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June 2017

Farm Workshop: Protecting Your Biggest Asset on the Farm: Your Body

June 25, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
SAHC Community Farm, 180 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC 28701 United States
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$20

Jamie and Sara Jane Davis started A Way of Life Farm in January 2009 in Bostic, NC where they grow 2 acres of organic vegetables and raise organically fed non-GMO pork. Due to an injury earlier in his life Jamie found that attention to body movement and a daily practice of yoga on the farm was the way to sustain his work. Learn more at http://www.awayoflifefarm.com/A_Way_of_Life_Farm/Home.html During this workshop you will learn the most beneficial & efficient ways to move…

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July 2017

Farm Workshop: “Skills for Every Farmer’s Toolbelt” — CRAFT

July 9, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
SAHC Community Farm, 180 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC 28701 United States
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The first part of our tour will be focused around the resources the SAHC Incubator Farm has to offer to new farmers and an overview of the current farming operations on the land. The rest of the day will be set in a workshop style: we will discuss how to be self-reliant in regards to the “basic skills” needed to keep a farm running. Stations will be set up focusing on the basics of: Plumbing techniques Electrical wiring techniques Carpentry…

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Farm Workshop: Irrigation Design at the Small Farm Scale

July 27, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
SAHC Community Farm, 180 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC 28701 United States
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$20

  At some point in time all farmers will have to face drought conditions, so planning ahead for your irrigation setup is critical. Chris McWhorter of W.P. Law (irrigation specialists) will discuss well output, static & dynamic pressure, calculations for sizing your system, drip vs. spray, watering rates, layout, component selection, irrigation scheduling, operation and maintenance. Suzanna Denison of WNC Farm Link will discuss land assessment for infrastructure and associated costs to consider when looking to lease or buy. There…

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August 2017

Farm Workshop: Tractor 101 for Women

August 27, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
SAHC Community Farm, 180 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC 28701 United States
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$20

This workshop will be a safe environment for women to learn how to maintain and safely use tractors on their farms. This workshop is specifically for women and will be led by local farmer Danielle Hutchison of Beacon Village Farm.  Small and large tractors are among the most important assets on any farm. This hands-on workshop provides a foundation in basic maintenance and safe, efficient operation. Learn how to service the filters and regularly grease your tractor, loader and implements.…

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October 2017

Farm Workshop: Whole Farm Planning with Base Mapping, Site Analysis, and Schematic Design

October 19, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
SAHC Community Farm, 180 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC 28701 United States
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$50

This workshop will be an introduction of how to approach planning and layout of land for small-scale farming production. This year our case study property is a local non-profit not currently in production — we'll explore various options for production planning there. Our second annual "Whole Farm Planning" workshop will be particularly appropriate for participants who already own or lease land, as well as those who plan to do so in the future. Our focus will be on growers and…

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November 2017

Farmer Education Workshop: Extending the Season – High Tunnels 101

November 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
SAHC Community Farm, 180 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC 28701 United States
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$20

Are you interested in learning more about growing crops during the colder months? Join Christina Newhouse from Southwestern NC Resource Conservation & Development Council as she discusses season extension. In this informative workshop, you will learn how to extend your growing and marketing seasons while making more money.  We will start in the classroom, discussing cover crop protection, varietal selection, and construction of the various types of hoop houses.  Then we will tour SAHC’s Farmer Incubator Program season extension infrastructure…

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March 2018

2018 Farm Workshop: Accessing Farmland in WNC

March 25 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
SAHC Community Farm, 180 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC 28701 United States
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Free

Accessing Farmland — Pros offer insights on creative paths to find & afford farmland  When: Sunday, March 25 from 2 to 5 pm Where: The Education Center at SAHC's Community Farm — 180 Mag Sluder Road, Alexander NC 28701 Join SAHC Community Farm & Food Associate Chris Link, local Realtor® Pat Snyder, USDA Farm Service Agent Philip Moore, and WNC Farmlink Director Susanna Denison for a discussion about creative paths to find & afford farmland in WNC. Learn through insights offered…

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April 2018

2018 Farm Workshop: Two-wheel Tractor

April 12 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
SAHC Community Farm, 180 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC 28701 United States
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Demonstration and Maintenance of the two-wheel, "walk-behind" BCS tractor, including hands-on experience for participants When: Thursday, April 12 from 2 to 5 pm Where: SAHC’s Community Farm — 180 Mag Sluder Road, Alexander NC 28701 Get an introduction to the two-wheel tractor! This is an economical tool used worldwide by backyard gardeners, homesteaders, property managers and market gardeners/farmers. We will demonstrate multiple attachments from the basic tiller and power harrow to the trailer and mower. You will learn about their uses and…

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May 2018

2018 Farm Workshop: Mobile Walk-in Cooler

May 3 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
SAHC Community Farm, 180 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC 28701 United States
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$20

When: Thursday, May 3 from 2 to 5 pm Where: SAHC’s Community Farm — 180 Mag Sluder Road, Alexander NC 28701 Do you need temporary cold storage to bring your fresh produce or farm products to market? Learn how to build a mobile walk-in cooler using the CoolBot, a tool that overrides an air conditioner’s temperature sensors, allowing you to convert a household air conditioner into a cooling unit. We will cover design considerations, materials, and costs for converting an enclosed trailer into…

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June 2018

2018 Farmer Education Workshop: Good Agricultural Practices

June 14 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
SAHC Community Farm (Incubator Program), 24 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC 28701 United States
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Free

Farm Workshop: Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSNA) mock audit with NC Cooperative Extension When: Thursday, June 14 from 2-5 pm Where: SAHC's Community Farm at 24 Mag Sluder Road, Alexander, NC 28701 This workshop will provide fruit and vegetable growers with tools to reduce food safety risks and meet market requirements. Join us for an on-farm learning opportunity to identify potential food safety concerns and explore strategies to minimize potential contamination.  NC Cooperative Extension agents Elena…

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