Wallace State offers camps for young farmers



Wallace State Community College is offering two Young Farmer Entrepreneur classes in June for those ages 16 and above. Camp will be held on the Hanceville campus June 1-3. The second camp will be June 15-17 at the Oneonta campus.

The camps will be limited to eight participants each in order to comply with social distancing requirements. Topics for the class include soil science, fertilization, agriculture equipment usage and safety, marketing, business planning, agriculture assistance agencies for young farmers, and vegetable and fruit production basics.

Soil science instruction will help students understand different types of soil, what crops grow best in those type soils, and how to manipulate the soil for specific purposes. Fertilization lessons will teach attendees to read soil samples and how to apply the proper type of fertilizer.

As safety must always be considered, the Agriculture Equipment Usage and Safety course will help everyone learn how to safely mount and dismount tractors, as well as how to hook and unhook implements.

Throughout the camps, marketing and business planning will be covered to help students learn how to develop a marketing plan, know the difference between retail and wholesale markets, and other options for selling products. The class will also explore how to plan crops from start to finish. In addition to helping potential farmers determine where they can make money, the class will explore different funding options, too.

The final two classes will focus on what programs are available for assistance and how to grow and maintain fruit and vegetable crops.

The cost of the camp is $100 per participant.For more information or to register, contact Amanda Aris at 256-352-8386 or amanda.aris@wallacestate.edu.