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Jun
2
Sat
Improve Soil Using Compost Tea @ Mesquite Field Farm
Jun 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

Jun
30
Sat
Battleground to Breaking Ground Ag Workshop @ William R. Sinkin Eco Centro
Jun 30 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Battleground to Breaking Ground Ag Workshop @ William R. Sinkin Eco Centro | San Antonio | Texas | United States

Join us for a FREE Agriculture Business Workshop on June 30 in San Antonio sponsored by Farm Credit of Texas & the Alamo Soil & Water Conservation District.

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

The workshop is currently full, and a waiting list has been started.

To add your name to the waiting list, email makenzie.mclaurin@ag.tamu.edu with your name, email, phone number, and which event you would like to attend (farm tour, workshop, both).

Aug
11
Sat
F.A.R.M. Hacks – Market Gardening 1 @ F.A.R.M.
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
F.A.R.M. Hacks - Market Gardening 1 @ F.A.R.M. | Dallas | Texas | United States

This session you will learn how to know your markets and grow what they demand. Conduct market research, Building relationships with customers both wholesale and retail; promoting your farm and marketing plans

We will also be learning about implements for no till gardening. Participants will learn how to use a paper pot transplanter and seeder.

  • Sell farm products & services
  • Distribute farm products (e.g. deliver, ship)
  • Obtain customer feedback
  • Keep good records (e.g. customer comments, competition, price changes, sales, promotional activities)
  • Conduct market research (e.g. research industry, competition, markets/customers, production potential, marketing strategies)
  • Prepare marketing plan (e.g. pricing, marketing strategies, logo, product line, target customers, sales potential, promotion, product placement, labor needs, consumer trends, name, organic/”green” label options, potential for value-adding)
  • Research legal requirements (e.g. zoning, organizational structure, product handling, liability, tax abatement options, development rights)
  • Prepare annual/seasonal marketing plan (e.g. marketing strategies, sales outlets [on-farm, farmers’ markets, retail, wholesale], pricing, value adding).
  • Monitor market conditions (e.g. price, supply, competition, consumer trends)
  • Develop promotional materials
  • Promote farm products & services (e.g. advertise, participate in “buy local” or “green label” campaigns)
  • Obtain necessary supplies (e.g. scales, receipt books, cash box, packaging, labels)
  • Contact buyers (e.g. retail and/or wholesale)
  • Inventory tools, equipment & supplies
  • Acquire necessary tools, equipment & supplies (e.g. purchase, borrow, rent)
  • Monitor condition of tools & equipment
  • Maintain tools & equipment

REGISTER HERE BY AUGUST 7

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