Event: Organic Broccoli
Workshop and Field Day
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
(bonus listening session runs till 5:00)
Are you interested in
growing organic broccoli? Designed for the commercial grower, this workshop will
also be of interest to the serious home gardener. We will start the morning
with an organic broccoli taste test followed by presentations on the results
from our participatory organic broccoli project, renowned organic grower, Pat Battle's perspective on
growing organic broccoli, and the organic broccoli market situation.
After a catered lunch, we
will head out to the field to rate the side shoot production on our organic
broccoli trial (this is the participatory part), followed by a visit to the
large Eastern Broccoli Project field trials where new breeding lines are being
tested. The latter is not an organic trial, but the new varieties should be of
interest to everyone. Then we will return to the building for a moderated
discussion on issues related to organic broccoli production, such as how to
control harlequin bugs! The workshop will end at 4:00 pm, but Carolina Farm
Stewardship Association is hosting a special focus group session afterward to
get some feedback from growers on their new organic enterprise budgets (see below).
required and should be done online through the CFSA online store at the
First-time registrants in
this system simply create a guest user name and password by clicking the “New
Visitor Registration” link when prompted to login.
You are welcome to show up the day of the event without pre-registration, but we might not have a lunch for you...so pre-registration is highly recommended!
The Organic Broccoli Project is led by Dr. Jeanine Davis with NC State University and funded by the Organic Farming Research Foundation. This workshop is being done in cooperation with Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.
SPECIAL POST TRAINING INVITATION TO FARMERS:
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is developing
enterprise budgets for organic vegetable commodity crops. Crops include 1)
Broccoli, 2) Summer Squash, 3) Tomatoes, 4) Cabbage, 5) Watermelon, 6) Irish
Potatoes, 7) Sweet Potatoes, 8) Greens, 9) Leaf Lettuce, 10) Cucumbers
you grow any of these crops and can assist by reviewing drafts of a few
budgets, we will be holding a focus group meeting at the end of each workshop
in order to get feedback from farmers. Please contact CFSA's Farm
Services Director, Karen McSwain, (firstname.lastname@example.org /
cell: 828-423-2463) so that
she can send you drafts of the budgets you are interested in reviewing prior to
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