Here are more events that might be of interest to farmers.
A couple years ago, the University of Kentucky started “First Friday,” which is a breakfast forum and networking event hosted by the UK Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Working Group. Every month there is a different topic and the breakfast is locally grown.
It’s a neat change from your normal meeting since it happens early before your day starts, the topics are always relevant and interesting and the food is excellent. It’s billed as a chance to exchange ideas and network with UK College of Agriculture faculty, staff, local producers, and advocates for enduring agriculture and food systems.
First Friday takes a holiday during the summer but will start up again this Friday at the UK Horticultural Research Farm or “South Farm.” The entrance is off Man o’ War Boulevard at Nicholasville Road (we usually meet at the Good Barn on campus).
The gathering and breakfast is from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and then from 8:30-9:30 a.m. will be the presentation and discussion which is “Beginning Farming: A Balancing Act” by Sarah Lovett, KyFarmStart coordinator and Carolyn Gahn, Community Farm Alliance Ag Legacy program.
This is a great chance to visit UK Ag’s South Farm, where you can tour the organic research area and see the new classroom. After breakfast and networking, there will be a panel presentation on the pitfalls beginning farmers can encounter and the programs to support new farmers that are available through UK Ag and Community Farm Alliance.
The event is free but donations are accepted to help cover the cost of breakfast. You’re encouraged to bring your own mug or cup. To find out more you can “Like” First Fridays on Facebook: www.facebook.com/UKAgFirstFriday or follow on Twitter @UKFirstFriday
Forage Field Day
On Tuesday we’ll have a Field Day on winter and summer annual forages from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the C.O. Little Research Center (formerly known as UK’s Woodford County Farm), 1171 Midway Road, Versailles but you enter the farm off of U.S. 60.
Topics include: Winter Annual Forage for Grazing, Utilizing Warm-Season Annual Forages, Stockpiling Tall Fescue and Impacts of Grazing Height on Plant Growth. A lot of good information just a short drive away.
Ky. Wood Expo
For the first time, the Kentucky Wood Expo will be held in Lexington at Masterson Station Park, Sept. 20-21. The event is from 9-7 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 20 and from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 21.
There will be educational programs for homeowners, landowners, and outdoor enthusiasts (critter tent, nature photography, wood and tree ID, chainsaw carvers, pioneer tools, among others) plus craft and wood product exhibits.
There will be food and music, lumberjack demonstrations and competitions (led by Lumberjack Feud from Pigeon Forge and the UK Forestry Timbersports Team), large equipment demonstrations and the first 5K run/walk.
For a complete schedule stop by the office at 101 Lakeview Ct. or visit the website at www.kywoodexpo.com.