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Pre-Conference Workshops

Friday, March 6, 2015

soilBetter Soil Ecology for Better Farming (Now Full)

with Elaine Ingham WHEN: 1:30 PM – 7:00 PM · Friday, March 6th LOCATION: Living Web Farm Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center, 455 Research Dr, Mills River, NC 28759. COST: with Conference Registration: $35 without Conference Registration: $50 Spend the afternoon with world-renowned soil biologist Elaine Ingham who will address salient, real-life examples of soil dynamism and instructions on how to fine tune soil nutrients for specific crops. Ingham will speak and tour Living Web Farms’ forced-air compost bins and compost tea operations in addition to the intensively cropped, no-till vegetable operation. Participants will hear stories from Elaine’s career of people actually suppressing weeds with proper soil biology, and stories of real people Elaine has worked with using compost tea and microbe-rich methods to both increase yields and suppress diseases. This workshop is sponsored by Living Web Farms.

Beyond the Backyard: Raising Poultry in a Sustainable Way!chick

with Jim Adkins, Steve Pope, & Nathan Freeman, Sustainable Poultry Network
WHEN: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM · Friday, March 6th
LOCATION: Franny’s Farm, Leicester, NC
COST: with Conference Registration: $35, without Conference Registration: $50

Learn to raise your own poultry flock at Franny’s Farm where the entire process happens: breeding, hatching, growing, butchering and marketing! The class will cover everything you need to know including: identify the poultry breed that best suits your farm; learn how to brood, properly feed & grow poultry, basic husbandry, disease control, and also the basics of processing & cooking. Join these sustainable poultry specialists for the A-Z of homestead chicken farming and you’ll be off and running in no time.

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