Whether a variety trial or a conservation project our demonstration projects would be of no value unless we share the information. For every project we have a Workshop where we invite anyone interested in learning about what we are doing, and why, to come to the farm and see for themselves. We are committed to holding ten of these workshops each year on a wide variety of agricultural and conservation topics. These are on-farm meetings that are well advertised and are always free and open to the public.
Fauquier Education Farm 2021 Workshop Series
The Fauquier Education Farm Workshop Series is a learning resource for farmers and home gardeners of all experience levels. You can pick and choose any workshops that may interest you with no expectation that you need to attend them all. These workshops are free and open to everyone. These will be held rain or shine and children are always welcome. Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops are held at the Fauquier Education Farm: 8428 Meetze Rd, Warrenton, Virginia.
January 16, 2-3pm: It's Time to Start Planning
Join as we take you through the full calendar year and what you should be doing in your garden each season to maximize your productivity. We’ll talk about when to plant each crop as well give you suggestions about the varieties and techniques that have worked well for the Fauquier Education Farm.
The PowerPoint presentation from this workshop can be viewed here
The following workshops will all be held in person at the Fauquier Education Farm 8428 Meetze Rd. Warrenton, Virginia
April 10th, 1 to 3 PM: Options for Onions
There are lots of different ways to plant onions, from seeds or sets and even transplants. We’ll peel back the many layers of this staple crop to help you find the options that will work best in your garden, while we explain the advantages of each planting technique.
April 27th, 6 to 8 PM: Seed Starting
Many people over think the most simple act of planting seeds. In this workshop we will show you how we start our seed trays at the Education Farm. It’s easy when you remember that seeds really want to grow, we just need to give them some very basic needs.
May 4th, 6 to 8 PM: Low Tunnels
Using low tunnels in your garden can be an easy key to success if used properly. Low tunnels can extend your growing season and help control insect damage by cre-ating a micro-climate that can enhance crop growth. We’ll show you how we are using them and explain how they work so well.
May 11th, 6 to 8 PM: Stay Cool with Cool Season Crops
Cool season crops can be incredibly productive if planted at the right time and given a few basic needs. We’ll take a look at our cool season crops as they reach maturity to see how well they have performed in 2021, and we’ll share our plans for our fall cool season plantings as well.
May 20th, 6 to 8 PM: Garlic Scapes
Garlic can be a wonderful crop in your garden, it’s easy to grow with practically no pest problems. Many people are unfamiliar with the first harvest from your garlic crop, the scapes. Garlic scapes are the early flower stalks that ought to be removed so your bulbs get bigger. But garlic scapes are a gourmet crop of their own. We’ll talk about harvesting and using garlic scapes as well as more info on growing garlic.
June 10th, 6 to 8 PM: Drip Irrigation
With modern drip irrigation systems it is easy to irrigate your garden. We’ll show you how we have our system set up and discuss where to find the materials and how to use this system to increase your productivity.
June 15th, 6 to 8 PM: Soil Health, The Foundation of Farming Success
Building long term soil health is the foundation of all crop growing success. We’ll discuss everything from soil testing to cover crops and organic mulches. Your garden can either be the worst thing to happen to your soil, or you can take every opportunity to build your soil as you raise your crops. We’ll show you what we are doing to enhance our soil health to maximize our production.
July 22nd, 6 to 8 PM: Cut Flowers, More Than Just a Pretty Face
Cut Flowers can be an excellent add on to any new farming enterprise. We’ll showcase our cut flower demonstration and show you how to give your production a jumpstart. Fill your world with color with this highly marketable crop.
August 17th, 6 to 8 PM: Spring Potatoes and Fall Cabbage, A Rotation to Maximize Your Productivity
Rotating your crops is a proven way to be more successful, but this rotation from spring potatoes to fall cabbage can allow you to plant two crops in the same space each year. We’ll talk about the growing needs of each crop and why they work so well on the same ground. This is an easy opportunity to double your garden’s yield.
Contact Jim Hankins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540 336 4338