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  • 12/27/2018 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    Ever wish you could bounce ideas off other farmers when you are working on your crop plans? Need help tweaking your succession planting timing? Come to Farmshare Austin on Jan 10th with your spring crop plans and we can help you work though any challenges you are having. The event is free, but our space is limited, so please RSVP by reserving a ticket.

  • 12/21/2018 7:11 AM | Marisol Cervantes TOFGA Admin (Administrator)

    These are high quality ewes, either bred or with young lambs at their side, NOT culls.
    These ewes have been selected for easy lambing, parasite resistance, and high-quality lamb production.
    Prices range from $250 for bred ewes to $325 for ewes with lambs. Prices negotiable for groups of 5 or more.
    Katahdins are a "hair sheep", so they shed their wool each year – no sheering required. The meat is wonderful and mild-flavored.
    Contact JudithMcGeary@yahoo.com.

  • 11/12/2018 9:13 PM | Vacant (Administrator)

    My Father's FarmPremium Certified Organic since 2008

    Vegetable & Herb Farm, 1722 Steffens Road, Seguin, Texas 78155

    57 Acres, 2 homes, 1 packing ex-retail store building, 62k SQFT Greenhouse, year round production over 6 Acres water reservoirs, all mineral rights included, within 55 miles from Austin and San Antonio, established customer base, turnkey operation, 2 miles from downtown Seguin, Texas, Tractors, all implements, Custom-made Pro Farmer software Solutions included.  Only 30% of property is in production with great potential to expand. Seller willing to work up to a year to help transition. 

    FSMA /GAP-GHP Compliances $1,575,000.00 (USDA Appraisal available)

    For more info, visit www.myfathersfarmS.com or contact Pedro Schambon Jr. at (830) 822 0200 or pedro@myfathersfarms.com 

  • 10/01/2018 7:54 AM | Anonymous

    Caring for the Soil - Intro to Soil Science and Fertility 


    Monday, October 8th, 1pm - 4pm

    What exactly is soil? How does it supply nutrients to plants, and support life? How can we as farmers best care for the soil? This class will explore the incredible ecosystem that is soil. You will learn how to evaluate soil texture and what that can tell you and techniques for nurturing the soil biome and building fertility.


    Get tickets at: https://caringforthesoil.eventbrite.com

    Greenhouse Building Workshop

    Monday October 22nd from 8am to 4pm

    Join Lorig Hawkins of Middle Ground Farm, Jamey Gage from B5 Farm and Farmshare Austin for a full day, hands on workshop. Spend the morning at Middle Ground Farm learning about greenhouse design. In the afternoon get some hands on experience assembling a greenhouse, bought and dissembled from another farm. You'll see how it all comes together, despite no instructions.

    $25, includes lunch


    Post Harvest Handling

    Monday, November 12th from 1 to 4pm.

    $12  https://postharvesthandling.eventbrite.com

    Don’t spend time and energy growing a healthy crop only to have it lose quality by improper post harvest handling. In this class, we will go over the proper techniques to harvest, clean and store your crops in order to get them to market in peak condition. We will also touch on food safety issues, but the bulk of the class will focus on maintaining quality from harvest to market.

  • 06/18/2018 2:50 PM | TOFGA Secretary (Administrator)

    The 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) is providing disaster payments to agricultural producers to offset losses from hurricanes and wildfires during 2017.  The funds – up to $2.36 billion – are available through the new program. 2017 was a historic year for natural disasters, and Congress appropriated more than $3 billion in disaster relief through the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which includes this new program.

    USDA will hold a sign-up for the new program beginning no later than July 16, 2018. More information on how to apply will be available in the coming weeks.

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/wildfires-and-hurricanes-indemnity-program/index

  • 06/18/2018 12:21 PM | TOFGA Secretary (Administrator)

    If you couldn’t make it to the 2018 TOFGA Conference or want to hear what other attendees’ experiences were like, check out scholarship winner Morgan Ehmling had to say.

    “From this conference and my interactions with its participants, I’ve learned that we are no longer in an environmental epoch of simply giving back what we take from the Earth, but rather, we find ourselves in a crucial international moment that implores each of us to find ways to push past this cycle of give and take and begin to create regenerative systems of agriculture. Sustainability in the simplest sense is about maintenance, but the human forces acting upon the land and seas of this planet have historically extracted much more than we have given back. The farmers and gardeners I met during my time at TOFGA are using innovative collaborations between humans, machines and nature to not only decrease the carbon footprint of organic agriculture in Texas, but to provide resilient agricultural structures that work to give back so much more than they take.”

    Read the entire summary here. Join us in thanking Morgan for joining us and sharing her experience and Slow Food Austin for all their support.

    Planning is in the works for the 2019 Conference. If you have anything you’d like to share about your experience at a previous conference or what you’d like to see at the next, please share it with us on Facebook and Twitter.

  • 06/18/2018 11:47 AM | TOFGA Secretary (Administrator)

    Members, be ready for every change of the season by stocking up on your favorite seed varieties at Johnny’s Seeds. Don’t forget to use your 5% members-only discount.

    A new member benefits page can be found in the Members-Only dropdown of the website. There you will find the Johnny’s Seeds discount code, TOFGA events and workshops discount code, and other fun things.

    Want to get in on these benefits, too? Become a Member today.

    Smile on TOFGA with Amazon Smile

    Smile on TOFGA this hot, sunny summer (and year-round) by supporting us through Amazon Smile. Simply start your shopping “trip” at smile.amazon.com and select Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association as your charity of choice. Help our effort to ensure a bright future for sustainable agriculture while getting all your summer essentials.

  • 06/18/2018 11:39 AM | TOFGA Secretary (Administrator)

    It’s a modern day barnraising! If you weren’t able to make it to Day 1 of our exciting and informative greenhouse and strawberry growing workshop, don’t fret. There are still two days left to get your hands dirty and learn all about high tunnel construction, farm loans and grant opportunities, strawberry production, and more, all in the DFW area.

    Day 1 included site selection, layout, high tunnel selection, equipment check in, post setting, and NRCS programs including EQUIP High Tunnel contract. You don’t need to have been there to enjoy the other two days!

    Day 2 (Tuesday, June 19th) will include erecting the hoops, sides, end walls, doors, and side rollup assembly, along with a discussion on ways to finance your down payment. Register here

    Day 3 (Tuesday, June 26th) will feature final assembly of the greenhouse, skin and shade cloth, strawberry soil preparation, and strawberry variety selection. Register here.


    Huge thanks to NCAT, Green Phoenix Farms, and Austin Foodshed Investors for their partnership and support.

    Tickets are available here.

    For more information, see the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/221886538394288/

  • 04/16/2018 3:07 PM | Anonymous

    Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2018 Farmer Starter

    Farmer Starter is an immersive farmer  training program designed to provide aspiring farmers with the essential the skills and experience needed to manage a sustainable farming business. We are located on a 10 acre working, certified organic, diversified vegetable farm outside of Austin.

    Through a blend of in-field training and formal classroom education, the 18 week program trains students in:

    • Organic and sustainable growing methods

    • Soil and fertility management

    • Organic pest and disease control methods

    • Greenhouse management and propagation

    • Holistic farm planning & crop planning

    • CSA distribution and management

    • Equipment use & maintenance

    • Business planning

    • Marketing

    Find out more and apply at 



  • 04/05/2018 4:23 PM | TOFGA Secretary (Administrator)

    By David Wall

    Many gardeners prefer synthetic fertilizers because they work so quickly, by directly feeding plant roots. Unfortunately, they don't improve the soil, are subject high leaching, and over time actually degrade soil by destroying beneficial organisms, thus hindering vegetable growth and fruiting. Organic fertilizers work slowly, because they have to be converted to a form the soil can use. BUT, they feed the soil and allow the soil mycorrhiza to feed your plants. They provide nutrients at a rate soil mycorrhiza can use, so very little of the fertilizer is lost to leaching. Virtually 100% of organic fertilizers are good for the soil. Synthetic fertilizers only have a small percentage of useful nutrients. A 15-5-10 fertilizer, for example, means than only 30% of the contents are useful to soil.

    To keep nitrogen in a useable form, partially decomposed organic matter (humus) is required. Without something to hold it in place, nitrogen can revert back to a gas and be lost or be washed into underground waterways by watering or rains. In a low organic soil content, more nitrogen fertilizer will be lost than used by your vegetables. Later after your vegetables die, nitrogen will be lost unless there is sufficient organic matter to hold it.

    While nitrogen is important for above ground growth, below ground roots and above ground flowerings need phosphorous. There is a problem, however, because while phosphorus doesn't readily leach, it is tightly held, even if large quantities are available. Only a tiny portion is available for your vegetables. Any remaining overabundance, however, prevents plant uptakes of both iron and zinc.

    Potassium is needed by your vegetables for overall plant growth, good water use, fighting diseases, resisting pests, and increased drought resistance. Potassium shortages relate to slower growth and yellow leaves. Basically, potassium assists with all plant functions.

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