Diane’s expertise includes all aspects of Sustainable Small Farm & Market Gardening, Selling Direct to the Consumer, Selling at Farmers Markets, Working with Chefs and Restaurants, Community Supported Agriculture, Organic Gardening, & Developing a Growers Collective. Diane has also been teaching an on-line Sustainable Ag course for UI and the Cultivating Success Program (2011-2014) which covers the business aspects of managing the small acreage farm to include topics like Planning, Enterprise Assessment, Risk Management, the Regulatory Environment, Market Assessment, Labor, and Food Safety.

If you are interested in being informed of upcoming seminars or workshops, contact us to get on our mailing list. Also, check out the Newsletters & “What’s Happening on the Farm” page on the website for current events and listings of our on-farm workshops, on-line webinars, summer farm tours and field days.

"The future belongs to those who give the next generation reasons to hope."

Quotable Quotes

"I really appreciate all of your classes and teaching style....your years of experience radiate through the material...invaluable! I also really appreciate how you speak to home gardening methods as well as to market approaches to growing. As you know, this is my first year having a family size garden on my land and it's a complete working experiment but really fun, really rewarding. I imagine anyone who sticks their hands in the soil and likes it, from then on has 'the dream' tucked in the back of their minds to someday be able to subsist and create a working lifestyle around it. I don't know how that will look or even if it is possible but you are a great inspiration to simply dreaming of making something happen. Your insights & wisdom are a treasure....thank you! Looking forward to the next class (count me in for the wildlife class, as well) and many more to come."
           ~Caroline

From evaluations and summary of past sessions and workshops:

  • “In all ways I give Diane a 10 –way cool!”
  •  “Very good presentation – interesting and humorous – thank you for all the handouts – very helpful following the slide show presentation”
  • “Outstanding speaker!”
  • “Wonderfully presented – she’s great! Thanks, a very good workshop!”
  • “She did a splendid job.”
  • “I am so impressed. She is delightful, talented and so knowledgeable – her session was a wonderful experience.”
  • “Thank you for bringing Diane….a very good class.”
  • “Many useful tips and very informative!”
  • “The presentation was very helpful. I really appreciate Diane sharing from her experience as this makes the text material much easier to understand.”
  • “Excellent and very valuable lecture.”
  • “Fantastic photos and slides.”
  • ”I learned some very important methods to add to my knowledge.”
  • “One of the most valuable lectures so far and definitely my favorite speaker!”
  • “I appreciate your willingness to share your experience and expertise with us. I hope you will be able to teach this class again for us in the future.”
  • "She really makes a person want to start a small farm production of their own!"
  • "Diane's sense of humor added a lot to the presentation."
  • After a three hour organic gardening session - "She covered all of her subjects so well; would be nice to have two classes on this subject."

Recent Presentations

January 28 – March 25, 2014/ Instructor for Planning for Profit Level II is an advanced whole farm planning course for existing farmers/ranchers. In this course you will refine your whole farm or business plan, clarify your farm and financial goals, improve your budgeting and recordkeeping, and develop and improve your marketing strategies for an existing or new enterprise. Course topics include: Strategic Planning; Farm/Ranch Financial Analysis; Enterprise Assessment; Selling Into Different Markets; Market Assessment and Expansion; Successfully Selling into Retail Markets; On-farm Labor; Food Safety Assessment & Certification. Supported by University of Idaho, Cultivating Success, USDA/NIFA, and Rural Roots.

2013 Farmer Mentor Handbook / Harvesting Our Potential
workbookThe Harvesting Our PotentialSM/Cultivating Success Handbook represents the work of many individuals who share the vision of a “curriculum-based on-farm education experience” for aspiring farmers. Women, Food and Agriculture Network has pioneered women mentoring women in Iowa with their Harvesting Our PotentialSM program since 2005. With the addition of this Handbook and its associated training program, women farmers will be even better positioned to support and launch the next generation of women farmers in Iowa and Nebraska.
“We are indebted to Diane Green and the Cultivating Success program and program developers. Their years of work have provided a model that has been at the cutting edge of on-farm mentorship development.”
“Diane Green has been an invaluable resource, guiding us into the culture of Cultivating Success, sharing years of experience and cheering us along.”
–Leigh Adcock, WFAN Executive Director

March 23-24, 2012 / Marketing Idaho’s Harvest Conference/ Growing Your Farm Through Agritourism, Food Hubs & Farmers Markets / Diane has been invited to present a session overview of Greentree Naturals success stories of hosting on-farm events over the years to include Sunday Brunch on the Farm, Organic Wine tastings, and a U-Pick Pumpkin Patch.

January 17 – March 13, 2012 / Planning for Profit Level II is an advanced farm planning course for existing farmers/ranchers. In this course you will refine your whole farm or business plan, clarify your farm and financial goals, improve your budgeting and recordkeeping, and develop and improve your marketing strategies for an existing or new enterprise.  Course topics include: Strategic Planning; Farm/Ranch Financial Analysis; Enterprise Assessment; Selling Into Different Markets; Market Assessment and Expansion; Successfully Selling into Retail Markets; On-farm Labor; Food Safety Assessment & Certification.

January 27, 2010 / South Carolina National Heritage Corridor’s Bi-annual Agricultural Conference, a day long educational event for South Carolina farmers. The conference kicked off at 9:00 a.m. with SC Department of Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers and keynote speaker Diane Green of Greentree Naturals, small family owned and Certified Organic Farm in Sandpoint, Idaho. Green discussed how family owned and operated farms can successfully market the product of their labor and the farm as a destination. www.sc-heritagecorridor.org

Dear Diane,
I heard you speak at the Agricultural Conference in Ridge Spring, SC on January, 27, 2010. I am about to embark on my "mid-life epiphany,"  and do a little farming. Your words that day made me remember that size of the land isn't important--it's what you do with it.

I hope to carve out a little piece of heaven and start growing before long. Just wanted you to know your words had impact.

Take care,
Christine
West Columbia, SC

July 19, 2009 / Pest Management Field Day on the Farm Washington State University held a Pest Management Field Day at Greentree Naturals Certified Organic Farm. Several representatives from the WSU Department of Entomology presentenced their unique research projects using natural pest control methods. Diane Green shared some of the techniques they have used at their organic farm for dealing with assorted pests. The event included a gourmet lunch highlighting local food served.  This is a three year on-farm research project that will be repeated in 2010-2011.  Dates of future field days to be announced.

March 12, 2009 / “Growing Local” at the Waldorf School, Sandpoint, Idaho How can you help promote a local community food system? Food facts and how the future of family farms is in your hands as a consumer. For details contact Olivia Merithew (208)304-9405.

March 21, 2009 / Community Supported Agriculture Workshop Spokane, Washington for Spokane Tilth Producers and anyone interested in learning about starting up a CSA Diane will be giving a three hour seminar to introduce ideas and innovative strategies to help local farmers connect with local consumers utilizing the CSA model that Greentree Naturals has used since 1997. For details, contact: Brian at Vinegar Flats Garden SMS smsgarden@gmail.com

March 28, 2009 / Growing and Selling at the Farmers Market Bonners Ferry, Idaho Workshop offers ideas for season extension, succession planting, post-harvest handling, packaging and display and will help growers develop a plan for increasing the success of direct marketing efforts at the farmers market. For details, contact Sora Huff [sora@colreams.com]

2008 grads

Graduation Day for students
who took the Sustainable Small
Acreage Farming & Ranching
Course in 2007-2008.
We had a pot luck lunch
at our farm in May to celebrate.
Students received a Cultivating
Success Sustainable Small Farms
Education certificate of course
completion and for creating
a farm plan.

Sustainable Small Acreage Farming & Ranching Course
This 12 week course combines classroom and on-farm experience to give students lessons in technical aspects of farming along with practical whole farm management skills. The course is designed for beginning farmers and for current producers who are interested in taking their farm in a new direction. Diane has had 55 students complete the course in 2008-2009. For more information, and to find out when the next course will be offered, contact Diane, Course instructor at 208-263-8957 or info@greentreenaturals.com

Food Safety from Farm to Table: Good Agricultural Practices for Direct Marketing Farms and Ranches – Between spinach scares and product recalls, it isn’t surprising that food safety has become an issue at the front of everyone’s mind. Held in nine locations across the Inland Northwest, these workshops helped demystify rules and regulations surrounding the selling of produce, meat, wild-crafted items and value-added products through direct markets in your region. Diane presented at a number of these locations along with representatives from UI, the Department of Health and Welfare and other agencies. Diane continues to be an advisor and mentor to farmers across the region regarding on-farm food safety issues.

protect farmProtecting your Farm and Ranch Assets: A Guide for Direct Farm Marketing in Idaho - Producers and agriculture professionals are seeking information and resources on liability issues, and direct marketing their products or services in Idaho. This book has the answers. Diane developed a resource manual that is being used as a handbook for direct marketing across the State of Idaho. Diane presented and facilitated pieces of a workshop series that was held across the state in 2008. Visit www.ruralroots.org for details and to order a free book (cost of shipping is required).

 

Sustainable Agriculture On-Farm Education Program Working with Rural Roots, the University of Idaho, and Washington State University to explore the potential of developing a year-long on-farm educational program in the Inland Northwest. Components of the program include a farmer\teacher certification, University and High School Accreditation for students, and a Non-degree Small Acreage Farming and Ranching Certification. Diane is one of the Founders of the Cultivating Success program and has provided professional services as a consultant for Washington and Idaho Partnership 2020 project funded through subcontract with Washington State University. In 2004, Diane developed a Farmer Mentor Handbook for the Cultivating Success program at UI and WSU to help teach farmers how to create an on-farm curriculum to provide a more successful apprenticeship on the farm. The Handbook was revised in 2007.

farmer mentor handbook2007 FARMER MENTOR HANDBOOK
The information in the handbook was written and compiled primarily through the diligent efforts of Diane Green. Diane and Thom have hosted fifteen interns over the past seven years and have shared their production and marketing knowledge with them and many other students. It took Diane’s first hand experience as a farmer and a mentor to understand what other farmers need to know in order to have a successful farmer-intern experience."
 ---Cinda Williams www.cultivatingsuccess.org

Taking Sales to the Next Level:  A Workshop to Increase Your Marketing Skills –
Pocatello, Idaho (location to be announced) March 24th,  2007 and Post Falls, University of Idaho Post Falls Research & Technology Park, March 30th, 2007.  Diane will present with a number of ag professionals on all aspects of direct marketing; from post-harvest handling to farmers market sales.  Workshops sponsored by Rural roots, in partnership with UI Extension, USDA Risk Management Agency and the Western Center for Risk Management Education.  For details visit www.ruralroots.org

Reclaiming Our Local Food and Farms - 2006 Rural Roots Annual Conference & Farmers' Market Coalition Regional Workshop February 2 - 5, 2006 Basque Center 6th & Grove Street, Boise, ID. Diane will be featured as one of the keynote speakers for this regional conference. Diane will talk, with years of experience behind her, about the importance of reclaiming local food in your community. For more information about this conference, visit www.ruralroots.org

Direct Marketing Workshop Series - Making Money on Your Small Acreage Farm, Market Garden or Ranch Success in direct market sales, whether at a farmers market, through a CSA, on-farm, you name it, is largely dependent on product quality, presentation and timeliness. Workshop offers ideas for season extension, post-harvest handling, packaging and display and will help you develop a plan for increasing the success of your direct marketing efforts. This is a three workshop series held in St. Maries and Kamiah, ID sponsored by Rural Roots, UI and the Western Center for Risk Management Education. February, March, April 2005. A two day workshop on this same subject was also held at the Eighth Street Center in Buhl, Idaho on December 2 & 3, 2005.

workshopOrganizing and Hosting On-Farm Events Overview of how to organize and host farm tours, on-farm workshops, school children activities / visits, and Sunday Brunches; why should farmers consider having these events? Advertising, pricing, conveying appropriate on-farm etiquette, liability and legal issues as appropriate.
Making the Local Connections : Direct Marketing in the Inland Northwest Conference University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho March 2005

Developing a Marketing Collective Identify why and how to develop a marketing collective including factors contributing to both the success and failures, advantages and disadvantages of working with a collective. Making the Local Connections : Direct Marketing in the Inland Northwest Conference University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho March 2005

Growing Cut Flowers Growing flowers for a cutting garden, what do you need for fresh flower bouquets, annuals vs. perennials, colors, succession planting more. Cultivating the Harvest II Conference \ Coeur d'Alene, Idaho November 2003 diane green

Sustainability; Growing a Community Food System How can you help promote a local community food system? Farming is a perishable product; what does farm fresh mean? Food facts and how the future of family farms is in your hands as a consumer. Public Forum On Sustainability PBS Program \ Sandpoint, Idaho February 2003

Working with a Growers Collective By working with a Collective of growers, we eliminate the competition with each other, extend the varieties of produce, lengthen the growing season and are able to provide the quantities to keep our customers satisfied. Growing A Community - A Sustainable Agriculture Conference Creston, British Columbia, Canada February 2004 Diversity in the Desert \ North American Farmers Direct Marketing Conference Mesa, AZ January, 2001

Selling to Restaurants - Effective Farmers Markets - Where to begin, what to grow, how to present your product, how to approach the chefs, orders, deliveries, quality control. Farmers, Friends and the Land Nurturing Connections \ Conference on Organic Farming and Direct Marketing. Sponsored by USDA SARE Program, ID Dept of AG, Idaho Rural Council. Twin Falls, Idaho December 2000

Direct Marketing for the Small Farm Small Farms need to be diverse with their marketing to survive. We don't do mono-cropping anymore than we should be doing mono-marketing = consumer education, community presence, media, advertising, and finding your niche. Growing a Future for Family Farms Conference , Sponsored by WA Tilth Producers Association. Chelan, Washington November 2000

Marketing for Small Businesses : Niches and Diversity Speaker Forum Marketing diversity for the small farm. Sponsored by The Methow Food Alliance and Sustainable Northwest. Twisp, Washington May 2000

Diverse Strategies for Marketing the Small Farm Workshop Community presence, media, advertising & niches. Sponsored by Western SARE Conference on Sustainable Agriculture \ Farming and Ranching for Profit, Stewardship and Community. Portland, Oregon March 2000

Organic Certification - To Certify or Not to Certify, That is the Question! Selling Produce to Restaurants. Cultivating the Harvest Small Acreage Farming Conference / Moscow, Idaho March 1999

Small Acreage Farming - Market Gardening short course What, where, when and how to grow a market garden. Sponsored by University of Idaho, Small Farms Extension & Education. / Coeur d`Alene, ID November 1999

Connecting with Your Roots Summer Farm Tours Consumer education - Where does your food come from? Sponsored by University of Idaho Extension, Rural Roots, and Washington State University Extension. / Sandpoint, ID 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001.

The Basics of Organic Gardening - Three hour workshop on the basics of organic gardening. Sponsored by University of Idaho, Master Gardener Extension Program Sandpoint, ID February 1997 through 2010.

References

Cinda Williams, University of Idaho Latah County Extension Educator and Sustainable Ag Support Scientist, (208) 883-2267  Email: cindaw@uidaho.edu

Colette DePhelps , Executive Director Rural Roots, Inc.(208) 883-3462 or (208) 892-0891
E-mail: colette@ruralroots.org  Website: www.ruralroots.org


Diane Green with Dr. Vicki Luther/ Co-director of Heartland Center for Leadership Development

Recent Projects

Rural Roots The Inland Northwest Community Food Systems Association
President/Chair of the Board of Directors working towards a multi-goal effort to improve the economic viability of small acreage farms and communities in eastern Washington and Northern Idaho 1999 - 2006.

University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Plant, Soil and Entomology Sciences Advisory Board currently representing small acreage farmers for the State of Idaho 2001-2005; 2006-2010.

Sustainable Agriculture On-Farm Education Program Working with Rural Roots, the University of Idaho, and Washington State University to explore the potential of developing a year-long on-farm educational program in the Inland Northwest. Components of the program include a farmer\teacher certification, University and High School Accreditation for students, and a Non-degree Small Acreage Farming and Ranching Certification. Diane is currently providing professional services as a consultant for Washington and Idaho Partnership 2020 project funded through subcontract with Washington State University. 2004 Developed a Farmer Mentor Handbook for the Cultivating Success program at UI and WSU to help teach farmers how to create an on-farm curriculum.

11/30/2006 FARMER MENTOR HANDBOOK Review:   Thank you for your time and sharing of information. The Farmer Mentor Handbook is one of the best manuals I have found in my research for training farmers to teach and I hope we can put it to good use here in Ohio. As I mentioned, we are preparing to pilot a Growing Growers program here for Northeast Ohio (Cleveland-Akron) Foodshed. To start, I am drafting a letter to the growers at our farmers markets and in our Countryside Initiative program. The hope is that we can improve the existing internships and apprenticeships in NEO and achieve a net gain in farmers supplying our region. I do not know what combination of materials we will use for training participating farmers, but hearing of your experiences will help the program be successful. As we come across obstacles and ways to remove them, we will share. It was great to speak with you. Thanks again, Christopher Norman / Farmer Incubator Coordinator / Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy

Idaho Organic Food Advisory Council Appointment with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture , which is responsible for establishing rules and regulations under the law and setting standards for the production and handling of organic food products in Idaho. Presently serving on the Council representing the northern five counties of Idaho. Appointment with Council 1999 2010.

Farmers Market at Sandpoint Serving on the Board of Directors 1990 2000 President 1993 1996; selling at the market since 1992.

Heartland Center for Leadership Development Completed Helping Small Towns Succeed training program for building community capacity for sustainable development. October 2000

MIRA \ Managing Information in Rural America Worked as consultant for the Heartland Center to interview Rural Communities in northern Idaho.

Idaho Ag In the Classroom Association Workshop & summer tour in August 2000 was developed to help communicate the importance of organic agriculture to teachers in Idaho.

Publications

Selling Produce to Restaurants: A Marketing Guide for Small Growers Published 1999. Revised Edition reprint 2003

Farmers’ Markets Today Magazine – Diane writes occasional bi-monthly articles sharing ideas and knowledge about growing and selling for the farmers market. www.FarmersMarketsToday.com

Awards

Steward of Sustainable Agriculture Award  - Received Winter 2006 from Rural Roots  and Idaho Organic Alliance membership

Sustainable Northwest developed the Founders of a New Northwest program to identify, recognize and network individuals, communities and businesses in the Pacific Northwest and beyond that have found ways to reconcile economic progress with environmental health and social equity. Diane has been selected as a Founder of a New Northwest for 2000. info@sustainablenorthwest.org

Outstanding Woman Leader Award Certificate of Recognition March 4, 2005 for the 7th annual Spokane Area Women's Leadership Conference.

Fee Schedule

Fees for Presentations range from $100-$500, depending on preparation time, travel time and complexity of the topic. Travel expenses are not included in fees. Additional costs may be involved for handouts and publications and are charged on a per-person basis.



 

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