Farmer Education Workshop: Tractor 101 for Women

explaining tractor engineOur first tractor operation and maintenance workshop geared specifically for women was a hit! Led by local farmer Danielle Hutchison of Beacon Village Farm, the workshop provided a safe environment for women to learn how to maintain and use tractors on their farms. Attendees ranged from college students to retirees in their 60/70s — including apprentices, landowners, and growers who sell at local markets.

tractor and group view

For 3 1/2 hours, the group actively engaged in discussing safety and tractor maintenance, with lots of hands-on interaction. Danielle created an open learning environment to encourage participants to ask questions. Read more

Farmer Education Workshop: Irrigation for Small Farms

In July we hosted an informative workshop on irrigation for small farms at our Community Farm to educate farmers and others about optimizing water use. This workshop — led by Community Farm and Food Associate Chris Link, WNC FarmLink Director Suzanna Dennison, and Chris McWhorter of the W.P. Law Agriculture Division — covered important questions to ask when considering irrigation, irrigation system components, and the mathematics required to calculate accurate measurements for an irrigation system. Read more

Protecting Your Body on the Farm

On Sunday, June 25, we hosted an educational farm workshop titled “Protecting Your Biggest Asset on the Farm: Your Body” led by Jamie Davis from A Way of Life Farm. This is the second year we have hosted this informative workshop to teach farmers (and others) best practices for protecting crucial parts of our bodies from injuries related to tedious physical work. Jamie, a native of Polk County, NC, shared his background with injuries, along with tips for caring for one’s body. Read more


2020 Farmer Education Workshop Series: Walk-Behind Tractor 101

Demo & Hands-on Workshop

Friday, February 21 from 2 – 4 pm

This workshop will introduce you to the two-wheel tractor. This is an economical tool used worldwide by market gardeners
& farmers, backyard gardeners, homesteaders and property managers.  Come out and see a BCS 853 tractor in action and get hands-on experience.

We will demonstrate multiple attachments including the basic tiller, rotary plow, flail mower & power harrow. You will learn about tractor selection, implement types, maintenance/repair — and then have the chance to run the machine yourself!

This  workshop is open to the public; everyone is welcome! Cost: $20

Location: SAHC Community Farm –  Education Building, 180 Mag Sluder Rd, Alexander, NC 28701

Registration/Questions: Contact Chris Link at or 828.490.2565. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Rain or shine.

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SAHC’s Farmer Education Workshop Series is funded in part by a grant from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program under award number 2016-70017-25341  for Farm Pathways:  Integrating Farmer Training with Land Access. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.