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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

March 2015

March 16, 2015 - Georgia Master Goat Farmer

Six week program starting March 16th and ending April 20th.

Purpose: Advanced training for goat producers on topics related to managing and
producing meat type goats.
Topics: Nutrition, Body Condition Scoring, Goat Selection, Reproduction &
Kidding, Health & Diseases, Pasture Management, Foot Trimming Demonstration,
Equipment & Fencing Displays, Parasitology, FAMACHA Training, Business &
Marketing.
When: Mondays, beginning March 16th for six a week period, ending April 20th.
Time: Meal will be served at 6 pm; Class is from 6:30-8:30 pm
Class Size: Limited to first 75 applicants
Cost: $100. Includes study materials, proceedings, meals, refreshments, doorGoats
prizes, embroidered cap and graduation certificate.
Registration deadline: Monday, March 9, 2015

Location:
Oglethorpe County Agricultural Center/Extension Office
55 Oglethorpe Dr.
Crawford, GA. 30630

To register contact The Oglethorpe County Extension Office at (706) 743-8341. Full details can be found on this flyer. The full agenda is here. Download the registration form is here.

 

March 17th, 2015 - Small Engine Maintenance and Repair Workshop

The UGA Griffin Campus will host this Small Engine Maintenance and Repair Workshop. The program will cover how to properly select and maintain common garden and landscape equipement. Participants will be taught the basics of how to tune up equipment, winterize, as well as basic troubleshooting and repair procedures.

Location:
UGA Griffin Campus
Student Learning Center Room 105
1109 Experiment Street
Griffin, GA 30223

Cost:
$39.00 -Refreshments and handouts included

Pre-registration is required. Please see the attached flyer for details.


March 21, 2015 - Black Soldier Fly Workshop

White Oak Pastures is proud to host this advanced workshop in black soldier fly mass rearing that is intended for people who are currently raising BSF and wish to scale up their operation. This afternoon workshop will be taught by Alfredo Llecha and Lori Moshman.Black Soldier Fly

Location:
White Oak Pastures
22775 US hwy 27
Bluffton, GA 39824
www.whiteoakpastures.com

Workshop is from 10-4:30pm. Cost is $200.00 and lunch is included. Full details on this flyer. Class limit is 25.

 

April, 2015

April 15, 2015 & April 23, 2015- Farmers Market and Local Food Grant Writing Workshop

AMSTA pic headerThe Regional Rural Deveopment Centers in cooperation with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has developed workshop materials and resources on improving the funding success rate of appliicants to USDA AMS grant programs, specifically the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP).

The training programs are to assist individuals and organizations in their efforts to secure AMS resources to further the provision of local foods.

Locations:

April 15th at:
Gwinnett Technical College
Building 100; Room 906
5150 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

April 23rd at:
Agriculture Technology Conference Center
46 Camp John Hope Road
Fort Valley, GA 31030

Detailed flyer can be found by clicking here.

The workshops are free and include materials and lunch. Please pre-register at http://goo.gl/forms/7ssRKvZXHK. Visit the AMSTA website for more details and workshops being held nation-wide. If you have questions please contact Jessica Cudnik.

 

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