WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue Extension is offering a nine-week series of educational programs focusing on land stewardship for small-acre farms.
“Living on the Land: Stewardship for Small Acreages” will run each Mondays, March 19–May 14, 6:30 to 9 p.m. each session, at Bridgeway Church, 210 Brian’s Place, Kendallville.
The series is designed for new farmers or anyone considering small-acreage farming. Presenters include Purdue Extension educators and specialists, as well as agricultural industry professionals. Topics are:
- Assessing you physical and personal resources and developing farm goals.
- Understanding the importance of soil types and how to care for them.
- Exploring the differences between conventional, organic and sustainable farming systems.
- Understanding the basics of selecting, operating, and maintaining farm equipment.
- Learning how crops grow and how to control crop pests.
- Knowing what it takes to choose the right crop enterprises to fit your small farm.
- Exploring ways livestock can work for your farm.
- Discovering the basics of livestock care and health.
The series concludes with a tour of a local small farm.
Cost is $75 per person, or $100 per couple for the same farm. The registration deadline is March 12.
For more information, contact Steve Engleking, Purdue-Extension LaGrange County educator, 260-499-6334 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Elysia Rodgers, Purdue-Extension-DeKalb County educator, 260-925-2562 or email@example.com; John Woodmansee, Purdue-Extension-Whitley County educator, 260-244-7615 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Doug Keenan, Purdue Extension-Noble County educator, 260-636-2111 or email@example.com; or Crystal Van Pelt, Purdue Extension-Steuben County educator, 260-668-1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Purdue University Agricultural Communications