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May 2017

May 25th, 2017 - AgAware Small Farm Business Training

Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location:

Lowndes County Extension Office

2102 E. Hill Ave,

Valdosta, GA 31601

Registration:

Pre-registration required here: agaware-registration

Contact: Josh Dawson dawsonj01@fvsu.edu

Cost: FREE

 

June 2017

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017 - Journeyman Farmer Program - Small Ruminant Production

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 6-8pm and June 23rd for Hands-On Training with FAMACHA from 5:30-8pm. Please sign up by May 25 to guarantee your spot. 

The Small Ruminant Production training provides an in-depth instruction on sheep and goat farming, from selecting breeds to marketing your product. The training includes five evening sessions and Hands-On Training with FAMACHA. It is open to all beginning farmers. Those who pass Step 1 (AgAware or Small Farm Business Training) and Step 2 (Small Ruminant Production Training) will be eligible to apply for a paid internship or mentorship with a local farmer.

Location:

Lowndes County Extension Office
2102 East Hill Ave
Valdosta, GA 31601 

Registration:

Please register by contacting the Lowndes County Extension office at 229-333-5185. Registration covers course materials and light meal for each session. 

Cost: $100

Journeyman Farmer Program Contact Information:

Lindsay Davies
(706) 542-1401
lndavies@uga.edu

 

June 2 and 3, 2017 - Journeyman Small Farm Business Training

Friday and Saturday 8-1 p.m.

Topics include lessons learned from successful small farms, market feasibility, balance sheets, income statements, risk management, marketing and technology, as well as preparing a business plan.  Successful participants will have the foundation to prepare their own farm business plan. Once the farmer has successfully completed the training, they will be eligible to enroll in either the Small Fruit & Vegetable Production or the Small Ruminant Production training. 

Location:

Gwinnett County Government Annex Building

750 South Perry Street

Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Register Online!

UGA Online Registration

Contact:

Tim Daly tdaly@uga.edu

Cost: $50

 

June 2 and 16, 2017 - Journeyman Small Farm Business Training

Two Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Register by May 26 as space is limited.

Topics include lessons learned from successful small farms, market feasibility, balance sheets, income statements, risk management, marketing and technology, as well as preparing a business plan.  Successful participants will have the foundation to prepare their own farm business plan. Once the farmer has successfully completed the training, they will be eligible to enroll in either the Small Fruit & Vegetable Production or the Small Ruminant Production training. 

Location:

Walker County Ag Center

10052 N Highway 27

Rock Spring, GA 30739

Contact:

Katie Hammond

(706) 657-4116

khammond@uga.edu

Cost: $50

 

July 2017

July 14, 21, and 28 - Journeyman Small Ruminant Production Training

Fridays from 10 - 3 p.m

The Small Ruminant Production training provides an in-depth instruction on sheep and goat farming, from selecting breeds to marketing your product. The training includes five evening sessions and Hands-On Training with FAMACHA. It is open to all beginning farmers. Those who pass Step 1 (AgAware or Small Farm Business Training) and Step 2 (Small Ruminant Production Training) will be eligible to apply for a paid internship or mentorship with a local farmer.

Location:

Walker County Ag Center
10052 N Highway 27

Rock Spring, GA 30739

Registration:

Please register by contacting the Dade County Extension Office (706) 657 - 4116 or contact Katie Hammond (khammond@uga.edu).

Cost: $60

 

September 2017

September 19-20, 2017 - Georgia Grazing School
Tuesday and Wednesday 8:00 - 5:00 p.m.

An A-Z course on grazing management principles. Training will take place in both classroom and field settings. Multiple classroom lectures addressing plant and grazing management will be combined with a farm visit to a nearby grazing operation. Demonstrations of fencing and watering options will highlight valuable management practices for livestock producers.


Location:
UGA Livestock Instructional Arena
S. Milledge Avenue
Athens, GA 30606

October 2017

October 5-6, 2017 6th Georgia Farm to School Summit

Helms College in Augusta, GA

Thursday is in-depth workshops and Friday is full day of education sessions.

Presented by Georgia Farm to School Alliance, hosted by Georgia Organics.

The Farm to School movement connects schools and local farms in an effort to serve healthy meals in school cafeterias, improve student nutrition, and increase farm and gardening educational opportunities. This year’s Summit welcomes farmers, teachers, school nutrition staff, students, parents, and others interested in learning more about Georgia’s farm to school community.

Summit highlights to include:

  • Opening keynote from national farm to school leader Betti Wiggins of Detroit Public Schools

  • Closing keynote address from Burke County School Nutrition Director and President-elect of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Donna Martin

  • Three 3-hour in-depth workshops

  • Three 3-hour dynamic field trips showcasing Augusta area farm to school programs

  • Twenty-one education sessions covering a variety of topics for early care and K-12 educators, administrators, and school nutrition staff

  • Networking reception to help you connect with experts at the state, district, and school level that will inspire and help further your community’s work

To stay updated on registration and programming, sign up for the eBite farm to school e-newsletter.

If you have questions or need further information about the 2017 Georgia Farm to School Summit, please contact Georgia Organics Farm to School Coordinator Abbie King at abbie@georgiaorganics.org or 404-481-5015.

 

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