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BRWIA to Host Integrated Pest Management Workshop and Potluck Event on June 26

By late June, many High Country fruit and vegetable crops are approaching maturity or yielding harvests. But diseases, insects, and weeds are also on the march!

On Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 4:30 PM join NC Cooperative Extension agent Richard Boylan, FIG farmer Caroline Hampton of Octopus Gardens, and Eli Snyder for a CRAFT workshop on crops and scouting for weed, disease, and insect pressures. Threshold levels for taking action on farms and organic options for control will be discussed in this interactive workshop. A potluck dinner will follow at 6:30 PM.

This workshop is a part of Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture’s CRAFT Program and is open to all growers at any level. CRAFT stands for Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training. The program:

  • Connects aspiring farmers with experienced farmers
  • Encourages innovative on-farm educational and professional experiences
  • Provides tools to established farmers that will enhance their mentorship abilities.

Blue Ridge CRAFT does this through an Apprenticeship Opportunities webpage, summer on-farm peer-to-peer workshops for aspiring and established farmers, and winter farmer-driven gatherings. Upcoming workshops include:

July 17th – Postharvest Handling & Knowing Your Markets at Creeksong Farm

July 31st – Postharvest Handling & Knowing Your Markets at Tumbling Shoals Farm

August 7th – Rotational Livestock Grazing & GAP Certification at Springhouse Farm

August 21st – Rotational Livestock Grazing at Stony Knob Farm

September through October Workshop & Potlucks can be found at craft.brwia.org

About the FIG Farm

The FIG Farm stands for Farmer Incubator and Grower Farm and is designed to provide beginning farmers with a relatively low-risk entry avenue for new producers by providing land, production and marketing infrastructure to help farmers establish lasting farm enterprises in the High Country.

Workshop Details

Location: Dutch Creek Road, Valle Crucis 28604

Cost: FREE

Date & Time: Sunday, June 26th at 4:30 PM, potluck to follow

RSVP: by emailing craft@brwia.org or by calling (828) 386-1537

Website: craft.brwia.org

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture is dedicated to strengthening the High Country’s local food system by supporting women and their families with resources, education, and skills related to sustainable food and agriculture. We do this by providing opportunities for women farmers to share knowledge, hosting a Farm Tour, providing opportunities for consumers to learn about self-sufficiency and connecting everyone to our local agricultural heritage and landscape. Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture currently serves:Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Mitchell, Wilkes, Watauga, and Yancey Counties in North Carolina as well as Johnson County, Tennessee.

For more information about this workshop or others, please contact Dave Walker at craft@brwia.org.


A past BRWIA workshop event
A past BRWIA workshop event
A past BRWIA workshop event
A past BRWIA workshop event