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Workshops and Training Programs

Please find 2014 Sustainable Agriculture Program training program summaries below. For more information or registration details, please follow links or contact Kelly Gilkerson kgilker@clemson.edu

 

MARCH

March 11, 2014 - Easley, SC A day-long workshop where local pasture pork producer Roddy Pick of Greenbrier Farms will share details of his successful, pasture-based operation with heritage breed pigs. Dr. John Andrae, Clemson Extension Forage Specialist, also a featured speaker, will share his expertise in selection of forages for pasture-based pork production. TOPICS COVERED: Breed selection, rotational grazing and seasonal production, fencing, forage selection, tree species for woodland foraging, parasite management, feed supplements, and marketing strategies. MORE INFO/REGISTER

March 24, 2014 - Abbeville, SC This program is directed toward those who choose to grow and process their own pork at home. Clemson Extension Agents will share science-based information related to handling of live animals, the carcass and the butchered meat so that safe, economical food is created. This will be a full day of demonstrations plus learning by doing. Program will be conducted on the farm to give most practical, real-life experience. Please dress appropriately for this type of work. Consider bringing an apron and wear closed-toe shoes. NOTE: this day long workshop will start with a live animal and conclude with pressure canned pork. We have plenty to send home with those registered: boning knife, info packet, fresh meat ready for the home freezer, Ball Blue Book, jar of canned pork. MORE INFO/REGISTER


APRIL

Use black soldier fly production as a value-added tool for making compost, while also raising a protein source for chickens or other livestock on your farm.  The black soldier fly can complement any farm’s sustainable agriculture practices of organic production, multi-animal rotational grazing, environmental stewardship, and animal welfare.  MORE INFO/REGISTER

 

JUNE

Interested in increasing the quality, shelf-life and safety of your agricultural products? Join Lowcountry Local First and Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture for a hands-on workshop on proper harvest, washing, and packing techniques for a variety of fruit and vegetables (leafy greens, root vegetables, fruits). MORE INFO/REGISTER

Learn about the Farm Scale Permaculture techniques developed at the Clemson University Organic Farm.  Topics include microclimate modification, passive heating and cooling, compost heating, soldier fly digesters, aquaponics, solar/compost heated ponds, hydronic heating systems, mushroom log flood basins, wet/dry rainwater harvesting systems, keyline design and farmscaping. MORE INFO/REGISTER

 

JULY

High tunnels can be used to extend the growing season and enhance growth, yield, and quality of a wide variety of horticultural crops. Join Steve Moore, high tunnel crop production expert, who will share his research and experience with sustainable high tunnel vegetable production.  In addition, Shawn Jadrnicek, manager of the Clemson University Organic Farm, will give an overview of the farm’s successful high tunnel production system and lead a tour of the farm greenhouse and high tunnels. Shawn will also describe methods for optimal greenhouse location to maximize sun access and water drainage. MORE INFO/REGISTER

 

Fossil-fuel prices are rising across the country and farmers are feeling the pinch.  As increasing energy costs cut into farm profits, adoption of renewable on-farm energy systems gains recognition as a tool for farmers to alleviate the additional expense. Please join our expert guest speakers Steve Moore (Elon University), John Bonitz (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy), and Shawn Jadrnicek (Clemson University) for a full day workshop on low-cost, farm energy systems that minimize the need for fossil fuel-based energy. MORE INFO/REGISTER

 

AUGUST

Druing this session, we will discuss the production and use of biofuels and their application on the farm including oilseed crops, used cooking oil for biodiesel, sugar crops for ethanol and evergy crops for gassification.

 

SEPTEMBER

Various weed management techniques for ecological/organic systems; including best practices, cover crops and implements.

Insect and diseases in tomoatoes and cucurit prodiction in organic systems

This workshop will begin with an overview of the importance of food safety and the risks associated with poor produce handling practices and the biggest causes of contamination in post-harvest practices.  Instructors will then lead participants through an actual harvesting demonstration with do's and don'ts of the process.  Participants will then visit a packing house and learn about optimal set-up, flow, and reducing opportunities for contamination. There will be a produce washing demo for leafy greens, root vegetables and fruits (tomatoes, etc.).  The demonstration will conclude with packing and storage instructions. 

 

OCTOBER

In this session we will discuss and demonstrate a variety of greenhosue heating methods and their design based on geography, use and accessibility.

 

NOVEMBER

Join expert Andy Pressman with the National Center for Appropriate Technology and Steen Enterprises in learning about the utilization of tools and equipment for intensive crop production for small to mid-sized farms. Pressman will share his extensive knowledge of whole farm planning and how equipment and tools can be utilized to increase production efficiency and increase profits while minimizing the disturbance to soil. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the types of equipment and tools for soil preparation, planting, and weed management while also receiving demonstrations of equipment including hand tools, walk-behind tractors, four wheeled tractors, and a variety of attachments (cultivators, plastic mulch layers, etc.).

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