Fruit, vegetable production workshops planned
A series of workshops designed for anyone growing fruits and vegetables for sale or for the serious home gardener will be held in several locations in the Kansas City area, starting in late February.
Topics ranging from tomato grafting to irrigation methods to weed, pest and disease management and others will be covered. More information is available at www.growinggrowers.org.
"The workshops are open to the public and are appropriate for anyone interested in growing," said Kansas State University horticulturist Cary Rivard. "We offer a range of workshops covering 'Market Farming 101' topics, plus a few more advanced topics. Participants typically include Growing Growers apprentices, new or experienced growers and others who are interested in the particular topic or who are considering trying to farm."
The workshops are hosted by Growing Growers-Kansas City, a collaborative effort of K-State Research and Extension, University of Missouri Extension, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, the Kansas Rural Center, the Kansas City Food Circle and Cultivate Kansas City.
The cost of the workshops is $15 or $30 depending on whether it is a half- or full-day program. All workshops include farm tours of nearby commercial farms using techniques relevant to the workshop topic.
Workshop dates, topics and locations:
Feb. 25--Tomato Grafting: Benefits and Technique, Kansas City, Kan.
March 18--Production Planning and Plant Propagation, Raymore, Mo.
March 23--Advanced Irrigation Methods for Market Growers, Kansas City, Mo.
April 13--Building and Managing Healthy Soils, Kearny, Mo.
May 13--Post-Harvest Handling and Food Safety, Lawrence, Kan.
June 10--Drip Irrigation and Small Farm Equipment, Olathe, Kan.
July 13--Weed, Pest and Disease Management, Kansas City, Kan.
Aug. 5--Successful Microclimate Modification in Difficult Climates, Olathe, Kan.
Aug. 24--Introduction to Fruit Production, Kingsville, Mo.
Sept. 14--Farm Business Planning and Management, Kansas City, Mo.
Growing Growers also coordinates a farm apprenticeship program for aspiring growers and conducts farm tours of local farming operations. More information about Growing Growers, including specific location and registration information about the workshops, is available at www.growinggrowers.org.