Specialty Crops


Workshop Session I: 9:15-10:30 a.m.


Year-Round Salad Production 

Alex Ball, Old City Acres

Do you run a CSA, small farm, or homestead and want a year-round supply of fresh greens? Hear about local planting dates and varieties for your business. And gain tips and tricks to extend your greens growing season all 12 months using methods like simple low hoops in the field, hoophouses, and high tunnels.

Woodhull C

Workshop Session II: 10:45 a.m.-Noon

Utilizing Integrated Pest Management on Your Farm 

Frank Becker, OSU

Implementing an integrated pest management program on your farm can be overwhelming, but with the right mindset and a heart for learning, you can easily begin to take the right steps. Integrated pest management can be implemented in any system with any crop and can be customized for your farm, your fields, and your production goals.

Woodhull C

Workshop Session III: 1:30-2:45 p.m. 

Powdery Mildew: Conventional vs. Natural Farming

Donetta Boykin, Endigo’s Herbals & Organics and Seven Seed Sowers Co-op

Tired of powdery mildew taking out your squash? As one of the most widespread plant diseases, these spots or patches can be a pain. Glean the best ways to kick powdery mildew off your farm.

Woodhull A

Workshop Session IV: 3-4:15 p.m

Profitable Tunnel Rotations

Dana Hilfinger, Johnny’s Selected Seeds and Roots, Fruits and Shoots

Are you trying to find an alternative to growing tomatoes in your tunnel year after year? Curious to see how other growers plan out their tunnel rotations? Delve into profitable tunnel crops and rotations that work for farmers, seeing different examples of tunnel rotations used by commercial growers around the Midwest. The floor will then open for farmer-to-farmer learning, encouraging everyone to share what crops and tunnel rotations have worked for you.

Woodhull C


Workshop Session V: 10:45-Noon

Fostering Best Practices for Plant and Soil Health Management While Adapting to Current and Future Climate Challenges

Pam Mack, L Marie Ltd

Take an experience-based look at running a small organic vegetable farm with a changing climate. Learn best practices for growing plants and an approach to adapting a growing philosophy to combat climate challenges.

Woodhull A

Workshop Session VI: 1:30-2:45 p.m.

From Market Garden to CSA: A Step-by-Step Crop Planning Demonstration

Marc Amante, Central State University

Are you a market gardener or small grower looking into starting a CSA for a regular income? One of the keys to CSA success is making sure your customers get a bounty of diverse crops every week. A robust crop plan is essential to both meeting your customers’ needs and helping you weather challenges that arise. Walk through developing a crop plan for a new 20-member CSA farm operation, understanding the tips, tricks, and organizational strategies to succeed.

River Birch B

Workshop Session VII: 3-4:15 p.m.

Lessons from Design and Installation of an Earth-to-Air Heat Exchanger for High Tunnel Heating and Cooling

Jaden Tatum, OSU

Earth-to-air heat exchangers are low cost, sustainable solutions for season extension that use soil’s insulating properties to provide heating and cooling throughout the year. Through on-farm research, these systems have been designed and installed as standalone or supplemental heating and cooling infrastructure. Learn about the logistics, costs, and the practical and environmental benefits of installing these systems with season extension, and provide input for the development of a tool to aid decision-making for geothermal systems on your own farm.

River Birch B

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