CAES faculty who work with vegetable growers will want to point them toward several upcoming workshops on high tunnel vegetable production that The Cooperative Extension Program has organized for different climatic regions across the state.
Geared toward producers selling into wholesale markets, as well as toward Extension agents who are assisting growers with wholesale market expansion, this full-day, hands-on workshop will offer a variety of tools to assist growers in maximizing the efficient use and profitability of high tunnels. Presenters from The Cooperative Extension Program and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will discuss various high-tunnel equipment vendors, as well as updates on regional marketing strategies and federal funding for high tunnel construction.
“Season extension is one way that farmers can access markets six weeks longer, and really capitalize on their vegetable production,” says Laura Lauffer, coordinator for local farms and foods for The Cooperative Extension Program.
Two sessions of “Season Extension with High Tunnels – Maximizing Use & Producing Profits” have been scheduled; both are 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.; cost is $25 and participants may register online through the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS):
- Monday, Nov. 21 at the Ashe County Cooperative Extension Center, 134 Government Circle, Suite 202, Jefferson, N.C. 28640. Registration deadline is Nov. 17.
- Monday, Dec. 12 at the Sandhills Research Station, 2148 Windblow Road, Jackson Springs, N.C. 27281-9124. Registration deadline for that session is Dec. 7.
Both days will conclude with high-tunnel farm tours. The Ashe County workshop will include information about high tunnel features that are important for extended season growing in the southern Appalachian mountain region, while the Jackson Springs workshop, will provide information about high tunnel features that are important for the Sandhills region.
An additional three sessions have been scheduled for 2017: February 9 in Onslow County; March 27 at Lomax Farm in Cabarrus County, and March 30 at the North Carolina A&T State University Farm in Guilford County. Details and registration for these workshops will be posted at the CEFS website in December.
For more information about these workshops, or other initiatives from N.C. A&T in support of local farms and foods, contact Lauffer at The Cooperative Extension Program at (336) 285-4690 or (919) 444-1478, or emailing her at email@example.com.