For all you aspiring farmers, I’m teaching an Agripreneurship class at RCCC’s Cabarrus Business & Technology Center in Concord, NC. Here are the details. BTW, want to know what an Agripreneur is? Read on, and find out.
This week’s Tip
You can grow or harvest something almost year-round in the NC Piedmont. Our climate, even though it can be quite changeable in the Spring, is mild enough that some plants can over winter and grow more as it warms up. The first step in creating this “4 Season Garden” is to understand how plants relate to the weather. For the most part, this means knowing our average frost/freeze dates. In the Southern Piedmont of NC, where The Successful Gardener is based, our average last frost happens around the middle of April, just like tax day. Our average first frost in the fall is the ending days of October, or around Halloween. Now, these are average dates, so frost can occur 2 weeks earlier or 2 weeks later than the average date. But the time between Tax Day and Halloween is normally frost free.
Next, learn which plants can tolerate frost, like lettuce, and which are very tender, like cucumbers. This info is widely available in garden calendars and seed packs. In essence, you have cool-season veggies, herbs, and flowers, and warm-season plants. You plant cool-season plants to take advantage of cool weather, and warm-season plants in warmer weather. Keep in mind that cool-season plants started indoors will be quite tender when young. You’ll need to acclimate, or “harden off” those plants before you can figure they can take the cold. It’s a simple process. When the plants grown indoors are ready to be planted outside, move them outside on a warm-ish day. Keep an eye on them, and don’t leave them outside long. An hour is OK first time. Then each day, for about 10 days, leave them outside longer, until they can stay outside overnight. Then, they are ready to plant. Keep in mind that even cold-season plants can need some protection in extremes. We’ll talk more about 4 Season Gardens next week.
Here’s where I’ll be this week
I’ll start the week in Matthews, working ON my business, as opposed to IN my business. Just as in gardening, I have a lot of business management experience that forms the basis of whatever I teach.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 6:00-9:00PM. Agripreneurship Seminar: The Agripreneur & The Idea RCCC’s Cabarrus Business & Technology Center, 660 Concord Parkway N., Concord 28027
This is a FREE seminar! Here’s more info
Ag Entrepreneurs, or Agripreneurs create new ways of solving problems and creating value while using and protecting our natural resources. They meet the needs of our society while nourishing our families and developing our communities. They may create new production methods, or even new ways to do business. Tonight you’ll discover the skill set of the Agripreneur, get some of the basics of those skills, and learn to recognize opportunity when it appears.
Thursday, January 18, 2018 Farm Business Management Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro, **This is a curriculum course and registration is closed for the semester. I teach Farm Business Management at CCCC, based on my work, Cash Crop: Cultivating Profit In Your Farm or Food Business. You can cultivate profit in the same way you cultivate your crops. Good planning helps you work ON your business as much as you work IN your business. Creating and analyzing enterprise and whole farm budgets cultivate the farm’s operation in order to grow your farm’s profits.
This class can be offered at your community college, too. Contact me to find out how.
Friday Matthews, NC
Friday, I’m available for landscape consultations, especially if you are interested in starting your own 4 Season Garden. I can take next week’s class to a personal level, applying the principles I’ve created over the last 30 years to your garden. Schedule a consultation here.
Saturday, I’m out of town on personal business, but I’ll be available for classes and consults again next week.
How can I help you?
Late Winter/early Spring is a great time to take stock of what’s going on in the garden and landscape. Last year’s growing season is behind you, and with leaves down you can see the architecture of your landscape clearly. You can get a head start on Spring or finish up those Fall projects. I’ve designed and installed all kinds of landscapes, from formal herb gardens to Permaculture homesteads. In an hour, I can solve problems, identify plants, show you some opportunities, and help you enjoy your garden even more! If you’re interested in a home landscape consultation, contact me here.
I farmed and operated a plant nursery in NC for 15 years, and was an NC Cooperative Extension agent for 8 years. In that time, I learned a LOT about farm production and farm business management. I can help you with organic certification, transition to organic practices, and marketing your farm and food products. To learn how to cultivate profit on your farm, contact me here.
In these times of great opportunity for small business owners, strategic planning is essential for success. I can help you write a business plan, construct enterprise and cash flow budgets, and do market research. Individual consultations and group trainings are options for getting the information you need to succeed! To take advantage of the opportunities that are available to small business owners, contact me here.
Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener!
Peace, Grace, & Love,