Farming for newbies, pros, and the curious

Steve Tate talks goat at his Goat Lady Dairy

Old-timers know all about the wonderful Sustainable Agriculture Conference put on yearly by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. So for the newbies, here’s the deal: for a weekend you get a lineup of farm-related workshops (like cheesemaking with Steve Tate of Goat Lady Dairy), exhibits, tours, and, maybe best of all, amazing meals. I know I packed on a few pounds at my last conference. Imagine a buffet of homemade dishes all using local ingredients. It doesn’t get much better.

This year’s conference is Dec 3-5 in Winston-Salem. Early-bird registration, for a $50 discount, ends Sept. 15. All details, including pricing (members pay less), are here.

Girl feeds chicken at Edible Schoolyard

Some highlights: workshops on biochar, mushrooms, farm planning, organic weed control, farmers’ markets, food safety, and raising livestock.

Special tours go out on Friday, and those include looks at heirloom horticulture at Historic Old Salem and the new Edible Schoolyard Project in Greensboro, which I’ve written about for Southern Living (but it hasn’t run yet).  Tours fill up fast, so get moving! Early bird gets the worm, and you know how much farmers love their worms!

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