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2013 Crop Production Workshop Series
for Growers & Agriculture Professionals

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This is a 7-part monthly workshop series starting in July and running through December.  The workshop series targets commercial producers and agriculture professionals interested in learning organic and conventional crop production practices. 

Workshops are scheduled for one Monday morning a month and the 3-hour session consists of presentations by extension specialists accompanied by discussions and hands-on activities. ALL workshops will take place at active working farms.   All workshops will take place from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, regardless of timezone (ie., a workshop in Nashville will take place at 9:00 AM CST, while a workshop located in Knoxville will take place at 9:00 AM EST).

2013 workshop dates and topics include the following:

1. Caneberry Production - July 8

2. Peach Production - August 12

3. Organic Vegetable Showcase: Maximizing Your Investment from Variety Selection to High Tunnel Production - August 19

4. Apple Production - September 9

5. Tree Nut Production - October 14

6. Orchard Clean-Up - November 11

7. Pruning - NOTE NEW DATE: December 16

 

1. Caneberry Production - July 8

David Lockwood presented this workshop on both organic and conventional methods of blackberry and raspberry production at Berry Ridge Farm in Livingston, TN.

Cane Fruit Resources:

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2. Peach Production - August 12

This workshop took place at Blue Springs Farm in Philadelphia, TN. Extension Specialist David Lockwood informed us of anything and everything we wanted to know about organic and conventional peach production. Farm owner, Mario Tedde treated the entire group to homemade Italian pizzas, straight from his brick oven.

Peach Growing Resources:

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3. Organic Vegetable Showcase: Maximizing Your Investment from Variety Selection to High Tunnel Production - August 19

In this dynamic workshop, UT was pleased to host special guests, Erica Renaud, Business Development Manager for Vitalis Organic Seeds, who discussed Organic Seed Sourcing and Organic Grower Variety Requirements; and Skeeter Bethea, a fourth-generation Florida vegetable grower and Enza Zaden Tomato and Pepper Crop Specialist for the East Coast who has commercial experience in all production systems (organic, conventional, open field, tunnels, etc.). Skeeter discussed all aspects of Growing Under Cover. Dr. Annette Wszelaki, the UT Vegetable Extension Specialist, outlined the UT Organic Crops Unit vegetable variety trial with walking tours and time to speak with the experts. A sponsored lunch was provided FREE of charge from Tomato Head restaurant. This workshop was held at the UT Organic Crops Unit on Government Farm Rd in Knoxville, TN.

Organic Seed Source, High Tunnel, and Variety Trial Resources:

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4. Apple Production - September 9

David Lockwood covered the A-Z of both organic and conventional apple production methods during this workshop. The workshop began with a brief history and introduction by farm owner and operator Mark Burnett. The group then ventured into the orchard to see first year trees, mature trees, and even some peach trees. The group ended their time with a tasty lunch at the Wooden's Apple House Cafe and Pie Shop. For more information about Wooden's Apple House in Pikeville, TN, please visit their website or go in person for a fresh-baked apple fritter!

Apple Growing Resources:

  • Apple Production Slides by Dr. Lockwood

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5. Tree Nut Crop Production - October 14

We will learn about organic and conventional tree nut production, with a focus on pecans. This workshop will be led by David Lockwood at Turley Brothers Jones Farm in Somerville, TN.

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6. Orchard Clean-Up - November 11

Another great workshop not to be missed - we will learn about the essential odds & ends of orchard clean-up for a safe, functional, healthy production system. This workshop will be led by David Lockwood at Apple Valley Orchard in Cleveland, TN.

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7. Pruning - NEW DATE: December 16

This workshop will take place at family owned and operated Delvin Farms in College Grove, TN where we will learn how to prune fruit trees and more with David Lockwood, Tennessee's Extension Fruit and Nut Crops Specialist.

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Registration Information:

There is no fee for participating in the workshops, but registration is required. Please contact Annette Wszelaki at (865) 974-8332 or annettew@utk.edu for more information or to register for a 2013 workshop. Directions to the workshop location will be emailed to participants directly upon completing registration. Additionally, contact Annette if you would like to sign-up to receive email reminders and updates about the workshop series each month.

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Click here to view resources from the 2012 Organic Workshop Series.

Click here to view resources from the 2011 Organic Workshop Series.

Click here to view resources from the 2010 Organic Workshop Series.

Click here to view resources from the 2009 Organic Workshop Series.

This workshop series was made possible thanks to the support of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.