Upcoming workshop aimed at plasticulture producers and farmers market managers
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry will host a workshop targeting plasticulture producers and farmers market managers. In the past, separate workshops have been held for the two groups. Combining the two groups is meant to not only pool resources but also help foster relations between the two audiences.
This workshop, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, is meant to connect plasticulture producers, who often sell their products at farmers markets, with the people organizing the markets. Registration for the workshop begins at 8 a.m., followed by presentations and breakout sessions beginning at 9 a.m. The daylong workshop is scheduled to end around 4 p.m.
The theme for the workshop is “Growing in Tough Times.” Topics to be covered in the farmers market tract include: marketing tips for displaying produce, creative ways to entice customers and state health department rules and regulations for markets. ODAFF Oklahoma Grown Program Coordinator Nathan Kirby will present information on grants available to farmers markets as well as how markets can work with the agency to increase their productivity.
Plasticulture is a farming technique that creates raised soil beds covered with plastic sheeting and equipped with irrigation drip lines laid directly under the plastic. Vegetable seedlings are planted in holes punched through the plastic. Micah Anderson, ODAFF Plasticulture Program Coordinator, will give an overview of the state’s plasticulture program including grants available to farmers. Other plasticulture presenters will cover how to gain organic certification, how plasticulture is used in Israel and how to increase profits by embracing new technology.
Kenda Woodburn, Tulsa County Horticultural Extension Educator, will serve as the workshop’s keynote speaker.
Anyone interested in learning more about plasticulture or farmers market production is invited to attended. Participants are encouraged to RSVP by Feb. 7.
The Moore Norman Technology Center is located at 13301 S. Pennsylvania Ave. in Oklahoma City. The cost to attend the workshop is $10 and includes lunch. For more information and to RSVP contact Ashley Bender at (405) 522-4330.