October 27, 2009

WNC Crop Institute Workshop November 13-14

Learn to Extend the Farm Growing Season

Inside a Hoop House at Lattin Farms, Fallon
Inside a Hoop House at Lattin Farms, Fallon

Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute will offer a two-day workshop that teaches farmers how to extend their growing and sales seasons.

"Extending the Season, Hoop Houses and Community Supported Agriculture" will meet Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14, at Lattin Farms, 1955 McLean Way, Fallon.

Cost is $50 for both days or $35 for one day. There is a $10 late fee for registrations after November 6. Lunch is included.

The workshop will feature sessions on how to extend the growing and sales season beyond the traditional summer harvest months, in response to increased consumer demand for local food. Hoop houses and CSAs are increasingly popular, and farmers are looking for more training on these innovative methods.

Community Supported Agriculture and other sales opportunities will be discussed during Friday's workshop. Farmers will learn the business of CSA, how to recruit and retain customers, share type and pricing, production and plant varieties, recordkeeping and more.

Hoop house management will be featured in Saturday's workshop. Students will learn the different types of hoop houses, best crop varieties to plant, crop rotation, pest management and more.

Featured speaker Daniel Carmona, veteran farmer and educator from New Mexico, will bring extensive experience, knowledge, and a regional perspective to the workshop. Nevada and New Mexico share similar growing conditions and economic climates for small farm agriculture.

The WNC Specialty Crop Institute is an innovative education program for current and future small-scale farmers, as well as students and professionals. Participants learn alternative farming methods to diversify from low-value crops to high-value, direct-marketed specialty crops that can increase profitability. Workshops combine classroom and on-farm learning experiences. The Institute is made possible with funding from the Nevada Department of Agriculture and USDA/AMS through the Specialty Crop Block Grant.

To register, contact Ginny Dugan, 775-423-5186, or visit WNC's web site, www.wnc.edu/sci. For information regarding the Specialty Crop Institute and future workshops, contact Project Director Ann Louhela at 775-351-2551.


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