Smokey Barn News
Tuesday August 12, 2014
Montgomery/Robertson County, Tenn. (Sponsored Ad)
Are you thinking about becoming a grower? SproUTing Growers is a 10-part workshop series to provide potential growers with the business planning and management, vegetable and small fruit planning and production and direct marketing skills that they need to properly plan and carryout a farming venture.
Workshops will be held from 6:30—8:30 pm at the Montgomery County Extension office in Clarksville, Tennessee. Registration is $100 per person for all 10 workshops or $15 per person/session for individual workshops. Registration Deadline is August 26th, 2014. Participants will receive resource materials for attending.
Production Planning: led by Karla Kean, Montgomery County Extension Agent.
This workshop will cover site selection, crop scheduling, seed selection, and farm design.
Marketing Strategies: led by Megan Bruch, Center for Profitable Agriculture
This workshop will introduce participants to direct marketing options (farm market, farmers market, coops, and CSA), help them develop a marketing plan (strategy, market analysis, and customer service) and pro-vide tips for marketing their farm image.
Business Planning : led by Jerri Lynn Sims, Humphrey County Extension Agent. This workshop will help participants think about the description of their business (products they will offer, location, legal structure, oper-ation procedures, personnel, accounting and legal, and insurance), as well as help them decipher financial data.
Transplant Production: led by Chris Robbins, Cheatham County Extension. This workshop will cover choosing your supplies, fertility, light requirements, and
Small Fruit Production: led by Karla Kean, Montgomery County Extension Agent. This work-shop will introduce participants to considerations for small fruit production, including site prepara-tion, variety selection, pruning, maintenance, and weed, disease and insect control.
Cool Season Vegetable Production: Ronnie Barron, Cheatham County Extension Agent. This workshop will cover cool season crop selection, planting dates, variety selection, plant spacing, production tips, and weed, disease and insect control.
Warm Season Vegetable Production: led byPaul Hart, Robertson County Extension Agent. This workshop will cover warm season crop selec-tion, planting dates, variety selection, plant spac-ing, production tips, and weed, disease and insect control.
Season Extension Techniques: led by Rusty Evans, Montgomery County Extension Agent. This work-shop will introduce participants to high and low tunnels, their design features, crop selection, planting dates, variety selection, production tips, and pest control.
Food Safety: led by Tamera Adjei, Montgomery County Extension Agent. This workshop will help participants assess the food safety risks on their farm, or help them mitigate risks, and create a farm food safety plan.
Harvest and Handling: led by Karla Kean, Montgomery County Extension Agent. This workshop will cover harvest-ing tips and post harvest handling (cooling, washing, storing and packaging) to maintain the highest quality product fresh from the farm.
For registration form, directions and more info:
Contact Your Local Extension Agent or: Karla Kean, Extension Agent Montgomery County. 1030 Cumberland Heights Road, STE-A Clarksville, TN 37040
Phone: 931-648-5725, Fax: 931-648-5734, E-mail: [email protected]