Webinars offer specialty crop advice


COLUMBUS — Countryside Conservancy and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association are offering a series of free webinars designed for specialty crop growers.

Two webinars have been scheduled and will be offered in January and March. There is no charge to participate, but pre-registration is required.

Fruit and vegetables

On Jan. 30, from 7-8:30 p.m. the first webinar in the series, A Systematic Approach for Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Quality on Your Farm, will be presented by Dan Kittredge of the Real Food Campaign.
Kittredge will discuss techniques and systems that can be used to increase the quality of fruit and vegetables produced on Ohio farms.

To register, go to www3.gotomeeting.com/register/117344990.

Cover crops

On March 9, at 1 p.m., Steve Groff will be presenting the second webinar, Effective Cover Cropping Systems for Specialty Crop Farms, and will discuss the effectiveness of tillage radish as an annual cover crop alternative.

Groff began using no-till practices in the early 1980s and later began using cover crops. Today, he plants specific cover crops based on what will be planted the following year.

To register, go to www3.gotomeeting.com/register/468533342.

The third and final webinar in the series will address insect management. Date, time, and details will be announced soon at www.oeffa.org and www.cvcountryside.org.

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