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2010-07-07 / News

Commercial Vegetable/Berry Field Day at VSU

Cooperative Extension at Virginia State University (VSU) has scheduled its Seventh Annual Commercial Vegetable and Berry Field Day on Thursday, July 22, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the school’s Randolph Farm located on River Road in Ettrick.

Free and open to the public, the theme of this year’s event is “All Things Local.” According to Dr. Reza Rafie, VSU horticulture extension specialist, the emphasis will be on educating Virginia farmers about economic opportunities available through locally grown foods. Farmers will also learn about new, potentially profitable crops and new technologies for improving the quality and yield of fruits and vegetables.

The program will feature a tour of vegetable and berry plots on the farm, and an “Iron Chef”-style competition using ingredients grown on the farm. Presenters will discuss food service opportunities for small farmers, new vegetable crops and varieties with market potential, and the economic impact of local food.

Those interested in participating should fax their name, address, phone number and e-mail address to the attention of Carol Streetman at 524-5714 or e-mail the information to cstreetman@vsu.edu by Friday, July 16. Information may also be mailed to Carol Streetman, VSU, P.O. Box 9081, Petersburg, VA 23806.

For more information, or anyone desiring special services or accommodations in order to participate, call Streetman at 524-5960 to discuss arrangements.

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