WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A new workshop series starting in January 2015. These six workshops will be taught by experienced growers and UT personnel and will provide growers and Agricultural professionals with training in planning, structuring, marketing, managing, analyzing profitability and expanding a CSA.
These two-hour workshops, planned from 1-3 PM (NOTE: Workshops will be 1-3 PM EST or CST according to the host farm time zone.) on Monday afternoons, will be offered on working farms throughout Tennessee from January to June.
1) January 26, Choosing Your Crops and Varieties, and Scheduling Their Planting in the Greenhouse and the Field, led by Jeff Martin, Plant Sciences, and Adam Colvin, Colvin Family Farm, Spring City, TN
This workshop will discuss crop and variety selection, as well as crops in the field and greenhouse.
2) February 9, Options for CSA Legal Structure and Analyzing CSA Profitability, led by Chris Clark and Margarita Velandia, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Becky Jacobs, College of Law, and Ray and Bart Gilmer, Falcon Ridge Farm, Toone, TN
This workshop will help participants think about the legal structure of their business, as well as help them analyze the profitability of their CSA.
3) March 16, Managing Growth of Your CSA, Labor Management, Apprenticeship Programs and Quality of Life, led by Jeff Martin, Plant Sciences, and Tana Comer, Eaton’s Creek Organics, Joelton, TN
This workshop will cover labor issues, the pros and cons of apprenticeship programs, and expanding your CSA gradually, while maintaining your quality of life.
4) April 13, Adding Fruit Crops to Your CSA, led by David Lockwood, Plant Sciences, and Shannon Meadows, Mountain Meadows Farm, Heiskell, TN
This workshop will introduce participants to considerations for small and tree fruit production.
5) May 11, Choosing Equipment for a Small, Diversified Farm, led by Bob Due, Terraced Gardens Farm, New Tazewell, TN
This workshop will cover choosing equipment for a small, diversified operation.
6) June 15, Marketing Your CSA and Keeping Your Customers Happy, led by Megan Bruch, Center for Profitable Agriculture, and Ron and Chris Arnold, Herb and Plow Farm, Grimsley, TN
This workshop will help participants develop a marketing plan and provide tips for marketing their CSA.
Registration is $50 per person for all six workshops or $10 per person per workshop.
Registration for TN Fruit and Vegetable Association members (http://www.tfva.org/jointfva/) or TN Organic Growers Association members (http://www.tnorganics.org/contact.html) is FREE. Enter promo code TFVAFREE or TOGAFREE on the payment screen, if you are a member. Member verification required.
Register on-line by clicking on one of the six workshops under ‘Upcoming Events’ at: http://organics.tennessee.edu or http://vegetables.tennessee.edu
Please contact Jenny Moore (865.974.0710 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Annette Wszelaki (865.974.8332 or email@example.com) for more information.
Thank you and happy holidays,
EXTENDING YOUR GROWING SEASON
Learn about season extension in high tunnel production systems in a new webinar series sponsored by the Center for Crop Diversification, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and the Barnhart Fund for Excellence. There will be six webinars, each 75 minutes long, in February and March of 2015. The series will cover market opportunities, structure options and construction, organic production and certification, crop and equipment options, pest pressure and control, as well as a summary of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative.
For more information, and to register, please contact Miranda at 859-218-4384 or miranda. firstname.lastname@example.org.
All webinars will be broadcast from 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. EST.
• February 17 — Season Extension Opportunities & EQIP Funding
• February 24 — Structure Options, Construction, Ventilation & Temperature Control
• March 3 — Organic Certification & Marketing High Tunnel Crops
• March 10 — Crop, Irrigation & Equipment Options
• March 17 — Insect, Weed & Disease Control
• March 24 — Producer Views & Series Wrap-up
BROWN’S HOLLAR CREATIONS has let us know that more pumpkin pies are available made with fresh local pumpkin and eggs, and that proceeds go toward the farmers’ market in Tracy City. Also available are black walnut cakes made with fresh local walnuts and local fresh eggs.
And look for a few green onions.
FROM THREE OAKS Howdy! The holidays are a time which many of us associate with heavy meals, drinks, sweets and ultimately weight gain. That’s why we’re offering rabbit on the market this week at a reduced price. Pound for pound, rabbit meat contains less fat, cholesterol and calories and more protein than any other conventional livestock. Perfect for the health-conscious Christmas carnivore or a head-start on that New Year’s resolution. Checkout the delicious recipes we’ve added to the market for cooking ideas and have a very merry Christmas!
Erich, Three Oaks Farm
NEW FROM NATURE’S WEALTH Look for 5-pound bags of their incredible popcorn!
OTHER IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
If you know of anyone who isn’t receiving our (general) e-mails that we send to the entire customer and grower bases (which would include Order Confirmations that come out of our proprietary software e-mail account that is re-directed via Mailgun.us: We have been working with a tech from BLomand who has done a large amount of troubleshooting and research.
If you have an e-mail address that is through Yahoo or BellSouth (Yahoo actually hosts BellSouth e-mail), you will need to go into your Contacts list and add these two addresses:
If you have an e-mail address through BLomand, you will need to go into your Gray Mail and add as a Friend these two addresses:
If you have an e-mail address that is from another provider (gmail should be OK, but you never know…), use one of the iterations above.
Also, if you want an entire domain to be “approved,” you can, for example, enter the following as a Contact/Friend (for gmail, let’s say):
If, after doing all this, you are still not receiving our e-mails (at the very least the Saturday Blog opening the market), you will have to get in touch with your e-mail provider and tell them to recognize our address as well as the mailgun address. Just giving them the email@example.com address will not be sufficient.
We hope this helps resolve these problems going forward!
Kir and Linda
ANSWERING MARKET E-MAILS
Please DO NOT press “Reply” to our software’s automated e-mails. This includes Blog e-mails (such as this one), your Order Confirmation e-mail, or even Account Balance/Adjustment e-mail. If you need to contact us via e-mail, just compose a new e-mail with an appropriate Subject line and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will ensure your e-mail is seen (not always possible with a Reply to Order Confirmations, for example) so we can best help you.
ALSO, we are checking e-mail only several times a week, so it may take a short while for us to get back with you. You are always welcome to call 931.592.3399 (no voice mail) to reach us more quickly. Thanks!
EBT CAPABILITY IS BACK!
We are pleased to announce that the CFM is once again able to process EBT cards.
If you would like your market order delivered, please contact Rachel Lynch, the new Sewanee delivery driver. E-mail: email@example.com or phone 931-598-0774.
Please remember that payment of all CFM orders MUST be made in advance of Tuesday’s delivery. Checks must be mailed in time to be posted to customer accounts before closing of market ordering on Monday. To ensure your account always has a positive balance, the CFM prefers payments in increments of at least $100.00. Mail checks made out to CFM to Kir Strobel, 744 Timberwood Trace, Monteagle, TN 37356.
Should at-home delivery not work for you, your second option is to leave your order at the Center to be picked up by you or a designée by 6 p.m. Wednesday. As with any left-behind order, there will be a $3.00 fee unless that order has been prepaid in full in advance. Don’t forget there is no freezer at the Center for the foreseeable future, so it is imperative your items be picked up in a timely manner.
PLACING AN ORDER
Before you order, be sure you see the little shopping cart. If you do not, log out and log in again. If this fails, turn off your computer completely and start again. This includes ordering from smart phones.
If you want to leave a comment for a grower, be sure to put it in the “Leave comment for grower” area in RED beneath the item you’re ordering. Placing comments in the market manager section will not be seen by the growers.
If you do not receive an order confirmation within 5 minutes, your order has NOT been placed in the system. E-MAIL OR CALL US to get the problem solved so you will not be disappointed on market day.
Please remember the market closes at 10 a.m. on Monday; therefore, your order must be completed and placed, and you should be signed out of the software.
If you have any questions, please call (931.592.3399, no voice mail) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) us.
Kir Strobel & Linda Boynton
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