Sustainable Strawberry Production Workshop set for April 23 in Marianna

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

Strawberry-Wallpaper-fruitPINE BLUFF, Ark. – A Sustainable Strawberry Production Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Agriculture Demonstration Outreach Center (ADOC) in Marianna. The workshop, aimed at all strawberry growers and potential growers, begins at 9 a.m. with registration 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 producers and processors and the economics of production and marketing of strawberries. A field visit and hands-on demonstrations are also part of the workshop.

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.

Although the workshop is free, preregistration is requested by April 18 to aid in planning. Lunch will be provided. For more information or to register, contact Iris Cole Crosby at (870) 395-1521 or ccolecrosby@aol.com or crosbyi@uapb.edu.

ADOC in Marianna is a subcenter of the UAPB Pearlie S. Reed/Robert L. Cole Small Farm Outreach Center Wetlands Water Management Center in Lonoke. ADOC houses the Agriculture Training Center for Alternative Crops and Vegetable Processing specializing in the production, grading marketing and demonstrations of alternative crops. The center is located at 330 Lee County Road 497.

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