Area Vegetable Production Workshop Set for March 16

Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

veg-prodA vegetable production workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, at the University of Arkansas Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office in Pine Bluff. The workshop begins at 9 a.m. and will end at 1 p.m. when lunch will be provided.

Although aimed at area commercial growers, those selling at farmers’ markets, local gardeners and Master Gardeners are welcome to attend, said Dr. Henry English, director of the Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB).

Pest control, including diseases, insects and weeds; variety selection; soil fertility and irrigation will be discussed. Vegetables covered include cucurbits (squash, watermelons and cucumbers), bell peppers, greens, southern peas and sweet potatoes.

The workshop includes a complimentary lunch. Dr. Tracy Dunbar, UAPB associate professor of agriculture, will be the luncheon speaker and will discuss the results from a vegetable marketing study conducted in Jefferson County.

The workshop is sponsored by the UAPB Small Farm Program. Contact Kellye Luckett at (870) 575-7226 to preregister and be included in the meal count or if you have special needs. The Jefferson County Extension office is located at 500 S. Idaho Street.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Program offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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