New Horizons in Organic Systems & Creative Produce Marketing (AR)
Hear about the new approaches they are exploring to make production more sustainable and marketing more efficient while meeting the growing demand for fresh, local, and healthy food.
Register by May 30: $25
Event Date: June 7, 2014
Saturday Morning: Argenta Farmers Market - North Little Rock, AR
- Meet first at the Argenta Farmers Market, in North Little Rock—a vibrant and progressive downtown market with 17–25 local vendors featuring produce and artisan prepared foods including breads and cheeses.
- Brief welcome and presentation by local grower Chuck Crimmins in front of the Crimmins Family Farm market stall at 10:00. Chuck will talk about the art and mechanics of selling at farmers markets, touching on such details as how to make attractive displays and keeping produce fresh in hot weather.
- Please take additional time to explore the market, shop, and talk with the other farmers.
Mid-day: Lunch and travel to Perryville on your own
- You are encouraged to find lunch on your own either at the Argenta Farmers Market or in the Argenta District which has some nice cafes and restaurants.
- You will need to be conscious of the time, though. The market closes at noon, and it will take you about 1 hour to drive from North Little Rock to the afternoon program site in Perryville. If you plan to shop for a while, you might want to come to the market early.
Afternoon: Heifer Project Ranch
- The afternoon program will begin at the Heifer Project International Ranch outside of Perryville, AR. When you arrive, please park in the lot facing the gift shop and visitor’s center.
- Those arriving at 1:00 have the option of a brief tour of the Ranch and an overview of their activities, and time to visit the gift shop. (The cost of the tour is covered by your pre-registration fee.)
- At 2:00, the Food and Farms Program resumes in the basement of the Metzger Building, a short stroll from the parking area. The program will include brief presentations on internet produce marketing for small farms, and new organic growing technologies such as bioextensive rotations, compost tea, and biochar. Snacks and drinking water will be available
- Following the presentations, two successful small organic market farms will be toured—the Heifer Ranch CSA gardens and the Crimmins Family Farm, which are both on site. The program should wrap-up before 5:00 pm, allowing plenty of time to drive home.
- Bring comfortable walking shoes and sun protection, and an umbrella, raincoat, and boots if there is a chance of rain.
The cost to attend is $25.00. You must pre-register by May 30
Register online using PayPal or credit card at www.kerrcenter.com, click on calendar of events.
Or mail a check with complete contact information, including email and phone number, to
Kerr Center, attn. Hannah Daniels
24456 Kerr Road
Poteau, OK 74953-8163
For questions and pre-registration, call Hannah at (918) 647-9123. Maps and a detailed agenda will be sent to all registrants.