2014 Northern Piedmont Specialty Crops School

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The 2014 Northern Piedmont Specialty Crops School will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014, at the Person County Extension Center, 304 S. Morgan Street in Roxboro, NC, according to Carl Cantaluppi, Area Horticulture Agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service in Granville and Person Counties.

The school is designed to explore the art and science of growing and marketing specialty crops, and will feature many ideas for specialty crops growers to be successful in their ventures.

This year’s school will focus on growing and marketing specialty crops in high tunnels, with Susan Hill of Louisa, VA providing tips on how to get started by planning, growing, and maintaining high tunnel production, citing her own successful operation.

Dr. Lewis Jett, Extension Vegetable Specialist from West Virginia University, a national expert on high tunnels, will speak on cropping systems, crop economics, and temperature and irrigation management techniques.

Heilig Barnwell and Patsy Isley of Burlington, NC are two innovative asparagus growers who will explain how they grow and market their asparagus by direct retail marketing.

The school will be held in the auditorium of the Person County Extension Center, 304 S. Morgan Street, Roxboro, NC. For directions, go to: http://goo.gl/maps/khXOe

The cost of the one-day school is $25.00 for the first person of a family or business and includes lunch. The cost is $15.00 for each additional family member or business
associate, which also includes lunch. Pre-registration is needed to guarantee a seat and lunch.

For a copy of the program and pre-registration form, go to: www.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/2014SpecCrops.pdf For more information,
contact Carl Cantaluppi at carl_cantaluppi@ncsu.edu or call 919-603-1350.