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Regional Workshops


Core programming will be complemented by regional workshops to be held throughout five (5) regions of the state: Upstate, Catawba, Midlands, PeeDee, and Lowcountry.  These workshops will offer critical opportunities for local peer and resource networking, as well as provide additional instruction on production topics tailored for each region and managed by regional partners.  Regional programs run from November, 2017 through May, 2018, and there are no additional workshop fees for participants to attend these regional workshops.

*Workshops marked with an * fufill the regional programming requirment for SC New and Beginning Farmer Program Participatns.

2017 - 2018 SCNBFP Regional Workshop Schedule

Catawba Region | Lowcountry Region | Midlands Region | Pee Dee Region | Upstate Region

Catawba Region

  • *Growing for the Seasons, 11/15/2017

  • *Table for Two - Selling to Restaurants, 2/20/2018

  • *Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation, 3/24/2018

  • *Pasture Management, April 21, 2018, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, *CANCELLED

  • *High Tunnel 101, May 2018

  • *Social Media and Branding, May 3 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, USC-Union, Click here to register >>

  • *Organic Farming, May 2018

Lowcountry Region

  • *Wholesale Success, 11/6/2017

  • *Pre-Plant Growers Meeting, 1/31/2018

  • *Diversifying the Farm, 4/10/2018, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Brant Family Farm

    Cost: $20.00

    Diversifying the farm; fruits, vegetables, livestock. 

    To register contact Alta Mae Marvin at amarvin@clemson.edu or 843-549-2595, Ext 126. For more information contact: Zack Snipes at zbsnipe@clemson.edu.
    Workshop limited to 15 participants.

  • *New Growers Workshop
    Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    Coastal Research & Education Center, 2700 Savannah Highway, Walterboro, SC, 29488.

    Cost: Free, Please bring your own lunch

    Morning Session: Introduction to growers tools such as small scale equipment for beginning farmers, seeders, weed control options, ergonomics tools, tractors, irrigation basics, sprayers, and hand tools; includes demonstration and input from farmers using the tools. Afternoon Session: We will host a meeting with staff from AgSouth, Farm Bureau, Growfood Carolina, USDA, and other local resources for farmers.  

    To register contact Alta Mae Marvin at amarvin@clemson.edu or 843-549-2595, Ext 126.  For more information contact: Zack Snipes at zbsnipe@clemson.edu.

  • *If Your Pasture & Hay Fields Could Talk and Developing Wildlife Plots
    Monday, April 30, 2018, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Colleton County Extension Office, 611 Black Street, Room 222, Walterboro, SC, 29488.

    Cost: $20.00

    Pasture & Hay Management, Enterprise Budgets for selling Hay and Developing Wildlife Plots.

    To register contact Alta Mae Marvin at amarvin@clemson.edu or 843-549-2595, Ext 126 by April 27, 2018.

Midlands Region

  • *Pasture Management Workshop, 1/9/2018

  • *Natural Enemies, Pollinators, and Pesticides:  Beneficial Insects and Integrated Pest Management, 2/15/2018

  • *Introduction to Forestry: Diversifying Agricultural Land, 3/9/2018

  • *Conservation Partnership Field Day, 3/15/2018

  • *Backyard Poultry Workshop, 3/26/2018

  • *SC Farmer Resource Rodeo, 4/5/2018, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

  • *Aquaponics Workshop
    Saturday, May 12, 2018, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Aiken Agricultural Services Center, 1555 Richland Avenue East, Aiken, SC 29801

    Cost:
    $20.00, SCNBFP
    $25.00, General Public Single
    $45.00, General Public Couple

    Dr. Lance Beecher, Aquaculture and Fisheries Specialist for Clemson Extension, will educate participants about how aquaponics systems can be used to produce food for both small family farms and those interested in commercial systems. Come learn about the principles of aquaponics; the fish and plants used in these ecosystems; how to maintain water quality; and how to construct and operate a basic system. There will also be a presentation on how aquaculture practices can address food deserts in our local communities. Participants will help build one system that will be given away in a raffle at the end of the workshop.

    Register by 5/10/2018 by contacting Lauren Burroughs at 803-262-4470 or aikensoilandwater@gmail.com.

Pee Dee Region

  • *GAP Workshop, 2/20/2018

  • *Organic Workshop
    Friday, April 6, 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Pee Dee Research and Education Center, 2200 Pocket Road, Florence, SC 29506

    Cost: Free

    Learn what it means to be certified USDA organic, An overview of certified organic operations in South Carolina, Clemson University’s Organic Certification Program including the process, application requirements, and fees, General compliance requirements for certified organic operations, and Common challenges for certified operations.  Instructor: Stephen Nix, Clemson University Organic Program Coordinator. 

    Special Presentation: “SC consumers’ perception of organic agriculture products.” This study, funded by SC NRCS, investigated the demand for organic products in SC. We conducted an online survey in different counties of SC to gauge residents’ perception of and their willingness to pay for different categories of local organic agricultural products in SC. Results of this study will be presented in this workshop.

    Registration Contact: Jennifer Boyles, jbyls@clemson.edu or 843-616-0786.

Upstate Region

  • *Understanding Your Soil Test, 12/7/2017

  • *Developing an Online Presance for Your Farm Business, 3/13/2018

  • *All About Farming at the CU Organic Farm, 3/24/2018
  • *Managing Farm Labor: How to Structure Labor on the Small Farm
    Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    Heritage Hall, Greenville Technical College – Northwest Campus, 8109 White Horse Road, Greenville, SC 29607

    Cost: $20.00 SCNBFP Participants, $40.00 General Public

    Farming on a small farm requires labor, not just from the farmer but from others as well. This 4-hour workshop will showcase how to structure labor on a small farm through the eyes of established regional farmers. This is a great workshop to attend if you have been farming and are looking to take your farm to the next level by bringing on additional labor support. Legal and financial considerations will be highlighted and discussed to better understand which labor structure best fits your farming model.
    Participants will:
    - Learn about different ways to structure labor on your farm including apprenticeship, paid hourly workers, temporary workers, volunteers.
    - Discover best practices for managing people on the ground.
    - Learn how to incorporate education on the farm.
    - Understand legal considerations you need to know about your labor structure.
    - Clarify the financial process for paying workers or apprentices.
    - Be aware of equity issues with on-farm labor.
    - Hear from experienced farmers running successful farms in South Carolina.

    Register here https://organicgrowersschool.org/farmers/managing-farm-labor/registration/ by April 4.  Contact Sera, Farmer Programs Associate at (828) 214-7833 or farmer-programs@organicgrowersschool.org for more information.

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