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What's coming in SARA

Sep 17

Fall Gardening Workshop

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 am

Location: Salinas Family Farm - 7233 Simon Gomez Rd. Lyford, Texas


Cover crops cover the soil of your garden during the off-season. While your garden soil is lying dormant, cover crops can prevent your dirt from becoming unproductive.

Cover crops will boost your garden soil with nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, and/or many other important nutrients. They also help prevent weeds from taking over your garden.

Come and receive hands on training from experts about planting cover crops and see a 3 point seed drill planter tool used to plant seeds at Salinas Family Farm.


RSVP to the Extension office at: (956) 689-2412

For more information, contact Cruz Salinas at; or call (956)245-3914 

Sep 19

Managing for Success on Your Small Farm

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: UTRGV Continuing Education & Student Success Building


We’re holding a full-day workshop with FARFA and Foodshed Investors on Thursday, September 19 from 9 AM – 5 PM. Please share the attached flyer on your project’s social media accounts and share with clients.  Here is the link to register for the event:

The training will cover the following subjects:

  • Know the federal & state laws that govern the sale of food from your farm or ranch business, from cottage foods to the Food Safety Modernization Act.
  • Consider options for diversifying your operation to add produce, meat, eggs, dairy, or value-added products.
  • Understand what types of insurance you should have.
  • Learn the difference between the various options for structuring your business.
  • Identify when, where, & how to pursue outside funding.
  • Learn record-keeping best practices.
  • Discover the many sources of government & private funding for small farmers.

For more information, contact Colin Cain at; or go to the conference site by clicking the link above.

Sep 20 - 21

Healthy People, Healthy Communities: Exploring Future Careers

Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Region 1, Edinburg, Texas


Sponsored by USDA and hosted by the UTRGV School of Social Work, this collaborative conference aims to recruit high-school and community-college students into careers in sustainable agriculture, food systems, and social-work services; promoting sound nutritional practices and preventing disease through nutrition.

For more information on this workshop, contact George Bennack at