Download Adobe Reader

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, 2016 through May, 2017, and there are no additional workshop fees for participants to attend these regional workshops.

2016 - 2017 SCNBFP Regional Workshop Schedule

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

Catawba Region

Lowcountry Region

  • April 10, 2017: Growers Toolbox & Local Resource Training for Growers
    8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

    Clemson's Coastal Research & Education Center
    2700 Savannah Highway
    Charleston, SC, 29414

    About: Introduction to Ergonomic Tools such as precision/broadcast seeders, sprayers, irrigation, and hand tools.  Workshop includes demonstration and input from farmers using the tools.  After lunch we  will host a meeting with staff from AgSouth, Farm Bureau, Growfood Carolina, and other local resources for farmers.

    Cost for SCNFP Participants: $15.00.  General Public: $20.00. 

    Register by contacting Alta Mae Marvin, amarvin@clemson.edu or 843-549-2595, Ext 126.

    Registration deadline is April 5, 2017.  Additional contact: Zach Snipes, zbsnipe@clemson.edu or 843-722-5940.

  • April 24, 2017: Farm Safety
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Clemson Extension Office, Colleton County
    611 Black Street, Room 222 (Google 609 Black Street)
    Walterboro, SC 29488

    About: The Farm Safety Tips will include farm tractor safety; hazards of farm dust; safe chainsaw operation; avoiding slips, trips and falls on the farm; emergency response on the farm. Each participant will receive a USB with program information.  Workshop is limited to 25 participants.

    Cost for SCNBFP Participants: $15.00.  Cost for General Public: $20.00

    Register by contacting Alta Mae Marvin, amarvin@clemson.edu or 843-549-2595, Ext 126.
    Registration deadline is April 21, 2017.
  • April 27, 2017: Business Plan Presentations for SCNBF, Lowcountry Region
    9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

    USDA Vegetable Lab
    Conference Room
    2700 Savannah Highway
    Charleston, SC, 29414

    Cost for SCNBFP Participants: $15.00.

    Register by contacting Alta Mae Marvin, amarvin@clemson.edu or 843-549-2595, Ext 126.
    Registration deadline is April 5, 2017.

Midlands Region

  • December 6, 2016: Saving Seed
    Piedmont Technical College
    1922 Wilson Road, Newberry, SC

    About: Have you ever wondered how to get the most out of your garden by saving seeds from your yield? Mike dipner, owner of Chappell's Nursery, will share information about properly preserving your seeds for future use.  Topics will include the types of vegetables and plants to use, how to obtain and clean the seeds, and proper storage techniques.  Door prizes and a chili bar will be provided. 

    RSVP to Danielle Rowe, 803.597.3160 or newberrysoilandwater@gmail.com
    Cost is $10 for non-SCNBFP participants.
    Deadline to register is 12/6/2016.

  • February 7, 2017: Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Workshop

    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Aiken USDA Service Center
    1555 Richland Avenue E
    Aiken, SC 29801

    About: This workshop will provide education on Good Agricultural Practices, Good Manufacturing Practices, traceability, GAP auditing criteria, and resources to assist producers in creating on-farm food safety plans to prepare them to expand markets and ensure safe products are being produced.

    Contact Marianna Spence at 919-542-2402 or marianna@carolinafarmstewards.org to register.
    Deadline to register 2/1/2017.

  • February 17, 2017: Backyard Poultry Workshop
    9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

    Lexington Clemson Extension Office
    605 West Main St., Suite 109
    Lexington, SC

    About: The program will cover several important aspects of poultry production beneficial for new and experienced poultry owners alike, including getting started, feeding and nutrition, housing (mobile vs. permanent), selecting quality birds, biosecurity basics, and predator control.

    Cost for SCNBFP Participants: $12.00, Cost for general public: $70.00

    Call (803) 359-8515 x 0 or aliviag@clemson.edu to reserve your seat; send a check made payable to Clemson University to the Lexington County Extension Office, 605 West Main St., Suite 109, Lexington, SC 29072, Deadline to register is 2/17/2017. For more information contact Will Culler at wculler@clemson.edu or (803) 359-8515 x 0.

  • March 3, 2017: Pasture Management Workshop
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Aiken Agricultural Services Center
    1555 Richland Ave. E.
    Aiken, SC 29801

    About: Registration includes lunch, a forage crop pocket guide, a copy of Southern Forages: Modern Concepts for Forage Crop Management ($40 value), 7 hours of instructions/demonstrations, and one CCH for pesticide applicators.  Topics will include soil health, forage quality, forage variety and species, methods for pasture weed control, grazing management, technical and financial assistance options, and a rainfall simulator demonstration.  Speakers will include Dr. John Andrae, Travis Mitchell, Chris Workman, Brooke Myres, Jill Epley, Gordon Mikell, and Josh Martin. 

    Cost for SCNBFP Participants: $20.00, Cost for General Public: $30.00

    Contact Lauren Burroughs at 803-262-4470 or aikensoilandwater@gmail.com to register.  Registration is limited to the first 30 paid participants.

  • March 15, 2017: High Tunnel Production
    9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

    Sandhill REC Lakehouse (am) + Cabin Branch Organic Farm (pm)
    900 Clemson Road, Columbia, SC 29229

    About: Topics will include High Tunnel Construction Details, Management Practices, Variety Selection, Planting Dates, and insights from organic grower Celia Barss. An afternoon field session will be held at Cabin Branch Organic Farm.  Speakers:  Celia Barss, Dr. Brian Ward (Clemson), Gena Moore (Carolina Farm Stewardship Association), and Kellee Melton (USDA-NRCS). 

    Cost to attend: $12.00, Contact Charlie Fisher at fisherc@rcgov.us or (803) 576-2080, or register online at www.ColumbiaHighTunnelWorkshop.eventbrite.com.

    Deadline to register: March 8, 2017.

  • April 6, 2017: SC Farmer Resource Rodeo
    9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

    Phillips Market Center
    3501 Charleston Highway
    West Columbia, SC 29172

    About: Attendees will learn about the resources and programs available to provide technical, financial, and educational assistance to SC farmers. More than two dozen agencies and organizations will participate in this roundup of expertise. Attendees will have an opportunity to chat with representatives and learn about program details and availability.

    Cost: General admission ($20) includes lunch and program materials. SCNBFP Participant: Free

    Register and pay online here: www.SCResourceRodeo.eventbrite.com

    Deadline to register: 4/3/2017

    For more information contact: Charlie Fisher at fisherc@rcgov.us or 803-576-2080.

  • April 19, 2017: Midlands Region Business Pitch Workshop
    4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

    Lexington Clemson Extension Office
    605 West Main St., Suite 109, Lexington, SC

    About: This workshop will help SCNBFP participants perfect and practice their business plan pitches.  Topics will include pointers from the experts, typical pitch setup, making ideas stick, insights on the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Each participant will have an opportunity to make a practice business pitch and receive constructive feedback.

    RSVP to (803) 359-8515 x 0 or e-mail aliviag@clemson.edu,

    For more information contact Will Culler at wculler@clemson.edu or (803) 359-8515 x 0.  Download flyer >>

Pee Dee Region

  • February 16, 2017: Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Workshop
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Pee Dee Research and Education Center
    2200 Pocket Road, Florence, SC 29506

    About: Growers are recognizing the need to expand their business to include more market venues and value added products to remain profitable. Education and outreach efforts are critical to ensure that growers are fully equipped with knowledge of how to operate a farm under good agricultural and management practices. Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is conducting Good Agricultural Practices workshops for fruit and vegetable producers throughout South Carolina. These workshops will provide education on Good Agricultural Practices, Good Manufacturing Practices, traceability, GAP auditing criteria, and resources to assist producers in creating on-farm food safety plans to prepare them to expand markets and ensure safe products are being produced.

    Participants will be eligible to apply for direct one-on-one assistance in developing a food safety plan, conducting a risk assessment and scheduling a GAP audit. To apply for GAP assistance, visit http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/gap. ​

    Cost: $15.00 for General Public and SCNBFP Participants

    Contact Marianna Spence at 919-542-2402 or marianna@carolinafarmstewards.org or visit www.carolinafarmstewards.org/events to register. Deadline to register 2/13/2017.

  • April 25, 2017: Organic Farm Practices Workshop - Onsite
    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Le Farm
    1452 E. Bobo Newsom Highway, Hartsville, SC 29550

    About: Onsite production practices workshop held on a working certified south carolina organic farm

    Cost: $10.00 for General Public and Free for SCNBFP Participants

    Contact Jennifer Boyles at 843-616-0786 or jbyls@clemson.edu to register. 

Upstate Region

  • November 29, 2016: Laura Lengick Seminar; Resilient Agriculture
    8:00 PM
    No registration required, Clemson University, Strom Thurmond Institute - Self Auditorium, Evening seminar with Laura Lengnick, author of Resilient Agriculture who will speak on farming and cultivating food systems in a changing climate.

    Contact: Kelly Ann Flynn, kgilker@clemson.edu

  • December 8, 2016: Taking Soil Samples and Interpreting Results
    6:30 PM
    Clemson University, Agricultural Service Laboratory, 171 Old Cherry Road, Clemson, SC

    About: Learn how and when to take soil samples and interpret the results for your farm. Contact: Kelly Ann Flynn, kgilker@clemson.edu

  • March 4, 2017: CULTIVATE
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Greenville Technical College NW Campus
    8109 White Horse Rd.
    Greenville, SC 29617

    Highlights include:

    Buz Kloot’s 2-class soil series (Soils:  why we have to start here and Soil Health and why we think it’s turning traditional soil fertility on its head)

    Michael Lalich’s (Low Country Labor Finders) presentation on H2A visas and the impending agricultural labor shortage

    Building Roof Trusses with Jay Pearson and Joshua Snyder, Greenville Technical College

    Cory Mosser’s (Natural Born Tillers) Avoid Mistakes – 25 things that I did starting out that you shouldn’t!

    Tradd Cotter’s (Mushroom Mountain) The business of mushrooms

    Cost: General Public: $65.00 / SCNBFP: Free
    Deadline to register: 2/17/2017
    Contact: Kelly Ann Flynn, kgilker@clemson.edu

  • April 28, 2017: High Value Forages
    8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

    Johnson Creek Farms
    4569 Hwy 201, Iva, SC 29655

    About: Join us as we learn to cultivate affordable, high quality, high value forages.

    Cost: General Public: $20.00 / SCNBFP: Free
    Deadline to register: 4/7/2017
    Contact: Kelly Ann Flynn, kgilker@clemson.edu
    Please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/high-value-forages-at-johnson-creek-farms-registration-31979011083 to register.

  • May 11, 2017: Making Cover Crops Work in No-Till Vegetable Production
    9:00 AM - 1:45 PM

    Clemson University
    230 Madren Center Dr
    Clemson, SC 29634

    Agenda:
    9:00 Introduction
    9:10 Optimizing Cover Crops for No-Till Vegetable Production: Research Update
    9:45 Vegetable Production in No-Till Cover Crop Residue: Lessons Learned
    10:40  Travel to Student Organic Farm
    11:00  Farm Tour and Demonstration: Cover crop plots, termination methods, and transplanting into no-till residue
    12:30  Lunch and discussion
    1:45    Adjourn

    Cost: TBD
    Contact: Kelly Ann Flynn, kgilker@clemson.edu

Submit Workshop

Click here to submit a regional workshop.