Friday, March 20, 2020
5:15pm-6:00pm – Welcome Wine and Appetizer Pairings at The Gardens
6:30pm-8:00pm – Farm-to-Table Dinner at Ronin Farm & Restaurant
Join us for a special Farm-to-Table experience with Amanda and Brian Light. Learn about their farm, restaurant, and how they got started with their business!
Saturday, March 21, 2020
7:30am-8:15am – Check-In and Light Breakfast
8:15am-8:50am – Conference Welcome and Schedule Review
9:00am-10:00am – SESSION ONE: Wake Up, Sunshine!
Get your Morning Buzz! by Rodrigo Chavez, Project Director, Center for Coffee Research & Education, Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture
— A&M’s work on coffee research, coffee roasting and high quality coffee
Making Your Backyard Chicken Experience Eggcellent by Dr. Craig Coufal, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist – Poultry Science, Texas A&M University
— Information on how to get started with backyard chickens
10:30am-11:30am – SESSION TWO: Ready, Set, Grow!
Cut Flowers for Home Production by Dr. William (Bill) Welch, Landscape Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
— Growing flowers to sell
Veggies for You! by David Rodriguez, Horticulture Extension Agent – Bexar County, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
— Do’s, don’ts, and tips for growing vegetables
Native Bees of Texas by Dr. Karen Wright, Associate Curator – Insect Collection, Texas A&M University
— How to attract these pollinators to your home and garden
11:30am-1:00pm – Lunch at The Gardens Pavilion
1:00pm-2:00pm – SESSION THREE: Your Garden Table
So, You Want to Plant Fruit? by Tim Hartmann, Extension Program Specialist – EarthKind®, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
— Great choices for small places
Preserving Your Harvest at Home by Dr. Jenna Anding, Associate Head; Professor and Extension Specialist – Nutrition and Food Science, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
— Learn to can, preserve and dry your harvest
Snap, Tweet, or Surf Your Way to Help by Daphne Richards, Horticulture Extension Agent – Travis County, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
— Overview of gardening apps, websites and technology resources to help you be successful
2:30pm-3:30pm – SESSION FOUR: Room at the Table for All!
The New Texas Oil Boom by Stephen Janak, Program Specialist – Horticulture, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
— Producing Olives in Texas
Vegetables for Small Spaces by Jennifer Herrera, Horticulture Extension Agent – Cameron County, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
— Microgreens: how to grow and tips for success
Trees for Shade and Produce by Dr. Larry Stein, Associate Head; Professor and Extension Horticulturist, Department of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University
— Pecan trees: great to eat, great to grow
Beautifying Your Outdoor Dining Space by Greg Grant, County Extension Agent – Smith County, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
— Creating your beautiful outdoor space for dining and flowers
4:00pm-5:00pm – SESSION FIVE: Aggie Programs in Action
Tour of the Texas A&M Enology Lab by Dr. Andreea Botezatu, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist – Enology, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
— Come see and learn about the science of wine and wine-making
Great Texas Whiskey by Dr. Seth Murray, Professor, Butler Chair for Corn Breeding and Genetics, Texas A&M University
— Better whiskey through corn breeding and science
Hops for Texas! by Dr. Justin Scheiner, Assistant Professor; Extension Specialist – Viticulture, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and Dr. Jake Mowrer, Assistant Professor – Soil Nutrient and Water Resource Management, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
— How to source hops, when to plant, how to cultivate, and what to expect
5:00pm-6:00pm – FINAL SESSION: It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere!
Garden Mocktails by Janet Laminack, Horticulture Extension Agent – Denton County, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
— Garden-inspired mocktails and cocktails: Information, recipes and sampling. Appetizers will be served, with live music by Cole Whittlesey.
Garden Tours & Door Prizes!
— Ongoing tours throughout the Gardens. See if you win a prize also!
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