Fresh Central is hosting a series of short courses in May 2017, with topics designed for small, diversified farms, market gardeners, and skill-seekers interested in farming and large scale gardening for fun and profit. These short courses are an in-depth exploration of farm technology fundamentals and best practices that can help you build a lean, efficient and profitable farm.
DATES: May 8th ● May 17th ● May 22nd ● May 31st, 2017
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Connected by CLEDA and funded in part by USDA
1. Introduction to Efficiency and Improving Financial Bottom Lines
An overview of the Technology in Farming Series with engaging resources from the National Center for Appropriate Technology, the ControlledEnvironment Agriculture Center, and more! Your farm or ranch is greater than the sum of its parts, these short courses will look at several farm systems and how they intersect with available technology to support increased profitability, growing/raising food year-round and improved efficiency.
Location: CLEDA offices @ 900 4th Street ● Alexandria LA 71301 ● Suite 300 ● The Classroom (to right of vault)
Date & Time: Monday, May 8th, 2017 ● 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Using “The Irrigator’s Pocket Guide” as a reference, this workshop will discuss irrigation tips & tricks to keep cost low and soils and plants healthy. Get to know this take-to-the-field guide that demystifies the art of irrigation management, explains everything you need to know about soil moisture and crop water use. Free copy of “The Irrigator’s Pocket Guide” for first 20 pre-registered attendees.
Location: CLEDA offices @ 900 4th Street ● Alexandria LA 71301 ● Suite 300 ● The Vault Meeting Room
Date & Time: Wednesday May 17th, 2017 ● 3:30 – 5:00 pm
3. Row Covers, High Tunnels & Greenhouses
From low-tech to hi-tech: a discussion and exploration of floating row covers, caterpillar tubes, high tunnels, and glazed greenhouses. These tools and technologies can help you control temperatures, water use, pest management, and extend your growing seasons. Join us to explore options and impacts for your operation. Includes a tour and Q & A with Gray-Walk Farm (controlled environmental agriculture operation) owner Jay Pearson.
Location: Gray-Walk Farm ● 90 Harold Miles Rd ● Alexandria, LA 71301
Date & time: Monday, May 22nd, 2017 ● 3:30 – 5:00 pm
4. Equipment for Scaling Up
Choosing the right tool or piece of equipment can be a challenge and can also greatly effect production efficiency and the economic bottom line for the small-scale farmer. Investing in well-designed hand tools or good quality equipment enhances the farmer’s ability to maximize production. Using tractors and implements designed for small-scale intensive crop production can increase crop quality and yields while reducing labor inputs. Join us to see some of the companies that are bringing science and innovation to fields around the nation. Hoss Tools Wheel Hoe Demonstration. Oggun Tractor Demonstration.
Location: Dean Lee Research Station ● 8105 Tom Bowman Dr. ● Alexandria, LA 71302
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 ● 3:30 pm to 5:30pmTechnol