July 15, 2013 – Lakeville, Indiana
Join several sustainable small-scale farmers for a six-part series of SARE-supported workshops focusing on beginner farmer topics and practices. Each workshop includes presentations and hands-on experience. This fourth workshop in the series takes place at Prairie Winds Farm. View permaculture practices including windbreak, wastewater wetland, prairie & wetland restoration, wind powered livestock watering and rotationally grazed pastures. Discuss heritage breed livestock and the benefits of genetic diversity on the farm. Talk to an NRCS representative about conservation programs in your area.
June 17-22, 2013 – Fayetteville, Arkansas
While the deadline for application has passed (May 10) it’s worth taking note of this opportunity.
“The National Center for Appropriate Technology is presenting Armed to Farm to provide veterans and their spouses an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises. Veterans will examine farming as a viable career and will learn about the capital, labor, and risks involved in farming, as well as the return on investment that is realistically possible. The course will be a dynamic blend of farm tours and hands-on experience with classroom instruction. Participants will learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, fruit and vegetable production, and more. The event will be free for participants, and lodging and meals will be provided. The number of participants will be limited. Applications are due May 10.”