Alliance of Sustainable Farms resumes field days virtually
PINEY WOODS, Miss. -- The Alliance of Sustainable Farms is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and unveiling its new demonstration farm during a virtual field day Feb. 19.
The event will feature a virtual tour of the new farm located at the Piney Woods school in Rankin County, Miss.
Topics will include crop and variety selection, seed acquisition, marketing risk and spring field preparation. The event also includes a seed starting demonstration. The program begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.
The event is free of charge, but registration is required. To register, email Alliance manager Keith Benson at AllianceofSustainableFarms@gmail.com.
After registering, check for a confirmation email with the agenda and details on how to join the video conferencing event on Zoom. Limited in-person participation may be allowed, following strict social distancing protocols. Anyone wishing to attend in person will need to make the request when registering and will be notified if on-site participation will be allowed.
“In 2020, the Alliance moved its demonstration farm to its new site, expanding its strategic partnerships and efforts to support local farmers,” Benson said. “Our most important priority has been to improve the skills, capacity and productivity of current and aspiring producers.”
Shaun Broderick, a Mississippi State University assistant Extension and research professor of ornamental horticulture and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station researcher at the MSU Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs, will be one of the featured speakers. Other speakers include Bill Evans, director of horticulture with Up In Farms Food Hub, and Rockiell Woods, regional director for the National Center for Appropriate Technology Gulf States Office.
Alliance field day partners and sponsors include MSU Extension, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Alcorn State University Extension Program, University of Mississippi Transactional Law Clinic, National Center for Appropriate Technology, Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, and Mississippi Department of Education.
MSU Extension is an equal opportunity institution. For disability accommodation, contact Benson at 601-988-4999.