Putting Small Acreage to Work Conference

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension

Attention small acreage owners, the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service will by holding a conference on December 8, 2007 in the Gaston County Police Department building. The conference will be a one-day event starting at 8:30. This conference will provide information for people interested in starting or expanding small-scale farm enterprises. Whether for profit or personal enjoyment, a new project should be carefully thought out. You’ll be able to explore alternative enterprises by speaking with successful producers and university personnel who are already growing, producing, and researching specialty crops and livestock. They can give you the practical, no-nonsense, hands-on advice you’ll need when considering crop production, market development, and other important business options. Topics to be discussed include: small fruit production, organic vegetable production, direct marketing freezer meats: beef and pork, meat goat production, bee keeping, agritourism, CSA & subscription sales, medicinal herbs, and setting up the perfect pasture system. The conference will also feature keynote, Tim Will of Foothills Connect. He will be speaking on creating a unique internet-based produce market, aptly named Farmers Fresh Market, that links growers of locally grown fresh food products with Charlotte based restaurants and chefs.

Class sessions will start promptly after registration. The program will include one general opening session and three breakout sessions. Three topics will be discussed concurrently during each of these breakout sessions. Participants will receive lunch and resource materials for all sessions. Fees for the conference are $20.00 per person or $30.00 per couple before December 3, 2007.  For additional information or if you wish to register, please call the Gaston County Cooperative Extension at (704) 922-2118 or visit the website at: http://gaston.ces.ncsu.edu