Workshops & Events

August – December 2014

Aug
21
Thu
Practical Weed Control @ Travis County East Service Center
Aug 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 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 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 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 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 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 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 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

Oct
2
Thu
Backyard Basics: Integrated Pest Management @ Travis County AgriLife Extension
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wizzie Brown, Integrated Pest Management Specialist for AgriLife Extension Service, will discuss natural pest control in the garden and landscape, as she teaches about pests and the damage they inflict at various times of the year. Learn to encourage the good guys and discourage the bad guys in your vegetable garden in this third course on Backyard Basics.

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

Oct
16
Thu
Food Safety for the Small Acreage Producer @ Travis County East Service Center
Oct 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Are you interested in learning more about food safety on your small farm or growing operation?  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
Food Safety for the Small Acreage Producer (web Lync seminar)
Oct
22
Wed
Central Texas Irrigation/Turf Maintenance Workshop @ Creedmoor Community Center
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis Co will hold an Irrigation/Turf Maintenance Workshop on Oct 22, 2014. This conference is in response to our ongoing critical water issues. The general public can attend but the materials presented will be for turf and irrigation professionals such as those working with municipalities, including parks departments; golf courses; and large and commercial landscape maintenance firms as well as contractors; retail nurseries and other users of urban water resources.

The goal of the workshop is to share new technologies and best practices for water conservation and drought survival. Four Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) licensed irrigator credits are available to attendees.  

Presentations and speakers will be:

9 AM         Irrigation Scheduling, Brad Smith, Instructor, Irrigator Training, LLC

10 AM        Efficient Irrigation Practices, Brett Briant, Water Conservation Coordinator, LCRA

11 AM        Break

11:15 AM   Turfgrass Selection and Cultural Practices for Water Conservation

12:15 PM    Lunch

1 PM           Water Management for Sports Field Turf, Dr. Casey Reynolds, Assistant Professor  and Extension Turfgrass Specialist

2 PM           Evaluation, Wrap-up and CEU certificates

Nov
6
Thu
Backyard Basics: Backyard Chickens @ Travis County AgriLife Extension
Nov 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

For our final course on Backyard Basics, Master Gardener and blogger Ally Stresing will share her love of backyard chickens in this informative talk on the care and maintenance of the home flock. From constructing a predator-proof coop, to choosing proper feed, to handling boredom and the pecking order, Ally will guide you through the ins and outs of caring for happy, healthy hens.

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

Dec
11
Thu
Business Planning for the Small Acreage Producer @ Travis County East Service Center
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Are you interested in learning more about business planning for your current or potential growing operation?  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
Business Planning (web Lync seminar)