Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference: Saturday, February 28th

— Written By and last updated by Margaret Green

There are many opportunities in North Carolina for the small farmer. To explore several options, a regional conference will be held on Saturday, February 28th entitled “Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference.” The Conference will be held at the Vance-Granville Community College Multi-purpose Building in Louisburg. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the program starting at 9:00 a.m. Participants will be able to attend a variety of workshops to learn the latest farming information from successful producers and educators in North Carolina. The topics will include:

Pastured Pork Production & Marketing, Shiitake Mushroom Production & Marketing (hands-on), Social Media on Your Farm, Permaculture, Hi-Tunnels: Pros & Cons, Small-scale Beef Production & Marketing, Poultry Production & Marketing, Raising Capital to Start a New Farm Venture, Solar Energy on a Farm, and Successful Business Planning for Farms.

Speakers will outline North Carolina’s legislative update on small farm issues along with a panel discussion on the Future of Small Farming in NC during lunch. Various trade show vendors will discuss grant and farm loan opportunities, equipment display, animal welfare programs, as well as agricultural commodity groups represented.

All participants will receive a resource notebook that will contain information presented throughout the day. Registration is only $20 per person and includes a resource notebook, refreshments, and lunch (only $10 for additional attendees from the same farm/family on or before February 23rd. After the 23rd including at the door on February 28th, registration will be an additional $10 per person. A Conference brochure along with registration form can be downloaded at http://franklin.ces.ncsu.edu or www.franklincountyfarmfresh.com or call Martha Mobley, Agriculture Agent, at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension at 919-496-3344 for more information. The Conference is limited to the first 75 participants to register. Sponsors of the Conference are the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Center, and the Franklin County Farm Bureau.