Forsyth Tech of Stokes County is offering a free Ag series throughout the summer with a variety of classes ranging from gardening and produce to understanding permaculture.
“We have been offering classes since the fall of 2016, but this is our first series of classes and our first classes in partnership with Stokes Cooperative Extension,” said Forsyth Technical Community College, Stokes County Center Director Sally Elliott.
The summer session kicked off June 26 with a focus on beneficial insects and building insect homes.
“Our instructor, Alice Kiger, gave a great presentation and prepared packets of information for students that can be used as a reference for their own farms and gardens.”
Elliott said the school received a grant from the Tobacco Trust Fund Company to promote agricultural classes to new or perspective farmers and to support existing farmers.
“Farming is part of the history of Stokes County and we don’t want to see that lost,” she said. “Also, it’s important to support local growers as well as access to local foods.”
The program is partnering with local agencies to insure the latest research-based curriculum is being used and is also relying on local experts to teach the courses.
“Our classes are built around student interests. We want to offer students classes that are important and relevant to their agricultural interests and goals,” Elliott said.
Participants who complete eight of the 12 classes will receive a new farmer certification.
“This certificate of completion will list any and all classes the student completes. Hopefully, the certificate will be useful should the student look to pursue employment with a local farm.”
The classes are free but pre-registration is required. To register call 336-593-5402, extension 1704. For a full list of the summer classes visit Forsyth Tech Stokes County Center on Facebook.
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.