Monday, September 13, 2010

Pest, Disease and Weed Management Workshop

Saturday, September 25th, 10 am to 3 pm
Andrew Drumm Institute, 3210 Lee's Summit Rd, Independence, MO
Farm tour: Drumm Farm

Cost for this workshop is $30.00, lunch is provided.

If you’ve never struggled with cucumber beetles, blight, foxtail grass or any other pest, disease or weed then this isn’t the workshop for you. For the rest of us, this workshop will cover basic identification and sustainable control strategies to help vegetable growers manage some of our biggest challenges.

The focus of this workshop will be on organic and sustainable practices.

10:00 – 11:00 Weed Management with Tim Walters, Agronomist/Farmer, Drumm Farm
Weeds can quickly turn a beautiful field into an unproductive mess. Managing weeds sustainably requires both long-term strategies and everyday vigilance. Tim Walters will help us identify and stay on top of weeds in the field.

11:15 – 12:15 Plant Disease ID and Management with Wendy Johnson, Kansas State University
Weeds and insects are often easier to see and understand than mysterious spots, rots and wilts. Wendy Johnson will demystify common plant diseases and help us understand how to control them.

12:15 - 1:00 Lunch (provided)

1:00 – 2:00 Insects in the Field with Mary Roduner, Kansas City Community Gardens
Thousands of insects interact in our fields. Mary Roduner will discuss the ones we love to hate, the ones we should learn to love, and how they interact. We’ll cover basic identification and organically approved control measures.

2:15 - 3:30 Farm tour, Drumm Farm
Drumm farm is a certified organic vegetable and flower farm growing on two different locations. We’ll tour their site and greenhouse at the Drumm Institute.

You may pay at the door, but please pre-register by calling or emailing Laura Christensen or (816) 805-0362.

Directions to Andrew Drumm Institute: From I-70 (east of I-435), take Lee’s Summit Road (Exit 14) and drive north. Drive 1.2 miles (go past the golf course) and turn left into the driveway of Andrew Drumm Institute/Drumm Farm. Follow the signs to park.

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