Calendar

Thursday, November 1, 2018
9 a.m. to noon ET, at the Bourbon County Extension Office, Paris, KY. In this Organic Association of Kentucky workshop tailored specifically to marketing organic products, the UK Center for Crop Diversification will present several modules from its Marketing for All curriculum. Participants will discover fundamental marketing topics such as knowing your product, understanding your market and customers, and promoting your business. Through discussion, real farm Q&A, and market research, we’ll dive deeper into pricing strategies and the art of persuasive messaging. Participant interaction will help us design 2019 workshops geared toward grower and producer needs. This field day is geared toward production farmers who are interested in selling organic products, and/or improving and expanding their markets. Registration is recommended. Cost is $5 for OAK members; $10 for non-members. For details, go to https://www.oak-ky.org/field-days.
Friday, November 2, 2018

1-4 p.m. CT, at Magney Legacy Ridge Farm, Princeton, KY. Magney Legacy Ridge Farm is a small family farm focusing on year-round seasonal vegetable production using high tunnels, low tunnels, and shade cloth. Host farmer Angela Magney will share with us the practices they use on the farm to achieve year-round production. Supplemented by the expertise of UK Extension personnel, this OAK field day will explore:
· Crop rotation and timing for year-round growing
· Soil health and fertility management
· Irrigation systems, including winter considerations
· Pest management in tunnels via sanitation and cultural practices
Angela will also provide insight into their success finding and securing local markets. The UK Center for Crop Diversification will extend the discussion considering statewide market data and research. This field day is geared toward production farmers and will highlight mid-scale mixed vegetable production. Cost for this field day is $5 for OAK Members; $10 non-members. Registration is recommended. For details, visit https://www.oak-ky.org/field-days.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

1 to 5 p.m. EDT, at Hindman Settlement School, 71 Center Street, Hindman, KY 41811. For fruit and vegetable growers who are currently or who wish to sell at farmers markets, restaurants, roadside stands, or local institutions. Topics will include:

  • Coming up with a crop calendar: seeding, transplanting, and harvest dates
  • Choosing which crops to grow
  • Making planting maps
  • Matching yield and sales goals with the amount your garden can produce
  • Crop rotation
  • Succession planting multiple crops per season

Presenters will be Matt Wilson and Chris McKenzie of Grow Appalachia in partnership with Hindman Settlement School. Funding for the workshop comes from the Kentucky Ag Development Fund (KADF) managed by the Governor's Office of Ag. Policy.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018
1-4 p.m. ET, at the University of Kentucky Organic Farming Unit, Lexington. Join the Organic Association of Kentucky as we walk and talk through the primary elements of food safety at the University of Kentucky’s Organic Farming Unit, including the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Good Handling Practices (GHP), and PBPT (Produce Best Practices Training), and how they relate to the entire farming system, including a focus on pack shed design for food quality and safety. Mark Williams will share UK’s recent GAP audit/certification process as well as lessons learned and modifications made in implementing GAP/GHP throughout the farm’s systems. UK Extension Food Safety Specialist Paul Vijayakumar and Extension Associate Bryan Brady will provide specifics on FSMA regulations, updates on food safety best practices, and methods for maintaining quality while ensuring product safety. This field day is geared toward production farmers and will highlight mid-scale mixed vegetable production. Cost is $5 for OAK Members; $10 for non-members. Registration is recommended. For more information, go to https://www.oak-ky.org/field-days.
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Kentucky State University Research and Demonstration Farm, 1525 Mills Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601. This Produce Grower-Buyer MeetUp will be the single largest event bringing together buyers and growers and is co-hosted for the second year by the Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association, the Kentucky Horticulture Council and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. This FREE event begins promptly at 9 a.m. with buyer introductions. Produce buyers include chefs, retail and distribution representatives. At the first event last year, 34 buyers were represented including Kroger, Walmart, Houchens, AWG, Whole Foods, Good Foods Co-op and other distributors who reach all levels of grocery outlets. This year, you will have a chance to meet one-on-one in a “speed date” format to exchange contact information and match up products and needs with these and other key buyers. Face-to-face meetings with experts in food safety, organic production and marketing will also be offered. A farm tour will be available following the event. For details, visit http://kyhortcouncil.org/grower-buyer-meet-up/. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ky-produce-grower-buyer-meet-up-tickets-505.... An agenda is available at http://kyhortcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/GBM-Agenda.pdf.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Through November 15, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Kentucky State University Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm, Frankfort, KY. For more information and to register, contact shelly.spiggle@kysu.edu, 502-597-6325.
Monday, January 7, 2019
Through January 8, 2019, at Embassy Suites Hotel, 1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511. Contact John Strang at 859-257-5685, or jstrang@uky.edu.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Through January 26, 2019, Little Rock, AR. For more information and to register, go to https://www.ssawg.org/conference/.