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August 2016

August 16, 18, 23, 25th - Small Farm Business Development Training
Dougherty County Extension 9 a.m. - noon

Small Farm Business Planning is four 2-hour sessions developed in partnership with the UGA Small Business Development Center, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and Georgia Organics. 
4-Day training Small Farm Business Planning 
Tues., Aug. 16, 9am – 12pm
Thurs., Aug. 18, 9am – 12pm
Tues., Aug. 23, 9am – 12pm
Thurs., Aug. 25, 9am – 12pm

The topics covered in the sessions:

  • Lessons from Small Farm Success
  • Considerations Before Starting
  • Market Feasibility
  • Financial Feasibility
  • Financial Record-Keeping
  • The Business Plan
  • Developing Financial Projections
  • The Farmers’ Perspective
  • Selling Your Product – The 4 Ps of Your Marketing Mix
  • Licensing, Regulations, Certifications
  • Risk Management

Successful participants will have the foundation to prepare their own farm business plan. Once the farmer has successfully completed the training, they will be eligible to enroll in either the Small Fruit & Vegetable Production or the Small Ruminant Production training. 

Cost: The program is free, but registration is required. To register, call Dougherty County Extension at (229)436-7216

Location:
125 Pine Avenue
Albany, GA 31701 
The Candy Room in Downtown Albany
Get Directions

Contact:
James Morgan
229-436-7216
uge4095@uga.edu

 

August 29, 2016 - Sustainable Food Systems Initiative (SFSI) Seminar Series
The University of Georgia Campus - Athens, GA

This monthly seminar series, sponsored by the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, is designed for UGA faculty to share their related research and activities with other faculty, staff and students. There will be ample opportunities for questions and cross-disciplinary discussion.

Monday August 29, 2016
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Conner Hall Room #103
Athens, GA

Dr. Dennis Hancock
UGA- Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and Forage Extension Specialist
“Regenerative Agriculture Using Pasture-Based Livestock Systems.”

Remote connection through Zoom is possible. Please contact sustainag@uga.edu for additional information.

Full Schedule for the semester here.

SFSI Fall Seminar Schedule

August 31, 2016 - Introduction to Farm-Scale Vermicomposting
Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) - Raleigh, NC

Learn how to turn organic waste into beneficial soil amendments that can increase plant growth and suppress pests and diseases. In this three-hour workshop, you will learn the essentials of on-farm vermicomposting. Farmers who are vermicomposting will show how they are doing it. You will see a variety of vermicomposting systems on slides and then we’ll go to NC State’s Worm Barn to examine a dozen types of bins and see vermicomposting in action!

Workshop is $25 and includes coffee and snacks (no lunch).

Speakers:
Rhonda Sherman has been contacted by people in 107 countries seeking her expertise in vermicomposting. She organizes the nation’s only annual conference on large-scale vermicomposting held her 17th Vermiculture Conference this year. Rhonda is an extension specialist at North Carolina State University. She is the director of a 2-acre Compost Learning Lab, and president of the North Carolina Composting Council.

John Bonitz owns Celebrity Dirt Soil Amendments in Siler City, NC. John is using goat manure bedding and other organic materials to make soil amendments containing compost, biochar, and vermicompost.

Register Onlinehttp://go.ncsu.edu/farm-vermicompost Deadline is Aug. 29th.

Location:
NC State's Beef Education Unit
3720 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC 27603

Contact:
CEFS Phone: (919)-513-0954
Email: cefs_info@ncsu.edu
Website: http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu/

September 2016

September 8-9, 2016 - Composting Operation WorkshopCompost Workshop
Athens, GA

Designed for small to medium composting operations including municipalities and farms this two day workshop will cover such topics as:

- The Science of Composting
- Microbial Effects on Composting
- Compost Siting and Design
- Compost Feedstock Sources

- Basic Sampling Techniques
- Composting for the Poultry Industry
- Municipal Composting Operations
-... and more!

Detailed Flyer here.

When: Training includes the two-day workshop, Sept. 8th from 9-5 p.m wth lunch and dinner included. Sept. 9th from 8-1 p.m. with lunch included.

Where: The Bioconversion Research & Education Center (BREC)
1151 Whitehall Road
Athens, GA 30605

Registration is required:
Jessica Cudnik
sustainag@uga.edu
Ryan Adolphson
rba@uga.edu

September 20-22, 2016 - National Small Farm Conference 'Creating and Sustaining Small Farmers and Ranchers'
Virginia Beach, VA

This conference is an exciting opportunity to learn and network with local and national experts in agriculture and farming practices. This 7th annual conference will also serve as a forum to discuss the results of research geared toward addressing challenges facing small farmers and ranchers.

- Strategies for enhanced farm income and improved quality of life
- Success stories from small farm activities
- Innovative ideas in research, extension and outreach

Registration is now OPEN! National Small Farm Conference
For more information check out the website, email NSFC2016@vsu.edu, or call (804) 524-5626.

Small Farm Conference

 

September 24, 2016 - Small Farm Business Development Training

UGA Extension is launching the Journeyman Farmer program that provides a comprehensive training for beginning farmers.  The program includes a three step training:

Step 1 - Small Farm Business Planning
Step 2 - Vegetable Production    
Step 3 - Hands-on Production

Small Farm Business Planning is two 4-hour sessions developed in partnership with the UGA Small Business Development Center, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and Georgia Organics. 
2-Day training Small Farm Business Planning 
Saturday, Sept. 24, 9am – 1pm
Saturday, Oct. 1, 9am – 1pm

The topics covered in the sessions:

  • Lessons from Small Farm Success
  • Considerations Before Starting
  • Market Feasibility
  • Financial Feasibility
  • Financial Record-Keeping
  • The Business Plan
  • Developing Financial Projections
  • The Farmers’ Perspective
  • Selling Your Product – The 4 Ps of Your Marketing Mix
  • Licensing, Regulations, Certifications
  • Risk Management

Successful participants will have the foundation to prepare their own farm business plan. Once the farmer has successfully completed the training, they will be eligible to enroll in either the Small Fruit & Vegetable Production or the Small Ruminant Production training. 

Cost: $50 and includes all materials, access to experts in the field of ag and business, light refreshments. Registration is required.

Register:
DeKalb County Extension Office (404) 298-4080

Location:
DeKalb County Extension
4380 Memorial Drive
Training Room
Decatur, GA 30032

September 26, 2016 - Sustainable Food Systems Initiative (SFSI) Seminar Series
The University of Georgia Campus - Athens, GA

This monthly seminar series, sponsored by the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, is designed for UGA faculty to share their related research and activities with other faculty, staff and students. There will be ample opportunities for questions and cross-disciplinary discussion.

Monday, September 26, 2016
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Conner Hall Room #103

Bryan Fluech & Tori Stivers
UGA - Marine Extension and GA Sea Grant
“Sustaining Georgia’s Seafood Industry - Past, Present and Future.”

Remote connection through Zoom is possible. Please contact sustainag@uga.edu for additional information.

Full Schedule for the semester here.

SFSI Fall Seminar Schedule

 

October 2016

October 4, 2016 - Organic Practices
Jonesboro, GA
12-1 p.m.

A systems approach to planning, crop rotation, soil fertility, weeds and pests. Learn research-based information for growing vegetables with organic practices

Location:
1262 Government Circle
Jonesboro, GA 30236 
Front conference room

Registration is required. To register, email hortpa@uga.edu or call 770-473-5434 

Cost: Free!

Contact Information:
hortpa@uga.edu or 770-473-5434

October 27-December , 2016 - Small Ruminant Production Training
Screven County Extension
Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, Dec. 1 Thursday evenings and Hands-On Saturday Dec. 3rd

The Small Ruminant Production training sheep and goatsprovides an in-depth instruction on sheep and goat farming, from selecting breeds to marketing your product. The schedule includes five evening sessions and a hands-on Saturday training. It is open to farmers who have successfully completed either the Small Farmer Business Planning training or the AgAware training.

• Goat/sheep breeds and selection
• Nutrition and body scoring
• Pasture management and predator control
• Heath and diseases
• Reproduction and kidding/lambing
• Integrated parasite management
• Hands-on demonstration (FAMACHA, foot trimming, castration methods, shots)
• Meats
• Marketing

Location:
Screven County Agriculture Center
321 Rocky Ford Road
Sylvania, GA 30467

Cost:
$60 and includes all materials, instruction, and a light dinner at each training

Contact:
Screven County Extension (912)-564-2064 or uge3251@uga.edu


October 31, 2016 - Sustainable Food Systems Initiative (SFSI) Seminar Series
The University of Georgia Campus - Athens, GA

This monthly seminar series, sponsored by the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, is designed for UGA faculty to share their related research and activities with other faculty, staff and students. There will be ample opportunities for questions and cross-disciplinary discussion.

Monday, October 31, 2016
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Conner Hall Room #103

Dr. Maria Navarro
UGA - Dept. of Agricultural Leadership,
Education and Communication
“A Multidimensional Analysis of Global Food Security.”

Remote connection through Zoom is possible. Please contact sustainag@uga.edu for additional information.

Full Schedule for the semester here.

SFSI Fall Seminar Schedule

 

November 2016

 

 

November 14, 2016 - Sustainable Food Systems Initiative (SFSI) Seminar Series
The University of Georgia Campus - Athens, GA

This monthly seminar series, sponsored by the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, is designed for UGA faculty to share their related research and activities with other faculty, staff and students. There will be ample opportunities for questions and cross-disciplinary discussion.

Monday, November 14, 2016
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Conner Hall Room #103

Dr. Pablo Lapegna
UGA - Dept. of Sociology
“Why Genetically Modified Crops May Not Solve World Hunger: Lessons from Argentina.”

Remote connection through Zoom is possible. Please contact sustainag@uga.edu for additional information.

Full Schedule for the semester here.

SFSI Fall Seminar Schedule


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