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September 2016

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

September 28, 2016 - Egg Candling Certification Class - FREE
Clayton County Extension - Jonesboro, GA 10:00-3:00 p.m.

Anyone who sells eggs to individuals at a farmers market must hold an egg candling certificate. This class teaches proper egg candling procedures in line with Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) standards and gives individuals the information necessary to obtain an egg candling certificate or license. Mr. Benjamin Pitts, Georgia Department of Agriculture, will teach the class.
Egg Candeling Class
The recommended study materials to successfully complete the egg candling course include the Georgia Egg Law and the USDA Federal Egg-Grading Manual. Participants who successfully complete the class, which includes a written examination and a hands-on candling examination administered by GDA representatives, will be awarded an egg candling certificate. 

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

Registration is limited to 20 participants.
Registration Link

FREE class but registration is required. Contact information (770) 473-5434

 

 

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 14, 2016 - Georgia Pollinator Conservation & Farmscaping Short Course
Bacon County Extensionpollinator bees
9:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Learn how to attract native pollinators and other beneficial insects (predators and parasitoids of pests) to your orchard, farm, or garden!
WHEN: Friday, October 14, 2016 9:00- 4:30 p.m.


Location:
Bacon County Extension Office
203 N. Dixon St. Alma, GA
This free workshop is all day and includes lunch but pre-registration is required by Oct. 7th. Space is limited, so register early.
Experts and coordination between UGA Extension, USDA NRCS, and Xerces Society make workshops like this possible.

Detailed flyer here.
Register by phone: (912) 632-5601 or email: uge4005@uga.edu
http://www.xerces.org/

 

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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