Sustainable Strawberry Production Workshop set for April 15

Carol Sanders | UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

120213_1647_Sustainable1.jpgPINE BLUFF, Ark. – A Sustainable Strawberry Production Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15, at the S.J. Parker 1890 Extension Complex Auditorium on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campus. The workshop, aimed at all strawberry growers and potential growers, begins at 8 a.m. and will end at 2:30 p.m.

Topics include lessons learned from the strawberry project at UAPB, integrated pest management and beneficial insects in strawberry production, food safety, good agricultural practices, good handling practices for strawberry producers and processors and the economics of production and marketing of strawberries. A field visit and hands-on demonstrations will also be part of the workshop.

The workshop is funded by a grant from the Walmart Foundation and administered by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability. The workshop goal is to increase local and regional production of strawberries while reducing environmental impact of production, transportation distances and product loss.

Dr. Leonard Githinji, UAPB Extension Program horticulture specialist, is among researchers across the country awarded grants to explore more sustainable methods for growing strawberries.

The workshop is free, but preregistration is requested by April 10 to aid workshop planning. Lunch will be provided. For more information or to register, contact Dr. Githinji at (870) 575-7224 or

The S.J. Parker 1890 Extension Complex is located at the corner of L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive and Oliver Road.


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