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Fourth Annual Saffron Workshop

Perfecting Production and Market Opportunities

The North American Center for Saffron Research and Development at UVM is hosting the 4th annual workshop on Saffron production and marketing on Thursday, March 12, 2020 in Burlington, VT.

Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world, with a retail price of over $5,000/lb. It is made from the stigmas of a fall-blooming crocus flower (Crocus sativus), and is used as a culinary spice, coloring agent and medicinal herb. Saffron is a high-value crop that could significantly strengthen sustainable agriculture, and preserve the rural working landscapes of North America. Since 2015, UVM scientists have been studying the cultivation of saffron in protected environments and in open fields. They have obtained yields greater than what is reported in traditional saffron-growing areas of Asia and Europe. Hundreds of farmers across the US are now growing saffron with great success, and they are eager to learn more. Saffron experts from Vermont and Rhode Island, and growers from Vermont and Maine will share their knowledge on production.

Specialists will speak about post-harvest handling regulations and a cancer specialist will discuss saffron medicinal properties. Over 130 people are registered. People are coming from as far away as Nevada, California and Arkansas. Both on-site and on-line registration options are available.

To learn more about the workshop and to register, go to the UVM saffron website.

Register by Friday, March 5, 2020. Contact Margaret Skinner for additional information or if you have difficulties registering.