Conference Sneak Peak: Horticulture Industries Show and High Tunnel Tour

Conference Sneak Peak: Horticulture Industries Show and High Tunnel Tour

Thinking ahead to your New Year’s resolutions? Add attending the Oklahoma & Arkansas Horticulture Industries Show (HIS) in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to the list! Join NCAT Horticulture Specialists Guy Ames and Luke Freeman at this popular event on January 4 and 5, 2019.

Each year, HIS brings dozens of speakers together to provide regionally-appropriate information on specialty crop production. This year’s theme is “People, Plants & Pollinators,” with a keynote address by Ray Moranz of the Xerces Society. The conference, held at the Chancellor Hotel in downtown Fayetteville, will include educational sessions on fruits, vegetables, local foods, and sustainable and organic production.

Guy will discuss “Native and Uncommon Fruits Adapted for Organic Production in the Ozarks” on Friday from 4:30-5:15 p.m.  On Saturday morning from 9:15-10:00 a.m., Luke will co-present a session called “Organic Transplant Production.” He’ll talk specifically about potting mixes, a topic he covered in the recently-updated ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture publication Potting Mixes for Certified Organic Production. Download it for free from the website, or stop by NCAT’s booth at the HIS to pick up a printed copy!

Other conference speakers include well-known farmer-educators Mark Cain of Dripping Springs Garden, Val Eylands of Ozark All Seasons, and Sean Pessarra from Heifer Ranch. For a full conference schedule, visit https://www.hortindustriesshow.org/.

Pre-Conference Tour

photo of high tunnelOn Thursday, January 3, before the conference begins, HIS speakers will host a walking tour of high tunnel research at the University of Arkansas Research Farm. Participants will learn about the basics of high-tunnel fruit and vegetable production. Luke will help lead the tour and will discuss high-tunnel vegetable production and irrigation set-up for tunnels. He will also demonstrate how to use two-wheel tractors for cultivating and bed-building. Participants will see University of Arkansas research on high-tunnel grapes and strawberries in addition to a winter vegetable planting-date trial. The tour will also include a stop to see a custom-built CoolBot trailer used for transporting produce to market.

The tour will take place from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at 2650 Young Ave. in Fayetteville. You must register for the HIS conference to attend the high-tunnel tour.

You can register for the HIS conference at https://www.hortindustriesshow.org/copy-of-2019-conference. Be sure to sign up before December 21 for a discounted rate!

More information

For more information about the tour or the Horticulture Industries Show, contact hortindustriesshow@gmail.com or 405-696-3079.

Can’t make it to the conference? Visit the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture website to find Guy’s publications, including Fruit Trees, Bushes, and Vines for Natural Growing in the Ozarks. ATTRA has hundreds of publications, tutorials, webinars, podcasts, and more produced by Luke, Guy, and our other sustainable agriculture specialists. And you can always contact our specialists with questions by calling 1-800-346-9140 or emailing askanag@ncat.org.

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