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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

Nov
30
Fri
BGBG Farm Tour – Stiles Farm @ Stiles Farm Foundation
Nov 30 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
BGBG Farm Tour - Stiles Farm @ Stiles Farm Foundation | Thrall | Texas | United States

Join us for a farm tour of Stiles Farm in Thrall, Texas. The Stiles Farm Foundation is a 2,716 acre farm located in Thrall, Texas in eastern Williamson County. The farm is managed by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service as a living demonstration of research-based, profitable, and environmentally sustainable agricultural practices for the Texas Blackland Prairie.

Tyler Coufal, Williamson County Extension Agent, will be putting together some hands-on learning activities and a farm tour of the Stiles Farm.

You can vote for topics from the following when registering:

  • Parasite Management & Soils
  • Cattle Handling & Working
  • Sheep & Goat Handling & Working
  • Animal Health & Nutrition
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

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