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Greenhouse Vegetable Workshop

UConn Extension hosted a workshop on December 16th on Growing Container Grown Greenhouse Vegetables. Over 65 attendees listened to five University speakers and two farmers share their insights on greenhouse vegetables.

 

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Bruce Gresczyk, Jr. from Gresczyk Farms in New Hartford, CT discussing his production of greenhouse vegetables (kale, swiss chard, mizuna and other specialty greens on the bench top and hydroponic lettuce.

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Ben March from March Farms in Bethlehem, CT explaining his greenhouse tomato production to the attendees.

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UConn Extension’s Diane Hirsch discussing food safety for greenhouse vegetables.

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Speakers Ben Campbell of UConn’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Jude Boucher of UConn Extension.

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Ben Campbell discusses how Connecticut grown labeling catches customer attention and impacts decision making.

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Dr. Yonghao Li discussing diseases of Greenhouse vegetables at the Dec 16th meeting.

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Dr. Rich McAvoy, Head of UConn’s Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture speaking on Growing Greenhouse Tomatoes and Cucumbers in Soilless Media.

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Brian Krug from University of New Hampshire, discussing Growing Greens in Greenhouses at the Dec 16th meeting.

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Over 65 attendees attended the workshop on growing container grown greenhouse vegetables.

Spring Bedding Plant Meetings

Extension word markLeanne Pundt of UConn Extension hosted two Spring Bedding Plant meetings in February for Connecticut growers. One was held in Vernon and the other in Torrington so that all growers were offered a convenient location.
The Meetings began with a discussion on the greenhouse issues of 2012, including downy mildew on garden impatiens.  Leanne offered tips on how to manage pests on ornamentals, vegetables and herb bedding plants.

Extension Educator Jude Boucher presented a virtual tour of how some Connecticut growers are growing vegetables in the greenhouses, a tour of some of the All America Sweepstakes (AAS) winners and losers at the UConn Department of Plant Science Research Farm plus give us updates on late blight on tomatoes

UConn Plant Science Department Head Rich McAvoy covered updates on plant growth regulators, reviewed the best management practices for Plant Growth Regulators (PGR’S) and gave tips on how to hold plants if sales are delayed.   He also gave some tips on nutritional monitoring using the pour thru method and how to calibrate your injector.
Wade Elmer, Plant Pathologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station covered emerging diseases such as downy mildews, powdery mildews, botrytis,  leaf spots, root rots and others plus highlighted what diseases to expect on some of the shade tolerant species growing in 2013. 
Overall, both meetings were well attended and very successful. It should be a very successful year for bedding plants.