Successful small farms conference Feb. 25
Small farms continue growing in Franklin County and surrounding counties. The popular Annual Small Farms Opportunities Conference will be held at Louisburg College Feb. 25 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Topics include Production & Marketing of Heritage Poultry, Cut Flowers, Getting Farm Loans, Small Farm Enterprise Budgets, Hands-on Shiitake Mushroom Production, Fence Building 101, Pastured Pork Production and Marketing, and more.
There will be a small fee to participate, information about fees will be available soon. Find program details at FranklinCountyFarmFresh.com.
Contact Martha Mobley, Agricultural Extension Agent, Franklin County, 919-496-3344 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Winter horse mini-series begins Jan. 31
Horse owners in the area are invited to participate in the popular annual Horse Mini-Series which will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Center, Annex meeting room. A sponsored meal will begin the evening at 6 p.m. followed by the program on Emergency Equine First-Aid Care and other current veterinary issues.
Other upcoming programs include:
Feb. 16, Pasture Management: 10 steps to Successful Pasture Management, Martha Mobley, Franklin County ag agent, speaker, 6 p.m., Dinner followed by the program in Annex.
Feb. 18th (rain date Sunday, Feb.19), EIA Clinic at Louisburg Farmers Market Shelter for Horse Owners, 1-3:30 p.m. Coggins (EIA) blood work will be pulled; 6-Way which includes the West Nile vaccine, and rabies vaccine if requested. Call 919-496-3344 and reserve a time to bring in your equine. Free horse food coupons will also be distributed, on a first come, first serve basis. New this year: a mobile lab for same day Coggins results!
March 23, Poisonous Plants on Horse Farms, 6 p.m., dinner followed by the program in Annex.
Women in Agriculture Lunch & Learn Meetings
Are you interested in joining a very diverse, dynamic group of farm women who meets monthly to discuss issues that affect women in agriculture? Then, attend this informal group of ladies typically the first Wednesday of each month at Johnny Bull’s restaurant in Louisburg from noon – 2 p.m.
On Wednesday, March 1st, U.S. Department of Labor outreach specialist, Bridget Dutton, Wage and Hour Division, Raleigh District Office, will be the guest speaker from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. at Johnny Bull’s. Ms. Dutton will speak on farm labor laws including hiring young people on the farm, etc. Lunch is Dutch treat.