Post-Harvest Handling for Selected Crops & Food Safety Considerations Under FSMA (Watauga Cooperative Ext.)

 

Date/Time

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Location

Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center
252 Poplar Grove Rd
Boone, NC 28607

Description

Free Extension Successful Small Farm & Vegetable Market Gardening Course Series

Have you heard about expanding sales opportunities for local and/or organic growers? Local produce that distinguishes itself from the ‘big box” store offerings continues to be in increasing demand at area farmers markets. Do you have some land that has been idle for a few years, and now are looking to put it into potentially profitable production? Do you want to farm more sustainably? Have you considered growing and selling your produce as “natural,” “low-spray,” or “organic?” Answering yes to any of these questions may mean that the upcoming class on Small Farm & Vegetable Market Gardening taught by NC Cooperative Extension is right for you.

The class will be filled with information on proven techniques for successfully growing vegetable and field crops while building your soils’ health and reducing or even foregoing the use of synthetic inputs on your farm. Many of the techniques presented have come out of organic farm research and practices, but all are proven strategies that can work for all types of small farm and market garden production, whether you want to call your produce organic or not. This class is geared primarily toward growers who are already set-up to begin commercial-scale production, with an acre of tillable land or more and the desire to grow crops for sale to retail or small wholesale customers. Smaller-scale gardeners are also welcome, but all class participants should anticipate sections of the class covering how to access and sell profitably into local food markets, and equipment ranging from wheel hoes and 2-wheel tractors to larger machinery. Topics covered will include soils & fertility, disease identification & control, insect identification & control, weed management, post-harvest handling, food safety, and farm-scale regenerative design.

Contact

Name: Richard Boylan
Email:
  • Closest Town or City:
    • Boone
  • County:
    • Watauga
  • Event Category:
    • Workshops,
    • Local Food
  • Additional Info:
    • Family Friendly

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