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Workshop to discuss extending growing season

Nov. 25, 2012 @ 06:51 PM

WINFIELD — Vegetable and fruit growers who wish to extend the growing season are invited to attend a discussion led by WVU Horticulture Dr. Lewis Jett from 7 until 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Putnam County Courthouse, 3389 Winfield Road, Winfield.

The meeting will be hosted jointly by Putnam Farmers Market and by the Wild Ramp.

Jett will discuss methods for extending the growing season, such as using high tunnels or low row covers. According to a news release from the WVU Extension Service, 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:

n selecting pest-resistant plants and plant varieties that will grow profitably

n determining high/low tunnel planting and harvesting dates

n examining storage and handling considerations for produce.  

This workshop is sponsored in part by a grant procured by the WV Farmer’s Market Association and by the WVU 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.