New Issue of ‘Ag Opportunities’ from Missouri Alternatives Center

The June 2010 issue of Ag Opportunities is now available online at http://agebb.missouri.edu/mac/agopp/index.htm.

Growing Growers offers monthly workshops from March through November on basic market farming skills. Most workshops include some classroom training and a farm tour. Training is conducted by farmers and by extension specialists in order to provide both theory and practice. Locations of workshops are rotated around the metro area and farther afield in the Kansas City food shed, in order to offer opportunities to visit a number of the areas market farms. Workshops are scheduled to avoid conflicts with farmers’ market schedules. Most of the workshops are held on Monday afternoons, and a few are day-long.

Workshops are open to the general public for a fee (usually $15 or $30). Proceeds help to pay program costs, including apprentice costs and speaker fees. Scholarships are available in case of financial need.

Contact Laura Christensen at 816-805-0362 or growers@ksu.edu if you have questions about workshops or would like to register to attend.

Workshops will be posted soon on the website and include:

  • Pest, Disease and Weed Management
  • Equipment for Vegetable and Fruit Growers
  • Post Harvest Handling for Quality and Safety
  • Introduction to Livestock
  • Sustainable Fruit Production
  • Marketing Using Taste and Nutritional Information
  • First Steps in Small Farm Business Planning

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