Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Growing Vegetables for Consumption and Profit - April 7

The Growing Vegetables for Consumption and Profit training is aimed at rookie and seasoned vegetable growers. Training will cover best management practices for vegetable production in field and high tunnel (hoophouse). Training will also cover economics of vegetable production and crop budgets.

The workshop will be held April 7th at the University of Missouri Extension Center, 1106 West Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015, (816) 252-5051.  Register by March 26th, 2012.  The class size is limited to 35 participants.  Training fee is $45.00 per participant or $75.00 per couple. Fee includes training materials, box lunch, tea and coffee.

For more information about this training, or for an application form, contact Lala Kumar, Horticulture Specialist, at 816-252-5051 or email.

An optional field tour to a local vegetable grower will be on April 14, 2012 from 10:00am - 12:00 noon.  Details will be available during the training.


8:45am - Registration

9:00 - 10:00 - Site Selection, Soil Preparation, Raised Beds and Seedling Production

10:00 - 10:15 - Break

10:15 - 11:15 - Cultural Practices for Vegetable Production and Tomato Production

11:15 - 12:15 - Pumpkin and Sweet Corn Production

12:15 - 12:45 - Break for Lunch

12:45 - 1:45 - High Tunnel Vegetable Production and Irrigation

1:45 - 2:00 - Break

2:00 - 3:00 - Economics of Production and Crop Budgets

3:00 - 3:45 - Open Discussion with Presenters and Evaluation

Directions: From I-70, turn South onto 7 Hwy. Go approximately 2 miles and turn west on Main Street. Go through 2 four-way stops. Extension office sits on the south side of Main in the Ameri-can Community Bank Building.  Parking is in the back.


  1. Why are these workshops never held in the Bootheel? There have been many workshops I'd love to attend but they're all at least a 5 hour drive away.

    1. Amy -- The funding for this project comes from a grant from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. When we wrote the grant, we specified four regions of Missouri where we would work -- East Central, Central Missouri, West Central and Southwest (based on our extension regions). We hope to have a renewal of this grant and expand the program to the SE. Comment posted by Mary Hendrickson