Saturday, September 5, 2009
Training Extension Agents in Organic Horticulture
For three days next week, Debbie Roos (http://growingsmallfarms.org/), Tony Kleese (http://www.easterncarolinaorganics.com/), Richard Boylan (Ashe and Watagua Co. Alt. Ag Agent), and I will be leading a three day session to train extension agents from NC, SC, AL, and AR about organic horticulture. This is an advanced level training session to help build a core group of agents in each state to serve as resource agents on organic agriculture for other agents in their state. All the agents attended a beginner level training last year in their own states. This is all part of a Southern SARE (http://www.southernsare.uga.edu/) funded project entitled 'Building Organic Agriculture Extension Training Capacity in the Southeast' led by Elena Garcia at the University of Arkansas. We will base our training out of Chapel Hill so we can visit the following wonderful examples of organic and sustainable agriculture in North Carolina: Peregrine Farm (http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/chatham/ag/SustAg/hittSAREawarda.html), Timberwood Organics (http://www.timberwoodorganics.com/), Benjamin Vineyards (http://www.benjaminvineyards.com/), the Student Farm at Central Carolina Community College (http://www.cccc.edu/curriculum/majors/sustainableagriculture/) and Eastern Carolina Organics (http://www.easterncarolinaorganics.com/).