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April 16, 2010   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
April 16, 2010

Workshop will teach how to get the most out of hoop houses.
CLANTON, Ala. -- Hoop house experts Alison and Paul Wiediger of Au Naturel Farm, will be the featured instructors April 25-26 at a Hoop House Production & Marketing Training workshop in Clanton.

The Wiedigers use hoop houses (or high tunnel) grow a wide array of seasonal vegetables, pastured chickens and free-range eggs, vine-ripened tomatoes and many types of leaf lettuces and gourmet salad greens at their Au Naturel Farm in Kentucky.

Sponsored by the non-profit Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN), the workshop will teach how to set up a hoop house and get maximum yield and profit from crops.

The training will be conducted in three separate -- yet interconnected -- sections to allow participants to pick & choose topics based on interest and experience level. The first session, focusing on construction techniques, is Sunday, April 25, 1:30-5:30 p.m., at the Chilton Research & Extension Center in Clanton (next to the "giant peach" water tower just off Interstate 65). The session will cover how to build, tips, advantages and disadvantages of using a hoop house and drip irrigation.

The second and third sessions on Monday, April 26, will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 207 8th Street North in downtown Clanton. The 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. session will look at production and address ways to extend the growing season of warm-season crops, winter production and producing mesclun and salad greens. The 1:30-5:30 p.m. session will focus on managing for maximum production, and offer advice on recordkeeping, insects and diseases and marketing.

Attendees are urged to preregister at (256) 751-3925 or email info@asanonline.org.

For more information about the Wiedigers, visit www.ssawg.org/wiediger.html.

The Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN) is a network of farmers, consumers, and agriculture-related organizations, working to improve the situation of farmers in the state and to provide the state's consumers with fresh local products. To learn more about ASAN, visit asanonline.org.

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