Saturday, March 9, 2013

UGA's Organic Farming Workshop - 3/23-24


Hey Local Farmers,

You may be interested in this workshop hosted by UGA coming up in two weeks. 

Organic Farming Workshop

March 23-24, 2013


University of Georgia
Durham Horticulture Farm
1221 Hog Mountain Road
Watkinsville, GA 30677

COURSE INSTRUCTORS
Dr. George Boyhan, Professor & Extension Vegetable Specialist
Dr. Cecilia McGregor, Assistant Professor, Horticulture
Dr. Elizabeth Little, Assistant Professor, Plant Pathology
Dr. Paul Guillebeau, Professor & IPM Coordinator
Dr. Kent Wolf, Director, Center for Agribusiness & Economic Development
Special Guests:
Alex Rilko, Whole Foods
Matt Granados, Local Vendors Coalition

For additional information contact 
Dr. George Boyhan: (706) 231-4137, gboyhan@uga.edu

Day 1 – Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Organic Certification – Is it for me?
Disease Management
Insect Management
Varieties & Seed Saving
Soils & Soil Testing
Composting, Fertilization, & Irrigation
Weed Control

Day 2 – Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Crop Rotation
Managing Cover Crops
Transplants, Hoop Houses, & Greenhouse Production
Business Planning, Startup, & Management
Production Methods & Raised Beds
GAPs & Food Safety
Harvesting & Postharvest Handling


What is organic production?
Organic production encompasses those methods and processes that result in a more sustainable method of production. Organic production has seen 10-fold increase in production in Georgia over the past 10 years. There continues to be unmet demand for organically produced vegetables.

Who is this program for?
This program is geared for the beginning and intermediate grower. Beginners will learn about starting a business as well as the basics of growing organically. This will include information on certification. Intermediate growers will be able to round out their skills and gain some field experience with experts in their field.

Where will the program be held?
The program will meet in the Bee Lab at the Durham Horticulture Farm on Hog Mountain Road. This farm has certified organic plots that are used for research and teaching. This land is in a long term rotation as well as having ongoing research projects. The Horticulture Farm also has both hoop houses and greenhouses used for research. Dress appropriately for outdoor conditions.

Workshop Registration
Pre-registration is required and is limited. The early registration deadline is March 15, 2013. If you wish to register after this, please call for availability. The registration fee is $200.00. The registration fee includes all instructional materials, supplies, lunches, and refreshments during breaks.



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Please make check or money order payable to the ‘University of Georgia’. Please mail this completed form and funds to:

University of Georgia
Department of Horticulture
1111 Miller Plant Science Building
Athens, GA 30602

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