Beginning in June 2022 and continuing through 2023, FARFA’s sister non-profit, 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 two meetings per year offering technical and financial assistance information relating to implementing these land management practices.
CHFS’ partners and host sites are Mesquite Field Farms in Nixon, Texas; Growin on Faith Farms near Waco, Texas; and Farmers Assisting Returning Military in Dallas, Texas.
The next workshop in this series takes place Saturday, September 24, 2022, at Growin on Faith Farms in Bremond (about midway between Waco and Bryan/College Station). The focus of the day-long event will be “Cover Cropping for Winter Feeding.” Registration is free, and lunch will be provided. Register HERE.