Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Field Day

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Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production

FIELD DAY REMINDER: FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013

Major topics will include: Crop Scouting and Integrated Pest, Weed, and Disease Management; and Farm Certification Assistance.  Insects, weeds, diseases, and other pests can severely damage and destroy crops, reduce crop yields, and negatively impact crop quality.  Top experts will show farmers and gardeners how to prevent, identify, monitor and control insects, weeds, diseases, and other pests.  

We will also provide farm certification information and assistance.  We are focusing on three certification programs: Certified Naturally Grown, National Organic Program, and USDA (GAP/GHP).  We will share background information, websites, and a list of experts and their contact information.  Experts and certifiers are helping to compile sample/model documents, such as farm plans, farm policies, worksheets, forms, etc., that will be given to everyone that has signed up to get their farm certified.  Hopefully, coordinated farm inspections will start no later than July.  If you are interested in getting your farm certified, or know someone who is, contact us immediately.

DIRECTIONS TO DEMONSTRATION FARM

The demonstration farm is located in Holmes County, Mississippi – off Hwy 51 between Goodman and Durant.  Visitors may exit I-55 at exit 146/Hwy 14 and travel 3 miles east to Goodman and Holmes Community College.  From Goodman, travel north 3 miles on Hwy 51 to Coleman Road on the left.  Visitors may also exit I-55 at exit 150/State Park Road and travel east through the park toward Hwy 51.  From the park, travel 1 mile south on Hwy 51 to Coleman Road on the right.  The farm is 1 mile southwest of Hwy 51 at 1184 Coleman Road.  (Coleman Road is a gravel road with no street sign)

RSVP: Keith Benson, 601-988-4999, keithmdp@yahoo.com

Pre-registration is required for these field days so that we can plan for training materials and lunch

ANNUAL TRAINING SCHEDULE – 2013

“Field Days: On-Farm/Hands-On Learning Opportunities”

 

DATE                              TIME                    TRAINING TOPICS                        

Friday, May 17th

 10:00AM – 4:30PM    Crop Scouting and Integrated Pest, Weed, and

Disease Management,  Farm Certification and Next Steps

Friday, June 21st                                 10:00AM – 4:30PM    Sales, Marketing, and Networking

Friday, July 19th                                   10:00AM – 4:30PM    Farm and Food Safety

Post Harvest Handling and Traceability

Friday, August 16th                           10:00AM – 4:30PM    Risk Management and Insurance

Friday, September 20th          10:00AM – 4:30PM    Growing Fall Crops

Friday, October 18th               10:00AM – 4:30PM    Planning: How to Plan a Profit and Produce It

Recordkeeping, Farm Labor, Equipment, and Inputs

Friday, November 15th           10:00AM – 4:30PM    Preparation for Spring Planting

Crop Nutrient Management, Pest and Weed Control, Crop Rotation, Fall Cover Crops, and Soil Testing

Friday, December 13th           10:00AM – 4:30PM    Crop Selection/Seed Acquisition for Spring Planting

Equipment Maintenance, Selection, and Acquisition

 

LOCATION: Woodrow and Odessa Coleman Demonstration Farm; 1184 Coleman Road; Goodman, MS

RSVP: Keith Benson, 601-988-4999, keithmdp@yahoo.com

Pre-registration is required for these field days so that we can plan for training materials and lunch

SPONSORS AND PARTNERS: Funds for this project were provided through the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, USDA Specialty Crop Grant Program

AlcornStateUniversity Extension; MississippiStateUniversity Extension Service; TougalooCollege, LEADS Program; and Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production

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About veggiedr

Christine is an Associate Research and Extension Professor of Urban Horticulture at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, MS. She works as the resident scientist at the Beaumont Horticultural Unit in Perry County, MS. Her research interests include urban agriculture, backyard farming, container gardening, high tunnel production, local foods, horticultural therapy, green roofs, and small farm issues. Christine is passionate about feeding people and growing farmers.

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