Operation Grow

Learn about soil components and how they support plant life.

Class 1 of 8 - Soil Components

It is the intent of this program to introduce and educate veterans in the various areas of small scale agriculture as well as explore related business and job opportunities. While there are many agricultural sectors, the Nursery and Horticulture Industry alone contributes 2.9 billion dollars, including 44,000 jobs, to Alabama’s economy annually.

Additionally, more than 65 percent of Alabama’s farms produce vegetables crops grown on less than 5 acres. The success and popularity of local farmer markets are increasing and offer another avenue for veterans to get involved in agriculture.

The Nursery and Horticulture Industry as well as commercial fruit and/or vegetable production are logical, viable, profitable and realistic options for veterans. Operation Grow’s definition of a veteran is any member of the U.S. Armed Forces, current or honorably discharged, including members of the National Guard, Reserves or Coast Guard.

April 19 Soils

April 26 Integrated Pest Management

May 3 Vegetable Production

May 10 Fruit Production

May 17 Ornamental Production

May 24 Ornamental Plant Care

May 31 Resources, Marketing, Funding, Partnerships, and Opportunities

June 7 Field Day

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, Alabama Green Industry Training Center, and the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association are committed to assisting veterans through Operation Grow, with the sole purpose of facilitating involvement in Alabama agriculture. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University) is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Persons with disabilities who required accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting / event / function should contact Chris Becker at (256) 275-2172 or cmb0034@aces.edu.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University), is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Everyone is welcome!

Operation Grow - Soils Class

Tuesday, April 19th, 8:30am-3:30pm

5521 Cahaba Valley Road

Birmingham, AL

For more information and to register for this no-cost event, visit the event page on Eventbrite.

Located at the Alabama Green Industry Training Center, Inc. in Birmingham, AL

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Dr. Charles Mitchell

Extension Agronomist & Professor, Auburn University

Education :
Ph.D., 1980, Univ. of Florida (Soil Science)
MS, 1973, Auburn University (Soil Science)
BS, 1970, Birmingham Southern College (Biology)

Professional Experience:
1995 : Extension Agronomist & Professor, Auburn University
1989 : Ext. Agron. & Assoc. Professor, Auburn University
1984 : Ext. Agron. & Assist. Professor, Auburn University
1980 : Ext. Lab Director & Lecturer, Clemson University

Professional Activities:
• Maintain and update Auburn University's long-term soil fertility experiments, keep records, and periodically publish data from 15 on-going experiments statewide.
• Monitor effects of long-term nutrient applications on soil accumulations and losses.
• Assure that A.U.'s recommendations based on soil tests are up-to-date and research-based.
• Evaluate industrial, municipal, and agricultural waste for land application as sources of plant nutrients.
• Evaluate crop nutrient needs and sources as related to sustainable agricultural systems.

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