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Workshop Designed For Farmers' Market

Expand growing season

Gorge Grown Food Network, Washington State University-Klickitat County Extension, and the Goldendale Farmers' Market are co-sponsoring a day of free workshops geared toward vegetable farmers, market vendors, and avid gardeners on Jan. 14 at the Goldendale Grange, 228 E. Darland Street.

Three workshops will be offered covering season extension, fruit tree pruning, and garden tool maintenance.

The day begins with a season extension course from 10 a.m. to noon featuring local farmers Hank and Alison Chausee.

The course is designed to support beginning farmers and farmers' market vendors wishing to expand their growing season with practical, low-cost methods.

Serious home gardeners and homesteaders will also benefit from the course.

The couple will cover cold frame construction, low-tunnel construction, growingtechniques, and planting schedules for an extended season. Season extension can increase profits and extend seasonal cash flow for farmers.

People with home orchards can learn more about tree care with Janiece Lancaster's fruit tree pruning class at 12:30 p.m. She will also discuss garden tool maintenance at 1:15.

Seating is limited, so attendees are asked to register with Judy Shinn, Goldendale Farmers' Market manager, by email (jushinn@gorge.net) or phone (509-261-0782).

Gorge Grown Food Network is working with WSU and OSU Extension partners to offer more season extension education this winter. Updates on additional educational opportunities are announced through the Gorge Grown Food Network E-news. Sign-up is available at www.gorgegrown.org.

This season extension workshop is made possible by Gorge Grown Food Network's 2011 USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) grant. The grant will allow market vendor trainings to occur throughout the Gorge, helping the markets to grow and become more sustainable.

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