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Track 5 - Fruit and Vegetable Production

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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.

Friday, January 17

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

Rediscovering Hops

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.