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Alberta berry, veg school

January 19, 2010  ByMarg Land


January 19, 2010 –
Albertans getting into horticulture crop production or thinking about
diversifying their existing operation with fruits or vegetables should consider
attending the Berry and Vegetable School 2010.

January 19, 2010 –
Albertans getting into horticulture crop production or thinking about
diversifying their existing operation with fruits or vegetables should consider
attending the Berry and Vegetable School 2010.

This conference is an
opportunity for new, potential or experienced fruit and vegetable producers to
learn and interact.

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Being held in Red Deer on
February 24 and 25, 2010, this year’s schedule includes introductory and
advanced streams, with fruit-related topics on the first day and
vegetable-related topics on the second day. There is something for everyone.

“For new or potential
growers, learn about strawberry, raspberry, saskatoon berry and field vegetable
production, in an interactive setting,” says Robert Spencer, commercial
horticulture specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “The
school will also provide information on various diseases and insect pests and
their management. Participants will be able to find out what things they need
to consider when starting up a new venture of this type, and will hear some of
the things that experienced growers think they should do or should avoid doing,
in order to be successful.”

For the more experienced
producers, prepare to participate in interactive sessions that delve into more
detail on topics such as weed management, food safety, forms of payment,
plasticulture, growing season extension and irrigation system set up. Start
thinking about alternative strawberry production practices that might be experimented
with and participate in a discussion on production innovations for vegetables.
Learn a lot more about direct marketing channels and their ins and outs.

Regardless of what
sessions are attended, there will be lots of opportunities to learn, network
and share knowledge and experiences with other participants. Come for one or
two days. For a tentative agenda and registration information, visit the
Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association website.


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