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NC State Extension

2019 Big Dreams Small Farms Piedmont

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.

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Small Ruminants (Sheep & Goats) Production- March 13th

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

photo credit: https://www.farmflavor.com/north-carolina/north-carolina-family-farms-leave-lasting-legacies/

Pastured Pork Production- April 11th

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

Agritourism- April 25th

Topics Covered: We will consider a real case study scenario and look at the challenges of starting a Farm with the benefits an challenges of Agritourism. Plus we get to visit an operation already making it work.

photo credit: http://www.nc-ana.org/

Pastured  Poultry Production- May 9th

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

Small Fruit Production- May 23rd

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

Market Garden- June 13th

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