Monday, March 23, 2015 - RESCHEDULED TO 3/30/2015
Central City Civic Center and Buffalo Ridge Orchard
Event Link: Post-Harvest Handling and Food Safety in Theory & Practice
Organized By: Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development
As the demand for local produce has exploded in the last five years, so has the expectation on the part of consumers and institutional buyers for high quality fruits and vegetables with an extended shelf life. Join veteran farmer and consultant Chris Blanchard for a look at the theory and practice of keeping your produce in top condition while minimizing the risk of microbial contamination. This workshop includes a classroom component and and on-site demonstrations of post-harvest handling techniques at Buffalo Ridge Orchard and vegetable farm.
Southern SAWG Conference: Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms General Conference
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Event Link: http://mosesorganic.org/conference/
Organized By: Mosesorganic.org
12 Simple Steps to Food Safety - As the demand for local and organic food has exploded in the last five years, so has the expectation on the part of consumers and institutional buyers for production and handling systems designed to minimize microbial contamination. Rock Spring Farm's Chris Blanchard guides you through twelve simple steps you can take to put you and your farm on the way to safe food production.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Event Link: http://mfvga.org/
Organized By: http://mfvga.org/
Saving Labor on the Market Farm - Market farming is all about moving stuff around, whether you're moving vegetables from the soil to the packing house, water from the well to your transplants, or seeds from their packet to the soil. We'll explore the systems and tools used by Rock Spring Farm and other market farms for seeding crops in the field and greenhouses, transplanting sets, pruning and greenhouse crop maintenance, weeding tools, harvesters, post-harvest handling, materials handling, and record-keeping.
Food Safety - As the demand for local and organic food has expanded, so has the expectation for production and handling systems designed to minimize microbial contamination. Chris Blanchard guides you through twelve simple steps you can take to put you and your farm on the way to safe food production.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Event Link: http://practicalfarmers.org/farminar/index.html
Organized By: Practicalfarmers.org
Explore systems and tools to help you improve your organic transplant production in this online session.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Event Link: http://www.cvcountryside.org/
Organized By: Countryside Conservancy
Being a sustainable farmer is more than the farming methods you use, it also means ensuring you can stay in business regardless of your marketing outlet. Chris Blanchard of Rock Spring Farm and Flying Rutabaga Works will help you navigate pricing strategies to meet your customer needs and your farm's bottom line.
6pm Central Time.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Event Link: www.practicalfarmers.org/farminar/
Organized By: Practicalfarmers.org
Vegetable Irrigation Basics for Beginning Farmers - Learn the essential components to set up and maintain a system of irrigation for field-scale vegetable production. Chris will address topics including source considerations (wells, rural water, or surface streams and ponds), pumps (gasoline, electric, and PTO-powered), flow rates, particulate filters, supply pipe (layflat, poly, and aluminum), application methods (sprinklers, stand pipe, traveling irrigation guns, and drip tape), as well as tips and tricks, and resources for more information. Learn how to calculate the volume of water you will need, and how to get it to you crops, so that you can grow a bountiful crop of veggies even if 2013 is dry from the sky.
7:00pm - 8:30pm, online. No cost to attend.