Beginning Farmer Events, Fall 2012

Events for beginning farmers this fall (2012). 1) Cover Crops in Virginia; 2) Grow Your Farm Course in Missouri; 3) Composting and Urban Farming Courses in New York City; 4) Food System Conference in Seattle: Click Read More for details on each...

1) Virginia  –  The Local Food Hub is putting on a workshop on Thursday, September 27th focused on cover crops and permanent bed systems. This class will be led by Dr. Ron Morse, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech and pioneer in the field of organic no-till vegetable production.  With the goal of achieving maximum farm profitability, Ron integrates cover crops, specialized small farm equipment, biological inoculants, and tillage systems. In the workshop, he will be discussing his move towards a permanent bed system, where you practice zone tillage of your “grow zone” while leaving your “traffic zone” (isles or pathways) in cover crop. More details on the website here: Thursday, September 27, 2012; Time: 4pm – 7pm; Location: Maple Hill Farm, Scottsville, VA; Cost: $25; RSVP: | (434) 286-2176.

2) Missouri – Grow Your Farm Course to be offered in Kansas City Area. This fall and winter the University of Missouri Extension will again be hosting a Grow Your Farm workshop series. This course series builds upon participants’ knowledge and skills in business planning and marketing for new and existing farm businesses-urban and rural. The workshop series workshop series focuses on the business side of agriculture and value-added agribusinesses. Workshops start October 6th and end November 22nd, and meet approximately once each week. Learn more about class sessions at For more information or to register: call 816-407-3490 or email Register by October 29, 2012.

3) New York City – Sign up for fall classes at the KCC Urban Farm! Registration is now open through Continuing Ed. Register online or call 718‐368‐5050. KCC Urban Farm, in partnership with Active Citizen Project/Project EATS, is a high-production, year-round site. The Farm provides students with urban farming expertise and knowledge about building a more sustainable food system. A) Composting in NYC: Mondays, September 24 – November 26, 3-5pm, at KCC Urban Farm ($125, including registration fee); B) Urban Farming: Fall – Tuesdays, October 9 – November 27, 5-8 PM, at KCC Urban Farm ($165.00, including registration fee) This course covers all of the basics of urban gardening from soil to seed to table. Deepen your understanding of growing edible crops, starting plants from seed, pest management, and more on our own KCC Urban Farm. Learn basic skills such as soil conditioning, crop planning, composting, planting, and harvesting to get on your way to producing your own fresh herbs, greens, fruits, and vegetables. This course also covers finding land to garden in NYC, winterizing the garden, and cooking demos.

4) Seattle – Co-op businesses, communities, and food systems conference. If you haven’t made your hotel reservations at the Red Lion on Fifth Avenue in Seattle, please click here:  Red Lion Hotel Reservations. And the last day for the conference’s Early Registration rate is Sept. 10. Register today at “Cultivating NW Co-ops 2012”. The conference agenda is online (See Conference Program). Learn how cooperatives are impacting our food future. Join an evening reception featuring conversations and local foods.

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