“Farming For Cash” is mostly an educational program. We will educate people on the following topics in an informal workshops setting:
ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BE TAUGHT IN A NON-TECHNICAL MANNER USING PHOTOGRAPHS/DIAGRAMS/VIDEOS WHERE EVER APPROPRIATE IN ORDER TO FOR THEM TO BE ACCESSIBLE TO THE LARGEST GROUP OF PEOPLE Topics of discussion:
* How to start a farm business even at a small scale or in a city; what resources and time commitments are needed
* What crops can be grown on a tight budget that could also be sold for profit; what crops can be grown in an urban setting
* Record-keeping, economics, and marketing at a small scale
* Effect of farming on income taxes and USDA programs for small farms/minority farmers/women farmers
* Workshops on small-scale commercial horticulture using traditional and new/low-tech/low cost intensive methods and organic methods: what and when to produce; how to produce; when to harvest; how to be certified organic horticulturist in KY
* Workshops on pastured poultry: how to produce poultry meat and eggs at a small scale; poultry in the city; disease and predator control; production cost and marketing of poultry
* Workshops on bee keeping (apiculture); how to get started, how to perform basic maintenance of bee hives, keeping your bees healthy; how to extract and bottle honey; marketing honey
* Workshops on catfish and tilapia production; resources needed to get started; training required for water quality and disease maintenance; where to get baby fish and feed; production costs and marketing options
* We are probably going to have a few workshops on topics that people are working at KSU such as goat/sheep management, sorghum production and bio fuels
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I think we will have our workshops in the evenings, I hope to keep them short, informative, and entertaining. Question-answer sessions after workshops will also be available.
In addition to workshops, we will get practical experience by having work demonstrations on small-scale farms: we will setup 10 farming demos per year (over a 3 year period) and ask participants (or student farmers) to learn from actual activities such as
* irrigation system setup
* Setting up raised beds and trellis for intensive vertical gardening
* chicken hoop house construction
* Keeping chickens predator proof using electric fencing
* bee hive setup and introduction of a package of honey bees, keeping chickens
* maintenance of gardens, chickens, and beehives
* harvesting and handling demonstrations for vegetable, fruits, eggs, and honey
* processing demonstration for chickens and vegetables
* sales/marketing demonstrations for products from demonstration farms
We have only money for 30 demonstrations, 10 per year, so our project team will have to select the demonstration sites based on accessibility, resources, and willingness of the farmer to take responsibility and make the demonstrations a success. Even if you cannot have a demonstration at your home/farm, there is an immense amount of knowledge that this program will give you, and its all for free.
Just a note of caution: our money for doing demos is limited, so we can do some demos though a cost-share mechanism. This means that we will not pay 100% of the costs of doing a garden or poultry or honey bees and the farmer will put up some of the expenses. I also think that is fair because then most farmers will feel a greater sense of ownership of their projects.
We are working out the cost share details soon and let everybody know.
All participants must attend the free small scale farming training workshops that will be offered once a month.