N.C. A&T State University Partners With Avery & Watauga Extension for AgriShop & Academy Series

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N.C. A&T State University Partners with Avery & Watauga Extension for AgriShop & Academy series, 2/27/19 – 2/28/19

Are you interested in the basics of how to organize a successful small farm market garden endeavor in the NC mountains, plus some advanced information on three crops (hemp for floral extracts or CBD, heirloom tomatoes, and baby ginger) that could fit into such a local market garden system? On February 27–28, 2019, Specialists from N.C. A&T State University will partner with N.C. Cooperative Extension in Watauga and Avery Counties and Trosly Farm to teach two days of Small Farm AgriShop/Academy workshops and classes covering these topics.

The first AgriShop program on Wednesday, February 27 at Trosly Farm (95 Peter Harding Ln, Elk Park, NC 28622) in Avery County will cover the basics of market gardening, high tunnel management, innovative small farm tools, and vegetable crop planning, along with a full afternoon program on hemp cropping possibilities for the region. On Thursday, 2/28 at the Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center (252 Poplar Grove Rd., Boone, NC 28607), the workshops will continue with programs on Heirloom Tomato Production and Ginger Production for our region. There is no cost for farmers to register for these workshops, and lunch is included for registered participants each day.

If you are interested in either or both days, register before 2/22/19 at:

https://ncat.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0UJnqH8OTxEXSUl

Click view a summary flyer: AgriShop Flyer (Northwest)

A draft of the full schedule for the two days’ agendas follows (subject to change):

2019 Small Farms AgriShop Series

Trosly Farm 95 Peter Harding Ln, Elk Park, NC 28622

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

8–8:30 a.m. REGISTRATION coffee and light refreshments

8:30–8:50 a.m. WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

Dr. S. Janine Parker, Agribusiness & Marketing Specialist, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University Dr. Sanjun Gu, Horticulture Specialist, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University

MARKET GARDENING MORNING WORKSHOPS

8:55–9:45 a.m. Small Farm Market Garden Management: Crop Planning, Markets, and High Tunnels (Paper Pot Transplanter Demo)

Mr. Bill Hoffman, Agriculture & Natural Resource Agent, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University and Mr. Amos Nidiffer, Farmer & Owner at Trosly Farm

9:50–10:40 a.m. Small Farm Market Garden Management: Irrigation, Soils, Ferility, and IPM

Mr. Richard Boylan, Agriculture & Natural Resource Agent, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University and Mr. Amos Nidiffer, Farmer & Owner at Trosly Farm

10:40–10:50 a.m. BREAK

10:50–11:40 a.m. Aggregation & Other Market Opportunities for Scaling Up

Mr. Adam McCurry, Agriculture & Natural Resource Agent, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University and Mr. Amos Nidiffer, Farmer & Owner at Trosly Farm

11:40–12:40 p.m. LUNCH

INDUSTRIAL HEMP AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

12:45–1:15 p.m. Industrial Hemp Basics & State Regulations

Mr. John Ivey, Research Specialist, Natural Resources and Environmental Design, N. C. A&T and Mr. Richard Boylan, Agriculture & Natural Resource Agent, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University

1:15–2 p.m. Field Observations in North Carolina Hemp Production

Mr. Josh Mays, Lead Agronomist at Criticality

2–2:45 p.m. Hemp Research Updates at NC A&T: Determining Optimal Growing Conditions for CBD Industrial Hemp in NC

Dr. Arnab Bhowmik, Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design at N.C. A&T State University and Mr. John Ivey, Research Specialist, Natural Resources and Environmental Design, N. C. A&T

2:45–3 p.m. BREAK

3–4 p.m. Hemp Research Updates at NC State: After Two Years of Growing Fiber, Grain and CBD Hemp in NC, Here’s What We Know!Dr. Angela Post, Small Grains Specialist, NC State Extension

4–4:45 p.m. Industrial Hemp Panel

4:45–5 p.m. EVALUATION & ADJOURNMENT

Dr. S. Janine Parker, Agribusiness & Marketing Specialist, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University 2019 Small Farms AgriShop Academy

Watauga Agricultural Conference Center 252 Poplar Grove Rd, Boone, NC 28607

Thursday, February 28, 2019

8:30–9 a.m. REGISTRATION coffee and light refreshments

9 a.m.–noon HEIRLOOM TOMATOES MORNING WORKSHOP

9–9:30 a.m. Tomato and Heirloom Tomato (cultivars)

Dr. Sanjun Gu, Horticulture Specialist, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University and Ms. Alyssa McKim, Community Gardens Coordinator, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University

9:30–10:30 a.m. Field Heirloom Tomato Production: Transplants, Plasticulture, Training and Pruning, Fertility and Pest Management, Grafting

Dr. Sanjun Gu, Horticulture Specialist, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University, Mr. Randy Fulk, Horticulture Associate, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University, and Mr. Richard Boylan, Agriculture & Natural Resource Agent, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University

10:30–10:45 a.m. BREAK

10:45–11:15 a.m. High Tunnel Heirloom Tomato Production

Dr. Sanjun Gu, Horticulture Specialist, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University and Mr. Randy Fulk, Horticulture Associate, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University

11:15–noon Heirloom Tomato Marketing and Enterprise Budget

Dr. S. Janine Parker, Agribusiness & Marketing Specialist, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University

noon–1 p.m. LUNCH Academy Information 1:00-4:00 p.m.

(BABY) GINGER AFTERNOON WORKSHOP

1–1:30 p.m. Introduction: Industry, Species Basics and Health Benefits

Ms. Alyssa McKim, Community Gardens Coordinator, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University and Dr. Sanjun Gu, Horticulture Specialist, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University

1:30–2:15 p.m. Production Basics: Transplant, Field /Pot Production Techniques, Disease, and Insect Pest Management Dr. Sanjun Gu, Horticulture Specialist, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University, Dr. Guochen Yang, Professor, Natural Resources and Environmental Design, N. C. A&T

2:15–2:45 p.m. Key Practices in High Tunnel Production Dr. Sanjun Gu, Horticulture Specialist, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University, Mr. Randy Fulk, Horticulture Associate, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University

2:45–3 p.m. BREAK

3–3:30 p.m. N.C. A&T State university Ginger Research Update: Micro-propagation, Shading, and Cultivar Evaluations

Dr. Guochen Yang, Professor, Natural Resources and Environmental Design, N. C. A&T State University and Dr. Sanjun Gu, Horticulture Specialist, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University

3:30–4:15 p.m. Ginger Markets & Marketing: Marketing Varieties, Value Added, Marketing Prices

Dr. S. Janine Parker, Agribusiness & Marketing Specialist, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University

4:15–4:30 p.m. EVALUATION & ADJOURNMENT

Dr. S. Janine Parker, Agribusiness & Marketing Specialist, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University