Alternative Crops ~ Herbs ~ Organics ~ Specialty Crops ~ Vegetables
February 19-20, 2014, 9:30 am on Wednesday through lunch on Thursday
Winter Vegetable Conference AND 46th Annual Meeting of the NC Tomato Growers Association
Crowne Plaza Resort
Costs: $30 per person with pre-registration prior to February 7th. Registration at the door is $35.
Description: This is the largest commercial vegetable growers’ event in the region with a high quality educational program put together by extension specialists at NC State University. Pesticide credits will be offered. There will also be a trade show and a silent auction that supports student scholarships. The program will include presentations on disease management in the vegetable field and packing house, new consumer trends, herbicide carryover, how new 2,4-D tolerant corn and cotton may impact vegetable growers, stink bug control, tomato grafting, tomato breeding, pesticide impacts on honeybees, blue pumpkin and spaghetti squash cultivar trials, and considerations for soil nutrient management after an extremely wet year. There will be a sponsored social at 5:00 pm on Wednesday and a sponsored lunch and awards program at noon on Thursday.
Hotel: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Crowne Plaza Resort for $75.00 per night plus taxes. The rates are guaranteed through January 17th. Call 1-800-733-3211 for reservations and mention the NC Tomato Growers Association to get the special rate.
Registration: To register: http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/commodit/horticul/tomatoes/
Other: To exhibit or sponsor, or for more information, contact Ellen Moss at 828-685-3989.
March 7, 2014
The 2014 Northern Piedmont Specialty Crops School
The Person County Extension Center, 304 S. Morgan Street in Roxboro, NC
The school is designed to explore the art and science of growing and marketing specialty crops, and will feature many ideas for specialty crops growers to be successful in their ventures.
This year’s school will focus on growing and marketing specialty crops in high tunnels, with Susan Hill of Louisa, VA providing tips on how to get started by planning, growing, and maintaining high tunnel production, citing her own successful operation.
Dr. Lewis Jett, Extension Vegetable Specialist from West Virginia University, a national expert on high tunnels, will speak on cropping systems, crop economics, and temperature and irrigation management techniques.
Heilig Barnwell and Patsy Isley of Burlington, NC are two innovative asparagus growers who will explain how they grow and market their asparagus by direct retail marketing.
The school will be held in the auditorium of the Person County Extension Center, 304 S. Morgan Street, Roxboro, NC. For directions, go to: http://goo.gl/maps/khXOe
The cost of the one-day school is $25.00 for the first person of a family or business and includes lunch. The cost is $15.00 for each additional family member or business associate, which also includes lunch. Pre-registration is needed to guarantee a seat and lunch.
For a copy of the program and pre-registration form, go to: www.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/2014SpecCrops.pdf For more information, contact Carl Cantaluppi at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-603-1350.
March 8-9, 2014
Organic Growers School Spring Event
University of North Carolina – Asheville
Be sure to mark your calendars now for the biggest organic growers’ event in the Southeast! This is a not to be missed event whether you are a commercial grower, hobby grower, backyard gardener, homesteader, or just like to eat good wholesome food. Watch the http://organicgrowersschool.org website for more information.
Dr. Jeanine Davis
Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center
455 Research Drive
Mills River, NC 28759
Phone: 828.684.3562 ~ Fax: 828.684.8715
Maintained by: Bryan A. Konsler
Updated January, 2014 by Jeanine Davis