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2018 Farmer Education Workshop: Pasture Walk

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

When: Wednesday, July 25 from 5-6:30 pm

Where: SAHC Community Farm

Have you ever wondered how to make your pastures more robust and healthy? Join us for a walk through the SAHC Community Farm pastures with Ethan Henderson, Noah Henson, and Meghan Baker of Buncombe County Cooperative Extension.

We will identify invasive species and discuss control methods, desirable and undesirable forages, soil testing, and overall pasture health. This will be a question-and-answer walk-about, so bring your questions! If you own and or manage land this will be a worthwhile and informative workshop.

This  workshop is open to the public; everyone is welcome!

Cost: Free

Questions? Contact Chris Link at Chris@appalachian.org 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.

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

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 Holistic Planning Process, producing a chart and map for the year’s planned grazing. We will include: how to prepare for variable weather, land challenges, and how to be flexible when a plan is changed or not working.

Space is limited. To register, or for more info, please contact Chris Link at chris@appalachian.org or call 828.490.2565.

Meadows Family Farm

KennethandDanniStrader“We are a family farm dedicated in all that we do to honoring our ancestors,” say the Straders. “Through honest industry and diligent labor, they have made it possible for us to provide for ourselves and our community by simply continuing a way of life that we love.”

“We find great joy in rediscovering the irrefutable agricultural truths that our predecessors learned and knew over 100 years ago. Now, with a granddaughter chasing chickens, we continue to work every day, drawing from the old to grow something new, always with the intention to enhance and preserve our farm for generations to come.” Read more

Garrett Cove – 101 Acres Protected

garrettcove_vancegarrettWe purchased 101 acres in Garrett Cove, filling a gap in the network of more than 10,000 acres SAHC has protected in the vicinity of Sandy Mush. Settled by the Garrett family over 150 years ago, the cove is part of the cultural legacy of rugged and self-reliant individuals who homesteaded in the Newfound Mountains of the Southern Appalachians.

Located near the Buncombe/Haywood County border, this tract has been a conservation priority in Sandy Mush for several years. It adjoins three other SAHC-protected properties, and our purchasing and owning it adds to the network of protected conservation land in this historic farming community. Read more

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