Organic farming workshop set for July 24-25 in St. Martinville

Richard Bogren  |  6/25/2018 3:24:00 PM

(06/25/18) BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program will present a free, two-day workshop focused on organic farming practices for beginning and advanced farmers, agriculture professionals, extension agents and home gardeners interested in small-scale, sustainable vegetable production.

The Beginning/Advanced Organic Farmer Workshop will be held at the University of Louisiana Lafayette Cade Farm in St. Martinville on July 24-25. Sign-in will begin at 8:15 a.m., and workshop will be from 9 until 4:30 p.m. both days.

The first day will focus on beginner organic farming topics, including getting started, sustainability, information sources, record keeping, the marketing plan, production needs, soil fertility, rotations, farm design and infrastructure development, labor, weed control, irrigation, harvest and postharvest, pest management and money.

The second day will focus on advanced organic farming topics and will be driven by audience interests, concerns and questions.

The sessions will be led by Alex Hitt, co-owner of Peregrine Farm with his wife, Betsy.Hitt has more than 37 years of farming experience as well as teaching and mentoring the next generation of farmers.

“The beginning organic farmer training will provide an informational foundation for the enduring success of beginning farms,” said Sydney Melhado, Louisiana SARE program assistant.“The advanced farmer training will be an opportunity to focus on topics that help maintain a successful farming enterprise, like labor and crop planning.”

Extension agents are encouraged to attend and bring along a farmer from their parish. Participants must pre-register online at to guarantee space and lunch.

More information is available from Melhado at or 225-578-1037.

This training is sponsored by the Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program.

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