Forgive a hyper-local post, patient readers, but there are several events coming up in the Chattahoochee Valley that celebrate, support, and educate about farming, so we wanted to help get the word out.
Trees Columbus is hosting a sneak peak of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival this Thursday evening, Nov. 9, from 6 – 8 p.m. at The Gallery at 1232 Broadway. On deck will be two documentaries about food sourcing. First up: “100,000 Beating Hearts,” which tells the story of White Oak Pastures’ evolution from industrial agriculture to sustainable, humane food production.
White Oak’s very own Will Harris will be on hand for a Q&A session.
Next is the award-winning “Can You Dig This?”, which shows how people in South LA are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. The film follows four “gangster gardeners” as they create an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America.
On Nov. 12, our friends at Elijah’s Farm are hosting a family-style dinner prepared by Bare Roots Farmacy, using veg from their digs and meat from Turn Time Farms. Proceeds benefit the work of Elijah’s Farm and Feeding the Valley Food Bank, as they feed the hungry and educate about urban farming. Tickets are $65.
Finally, the Russell County Extension office is offering some killer classes for beginning farmers, starting in December. Extension staff along with experts from across Alabama will lead interactive training on small-scale fruit and vegetable production, small business marketing, integrated pest management, high tunnel production and other good stuff. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 28. Class fee is $10 per session or $100 for all classes, including materials and refreshments.
Contact the Russell County Extension Office at 334-298-6845 for registration or any questions.
Here’s the complete class list:
December 5 – Livestock Management – Small scale beef production, sheep and goats
December 12 – Introduction to Beekeeping
December 19 – Farm management: Budgets and cash flow
January 9 – Large fruit production
January 16 – Site selection and basic soils – Soil management, improvements and cover crops
January 23 – Protected production – Greenhouse, high tunnel
January 30 – Vegetable production
February 6 – Value added
February 13 – Pond install and management
February 20 – Forage management
February 27 – Local resources – FSA, NRCS, ACES, UGA Extension