Thursday, December 3, 2009

Growing in High Tunnels: Featured at Specialty Crops School on March 5, 2010


The 2010 Northern Piedmont Specialty Crops School will be held on Friday, March 5 at the Person County Extension Center, 304 S. Morgan Street in Roxboro, NC.  The school is designed to explore the art and science of growing and marketing specialty crops, and will feature many ideas for specialty crop growers to be successful in their ventures.  This year’s school will feature Growing in High Tunnels to gain earliness in the spring, and to extend the season in the fall. The talks will be given by leading experts in their fields.

Steve Moore, with the NC State University Center for Environmental Farming Systems in Goldsboro will start the program by discussing design, construction, and thermal performance of high tunnels.

Dr. Lewis Jett, West Virginia University Vegetable Specialist, will discuss growing tomatoes and specialty melons in high tunnels.

Dr. Reza Rafie and Chris Mullins of Virginia State University will describe their experience with growing red raspberries and blackberries in high tunnels.

Carl Cantaluppi will give a brief update of his variety trial results with asparagus and seedless table grapes.

The school will be held in the auditorium of the Person County Extension Center, 304 S. Morgan Street, Roxboro, NC. For directions, go to: www.ces.ncsu.edu/person/pext_map.html.  The cost of the one-day school is $25.00 for the first person of a family or business and includes lunch. The cost is $15.00 for each additional family member or business associate, which also includes lunch. Pre-registration is needed to guarantee a seat and lunch.

Photos from Carl Cantaluppi's brochure for the School.

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