South Carolina NRCS Employee
Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Training

Clemson Outdoor Lab
May 30 & 31, 2012
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USDA Vegetable Lab - Charleston
September 25 & 26, 2012
(*worshop agendas below)


Overview of Organics and Conservation Planning in SC
Organics in South Carolina Gordon Mikell, NRCS
Conservation Planning David Lamm, NRCS
Introduction to Organic Materials David Lamm, NRCS

Soil Fertility Management-
Sustainable Soil Management ATTRA Pulication
Soil Nutrient Managment in Organic Systems Chris Reberg Horton, NCSU

Organic Weed Management-
Principles of Sustainable Weed Management in Organic Cropping Systems Mark Schonbeck, Viginia Biologica Farming Association
Summary of Relative Articles in Weed Science Society of America Publications Mark Schonbeck

Pest Management-
Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control ATTRA Pulication
Farmscaping; Making Use of Natures Pest Management Services eXtension.org
Farmscaping for Natural Enemies www.DrMcBug.com; click on "Farmscaping"

Habitat for Pollinators, Insect Predators and Parasites-
Benficial Insect Conservation Web Links Resource provided by the Xerces Society
Farming for Benefical Inscets Nancy Adamson, NRCS and the Xerces Society

High Tunnel/Season Extension Vegetable Production-
Sustainable Season Extension - Considerations for Design ATTRA Pulication
Season Extension Techniques for Market Gardeners ATTRA Pulication

Organic Certification-
Organic Certification Process ATTRA Pulication

Cover Crops-
Cover Cropping Julie Grossman, NCSU
Overview of Cover Crops and Green Manures ATTRA Pulication
SARE Education Program - Cover Crops UC Davis
Building Soils for Better Crops SARE.org
Managing Cover Crops Profitably SARE.org
Managing Cover Crops From Selection to Termination Gene Hardee, NRCS

Please find the agenda for the training in Clemson here. Charleston training agenda will be located below that. Names of presenters are linked with direct email addresses if you have questions or need to contact them.

Clemson Outdoor Lab
May 30 & 31, 2012

Day 1 Agenda
Meet at Clemson Outdoor Lab

Time

Topic

Presenter

10:00

Welcome

10:15

Organic Ag in South Carolina

Gordon Mikell
NRCS State Agronomist

10:45

Conservation Planning to Support Organic Agriculture

David Lamm
NRCS ENTSC Soil Conservationist

12:00

Lunch

1:00

Soil Fertility Management in Organic Systems

Julia Gaskin, Coordinator
University of Georgia
Sustainable Agriculture Program

2:00

Organic Weed Management: An Ecological Approach

Mark Schonbeck
Virginia Association of Biological Farming

3:30

Farmscaping: Making Use of Nature’s Pest Management Services

Geoff Zehnder, Coordinator
Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture Program

4:30

Adjourn for the Day

Day 2 Agenda
Meet at Student Organic Farm, Clemson University

8:00

Coffee and Breakfast Pastries Available at Farm

8:30

Introduction and Overview of the Clemson Organic Farm

Shawn Jadrnicek
Clemson Organic Farm Manager

9:00

High Tunnel Design and Management for Season Extension Vegetable Production

Shawn Jadrnicek

Irrigation System Design for Small-Scale Vegetable Farms

Shawn Jadrnicek

10:30

Organic Certification and the Organic Farm Audit; What Happens During an Organic Inspection?

Sherry Aultman
Clemson Organic Certification Program

11:30

Return to Outdoor Lab for Lunch

1:00

Managing Cover Crops from Selection to Termination

Gene Hardee
Conservation Agronomist
SC NRCS

2:00

Adjourn, Leave for Home

USDA Vegetable Lab - Charleston
September 25 & 26, 2012

Day 1 Agenda
Meet at USDA Vegetable Lab - Charleston, SC

Time

Topic

Presenter

10:00

Welcome

10:15

Organic Ag in South Carolina

Gordon Mikell
NRCS State Agronomist

10:45

Conservation Planning to Support Organic Agriculture

David Lamm
NRCS ENTSC Soil Conservationist

12:00

Lunch

1:00

Ecologically Based Weed Management

Mark Schonbeck
Virginia Association of Biological Farming

2:00

Managing Your Insect Allies: Conservation of Native Pollinators, Predators and Parasitoids

Dr. Nancy Adamson, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, NRCS East National Technology Support Center

3:00

Farmscaping: Making Use of Nature’s Pest Management Services

Geoff Zehnder, Coordinator
Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture Program

3:15

Management of Soil Nutrients in Low Input, Organic Systems

Dr. Chris Reberg-Horton, Assistant Professor and Organic Cropping Specialist, Dept. of Crop Science, North Carolina State University

4:15 Managing Legume Cover Crops for Maximum Corbon and Nitrogen Contributions Julia Gaskin, Coordinator
University of Georgia
Sustainable Agriculture Program

5:15

Adjourn for the Day

Day 2 Agenda
Meet at Student Organic Farm, Clemson University

8:00

Meet at USDA Vegetable Lab. Car pool to Ambrose Farm to arrive at 9am. (2349 Black Pond Rd., Wadmalaw Island, Charleston 29487)

9:15

Overview and tour of Ambrose Farmily Farm Operation

Pete Ambrose, Owner Ambrose Family Farm

10:30

Organic Certification and teh Organic Farm Audit; What happens during and organic inspection?

Sherry Aultman and Ryan Merck
Clemson Organic Certification Program

11:30

Assessing Habitat Quality to Attract Natural Enemies and Pollinators

Dr. Nancy Adamson, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, NRCS East National Technology Support Center

12:30

Lunch

 

1:15 Managing High Tunnels for Season Extension Production David Lamm and Gordon Mikell

2:30

Adjourn