Beginning farmers invited to tour J. Calvert Farms

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CULLMAN, Ala. – The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Beginning Farmer Series serves to help new producers develop knowledge and critical skills so they can sustain and grow their farms using technical information, learning networks and other resources.

The series has many programs for increasing confidence and knowledge of farming. One of the latest events in the series will be a farm visit and market tour of J. Calvert Farms at 30 County Road 260, Cullman.

The tour was organized through a joint effort of the North Alabama Agriplex and Cullman County Extension Office. The tour group will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the J. Calvert Farms Market.

Tony Glover of the North Alabama Agriplex said, “This is a very diversified fruit and vegetable farm that has an innovative farmer. Arnold Caylor, who is the retired director of the Cullman Research Station, will lead the tour as an employee of Calvert Farms. He will talk about no-till vegetable farming and the use of plasticulture and drip irrigation. Also, we will tour the farm market.”

J. Calvert Farms is a family-run operation. Its crops include strawberries, peaches, tomatoes, pumpkins and a wide variety of vegetables.

During the tour, Caylor will talk about the crops grown on the farm, as well as proper marketing. He will also be taking questions from attendees.

The North Alabama Agriplex and the Cullman County Extension Office invite anyone interested to join the free tour. Email TonyGlover@auburn.edu for more information or to sign up.

For more information on upcoming classes and events for beginning farmers, visit https://agriplex.org and www.aces.edu/counties/cullman.

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