The December 2020 issue of Field Notes reviews the unusual past year at the Kerr Center – with a look ahead at what 2021 may bring.
The Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is holding its 27th Annual Conference online this year. This virtual conference format features expert speakers and will draw participants from across the state and country. The conference includes virtual tours of farms, ranches, and homesteads from different regions and of different scales to highlight the diverse ways that Texans are participating in organic and sustainable agriculture. With workshops featuring top soil scientists, industry experts, and innovative and experienced farmers and ranchers, this year’s conference is sure to excite and engage!
Live sessions will be held every Tuesday and Thursday evening in January and February. Dive in deep with expert speakers and fellow agriculturalist on topics like applied weed ecology, on-farm goat diaries, high tunnel management, utilizing technology for online sales, and much, MUCH more! Tune in to live sessions to have the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas.
Never miss a session with a-synchronistic viewing options! If you are unable to tune-in to workshops on Tuesday or Thursday you can view them at your leisure. Your conference registration gives you access to the session recordings up to a year after the conference.
EcoFarm Conference will feature inspiring keynotes, educational workshops, skill-building pre-conferences, extensive networking, a virtual trade show, and more!
Rick Snyder has been a Professor and Extension Vegetable Specialist at Mississippi State University since 1988, specializing in greenhouse vegetable extension and research. He has coordinated the annual Greenhouse Tomato Short Course, a national conference for greenhouse growers, for 28 years, and has written numerous publications on greenhouse tomatoes, including the Greenhouse Tomato Handbook.
While Rick’s emphasis will be towards commercial production, he is experienced in helping people adapt his recommendations for the greenhouse hobbyist. Dr. Snyder has graciously agreed to be “live” that day thus making him available for Q and A. Details forthcoming regarding the registration process.
Zoom registration instructions will be provided in January 2021.
The Shackelford Webinar Series webinars, designed for both consumers and green industry professionals, are free with expenses defrayed due to the ongoing generosity of Charles and Linda Shackelford, former co-owners of TLC, Oklahoma City. (Traditional conferences will resume when conditions permit.)
Get Cooking: Slow Cookers
Are you looking forward to cozying up with a warm, hearty meal but don’t have the time or energy? Set it and forget it with a slow cooker meal. Join Taylor Conner from Oklahoma County Extension as she shares tips and tricks for easy and tasty meals with a slow cooker. Recipes will be provided. Registration required to receive the Zoom link.
Raising Sheep & Goats 101
One of the appeals of living on an acreage or in a more rural area is the ability to raise animals for fun or profit. This program is for anyone considering raising sheep or goats for the first time. Join Oklahoma County Extension Educator Joshua Campbell to learn the basics of breed selection, housing, fencing, health and nutrition for sheep and goats. Registration required to receive the Zoom link.