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2023 Workshop Series

Series Outline

Tabler Farm is excited to announce its first ever workshop series!

We will offer 9 workshops over the course of the 2023 growing season. This series is designed to support new and established growers in their small-scale agricultural enterprises. Designed for farmers, serious gardeners, homesteaders, and anyone interested agriculture are encouraged to attend. We are excited to partner with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture Veterans & Hero’s to Agriculture.

Workshops focus on small-scale, intensive vegetable production techniques; additionally, we will feature specialty production workshops in beekeeping, mushroom cultivation, permaculture, and aquaponics. All workshops include a take-home item aimed to help participants apply the techniques learned in the workshop into practice.

Workshop details are provide below. Workshops take place on Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. or on Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided on the full day workshops. They will be hosted either in the Shepherd University Byrd Science Center at or at Shepherd University Tabler Farm. Upon registering, location details will be in your confirmation email.

Pricing

2-hour workshops:

General – $10 | Student – $5 | Veteran – FREE

Full-day workshops:

General – $20 | Student – $5 | Veteran – FREE

BONUS: Sign up for 5 or more workshops, receive a 10% bundle discount!

Participants pay at the door; check or cash only.

Registration required.
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Workshop Lineup

Regenerative Field Planning

Thursday, January 26th

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Vegetable production can be draining both to the farmer and their land if not carefully planned. This workshop dives into the basics of field planning: from crop rotation to cover cropping, we’ll go over some of the key planning components to not only sustaining your farmland, but regenerating it. We also explore record keeping techniques to help you track your farming efforts and create an efficient production system.

Presenters:

Dr. Brooke Comer

SU Environmental Studies professor & soil scientist

Madison Hale

Tabler Farm Coordinator

Seeding & Transplanting: Best Practices

Thursday, February 23rd

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Spring is a busy time on the farm. This workshop is designed to provide folks with tools to make seeding and transplanting simpler and more efficient. We’ll review common and innovative tools and materials, recommended seed starting soils and fertilizers, along with going over useful tips for ensuring success of your crops. 

Presenters:

Dr. Brooke Comer

SU Environmental Studies professor & soil scientist

Madison Hale

Tabler Farm Coordinator

High Tunnel Growing 101

Saturday, March 25th

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lunch included

In this workshop we’ll review all aspects of growing with high tunnels: from choosing your structure and site placement to recommended high tunnel production techniques and the pros/cons of tunnels. By completing this workshop, growers should have the confidence to decide whether a high tunnel fits their enterprise and the skills to utilize it efficiently. 

Presenters:

Dr. Brooke Comer

SU Environmental Studies professor & soil scientist

Madison Hale

Tabler Farm Coordinator

Intro to Culinary Mushroom Cultivation

Thursday, April 27th

(Tentative)

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Ever considered expanding your current production model with an alternative system? Or maybe you want to try something new altogether. This workshop will go over all you need to know about starting a mushroom business. From materials to best practices, you’ll leave with the knowledge needed to get started.

Presenter:

Guest (TBD)

Advanced Bee Keeping

Saturday, May 27 (tentative)

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lunch included

This workshop is for folks who already have experience beekeeping and aims to build on a general knowledge basis to improve your beekeeping enterprise.

Presenter:

Guest (TBD)

Soil Health on the Farm

Saturday, September 30th

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lunch included

Soil health is essential for a regenerative vegetable production system. Studies show that healthy soil improves yield, crop resistance to disease and pests, and even nutritional value in crops. But what does soil “health” entail? This workshop aims to answer questions about the complexities of soil and dives into the many practices farmers and gardeners can do to not only improve the health of their soil, but sustain it and regenerate it.

Presenters:

Dr. Brooke Comer

SU Environmental Studies professor & soil scientist

Madison Hale

Tabler Farm Coordinator

Perennials & Permaculture

Saturday, October 28th

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lunch included

Annual vegetable production is taxing on the land and the farmer. Could there be an alternative model? This workshop explores the theories behind Permaculture and dives into practical applications on a working farm, including a hands on project. Perennial farming will play an important role in transiting our traditional agriculture system into a regenerative system.

Presenter:

Bodhi Vasilopoulos

Permaculturist

Winter Farming: Season Extension & Value-Added Products

Saturday, November 18th

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lunch included

Four-seasons growing is challenging, but if done efficiently, can extend your profit margins and marketability. This workshop will cover the ins and outs of  market/season extension, touch on added value products such as dried goods and storage crops, compare winter harvest crops versus overwintering crops, and best practices for resting grow beds during the winter.

Presenters:

Dr. Brooke Comer

SU Environmental Studies professor & soil scientist

Madison Hale

Tabler Farm Coordinator

Intro to Indoor Aquaponics Growing

Thursday, December 14th

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Interested in an indoor growing system? How about fresh tomatoes in January? Aquaponics may be for you! This workshop describes the fundamental components, costs, and operations of aquaponics systems.

Presenter:

Dr. Peter Vila

SU Environmental Studies professor and aquatic scientist