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Farm workshops, fellowship set for day at Slater Center

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Tamara McNaughton is Agricultural Program Manager for Appalachian Sustainable Development

Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2014 9:13 pm

On March 22, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at Slater Community Center, Bristol Tenn., the Appalachian Farmers Market Association (AFMA) will host the 6th annual winter conference and market. This year’s theme is the safety of local food and agriculture. Dr. Allen Straw, Area Specialist in small fruits and specialty crops with Virginia Cooperative Extension will give the keynote speech titled ‘Food Safety for our Local Food System’. You can find a full conference brochure linked at www.appfma.org.

For a $20 registration fee (pre-registration suggested) attendees will learn about: season extension techniques, insect pest identification & controls, EQUIP, FSA, and other USDA programs, aquaponics production, enhancing the safety of locally produced food, grafting apple trees, and more. There will be sessions and workshops featuring local food production, specialty crops and marketing for farmers and farmers market managers. This conference is a great opportunity to network with farmers and folks who have a passion for locally produced food and crafts. Farmers market vendors, consumers, market managers, small farmers, gardeners, crafters and anyone interested in local foods will benefit from attending. There will also be a winter market for all to enjoy. Lunch will be catered by The Catering Company of Johnson City highlighting local foods. Contact Tricia at handmadefarms@yahoo.com if you’d like to participate in the winter market.

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