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We receive many calls and visits at the Extension Office from people who have land and do not know what to do with it. "What can I grow?" is a very common question, and "It depends" is the most common answer. It depends on how much time you will have to work on the land, water availability, slope of land, location, available equipment, market, etc. Extension conducts many meetings every year discussing production practices for many different areas of agriculture including horticulture, forages and livestock, agronomy, pond management, wildlife management, etc. for the beginning or experienced grower. This Farming 101 program is specifically designed for the beginning grower, but anyone can attend. A beginning grower does not mean you have never grown anything. You may be a very experienced grower of peach trees, but a beginner at greenhouse lettuce. This program is to teach you the basic practices of growing certain crops. We have other meetings with more detailed information that are available for more experienced growers.
The Farming 101 program will held on Thursdays during the month of April at the Autauga County Extension office. The first meeting will be April 5th, and the last meeting will be April 19th. There will be two classes taught each day, one from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., and one from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required, and the cost per class is $10 ($20 for both classes per day) or $50 for the entire course, and lunch will be provided each day. Please mail the registration fee to the Autauga County Extension Office, 2226 Highway 14 W, Suite E, Autaugaville, Al. 36003. If registering for individual classes, please indicate which class(es).
The classes on April 5th are Livestock Management at 10:00 a.m. and Forage Management at 12:30 p.m. On April 12th the classes are Basic Vegetable Production at 10:00 a.m. and Protected Production – (greenhouse and high tunnel) at 12:30 p.m. The classes on April 19th are Insect Pest Scouting and Management in Using Conventional and Organic (Bioinsecticidal) Approaches at 10:00 a.m. and Fruit Production at 12:30 p.m. Regional Extension Agents and Extension Specialists will be teaching these classes.
If you have questions concerning the Farming 101 program, please contact Darrue Sharpe at 334-361-7273 or Chip East at 256-846-0314.
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