Beginning Farmer Workshop Offers Tips For Those Interested In Farming Techniques

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NORTH BRUNSWICK — Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County presents a new series of seminars for those interested in farming, or implementing farming techniques on their residential property. Part one of the Beginner Farmers Workshop will take place on Wednesday, April 17, from 6 to 9 p.m., and is entitled Getting Started Farming – Basics of Traditional and Organic Styles. This seminar will take place at the EARTH Center, in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue, North Brunswick.

Led by Agricultural Agent and Rutgers Professor, Bill Hlubik, the class will explore small farm enterprises and the concepts of healthy soil and water quality as the foundation of healthy crops. Basic resources available for beginners will be discussed. Other topics covered include: the requirements for farmland assessment, organic or low input agriculture, nutrient cycling, proper plant selection, cover crop choices, product marketing and CSA’s.

Part 2 of the Beginner Farmer Workshop will take place on Wednesday, May 1 and is called Small Scale Organic Farming and Homesteading. This class takes place on a local “Micro-Farm” which produces organic eggs, tree nuts and produces lumber on site with a small sawmill.

To register for the program, call the Middlesex County Extension office at 1-732-398-5262. Deadline for registration for Part 1 is April 12, no walk –ins will be accepted.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension is an Equal Opportunity provider of programs and employment.

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