This track addresses specific issues related to growing fruits and vegetables in the Mid-Atlantic region in the most sustainable manner possible. Small and medium-sized growers will benefit from sessions covering topics related to soil health and preparation, crop selection, specific production and marketing techniques, and more.
SESSION I - 2:30 – 3:45 pm
Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation
Paul Goland, Franklin, WV - Hardscrabble Farms
Shiitake mushroom spawn was first produced in Japan in 1942, and over the past 70 years, the composition of spawn and the techniques of inoculating the logs has gone through many changes. Paul Goland describe these various methods and demonstrates them to the attendees, showing them how they can use these them themselves. He also discusses growing conditions, pests, marketing, value-added products, and other matters of interest to gardeners and farmers.
SESSION II - 4:00 - 5:15 pm
Tom Barse, Mt. Airy, MD - Stillpoint Farm
Tom Barse and Stan Driver discuss the demand and market for local hops, as well as issues related to beginning a farm enterprise devoted to hops, inclduding horticultural considerations, establishment costs, yearly management, and hops co-ops.
Stan Driver, Lyndhurst, VA - HootnHollerHops
Saturday, January 18
SESSION III - 8:30 - 9:45 am
Mechanization and Equipment
Rick Hood, Thurmont, MD - Summer Creek Farm
SESSION IV - 10:00 - 11:15 am
The Science of Growing Potatoes
Sudeep Mathew, Baltimore, MD - UMD Cooperative Extension
SESSION V - 3:30 - 4:45 pm
Orchards and Small Fruit Production
Bryan Butler, Baltimore, MD - UMD Cooperative Extension
Provide a broad overview of the opportunities and challenges of fruit production in the mid-Atlantic including information on innovations in apple production systems and the most recent invasive pests threatening sustainable production systems.
- National Food Policy Conference
April 22, 2014(9:00 am) - April 23, 2014 (5:00 pm)
- "Starting a Small, Intensive Commercial Farm for Local Markets" Workshop Series
April 23, 2014 (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
- Capital Area Food Bank Hunger Summit on Food and Health
April 25, 2014 (9:00 am - 10:00 am)
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