Vegetable Production Workshop in Virginia

Virginia Vegetable Production Workshop - November 13, 2012, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Houff Community Center, Bridgewater This program for the day will include: Overview of market opportunities in vegetable produce (Tom Stanley, VCE-Rockbridge); Update of specific production issues experienced this past growing season (Amber Vallotton, VCE-Rockingham); Break-out sessions for 1. greenhouse/high tunnel and 2. field production including: General management (Joyce Latimer, Greenhouse Crops Extension Specialist, VT); Nutrition/fertility (Allen Straw, Horticulture, Small Fruit, and Specialty Crops Specialist, VT); Disease Management (Steve Rideout, Vegetable Crop Disease Specialist, VT); Insect Management (Janet Spencer, VCE-Isle of Wight; Discussion about post harvest handling issues (Kate Fiedler, Virginia Tech PhD candidate); Heat treatment of seeds (Andy Wyenandt and Kris Holmstrom, Rutgers) - Of particular interest to those growing and saving tomato seed (or other non-cucurbit veggie crops) and/or growing in high tunnels or greenhouses, or who have had canker in their fields/GHs: Growers will treat seed to provide practical hands-on experience with this method; Combined grower/speaker Panel Discussion; Vendor Booths; For participants desiring it, Category 90 and 91 Private Applicator Recertification credit will be available. Sign-in will run from 8:00-8:30 a.m., with the program starting promptly at 8:30 a.m.  Cost of this special workshop is $20 and includes refreshments, lunch, and any handouts PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by calling Virginia Cooperative Extension-Rockingham County at 540-564- 3080. Please contact Amber Vallotton at avallott@vt.edu should you have any questions. DON’T MISS THIS EVENT!!! Call to pre-register today!!! Directions: From I-81, take exit 240 (Bridgewater/Mt. Crawford) and proceed on VA-257 West towards Bridgewater. Proceed for 3.1 miles, crossing through the intersection at Rt. 11 (the White Wave Milk Plant will be on the right), entering the Town of Bridgewater, and passing the Bridgewater College campus. After passing five college crosswalks, take the first right onto North Second Street. Houff Community Center/Maple Terrace Apartments are straight ahead. Parking is available in the lots behind Maple Terrace.

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