Operations Manager, Ruston Farmers Market, Owner, Briarhill Farms

Tom Faber is a Local Food Leader in North Central Louisiana. Together with his wife, Lorrie, they own and operate Briarhill Farms, where they raise a variety of homestead livestock, chickens, ducks, honeybees, and vegetables. Since 2007 they have been producing and selling value-added products such as gourmet goat milk fudge, luxurious goat milk soap, hand-poured soy wax candles, and a variety of baked goods, including gluten-free and specialty options. Tom is currently serving as the Operations Manager at Ruston Farmers Market in Ruston Louisiana. He is a graduate of the Louisiana Food Fellows Program hosted by the Central Louisiana Economic Development Association (CLEDA). As a writer, he has had numerous articles and stories published in Bayou Life Magazine, Louisiana Living Magazine, Our Ozarks Magazine, Minute Magazine, Ozark Byways Magazine, and other regional media and news outlets. He often does speaking engagements for student groups, garden clubs, and other organizations and clubs, typically on topics related to small farming, sustainability, farmers’ markets, beekeeping, and gardening.

Topic: Sustainability in Beekeeping, Saturday, March 9, 10:30 – 12:00 noon

Pollinators are important to all aspects of agriculture, and food production. In this session, we will explore the ins and outs of different types of hives, management techniques, honeybee colony structure, predators of the hive and honeybee, honey, value-added products from the hive, and sustainability in the apiary. Tom and Aaron bring a combined 19 years of beekeeping experience to this session and will share their experience with marketing their products through farmers markets, Whole Foods, and other local specialty stores.