Farmers Market Workshop & Tour

We are inviting the public out for the day to enjoy a market tour and informational farmer’s market workshop.

This workshop will take a closer look at how local food systems and local goods producers work together to build a local and centralized market place.

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Friday from the Farm – Cooking Class

We invite the community out to the farm to gather, learn and break bread together. Participants will explore the vegetables seasonally available in late winter. We will focus on one or two main ingredients and discuss every detail from seed selection, signs of plant maturity, harvest, cleaning and storing techniques and a tips on how to prepare unique seasonal vegetables. Participants will then have an opportunity to share a farm fresh meal together-family pot luck style.

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Root Camp (Root Vegetable Propagation)

The month of February is a celebration of root vegetables in Texas.

This workshop will take a closer look at the life cycle of root vegetables from bed and soil preparation, planting, propagation and harvest. From planting asparagus crowns, treating onion sets, preparing and curing potatoes and selecting quick crop seeds, this class offers a comprehensive look at root vegetables.

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Planning for the Late Winter Garden

We invite you to join us for an in-depth look at the late winter garden and a workshop focused on planning ahead to spring. This class will take a close look at the different stages of transition during the month of February.

We will discuss ground and soil amendments and preparation, seed and seasonal plant selection and other tasks that need to be done during the winter months to prepare for the spring season.

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Transitioning the Winter Garden

We invite the community to join us for an afternoon of learning and growing together.

This workshop will take an extensive look at the tools and techniques required for transitioning and preparing the winter garden for spring.

Topics will include:

  • the basics of soil quality and soil rejuvenation
  • winter cover crops
  • seasonal crop and seed selection
  • winterizing the garden to extend the growing season
  • planning for springtime planting

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Cover Crop Planning and Planting

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

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Regenerative Pasture Management and Livestock Fodder Systems

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

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Friday from the Farm – Winter Greens Cooking Demo

We invite the community out to Millican Reserve to gather and learn about handling and preparing winter vegetables from the farm.

This month we are focusing on preparing mixed winter greens.  These nutrient rich vegetables are versatile and participants will explore the vegetables seasonally available in the late fall and early winter.

We will focus on one or two main ingredients and discuss, in-depth, the process of seed selection, planting practices, signs of plant maturity, harvest, cleaning and storing techniques and a tips on how to prepare unique seasonal vegetables. Participants will then have an opportunity to sample some prepared treats from the garden.

Skills Taught:

  • Identify and determine target group for marketing
  • Community Relations
  • Basic Botany
  • Crop rotation
  • Inter-cropping (companion planting)
  • Seed selection/planting schedule
  • Judging readiness for harvest
  • Forecasting maturity
  • Quality control
  • Food storage
  • Food handling and sanitation

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Organics 101

Understanding the basics of organics is understanding your soil.

In this workshop we will discuss and understand the basics of soil health, organic matter management , compost and plant based teas. How to scout for diseases and monitoring and finally beneficial insects that help protect your crops.

Skills Taught:

  • Organic matter management
  • Understanding basics of soil health
  • Compost &plant based teas
  • Disease scouting & monitoring
  • Beneficial Insects

F.A.R.M. Organics 101 Flyer

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Build Raised Beds and Using Alternative Irrigation

Wicking beds are a unique and increasingly popular way to grow vegetables. They are self-contained raised beds with built-in reservoirs that supply water from the bottom up – changing how, and how much, you water your beds.

Wicking beds can often be pricey however, we will demonstrate how to build a wicking bed out of re-purposed material. Be sure to bring gloves!

Skills Taught:

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

F.A.R.M. Wicking Beds Flyer

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