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Nov
3
Sat
Irrigation for Vegetable Production @ F.A.R.M.
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Irrigation for Vegetable Production @ F.A.R.M. | Dallas | Texas | United States

This workshop will teach individuals how to build wicking beds for vegetable production.  Wicking beds are a permaculture technique as an alternative to growing vegetables in the ground.  We will be building a wicking bed.

Skills Taught:

  • Understanding irrigation systems
  • Planning irrigation systems
  • Raised Beds
  • Soil Moisture testing
  • Determining moisture needs

Instructor:

Steve Smith, Army veteran, co-founder of F.A.R.M.

RSVP by November 1, 2018

REGISTER HERE

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
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

REGISTER HERE

Dec
11
Tue
Managing Production Income for Success
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Managing Production Income for Success @ Dallas | Texas | United States

 

 FARM LEARNING LAB: 

MANAGING PRODUCTION INCOME FOR SUCCESS

December 11th
9:00am – 1:00pm

Owenwood Farm & Neighbor Space
1451 John West Rd, Dallas, 75228

Does your farm income keep you up at night? Are you worried about those one or two crops making or breaking your year? We can’t control the weather, and we can’t predict farm income interruptions. But, we can plan for them.
Come to this free workshop and sleep better at night!

Join us for an interactive look at tools to assess potential income vulnerability throughout the year. You will have an opportunity to use tools to see where your farm’s income comes from throughout the year and look at strategies for managing any vulnerabilities, whether through diversification, crop insurance, or a combination. You will also gain knowledge on Whole Farm Revenue Protection crop insurance and have the chance to work with knowledgeable folks on whether this is a good option for your farm.

Just getting started in farming? You are welcome as well! This workshop will give you an opportunity to think through your farm plan as you are planning or getting it up and going.

Who should attend:

  • Any farmer or rancher who wants to improve the financial viability of their farming operation
  • Beginning farmers who are already growing or who have an idea of what they will grow. If you haven’t decided what you will be producing, this workshop maybe frustrating you to.
  • Experienced farmers who want to better understand their farm and look at additional risk management options
  • Any farmer with more than one product raised on the farm

Presenters include:

Scott Marlow, Rural Advancement Foundation International -USA – Scott is Senior Policy Specialist at RAFI-USA. Previously RAFI-USA’s Executive Director, Scott also directed the Farm Sustainability program, providing in-depth financial counseling to farmers in crisis, education on disaster assistance programs and access to credit, and addressing the needs of mid-scale farmers increasing the sustainability of their farms by transitioning to higher-value specialty markets. With over 20 years working with farmers, Scott’s specialty is financial infrastructure, including access to credit and risk management. He has served and continues to serve on various boards and committees in North Carolina and nationally, including the steering committee of the National Task Force to Renew Agriculture in the Middle. He has a Masters Degree in Crop Science from NC State University and a BA in Political Science from Duke University.

Susie Marshall, GROW North Texas – As founder and executive director of GROW North Texas, Susie has 15 years of experience in working with farmers and food access. She also directs the Food Safety Outreach project for the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, training small farmers in the Food Safety Modernization Act and serves on the Southern Risk Management Education Center Advisory Committee. Susie has a Masters Degree in Health & Physical Education from Texas A&M – Commerce and a BS from Texas Wesleyan University.

This training made possible by a grant from the USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach.

REGISTER HERE

Dec
15
Sat
Building Cold Storage for Vegetable Farms @ F.A.R.M.
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Building Cold Storage for Vegetable Farms @ F.A.R.M. | Dallas | Texas | United States

What is one thing there is never enough of? COLD STORAGE!

Join us as we demonstrate how to build cold storage in a shipping container. You will be able to utilize skills taught to build cold storage anywhere you have space!

Skills Taught:

  • Determining Equipment Needs
  • Sourcing Eqipment/Supplies
  • Cooling
  • Cleaning
  • Drying
  • Dry and Cold Storage

Instructor:

Steve Smith, Army veteran, co-founder of F.A.R.M.

 

RSVP by December 13, 2018

REGISTER HERE

Mar
26
Tue
Market Analysis & Alternative Markets Webinar
Mar 26 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Join us for this FREE webinar intended to educate agriculture producers on available marketing opportunities and additional markets that may be available to them.

Topics:

  • Conducting a Market Analysis
  • Exploring Alternative Markets
  • Movement of Product to Market

Conducted by BattleGround To Breaking Ground Cohort 4 Team 2.

Click here to view the event flyer

Register Here

Aug
12
Thu
Agriculture Business Workshop @ Bell County AgriLife Extension Center
Aug 12 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Agriculture Business Workshop @ Bell County AgriLife Extension Center

Join us for an introductory agriculture business workshop in Belton, Texas.  This workshop is a one-day workshop designed for military veterans, beginning farmers and ranchers, individuals with disabilities, and anyone interested in starting an agriculture business.

Workshop sessions will include:

  • Ideas for starting rural & agriculture businesses
  • Agriculture business planning
  • Funding sources and opportunities
    • USDA
    • Texas Department of Agriculture
    • Farm Credit
    • Farmer Veteran Coalition
  • Veteran programs and resources
  • Possibilities for farming & ranching with a disability
  • Veteran farmer/rancher panel

Cost of Workshop: $25 which includes breakfast and lunch plus drinks.

Workshop Flyer – Belton 8.12.21

Registration is currently closed due to capacity restrictions.

Sep
18
Sat
Fall Cover Cropping Workshop @ Farmer Education & Training Farm
Sep 18 @ 8:30 am – Sep 19 @ 5:00 pm
Fall Cover Cropping Workshop @ Farmer Education & Training Farm

Join us for a Fall Cover Cropping 101 workshop in Gatesville (Coryell County), Texas. This workshop is a two-day workshop designed to provide information about fall cover crops and is open to all producers.

Workshop sessions will include:

  • Soil Testing
  • Basics of Cover Crops
  • Grasses, Legumes, Brassicas, and Broadleafs
  • Seed Selection
  • Tractor and Implement Safety

Hands On Skills will include:

  • Soil Testing
  • Seed Selection Exercise
  • No Till Drill Seeding
  • Broadcast Seeding

Workshop cost is $50 which includes breakfast, lunch, and drinks for both days.

Please make sure to wear something comfortable (with long pants and closed toe shoes) as we will be outdoors on a working farm. Recommended to bring bug spray, sunscreen, hat, gloves, and sunglasses (eye protection).

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.

Oct
23
Sat
Beef Cattle 101 Fall 2021 Workshop @ Vitera Ranch
Oct 23 @ 9:00 am – Oct 24 @ 4:00 pm
Beef Cattle 101 Fall 2021 Workshop @ Vitera Ranch

About the Event

As land and feed prices rise, it is more important than ever for beef cattle producers to strive to raise beef in a sustainable way. Come to the ranch to learn about beef cattle nutrition, herd health management, vaccinations, low-stress cattle handling & more from experienced grass-fed beef cattle producers. You will take part in handling cattle, vaccinations, record keeping, & more.

We will be on a working ranch so boots and long pants are required. Long sleeve shirt, hats, sunscreen, bug spray, & folding/camping type chairs are suggested. Growin on Faith Farm will provide workshop materials, light breakfast with coffee, snacks, lunch sandwiches both days, water, & Gatorade. Bring other drinks if you like.

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