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Season Extension and Commercial Strawberry Production Field Day

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Season Extension and Commercial Strawberry Production Field Day

Season Extension and Commercial Strawberry Production Field Day

A joint presentation of Mississippi State University

and the Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production

APRIL 4, 2017, 9 A.M.-4 P.M.

MAFES Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station

2024 experiment Station Rd.

Crystal Springs, MS 39056

 

Lunch provided by the Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, including a strawberry tasting, but please call to be added to the lunch count (601-892-3731) or you may not get a chair or a chance to try some of those berries.

Activities will include classroom presentations on strawberry culture and management, and tools to extend vegetable and fruit growing seasons by several weeks in the spring and fall.

After lunch, we will go to the field to see the strawberries you tasted at lunch time, and we will see examples of mulches, row tunnels, low tunnels, insect barrier cloths, high tunnels and greenhouses. You can even try your hand at setting up some low tunnels, so bring your hat and boots.

This field day is supported by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture/USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program. We thank them for their support. The field day is jointly hosted by the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station, Mississippi State University Extension, and the Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production.

Perennial Specialty Crops

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Perennial Specialty Crops

We had a great turn out at the Beaumont Horticultural Unit’s annual field day last week!  We had a terrific program filled with lots of good information.  Today, I’d like to share a couple of handouts about perennial specialty crops.

Dr. Wayne Porter and myself received a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce.  Our objective was to evaluate perennial crops in Mississippi.  Two of the crops we are looking at are asparagus and hops.  Below you will find handouts for each of these crops.  (A special thanks to Scott Langlois for his work with the hops project!)

 

BHU Field Day Perennial Crops

Beaumont Field Day 2014 Hops

Exciting School Garden Funding Opportunity!

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Exciting School Garden Funding Opportunity!

Growing Lunch-A School Garden Grant Program

Growing Lunch is a school garden grant program administered through the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce with the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.  Eligible schools can receive a grant up to $500 to purchase supplies needed to plant a school garden. Growing Lunch seeks to enhance the Farm to School program across the state.  Farm to School provides locally-grown produce to our state’s schools and also seeks to educate students on agriculture.  This program will act as an educational tool to enhance the knowledge of school-aged children on agriculture, healthy eating, and how food arrives on their plate three times a day.  As society becomes increasingly further away from agricultural practices and the farm, it remains pertinent to educate students on the origin of their food; MDAC has designated a website for those interested in the Farm to School Program and educational resources and materials for Farm to School Week, www.farmtoschoolweek.org.

 

All schools, K-12, in the State of Mississippi are eligible to apply, although this program is ideally geared towards younger school-aged children.  For more information, please see the application (link below) or contact Susan Head at susan@mdac.ms.gov.

School Garden Grant Info Application