NC Cooperative Extension

Successful Small Farm Opportunities Conference

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 Successful Small Farm Opportunities Conference

People who are looking to farm on an intensive scale, and to
maximize their income from small acreages are welcome to attend the 3rd
annual Successful Small Farm Opportunities Workshop, to be held on Saturday,
December 6, 2008, at Vance-Granville Community College, South Campus, in Creedmoor, NC.

Registration begins at 8:00 A.M. with the Welcome and
General Session beginning at 9 A.M. 
Martha Mobley, NCCES in Franklin
County and Paul Westfall, NCCES in Granville County
will give a brief welcome, followed by Mike Lanier, NCCES in Orange County,
talking about the importance of "Buying Local."

Program participants will be able to choose three out of
five 45 minute concurrent sessions in the morning, including Bramble (raspberry
and blackberry) Production and Marketing, Small Scale Poultry Production, Pond
Management for Agritourism, Making Money with Irrigation, and Pawpaws: A
Forgotten Native.

Bramble production is being tried all across the state and
Dr. Gina Fernandez will inform the group about what brambles do the best in the

Bailey Newton of Bullock, NC will tell about his successes
in pasture-raised poultry.

People who are thinking about promoting Agritourism on the
farm will be interested in listening to Dr. Jim Rice talk about proper pond
management for Agritourism.

Irrigation is a must for growing fruits and vegetables;
without it, crop losses would be significant. 
Jon Davidson of Berry Hill Irrigation will speak about the proper types
of drip irrigation available and what needs to be done to ensure a good

The Pawpaw is an under-utilized tree, which is native to the
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and South Central U.S.  The custard-like flesh tastes like a cross
between banana, pineapple, and mango. 
New varieties have been developed with fruits that weigh over one lb.  The pawpaw is being studied in a small
orchard of 24 trees that contain six different improved varieties to see how
they grow in northern Granville
County.  The orchard was planted in 2007 by Carl
Cantaluppi, with an anticipated first harvest in 2011.  He will talk about pawpaw growing, harvesting
and marketing to try to introduce them as a high value horticultural crop,
worthy of production in our area.

The afternoon sessions will include Poultry, Meat and Eggs
in NC: What Farmers Need to Know, The Smelly Truth About Garlic Production,
Small Scale Dairy Production, Value-Added Products: Bottling, Canning, and
Dehydration for the Beginner, and Production and Marketing of Freshwater Prawns.

As more people decide to raise livestock locally for sale to
the consumer, they need to follow state regulations, which will be covered by
Dr. Beth Yongue and Richard Hoyle, of the NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer

Garlic has its place as a niche market, high value crop that
is being successfully grown and marketed by Natalie Foster, who will explain
how she does it.

Portia McKnight will discuss Small Scale Dairy Production
for those that would like to give it a try.

Food processing techniques will be discussed by Jack Pyritz,
of Bobbees Bottling, for those who would like to sell value-added products from
their raw commodities. 

Joe Thompson will discuss the new production techniques of
raising freshwater prawns (shrimp), a unique new agricultural enterprise.

The cost of the one-day workshop is $35.00 per person, which
will include a resource notebook, snack, and lunch.  The cost for each additional person in the
family or business is $15.00, which includes a snack and lunch.

Pre-registration is required and will be limited to 75
people only.  The deadline to register is
November 29, 2008. 

For a copy of the program and pre-registration form, click on the link below or contact
the Franklin County Extension
Center at 919-496-3344,
Granville County Extension Center at 919-603-1350, Vance County Extension Center at
252-438-8188, or the Warren County Extension Center at 252-257-3640.

  Successful Small Farm Opportunities Conference Brochure



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