Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association
2003 Farm Show Program, Barre, VT
Wednesday January 29, 1:00- 4:00 pm

In the green church, down the hill from Barre Municipal Center
Take exit 7 of I-89, follow route 62 into Barre. Turn right at the lights onto route 302,
 go 1/4 mile then turn left just after the shopping plaza. First Presbyterian Church is on the right.

Free and open to the public.
Moderator: Vern Grubinger, University of Vermont Extension

1:00     Principles of Irrigation - Dr. Buddy Tignor, University of Vermont

Dr. Tignor has conducted a variety of field research on environmental stresses of vegetables and fruit, with particular emphasis on water relations. He will review the basics of irrigation with regard to measuring and managing soil water to optimize plant utilization and crop yields.

1:45      Diversified Vegetable Farming in Western Pennsylvania - Allen Matthews

Last year, Allen joined the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture as program coordinator. For 20 years prior to that, he farmed with his brother and father in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania on their 148 acre farm that has 60 acres of fields in a rotation that includes 45 acres of vegetables and 15 acres of cover crops. He will describe their production strategies and their marketing at the farm, directly to grocers and through a farmer co-op that sells to restaurants.

2:30      Integrating Vegetables and Ornamentals at Crossroad Farm - Janet Taylor

Janet and Tim Taylor have been farming in Fairlee for 22 years They have about 50 acres in diversified production, including 14 greenhouses. Ornamentals and bedding plants are a big part of the operation, providing essential early sales and then continuing through the season as an important part of farm stand sales. Janet is in charge of the ornamentals, and she will describe how she grows and markets hundreds varieties of annuals, herbs, and cut flowers.

3:15      Farmers Outstanding in their Fields, 2002 - Vern Grubinger, UVM Extension

This annual visual tour features slides from farm visits around the state by your extension vegetable and berry specialist. See what other growers, large and small, organic and conventional, are doing to control pests, manage soil, and enhance markets.

One pesticide applicator recertification credit in private or commercial categories 1a and 10 will be awarded for attendance at this meeting.

For additional information or to request special accommodation please contact:
Vern Grubinger, University of Vermont Extension  (802) 257-7967 ext. 13, or E-mail: vernon.grubinger@uvm.edu

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