Workshops: Chickens, Mushrooms, Goats, Risk, Beekeeping

Mushroom Production Course

WORKSHOPS: Angelic Organics Learning Center in Caledonia Illinois

We've got lots of exciting workshops coming up at Angelic Organics Learning Center and 2015 CRAFT members receive 40% off! Email farmertraining@learngrowconnect.org for the discount code to use upon registering! Head over to www.learngrowconnect.org/events to learn more and to register! Count Your Chickens - Saturday, March 14, 9am-12pm Curious about starting a small flock of chickens? In this workshop, we'll address all you need to know before you get your birds: feeding, health, breeds, coops, protection from predators, year-round care, eggs, raising chicks and more. Whether you're in an urban or a rural area, you'll leave with the information you need in order to decide whether to starting raising your own flock of backyard birds. Home-scale Mushroom Cultivation - Saturday, March 21, 1pm-5pm Learn to grow your own mushrooms at home, using simple equipment and materials. After an overview of mycology, we'll get hands-on experience with inoculating shiitake mushrooms in different growing mediums. You'll leave with the knowledge and skills you need to start growing mushrooms for your family, plus a mini-mushroom kit to take home. Get Your Goat - Saturday, April 18, 9am-12pm Thinking about starting your own small herd of goats? Come learn the basics of different breeds, housing, feed requirements, breeding, pregnancy and birth at this hands-on workshop. In this class, we'll learn how to trim hooves, what to look for when purchasing your first goat, and the basics of milking and processing milk. Farm Dreams: Assessing Risks & Resources to Start a Small Farm or Market Garden - Saturday, April 18, 2015 1:30-5:30pm Have you ever dreamed of starting your own sustainable farm? In this interactive workshop, we'll learn about sustainable farming in the region, take part in a series of self-assessments, and be better prepared to decide whether to pursue a farming business. We'll hear about regional training opportunities through the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT), university extension, small business development centers, and others. Includes a presentation of farming enterprises, a tour of Angelic Organics farm, and an opportunity to ask questions about the development of successful local farms. Taught by Janet Gamble of Turtle Creek Gardens. Advanced Beekeeping - Saturday, May 2, 2015 12pm-6pm Join Phillip Raines of Raines Honey Farm for an in-depth discussion of natural beekeeping practices. Class includes a classroom portion, and a field portion, where we'll take a look at both top bar and Langstroth hives, and an opportunity to ask questions. This class is perfect for beekeepers with a few hives and/or lots of questions

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