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Fall Market Gardening School to take place in Ardmore

Fall Market Gardening School to take place in Ardmore

Market Gardening School August 29 through October 17.

By Trisha Gedon   

STILLWATER, Okla. – In an effort to provide fresh market producers with the most up-to-date information on management, production and marketing techniques, Oklahoma State University is teaming up with the Noble Research Institute to host the fall 2017 Oklahoma Market Garden School.

The eight-week course will begin Tuesday August 29th and will meet weekly on Tuesday evenings through October 17th at the Noble Research Institute located at 2510 Sam Noble Pkwy, Ardmore, OK 73401.  Classes will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. Registration is $60 per individual or $90 per couple. Couples will receive one set of handouts.

Lynn Brandenberger, OSU Cooperative Extension horticulture food crops specialist, said the school is geared toward those who are established in the business as well as those who are interested in exploring a new enterprise.  Each week’s session will focus on a different area related to fruit and vegetable production, such as getting organized, soils and fertilizer management, crop establishment and irrigation, guidelines for producing fruit and vegetable crops, season extension, pest management, food safety and marketing. 

“We have a great bunch of specialists from Noble Research Institute and Oklahoma State hosting this event who will share their expertise during the eight sessions,” he said.  “Whether you’re already established in your business or just starting out, we’ll be offering something for everyone.” 

The class is limited to 50 participants and preregistration is required. Online registration is available at https://secure.touchnet.com/C20271_ustores/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=3&CATID=100.  To register by mail, send the registration form from the OSU’s department of horticulture and landscape architecture Web site at http://www.hortla.okstate.edu/, along with the payment to Oklahoma Market Gardening Course, attn: Stephanie Larimer, 358 Ag Hall, Stillwater, OK  74078-6027 or call her at 405-744-5404.

“We continue to see the public’s interest grow for locally grown fresh produce. In addition, there are a growing number of public schools around the state that want to purchase fresh produce from local producers for their lunch programs,” Brandenberger said.

Produce that is grown, harvested, and sold in the same area has many benefits, including freshness, food safety due to a localized food production system and lower costs due to lack of transportation expenses.

“You don’t have to have a large operation in order to benefit from this course,” he said. “The information we’ll provide is valuable to both small and large producers.”

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Oklahoma State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, State and Local Governments Cooperating: The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or status as a veteran, and is an equal opportunity employer.

Trisha Gedon
Communications Specialist
Agricultural Communications Services
136 Agriculture North
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK  74078
405-744-3625 (phone)
405-744-5739 (fax)
trisha.gedon@okstate.edu

 

 

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