State News and Activities
For more information about upcoming Georgia sustainable ag news and events, visit the UGA Sustainable Ag News & Events website.
Organic Grain Production Field Day, June 27
TIFTON, Georgia -- Organic Grain and Oilseed Production Workshop will held at NESPAL in Tifton, GA (2360 Rainwater Road, Tifton, GA 31793). This all day workshop will feature experts in various types of organic grain production and will include classroom and field presentations.
This workshop is co-sponsored by SARE and Georgia Organics and will be open to both extension agents and farmers.
This FREE all-day workshop will feature national experts in various types of organic grain production specific to Georgia's climate. A mixture of classroom presentations and in the field training's will give participants a great understanding of how to get started.
Please contact Kate Munden-Dixon to reserve your space, email@example.com/706-542-8084.
Lunch will be provided for all attendees.
UGA Organic Twilight Tour, July 11
WATKINSVILLE, Georgia -- UGA organic and sustainable agriculture experts will host the second annual Organic Twilight Tour on July 11 at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences organic research farm in Watkinsville.
Last year’s inaugural Organic Twilight Tour attracted more than 100 visitors to the Durham Horticulture Farm, where the college’s organic research farm is located.
“Due to overwhelming interest last year, we have decided to make the Organic Twilight Tour an annual event,” said Kate Munden-Dixon, program assistant with Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, or SARE.
“There's always new research at the Horticulture Farm that farmers, gardeners and the community will be interested in, so this is a great chance for anyone interested to come learn directly from the researchers and see the plots,” she said.
The Durham Horticulture Farm, at 1221 Hog Mountain Road in Watkinsville, will be open for tours of the organic growing operation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 11. Admission is free to the public.
The open house will also be a chance for farmers and gardeners to learn about some of the newest research being conducted at the farm.
Researchers and students will give talks and describe demonstration plots, where the latest organic cultivation practices are tested.
This year’s demonstration topics include:
- Apple Variety Trials – Many small farmers and home gardeners are interested in growing fruit on a small scale for local production. Researchers here are evaluating three older Southern apple varieties for fruit quality and disease and insect resistance.
- Micro-irrigation – Just because the drought is over doesn’t mean gardeners don’t need efficient irrigation to keep their gardens healthy. Come learn how to set up a drip or micro-irrigation system for your farm or garden plot.
- Squash Diseases – Cucurbit yellow vine disease (CYVD) is an insect-transmitted bacterial disease that has caused significant problems for organic squash growers. Researchers are examining the effectiveness of using row covers to manage the problem and will offer insight into when plants are most susceptible to infection.
- Summer Vegetable Production – A solid primer on the best practices for summer vegetable production.
- Cool Season Vegetables – Can organic lettuce, broccoli, onions and strawberries be profitable? Researchers will show off the latest information about cultivating these crops in the Southeast and share best practices.
- Summer Cover Crops – Learn about a wide variety of summer cover crops and when and why they should be used.
- High Tunnels – High tunnels can help extend the growing season for many crops, but they aren’t a panacea. Researchers will cover the proper use of high tunnels and when they have the largest impact. Admission to the tour will be free and preregistration is not required. This year’s tour is sponsored by Southern SARE, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Piedmont Beginning Farmers Development Partnership.
For more information about sustainable agriculture at UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, visit http://www.SustainAgGA.org. For more information about the tour, contact UGA Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator Julia Gaskin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introduction to Small-Scale Recirculating Aquaculture Systems, July 17
FORT VALLEY, Georgia -- Introduction to Small-Scale Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia.
It's now possible to raise large amounts of aquaculture products in a relatively small space with the use of recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). This program provides an introduction to the basic principles of the design, components and the management of small-scale RAS.
This workshop will be held at 102 C.W. Pettigrew Center Center and the aquaculture greenhouses. For more information please contact Patricia L Duncan at 478-283-2012 or email@example.com.
Starting a New Food Business in Georgia, September 24-25
ATHENS, Georgia -- Starting a New Food Business in Georgia Workshop will be held in Athens, GA.
This totally new workshop will address many of the concerns of the food entrepreneur just getting started. The UGA Extension faculty from the Department of Food Science & Technology and the National Center for Home Food Preservation, and representatives from the Georgia Department of Agriculture and FDA will address topics concerning the food product entrepreneur, including:
* food safety and sanitation
* getting your label approved
* meeting GDA and FDA regulations
* product testing for safety (pH, temp)
* proper canning/bottling techniques
* record keeping and product recalls
* choosing a co-packer or shared kitchen
The program will conclude with a panel discussion with experts and faculty answering your questions about the challenges in starting, running, and growing a food business in Georgia.
This new workshop will be held at the Extension Food Science Teaching Facility, Room 242, Food Science Building, 100 Cedar Street on the UGA Campus in Athens, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, and 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25-26, 2013.
Enrollment for this course is limited to 40 so that participants will have ample opportunity to interact with speakers and staff and have their questions answered.
Pre-registration is required. Register by Sept. 10, 2013 – fee $150.00.The registration fee includes participant instruction materials, lunch, refreshment breaks, tuition and certificate. Lodging, parking fees, breakfasts and evening meals are NOT included. Click here to register online.
For other questions about the workshop, call the Extension Food Science Office at (706) 542-2574 or by email at email EFS@uga.edu.