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Event Details

Date

January 18, 2018

Time

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location

Saratoga Hilton & Gardening Conference
Broadway 1 and Pleasant Valley Farm
Saratoga Springs, NY

Host

NOFA-NY

NOFA-NY 2018 Winter Conference


Growing, Washing and Packing High Tunnel Winter Greens: Doing It and Doing It Well

January 18, 2018

Growing, Washing and Packing High Tunnel Winter Greens: Doing It and Doing It Well
NOFA-NY 2018 Winter Conference: Pre-Conference Event
This event promises to help growers bring their winter greens production to the next level -- both in the high tunnel and in the packshed. There will be an emphasis on best management practices in the high tunnel, especially practices which support long term soil health and fertility. In the packshed, processing efficiency and food safety will both be stressed.

The day will begin at 9:00 am in conference room Broadway 1, with workshops on issues and opportunities in winter high tunnel production and best practices for postharvest handling, including food safety concerns.

Upon completion of the workshops at 10:30 am, everyone will board a bus and travel to Paul and Sandy Arnold's Pleasant Valley Farm in Argyle, NY for a farm tour and farmer-led discussions in the high tunnel and packshed. A farm to table lunch, with a vegetarian option, will be served at the farm. After lunch, the tours and discussions will continue and then everyone will come together for a Q&A session with hot cider and light snacks. The bus will leave the farm at about 3:15 pm and should be back at the hotel by 4:00 pm. 

Presenters: Chris Callahan, Robert Hadad and Judson Reid
Hosts: Paul, Sandy & Kim Arnold, Pleasant Valley Farm

You must be pre-registered to attend this event.

Visit NOFA-NY's Winter Conference website for more information and to register.






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