Monday, March 8, 2010

Back Yard Fruit Growers Webinar Announced

Source: Herald Times

The Purdue School for Back Yard Fruit Growers will take growers through “Adventures in Backyard Fruit Production” in a series that offers opportunities to learn about modern fruit production practices.

The school will take place from 9:30-11:30 a.m. EST on March 4, 11, 18 and 25 and April 1, with a sixth session to be announced. The program will be held at 25 sites around the state using Webinar broadcasts. Participants have the option to access sessions from home via a high-speed Internet connection.

Each day will feature a two-hour session that covers a topic important to fruit growers. The agenda includes:

• March 4 - Session 1: Assessing personal goals and learning how and where to begin fruit production.

• March 11 - Session 2: Growing tree fruit such as apples, pears and peaches.

• March 18 - Session 3: Growing small fruit such as grapes, strawberries, red and black raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries.

• March 25 - Session 4: Harvest, storage, preservation and use of fruit.

• April 1 - Session 5: Overview of crop protection using pest management and discussion of organic fruit production.

• Session 6, on a date to be announced, will be a hands-on workshop in pruning and training fruit led by local Extension educators.

Purdue presenters include associate professor Peter Hirst and professor Bruce Bordelon, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture; Linda Souchon, educator, Purdue Extension Johnson County; Rick Foster, professor and Extension coordinator for pest management, Department of Entomology; and Janna Beckerman, assistant professor, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. Participants also will hear advice from successful fruit growers. Richard Hayden, professor emeritus, will introduce the series with a historical perspective on fruit culture and provide background on the basics of successful fruit culture.

Registration is $50 per person for all sessions or $15 per person for an individual session. The fee includes all handouts and resource materials. The school is sponsored by Purdue Extension and NCR-SARE.

For more information regarding program content, available viewing sites or how to register, contact your county Extension office at 812-349-2575, . A full brochure is available at

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