SHELBY AREA FRUIT & VEGETABLE MEETING SET
COLUMBIANA, Ala. -- Pest management practices, orchard management, irrigation and planting dates and recommendations will be among the topics May 22 when the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Natural Resource Conservation Service hosts the Shelby Area Fruit and Vegetable Production Meeting.
The meeting, which is free to the public and will also include a dinner, is set for 6-9 p.m. at the Shelby County Extension Office Auditorium in Columbiana at the John Jones Ag Building, 54 Kelley Lane.
Easy to grow, low-maintenance fruit varieties, well-adapted for home and commercial
orchards like blueberries, muscadines, figs and non-astringent oriental persimmons will also be discussed along with disease-resistant varieties of higher maintenance fruits, including blackberries, apples, pears and Asian pears.
High-tunnel production of satsumas (seedless
mandarin oranges) will be explained and locally grown strawberries will be available for tasting.
A marketing discussion will highlight various marketing opportunities available to growers, including local farmers markets, pick-your-own
operations and community-supported agriculture (CSA) operations.
Reservation deadline is Thursday, May 17. For reservations or more information and directions, contact Gary Gray at (334) 539-2128 or Thomas McDaniel at (205) 669-5121.