Friday, October 14, 2011

Getting Started in Organic Farming Workshop

A workshop on “Getting Started in Organic Farming” will be held Nov 29-30th in Hillsboro, MO.  The workshop will start at 10:00 am with registration and end at Noon the next day.  The workshop will be held at Hillsboro Community Building (at Fairgrounds - 10345 Business Highway 21).
Have you considered farming organically but want to know how to manage fertility, control weeds and insects, comply with regulations? Come to this workshop to learn:
  • How to manager insects, weeds and diseases in organic production
  • Basics of managing soil fertility organically
  • The latest on organic regulations, including g how to keep good records
  • Where to find certifiers
  • What federal and state resources are available for organic growers
  • Plus you’ll get to tour a successful organic farm!

Featured presenter for this workshop is George Kuepper from the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Poteau, OK.

George has over 30 years of experience with sustainable and organic agriculture. He has worked mostly in the non-profit sector as a researcher, educator, producer, and consultant, including an earlier stint with the Kerr Center in the late 1980s. Before rejoining Kerr Center, he worked for NCAT (the National Center for Appropriate Technology) on the ATTRA Project and served as NCAT's Midwest Office Director in Lewis, Iowa. There he focused on organic agriculture, specializing on compliance, certification, and transition issues. George is currently responsible for developing Kerr Center's intern program, for reviving organic horticultural demonstrations on the ranch, and for reviewing and updating Kerr Center's technical publications and information packets.

Workshop Registration:
Contact the Jefferson County Extension Office at 363-797-5391. Cost of the workshop is $25 for those who preregister by Nov 18th and includes educational materials and food. Registration limited to 30 participants. Walk-ins accepted but cost $30 with no food guaranteed. Click here for the registration form.


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