Register for Cultivate at
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2803834

SC Organization for Organic Living

Cultivate will be held on March 4, from 8 - 4, at the NW Campus of Greenville Technical College (8109 White Horse Road, Greenville, SC  29617).  Registration covers breakfast, lunch, and your choice of 4 class sessions.


Join us this year for  exciting new classes from popular past instructors, as well as fascinating topics taught by experts new to Cultivate.  Instructors and classes include:

 

HEALING PLANTS AND FUNGI
HERBAL BABY & CHILD CARE - Robin McGee, Earthwise Learning Center
  

Teething, fever, colic, diaper rash, irritability, colds, flu, sore throat, coughing, diarrhea...the list goes on and on. As parents and grandparents we hate to see our little ones feeling miserable. Thankfully, Nature has provided us with wonderful green allies to give ease! Learn to use simple, gentle healing herbs and herbal products that are especially great for babies and children.

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MEDICINE FROM THE TREES - Robin McGee, Earthwise Learning Center

Trees give us shelter, shade, food, tools, and beauty, but they also have gifts of medicine for cough, congestion, parasites, inflammation, rashes and more.  Learn some of the medicine of Pine, White Oak, Wild Cherry, Tulip Poplar, Sassafras, Sweetgum, Mimosa, and Black Walnut, and proper harvesting and processing techniques for making your own Tree Medicines.

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MEDICINAL MUSHROOM MAGIC:  SPECIES PROFILES, USES, DOSING, AND TINCTURE-MAKING DEMO - Tradd Cotter, Mushroom Mountain

The Past, Present and Future of Fungal Therapies” – Tradd Cotter, owner and mushroom researcher at Mushroom Mountain will be discussing patterns and mechanisms involved with bacterial, viral, and cancer infections and how fungi interrupt and mitigate healing or induce pathogen destruction. Attendees will also learn how to make potent, target specific fungal extracts and tinctures using a technique that Cotter has pioneered and destined to change the way medicine is manufactured and delivered to patients.


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 FARM FIRST AID - June Ellen Bradley, herbalist and artist
Farm first aid will demo various techniques like a bush poultice.  We will go through my simple day pack and talk about what could be in different sized kits.  We will also talk about what plants to grow and weeds to keep as well as their medicine qualities.

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SEED TO STEM
IN DEFENSE OF OKRA  (using the whole plant) - Chris Smith, Sow True

  Seed

Okra lovers, this is a workshop you won’t want to miss! Hear Chris Smith of Sow True Seed talk about okra and help you (and your customers!) see the humble okra in a whole new light. This workshop will cover cultivation tips, as well as added value and outside the box uses for the okra pods, greens, stalks, flowers, and seeds. Learn about some exciting okra varieties and results from Sow True Seed's 2016 okra variety trial. Taste samples of our okra seed oil and okra seed coffee and learn how to make your own!

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THE BRADFORD WATERMELON:  MAXIMIZING YOUR PRODUCT LINE'S POTENTIAL WITH INNOVATIVE, VALUE-ADDED ITEMSNat Bradford, New Earth Farm and Bradford Watermelon Company

Nat Bradford started by growing his family's heirloom watermelons.  As he created partnerships with chefs and scholars, he discovered that  the melons could be transformed into multiple value-added products.  His company now sells pickled rind, watermelon molasses, juice for use in distilleries, and culinary oil pressed from the seeds.   Join Nat to hear how he developed his partnerships, chose his products, and created a successful company based on the Bradford Watermelon.

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SEED-TO-SEED:  COMPLETING THE CYCLE – Chris Smith, Sow True Seed
We’ll walk you through the seed to seed cycle for squash, tomatoes, beans and basil. Discover the skills and confidence to grow the crop and save the seed this year. Practical advice, tips and demos for the home gardener and seed saver.

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4 EASY WAYS TO GROW MUSHROOMS FOR FOOD AND MEDICINE - Tradd Cotter, Mushroom Mountain
A few mushrooms are easy to grow at home, and learning four techniques will allow you to cultivate many types using different methods while making use of agricultural byproducts, spent coffee grounds, and paper or cardboard waste. Learn the "training wheels" mushrooms and techniques that will guarantee success.

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SOIL AND PASTURE HEALTH

SOILS - WHY WE HAVE TO START HERE - Buz Kloot, USC

In this class, we’ll look at the basics of soils and some of the key (inherent and dynamic) properties that folks look at when identifying soils.  We’ll delve into a little soil biology, the soil food web and talk about why biology affects 90% of soil function.   In addition, we’ll take a closer, more critical look at the conceptual models of soils and how these conceptual models influence the way we treat soils.   Finally, we’ll take a look some of the principles of soil health and some of the tools that can be used to get there.

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SOIL HEALTH AND WHY WE THINK IT'S TURNING TRADITIONAL SOIL FERTILITY ON ITS HEAD - Buz Kloot, USC

This is good news for farmers, not so good for the chemical companies.  We’ll be looking at research from three case studies that show that soil fertility isn’t just what you put in in the fertilizer (chemical or organic).  The entire system rests on the soil food web and nutrient cycling.  We’ll discuss some of the eays we are trying to wake up the soil biology and regenerate soils.

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COVER CROPS FOR FREE:  USING WHAT NATURE HAS PROVIDED ON A SMALL SCALE TO BUILD SOIL & ECOSYSTEMS - Eliza Lord, GrowJourney

This class will cover useful weeds & pioneer species, how they affect soil/habitat, relaxing about weeds in the garden, permaculture management to encourage useful species to dominate problematic plants, saving your own cover crop seeds vs. cutting/killing them at the recommended times, pros & cons of each, and growing cover crops simultaneously with productive crops (food meadows, food forests, dual use harvestable & biomass/soil nutrient plants, no-till/drilling seeds into living mulches). Eliza has many years of experience on her 1/4th acre and can address the feasibility of scaling up.


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PERMACULTURE PAYBACK:  A SUCCESS STORY OF A SMALL FARM - Kirsten Robertson, Pecan Dale Farmstead and Greenville County Soil and Water

 Pecan Dale Farmstead is a 10-acre farm designed to work with nature.  In the last three years, earthworks, hundreds of tree plantings, innovative forage fencing and management intensive grazing have transformed it into a paradise for the farm animals, the wildlife and the owners.  Come learn about how quickly nature responded to the changes in management and the resulting economic and ecological benefits.  The story is anything but boring.

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ANIMALS

THE MINERAL BOX:  MINERALS FOR OPTIMIZING THE HEALTH OF YOUR CATTLE Mac McGee, Carolina Grassfed Beef/Double M Farm

An introduction to alternative mineral mixes that supply your cattle with the necessary minerals for optimal growth and performance while costing you less money. Learn how to mix your minerals with ingredients that are available to and absorbed by the animal instead of passed through the animal.

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GOAT FARMING – 101 (aka: So you think you want a goat?!)John & Rachel Palacino, Double Blessing Farm & Red Clay Soap
John and Rachel will share vital insights on goat husbandry from the pasture to the parlor that have shaped their outlook on the future of self-sustainability. Including topics such as breed choice, animal health, monetization, barn and land requirements, their candid presentation will take you through their journey from two goats to fifty-two and back again!


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MANAGING MIXED POULTRY FLOCKSAgnew Hopkins, Timberock at
Hopkins Farm

Experienced poultry farmer Agnew Hopkins will share how to incorporate different poultry breeds within a farm setting - what you can mix, what you shouldn’t, and revenue streams from each one.  He will address raising chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese, and focus on particular breeds within each group.  He will also cover inspector concerns with mixed flocks.


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MANAGING FARMS AND CREATING HABITAT TO SUPPORT BENEFICIAL SPECIES FOR POLLINATION, BIOLOGICAL CONTROL, AND RECREATION John Quinn, Furman  University

In this workshop you will learn how you can manage your land to benefit directly from nature, develop a plan optimize these benefits overtime, and align your results with a different certification program.

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EXPANDING YOUR PRODUCT LINE


SUCCESS WITH USDA GRANTS - Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery and Davie Lamie, Clemson University


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THE BUSINESS OF MUSHROOMS - Tradd Cotter, Mushroom Mountain

With over 25 years in the mushroom industry, Tradd and Olga Cotter have built an enterprise with a history of ups and downs, like any business. Tradd shares personal stories, struggles, triumphs, tips and advice for both beginner and experienced mushroom growers that will help minimize risk and focus on ways to keep your company above water and profitable.
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PROFITING FROM BENEFICIAL INSECTS AND MICROBES - Eliza Lord, GrowJourney

This class will provide a basic overview of farmscaping & soil microbes, raising/multiplying insects & microbes, collecting/acquiring specimens, low-tech vs high tech techniques, and how to venture into selling insects and microbes, including potential customer bases and required resources.  The class’s primary focus will be insects (ecosystem health, entomophagy, useful byproducts, services, etc.), but will also cover producing worm castings, loaded biochar, and actively aerated compost tea.  Students will leave with enough information on raising different types of insects that they will be able to make educated choices for their operations. 


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NRCS HIGH TUNNEL PROGRAMLynne Newton, NRCS

Join Lynne Newton from Natural Resources Conservation Service to  find out about the NRCS High Tunnel Program - what it requires, how to find out if you're eligible for cost share, and how it can help expand your product line-up.
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THE BUSINESS OF FARMING
THE ANTI-FARMER'S MARKET FARMER SURVIVAL GUIDE - Cory Mosser, Natural
Born Tillers

Are you over falling asleep at the wheel on the way back to the farm after a marathon market day? Tired of unpredictable and saturated markets? Farmers’ markets can be lucrative for the right grower, but how do you know if you are actually making money? In this workshop we will outline the tools you can use to assess whether the farmers’ market model is a good choice for your farm and what alternatives are available. We will discuss hybrid/cooperative CSA models, intermediate wholesale options, as well as retail and on-farm possibilities.

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FARM-TO-TABLE COOPERATIVES - Lindsey Jacobs, Appalachian Food Law Project
 When most folks hear "co-op," they think grocery stores or Organic Valley. But across the nation, groups are forming co-ops with a twist - incorporating producers, processors, workers, and consumers - in an effort to create more equitable food systems. Come learn co-op fundamentals like formation, governance, and the pros/cons of sharing profits and risk. We'll discuss basic, single class member co-ops, and compare those with "big idea" projects in the U.S. and abroad that aim to empower and enrich members at every stop from farm to table. 

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AVOIDING MISTAKES- 25 THINGS THAT I DID STARTING OUT THAT YOU SHOULDN'TCory Mosser, Natural Born Tillers

Farming is the art of making small mistakes profitably, and some mistakes are more costly and avoidable than others. I’ll share some horror stories, and a few successes, to help you take a good look at your farm and determine what you can do now that might help keep you farming for decades. Using business development tools and on-farm examples, we will discuss key mistakes to avoid including the optimism bias, over-expansion, burnout thinking, and the problems of working in a vacuum. We will also address more practical matters including maintenance scheduling, clock management, goal tracking, and boosting intern morale. 

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CURRENT CRITICAL AGRICULTURAL LABOR ISSUES (incl. H2-A visas) - Michael
Lalich, Low Country Labor Finders

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PERMACULTURE


FORAGING FOR PROFIT OR YOUR PERSONAL LARDER - Eliza Lord, GrowJourney

In this class, we will cover laws/licensing, minor processing/cottage laws, setting up your business, finding reliable customers/venues, seasonality, polyharvesting, storage, estimated values of ingredients, and what foods to forage - nuts, fruit, veggies, flavorings, edible flowers, mushrooms.   We will focus on items that are not endangered, most likely to turn a profit, and offer versatility depending on weather/availability.


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BACKYARD ECONOMICS: UNLEASHING YOUR SMALL PROPERTY’S PRODUCTIVE POTENTIAL - Chuck Marsh, Useful Plants Nursery

Learn how to meet many of your food and medicinal needs while supplementing your income by integrating food and medicine plant crops into your home landscape. In addition to providing you with healthy food and income potential, cultivating backyard and neighborhood biological abundance has far-reaching health, social, and  economic benefits for your local community as well. This class explores some practical growing schemes, placement strategies, permaculture design approaches, as well as potential crops, products, and marketing ideas for deriving more economic and food yields from your home grounds.


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A RETURN TO A CYCLICAL PERSPECTIVE USING THE "MEDICINE WHEEL METAPHOR" - June Ellen Bradley, herbalist and artist

This class is taught using the teaching system based on the MW. Class participants will have a chance to experience the power of group wisdom and identify where they are and their next step referencing cyclical progression. 

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AN APPALACHIAN MILPA LIFEWAY:  COMMUNITY SCALE CARBON FARMING - Zev Friedman
“Milpa” describes an ancient farming lifeway that integrates annuals (corn, beans, squash, quelites, sunflowers and others), tree crops, fungi and animals through the long-term management of forest succession and addition of biochar, creating an ecstatic cuisine as well as fiber, medicine, firewood for cooking and building materials. An elegant model for community scale permaculture farming, this is how I farm and the presentation will focus on my experience. This is an intermediate/advanced class.

PRACTICAL FARM SKILLS


BASIC TRACTOR MAINTENANCE - Walter Peden, Peden Place

Join long-time farmer and diesel mechanic Walter Peden to review the basics of maintaining and operating your tractor.   As part of the class, Walter will walk you through a checklist that will help keep your tractor in good running order and help ensure your safety.

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MODERN HOMESTEADING SKILLS - Paul Coleman, EarlyBird Farms

Join Paul for a virtual tour of his homestead and learn how he blends it all together:  meat processing, sheep, hogs, ducks, aquaponics, vegetable farming, and more!


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BUILDING ROOF TRUSSES (2-class session) – Jay Pearson and Joshua

     Snyder, Greenville Technical College