Three sessions will be held between January and March.
January 22, 2015 at the University Of Georgia Conference Center, 15 RDC Road, Tifton, Georgia 31793
February 19, 2015 at Fort Valley State University Pettigrew Center, 1005 State University Drive, Fort Valley, Georgia 31030
March 12, 2015 at Gwinnett Technical College Busbee Center, 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043
Topics will include 2014 Farm Bill, Micro-Irrigation, EQIP (Veteran Ranking) Process, Small vs. Large Farm, Organic Certification, Seasonal High Tunnels, and more! In addition, presentations from expert keynote speakers and entertainment from agricultural comedian David Ferrell. Early registration and payment of fee $20 can be completed online at http://conta.cc/1vjYPvM - select specific workshop location under session section of link. We look forward to seeing you there!!
Location: the Agricultural Technology Conference Center, 46 Camp John Hope Road, Fort Valley, Georgia
The workshop is from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Lunch is provided.
Objectives for the workshop are;
To enlist new farmers and ranchers interested in the National Organic Program and help them learn how to become NOP certified in the Gulf States Region, which includes Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia
To provide information and expertise to farmers interested in the National Organic Program and answer questions regarding organic farm practices and NOP certification
To provide outreach to new, beginning, minority, and historically underserved farmers interested in organic and sustainable farming
To aid farmers in transitioning from conventional farm systems to certified organic and sustainable farming practices.
For information and to register for upcoming workshops, go to the NCAT webpage at www.ncat.org/events/.
Fees: The first workshop series will cover the basics of organic production and how to get certified organic. NCAT will work in collaboration with Quality Certification Services (QCS) of Gainesville, Florida, which provides organic certification as a program of Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers, Inc. (FOG).
The second workshop series will be in the spring of 2015 and act as a follow-up for farmers who took part in the first series as well as any others interested in switching to certified organic production. The workshop team will help any of the workshop participants who want to set up a site inspection on their farms. There will be workshop days in each of the five states to answer questions participants may have, conduct mock inspections, and schedule organic certification inspections.
The Broad River Soil and Water Conservation District, in partnership with the Upper Chattahoochee River Soil and Water Conservation District and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, will be hosting a small farm conference at Unicoi State Park in Helen, Ga.
Registration for the conference is $225 per person. However, through sponsorship from the Broad River Soil and Water Conservation District, the first 120 people to reserve a spot will receive a fully-paid scholarship for the event.