Upcoming Events

SWIM meeting * Parke Co. Veg. meeting * Illiana Veg Symposium * Indiana Hort Congress * Small Farm Conference

Southwest Indiana Melon and Vegetable Growers’ Technical Meeting

Date: November 15, 2018 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (EST)

Location: Southwest Purdue Ag Center (SWPAC), 4369 N. Purdue Road, Vincennes, IN

The main focus of the Southwest Indiana Melon and Vegetable Growers’ Technical Meeting is to discuss watermelon and cantaloupe varieties based on results of variety trials conducted at the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center in 2018. The meeting will start at 5: 00 pm for board members to discuss topics for the upcoming Southwest Indiana Melon and Vegetable Growers Annual Meeting, which will be held on March 8, 2019 in French Lick, IN. Any member who wants to participate in the discussion is welcome. At 6:00 pm, dinner will be served. Following that, we will showcase variety trials.  Any grower interested in becoming a member is invited to attend. Membership dues are $15 per year and can be paid at the meeting. To register please call (812) 886-0198. Registration is due by Nov. 7. Any questions, please contact Wenjing Guan guan40@purdue.edu 

PrimusGFS v. 3 Training

Date: Dec. 5, 6, 7, 2018

Location: Southwest Purdue Ag Center, 4369 N. Purdue Road, Vincennes, IN 47591

This 3 day workshop will cover the newest version of the PrimusGFS audit scheme.
Registration fee is $750 per person and will be available soon through the Safe Produce Indiana website (www.SafeProduceIN.com)

Parke County Vegetable Growers Meeting

Date: Dec. 12, 2018 9:30 to noon (EST)

Location: John Fisher Farm, 5191 East St Rd 236, Marshall IN 47872

Topics include timing of fungicide application and efficacy, cucumber production in greenhouse and high tunnels, and season extension with grafting. PARP credit will be provided.

Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium

Date: January 8, 2019 8:00 am –  4:00 pm Central Time

Location: Teibel’s restaurant in Schererville, IN.

Growers in NW Indiana and Northeast Illinois:  Why not start the new year by attending the Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium at Teibel’s Restaurant in Schererville on Tuesday, January 8.

Speakers from Purdue and the University of Illinois will deliver talk in the day-long program, with luncheon provided by Teibel’s. Topics include managing insects and pollinators in watermelons and diseases in pumpkins; getting a handle on the new worker protection standards; high tunnel cucumber production, urban farming, and an afternoon breakout session on pumpkins including basic production, varieties, cover crops and no-till systems.

Before presentations, during breaks, and over lunch there will be time to talk with vendors, network with other growers and Extension workers, and catch up with friends and neighbors.

Registration opens in late November. Visit http://tinyurl.com/ivgs2019 or contact Nikky at (219) 755-3240 to request a paper registration form. Registration for vendors is already open at http://tinyurl.com/ivgs2019business

Indiana Hort Congress & Trade Show

Date: Feb. 12-14 2019

Location: Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219

The Indiana Horticultural Congress is an educational meeting designed to meet the needs of fruit, vegetable, wine, organics and specialty crop growers and marketers in Indiana and surrounding states. All interested individuals are invited to attend. Registration opens in November 1. Visit www.inhortcongress.org for more information, or contact Lori Jolly-Brown at (765) 494-1296 or ljollybr@purdue.edu.

2019 Indiana Small Farm Conference

Date: Feb. 28 to March 2, 2019

Location: Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville, Indiana

At the 2019 Indiana Small Farm Conference, you can:

  • Learn from leaders and experts at workshops and breakout sessions
  • Enjoy keynote talks from Michael Phillips of Lost Nation Orchard and Karen Washington of Rise & Root Farm
  • Join discussions and demonstrations of what’s new and what’s next
  • Attend a trade show with 50+ vendors of equipment, marketing, and more
  • Network with fellow farmers to cultivate Indiana’s small-farm community

Online registration opens December 3 at purdue.ag/sfc For additional information, visit purdue.ag/sfc or call (888) EXT-INFO

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