Beginning in June 2022 and continuing through 2023 the Council for Healthy Food Systems is hosting a variety of conservation workshops at three Texas locations, building farmers’ skills to improve land management in Texas.
Funded by a grant from the National Resources Conservation Service of the USDA, these workshops will share techniques that increase soil health, improve water quality, provide habitats for local wildlife species of concern, boost the environmental and economic performance of working agricultural land, and build and strengthen local food projects that provide healthy food and economic opportunities.
Aimed at beginning farmers and ranchers, particularly military veterans, but open to anyone interested in improving their land, the workshops will cover a wide range of topics such as rotational grazing, cover cropping on small acreage, high tunnels, pastured poultry, and more. Each of the three participating farms will host six workshops on different topics, tailored for their regions and farm types, over the next two years. In addition, each location will be the site of one meeting per year offering technical and financial assistance information relating to implementing these land management practices.
Our partners and host sites are Mesquite Field Farms in Nixon, Texas; Growin on Faith Farms near Waco, Texas; and Farmers Assisting Returning Military just outside Dallas, Texas.
Mesquite Field Farm:
Jan 21st, Beekeeping for Beginners
March 18th, Building and Apiary, Stocking Hives
April 8th, Partner/Resource Meeting
Dec 18th, Preserving your harvest through canning
Growin’ On Faith Farm:
Feb 18th, Partner/resource Meeting
March 10th-11th, All About Water
April 1st, Developing a Conservation Plan
May 13th, Backyard Chickens: Raising to Processing
March 11th, Urban Fruit Tree Orchard
Sept 13th, Resource/Partner Meeting
Nov 15th, Urban Ag Forum
Click on workshop to register.
Links will be active as soon as registration opens for each workshop.
Stay tuned as we update with more dates for 2023!