February 26th – FREE Workshop Ticket: Farm Incubator Workshop


Principles of Regenerative Agriculture ““ Savings from Cover Crops, No-till, and Biodiversity

We will look at the benefits, profitability, and strategies of regenerative agriculture that create sustainable urban farms now and for future generations. The workshop will launch you on practical aspects of becoming a farmer such as getting set up to obtain funding, assessing soil health for economic success, and using equipment for small farms up to five acres. You will meet experts from several local, state, and federal agricultural organizations who share the mission of building regenerative agriculture in communities of the Middle Rio Grande Valley and beyond. The workshop is intended for beginning and intermediate farmers. Rio Grande Community Farm is a platform on City Open Space that provides access to land, irrigation, equipment, greenhouse, barn, washing station, expertise, and financial management support.


Hosted at Los Ranchos Agri-Nature Center, 4920 Rio Grande Blvd. NW

Free Workshop

This workshop is free, but space is limited. Please fill out the following information, and then proceed to checkout. No payment is required.

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Agenda (Saturday, February 26th 2022, 8:30 AM – 5 PM)

  • 8:30 AM Arrive & sign-in at the Los Ranchos Agri-Nature Center4920 Rio Grande Blvd. NW.
  • 8:45 AM Welcome from Rio Grande Community Farm — Jamie Welles, Rio Grande Community Farm Executive Director
  • 9:00 AM Principles of Regenerative Agriculture ““ Getting Started — Sean Ludden, award-winning farmer with Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District
    • How to use cover crops and no-till practices to improve soil
    • Compost
  • 9:50 AM Break
  • 10:00 AM Building Biodiversity Belowground Puts Profits in Your Bank Account — John Garlish, County Extension & Gabriella Coughlin, MRCOG
  • 10:50 AM Break
  • 11:00 AM Panel Discussion Q&A
  • 11:30 AM Lunch
  • 12:00 PM Agri-Nature Center Programs – Tour and Talk. — Josh O’Halloran, Agroecologist
  • 12:45 PM Rio Grande Farmers Coalition’s Better Together CSA — Ian Colburn, Sergio Schwartz
  • 1:15 PM Break
  • 1:25 PM How to Apply for Your Farm & Track Number — Jamie Welles or Genevieve Torres
  • 1:45 PM Understanding Your Soil to Develop a Management Plan — Daniel Bloedel, NRCS
  • 2:35 PM Preparing for our Zoom followup session, March 12, 2022
  • 2:35 PM Demonstrating BCS and Attachments — Kelvin Schenk, Saalih Muhammad
  • 5:00 PM Adjourn

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