Annual Open Forum on Sustainable Agriculture

Sponsored by the South Carolina Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.

You’re invited to the annual Open Forum on Sustainable Agriculture to discuss critical issues, challenges and needs related to Sustainable Agriculture development in South Carolina. The meeting is open to all South Carolina farmers, educators, policy makers, state and federal government and non-governmental agricultural agency personnel, and other South Carolina citizens with an interest in sustainable agriculture. Input from this public meeting will be used to prioritize critical issues and needs and to formulate plans for statewide sustainable agriculture training and education programs in 2017.
 
The Open Forum meeting will be held on the 2nd of December, 2016 at the Lake House at Sandhill Research and Education Center on Clemson Rd. in Columbia, SC. Continue reading

Basics of Construction and Crop Production for High Tunnels

High Tunnels allow growers to extend the growing season and increase profitability.  If you are interested in learning more about building high tunnels and using them in crop production, please join Clemson University for a more in depth look at the opportunities high tunnels can provide.

In the afternoon on October 25th we will tour working high tunnels at the Clemson Coastal Research and Education Center and see over 20 varieties of plants currently in production there.  Clemson Extension agent Zack Snipes will be on hand to lead the tour and answer questions.  Continue reading

Summer Cover Crops for No-Till Production of Late-Season Vegetables For Soil Health and Weed Control

Come see cover cropping in action!  No-till vegetable production, which uses a cover crop mulch to suppress weed growth during the vegetable growing season, offers a more sustainable approach to weed management than the frequent use of herbicides and tillage. This is an especially valuable tool for organic farmers who do not use synthetic herbicides and therefore must rely on frequent cultivation and tillage for weed control.  In this workshop the focus will be on summer or warm-season cover crops for use in no-till production of fall vegetables. Participants will learn about selecting and managing cover crops for no-till vegetable production. They will also have an opportunity to view different summer cover crops in research plots at Clemson’s Coastal Research & Education Center Farm, and see termination of cover crops using a roll-crimper attachment. Continue reading

Assistant Professor-Agricultural Insect Ecologist position open at Clemson

Clemson University is recruiting an Agricultural Insect Ecologist for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level (anticipated as a 12-month appointment with an initial 50% Research, 50% Teaching split). The position will reside within the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, and will be located on the University’s main campus in Clemson, South Carolina. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally-recognized, extramurally funded research program, actively engage in the work of the department and the entomology program, be engaged in the national and international entomological community, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Research areas should complement existing programs in agricultural biology and arthropod biodiversity. Particularly desirable areas include pollination ecology, plant-insect interactions, parasitoid biology, or other areas related to agricultural ecology. Initial teaching responsibilities will include courses in Agricultural Entomology, Integrated Pest Management, and a course related to the candidate’s specialty, in addition to other agreed courses as program needs evolve.

This position closes September 9. Read the full description.

SC New and Beginning Farmer Program Now Accepting Applications

The South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer program (SCNBFP) is focused on enabling new and beginning farmers to be successful, productive, and innovative members of their local agricultural community by providing them with the tools, knowledge and skills necessary to be successful entrepreneurs; sound business managers; exemplary stewards of SWAPA (soil, water, air, plants, and animals), and successful marketers of the unique products they create; and, perhaps most importantly, individuals who have a sense of pride and quality of life as a result of their investment and participation in the agricultural community of South Carolina.

This is a course, not related to the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers grant from USDA.

APPLY NOW! Continue reading

Clemson University scientists think outside the box for organic peach growers

In Growing Produce

With some bags and a bit of elbow grease, sustainable and organic peach production may soon be a reality in the Southeast.

Currently, California, Oregon, and Washington account for most of the organic peach market in the U.S. Peaches in South Carolina are a $64 million industry, with the state being second only to California in national peach production.

Guido Schnabel bags peaches. Photo Credit: Juan Melgar

Guido Schnabel bags peaches. Photo Credit: Juan Melgar

Consumer demand for high-quality fruit with no pesticide residue is on the rise, but the hot, humid conditions, in addition to the lack of disease-resistant cultivars, make peach production in the Southeast challenging, and organic peach production almost impossible. In fact, only one grower in South Carolina grows organic peaches.

Read the rest of the story in Growing Produce.

Cover crop workshop at Clemson in June

COVER CROPS FOR SOIL HEALTH & WEED CONTROL IN NO-TILL VEGETABLE PRODUCTION

City Roots Farm
1005 Airport Blvd
Columbia, SC 29205

Wednesday, June 8th

8:45am – 3:30pm Continue reading