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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

  • *Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation, 3/24/2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, Clover, SC, More Information and Registration >>
  • *High Tunnel 101, April 2018
  • *Pasture Management, April 21, 2018
  • *Social Media and Branding, May 2018
  • *Organic Farming, May 2018

Lowcountry Region

  • *Diversifying the Farm, 4/10/2018, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Brant Family Farm

    Cost: $20.00

    Diversifying the farm; fruits, vegetables, livestock. 

    To register contact Alta Mae Marvin at or 843-549-2595, Ext 126. For more information contact: Zack Snipes at
    Workshop limited to 15 participants.

  • *New Growers Workshop
    Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    Coastal Research & Education Center, 2700 Savannah Highway, Walterboro, SC, 29488.

    Cost: $10.00 for SCNBFP Participants, $20.00 General Public.

    Morning Session: Introduction to growers tools such as small scale equipment for beginning farmers, seeders, weed control options, ergonomics tools, tractors, irrigation basics, sprayers, and hand tools; includes demonstration and input from farmers using the tools. Afternoon Session: We will host a meeting with staff from AgSouth, Farm Bureau, Growfood Carolina, USDA, and other local resources for farmers.  

    To register contact Alta Mae Marvin at or 843-549-2595, Ext 126.  For more information contact: Zack Snipes at

  • *If Your Pasture & Hay Fields Could Talk and Developing Wildlife Plots
    Monday, April 30, 2018, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Colleton County Extension Office, 611 Black Street, Room 222, Walterboro, SC, 29488.

    Cost: $20.00

    Pasture & Hay Management, Enterprise Budgets for selling Hay and Developing Wildlife Plots.

    To register contact Alta Mae Marvin at or 843-549-2595, Ext 126 by April 27, 2018.

Midlands Region

  • *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 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 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

  • *Organic Workshop
    Friday, April 6, 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Pee Dee Research and Education Center, 2200 Pocket Road, Florence, SC 29506
    Cost: Free

    Learn what it means to be certified USDA organic, An overview of certified organic operations in South Carolina, Clemson University’s Organic Certification Program including the process, application requirements, and fees, General compliance requirements for certified organic operations, and Common challenges for certified operations.  Instructor: Stephen Nix, Clemson University Organic Program Coordinator. 

    Special Presentation: “SC consumers’ perception of organic agriculture products.” This study, funded by SC NRCS, investigated the demand for organic products in SC. We conducted an online survey in different counties of SC to gauge residents’ perception of and their willingness to pay for different categories of local organic agricultural products in SC. Results of this study will be presented in this workshop.

    Registration Contact: Jennifer Boyles, or 843-616-0786.

  • *Building a New Farm from the Ground Up
    Thursday, April 19, 2018, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Rogers Creek Farm, 4956 Rogers Creek Farm Ln., Blenheim, SC 29516
    Cost: $10.00, includes lunch

    Join us for an on farm workshop that participants can see first hand and learn what it takes to build a farm from the ground up.  Rogers Creek Farm is located in Blenheim, SC and is raising all heritage breed animals: Red Poll Beef Cattle, Red Wattle Hogs, and New Hampshire red eggs.

    Registration Contact: Jennifer Boyles, or 843-616-0786.

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 - 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 - by 3/23/2018 to register.
  • *Managing Farm Labor: How to Structure Labor on the Small Farm
    Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    Heritage Hall, Greenville Technical College – Northwest Campus, 8109 White Horse Road, Greenville, SC 29607

    Cost: $20.00 SCNBFP Participants, $40.00 General Public

    Farming on a small farm requires labor, not just from the farmer but from others as well. This 4-hour workshop will showcase how to structure labor on a small farm through the eyes of established regional farmers. This is a great workshop to attend if you have been farming and are looking to take your farm to the next level by bringing on additional labor support. Legal and financial considerations will be highlighted and discussed to better understand which labor structure best fits your farming model.
    Participants will:
    - Learn about different ways to structure labor on your farm including apprenticeship, paid hourly workers, temporary workers, volunteers.
    - Discover best practices for managing people on the ground.
    - Learn how to incorporate education on the farm.
    - Understand legal considerations you need to know about your labor structure.
    - Clarify the financial process for paying workers or apprentices.
    - Be aware of equity issues with on-farm labor.
    - Hear from experienced farmers running successful farms in South Carolina.

    Register here by April 4.  Contact Sera, Farmer Programs Associate at (828) 214-7833 or for more information.

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