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Jan
27
Sat
Rain Catchment Presentation and Hands On Field Day @ Mesquite Field Farm
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Rain Catchment Presentation and Hands On Field Day @ Mesquite Field Farm | Nixon | Texas | United States

This workshop will be rescheduled!

Participants will learn how to build a rain catchment barrel, install rain gutters on farm structure, and install downspouts to rain barrel. Engage in rain catchment options available in the marketplace from a rain catchment installation professional.

Teachers:

Doug Havemann, Army Veteran, Co – Owner, Mesquite Field Farm

Kathie Hitt, Owner, Rain Drop Rainwater Harevesting

Skills Taught:

  • Hand tool use and maintenance
  • Sourcing equipment
  • Other power equipment safety/emergency procedures
  • Routine maintenance
  • Determining equipment needs
  • Equipment repair
  • Understanding irrigation systems
  • Planning irrigation systems
  • Water source and quality
  • System maintenance
  • Winter preparation

 

Jul
14
Sat
F.A.R.M. Hacks – Everything Worms & Compost Tea @ Texas Worm Ranch
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
F.A.R.M. Hacks - Everything Worms & Compost Tea @ Texas Worm Ranch | Red Oak | Texas | United States

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

Now that you have multiplied your worm collection, use the castings for compost tea. Compost tea is a great way to love your plants naturally. Compost Tea is a Liquid Gold fertilizer for flowers, vegetables and houseplants. … Very simply, it is a liquid, nutritionally rich, well-balanced, organic supplement made by steeping aged compost in water.

Skills Taught:

  • Benefits of compost tea
  • How to improve crop growth with compost tea
  • Nutrient retention and availability of soil
  • Build stronger soil structures with compost tea

Following discussion, we will demonstrate how to build a compost tea brewer!

REGISTER HERE

Sep
29
Sat
Beef Processing and Labelling Workshop @ Mesquite Field Farm
Sep 29 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Beef Processing and Labelling Workshop @ Mesquite Field Farm | Nixon | Texas | United States

Join Mesquite Field Farm for a tour of a USDA beef processing facility and learn about beef labelling and requirements.

Skills Taught:

  • USDA Processing Facility Tour
  • Product label requirements and development
  • Developing a cut list
  • Beef cattle processing requirements
  • Developing relationships with your processor
  • Product labels and marketing
Oct
20
Sat
Mobile Chicken Tractor Building Workshop @ Mesquite Field Farm
Oct 20 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Mobile Chicken Tractor Building Workshop @ Mesquite Field Farm | Nixon | Texas | United States

Join Mesquite Field Farm for mobile chicken tractor building workshop

Participants will

  • Learn the Suscovich design of mobile chicken tractors
  • Learn how to build a mobile chicken tractor
  • Construct 4 Suscovich style mobile chicken tractors

 

Lunch is provided by Pioneer BBQ

RSVP by October 18, 2018

REGISTER HERE

Feb
2
Sat
Regenerative Pasture Management and Livestock Fodder Systems @ Mesquite Field Farm
Feb 2 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Regenerative Pasture Management and Livestock Fodder Systems @ Mesquite Field Farm

In order to improve our pastures and the quality of our livestock we need to understand alternative technologies that may reduce our spending thereby improving our bottom line.

Rotational grazing of livestock and poultry improve our soil while fodder systems offer an additional methodology to supplemental feed our livestock and poultry during times of decreased native forage or weather extremes.

In this day and age one method of retaining profits on the farm is to reduce expenses or cost avoidance. One of the large expenses on a farm is the cost of supplemental feed. Additionally, supplemental feeds such as cubes do not provide all of the nutrition we are looking to provide our animals. One method of reducing our supplemental feed costs is to produce fodder. Fodder in this case is sprouted grains. These grains when sprouted for 7 to 10 days are actually a grass and no longer a seed. This fodder produces a well rounded feed full of nutrients, micro-nutrients, and energy for our animals. This class will provide instruction on types of seed that can be sprouted, a small scale fodder system example, and a medium scale fodder system example. If you are a “do it yourself-er” and wish to grow your own feed then this class is for you.

Instructors:

  • Doug Havemann, Army Veteran, Co – Owner, Mesquite Field Farm

Skills Taught:

  • Basic construction
  • Basic fabrication
  • Farm tool safety
  • Build and install infrastructure
  • Material supply calculations
  • Infrastructure damage prevention
  • Farm safety
  • Farm infrastructure development planning
  • Crop planning
  • Supplemental Feed Nutrition

Click here to download the flyer – Regenerative Pasture Fodder HOL – MFF

REGISTER HERE

Mar
2
Sat
Cover Crop Planning and Planting @ Mesquite Field Farm
Mar 2 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

As we all move to improve our soil quality we have found that conventional no-till methods work however, we have the ability to improve this process by reducing chemical usage and introducing cover crops into our processes.

This class will provide a discussion of the benefits of cover crops, which crops to plant, when to plant them, and a planting demonstration.

Instructors:

  • Doug Havemann, Army Veteran, Co – Owner, Mesquite Field Farm
  • Melissa Havemann, Co-Owner, Mesquite Field Farm

Skills Taught:

  • Farm tool safety
  • Crop planning
  • Seed Supply calculations
  • Material supply calculations
  • Farm Tractor Usage
  • Farm implement usage (no-till drill)
  • Seed Characteristics
  • USDA planting zones and cover crop recommendations
  • Seed suppliers and recommendations
  • Crop Planting techniques

Cover Crop Planning and Planting Flyer

REGISTER HERE

May
4
Sat
Market Garden Planning @ Mesquite Field Farm
May 4 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

As we move toward the development of our market gardens to meet our customer needs it is important that we prepare our soil, prepare our planting spaces, plant the appropriate crops, plant companion crops to reduce insect stress and maximize our garden space for successive plantings and profit.

This class will provide a discussion of the benefits of cover crops, which crops to plant, when to plant them, and a planting demonstration.

Instructors:

  • Koen Stokes – Horticulturist, Veg’d Out Urban Farms
  • Doug Havemann, Army Veteran, Co-Owner, Mesquite Field Farm
  • Melissa Havemann, Co-Owner, Mesquite Field Farm

Skills Taught:

  • Farm tool safety
  • Crop planning
  • Seed supply calculations
  • Compost development
  • Soil amendment requirements
  • Farm implement usage (small scale planters)
  • Soil preparation
  • Planting bed preparation
  • Watering methods

Market Garden Planning Flyer

REGISTER HERE

Mar
8
Wed
AgriStress Helpline – A Resource for Farmers & Ranchers
Mar 8 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
AgriStress Helpline - A Resource for Farmers & Ranchers

Farming and ranching ranks among the most stressful occupations, with suicide rates nearly twice as high as the national average. The AgriStress Helpline is a new resource for farmers and ranchers in mental health crisis. Join us to learn more about the helpline and how it supports farmers and ranchers.

AgriStress Helpline Lunch & Learn Flyer

 

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