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March 2017

Farm Workshop: Fencing, Planning & Management for Multi-Species Rotational Grazing

March 16 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
SAHC Community Farm, 180 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC 28701 United States
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$20

Do you graze, plan to graze or lease out land? There are several challenges in grazing any animal. In this short course we will cover the physical realities of grazing cattle, goats/sheep and pigs. Rock Gremillion, WNC pastured pork producer, and Lauren Reker, goat specialist of KDES, will share their knowledge on what type of fencing to use, methods of watering, power sources, shelter and other challenges. On the management side of grazing, Sam Bingham will guide us through the…

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April 2017

Farm Workshop: Seed Selection, Planning & Market Gardening

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
SAHC Community Farm, 180 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC 28701 United States
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$20

Learn about the different types of seeds, when to plant and planting techniques. You will also learn how to design and the layout for a Market Garden with online resources. Learn how to pick varieties based on appearance, flavor profiles, maturity dates, and the type of preferred planting. In the last half of the workshop, you will see how to use online resources for crop planning and land layout to maximize your growing area. This 2017 Farmer Education Workshop is…

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May 2017

Farm Workshop: Two-wheel “Walk Behind” Tractor Demo & Maintenance

May 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
SAHC Community Farm, 180 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC 28701 United States
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$20

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. Come out and see the SAHC Community Farm BCS 853 and a 749 from Open Season/BCS out of Salisbury, NC. We will show multiple attachments from the basic tiller and power harrow to the trailer and mower. You will learn about their uses and how they could help you efficiently manage your farm operation or property. Space…

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June 2017

Farm Workshop: Pasture Walk for Invasive Plant ID, Control and Removal

June 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
SAHC Community Farm, 180 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC 28701 United States
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Free

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy in partnership with Buncombe County Extension presents “Pasture walk: Invasive plant ID, control & removal”. During this workshop we will take a walk through the SAHC Community Farm pastures. We will identify invasive species and discuss control methods, desirable and undesirable forages, soil testing and overall pasture health. This will be a Q & A walk-about so everyone is welcome to bring their questions! If you own and or manage land this will be a…

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

June 25 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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