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Mar
8
Fri
Managing Your Piece of Texas @ Flat Community Center
Mar 8 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Soil Test? Forage Test? Resource Inventory? Conservation Plan? Do you know what these words and concepts mean and how they benefit you and your operation?

In order to manage our farms & ranches, it is important to first understand what we have to manage. Join us with  USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and experience the process of developing a conservation plan.

This class will will teach you about:

  • How to work with USDA NRCS & how that can benefit you
  • Understanding what natural resources your farm or ranch has to offer
  • Choosing the best livestock for your operation & why it matters
  • Managing your natural resources
  • Making a resource inventory & a land plan
  • Identifying & managing your  resources like water access, pastures, forage species and so much more
  • Accessing funding to address resource concerns

Download the workshop flyer here

REGISTER HERE

Apr
22
Mon
Texas Cottage Food & Farmers Market Workshop @ Millican Reserve
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:15 pm

A one-day workshop on the Texas Cottage Food Law, State Farmers’ Market Regulations, Selling Yard Eggs, GAPs for Gardens/Small Producers, Food Preservation Basics, and Food Safety training.

The workshop will be held on Monday, April 22, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  The Food Handlers class will be conducted from 2:15 p.m. until 4:15 p.m.  The cost is $12.00 and includes lunch.  There is an extra $20.00 fee for the Food Handlers class.

To attend the class, please register through the Brazos County Extension office by April 15, 2019.

2019 Cottage Food and Farmer’s Market workshop flyer

Jun
1
Sat
Sheep 101 Workshop – Red Oak
Jun 1 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

In partnership with Growing on Faith Farm, we will demonstrating and discussing proper care and maintenance of your sheep including:

  • Applying ID tags
  • Medication/Vaccination
  • Castration
  • Record Keeping
  • Handling/Moving
  • Hoof care
  • Nutrition
  • Behavioral knowledge & selection
  • Breed knowledge & selection
  • Options for predator control

Whether you are just starting or have been in the game for a while, this class is open to everyone!

What to bring- Gloves, hat, sunscreen, water, boots.

Register here

Jun
15
Sat
High Tunnel Workshop
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come out and learn the ins and outs of how to build a high tunnel and best practices to maximize your high tunnel outputs. Chat with an NRCS agent to learn how financial assistance payments, as part of a Farm Bill conservation contract in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for a high tunnel can benefit you and your community.

Be sure to bring reusable water bottles, gloves, hat, closed toe shoes.

Snacks for breakfast with full lunch provided.

 

Register here

Jul
20
Sat
High Tunnel Workshop @ ARTillery Avenue Farm
Jul 20 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
High Tunnel Workshop @ ARTillery Avenue Farm

Come join us at ARTillery Avenue Farm as we help Farmer Rachel assemble her high tunnel. Not only will you get hands-on experience, you will learn about participating in the NRCS EQIP high tunnel program, selecting the site for your high tunnel, considerations in purchasing a high tunnel, and what grows well in the tunnel.

Lunch is included, but feel free to bring any other snacks you might need. Please bring a water bottle and wear weather-appropriate clothing.

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about the GROW North Texas Farm Allies program that provides technical assistance to farmers. 

ARTillery Avenue Farm is owned and operated by Rachel Mims, a military veteran who understands the need for nature and art therapy for her fellow veterans. She has combined both of these in ARTillery Avenue Farm. 

GROW North Texas is a nonprofit organization based in Dallas that works to connect North Texans to food, farms, and community to create a sustainable, secure regional food system that enriches the land, encourages economic opportunity through food and agriculture, and provides equitable access to healthy, nutritious food for all residents. 

Register here

Jul
27
Sat
Preserving the Harvest Canning Class @ Mesquite Field Farm
Jul 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

When all of your perfect produce has been sold, what do you do with the rest? Or do you just have an abundance of produce from your garden this year?

How about creating Value Added Products and generate more revenue!!

In Texas, the Cottage Food Bill allows individuals to create canned goods for sale up to a certain amount without the use of a commercial kitchen. This could be a new revenue stream for you!!

Topics Covered:

  • Cottage Food Law Requirements
  • Food Safety
  • Canning Safety
  • Strawberry Jam Making
  • Pickling Making

Cost is $30: this includes a handy reference handout, lunch AND students will get to take home jars of jam and pickles they create during the class!!

Register HERE by July 25th

Apr
16
Thu
Cottage Food Law Webinar @ Webinar
Apr 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for a free webinar with Texas A&M Food Safety Education Program Associate Julie Prouse.  Texas Cottage Food Law allows the sale of foods that are prepared in residential homes as long as gross sales do not exceed $50,000 annually. The webinar will cover the basics of cottage food law, rules and regulations, and which items are covered under the law.

When: Apr 16, 2020 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://agrilifeextension.zoom.us/meeting/register/uJYlc-yqrDgp1RpgAo_abcY25RdP2CrDOw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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