MEGA to host Shelby workshop
by Anne Hart Preus
Mar 06, 2013 | 1457 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mississippians Engaged in Greener Agriculture will host a Community Workshop conducted by Growing Power March 12-13 at 1503 Broadway in Shelby.

The cost of the workshop is $25 and includes meals.

On Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., participants will learn about composting, vermiculture and wind row. Participants will build an indoor, small-scale compost system.

The vermiculture component will give information on the construction and maintenance of a worm bin. Attendees will learn to use vermicompost as a fertilizer or use it for generating cash from those who want an excellent, organic fertilizer.

The afternoon sessions will cover aquaculture/aquaponics followed by a question and answer session. Participants will build an indoor system for raising fish.

They will learn how to recycle the wastewater form the fish and grow plants, known as aquaponics.

The Wednesday session will feature a workshop beginning at 9 a.m. on greenhouse construction.

The sessions will last until 5 p.m. and lunch will be provided.

MEGA has had workshops provided by Growing Power for the past 10 years. Topics have ranged from greenhouse construction, greenhouse production, composting, farm planning, crop rotation, improving yield, wide row planting, alternative farming, extending season and session planting.

The average attendance has been from 15 to 45 participants.

“As a result of these workshops, farmers and gardeners made changes to their farming plans and farming practices. There are new farmers in the area looking for alternative farming,” said Dorothy Grady Scarbrough, MEGA program director.

Growing Power’s website provides the following information about the organization.

“It is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high quality safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Growing Power implements this mission by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance through the development of Community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner.”

“We hope there will be an increase in local fresh fruit and vegetables in our schools, at farmers’ markets, and an increase in production from church and community backyard gardens,” said Scarbrough.

To register for this workshop, call 662-402-4798 or e-mail dorothy.mega@gmail.com.

This event is sponsored by Wal-Mart and the WKK Foundation. Other agencies partnering with MEGA are: Alcorn State University, Mississippi State University and VA Tech.