The Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association (AFFPA) has decided to expand the agenda of the annual school and is offering vegetable-related topics in addition to sessions about the production and marketing of fruits,” says Rob Spencer, vegetable crop specialist with Alberta Agriculture. “The school is organized into two streams, one that focuses mainly on fruit crops and one on vegetable crops, although there is a lot of crossover.”
The agenda is packed, no matter which stream a participant wants to follow, and includes topics such as:
getting started with fruit and vegetables
growing basics (both vegetables and specific fruit crops)
succession planning (panel discussion)
direct marketing channels
This year’s provincial Berry and Vegetable School is being held in Red Deer on March 5 and 6, 2009. The agenda can be found by visiting the AFFPA website at www.albertafarmfresh.comor on Alberta Agriculture’s website Ropin’ the Web at www.agriculture.alberta.ca,and registration forms can also be found on the AFFPA website.