2020 Beginning Farmer Class Registration
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2020 Beginning Farmer Class
Please complete registration and then send, via US Mail, the $120 registration fee payable to "Orange County Cooperative Extension" to PLANT Beginning Farmer Program, c/o Orange County Cooperative Extension, POB 8181, Hillsborough, NC. 27278 (we are not able to take payments via credit or debit cards, payments must be made by check if mailed, or check or cash if delivered to the Orange County Cooperative Extension Office). Registration ends on January 6, 2020. One additional family member or business partner can attend for a discounted price of $80.00 if the two registrants agree to share class materials.

The class will meet every Thursday night from 6 PM until 9 PM for eight weeks starting January 9, 2020 at 306 Revere Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278.

TOPICS TYPICALLY COVERED DURING THE CLASS

- Starting a farm and preparing a cash flow statement
- Legal issues pertinent to farm start-up businesses
- Planting and growing vegetables
- Drip irrigation
- Perspectives of a young, beginning farmer
- Transplant production
- Introduction to soils/soil testing
- Whole farm planning
- Observations on direct marketing farm products
- Farmers' market set-up and display
- Food safety
- Local farmers market managers share information about their markets
- Cover crops
- Record keeping
- Vegetable diseases
- Tools and equipment for small farms
- On farming at the Breeze Farm Incubator
- Capital resources
- Weed control with and without plastic mulch
- Vegetable insects
- Why you might consider livestock and poultry as part of your farming operation


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What do you see as the biggest obstacle in starting your own farm operation? *
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After completing the PLANT Beginning Farmer program, when do you anticipate starting your own farm business? *
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