A Workshop for Local Vegetable Producers to Boost Your Competitive Advantage:
- Learn techniques to increase the shelf-life of produce after harvest
- Learn how to use soil health practices to reduce input costs and increase production
- Includes live demonstrations with Instructors Patricia Tripp and Mike Hubbs
Post Harvest Handling with Patricia Tripp:
A growers’ success of fruit and vegetable production requires meeting certain buyer standards. In addition to food safety, product quality and increased shelf-life are key components in gaining a competitive advantage. It is essential that growers learn about processes affecting product quality during growing, harvesting, storage and transportation as essential components of gaining a competitive advantage in the local produce industry.
This workshop is intended for growers that are interested in learning more about handling fresh fruits and vegetables once they have been harvested. It is geared toward producers that sell into wholesale markets, farmers markets, roadside stands and CSA’s or those entering wholesale markets for the first time. Growers will learn practical ways to meet industry quality standards as they relate to harvest techniques, packing, grading, pack size, packaging, and shelf-life, reducing product rejections and returns, realizing a premium price for their products. Participants will be provided tools that can contribute to wholesale and retail success.
Soil Health with Mike Hubbs:
Instructor Mike Hubbs has decades of experience helping farmers of all types improve the quality of their soil for crop and animal production. Recently retired from a career with the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Mike is now a consultant with the Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts. This workshop will demonstrate how improving soil health can reduce input costs and boost productivity for bigger harvests and profit margins. Mike will teach good soil health practices for all farm sizes and will do a rainfall simulator with soils taken from area working farms.
Date: Saturday April 29th from 9am – 4pm
Location: Serenity Knoll Farm, 542 Bacon Branch Rd, Jonesborough, TN 37659
Cost: $10 and includes lunch and snacks
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