There are two more workshops coming up for beginning growers, hosted by the University of Georgia Horticulture Department, this time on troubleshooting vegetables and fruit production. If you’ve been wanting to take your gardening to the next level, or begin growing enough to supply markets like ALG, these are a great opportunity to learn a little bit for just a few dollars.
Vegetable Troubleshooting for Small Growers This program will cover integrated pest management ideas for identifying and controlling problems encountered in the small commercial vegetable garden. Disease, insect and cultural issues will be discussed. Both organic and non-organic practices and solutions will be covered. Participants will learn how to correctly identify common problems in the vegetable garden and how to select the best control measure. While designed for small market vegetable growers, this program will also appeal to home gardeners and Master Gardeners alike.
Dr. Kris Braman, UGA Entomologist, Bob Westerfield, UGA Horticulturist and Dr. Elizabeth Little, UGA Plant Pathology Extension Specialist, are coordinating the program. Wade Hutcheson, UGA Spalding County Extension Coordinator, Dr. Frank Hale, University of Tennessee Entomologist and Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, Alabama Extension Entomologist, will also be program speakers.
The workshop is on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. It’s at the UGA Griffin Student Learning Center room 104 (1109 Experiment Street in Griffin, GA 30223). It costs $20.00, and lunch, refreshments and workshop supplies are included. Pre-registration is required. Please visit: http://tinyurl.com/veggietroubleshooting.
Fruit Growers Workshop This program is being hosted by the University of Georgia Horticulture Department and will cover the basics of how to start the backyard orchard. Topics will include variety selection of both small and large fruits, planting details, as well as maintenance. There will also be a section on troubleshooting problems of insects and disease in the home orchard. This program is intended for general audiences but would be beneficial for small market producers, homeowners or anyone interested in learning about growing their own fruit. Bob Westerfield, UGA Extension Horticulturist and Dr. Erik Smith, UGA Fruit Specialist, will be the program speakers.
This workshop is on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Location: UGA Griffin Student Learning Center room 104 (1109 Experiment Street, Griffin, GA 30223). It costs $20.00 and all printed workshop materials and break refreshments included. Pre-registration is required. To register online with a credit card, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/fruitworkshop.
For more information on either of these workshops, please speak with Beth Horne at 770-228-7214 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for your support of Athens Locally Grown, all of our growers, local food, and our rights to eat it. You all are part of what makes Athens such a great area in which to live. We’ll see you on Thursday at Ben’s Bikes at the corner of Pope and Broad Streets from 4:30 to 8pm!
Other Area Farmers Markets
The Athens Farmers Market is open on Saturdays at Bishop Park and Wednesday afternoons downtown at Creature Comforts. You can catch the news on their website. The West Broad Farmers Market is open throughout the week here in Athens, and you can find more information about them here: www.athenslandtrust.org. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Oconee County farmers market is open Saturday mornings in front of the Oconee County Courthouse. The other area markets I haven’t mentioned have yet to open for the season, so far as I know.
All of these other markets are separate from ALG (including the Athens Farmers Market) but many growers sell at multiple markets. Please support your local farmers and food producers, where ever you’re able to do so!