Register Now for the 2020 Beginning Farmer Class

Posted On November 13, 2019— Written By Mike Lanier

Classes are scheduled on Thursday nights starting January 9th through February 27th, 2020, when farmers are less busy and those aspiring to farm can get excited about the soon-to-be new growing season. The class runs for eight weeks and meets from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., which is a little tough for those who work 9 to 5, but so far its worked every year. We do provide local and/or organic snacks, purchased from our local grocery cooperative, at the break during each session.

The cost of the class is $120 for 8 sessions.

For questions or more information contact Mike Lanier at 919-245-2063.

Typical Topics Covered in the Beginning Farmer Class *

  • Starting a Farm/Preparing a Cash Flow
  • Legal Issues Pertinent to Farm Start-up Businesses
  • Transplant Production
  • Irrigation
  • Planting and Growing Vegetables
  • Whole Farm Planning
  • Perspectives of a Young Beginning Farmer
  • Introduction to Soils/Soil Testing
  • Farmers Market Set-up and Display
  • Food Safety
  • Post-Harvest Handling
  • Tools and Equipment for Small Farms
  • Vegetable Insect Identification and Management
  • Cover Crops
  • Local Farmers Market Representative(s) Talk About Their Markets
  • Record keeping
  • Direct Marketing Farm Products
  • Vegetable Diseases
  • Capital Resources
  • Weed Control with and without Plastic
  • Honey Bee Pollination
  • Why Consider Livestock and Poultry Enterprises on Your Farm

*Topics covered may vary depending on speaker availability


Written By

Mike Lanier, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMike LanierArea Agent, Agribusiness Call Mike E-mail Mike N.C. Cooperative Extension, Orange County Center
Updated on Nov 13, 2019
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