Upcoming Events



Farming 101 offered in Barbour County

 

Farming 101 begins in January


Farming 101 is for anyone interesting in farming basics. There will be Extension Specialist and agents at each meeting discussing topics like soil samples, vegetable and fruit production, pest management, and farm management. The cost is $50 which helps with the cost of snacks and materials. Deadline to register is January 5. The meetings will be held at the Barbour County Extension Office starting at 6 p.m. Those interested can call our office 334-687-5688.

Speakers and Topics include:

January 9 Basic Soils – Management and Improvement: Brandon Dillard, Regional Extension Agent, Agronomic Crops
January 11 Small Scale Vegetable Production: Dr. Wheeler Foshee, Dwight and Ruth Bond Endowed Professor, Auburn University
 January 16 Overview of Major Vegetable Insect Pests and Management Options for Market Gardens and Small Farms: Dr. Ayanava, IPM Extension S

pecialist, Auburn University
 January 18 Small Fruit Production- Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries and Grapes: Neil Kelly, Regional Extension Agent, Commercial Horticulture
January 23 Protected Production-Getting Started with Your High Tunnel: Dr. Joe Kemble, Extension Specialist Professor, Auburn University
January 25 Farm Management and Financial Planning: Jessica Kelton, Regional Extension Agent, Farm and Agribusiness Management

Farmers Market Marketing Workshop

Mother and daughter buying vegetables in farm produce market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would you like to learn how to set up an eye catching and food safe display at the farmers market? How about information on using social media and how it can help promote your farm? The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will hold marketing classes across Alabama during the month of October. These classes are designed for farmers that grow and sell their own produce. With the season winding down it will be a workshop for the 2018 growing season but we encourage you to come and participate as you get ready for next year. 

There will be several speakers and a wide variety of topics which include: how to set up a market display, food safety for selling produce, marketing ideas, social media for promoting your farm, and the Farmers Market Authority of Alabama will give information on farmers markets in your area. For all participants who sign up through their local office, they will receive a promotional item that they can use to advertise at their local markets. Additionally, for any participants who would like to sign up to accept SNAP vouchers for 2018, if they bring a copy of their social security card and a form of ID they can start the application process. With the increased popularity of farmers markets, local items and healthy food, it’s important to be able to reach your customers and this workshop will give practical tips on selling your products. Contact Allie Corcoran at Barbour County Extension Office to sign up. All workshops will be from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with lunch included. The schedule is as follows: Barbour County – October 3rd, Macon County – October 11th, Montgomery County – October 13th, Dallas County – October 24th, Wilcox County – October 26th, Hale County – November 2nd. Visit www.aces.edu to learn more about Alabama Cooperative Extension System or other educational workshops.