Mesquite Field Farm – Farm Tour

Join us for a farm tour of Mesquite Field Farm in Nixon, Texas.

We will be touring Mesquite Field Farm, a local farm that produces grass fed beef and specialty crops.

Doug Havemann, veteran owner operator, will be sharing his experience as a veteran farmer/rancher in Texas and the methods he utilizes to produce and sell his products.

Topics Covered:

  • Intensive Rotational Grazing
  • Benefits of Rotational Grazing
  • Direct-to-Consumer Marketing
  • Grazing Planning
  • Soil Health
  • Grass-Fed Beef Health

REGISTER HERE

Mesquite Field Farm Farm Tour Flyer 06.29.18

Food Handlers Class

Food Handlers Class
Texas Department of State Health Services accredited food handlers program is now being offered here! This class is recommended for all food service employees to help promote the service of safe food. The class is a basic overview of food safety practices that are necessary to ensure you serve safe food at your establishment.
Some practices discussed are:
  • Good Personal Hygiene
  • Cross Contamination
  • Time and Temperature abuse
If you would like to learn more, please come to our 2 hour food handlers training on May 21, 2018 at the Brazos County Health Department

REGISTER HERE

Improve Soil Using Compost Tea

Improve Your Soil Using Compost Tea

Join us for a hands-on workshop at Mesquite Field Farm covering compost tea and soil health and fertility.

Participants will learn

  • How to utilize compost tea to improve soil health and fertility
  • How to take a soil sample
  • Analyzing soil under a microscope
  • Make a compost tea from scratch
  • Analyze composition of tea under a microscope
  • Analyzing proper balance of bacteria and microbes in soil
  • Build a compost tea maker
  • Build a compost tea distribution container
  • Improve soil fertility without chemicals
  • Distribute compost tea on the land

Instructor, Casey Williams

Casey is a regenerative agriculturist in Corpus Christi, TX who has studied in multiple areas including permaculture, annual and perennial food production, soil health, and aquaponics. In the Summer of 2017 he took Dr. Elaine Ingham’s Soil Food Web online classes (Life in the Soils, Compost, Compost Tea, and Microscope). He is now in the training program to become a Soil Life Consultant with Environment Celebration Institute. Casey’s business, Agricultural Devolution, has a broad scope comprised of teaching individuals how to consciously tend the precious soil and design healthy, dynamic ecosystems as well as growing soil life and nutrient dense food himself. When not working he really enjoys the culinary arts and leisurely reading!

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

Cost: $50 per person

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Register by May 30, 2018

REGISTER HERE by May 30

Download Flyer Here – Compost Tea Workshop

FARM Hacks- Compost Tea

Now that you have multiplied your worm collection, use the castings for compost tea. Learn the benefits of compost tea by improving crop growth, nutrient retention and availability of soil and all around stronger soil structures with compost tea.Following discussion, we will demonstrate how to build a compost tea brew

Instructors: FARM and Texas Worm Ranch

Skills Taught:

  • Build/ install infrastructure
  • Build soil health & productivity (e.g., make compost, plant and manage cover and catch drops, integrate crop and livestock production, install crop rotations, add organic amendments if and as required)
  • Manage crop residues & other farm by-products (e.g. compost)
  • Fertilize crops (e.g. foliar, side-dress)
  • Care for growing plants (e.g. transplant, mulch, prune, trellis, cover, stake)

Farm Hacks- Worms

This course will be all worms! Learn how worms can determine your soil health and how to cultivate them. We will also be demonstrating how to build and easy worm bin with minimum inputs.

Instructors: F.A.R.M. & Texas Worm Ranch

Skills Taught

  • Build/ install infrastructure
  • Build soil health & productivity (e.g., make compost, plant and manage cover and catch drops, integrate crop and livestock production, install crop rotations, add organic amendments if and as required)
  • Monitor ecological impact of all production activities
  • Implement conservation practices & measures (e.g., buffer strips, water quality management projects, wildlife habitat improvement, strip cropping)
  • Cultivate soil

Farm Hacks- Life Extension of Harvested Crops

How to prolong your produce in cold storage.

FARM has experimented with many different techniques to promote the longevity of the produce grown and has nailed it down. In this class, we will share our techniques.

  • Prepare soil (e.g. greenhouse or field, tillage or no-till, beds or rows)
  • Care for growing plants (e.g. transplant, mulch, prune, trellis, cover, stake)
  • Fertilize crops (e.g. foliar, side-dress)
  • Cultivate soil
  • Harvest crops
  • Perform post-harvest handling & processing (e.g. wash, trim, pack, cool, store)
  • Keep good records (e.g. planting & harvest dates, inputs, yields, crop health, field plan “actuals”, sales)
  • Distribute farm products (e.g. deliver, ship)
  • Keep good records (e.g. planting & harvest dates, inputs, yields, crop health, field plan “actuals”, sales)

REGISTER HERE

Battleground to Breaking Ground Ag Workshop

Join us for a FREE Agriculture Business Workshop on June 30 in San Antonio sponsored by Farm Credit of Texas.

The Texas AgrAbility Project and Battleground to Breaking Ground will be hosting an agriculture workshop for veterans, individuals with disabilities, beginning farmers and ranchers, and anyone interested in starting an agriculture business

Workshop sessions will include:

  • Rural Business Ideas
  • Intro to Business Planning
  • Possibilities for farming/ranching with a disability
  • Financial funding sources for farming/ranching
  • Marketing Resources
  • Resources to support agriculture business operations

Workshop is FREE, but please Register HERE!

Battleground to Breaking Ground Ag Workshop

Join us for a FREE Agriculture Business Workshop on May 5 in Belton sponsored by Farm Credit of Texas.

The Texas AgrAbility Project and Battleground to Breaking Ground will be hosting an agriculture workshop for veterans, individuals with disabilities, beginning farmers and ranchers, and anyone interested in starting an agriculture business

Workshop sessions will include:

  • Rural Business Ideas
  • Intro to Business Planning
  • Possibilities for farming/ranching with a disability
  • Financial funding sources for farming/ranching
  • Marketing Resources
  • Resources to support agriculture business operations

Workshop is FREE, but please Register HERE!

Battleground Farm Tour- FEAT Training Farm Gatesville, Texas

Join us for a farm tour and networking event highlighting the FEAT Training Farm in Gatesville, Texas.  We will be touring the farm and learning about livestock and soil.

Skills Taught:

  • Choosing your livestock species
  • understanding stocking rate
  • Taking a soil sample
  • Taking a forage sample
  • Reading a forage & soil tests
  • Understanding and using soil maps

The farm tour is FREE, but please Regsiter HERE!

Workshop & Farm Tour Flyer

Share on Facebook

Farmers Market Hands On Learning Series Part 3- Market Day

Please join us on April 15th 8am for this educational workshop that focuses on Farmer’s Markets and organizing community events. We will take an in-depth look at a Farmer’s Market as a direct marketing strategy for farmers, ranchers and local crafts people.

Participants will learn about:

  • organizing a market
  • recruiting and selecting vendors
  • tips on marketing and selling self/farm produced products

Vendors and market staff will be available to answer questions. A follow up hands-on educational opportunity will be held on May 19th-20th where participants will have an opportunity to join a farm crew as they prepare for a market. Then on Sunday, May 20th, participants will have a chance to set up with local vendors for the day to see how a vendor’s booth is run.

To register for this event, click here

To register for all 3 parts, click here


Member of the Texas A&M University System

© 2018 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. All rights reserved.

Privacy policies, security statements and more...