Purdue hosting series of urban ag workshops

Purdue hosting series of urban ag workshops

Scheduled workshop topics include urban cut flower production, summer high-tunnel production and pest control.

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Purdue Extension-Marion County has launched its first series of urban agriculture workshops designed to help urban gardeners and farmers add to their skill set while networking with other growers.

The 2019 Marion County Urban Ag Workshop Series runs through September and sessions will take place at several locations around Marion County. The comprehensive series covers everything from seed starting to extending the growing season.

"All of the workshops are appropriate for growers of any skill level or scale," said Amy Matthews, Purdue Extension-Marion County's urban agriculture program coordinator, according to a press release. "We want to highlight and share all the community knowledge that is out there, and we plan to add additional workshops throughout the season as we hear from producers about topics that are of interest to them."

The two-hour workshops run from 6-8 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Those arriving 30 minutes early will be able to take self-guided tours of each location. Upcoming sessions are:

 
  • May 16: Urban livestock at Paramount School of Excellence
  • June 6: Summer production in high tunnels at Mad Farmers Collective
  • June 20: Veggie wash-pack at Mad Farmers Collective.
  • July 11: Introduction to cut flowers at Indy Urban Acres
  • July 25: Native plants for pollinators and pest control at CUE Farm at Butler University
  • Aug. 1: Organic pest control at Mad Farmers Collective.
  • Aug. 22: Soil health in intensive production at Eagle Creek Community Garden
  • Sept. 5: Vermicomposting at Lawrence Community Garden
  • Sept. 28 (2-4:30 p.m.): Season extension at Mad Farmers Collective.

Workshops are $10 each or $8 each if registering for three or more. For full workshop descriptions and to register, click here.