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Farming & Homesteading Series

This new program features 3 main subject areas divided into different class sessions.

Class 1: Abundance on a Small Permaculture Homestead (2.5 Hours)
Join Jackie Wall the owner of Bakersville’s Little Half Acre for a lesson on how to create food abundance using organic, permaculture, and polyculture methods to grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, flowers, and herbs.

5/9, T, 5:30–8:00 p.m.
$20
Instructor: Wall
Yancey: 828.682.7315
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Class 2: Farming and Insects (6.5 Hours)
Farmscaping is a way to use plants to attract beneficial insects. This will be a unique opportunity for a field day with a nationally renowned collector, Richard McDonald, PhD Entomologist, of predator insects used to combat other tree-damaging insects across the country.

5/6, Sa, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
$30
Instructor: McDonald
Yancey: 828.682.7315
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Class 3: The Business of Market Farming (2.5 Hours)
Join one of the owners of Seven Seeds Farms, Jared Kilmer for an insightful exploration into the business side of small farming. Topics include budgeting, leasing land, streamlining farm systems, marketing, and viability of small farming.

2/16, Th, 5:30–8:00 p.m.
$20
Instructor: Kilmer
Yancey: 828.682.7315
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Class 4: Summer Cover Cropping (9 Hours)
What are summer cover crops? Peas like black eye, iron clay or tall nitrogen fixes like sunn hemp or buckwheat for bees. You will find out how to use these in a hands-on planting activity.

5/2, 5:30–8:00 p.m. & 5/13, Sa, 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$30
Instructor: Smith
Yancey: 828.682.7315
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Class 5: Farm Knowledge I: Transitions–A Study in Change (25 Hours)
There are many systems for farming and homesteading including organic/regeneration, Permaculture, Biodynamic, and hybrid systems. This course will explore the benefits of each system focusing on individual needs in terms of soil, weather changes, markets and other concerns. Topics will also include soil management, soil profile development, nutrient needs, and plant health and ways to become more successful producers.

1/26, 1/31, 2/2, 2/11, 2/23, &
2/25, TTh, 5:30–8:30 & Sa, 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$70
Instructor: Smith
Yancey: 828.682.7315
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Class 6: Farm Knowledge II: Looking Deeper (22 Hours)
Given many changes around food production, this series will expand on farm or homestead evaluation processes. To help attendees be more successful producers, discussion topics will include soil management, soil profile development, nutrient needs, and plant health.

2/7–3/7, T, 5:30–8:30 p.m. &
3/4–3/11, Sa. 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$125
Instructor: Smith
Yancey: 828.682.7315
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