The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture will host a workshop on plasticulture on May 9 at its Cannon Horticulture Plots near Poteau, Oklahoma.
Plasticulture is a production method that combines plastic mulch with drip irrigation. It can mature crops earlier and reduce weed pressure, while conserving water and reducing nutrient leaching. It can also reduce soil compaction, while contributing to higher yields and better quality produce.
At the workshop, Micah Anderson (Market Coordinator, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry), George Kuepper (Horticulture Manager, Kerr Center), and Glynnis Coleman (farmer) will demonstrate setting up a drip irrigation line and laying plastic mulch.
Anderson runs ODAFF's plasticulture program, which helps small and limited-resource farmers get started with plasticulture.
Indoor presentations will cover the pros and cons of plasticulture, with a discussion of tips and tools. The workshop runs from 1:30 to 5:30.
Registration costs $25, and includes snacks and drinks.
Registration is due by April 24. Space is limited, so register early to ensure a place. (Cancel by April 24 to receive a refund.)
For registration and additional information, visit the workshop's entry on the Kerr Center's online events calendar at http://kerrcenter.com/event/plasticulture-workshop/.