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February 10, 2010

Small Farms Week registration begins

Online registration is now under way for the Small Farms Week, March 21-27 kickoff, educational forums and the annual Small Farmers Appreciation Luncheon. The kickoff program will be in Hoke County on Monday, March 22. The four programs in the education forum the afternoon of Tuesday, March 23, will cover transplant management, grafting tomatoes, winter vegetable crops and production technologies for getting a jumpstart on the spring growing season.

The educational forum the morning of Wednesday, March 24, will include sessions covering the nutritional and health advantages of locally grown crops, recipe ideas for fresh produce, and food safety concerns and regulations now facing small-scale producers selling their wares directly to consumers. The featured speaker at the Small Farmers Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, March 24 will be Pearlie Reed, USDA’s top management official, and the first African American chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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Posted by Natalie at February 10, 2010 08:10 AM