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2019 Big Dreams Small Farms Foothills

Big Dreams Small Farms is a program aimed at uncovering the details of agricultural production systems for those who are looking to start a new farm.

A half day in the classroom…

Where we cover:  production systems, variety selection, facilities/infrastructure needed, start-up costs, marketing options, insect/disease control, and post-harvest handling. All focused on the specific fruit or vegetable crops for the day.

Or…

For animal production, we will cover:  breed selection, basic animal care/husbandry, start-up costs, processing, marketing. We will keep the topics focused toward which animal production system we are focused on for the day.

Then a half day on the farm…

We want you to meet a farmer and have them walk you through the practical “how to’s” that we just can’t show you in the classroom. Sometimes is just better to see it and explain it if you are really wanting to know if this animal or crop is right for you. That is our goal during the farm visit.

Big Dreams, Small Farms Foothills Registration

Market Garden – May 28, 2019

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Topics Covered: Site Selection, Production Systems, Variety Selection, Facilities/Infrastructure Needed, Start-Up Costs, Marketing Options, Insect/Disease Control, Post Harvest Handling

Small Fruit Production – May 14, 2019

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Topics Covered: Blueberries, Blackberries & Muscadines, Site Selection, Production Systems, Variety Selection, Facilities/Infrastructure Needed, Start-Up Costs, Marketing Options, Insect/Disease Control, Post Harvest Handling

Pastured  Poultry Production – April 23, 2019

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Topics Covered: Site Selection, Facilities/Infrastructure, Production Systems, Breed Selection, Basic Animal Care/husbandry, Start-Up Costs, Processing, Marketing

Small Ruminants (Sheep & Goats) Production – April 9, 2019

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Photo credit: Farm Flavor

Topics Covered: Site Selection/Facilities/Infrastructure, Production Systems, Breed Selection, Basic Animal Care/husbandry, Start-Up Costs, Processing, Marketing

Cow/Calf, Stocker- March 19, 2019

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Topics Covered: Site Selection/Facilities/Infrastructure, Production Systems, Breed Selection, Basic Animal Care/husbandry, Start-Up Costs, Processing, Marketing