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Upcoming 2016 Event Schedule Hope to see you there!

 

May 10, 2016

Friends of Agriculture Breakfast

Boone Building, WNC Agricultural Center

1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC

The Buncombe Soil and Water and Cooperative Extension Services presents this complimentary local foods breakfast which will feature a program by WNC Farmlink and the WNC Pasture Network Project, regional projects that focus on connecting pasture lands and making farmland accessible to area farmers.  These two projects focus on building a network of regional farmers to help connect farmland and to build the long-term success of small farms. The event begins at 7am and the presentation will follow at 7:30am.  We invite you to share in this valuable networking event and hope to see you there!  The event is free however please RSVP to: meghan_baker@ncsu.edu

 

May 12, May 17, and May 19, 2016

Series of Free Workshops on Agricultural Enterprises, New Markets, and Funding

Various locations in western North Carolina

Are you in the Agriculture Business or an Agriculture Service Provider and looking for a place to connect with others, learn about different markets and find resources available in your county? Join experts from AgriVentures in a full day, comprehensive workshop that will provide an overview and discussion of resources in a variety of areas. Hear from experts from Mountain BizWorks, Organic Growers School, NC Cooperative Extension, Smoky Mountain High Tunnel Initiative, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center, Land of Sky, and many others.

Three locations and dates are offered:
May 12th: Southwestern Community College, 9AM-4:30PM
May 17th: Mayland Community College, 9AM-4:30PM
May 19th: Isothermal Community College, 9:AM-4:30PM

Topics include:

Land assessments and Land trusts
Animals, including mountain livestock
Training programs
Specialty emerging markets, such as high tunnels, truffles,hops, forest herbs, organic/alternative crops and bees
Lending Options and Business Planning
Talk one-on-one with local service providers

Register for these FREE workshops here:

SCC https://www.ncsbc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=490360082
Mayland https://www.ncsbc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=310360089
Isothermal https://www.ncsbc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=260360036

Contact with Questions: Sabrina Wells at sabrinalwells@gmail.com 828-278-9332

 

May 24, June 13 and July 12, 2016 (more to come)

Research Hop Yard Tours

Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center

74 Research Drive, Mills River, NC

Please join us for one or more of these tours of our NCSU Research Hop Yard. This is a fantastic opportunity to see and learn about a productive, mature hop yard in a small group setting. The yard currently has 12 varieties and and we are testing new cultural practices. The program emphasis will be on production practices, and will be suitable to any level of experience.  Tours will begin in May and occur monthly through September; late summer dates will be announced later in the season.  Tours begin at 9am and end at 12pm.  For more information and to register go to the Eventbrite page at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/monthly-hop-yard-tours-at-the-nc-state-research-hop-yard-tickets-24838936929

 

 

August 16, 2016

Tomato Field Day

Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center

74 Research Drive

Mills River, NC

This is your opportunity to learn about all the university vegetable field research going on western North Carolina. It's fun and educational and there is usually good food to eat (and last year there was locally made ice cream!). Updates will be posted when they are available.

 

July 22-24, 2016

Wild Herb Weekend

Valle Crucis Conference Center

Valle Crucis, NC

This is the annual conference for the NC Herb Association. It is a wonderful educational event for commercial growers, herbalist, herb enthusiasts, herbal cooks, and anyone interested in culinary, medicinal, and aromatic herbs. This small conference is held at a beautiful historic conference center the high mountains of western North Carolina. Jeanine Davis will be offering workshops on growing and using ramps and growing ginseng in the Southern Appalachians. She will also be offering a preconference workshop with Laura Denyes on starting and running an online herbal business. Check the webpage for updates.

 

September 9-10, 2016

Heritage Harvest Festival

Monticello

Charlottesville, VA

This is a beautiful fall festival held at Monticello. There are educational workshops, demonstrations, tastings, music, and food. A great family event with activities of interest for all ages. Jeanine Davis will be offering workshops on growing woodland botanicals and edible and exotic plants for the home garden. Check the webpage for updates.

 

February 8-9, 2017

Winter Vegetable Conference

Crowne Plaza Resort

Asheville, NC

All western North Carolina vegetable growers should make a special effort to attend this conference to learn the latest for growing and marketing their crops. Information on disease, insect, and weed control; new varieties; food safety; and labor will be provided. Updates will be added when available.

 


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Dr. Jeanine Davis
Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center
455 Research Drive
Mills River, NC 28759
Phone: 828.684.3562 ~ Fax: 828.684.8715
Email: jeanine_davis@ncsu.edu


Maintained by: Bryan A. Konsler

Updated May 3, 2016 by Jeanine Davis.