Military Veterans and Beginning Farmer

This series targets beginning and small farmers to teach relevant skills, encouraging peer to peer learning, and offering mentorship with experienced growers. Beginning Military Veteran Farmers are especially encouraged to attend these events.

Free classes, Tuesdays at 6 pm at the Agriplex (exceptions listed below).

Registration required. Light dinner provided with pre-registration.

To register contact Tony Glover at, or 205-568-0005.

Is there free money to farm?

January 10th

Financial opportunities uncovered. Explore financial resources for Beginning and Veteran Farmers with representatives from agricultural agencies on hand to talk about opportunities available.

So you want to keep bees for fun and profit?

February 21st

This introduction to beekeeping will feature Extension and experienced local beekeepers with a panel discussion and exhibits

Do you want to sell your farm, garden or kitchen products to the public?

March 14th

Experienced farmers and marketers will talk about tips and tricks to get the most out of what you grow and make in your kitchen

Getting started with meat goats @ 4pm

April 11th

A Triple J Farms will host the workshop where you can learn the basics of meat goat production, market opportunities, and visit with experienced producers.

Improving your bottom line: niche crops and value-added products

May 9th

Extension specialist and Sweet Grown Alabama representative discuss niche fruits, vegetables and value-added products you might consider adding to your offerings

Are pumpkins and gourds difficult to grow?

June 13th

Retired Auburn University Researcher Arnold Caylor will talk about how to grow decorative and edible pumpkins, gourds and squash

Managing your soils to increase returns

July 11th

Extension agents will talk about managing soils on small-scale farms and in high tunnels through soil solarization, compost, cover crops and more

Farming for profit & agritourism

August 8th

Learn if your farm is a business or a hobby and steps to move into agritourism from Extension, and a panel discussion with local farmers experienced with agritourism

Animal first aid on the farm @ 4pm

September 12th

Snead Farmhouse will host this workshop with Dr. Jarrod Harney, Harney Veterinarian Services, showing basic first aid and maintenance that farmers can use to treat their animals

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