Armed to Farm California Virtual Workshop SeriesBy NCAT

NCAT’s Armed to Farm team is partnering with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) to present a three-part, interactive virtual workshop series for beginning farmer-veterans in October. Each workshop will take place from 10:00-11:30 AM Pacific.

Dates and Topics  

Oct 12: Recordkeeping  
In this session Margo Hale, NCAT’s Southeast Regional Director, will discuss why proper recordkeeping is vital for a farm’s success. She will share practical solutions to help implement or improve recordkeeping practices on your farm. 

 Oct 19: Tools and Equipment for the Small Farm  
The second virtual workshop will focus on understanding tools and equipment for the small farm. Andy Pressman, NCAT’s Northeast Regional Director, will offer strategies for selecting the right tool for the job and how farm capitalization investments can affect profitability.  Andy will share his experience in using specialized tools, tractors, and implements on his small farm. He will also discuss the importance of safely operating and maintaining equipment. Omar Rodriguez, NCAT Agricultural Specialist in California, will provide a California perspective on tools and sources for acquiring tools.

Oct 26: Investing in Your Soils 
In the final session of the workshop series, Rex Dufour, NCAT’s l Western Regional Director, will discuss how and why to invest in your soils, with a focus on supporting healthy soils in the era of climate change. He’ll also be covering some funding and technical resources available to farmers interested in investing in their soils.Registration 
This virtual workshop series is open to veterans and active-duty service members in the Western U.S. The series is free, but registration is required. Please register here. You will receive an email confirmation with the link to the Zoom meetings after you register.

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