Dallas County Spring Farmer’s Market Meeting and Training
The Dallas County Farmer’s Market Meeting and Training is scheduled for Monday, March 5, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Central Alabama Farmer’s Co-op., Hwy 80, Selma, AL. This meeting will focus on items that need to be decided before opening the market in 2018.
The training session will cover “Selling at the Farmer’s Market and Pest Management Update on Vegetable Production” and will be presented by James Miles, Regional Extension Agent. Additionally, we will review the steps needed for you to be able to accept and receive reimbursement for the Nutrition Vouchers as well as other resources that can be used at the market.
Please feel free to contact Callie Nelson, County Extension Coordinator, at 429 Lauderdale Street, Selma, AL 36702 or 334-875-3200 with any questions.
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is offering a course for new and transitioning farmers titled “Farming 101”. Interested participants will receive valuable information on a variety of topics and other resources. The cost of the entire session is $80 or select session(s) of your choice for $10 each. Materials and refreshments are included. Classes are held every other Tuesday at the Central Alabama Farmer’s Co-op in Selma from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Listed below are the dates, topics, and speakers:
2/27- Livestock Management– small scale beef production, sheep & goats, poultry & rabbits- Ken Kelly & Joe Hess
3/13- Farm Management– land value & leasing, taxes, farm financial planning- Ken Kelly, Perry Woodruff, and John Wilburn
3/27- Fruit Productions– strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, grapes, citrus, persimmons, figs, pomegranates- James Miles
4/10- Beekeeping– Jack Rowe
4/24- Protected Production– greenhouse, high tunnels, hydroponics- Jeremy Pickens
5/15- Vegetable Production- James Miles
5/29- Certifications, Regulations, Resources, Restrictions– GAP/Produce Safety, pesticide licenses, grower permits, organics- James Miles
6/12- Value Added Products– baked goods/cottage food law, jams/jellies- Janice Hall
To register or for more information please contact the Dallas County Extension Office at 334-875-3200.
Extension Regional Agents and Dallas County Extension Coordinator worked with local producers that sell at Dallas County’s Farmers Market by providing the latest training in areas of pest/disease management, marketing strategies and safe handling practices.
For more information farmers markets, for both consumers and farmers, please visit the ACES Farmers Market website.
Extension Regional Agent conducting “On-farm Crop Tests and Demonstrations” assist producers with variety selection and other management practices; Train producers for private applicator permits and provide producers with information on crop production practices and technology and scout for pests, assist producers with crop problems, and conduct other row crop programs as requested.
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