PINEVILLE, La. — Veterans interested in agriculture can get information at a free workshop where topics will include beekeeping, raising goats and raised-bed gardening.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s state conservationist, Kevin Norton, says it’s a chance “for veterans to learn how to get connected to agriculture either as a hobby or starting a small family farm.”

Several agencies are joining in the workshop Friday at the Veterans Administration Medical Center auditorium in Pineville.

The NRCS says it will include hands-on demonstrations of beekeeping and raised-bed gardening.

Members of veterans’ families also are welcome.

It’s from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The conservation service is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Other partners are the VA, the Louisiana Armed Forces Foundation and the Acadiana Resource Conservation and Development Council.