9th Annual Foothills Specialty Crop Growers’ Roundtable

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Please join us for the 9th Annual Foothills Specialty Crop Growers’ Roundtable Thursday, February 2, 2023 from 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. This year’s location will be at N.C. Cooperative Extension in Yadkin County. The address is 2051 Agricultural Way, Yadkinville, North Carolina. This is an IN-PERSON informational meeting. There will be numerous specialist available to discuss various horticulture topics related to specialty crops. You will leave with information to help you be more successful in your farming operation. There will be an opening general session and three sessions with various topics to choose from. Please register on-line at REGISTRATION. Invite all of your farm friends too!

The event agenda is:

12-12:15 p.m.:              Registration

12:15-12:20 p.m.:         Welcome- Kellee Payne, Extension Agent, Horticulture,                                             North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Yadkin County Center

12:20-1:20 p.m.:          General Session- Tips for Online Marketing:  Hannah Dankbar,                                     Local Food Program Manager, North Carolina State University

1:20-2:20 p.m.:             Session 1 (Select One to Attend)

  • **Blueberry Pest Management**:  Bill Cline, Small Fruit Extension Specialist, North Carolina State University
  • Medicinal Herbs:  Margaret Bloomquist, Research Associate Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University
  • Greenhouse Towers:  James & Severin Garrett, Owners, Greenhouse Towers

2:20-2:35 p.m.:             Break- Sponsored By Carolina Farm Credit

2:35-3:35 p.m.:              Session 2 (Select One to Attend)

  • **Apples in the Foothills**:  Mike Parker, Extension Horticulture Specialist, North Carolina State University
  • Soil Health & Forest Farming:  Dr. Biswanath Dari, Agriculture and Natural Resource Specialist, North Carolina A&T University
  • Composting for Small Farms:  Ben Grandon, Extension Agent, Agriculture – Commercial Horticulture and Field Crops, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Guilford County Center

3:35-3:50 p.m.:             Break-  Sponsored by Yadkin Lumber Company

3:50-4:50 p.m.:             Session 3 (Select One to Attend)

  • Visit NC Farms App:  Joanna Radford, County Extension Director and Extension Agent, Horticulture, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Surry County Center
  • Growing Mushrooms: Bryan Hartman, Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Stokes County Center
  • Permaculture 101: Richard Boylan, Area Specialized Extension Agent, Small Farm Management, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Watauga and Ashe County Centers

4:50-5:00 p.m.:   Closing Remarks/Evaluations-Kellee Payne, Extension Agent,                                      Horticulture, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Yadkin County                              Center

** North Carolina Pesticide Credits Available —1 Hour of Pesticide Credits given            for N,O,D,X categories**

**Additional 1 hour of S credits for Apples in the Foothills Presentation**

Thank you to Carolina Farm Credit and Yadkin Lumber Company for sponsoring this event. We appreciate the support to N.C. Cooperative Extension and to our local farmers!

We hope to see you there!