Texas Events – February 2016

February is a busy month for people who care about local food and small farms in Texas! Check out these interesting and educational events:

Plus, researchers at Sam Houston State University continue to look for farmers and ranchers to respond to a survey to help develop more resources for small-scale producers.

Want to help FARFA?  We need volunteers to help with our booth at both the Texas Organics conference and the Mother Earth News Fair. Please email Judith@FarmAndRanchFreedom.org if you are interested in volunteering.



Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Annual Conference


The Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s annual conference is coming up fast!

The 2016 conference will be loaded, as always, with organic farming, gardening, health, foodie, farm to chef, and sustainable ag discussion from engaging speakers. It’s a wonderful place to connect with other people who are passionate about our farms and our food from all over the state.

Come visit us at the FARFA booth – or volunteer to help at our booth, and get in to the conference free! Contact Judith@FarmAndRanchFreedom.org about volunteering.

WHERE: Rockwall, Texas

WHEN: Thursday, February 11 – Saturday, February 13

REGISTER: http://tofga.org/event-2025641

MORE INFORMATION: http://tofga.org/2016TOFGAConference


Mother Earth News Fair


For the first time, Mother Earth News is bringing a regional fair to Texas!

The Fair includes a wide array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance. Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!

WHERE: Belton, Texas

WHEN: Saturday, February 20 – Sunday, February 21

MORE INFORMATION: http://www.motherearthnewsfair.com/


Goat Day

Are dairy goats or meat goats a part of your farm plan?  If you are interested in basic hands-on management skills (disbudding, fecal parasite egg counts, hoof trimming, blood draw, potential kidding issues),  small business / CSA planning, or selection of dairy animals longevity and productivity, this may be the one-day workshop you need to attend.
WHERE: North Central Texas College, Gainesville, TX
WHEN: February 20, 2016 (bad weather date – Feb. 27)  
PRE-REGISTRATION: due by February 7, 2016


ACC Elgin Class


A Farm Service Agency rep and a Natural Resource Conservation Service rep are coming to the ACC Small Scale Farming course on February 23rd to speak about program opportunities for farmers. Come learn about government programs you may be eligible for as a beginning or long time farmer. Topics range from farm ownership loans to cover crop funding and most importantly, lesser known programs that might help some of your farm projects get going.

Current students, past students, and prospective students are welcome to join us, as well as farmers. RSVP is necessary because seating is limited

WHERE: ACC Elgin, Room 1285

WHEN: Tuesday Feb 23rd, 8-12pm (time might be subject to a slight change).

RSVP: Evelyn Rosas at evelyn.rosas@austincc.edu



Survey for Poducers

Check out this short survey from some researchers at Sam Houston State University.

The 5-10 minute survey will be used to develop resources to assist small and alternative producers in directing and growing their business as well as to improve the connection between producers and consumers.

The results of this survey will be presented by researcher Lizzie Evers from Sam Houston State University at the American Society for Horticultural Science Conference in August 2016.  Additionally, the results will inform an outreach event in summer 2016 and future classes at Sam Houston State University, as well as made available in video format online through the Department of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering Technology’s Sustainable Agriculture and Food Environment program website.  Should you choose to participate, your information will be kept private and your anonymity protected.