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The online workshop will teach how to grow vegetables for personal consumption or sale.
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CLEMSON — Clemson Cooperative Extension will offer a six-week online course for people interested in learning how to grow fruits and vegetables, and raise livestock and honeybees.

The best part: Participants will learn how to be more self-sufficient and possibly even profit from what they grow.

“We designed the sustainable small farms and backyards online course to help the growing number of South Carolinians with small acreage who want to produce food for their own consumption or to sell,” said Millie Davenport, director of Clemson’s Home & Garden Information Center.

The course series will run Feb. 8 through March 18 and will feature Clemson Cooperative Extension agents and state Extension specialists delivering information about beekeeping; raising goats, pigs and chickens; livestock forages; small fruit and vegetable gardening; and state guidelines for selling directly to consumers.

The registration fee of $175 covers all six classes and lesson materials. The materials will be mailed to participants by the beginning of February. Two South Carolina pesticide re-certification credits will also be available to participants.

For information, contact Millie Davenport or 864-656-9999 for more information. To register, go to


Clemson Cooperative Extension
Clemson Cooperative Extension delivers research-based information and education to the citizens of South Carolina through its agents and experts located in all 46 counties and its five Research and Educations Centers. Cooperative Extension has programs in 4-H and youth development, agribusiness, agriculture, food, nutrition and health, and natural resources.

Cooperative Extension is just one of many ways Clemson University works closely with growers to help reduce input costs and maximize yield. The university has requested $2.5 million in state funding to enhance and expand agricultural programs that help boost the profits of South Carolina farmers.