KOSSE – A regional small poultry flock and vegetable gardening seminar conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service is scheduled from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 20 at the Kosse Community Center, Kosse.
Registration is $30 and includes lunch, breaks and handout materials. Call 979-828-4270 to register and provide accurate lunch ordering.
Payment for registration can be received at the door.
“The intended audience are people that have thought about getting a few chickens and raising a garden,” said Ed Schneider, AgriLife Extension agent for Robertson County and workshop coordinator. “Some may already have both, but need information or help with improvements. We think that a lot of folks that have recently retired or are looking at retirement want to be more sustainable. They want to raise their own food to save money and to take pride in doing something they grew up doing. This workshop will offer something for everyone.”
Scheduled topics and speakers for the morning session are: “Raising Broilers in the Backyard – Management, Dr. Greg Archer, Texas AgriLife Extension poultry specialist; Backyard Laying Hen Facilities and Nutrition Management, Dr. Craig Coufal, AgriLife Extension poultry specialist; Selling the Goods Produced by your Backyard Flock-Regulations, Coufal; Brown Eggs, White Eggs, Red Chickens, White Chickens, Checkered Chickens-So What Breed Do I Buy?, Ideal Poultry representative; Ducks, Geese, Guineas or Turkeys – Why or Why Not?, Ideal Poultry representative.
Afternoon session topics and speakers are: Home Gardening-Soil, Irrigation and Size and Type of Garden, Dr. Joseph Masabni, AgriLife Extension horticulturalist; Insect Control in Home Poultry Flock and the Home Garden, Dr. Sonja Swiger, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management specialist; Heritage Gardening, Selecting What to Grow, Selling Produce and Organic vs. Non-Organic vs. Mixture, Masabni.