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Nov
17
Sat
EQIP Livestock Watering Installation Workshop @ Mesquite Field Farm
Nov 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
EQIP Livestock Watering Installation Workshop @ Mesquite Field Farm | Nixon | Texas | United States

Participants will learn the requirements of the USDA Livestock watering grant, will learn how to operate a trencher, install PVC water lines, and witness the certification and sign off from the USDA upon completion of the class

Skills Taught:

  1. Basic construction
  2. Basic fabrication
  3. Farm tool safety
  4. Build and install infrastructure
  5. Material supply calculations
  6. Infrastructure damage prevention
  7. Farm safety
  8. Farm infrastructure development planning

Instructors:

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

REGISTER HERE

Dec
8
Sat
Rotational Grazing, Cover Cropping, Animal Husbandry Workshop @ Mesquite Field Farm
Dec 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Rotational Grazing, Cover Cropping, Animal Husbandry Workshop @ Mesquite Field Farm | Nixon | Texas | United States

Participants will learn how to perform paddock design and usage of electric fencing to maintain daily rotation of grass fed beef cattle. Also the introduction of cover crops into their paddocks for supplemental grazing and nutrient restoration to the soil. With the end result of improved animal quality and soil nutrient supply due to these improved systems. Additionally our veterinarian will provide animal husbandry information for beef ranchers.

Skills Taught:

  1. Basic construction
  2. Basic fabrication
  3. Farm tool safety
  4. Build and install infrastructure
  5. Material supply calculations
  6. Infrastructure damage prevention
  7. Farm safety
  8. Farm infrastructure development planning
  9. Crop Planning

Instructors:

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

Melissa Havemann, Co-Owner, Mesquite Field Farm, NRCS

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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

Jun
22
Sat
Marketing 101 & Website Design @ Mesquite Field Farm
Jun 22 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Marketing 101 & Website Design @ Mesquite Field Farm

Join Mesquite Field Farm’s Doug and Melissa Havemann for a farm and ranch Marketing 101 workshop.  With backgrounds in marketing and advertisement, Doug and Melissa have developed successful marketing plans for farm events, farm product sales, and for telling their farm story.

Topics covered will include

  • Product
  • Pricing
  • Place
  • Promotion
  • Web for business
  • E-Commerce
  • Social Media
  • Digital Marketing

Web Design 1-on-1 

There will be a Web Design 1-on-1 workshop on June 23, 2019 that focuses on building a website for your farm.  This web design 1-on-1 workshop is only available to Military Veterans enrolled in the Battleground to Breaking Ground Program. There are only 5 spaces open for this workshop. If you meet the criteria for the second day and you would like to purchase a ticket, please send an email to doug@mesquitefieldfarm.com requesting one of the 5 tickets available for the 23rd. After your status in the Battleground to Breaking Ground program is validated, you will be sent a second link to register and pay for the Web Design 101 time-slot.

Jul
19
Fri
Farm/Ranch Business Planing & Financial Funding Workshop @ Flatt Community Center
Jul 19 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Farm/Ranch Business Planing & Financial Funding Workshop @ Flatt Community Center

Join Growin’ On Faith Farm for a Farm/Ranch Business Planning & Financial Funding Workshop.  Learn the basics of business planning and financial funding and draft parts of a business plan!

Topics Covered:

  • What is included in a business plan
  • Using your plan to apply for funding
  • Values, Mission, Vision
  • Creating Operations, Marketing, and Financial Plans
  • Funding resources: grants, USDA, etc.
  • Selecting funding sources for your farm
  • Marketing basics
  • Financial planning basics
  • Record keeping basics
  • and much more!

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $35

Minimum # of participants: 20

Farm Ranch Business Planning Financial Funding Flyer

Register here by July 14, 2019

 

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

Dec
19
Thu
Webinar – How to Start a Farm Business @ Webinar
Dec 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Starting a farm isn’t a decision to take lightly. Join Texas AgrAbility & BattleGround to Breaking Ground to discuss some points to consider when starting a farm. We also invite you to join the conversation with owners of Mesquite Field Farm, Doug and Melissa Havemann to discuss what factors helped them to make the decision to start their farm.

When: Dec 19, 2019 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://agrilifeextension.zoom.us/meeting/register/ab2aa1919d7506037510d14dfea9e911

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

Oct
2
Sat
Hands On Workshop- Ranch Welding @ Crown D Ranch
Oct 2 @ 8:00 am – Oct 3 @ 4:00 pm
Hands On Workshop- Ranch Welding @ Crown D Ranch | Nixon | Texas | United States
This is a Hands On Learning class. You will be learning the basics of welding and cutting in the field.

About this event

Please wear appropriate attire for the weather predicted for that weekend. It is required that you wear close toed canvas or leather footwear (boots preferred). No shorts will be allowed. Your clothing should be made from durable materials, like wool, leather, or heavy tightly woven cotton. A fabric baseball cap should also be worn to protect the top of your head from sparks. We will provide welding hoods, welding gloves, welding blanket, and welding sleeves for your use while actively welding. If you have your own welding helmet, gloves, and /or jacket you may bring it with you.

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