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UT Extension Service offers Orchard Production 101 Workshop

UT Extension OfficeMontgomery County, TN – Extension agents in a nine county area of Middle Tennessee are planning an Orchard Production Workshop for small producers and homeowners. The workshop will be held at Shade Tree Farms in Adams, TN on Friday, February 28th, 2014.

The participant fee for the program is $10.00/person which includes lunch onsite. The workshop will kick off at 9:00am Central time and conclude around 4:00pm.

The workshop will be conducted by Extension specialists and agents from University of Tennessee, Tennessee State University, the Center for Profitable Agriculture as well as the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant program.

Commercial fruit growing can be a very rewarding endeavor, but it should be developed with a real plan, because of its capital cost requirements, as well as the new knowledge that one needs to learn.

There are the many important things to take into consideration when looking at starting up an orchard.

So, whether you are a homeowner who wants to plant a few fruit trees or small fruits or a producer who wants a commercial orchard, this workshop will provide beneficial information on site establishment, variety selection, planting procedures, irrigation, pest control and marketing opportunities.

Participants will also have a chance to participate in an onsite Orchard Walk & Learn Tour.

For more information contact Karla Kean in Montgomery County at 931.648.5725 or kkean@utk.edu.


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