Learn how to extend growing season with help of Purdue Extension
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - With the fall harvest approaching, Purdue Extension is reaching out to gardeners and operators of small farms who want to extend their growing season.
Jodee Ellett, Purdue Extension’s local foods coordinator, said growing fruits, vegetables and flowers outdoors is possible well into winter with the right expertise and equipment, such as high tunnels - plastic-covered, low-cost structures that are similar to greenhouses.
“High tunnels and other methods enable growers to extend the growing season and even grow year-round in Indiana under plastic sheeting,” Ellett said.
Purdue Extension is offering a series of free webinars and workshops providing essential how-to and background information on topics related to year-round growing.
* NCRS High Tunnel Program: 10-11 a.m. EST, Sept. 23. The webinar will be presented by Adam Heichelbech, Environmental Quality Incentives Program specialist of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. No registration is required. To access the webinar, visit https://gomeet.itap.purdue.edu/nrcsht/.
Ellett said growers interested in acquiring season-extending equipment such as high tunnels might qualify for financial and technical assistance through the 2014 Environmental Quality Incentives Program’s Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative. More information about the NRCS program is available at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detailfull/national/programs/?cid=stelprdb1046250
* The Influence of Cultural Practices on Tomato Diseases in High Tunnels: 10-11 a.m. EST, Sept. 25. Featured presenter is Purdue plant pathologist Dan Egel. No registration is required. To access the webinar, visit https://gomeet.itap.purdue.edu/tomatoesht/.
* Insect Management in High Tunnels: 10-11 a.m. EST, Oct. 9. The presenter will beRick Foster, Purdue professor of pest management, vegetable and fruit crops, and Extension coordinator. No registration is required. To access the webinar, visit https://gomeet.itap.purdue.edu/insectht/.
* Crop Selection and Insect Management in High Tunnels: 10-11 a.m. EST, Nov. 20. The webinar will be led by Liz Maynard, Purdue Extension commercial floral and vegetable crops specialist. No registration is required. To access the webinar, visit https://gomeet.itap.purdue.edu/cropsht/.
Two workshops in the series will be held 6-8 p.m. Sept. 23 at Aspire Harvestland Farm, 6775 state Route 32, Anderson; and 4-6 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Harvest Moon Flower Farm, 3592 Harvest Moon Lane, Spencer. Both workshops are free, but advance registration is required for the workshop in Spencer. To register for that session, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-349-2575.
A third workshop is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Paramount School of Excellence, 3020 Nowland Ave., in Indianapolis. For more, contact Emily Toner, urban agriculture Extension educator, at 317-275-9269.
For more information on the webinars and other Purdue Extension programs involving small farms and local foods, visit https://ag.purdue.edu/Extension/smallfarms/Pages/events.aspx.
Farm & Food Leadership Conference 2014
Bastrop Convention Center
1408 Chestnut Street
Bastrop, Texas 78602
The 2014 Farm & Food Leadership Conference is September 15-16 in Bastrop, Texas. Hear the latest news on the laws and regulations that govern our food supply, connect with others who are passionate about our food system, and get the tools you need to make a difference in the coming year. The keynote speaker is Jim Hightower.
Please register here.
USDA is Making it Easier for Farmers to Sell Directly to Consumers
Click here to view a short video
FEATURE – Farmers Markets More Popular Than Ever
INTRO: U-S-D-A is making it easier for farmers to sell directly to consumers. The USDA’s Bob Ellison has more. (1:38)
FARMERS MARKETS ARE PLACES FOR FOOD, FUN AND GETTING TO KNOW YOUR LOCAL FARMERS. THAT WAS CERTAINLY THE CASE AT A RECENT U-S-D-A FARMERS MARKET IN WASHINGTON.
Anne Alonzo, Administrator, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service: So what’s not to like about farmers markets? They bring people together in the community. It’s a meeting place. People can know where their food’s coming from. They can talk to farmers. They can buy beautiful produce.
AND U-S-D-A’S AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE, OR A-M-S, IS MAKING IT EASIER TO PROMOTE AND FIND FARMERS MARKETS.
Anne Alonzo, Administrator, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service: We have a directory that currently lists eight thousand two hundred and sixty eight farmers markets and that’s a considerable increase since two thousand and eight. Farmers markets continue to grow in popularity and attention.
THE SEARCHABLE DIRECTORY HELPS PEOPLE FIND FARMERS MARKETS NEAR THEM. IT GETS MORE THAN 2 MILLION VISITS EACH YEAR. IN ADDITION, A-M-S IS DEVELOPING THREE NEW DIRECTORIES THAT WILL LIST FARM TO CONSUMER DELIVERY SERVICES—ALSO KNOWN AS COMMUNITY-SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE, ON-FARM MARKETS AND FOOD HUBS.
Arthur Neal, Deputy Administrator, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service: We’re targeting these particular agricultural businesses because they’re critical links to strengthening the local and regional food system. We want to connect more consumers and businesses to local and regional agriculturally produced products and farm products. Visit that website…w-w-w dot u-s-d-a local food directories dot com. We want to see your business listed there.
THE DIRECTORIES WILL GO LIVE IN EARLY TWENTY FIFTEEN. THE TWENTY TWELVE CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE SHOWS THAT FIFTY THOUSAND FARMERS AND RANCHERS ARE SELLING TO LOCAL RETAILERS, AND ONE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND ARE SELLING DIRECTLY TO CONSUMERS.
3rd Annual Texas Fruit Conference
Make plans to attend the 3rd annual Texas Fruit Conference October 6th & 7th in College Station
What is it? The Texas Fruit Conference is an educational program by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, aimed at bringing together commercial and recreational fruit growers from around the state to hear and discuss the challenges and successes of fruit growing in Texas.
This program offers valuable information updates to seasoned fruit growers while providing persons with no experiences in orchard management a place to learn how to get started.
This 3rd Fall Fruit Conference in Aggieland features exciting topics:
Larry Stein, Jim Kamas, Monte Nesbit, David Appel, Sheila McBride, Erfan Vafaie, Justin Scheiner, Marco Palma
When is it?
Registration begins 12 Noon, Monday, October 6th, presentations 1:00 pm-5:00 pm; Tuesday October 7th; presentations 8:30 am-5:00 pm.
Where is it?
Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center; 3081 University Dr E, Bryan, TX 77802; Phone:(979) 703-7919; http://
Guest Room Rates: $129; Deadline to reserve rooms –September 8th
Alternate Hotel: Ramada Inn, College Station, 506 Earl Rudder Freeway South, College Station, TX 77840 (Hwy 6 & University
behind Olive Garden & Home Depot on the feeder road); Reservation by phone only (979)-846-0300
The group name is: “Fruit Conference”
How do I register? Online Registration is at http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/
Cost $80.00/person online before 9/25/14. On-site registration $90.00
Or Combine registration with Texas High Tunnel Conference ($55/person), Wednesday October 8th, for $125/person for both events
Click here to view the flyer with full conference and schedule information
The Texas Fruit Conference and Texas High Tunnel Conference are happening in less than 3 weeks.
September 25th is the last day to register online and receive discounted registration.
Streamline your registration process by registering online before 9/25!
Registration is online at http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/ or by phone at (979) 845-2604.
Need more details about the program?
Click on the following link: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/fruit-nut/2014/08/27/2014-texas-fruit-conference-program-october-6-7/
Hotel Info: The conference block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn expired. They still have rooms available, but the rate is negotiable.
Alternate Hotel: Ramada Inn, College Station: 506 Earl Rudder Freeway South, College Station, Texas, 77840. (979) 846 0300, Group Name “Fruit Conference”.
Conference Start Date & Time: Monday, October 6th, 2014. Walk-up registration opens at 12 Noon. Presentations begin at 1:00 pm. Conference Reception at 6:00 pm.
The program continues on Tuesday, October 7th, with a full day program from 8:30am -5:00pm. High Tunnel Program is Wednesday, October 8th 8:30am-4:15pm.