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Growing season workshop offered

Nov. 25, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- WVU Horticulture Specialist Lewis Jett will discuss methods to extend the growing season for West Virginia vegetable and fruit growers from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Putnam County Courthouse, 3389 Winfield Road, Winfield.

The meeting is hosted by the Putnam Farmers Market and by the Wild Ramp.

Producers who are considering growing produce for early market entry or installing high tunnels or low row covers on their property should attend this meeting. Season extension infrastructure can typically allow producers to plant and harvest four to five weeks earlier or later for the average West Virginia growing season. This workshop is designed to be especially beneficial to farmers market vendors who want to get a jump-start on the growing season. Farmers who wish to sell produce to school cafeterias (Farm to School) may also benefit from this presentation.

Jett will discuss tunnel management considerations for selecting pest-resistant plants and plant varieties that will grow profitably; determining high/low tunnel planting and harvesting dates; and examining storage and handling considerations for produce.

The workshop is sponsored in part by a grant procured by the West Virginia Farmer's Market Association and by the West Virginia University Extension Service.

Please RSVP for space considerations by calling the WVU Extension Office: Chuck Talbott at 304-586-0217 or Rich Sherman at 304-743-7151.