Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Farm School?

It seems kind of crazy, to go to school to become a farmer, but I'm willing to do what it takes to learn all that I can. Even though I've been growing a lot of different things over the years, I have a great deal to put into practice.

Piedmont Farm School, they call it. Tonight is the first class in a seven-month series of classes and farm field trips.

PIEDMONT FARM SCHOOLThe Piedmont Farm School is a seven-month educational and outreach program that trains beginning and transitioning farmers. The program is designed to help them operate successful small-scale, sustainable farms. The effort aims to increase the number of local growers and the production of locally grown products within the Piedmont region. It also plans to create a network of local small farms and to help cultivate viable markets for their products. The school involves students from Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Montgomery, Randolph and Rowan counties.
Mike Roberts and Jonathan Baros, both affiliated with the N.C. State agricultural and resource economics department, will teach business planning seminars. Baros is also a member of N.C. MarketReady, the Cooperative Extension outreach of the Plants for Human Health Institute.
Learn more about the 2012 Piedmont Farm School.

It's going to be a great year. What are you doing this year that you never thought you'd do?


Our Neck of the Woods said...

I think farm school sounds awesome! We are learning the hard way - trial and error. Would be nice to have some good education before we undertake a project.

This spring we are getting bees! I never thought I would be a beekeeper, but it appears that I will be very soon :)

wtf-ery said...

There is a lot to be said for trial and error - it's the way to learn how NOT to do things - in a hurry!

Bless you and your bees, my goal is to be ready for them by the end of this year, and go looking to set up a small hive in the early spring. Imagine, being a beekeeper! It's HIGH on my list of things to do.

Thanks so much for stopping by,


Anonymous said...

Awesome and sounds exciting. There are really good farmers in hour ancestry. Papa and grandma Frakes your maternal great great grand parents could grow things others could not. Grandma has the details. Loving you following your passions..love Mom

wtf-ery said...

Thanks for reading along, Mom! I remember so clearly the garden that Nana and Papa had; it seemed to go on for acres and acres. And the Cherry Tree! Oh my goodness....Great memories.

I love you!