Upcoming Season Creation Workshops at Green Edge Organic Gardens

Rural Action Sustainable Agriculture will host the next USDA SARE Season Creation Professional Development Program workshop at Green Edge Organic Gardens on June 20, 2014 for interested agriculture and natural resource professionals, and others interested in learning and sharing their knowledge.

Additional Rural Action SARE workshops will take place at Green Edge Gardens on Nov. 13 and Dec. 11, 2014.

Farm manager Dan Kneier explains crop selection during a past Season Creation workshop.

Green Edge uses numerous high tunnels – passively heated greenhouse structures – to grow hardy vegetables year-round, which they sell wholesale and retail in the area.Workshop attendees will get to see how the farm transitions from winter leafy green production to summer vegetables. Topics covered include crop selection for summer high tunnels, transitioning high tunnels from spring to summer and summer to fall, and balancing field crops with high tunnels and other specialty items.

The workshops, which are coordinated by Rural Action with funding from the USDA’s SARE program, are tailored to agriculture educators who wish to learn more about the Green Edge model of year-round specialty crop production. These attendees will then be better prepared to teach producers in their home areas who have questions about high tunnel use and small farm business growth.

Farm co-owner Kip Rondy shows an attendee how and why Green Edge uses gabled high tunnels for year-round growing.

On Jan. 23, the first advanced SARE workshop took place. Past attendees and educators familiar with high tunnel use attended the session, in which they worked intensively with Green Edge staff and other participants to develop working education plans and learned aspects of the Green Edge business in-depth.

Though educators are the target audience for these workshops, those who are new to agriculture education or producers who wish to become peer-to-peer educators are eligible.

Attendance is free and mileage reimbursement is available on a limited basis.

For more information and to register, please contact Tom Redfern at 740-677-4047 or tomr@ruralaction.org.


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