Friday, August 26, 2011

Season Extension Field Day Thursday, September 22, 2011

Season Extension Field Day in Glendale Springs (Ashe Co.), NC: Thursday, September 22
On Thursday, September 22, from 2 PM to 6:30 PM, North Carolina Cooperative Extension will lead a Specialty Crops Field Day on producing specialty vegetable crops for winter harvests in the High Country region using High Tunnels and other season extension strategies. The Field Day will be held at three neighboring farms: Appalachian Trees, Blue Ridge Organics, and Berry Patch Farm.  

The Field Day will include a discussion of vegetable varieties suitable for market production during the ‘off-season’ with no added heat. The Field Day will be led by Rick Holness of NCA&T State University and Richard Boylan of Watauga and Ashe County Cooperative Extension Centers, as well as the participating host-farmers. The day’s speakers will jointly address issues of fertility, weed-management, insect-management, timing, and harvests. Participants will have the opportunity to scout growing crops at each of the three farms.

This Field Day is free and open to members of the public. All who attend will receive a resource packet on season-extension production, and farmers attending will also be entered into a drawing to win valuable books and other materials on greenhouse management and disease identification. Pre-registration is recommended. For more information or to pre-register, call the Ashe County Cooperative Extension Office at 336-846-5850.

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