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Foundations of Crop Production: Weed Management

March 1 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm EST

Weeds can be the bane of any farmer’s existence, large or small. This method-centric session will outline weed management tools on various farm scales. Students will hear from a panel of farmers about their particular on-farm approaches, then have the opportunity to troubleshoot weed issues in regionally-based breakouts to get you equipped for the coming season! 

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Session Instructors

Merlon Harper- Deer Creek Farm (GA)

Merlon Harper is a blueberry farmer located in Covington, GA. This is her fourth year farming Rabbiteye Blueberries and other vegetables at Deer Creek Farm. She uses sustainable farm practices, sourcing organic food and building relationships with customers and the community. Her work with the farm-to-school programs has been most rewarding, encouraging kids to become farmers or just grow food using organic methods.  She hosts family farm day twice a year, when families in the community get to tour the farm, pick fresh vegetables, blueberries and taste delicious blueberry products. She believes that farming is challenging, but one of the most important and rewarding job you can have.

Dan Gagnon- Broadfork Farm (VA)

Dan has been growing vegetables for 25 years, first as a gardener and now as a professional market grower.  Dan has been farming as co-owner of Broadfork Farm with his wife and partner Janet Aardema since 2011 in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  Dan and Janet have worked to build a resilient farm business that can handle both an unpredictable climate and an uncertain economy. Dan’s approach to teaching and presenting is to provide nuts and bolts tangible information that growers can apply to make their farm’s operations more profitable, efficient, and resilient. Dan resists a one-size-fits-all approach to farming and tries to assist growers to leverage their gifts and resources while minimizing their deficiencies and liabilities.At Broadfork Farm, Dan and Janet grow intensively on just two acres while harvesting and packing for 200 Farm Shares each week plus a robust farmers’ market stand, an on-site FarmStand, and two local grocery stores.

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