All expense paid organic training opportunity available for four NC educators working with farmers

Organic training in September 2009 at Ray Christopher's farm

Two years ago, Southern SARE awarded a grant to Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama to train county extension agents on organic horticultural crop production and marketing. That two year program was so successful that they've agreed to fund another one! This one is led by Tuskegee University in cooperation with NC State University, Auburn University, the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network, and the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. This year we will offer a two day basic training session in Alabama. Next year the advanced level training will take place in western North Carolina.

Currently, we are looking for extension agents, and others working with farmers, who may be interested in traveling to Tuskegee, Alabama for basic organic horticulture production training on August 23-24, 2010. Reasonable travel expenses will be paid (transportation, lodging, and per diem). We are collecting names of those interested and available on those dates (say August 22-25 to leave time for travel). We are also collecting information on training needs. The final agenda will be based on the survey responses, but expect presentations, some case studies, and a visit to a Alabama farm that has adopted organic practices for in-the-field demonstration and discussion. To give you some idea of what this training might look like, please see my blog posts on the training we held last September in the Chapel Hill area (just click on "training" under labels on right sidebar).

If you would like to attend this training, please respond to me by April 14. Provide a short paragraph about why you want to attend this training and what you would like to learn about organic production. Remember, there are only four slots!

Please pass on this information to other potentially interested personnel working with farmers including those from FSA, NCDA, and relevant non-profit organizations.

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