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October 29, 2007

Growers invited to Small Farms Conference, Nov. 17

Growers are invited to the Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Vance-Granville Community College, Franklin County Campus in Louisburg. One workshop will focus focus on starting a Community Supported Agriculture system.

Theresa Nartea, Extension farm marketing specialist at N.C. A&T State University, will teach a session entitled, "Community Supported Agriculture: Beginning Tips and Tools for the Curious Farmer" at the conference. Nartea actively engages the audience as she delivers a quality, vibrant program in a simple, easy to understand, practical and in a light, upbeat manner.

The conference was organized by Carl Cantaluppi, Granville and Person horticulture agent, along with Cooperative Extension agents in Franklin, Vance and Warren counties. This session is in response to the first conference offered last November, which drew 115 participants.

Other breakout sessions will relate to the following topics: Managing Your Woodland Portfolio, Mark Megalos, NCCES; Pastured Pork Production, Mike Jones, NC A&T; Leasing Land for Wildlife, Steve Harris, Modux; Hobby Farms vs. Part-Time Farming for Profit and the IRS Rules; Guido van der Hoeven, NCSU; Direct Marketing, Dorothea Booth, The Angel’s Nest Farm and Bakery; Beekeeping, Will Hicks, NCDA&CS; Effectively Listing Your Farm Business at localharvest.org and Other Popular Websites, Theresa Nartea, NC A&T; Organic Production; Farm Financing, Roy Robertson, East Carolina Farm Credit.

To register, contact Franklin County Extension Center, 919.496.3344 or visit the Web site: http://franklin.ces.ncsu.edu.

Posted by Natalie at October 29, 2007 02:02 PM