Workshops & Events

Jun
21
Sat
Composting for the Home Garden @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Jun 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Pat Mokry, Master Gardener and compost specialist, will teach the methods of constructing different composting systems to turn kitchen ‘trash’ into garden treasure. You’ll be both informed and entertained by Pat’s presentation on how to use this valuable soil amendment to increase your garden’s fertility and productivity.

Jul
16
Wed
Forward Farming: Business Planning @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office
Jul 16 @ 1:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Business Planning for Your Small-Scale Farming Operation
Planning and management are very important when beginning any operation. We’ll cover both topics in this interactive program. You’ll have a chance to discuss your own opportunities and ideas.
Dr. Danny Klinefelter, Professor and Extension Economist, Director of the Executive Program for Agricultural Producers

USDA’s Microloans Program
The USDA Microloan program is designed with small producers in mind. A simplified loan application process and modified eligibility requirements are well-suited to beginning farmers, ranchers, and CSA operators. Learn all about this exciting new program.
Terri Trevino, Farm Loan Manager, USDA’s Farm Service Agency

Financing Panel
This is your opportunity to ask the experts about different financing options – some traditional, some a little more “out of the box”. Bring your questions about agricultural financing through USDA loans, traditional bank loans, grant funding, crowd-funding, and community partnerships.
Mark Rutledge, Capital Farm Credit

Also:
Ag Valuations
TDA Guidelines for Becoming a Certified Organic Operation

A box lunch will be provided. Please list any dietary restrictions you may have or if you prefer a vegetarian meal.

Register online at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/traviscounty
Register by phone: 979-845-2604

Jul
19
Sat
Raising and Managing Bees @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Jul 19 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Chris Doggett, of Williamson County Beekeepers Association, will share his knowledge and expertise in raising and managing bees. Learn how to provide a healthy and attractive environment for bees, whether you have a backyard hive, or acres of crops needing pollination. A delightful speaker with hands-on experience, Chris will gladly answer your questions and concerns to take the mystery out of beekeeping.

Jul
23
Wed
Forward Farming: Sales & Marketing @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office
Jul 23 @ 1:30 pm – Jul 24 @ 4:00 am

MarketReady
The MarketReady Training program prepares producers to develop supplier relationships with restaurants, grocery, wholesale and foodservice buyers. This curriculum is based around specific best business practices (in communications, packaging, labeling, delivery, invoicing, etc.) identified by current buyers – not to miss!
Marco Palma, PhD, Assistant Professor and Extension Economist

Exploring Texas MarketMaker
Explore this virtual market place between Texas producers and buyers, and learn how to create a profile for your farm.
Marco Palma, PhD, Assistant Professor and Extension Economist

Also:
Pati Jacobs Bastrop Cattle Co.

A box lunch will be provided. Please list any dietary restrictions you may have or if you prefer a vegetarian meal.

Register online at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/traviscounty
Register by phone: 979-845-2604

Aug
7
Thu
Backyard Basics: Composting @ Travis County AgriLife Extension
Aug 7 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Whether you want to get ready for a fabulous fall garden, or just improve the health of your lawn and landscape, compost is an easy and inexpensive amendment, safe to use, and beneficial for the environment. Cathy Wood, Master Gardener and compost specialist, will teach the ingredients needed for quality compost, how to build an effective compost pile, and how to use its contents to increase the fertility of your soil and productivity of your garden. This first course in our series on Backyard Basics will include a tour of the compost methods used on site at the AgriLife Demonstration Garden, weather permitting.

Part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Backyard Basics Series.
Register at  https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty  or by phone 979-845-2604

Aug
16
Sat
Insect Visitors in Your Garden @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Aug 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Update your understanding of good bugs and bad, with Master Gardeners Pat Mokry and Sheryl Williams. Pat, an entomology specialist, will describe the common insect visitors to your garden, and help you determine if and how you should treat for them. Following identification of beneficial insects, Sheryl will then share a fascinating project she has constructed to attract insects into her garden for observation, pollination and just plain fun. Don’t miss these two lively, informative ladies!

Aug
21
Thu
Practical Weed Control @ Travis County East Service Center
Aug 21 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Are you interested in learning more practical weed control?  Join us for this seminar to learn more!
AgriLife Extension specialists in College Station will be joining us via web video to present this program.

Part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Small Acreage Horticultural Crops Series. Register at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty or by phone 979-845-2604

Small Acreage Horticulture Crops Series
Practical Weed Control (web Lync seminar)
Sep
4
Thu
Backyard Basics: Vegetable Gardening @ Travis County AgriLife Extension
Sep 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

With its warm days and cooler nights, along with more stable weather patterns, Fall just may be the best season for vegetable gardening in Central Texas. In  our second course on Backyard Basics, Master Gardener and vegetable specialist Tommie Clayton will share her many years of experience in gardening, with details on planting schedules, proven varieties for our area and other helpful resources.

Part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Backyard Basics Series.
Register at  https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty  or by phone 979-845-2604

Sep
13
Sat
Backyard Basics Workshop @ Austin Community College south campus,
Sep 13 @ 1:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join AgriLife Extension Master Gardener volunteers and other community experts for this special workshop on all things backyard food. We’ll cover the basics of growing fruits and vegetables, as well as garden recipes (basic canning and preserving how-to’s) backyard chickens, and backyard bees.

8:30 to 9:00     Registration
9:00 to 10:15   Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit, Joe Posern, Travis County Master Gardener Fruit Specialist
10:15 to 11:30 Growing Vegetables, Patty Leander, Travis County Master Gardener Vegetable Specialist
11:45 to 1:00   Garden Recipes and Preserving the Harvest, Jeff Peters, Travis County Master Gardener
1:00 to 1:30     Lunch (boxed lunch provided)
1:30 to 2:45     Backyard Chickens, Joy Williamson, Travis County Master Gardener
2:45 to 4:00     Backyard Bees, Chris Doggett, Williamson County Beekeepers Association President

Register online: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by phone:  979-845-2604
For more information, contact Richards at 512-854-9600 or drichards@ag.tamu.edu

Sep
24
Wed
Fruit Production for Producers and Backyard Enthusiasts @ Travis County Health and Human Services
Sep 24 @ 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Part of Travis County AgriLife Extension’s Forward Farming series, this program will cover information appropriate for all level of current and potential fruit producers, while also being useful and easy to understand for the backyard enthusiast. Monte Nesbitt, AgriLife Extension state-wide fruit specialist, will be the presenter of this half-day workshop. The focus will be on fruits that can be successfully grown in Central Texas: stone fruits (peaches and plums), figs, pomegranates, and blackberries; but will also cover olives (a crop with quite a lot of interest from potential growers in the Hill Country at the moment) and citrus (with the current weather pattern of warmer winters in Central Texas, there are actually a few citrus crops that have real potential for Central Texas, if managed properly).

In addition to the wealth of knowledge that Mr. Nesbitt will share during his presentation, you’ll also have the unique opportunity to ask him questions particular to your own growing situation.

From site selection, soils, fertilization, and pruning to sustainable production practices and dealing with particular insects and diseases—we’ll cover the production basics, as well as unique specifics. This workshop is only offered semi-annually and is not to be missed!

8:30 to 9:00 AM     Registration
9:00 to 1:00 PM     Fruit Production Basics

There will be a half hour break in the middle of the workshop, with refreshments and the opportunity for networking.

Register online: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by phone:  979-845-2604
For more information, contact Richards at 512-854-9600 or drichards@ag.tamu.edu