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The Georgia Organics’ Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program pairs beginning farmers, ranchers (10 years or less experience), or producers transitioning to organic production systems with experienced farmer mentors.  The Farmer Mentors offer support with planning – whole farm, business, marketing, crop, equipment, etc. – as well as technical assistance on production issues or organic certification. 
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. See the website announcement for more information. This program has been made possible through cooperative agreements with the USDA's Risk Management Agency.

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Events

July 2014

July 29, 2014 - Town Hall Meeting for Produce Processing in Northeast Georgia in Hull, Georgia

The University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development and the Athens Land Trust will host a series of town hall meetings to determine farmers’ interest in the creation of a regional vegetable and fruit processing facility for Northeast Georgia.

The meetings will be held in Monroe at the Walton County Agriculture Education Center at 1208 Criswell Road at 7 p.m. July 17, in Hull at Jackson EMC's Neese Office at 85 Spratlin Mill Road at 6 p.m. July 29 and in Jefferson at Jackson EMC's Jefferson Office 850 Commerce Road at 6 p.m. on Aug. 4.

The Athens Land Trust, a non-profit organization that supports farmland preservation and local agriculture across northeast Georgia, maintains Athens-Clarke County’s only urban farms. The trust and is trying to decide whether or not to open a community proccessing facility in conjunction with the farms.

The facility would be open to farmers from around the northeast Georgia region as well as local cooks, professional chefs and anyone who would like to produce sauces, salsas, jams and other preserved goods for sale.

For information about the meetings, please contact Kent Wolfe, kwolfe@uga.edu, 706-542-0752 or Heather Benham,heather@athenslandtrust.org, 706-613-0122

July 31, 2014 - Sustainable Agriculture Series, Field Day will be from 10am - 12pm at the Wes Smith Farm (directions below).

Spalding County Extension in collaboration with Upson County Extension will host Part 4 of the ongoing Sustainable Ag series as a field day to look at plant population and yield estimates in soybeans and corn.

This field day will illustrate production principles important for growing non-GMO and organic grain, including,

  • Drilled soybeans
  • Corn fertilized with 3 tons of litter
  • 2 tons of litter plus sidedressed with 48 lbs of N.
  • Corn with crimson clover as a cover crop
  • You will learn how to estimate yields for your grain crop.

There will also be an update on the progress of the Coyote Creek plan to open a buying point in Forsyth for small grains grown organically or GMO free. They likely will purchase corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, barley that meets certified organic and GMO free. This will be a great opportunity to see small grain production geared towards that market.

If you have an interest in attending the field day please RSVP BY JULY 23.

RSVP by email to hutch@uga.edu or call 770.467.4225.

The farm is just west of The Rock, on Hwy 36. You will turn on right on Mud Bridge (going west on 36) then left on Race Track which is the first left. Look for field day signs.

August 2014

August 4, 2014 - Town Hall Meeting for Produce Processing in Northeast Georgia in Jefferson, Georgia

The University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development and the Athens Land Trust will host a series of town hall meetings to determine farmers’ interest in the creation of a regional vegetable and fruit processing facility for Northeast Georgia.

The meetings will be held in Monroe at the Walton County Agriculture Education Center at 1208 Criswell Road at 7 p.m. July 17, in Hull at Jackson EMC's Neese Office at 85 Spratlin Mill Road at 6 p.m. July 29 and in Jefferson at Jackson EMC's Jefferson Office 850 Commerce Road at 6 p.m. on Aug. 4.

The Athens Land Trust, a non-profit organization that supports farmland preservation and local agriculture across northeast Georgia, maintains Athens-Clarke County’s only urban farms. The trust and is trying to decide whether or not to open a community proccessing facility in conjunction with the farms.

The facility would be open to farmers from around the northeast Georgia region as well as local cooks, professional chefs and anyone who would like to produce sauces, salsas, jams and other preserved goods for sale.

For information about the meetings, please contact Kent Wolfe, kwolfe@uga.edu, 706-542-0752 or Heather Benham,heather@athenslandtrust.org, 706-613-0122

August 5, 12, 19, 26 & September 2, 13 2014 - Master Goat Farmer Certification Training from 6:30pm-8:00pm at Camp Fulton Truitt (4300 Hershel Rd, College Park, GA 30337)

The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Fulton County are sponsoring this six-week series.

This training will be held every Tuesday, beginning August 5 for a six week period, ending with a half-day outdoor session Saturday, September 13th.

Registration: Deadline is Friday, July 11, 2014. Limited to the first 75 applicants. Payment must be received to ensure seat.

Click here for a printable registration flyer.

Cost: $100. Includes study materials, speaker fees, refreshments, t-shirt, and graduation certificate.

August 7, 2014 - Beginner's Beekeeping Course

Morgan County Extension is hosting a Beginner's Beekeeping Course from 1-5pm at the Morgan County Extension Office (440 Hancock St, Madison, GA 30650). Keith Fielder, Putnam County's Extension Agent and County Coordinator, will be leading the course. Snacks and refreshments will be sponsored and provided during breaks.

Topics include:

  • Getting started: Things you need to know
  • Basic Beekeeping Equipment and Assembly
  • Colony Site Selection
  • Obtaining Bees: Choosing Nucleus Colonies or package bees and their installation
  • Disease and Pest Management of Managed Honybee Colonies
  • Colony calendar

Open to the general public - RSVP by Monday August 1, 2014

1 hour private, Category 10, and 1 hour commercial, Category 21, Georgia Pesticide Credit will be given.

For questions and to RSVP, please contact the Morgan County Extension Office at 706-342-2214.

August 12, 2014 - Managing for Soil Health on an Organic Farm, A Farmer's Perspective - Webinar

The National Soil Health and Sustainability Team, located at the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center, is pleased to offer a series of soil health webinars in 2014. Start time for our soil health webinars is 2:00 pm Eastern. They are open and free to anyone who wants to participate.  

Visit this link to access the webinar.

 

September 2014

September 4, 2014 - Pasture Management Field Day

Gwinnett County Extension is sponsoring a pasture management educational field day on Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 8:30am to 1:00pm. The event will be held at 1996 Kilcrease Rd, Bethlehem, GA 30620.

The program will include informative topics taught by UGA and USDA specialists on equine nutrition, weed management, and stockpiling forages for fall and winter grazing. The cost is $20.00 per person and includes lunch (Checks and cash only, no credit cards). Make the checks payable to Gwinnett County Extension/4H and mail to the Extension office at the address listed on the attached registration form. Pre-registration with payment is required by Friday, August 28, 2014.

For more information, click here for the informational flyer and registration sheet.

September 4, 2014 -Pond Management for Recreation and Food Fish Production including Cage Culture will be from 1:00pm - 5:00 pm.

The Georgia Center for Aquaculture Development through the Cooperative Extension Program at Fort Valley State University presents a series of Aquaculture Program Workshops.

Existing farm ponds, and  reservoirs  can be managed for both recreational and food fish production. Cage culture can also be conducted in these ponds to produce easily harvested fish.  This program provides an introduction to the basic principles of  cage aquaculture  along with  best management practices  for recreational and food fish production ponds.

Location: 102 C.W. Pettigrew Center and greenhouses, Fort Valley, GA.

Contact: Patricia L. Duncan, Ph. D. Director, Georgia Center for Aquaculture Development, (478) 283-2012 or 825-6335; duncanp@fvsu.edu

September 13 & 27, 2014 - Organic Farming and Gardening Course

Whether you’re interested in becoming an full-time organic farmer or you just want to produce delicious, healthy food in your backyard, Lynn Pugh’s legendary Organic Farming and Gardening course will teach you the basics so you can start growing sustainably.

Cane Creek Farm is the classroom, and you’ll engage in plenty of hands-on activities while you learn about everything from crop planning to soil biology. It’s okay if you’re a total newbie! And if you’re an experienced gardener, you’ll learn a lot too; Lynn teaches from the state’s first-ever organic curriculum, which she developed, and you’ll get a copy of this remarkable resource. You’ll also get to tour area farms and learn from other experienced farmers! For students who want more, there’s even an option for a practicum at the end of the class.

The sessions of the Organic Farming & Gardening course will be held on the following dates:

  • September 13th and 27th 2014
  • October 11th and 25th 2014
  • November 8th, 15th and 22nd 2014

Cost: $450/session

For more information/to register, click here.

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