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Greenhouse 101 Workshop Offered at Sprout in Little Falls
Minnesota Ag Connection - 02/09/2018

Due to popular demand, growers are once again invited to learn the basics to scale up their vegetable operations with Joan Olson of Prairie Drifter Farm on Feb. 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. the Classroom at Sprout (609 13th Ave NE, Door 8, Little Falls).

This workshop is for growers interested in starting their own vegetable transplants for market gardens, CSAs, or wholesale products and will cover: Greenhouse structure, inside set-up, controlling temperature, seed starting, propagation mats, germination chamber, watering, hardening off, recordkeeping, disease and pest prevention, succession planting, using the greenhouse for curing garlic, onions and winter squash, and more. Farmers can learn these important concepts to expand their farm and better meet their customersí needs.

Space is limited. Register by Feb. 10 via the Eventbrite event link. Share the Facebook event. This workshop is free thanks to sponsorship by Artplace America and Region Five Development Commission. Joan Olson owns Prairie Drifter Farm, a 33-acre certified organic vegetable operation in Litchfield with her husband and two kids. Joan worked on four diversified vegetable operations and managed a small CSA and intern program before beginning her farm in 2010. Currently, Prairie Drifter Farm serves a 125-member CSA as well as several small restaurants, co-ops and food shelves.

Additional workshops at Sprout are being planned now. The workshops are co-created with artists, growers, and local experts; prospective participants can request the type of education needed to build their businesses via a short online survey on the Sprout website. Community participation, as central to Sproutís placemaking efforts, is encouraged throughout the planning process to ensure workshops cater to their specific needs in Central Minnesota. Workshop goals are to increase access to technical assistance and resources for growers and makers to build their business capacity and profitability; connect and equip local artists and growers to obtain leadership roles that can lead to further placemaking in the region and commissioned work opportunities; develop deeper understanding of good farming practices; and fuel succession planning that increases economic prosperity. Throughout 2017-19, Sprout will host 14 leadership and business classes and trainings funded by an ArtPlace America creative placemaking grant awarded to Region Five Development Commission.

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