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Homegrown berries and fruit? Frontier Extension schedules small fruit workshop

Have you always wanted to grow your own strawberries, blackberries or raspberries? Do you want to learn how to prune fruit trees? Are you considering a fruit farm business for your acreage?  If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, plan to attend a tree and small fruit workshop 2:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. Hosts for this on-farm demonstration are Vernon and Becky Miller, of Becky’s Pies and Produce. Presenters will be Ward Upham, Kansas Extension Master Gardener Coordinator and Extension Associate, and Marlin Bates, Douglas County Horticulture Extension Agent.

The workshop will include a fruit tree pruning demonstration and information on fruit tree pest management. Presenters will discuss growing strawberries (perennial bed and annual plasticulture strawberry production), raising blackberries and raspberries (brambles) with consideration for the insect pest spotted wing drosophila, and equipment and refrigeration used for fruit production. Grapes and blueberries are not grown on this farm, but Bates and Upham are experts on these fruit crops, too. Bring questions.

Directions to the farm are: 4.6 miles west of Garnett on Highway 31 to Kiowa Road, 3 miles north on Kiowa Road to 2200 Road, 0.7 miles west on 2200 Road to 31055 NW Kentucky Rd., Garnett, Kan. (Note: Google does not map this address accurately.) RSVP is requested by Feb. 22, 2016, by emailing Shannon Blocker, Frontier Extension District agent, at [email protected], calling 785-448-6826, or registering online at http://www.frontierdistrict.k-state.edu/lawn-garden/, where a program flyer and map to the farm is also available.

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