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An advanced workshop, offered in Wooster, Ohio, aims to take sustainable tomato growers to the next level with new strategies to increase their yearly harvest.

Workshop offers help to sustainable tomato growers.

Workshop offers help to sustainable tomato growers.

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The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) is pleased to offer a workshop, “Advanced Sustainable Tomato Production,” featuring researchers and veteran growers from across Ohio. Scheduled for Friday, October 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Wooster, Ohio (Wayne County), this session is designed for experienced growers looking for the most up to date and innovative strategies to improve their tomato management techniques from seed to harvest.

“This interactive workshop will give experienced tomato producers a variety of tools to improve efficiency and increase the quality of their product,” says Renee Hunt, OEFFA’s program director. “Growers can expect higher yields and lower production costs as a result, while using the sustainable and organic methods that already allow them to demand a premium price for their tomatoes.”

Held at Shisler Conference Center, the workshop will provide information on field and high tunnel systems. Topics include variety selection, grafting, and management of nutrients, diseases, and pests. An all-star speaker line-up will include grafting and high tunnel expert Matt Kleinhenz, entomologist Celeste Welty, vegetable pathologist Sally Miller, Pat Licciardelli of Seedway, and Mike Laughlin of Northridge Organic Farm.

“We are delighted to be able to bring together so many experts to benefit Ohio’s tomato growers,” says Laura Wies, OEFFA’s special projects coordinator. “The collective knowledge of the presenters and the audience in the room is sure to boost any producer’s bottom line.”

The cost for the workshop, which includes lunch, is $85 for OEFFA members and $100 for nonmembers. Registrations, which should include name, address, phone, email, and a check, can be mailed to OEFFA Tomato Workshop, 41 Croswell Road, Columbus OH 43214. For more information, please contact Laura at 614-421-2022 Ext. 206 or laura@oeffa.org.

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association was founded in 1979 and is a grassroots coalition of farmers, backyard gardeners, consumers, retailers, educators, researchers, and others who share a desire to build a healthy food system. For more than 30 years, OEFFA has used education, advocacy, and grassroots organizing to promote local and organic food systems, helping farmers and consumers reconnect and together build a sustainable food system, one meal at a time. For more information, go to the OEFFA website.