Farming training session next week in Bible Hill

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[Bible Hill, NS] – Want to get the “real dirt” on farming?

How about this? Farmers don’t milk cows with their hands anymore.

Milking cows by hand is one of the “myths” of modern farming that is to be dispelled at a one-day training session to be held at Perennia Innovation Park in Bible Hill (Nova Scotia) on Aug. 19.

Another session will be held in Kentville the previous day.

“Providing workshops like Real Dirt on Farming offers farmers the skills they need to communicate effectively about the agriculture practices applied on their farm,” said Chris van den Heuvel, president of Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. “Nova Scotia farmers will benefit from having a workshop that specifically addresses topics and information relevant to our province.”

The session will be facilitated by Nancy Beth Guptill, founder of Sweet Spot Marketing. Guptill is a facilitator trained by the “Dirt on Farming” Speakers’ Bureau to provide the Real Dirt on Farming “Speak Up” session.

Each training session will cover information contained in the Real Dirt on Farming, a publication produced by the national Farm and Food Care Foundation.  The topics covered in the session include: Farming 101, Farming Myths, Farming and the Environment, Food and Farming, and Animal Care on the Farm.

“We know consumers view farmers as one of the most trusted informant sources, and are eager to learn directly from them.  The Speak Up training provides farmers with speaking, presentation and personal communications skills that helps them connect directly with consumers and share their personal farming story,” said Guptill.

Farmers interested in registering for one of the training sessions can do so by contacting the Federation’s office at (902) 893-2293.

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