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2019 Small Fruit and Vegetable Workshops & Conferences

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Small Farms Winter Production Update

Event Date: January 16, 2019

Time: 2–4:30 p.m.

Location: N.C. Cooperative Extension, Henderson County Center, 100 Jackson Park Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792

Cost: FREE, but registration is required; Light refreshments provided

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This workshop is primarily for farms that grow produce on small acreage and sell through local or direct markets. Guest speaker and owner of Holly Spring Farm will share with participants “Lessons learned as a Professor, and as a Farmer.” Additional topics to be covered include an update on new varieties from Johnny’s seed company, farmers market food safety, and organic soil fertility.

Small Fruit Breakout Sessions at 2019 Apple School

Event Date: February 6, 2019

Time: 8–4:30 p.m.; Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.

Location: Blue Ridge Community CollegeE. Campus Dr., Flat Rock, North Carolina, 28731

Cost: Pre-Register by January 28, 2019, for $30, lunch included; $35 registration fee after Jan. 26

The closest conference for small fruit growers in this region is in Savannah, GA and in an attempt to provide production updates closer to home, small fruit classes will also be available at the annual Winter Apple School. Area blackberry, blueberry, and strawberry growers should take advantage of this local opportunity. Topics will include small fruit weed management, disease management spray guide, plant growth regulator blackberry study update, and more. Pesticide credits will be available and participants are also welcome to attend any of the Apple Classes and Trade Show.

 

Winter Vegetable Conference & 51st Annual Tomato Growers Meeting-Asheville, NC

Event Date: February 20 and 21, 2019

Location: Crowne Plaza Resort, Asheville, NC

Cost:  $40 per person with pre-registration prior to February 7; Registration at the door is $50

This is the largest commercial vegetable growers’ event in the region with a high-quality educational program put together by extension specialists and agents at NC State University. Pesticide credits will be offered. There will also be a trade show and a 50/50 raffle that supports student scholarships.

The program will include presentations on insect and disease management, grafted tomato production, food safety, growing industrial hemp, farm labor, marketing & agritourism, and a vegetable variety showcase.

On Tuesday, February 19, there is also a Produce Safety Training (8 a.m.–5 p.m.) at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River and Wednesday, February 20 at 5 p.m. following the conference there is a Fumigation Workshop with N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services at the Crowne Plaza – registration for these events are separate. Contact the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Henderson County at 828-697-4891 for more information about registering for these additional workshops.

2019 Grape Growers School-Hendersonville, NC

Event Date: February 26, 2019

Time: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Location: Burntshirt Mountain Vineyards, 2695 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792

Cost:  Registration at the door is $20; includes lunch

This school will focus on production updates for anyone interested in or currently growing wine grapes commercially. Wineries contribute approximately $1.97 billion annually to our state’s economy. In order to help vineyards, stay competitive and current in the wine industry, N.C. Cooperative Extension is offering a day-long program that will focus on wine grape research updates, insect management, proper pruning techniques, leaf removal equipment, and learning and avoiding common vineyard mistakes. Pruning Demo following program, weather permitting.