Sustainable Strawberry Production Workshop set for Dec. 18 at UAPB

Bobbie Handcock | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences    

 

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – A Sustainable Strawberry Production Workshop will be held Dec. 18 in the auditorium of the S.J. Parker 1890 Extension Complex at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The workshop gets underway with registration at 9 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.

Field demonstration and workshop topics include strawberry production under high and low tunnel systems, sustainable soil management and irrigation water management.

The workshop is part of a project funded by a grant from the Walmart Foundation and administered by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Dr. Leonard Githinji, an Extension horticulture specialist at UAPB, is among researchers across the country awarded grants to explore more sustainable methods for growing strawberries. He received funding for the project, “Establishing and Expanding Sustainable Strawberry Production in Eastern Arkansas and Surrounding Areas.”

The goal is to increase local and regional production of strawberries while reducing the environmental impact of production, transportation distances between farms and markets or consumers and product loss.

The strawberry production workshop at UAPB is free, but preregistration is requested by Dec. 6 to help with workshop planning. Lunch will be provided. For more information or to register, contact Dr. Leonard Githinji at 870-575-7224 or githinjil@uapb.edu.

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