Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Small Acreage Horticultural Crops Seminar

Do you have a few acres of land that you've been wondering what to do with?
Are you currently growing vegetables or other food crops on a small acreage plot?
Are you interested in becoming a part of the local food movement?

If the answers to the above questions are yes, then you might be interested in an upcoming Texas AgriLife Extension Service program just for people who have a small amount of land and are considering food production for the local market.

Extension recently organized a series of webinars on producing horticultural crops on small acreage plots. With the continuing interest in local food and backyard “farms,” this information is particularly relevant and timely. Our next program will be held on April 13, 2010 at the Extension office in Travis County. The program will be streamed live in our office and will be shown via an LCD projector. Here are the details:

What: Small Acreage Horticultural Crops seminar
Where: Texas AgriLife Extension Service office, 1600-B Smith Rd, Austin, TX 78721
Date: April 13, 2010
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cost: Free
More information: Daphne Richards, drichards@ag.tamu.edu or 512-854-9600

This series of Extension educational programs will include information on the following topics:
* Requirements for setting up a new horticultural business
* Crop economics
* Marketing strategies
* Sustainable production practices
* and more…

The upcoming seminar on April 13 will focus on vegetable and greenhouse crops.
Our speakers will be Dr. Russ Wallace and Dr. Joe Masabni, Extension Vegetable Specialists, and Dr. Don Wilkerson, Extension Nursery and Floral Crops Specialist.
There will also be a live question/answer session featuring the state's leading horticultural authorities in these areas.

Other horticultural and business strategy topics will be offered in future seminars, which will be announced as more information becomes available.

This program might be of particular interest to you if you have a small plot of land and:
* are looking for ways to use it
*are currently growing some crops on a small plot of land
*want to know more about the business of growing and marketing your crops
*are interested in learning about the variety of crops that may be grown on your plot

The program is limited to 30 participants, so please RSVP by April 12 to Daphne Richards, drichards@ag.tamu.edu or 512-854-9600. The program is open to all residents of Travis and other surrounding counties.

If you know of anyone else that might be interested in participating, please forward this information to them.

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