Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Farm Bureau Workshop

I just found out the Fairfield County Farm Bureau is hosting a workshop in Bethel all about organic farming/gardening, greenhouse and hydroponic growing techniques and livestock farming.

The workshop is from 10am to 1:30pm this Saturday at the Bethel Extension Center on Stony Hill Road. It costs $20 for Farm Bureau members and $25 for non-members and is open to the public.

The Fairfield County Farm Bureau says its goal with this workshop is to support the public’s interest and demand for locally-grown vegetables and food, by providing expert information that will assist local area farmers, as well as back-yard gardening enthusiasts.

Here's the list of workshop speakers and topics:

"The Best Soil Amendments for Successful Organic Growing"
Speaker: Guy Beardsley, an organic farmer and owner of Guy’s Eco-Garden and founder of the Shelton Farmers’ Market

"Current Trends in Connecticut Livestock Farming"
Speaker: Michael Keilty, a livestock farmer, UCONN Agricultural College research associate and co-author of the book Alternative Health Practices for Livestock

"Successful Greenhouse, Hydroponic, and High Tunnel Growing Techniques"
Speaker: Dr. Martin Gent, a greenhouse and hydroponic crop growing expert at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

So, if you don't already have plans for Saturday, this might be fun to check out. For more info or to register go to the Fairfield County Farm Bureau website.
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