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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, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Chester, SC, More Information and Registration >>
  • *Planning for Profitbility, 1/30/2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Chester, SC, More Information and Registration >>
  • *Table for Two - Selling to Restaurants, 2/20/2018, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Rock Hill, SC, More Information and Registration >>
  • *High Tunnel 101, March 2018
  • *Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation, 3/24/2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, Clover, SC, Registration coming soon!
  • *Pasture Management, April 2018
  • *Social Media and Branding, May 2018
  • *Organic Farming, May 2018

Lowcountry Region

  • *Wholesale Success, 11/6/2017, 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM, Coastal Research & Education Center, 2700 Savannah Highway, Walterboro, SC, 29488.
    The goal of the workshop is to build capacity of farmers to meet the burgeoning demand for locally/regionally grown fruits and vegetables.
    Go here to register: https://secure.touchnet.net/C20569_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=2944&SINGLESTORE=true
  • *Pre-Plant Growers Meeting, 1/31/2018, Coastal Research & Education Center, 2700 Savannah Highway, Walterboro, SC, 29488.Updates and information for the coming growing season.  Cost: $20.00  To register contact Alta Mae Marvin at amarvin@clemson.edu or 843-549-2595, Ext 126 by 1/31/2018.  For more information contact: Zack Snipes at zbsnipe@clemson.edu.

  • *Diversifying the Farm, 4/10/2018, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Brant Family Farm
    Diversifying the farm; fruits, vegetables, livestock. Cost: $20.00  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.

Midlands Region

  • *Pasture Management Workshop, 1/9/2018, More information and registration >>
  • *Natural Enemies, Pollinators, and Pesticides: Beneficial Insects and IPM, 2/15/2018, Beneficial insects are an important part of on-farm integrated pest management. During this workshop, Dr. Schmidt-Jeffris will discuss the importance, identification, biology, and conservation of beneficial insects, including the natural enemies of pest insects. Ms. Bonilla will share information about USDA-NRCS programs to assist with pollinator habitat enhancement. Join us to learn how to protect and encourage beneficial insects on your farm! Free!
    Contact Diane Curlee at 803-534-2409, ext. 8918, or dcurlee@orangeburgcounty.org to register. Deadline to register: 2/8/2018

  • *Introduction to Forestry: Diversifying Agricultural Land
    3/9/2018, 12:00 Noon - 5:00 PM
    Aiken Agricultural Services Center, 1555 Richland Avenue East, Aiken, SC 29801
    Cost: General public: $10.00, SCNBFP: $5.00
    Join local, state, and federal forestry and natural resource experts for an afternoon of exploring forestry basics, best management practices, and financial assistance opportunities.
    RSVP to Lauren Burroughs at 803-262-4470 or aikensoilandwater@gmail.com by 3/5/2018.

  • *Conservation Partnership at Cooper Family Farms
    3/15/2018, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Cooper Family Farms, 209 Stokes Rd., Bishopville, SC 29010
    Cost: Free
    Farmers and natural resource professionals are invited to meet the Cooper Family of Kershaw County and learn how they've partnered with USDA-NRCS and other organizations to add high tunnel vegetable production to their farm enterprise, improve soil health through cover cropping and reduced tillage, conserve water through efficient irrigtaion practices, and create habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects. Enjoy a BBQ lunch, tour the farm and network with farmers and natural resource professionals!
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    Click here to register or contact Charlie Fisher at fisherc@rcgov.us or 803-576-2080 by 3/12/2018.

  • *Backyard Poultry Workshop
    3/26/2018, 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Chapin Town Hall, 157 NW Columbia Avenue, Chapin, SC
    Cost: Free for SCNBFP Participants, $50.00 General Public
    The Livestock and Forages Team will conduct a one-day training for new and experienced poultry owners. This workshop will cover topics tat are great for getting started or expanding. Topics will include getting started and budgeting, selecting quality birds, permanent housing, mobile housing, predator control, feeding and nutrition, and biosecurity basics.  Contact Contact Will Culler at 803-359-8515 x 0 or wculler@clemson.edu to register by 3/16/2018.

  • *SC Farmer Resource Rodeo, 4/5/2018
  • *SC Farmland Access Summit, TBD
  • *Basics of Forest Management, TBD
  • *Using Aquaculture to Address Local Food Deserts, TBD

Pee Dee Region

  • *GAPs 101: The Basics of Good Agricultural Practices
    2/20/2018
    , 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Pee Dee Research and Education Center, 2200 Pocket Road, Florence, SC 29506
    Cost: $20 CFSA Members / $25 Non-Members, SCNBFP: $10.00
    More Information and Registration >>

  • *Fifty Years of Growing Vegetables
    3/1/2018, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Pee Dee Research and Education Center, 2200 Pocket Road, Florence, SC 29506
    Cost: Free
    Join us for this workshop where Tony Melton, County Agent-Horticulture, will be sharing real-world, practical knowledge that he has gained from working in the vegetable industry for over fifty years.  Recertification credits will be given and lunch will be served.Registration Contact: Jennifer Boyles, jbyls@clemson.edu or 843-616-0786.

  • *Pee Dee Resource Roundup
  • *Best Production Practices
  • *Building a New Farm from the Ground Up

Upstate Region

  • *Developing an Online Prescence for Your Farm Business
    3/13/2018, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Clemson University
    Learn how to create and utilize various online platforms to help promote and grow your farm business. This workshop will be catered to the needs of the participants. A survey will be sent to participants to determine needs. Participation is limited to 20 people.
    Cost: Free for SCNBFP Participants, $15.00 General Public
    Email Kelly Flynn - kgilker@clemson.edu by 3/6/2018 to register.

  • *All About Farming at the CU Organic Farm
    3/24/2018, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Clemson University Student Organic Farm, 190 Field Station Drive, Clemson, SC 29634
    Cost: Free for SCNBFP Participants
    Come learn all there is to know about the Clemson University Student Organic Farm. Beginning with a two hour farm tour with farm manager David Robb followed by a lunch.
    Email Kelly Flynn - kgilker@clemson.edu by 3/23/2018 to register.

  • *Taking Soil Samples & Interpreting Results
    12/7/2018, 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    Ag Service Lab - Clemson University, 171 West Cherry Road, Clemson, SC 29634
    We have recruited Clemson Soils lab manager, Shannon Alford, and Area Extension Specialist, Kerrie Roach, to provide detailed information on how to take a soil sample, interpret the results and make decisions on soil amendments based on those results during the class on Thursday. This class is exclusively for New and Beginning Farmer program participants. There will be snacks and hot cider available!
    This is a special class for SCNBFR program participants and we hope you get all the information you need. If you have had a soil test done already please feel free to bring it along with your questions! We will have other examples of soil tests for you to review as well during the training.
    Contact Kelly Flynn at kgilker@clemson.edu or call 864.609.5674 to register.  Registration deadline is 12/7/2017, walk-ups are welcome.
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