Those interested in learning more about small farm opportunities in North Carolina are invited to attend North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference Feb. 25 in Louisburg.
The event, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Seby Jones Performing Arts Center at 501 N. Main Street, is designed to help participants learn about issues affecting today’s small farmers, whether they are involved in vegetable or animal production. Successful producers, university experts and other agriculture professionals will be on hand to discuss alternative enterprises and farm management practices. There also will be a trade show, with the opportunity to meet vendors and other producers, according to Franklin County Agricultural Extension Agent Martha Mobley.
Stephen Beasley of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will deliver a morning session titled “Local Foods Pricing: Making National Local,” and, during a catered lunch, a panel will address local food marketing.
Workshops will cover a range of topics, including farm loans, small farm enterprise budgets, fence building, creating farm websites and beekeeping and value-added products. There also will be production and marketing workshops on a number of alternative crops, including Christmas trees, pastured pork, heritage poultry and ginger.
Participants will have the chance to choose from two of five sessions in the morning, then two of five in the afternoon.
Registration is $60 through Feb. 23, then $25 for others in the group. Individual registration after Feb. 23 is $75. It includes a notebook of information from all the sessions as well as lunch and a snack.
For information and to register, call Franklin County’s Cooperative Extension Center at 919-496-3344.