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Christy Cassady, Coordinator

Center for Crop Diversification
N-318 Agricultural Science Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY 40546-0091
(859) 257-1477
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This project is funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.

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Upcoming events

For meetings/workshops involving fruit and nut crops, see Fruit Facts newsletter

For meetings/workshops involving ornamental crops, see HortMemo meetings list

Please note: If you are unable to attend the Mountain Monday Series workshops at the Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability, they will be available live by U-stream at:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mountainmonday

February 10 - April 14 - Lake Cumberland Beekeepers Association, bee school, 6-8:30 p.m. EST at the Pulaski County Extension Office, 28 Parkway Drive in Somerset. Cost is $25 and limited to 45 participants. For more information, call 606-679-6361, or email Beth.Wilson@uky.edu.

March 5-7 - Indiana Small Farm Conference, Danville, IN. For program and registration information, click here.

March 6-7 - Organic Association of Kentucky Annual Conference, Shepherdsville, KY. For information, click here.

March 7 - Audubon Bee School, 8:45 a.m. CST at the Henderson County Extension Education & Expo Center, 3341 Zion Road, Henderson, KY. Opening speaker will be former State Apiarist Phil Craft. Preregister for $15, which includes lunch, by emailing audubonbeekeepersclub@gmail.com or calling 270-339-7245. Cost is $20 at the door. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted for $5.

March 7 - Bluegrass Beekeepers School, Kentucky State University, Frankfort. Welcome and keynote speaker will be University of Kentucky entomology professor Dr. Subba Reddy Palli. Preregistration will begin in January and conclude Feb. 28 at $25 per adult and $10 per child. Registration at the door will be $35 per adult and $15 per child. For more information, contact Phil Clark at pdc3393@twc.com.

March 9 - MarketReady Graduate Meet the Buyer Forum, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Shelby County Extension Office. For MarketReady graduates only. Click here to see the agenda. Registration is $20; registration deadline is March 2. Please contact Kevin Heidemann at 859-218-4383 or kevin.heidemann@uky.edu.

March 9 - 2015 UK Grapevine Pruning and Propagation Workshop, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., UK Horticulture Research Farm, Lexington. Topics include pruning, propagation, and how to compensate for winter injury. The workshop will also provide hands-on experience in pruning dormant grapevines. Registration is required and will be collected at the door ($15). For details and registration information, click here.

March 10 - High Tunnel Webinar Series, 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. EDT. Fourth of a six-part series. Crop and Equipment Options and Nutrient and Irrigation Management in High Tunnels. What to plant? When to plant? We'll cover crop options over the course of the year for continued high tunnel production in Kentucky climates. We'll also cover what types of equipment can be easily used for high tunnel production as well as go over nutrient and irrigation management in high tunnel production systems. For descriptions of each webinar, click here. For the webinar series flyer and registration information, click here.

March 12 - Pruning Your Way to Success: Tree Fruit Pruning Clinic, 4 to 6 p.m., Dixon Springs Ag Center - Greenhouse, 354 State Highway 145 North, Simpson, IL 62985. Extension Educators Bronwyn Aly and Nathan Johanning will lead a hands-on workshop covering: basic concepts of pruning; pruning equipment and maintenance; and peach and apple pruning. Rain or shine. Cost: $5 per person. Pre-registration required by Monday, March 9, at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=11749, or by calling 618-382-2662. For more information, contact Bronwyn Aly at baly@illinois.edu, or 618-382-2662, or Nathan Johanning at njohann@illinois.edu, or 618-687-1727.

March 17 - High Tunnel Webinar Series, 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. EDT. Fifth of a six-part series. Insect, Weed and Disease Control in High Tunnels. High tunnels can protect crops from some insect, weed or disease pressures, but they can sometimes harbor and magnify pest problems. During this webinar, our specialists will teach you how to manage pest pressures with cultural and biological controls, and available pesticide and fungicides approved for use in high tunnels in Kentucky. For descriptions of each webinar, click here. For the webinar series flyer and registration information, click here.

March 21 - Kentucky Strawberry Growers Meeting, 10 a.m., at Reid's Orchard, Owensboro, KY. For details, contact Danny Van Meter at 615-887-6229 or 270-963-2320 or at vanmeterfamilyfarm@gmail.com.

March 23 - Eastern KY Regional MarketReady Producer Training, Knott County Extension Office, 149 Parks Branch Rd., Hindman, KY. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Eastern time. The MarketReady Producer Training Program is for those interested in selling products to restaurants, grocers/wholesalers/retailers, and schools/institutions. MarketReady will provide you with a professional marketing education to improve sales relationships, and get you up to speed with the latest local food programs and resources. MarketReady also offers continuing education credits for Extension Agents. For more information, click here. Registration costs $25, which includes class materials, refreshments, and lunch. Space is limited so register now! To register, send an e-mail to kevin.heidemann@uky.edu, or call at 859-218-4383. Registration Deadline is Tuesday, March 17th by 4 p.m.

March 24 - High Tunnel Webinar Series, 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. EDT. Last of a six-part series. Producer Views & Series Wrap-up. To finish the 2015 High Tunnel Webinar Series, two high tunnel producers will be sharing their successes and challenges of high tunnel production. Paul and Allison Wiediger of Au Naturel Farm will be talking about over 20 years of organic high tunnel production experience in Smiths Grove, Kentucky. Mark and Velvet Henkle of Henkle's Herbs & Heirlooms will share their story as beginning farmers from the past eight years of production in Nicholasville, Kentucky. We will also provide some final resources, and wish you good luck! For descriptions of each webinar, click here. For the webinar series flyer and registration information, click here.

March 26 - Community Farm Alliance Farmers Market Support Program Vendor Support Workshop, Natural Bridge State Resort Park. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., EDT. For details, click here.

April 9 - Eastern KY Regional MarketReady Graduate Meet the Buyer Forum, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Morehead Conference Center, 111 E 1st Street, Morehead, KY. For MarketReady graduates ONLY. Registration deadline is Monday, March 30th by 4 p.m. Registration fee - $20. To register, please contact UK Extension Associate Kevin Heidemann at kevin.heidemann@uky.edu or 859-218-4383. For more information, click here.

June 25 - UKREC Horticulture Open House, 9 a.m. to noon, 1205 Hopkinsville St, Princeton, KY 42445. Contact: Win Dunwell, 270.261.9467, wdunwell@uky.edu, or go to http://www2.ca.uky.edu/HLA/Dunwell

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