Thursday, June 28, 2012

Gardening Day Camps

This morning reading the paper, I found an article titled, "Farm to Fork." The article shared the story of Elizabeth Anna's Old World Garden in Fort Worth, Texas. She teaches the basics of farm life, but her goal is to help children understand the connection between gardening and the food on their plate. The article shares her successes as she relates to children from ages 6 to 12. Summer is a great time to offer camps like these, children are so detached from agriculture that a farmers everyday life is intriguing to them. So, if you have a garden this could be a great idea for some summer income.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Make Money on Your Farm or Ranch

Today, travelers pay to learn how to do things the old-fashioned way. Travelers want to experience milking the cow, making butter and preparing a down-home meal. That might be after spending a day on the farm herding cows, rounding them up for the sale or separating the cows from the calves. To learn how to start your own business on the farm or ranch, visit the website: Farm Stay U.S. This website has some great examples and also has a farm stay business guide.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Outdoor Enterprise Workshop-June 6th in Vidalia

Just one more day before the Outdoor Enterprise Workshop in Vidalia. If you have not had time to register; we have a few seats left, so come early and register the day of the workshop from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. We start promptly at 9 a.m. Registration is $20 for one person; and $30 for a couple. This workshop will help landowners write a business plan for their new enterprise, whether it be an agritourism, nature-based or hunting/leasing operation. Click here for details.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Yellow Rails and Rice Festival Registration Open

The fourth annual Yellow Rails and Rice Festival is scheduled for 24-28 October 2012. Designed with fun in mind, its primary goal is to provide participants a unique venue to view Yellow Rails while at the same time bringing birders and farmers together to realize the value to birds of the area’s “working wetlands.” The festival schedule is casual and participants can attend all field days (weather permitting) or come and go at their leisure. Leaders/facilitators are positioned at field sites and help participants spot birds as well as provide information or answer questions. In addition to visiting rice fields, participants can join trips to local points of interest, morning field trips to explore areas nearby, or two trips farther afield to the pineywoods or Cameron Parish coast on Saturday. These field trips highlight some of Louisiana’s other habitats and the birds associated with them. Many of the agencies and organizations that study, manage, and protect these areas also assist at the festival, as well as have information booths during the opening reception (icons displayed below) so that participants can learn more about their activities. Two workshops are also offered this year. Based in Jennings, participants are positioned in the heart of Cajun Country in Louisiana’s southwest prairie region, an area known for great birding, local cuisine, and a rich history and culture. (Text copied from website.)