WNC Specialty Crop Institute announces Hoop House Production workshop

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Courtesy Western Nevada College

As harvest season winds down, farmers will be returning to the classroom to learn new techniques and trends for crop production.

Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute will offer a Hoop House Production workshop on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the WNC Fallon Campus, 160 Campus Way in Fallon. Cost is $35 if registered by Sept. 30 and $45 after this date. Lunch is included. Online registration is available at www.wnc.edu/specialty-crop-institute.

Taught by a seasoned professional with a background in research and commercial production, the workshop is ideal for intermediate or advanced growers. Attendees will learn about best practices that apply to all hoop house production; eight most profitable crops; best practices for vining, fruiting and leafy crops; and advanced practices and techniques for hoop house production.

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Interns working at One Drop Farm in Maine. Photo courtesy of Andrew Mefferd, owner of One Drop Farm.

Featured speaker Andrew Me­fferd of One Drop Farm spent seven years in the research department at Johnny’s Selected Seeds, traveling around the world to consult with researchers and farmers on the best practices in greenhouse growing. He also worked on farms in six states across the United States before starting his own farm in Maine. Mefferd now is the editor and publisher of Growing for Market magazine and is the author of The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook.

For more information, contact Ann Louhela, 775-250-1339 or ann.louhela@wnc.edu.

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