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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

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.

September 19, 2014 - IPM Vegetable Troubleshooting Workshop for Small Growers will be from 8:00am - 3:00pm in Griffin, GA.

This program will cover integrated pest management ideas for identifying and controlling problems encountered in the small commercial vegetable garden. Disease, insect and cultural issues will be discussed. Both organic and non-organic practices and solutions will be covered. Participants will learn how to correctly identify common problems in the vegetable garden and how to select the best control measure. While designed for small market vegetable growers, this program will also appeal to home gardeners and Master Gardeners alike.

Dr. Kris Braman, UGA Entomologist, Bob Westerfield, UGA Horticulturist and Dr. Elizabeth Little, UGA Plant Pathology Extension Specialist, are coordinating the program.

Wade Hutcheson, UGA Spalding County Extension Coordinator, Dr. Frank Hale, University of Tennessee Entomologist and Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, Alabama Extension Entomologist, will also be program speakers.

Cost: $20.00 - includes lunch, refreshments and workshop supplies

Location: UGA Griffin Student Learning Center rm. 104, 1109 Experiment St., Griffin, GA 30223

Registration: Pre-registration required. To register with cash or check, please return the registration form to the address listed on the form. To register online with a credit card, please visit:  http://tinyurl.com/veggietroubleshooting

For more information, please speak with Beth Horne at 770-228-7214 or by e-mail bhorne@uga.edu.

Five hours of commercial pesticide credit in Category 21 and one hour of private pesticide credit will be offered.

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