Beginning Farmer & Rancher Workshops

Ag Market Workshop Schedule Cohort 1.pdf

Garden Planning Part 1 - Presented by Cherilyn Yazzie

February 18, 2019 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

"My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece." --Claude Monet A beautiful garden takes time, effort, money and maintenance. Starting with a good garden plan can help cut down on all of those things. Thinking about your yard or garden before getting to work can create a unified area that accents your home and provides years of enjoyment. In this first class, we will draw a map of your existing corn field, garden plot or yard.

Garden Planning Part 2 - Presented by Cherilyn Yazzie

February 19, 2019 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

We will meet Navajo beginning farmers who have gone through Tolani Lake Enterprises agricultural programs and who are using their knowledge and skills to create projects and programs in their communities. We will hear their stories of what motivated them to become a farmer, what challenges they are still facing and how they are overcoming these barriers. We will also continue planning for your garden by designing your garden around a theme. We will begin to reevaluate your garden dreams based on your budget and the types of plants that can grow in your region.

Soil Determination - Presented by Darrell Yzzie, Jr.

February 20, 2019 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Solving the why of nutrient deficiencies that affect plants can add considerably to both yield and quality. Problems can originate from a lack of fertility, but more often than not in vegetable production different problems arise from applying too much of one or more elements. To much or too little of the various nutrients will affect the availability of others and can limit the quality and/or yield accordingly. This presentation will show how to identify the problems and help determine and achieve measurable solutions. Participants conduct a mason jar soil test and also conduct an NPK soil test. Participants are encouraged to bring soil from their garden.

Crop Rotation and Companion Planting - Presented by Cherilyn Yazzie

March 5, 2019 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Crop rotation is a useful tool to have in any garden, it has many benefits that can help your garden prosper! Every plant grows differently and has different interactions with the soil, atmosphere and with other plants and animals. By rotating your crops you can balance nutrients in the soil, reduce pests and overall make it easier for you as a gardener! Companion planting is another wonderful tool to use in your garden, experienced gardeners may already know of several plant combinations. Participants will continue to work on their garden plans.

Weed and Pest Management - Presented by Cherilyn Yazzie and Darrell Yazzie, Jr.

March 6, 2019 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Starting a garden comes with its fair share of joys and pains. Along with the fun of gardening comes the difficulty of dealing with hungry bugs and animals that are looking to devour your garden. Fortunately, by understanding how to leverage Mother Nature, you can implement a full weed and pest control strategy in your garden, without toxic chemicals. Participants will the information from this workshop and implement it into their garden plans.

Food and Farming Retreat - Coordinated by Amber Benally, Grand Canyon Trust Youth Coordinator

March 11-14, 2019 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Tuba City

4 day learning/hands-on trip pertaining to farming in Tuba City and Moenkopi, AZ. This trip includes two days of work helping three different farmers who have an on-going plot. There will be story telling from the Hopi farmers/elders and fun activities that will enhance the learning potential for the participants. Food preparations and food will be included for the participants throughout the four days.