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August Workshop

August 14-15 Workshop and Aug 16 Tour - Information

The workshop will be held in Texas State University's campus from August 14th-15th and followed by an exciting farm tour on August 16th. The event is free to attend, but requires pre-registration. Scholarships, which will provide hotel and other travel expenses, will be provided to a number of participants who are U.S. military veterans or from any historically disadvantaged group due to race or ethnicity. All this is possible thanks to a generous grant from the Office of Advocacy and Outreach of the USDA.

Scholarships

All Individuals that qualify for scholarships will be contacted after registration and the scholarships will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis and to those who attend both days of our workshop. Many experts and small producers are among the slated speakers.

Further Information

Every registered attendee will receive information regarding the venue, parking, and hotel recommendations by email.

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Tentative Schedule:

Day1:

Registration and coffee, starting at 8:00 am.

Followed by:

  • Sessions on Whole Farm Planning and Protection, legal and insurance issues, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and marketing and advertising for small producers.
  • Interactive lunch provided during the small producer panel.
  • Followed by two parallel sessions on financial planning and federal and state resources, from which you will choose one to attend.

Day2:

Focuses on technical topics such as:

  • Scaling up production
  • Market readiness
  • Agrotourism
  • High tunnel production
  • Hot season crops
  • Irrigation
  • Small farm poultry
  • Goats
  • Cover cropping and
  • Specialty crops

On day 2 all workshops will be conducted during parallel sessions and attendees will choose which ones they will attend.

Evenings:

Evenings are free to join restaurants, pubs in the area, and explore more of the beautiful San Marcos on your own.