Published on 01/26/17

Small-scale vegetable farming workshop set for Feb. 28 in Griffin

By Sharon Dowdy

A workshop for small-vegetable farmers is set for Tuesday, Feb. 28, on the University of Georgia campus in Griffin, Georgia. 

The workshop is designed for seasoned growers who want to enhance their operation and for small-acreage farmers interested in marketing vegetables. Homeowners who face challenges growing vegetables are also welcome to attend.

UGA Extension vegetable specialist Bob Westerfield will lead the workshop, which will include lessons on interpreting soil sample reports, understanding cover crops, controlling water runoff, troubleshooting vegetable problems and irrigation. To help growers control insect pests and attract beneficial insects to the garden, the workshop will also include sessions on supporting pollinators, identifying and controlling vegetable pests, successfully using trap crops and introducing integrated pest management.

The program will run from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the Stuckey Auditorium. The cost is $20 and includes program materials and lunch.

For more information or to register, call Beth Horne at the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture at 770-228-7214. To pay by mail, make your check out to the “University of Georgia” and send it to the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture, Attn: Beth Horne, 1109 Experiment Street, Griffin, GA 30223. To pay by credit or debit card, go to

The workshop is sponsored by UGA, the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, the Towaliga Soil and Water Conservation District, Two Rivers RC&D and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Sharon Dowdy is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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