Friday, November 12, 2010

High Tunnel Strawberry Workshop Nov 17

There will be a high tunnel strawberry workshop on November 17 at the Piedmont Research Station in Salisbury, NC.
Registration begins at 9:30 am.

This workshop will include sessions from NCSU specialists on:
  • Strawberry Breeding
  • Trials with High Tunnel Strawberries
  • Biological Mite Management in Winter High Tunnels
  • Demonstration on Low Tunnels
  • 'Camarosa' Outdoor Plasticulture Trials with Winter Row covers
  • Taste testing of Fresh High Tunnel ‘Albion’ Strawberries from Piedmont Research Station vs. Low Tunnel ‘Albion’ Strawberries from Upper Mountain Research Station
For more information and details visit the NCSU Strawberry Growers Information Portal Trainings and Events page.

The workshop is sponsored by NCSU and the NC Tobacco Trust Fund.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Organic Hops Growers Score Big!

Here is some exciting news for organic hops producers from the American Hop Grower Association webpage:

"The organic hop industry scored a big win on October 28, 2010 when the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) unanimously voted in favor of removing hops from the USDA National Organic Program’s National List of Approved and Prohibited Substances (section 205.606), effective January 1, 2013. Since hops were added to the National List in 2007, the production of organic hops in the U.S. has increased substantially...."

To read the entire article click here.

You may remember my post a few weeks ago entitled:"Should Organic Beers Contain Organic Hops?". I guess the National Organic Program Standards Board believes they should!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Greenhouse Growers Workshop

When?: Thursday, November 18. Registration starts at 8 am. Program runs from 9 am-4:30 pm

Where?: Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River

Who Should Attend?:
This educational program is geared toward both the ornamental and vegetable greenhouse grower.

How much?: Registration is $10 per person and includes lunch. Registration is required by Friday, November 12. Click here for the brochure and registration form.

About the Program: In the morning, all attendees will learn the newest container designs, latest substrate options from Fafard and about releasing biologicals in the greenhouse. During lunch, you will learn how to improve your greenhouse efficiency. There will be two afternoon sessions, one for ornamental and one for vegetable growers.

The vegetable session will include talks about Commercial Production of Vegetable Transplants, Vegetable Varieties and Soil Fertility.
Click here for the complete agenda.

Come see, ask questions and network with other growers, specialists and industry representatives!

NC pesticide credits will be available.