Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Backyard Basics: Vegetable Gardening

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 10am – noon
Travis County AgriLife Extension Office, 1600 Smith Road
Cost: $15

With its warm days and cooler nights, along with more stable weather patterns, Fall just may be the best season for vegetable gardening in Central Texas. In our second course on Backyard Basics, Master Gardener and vegetable specialist Tommie Clayton will share her many years of experience in gardening, with details on planting schedules, proven varieties for our area and other helpful resources.

Part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Backyard Basics Series. 
Register at  https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty  or by phone 979-845-2604
For more information, contact Daphne Richards at 512-854-9600 or drichards@ag.tamu.edu

 
 


Friday, August 15, 2014

Fruit Production for Producers and Backyard Enthusiasts


Wed, Sept 24, 9 am – 1:00 pm
Travis County Health and Human Services
502 E Highland Mall Blvd, Austin

Registration: $30 by Sept 17; ($40 Sept 18- onsite)
 


Part of Travis County AgriLife Extension’s Forward Farming series, this program will cover information appropriate for current and potential fruit producers, while also being useful and easy to understand for the backyard enthusiast.

Monte Nesbitt, AgriLife Extension state-wide fruit specialist, will be the presenter of this half-day workshop. The focus will be on fruits that can be successfully grown in Central Texas: stone fruits (peaches and plums), figs, pomegranates, and blackberries; but will also cover olives (a crop with quite a lot of interest from potential growers in the Hill Country at the moment) and citrus (with the current weather pattern of warmer winters in Central Texas, there are actually a few citrus crops that have real potential for Central Texas, if managed properly).

In addition to the wealth of knowledge that Mr. Nesbitt will share during his presentation, you’ll also have the unique opportunity to ask him questions particular to your own growing situation.

From site selection, soils, fertilization, and pruning to sustainable production practices and dealing with particular insects and diseases—we’ll cover the production basics, as well as unique specifics. This workshop is only offered semi-annually and is not to be missed!

8:30 to 9:00 AM     Registration
9:00 to 1:00 PM     Fruit Production Basics

There will be a half hour break in the middle of the workshop, with refreshments and the opportunity for networking.

Register online: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by phone: 
979-845-2604
For more information, contact Richards at 512-854-9600 or drichards@ag.tamu.edu


 
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Backyard Basics Workshop

Saturday, Sept 13, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Austin Community College south campus, 1820 W Stassney Ln
Registration: $25; ($30 late and onsite)

Register online: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by phone: 979-845-2604

 

In Partnership with
 


Join AgriLife Extension Master Gardener volunteers and other community experts for this special workshop on all things backyard food. We’ll cover the basics of growing fruits and vegetables, as well as garden recipes (basic canning and preserving how-to’s) backyard chickens, and backyard bees.

8:30-9:00     Registration
9:00-10:15   Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit, Joe Posern, Travis Co Master Gardener Fruit Specialist
10:15-11:30 Growing Vegetables, Patty Leander, Travis Co Master Gardener Vegetable Specialist
11:45-1:00   Garden Recipes and Preserving the Harvest, Jeff Peters, Travis Co Master Gardener
1:00-1:30     Lunch (boxed lunch provided)
1:30-2:45     Backyard Chickens, Joy Williamson, Travis Co Master Gardener
2:45-4:00     Backyard Bees, Chris Doggett, Williamson Co Beekeepers Association President

For more information, contact Daphne Richards at 512-854-9600 or drichards@ag.tamu.edu

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Small Acreage Horticultural Crops: Practical Weed Control

 
Aug 21st @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Travis County East Service Center
6011 Blue Bluff Road

Registration: $10 thru Aug 7 ($15 late and onsite)
Register at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty or by phone 979-845-2604

Ever thought of going in to business growing grapes, peaches, tomatoes, watermelons, pecans or other horticultural crops?  If so, please attend the next seminar of the Small Acreage Horticultural Crops Series.  AgriLife Extension specialists in College Station will be joining us via web video to present a program on Practical Weed Control.  A live question/answer session will also be part of the program.



Part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Small Acreage Horticultural Crops Series. The goal of the program is to assist in evaluating diversification strategies and income opportunities from the production of small acreage horticultural crops.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Seminars: Composting & Building an Insect Hotel

Backyard Basics: Composting
Thursday, August 7, 2014, 10am – noon
Travis County AgriLife Extension Office, 1600 Smith Road
Cost: $10 ($15 after 7/28 and onsite)

Whether you want to get ready for a fabulous fall garden, or just improve the health of your lawn and landscape, compost is an easy and inexpensive amendment, safe to use, and beneficial for the environment. Cathy Wood, Master Gardener and compost specialist, will teach the ingredients needed for quality compost, how to build an effective compost pile, and how to use its contents to increase the fertility of your soil and productivity of your garden. This first course in our series on Backyard Basics will include a tour of the compost methods used on site at the AgriLife Demonstration Garden, weather permitting.



Part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Backyard Basics Series.  Register at  https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty  or by phone 979-845-2604


Insect Visitors in Your Garden
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 10am – noon
Zilker Botanical Garden 2220 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX, 78746
Seminar is free; Zilker park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child or senior.

Update your understanding of good bugs and bad, with Master Gardeners Pat Mokry and Sheryl Williams. Pat, an entomology specialist, will describe the common insect visitors to your garden, and help you determine if and how you should treat for them. Following identification of beneficial insects, Sheryl will then share a fascinating project she has constructed to attract insects into her garden for observation, pollination and just plain fun. Don’t miss these two lively, informative ladies!

For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/travis/master-gardeners/master-gardener-educational-seminars-events/

Friday, June 27, 2014

Raising and Managing Bees

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 10am – noon
Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Rd
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This seminar is free
Zilker park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child or senior.

Chris Doggett, of Williamson County Beekeepers Association, will share his knowledge and expertise in raising and managing bees. Learn how to provide a healthy and attractive environment for bees, whether you have a backyard hive, or acres of crops needing pollination. A delightful speaker with hands-on experience, Chris will gladly answer your questions and concerns to take the mystery out of beekeeping.

For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/travis/master-gardeners/master-gardener-educational-seminars-events/

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Forward Farming Series

I'm proud to announce: our recently revamped educational series on urban farming issues is now a partnership with the City of Austin Office of Sustainability.



We will have several more offerings in the next few months, but once again, we're starting with two programs focused on the business aspects of farming in small acreage situations: Business Planning, on July 16, and Marketing, on July 23.

FORWARD FARMING: BUSINESS PLANNING
July 16, 2014 @ 8:30 am - 4 pm
location changed to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office   
                                    1600-B Smith Rd, Austin, TX 78721
Registration: $50 thru July 14 ($65 late and onsite)

 
Business Planning for Your Small-Scale Farming Operation
Planning and management are very important when beginning any operation. We’ll cover both topics in this interactive program. You’ll have a chance to discuss your own opportunities and ideas.
Dr. Danny Klinefelter, Professor and Extension Economist, Director of the Executive Program for Agricultural Producers

USDA's Microloans Program
The USDA Microloan program is designed with small producers in mind. A simplified loan application process and modified eligibility requirements are well-suited to beginning farmers, ranchers, and CSA operators. Learn all about this exciting new program.
Terri Trevino, Farm Loan Manager, USDA’s Farm Service Agency

Financing Panel
This is your opportunity to ask the experts about different financing options – some traditional, some a little more “out of the box”. Bring your questions about agricultural financing through USDA loans, traditional bank loans, grant funding, crowd-funding, and community partnerships.
Mark Rutledge, Capital Farm Credit

Also:
Ag Valuations
TDA Guidelines for Becoming a Certified Organic Operation

A box lunch will be provided. Please list any dietary restrictions you may have or if you prefer a vegetarian meal.

Register online at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/traviscounty
Register by phone: 979-845-2604


For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600, drichards@ag.tamu.edu



FORWARD FARMING: SALES & MARKETING
July 23, 2014 @ 8:30 am - 4 pm
location changed to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office   
                                    1600-B Smith Rd, Austin, TX 78721

Registration: $50 thru July 20 ($65 late and onsite)

MarketReady
The MarketReady Training program prepares producers to develop supplier relationships with restaurants, grocery, wholesale and foodservice buyers. This curriculum is based around specific best business practices (in communications, packaging, labeling, delivery, invoicing, etc.) identified by current buyers – not to miss!
Marco Palma, PhD, Assistant Professor and Extension Economist

Exploring Texas MarketMaker
Explore this virtual market place between Texas producers and buyers, and learn how to create a profile for your farm.
Marco Palma, PhD, Assistant Professor and Extension Economist

Also:
Pati Jacobs Bastrop Cattle Co.

A box lunch will be provided. Please list any dietary restrictions you may have or if you prefer a vegetarian meal.

Register online at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/traviscounty
Register by phone: 979-845-2604


For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600, drichards@ag.tamu.edu