Elective Regional Workshops

Core South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer cohort programming is complemented by elective workshops that are facilitated by our regional coordinators (Upstate, Catawba, Midlands, PeeDee, and Lowcountry).  These workshops offer critical opportunities for local peer and resource networking, as well as provide additional instruction on production and advanced agribusiness topics.

Regional elective workshops will run from June 2021 through October 2021 for the Class of 2021. There are no additional workshop fees for current SCNBFP participants to attend these regional elective workshops. These workshops are also open to the public (a registration fee for the public may apply).

2021 SCNBFP Elective Regional Workshop Schedule

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

Catawba Region

  • High Tunnel 101
    Monday, July 19, 2021
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Online via Zoom

    Cost:  General Public: $15.00, Current SCNBFP Class of 2021 Participant: Free

    Interested in installing a high tunnel but don't know where to begin? We have you covered! Learn about site and high tunnel selection, construction, soil management, irrigation, pest management, bed design, cropping systems, environmental control, and new crops to consider. Get your questions answered direct from experienced high tunnel farmers! Get insider tips such as best practice in site prep and creating maximum airflow without using electricity! Learn how to qualify for a cost share tunnel reimbursement through the USDA-NRCS EQUIP program.

    Workshop instructors:
    Carey and Natalie Howell (Howell Specialty Farmz) and Tria Yang, (District Conservationist, USDA-NRCS, York Field Office)

    Workshop Contact: Ben Boyles, boyles2@clemson.edu

    Click here to register by July 18, 2021 at 5:00 PM >>
    SCNBFP Participants: Please be sure to select the "SCNBFP Class of 2021 Participant" ticket option to get free access to the workshop!
    Once you register you will receive an e-mail from Eventbrite.  Please save this e-mail.  You can click on "View the Event" button at the top of that e-mail to get the workshop Zoom link.

  • Veggie Compass Workshop
    Tuesday, August 10, 2021
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Online via Zoom

    Cost:  General Public: $15.00, Current SCNBFP Class of 2021 Participant: Free

    Learn how to calculate your cost of diversified fruit and vegetable production so you can price for a profit!!

    Veggie Compass is a farm management tool for diversified fresh market vegetable growers. Using cost, sales and labor data, the spreadsheet calculates the cost of production for each crop and the profitability of each market channel (e.g., CSA, farmers market, wholesale, retail). For example, a grower can learn if broccoli sales are more lucrative at farmers markets or through wholesale distributors. The tool can also be used to predict the financial impact of different farm scenarios for the future and to assess a farm’s financial progress over time. Such information can help farmers locate their efficiencies, set prices based on actual costs of production, and increase farm profits.

    Instructor: John Hendrickson, UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS)

    Workshop Contact: Ben Boyles, boyles2@clemson.edu

    Click here to register by August 9, 2021 at 5:00 PM >>
    SCNBFP Participants: Please be sure to select the "SCNBFP Class of 2021 Participant" ticket option to get free access to the workshop!
    Once you register you will receive an e-mail from Eventbrite.  Please save this e-mail.  You can click on "View the Event" button at the top of that e-mail to get the workshop Zoom link.

  • Livestock Compass Workshop
    Tuesday, August 17, 2021
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Online via Zoom

    Cost:  General Public: $15.00, Current SCNBFP Class of 2021 Participant: Free

    Learn how to calculate your cost of livestock production so you can price for a profit!!

    Livestock Compass is a farm management tool for livestock producers. Using cost, sales and labor data, the spreadsheet calculates the cost of production for each crop and the profitability of each market channel (e.g., CSA, farmers market, wholesale, retail). For example, a grower can learn if beef sales are more lucrative at farmers markets or through wholesale distributors. The tool can also be used to predict the financial impact of different farm scenarios for the future and to assess a farm’s financial progress over time. Such information can help farmers locate their efficiencies, set prices based on actual costs of production, and increase farm profits.

    Instructor: John Hendrickson, UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS)

    Workshop Contact: Ben Boyles, boyles2@clemson.edu

    Click here to register by August 16, 2021 at 5:00 PM >>
    SCNBFP Participants: Please be sure to select the "SCNBFP Class of 2021 Participant" ticket option to get free access to the workshop!
    Once you register you will receive an e-mail from Eventbrite.  Please save this e-mail.  You can click on "View the Event" button at the top of that e-mail to get the workshop Zoom link.

  • New Farmer Grants Workshop
    Thursday, August 26, 2021
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Online via Zoom

    Cost:  General Public: $15.00, Current SCNBFP Class of 2021 Participant: Free

    Learn about specific funding opportunities relevant to new farmers and techniques for successfully applying to these programs!  Learn how to determine your eligibility, planning and write your proposal, prepare supporting documentation including business plans, and what to do if you are awarded.  The workshop will cover Federal Grant Programs: Value Added Producer Grant, LFPP/FMPP, Rural Energy for America Program, Southern SARE Producer Grants, Farm Storage Facility Loan, EQUIP) and State and Local Grant Programs: Specialty Crop Growers Association Programs, ACRE Programs, SBDC Microgrants.

    Instructors: Jim Matson and Jessica Shaw, Matson Consulting

    Workshop Contact: Ben Boyles, boyles2@clemson.edu

    Click here to register by August 25, 2021 at 5:00 PM >>
    SCNBFP Participants: Please be sure to select the "SCNBFP Class of 2021 Participant" ticket option to get free access to the workshop!
    Once you register you will receive an e-mail from Eventbrite.  Please save this e-mail.  You can click on "View the Event" button at the top of that e-mail to get the workshop Zoom link.

  • New Farmer Tax Workshop
    Tuesday, September 7, 2021
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Online via Zoom

    Cost:  General Public: $15.00, Current SCNBFP Class of 2021 Participant: Free

    Confused about farm business taxes? Don’t know where or how to begin? Attend this workshop to learn more and get your questions answered!

    Learn what types of taxes a farm business would be responsible for paying. Understand the basic tax differences between business entities Become familiar with typical tax forms that may be used for farming entities and what factors determine which forms are used. Learn about tax basis and depreciation. Identify the type of information you will need to provide to your tax professional. We will also have an open general discussion and Q&A so bring your questions!

    Instructor: Dr. Adam Kantrovich, Clemson University Cooperative Extension Extension Associate Professor, Agribusiness Director of Clemson University Extension Income Tax School

    Workshop Contact: Ben Boyles, boyles2@clemson.edu

    Click here to register by September 6, 2021 at 5:00 PM >>
    SCNBFP Participants: Please be sure to select the "SCNBFP Class of 2021 Participant" ticket option to get free access to the workshop!
    Once you register you will receive an e-mail from Eventbrite.  Please save this e-mail.  You can click on "View the Event" button at the top of that e-mail to get the workshop Zoom link.

Lowcountry Region

  • Farming for Clean Water
    Thursday, August 26
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Online via Zoom

    Learn best water management practices for new and beginning farmers! Participants will learn about Pollution Sources: Point and Non-point, Management of Nutrients, Pests, Runoff, and Waste as it relates to storm water. 

    Workshop Presenters: The Clemson University Cooperative Extension Water Resources Team

    Cost:  General Public: $15.00, Current SCNBFP Class of 2021 Participant: Free

    The Zoom link for the workshop will be e-mailed to you once Eventbrite registration is complete.

    Click here to register by Wednesday, August 25 at 12:00 Noon >>
    Registration Instructions for SCNBFP Class of 2021 Participants: Click on the link above then click on "tickets" and then right above "general admission" you will see "enter promo code" in blue. Click on "enter promo code" and type in, SCNBFP. This code will drop the price down to $0.00.

    Workshop Contact: Matthew Fischer, fische3@clemson.edu

  • Proir to Purchase: Laying the Groundwork for a Successful Livestock Operation
    Thursday, September 2, 2021
    6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Online via Zoom

    Webinar participants will receive an overview on How to plan for intake of livestock, what needs to be on hand, what to keep on hand, and the need of feed and repair items.

    Presenters are members of the Clemson University Extension Livestock and Forages Team Lindsey Craig and Nicole Correa.

    The Zoom link for the workshop will be e-mailed to you once Eventbrite registration is complete.

    Click here to register by Wednesday, September 1 at 12:00 Noon >>
    Registration Instructions for SCNBFP Class of 2021 Participants: Click on the link above then click on "tickets" and then right above "general admission" you will see "enter promo code" in blue. Click on "enter promo code" and type in, SCNBFP. This code will drop the price down to $0.00.

    Workshop Contact: Matthew Fischer, fische3@clemson.edu

  • Understanding Seed: Growing the knowledge of the how and where our seeds start
    Tuesday, September 21, 2021
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Online via Zoom

    Hear from Mr. Brad Stancil, Director of South Carolina Crop Improvement Association about The South Carolina Crop Improvement Association, Plant Breeding, Official Variety Trails, When Seed Can Be Saved (PVP)?

    The Zoom link for the workshop will be e-mailed to you once Eventbrite registration is complete.

    Cost:  General Public: $10.00, Current SCNBFP Class of 2021 Participant: Free

    Click here to register by Monday, September 20 at 12:00 Noon >>
    Registration Instructions for SCNBFP Class of 2021 Participants: Click on the link above then click on "tickets" and then right above "general admission" you will see "enter promo code" in blue. Click on "enter promo code" and type in, SCNBFP. This code will drop the price down to $0.00.

    Workshop Contact: Matthew Fischer, fische3@clemson.edu

Midlands Region

  • Establishment and Operation of an Agritourism/Heritage Site
    Wednesday, August 25, 2021
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Online via Zoom

    Come learn how to start your agritourism enterprise from "The FARM!"  The FARM has been in the Monts Family for eight generations. It was part of an original land grant decreed to George Monts in 1787 and totaled 630 acres. Brett and his wife, McKenzie, felt an innate sense of obligation to continue the tradition and protect the original purpose of the land. And, so, The FARM was born.  The property remains a family farm focused on growing local, seasonal fruits and vegetables, raising heritage breed livestock, and connecting the community.

    Click here to register by Tuesday, August 24 at 5:00 PM >>

    Workshop contact: Will Culler, wculler@clemson.edu

  • Managing a Large-scale Event/Agritourism-focused Farm Site (Agritourism diversification)
    Wednesday, September 1, 2021
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Online via Zoom

    Learn from The Ivy Place, a very successful berry farm, wedding venue, farm stand, and much, much more.  Born and raised on the family dairy farm in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Ivy Place Owner Terry Graham always knew he would farm. He graduated from the University of Reading with a degree in Agriculture in 1976. Genie, a Charlotte native, is happiest in her flower garden. A master gardener, she has studied plants and growing practices and installs gardens to bring the look and feel of The Ivy Place to your home.

    In 2020, the couple’s son, Stuart, joined the Ivy Place as business manager after a successful banking career. The Graham’s daughters, seven grandchildren, and extended family all look forward to gathering at The Ivy Place.

    Click here to register by Tuesday, August 31 at 5:00 PM >>

    Workshop contact: Will Culler, wculler@clemson.edu

  • Importance of Records for the Farm (Production and Financial)
    Thursday, August 19
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Online via Zoom

    You need reliable records to monitor the progress of your farm. Records can show if the farm is improving, what is successful, and what changes need to be made. Reliable data increases the likelihood of a farm’s success. In some cases, records are legally required and could lead to punishment or penalty if not available. This seminar will discuss what’s important, ways to manage your records, and using them to your benefit. Discussion includes: Business Records, Tax Records, Employee Records, Production Data, Food Safety, and More!

    Workshop Presenters: Zach Snipes Clemson Extension Horticulture Agent; Kevin Burkett Clemson Extension Agribusiness Associate

    Click here to register by Wednesday, August 18 at 5:00 PM >>

    Workshop contact: Will Culler, wculler@clemson.edu

Pee Dee Region

  • Keeping Tomatoes and Peppers Growing and Producing
    Tuesday, June 15, 2021
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Online via Zoom

    Cost: Current SCNBFP Participants: Free; General Public: $5.00

    Join us for this webinar and hear from Mr. Tony Melton about how to keep your tomato and bell pepper plants growing and producing through the summer.

    Click here to register by 6/14/2021 >>
    Registration Instructions for SCNBFP Class of 2021 Participants: Click on the link above then click on "tickets" and then right above "general admissions" you will see "enter promo code" in blue. Click on "enter promo code" and type in, SCNBFP. This code will drop the price down to $0.00.

    Workshop Contact: Charley Maxwell, chmaxwe@clemson.edu, 843-653-4942

  • Dine and Discuss: Forestry Management and Niche Markets
    Thursday, July 15, 2021
    6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Online via Zoom

    Cost: Free for Everyone

    Grab your dinner and listen to Sean Bowers with the Clemson Extension Forestry and Natural Resources Team discuss forestry management and niche markets. The forest management portion of this workshop will teach participants basic forestry terms, forest management strategies/techniques, introduce agencies and natural resource professionals to contact, and the basic theory and science of forestry. The niche markets section will explore opportunities for landowners to use their forest land to produce non-traditional forest products. Several types of markets will be discussed as well as a brief introduction to the management required.

    Click here to register by 7/14/2021 >>

    Workshop Contact: Charley Maxwell, chmaxwe@clemson.edu, 843-653-4942

  • Lunch and Learn: Basic Forage Management
    Wednesday, July 28, 2021
    12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM
    Online via Zoom

    Cost: Current SCNBFP Participants: Free; General Public: $5.00

    Grab your lunch and computer (or phone) and learn about forage management basics. Lee Van Vlake, Area Livestock and Forages Agent will be the speaker for this workshop. Lee has been working with producers in South Carolina on forage management for over 16 years! This workshop will focus on matching forages to certain soil types and environments in regards to variety selection and establishment. There will be time for Q&A!

    Click here to register by 7/27/2021 >>
    Registration Instructions for SCNBFP Class of 2021 Participants: Click on the link above then click on "tickets" and then right above "general admissions" you will see "enter promo code" in blue. Click on "enter promo code" and type in, SCNBFP. This code will drop the price down to $0.00.

    Workshop Contact: Charley Maxwell, chmaxwe@clemson.edu, 843-653-4942

  • Navigating the Schedule F Tax Form
    Tuesday, September 28, 2021
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Online via Zoom

    Cost: Current SCNBFP Participants: Free; General Public: $5.00

    Are you farming for profit? Is farming your business? Are you earning a living as a farmer? Do you want the answer to be, “yes” to any or all these questions soon? If so, join us for a workshop that focuses solely on the Schedule F tax form. Kevin Burkett, CPA and Assistant Director of the Clemson Extension Ag Tax School, will talk about the sections of the Schedule F form, what records are needed and who needs to be filing one. Participants are responsible for obtaining tax advice based upon their circumstances from their own independent professional advisors. This workshop is for general educational purposes only.

    Click here to register by 9/27/2021 >>
    Registration Instructions for SCNBFP Class of 2021 Participants: Enter the promo code SCNBFP at checkout to register for free.

    Workshop Contact: Charley Maxwell, chmaxwe@clemson.edu, 843-653-4942

Upstate Region

  • Understanding your Soil Test
    Monday, August 2, 2021
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Online via Zoom

    Cost: Current SCNBFP Participant: Free, General Public: $10.00

    Clemson Agricultural Service Laboratory Director, Dr. Shannon Alford, and Area Extension Specialist, Kerrie Roach, will provide detailed information on how to take a soil sample, interpret the results and make decisions on fertility and soil amendments during this class. This class is an official New and Beginning Farmer program event and we aim to get you all the information you need. If you have had a soil test done already please feel free to forward it ahead of the training to kgilker@clemson.edu and we will take a look at it during class. We will have other examples of soil tests for you to review as well during the training. Please register in advance!!

    Click here to register by 8/1/2021 >>

    Workshop Contact: Kelly Flynn, kgilker@clemson.edu

  • Developing a Online Presence for your Farm Business - Basics of Website Development
    Thursday, August 26, 2021
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Online via Zoom

    Learn about various online platforms that you can use to promote and expand your farm business with Clemson University's Public Service and Agriculture division communicator, Donna Bowen.  This class will cover the basics of website development and will also include discussion on incorporating e-commerce into your website.

    To register, please e-mail Kelly Flynn, kgilker@clemson.edu
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  • Developing a Online Presence for your Farm Business - Utilizing Social Media
    Thursday, September 2, 2021
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Online via Zoom

    Learn about various online platforms that you can use to promote and expand your farm business with Clemson University's Public Service and Agriculture division communicator, Donna Bowen.  This class will cover popular social media platforms and effective strategies for utilizing them to drive attention to your farm business and products.

    To register, please e-mail Kelly Flynn, kgilker@clemson.edu