Third Thursday session all about gardening this month

By KEENAN BISHOP/Agriculture Extension Agent Published:

A convenient and valuable source of informational hands-on learning is right here in our own county. For years now, almost two decades even, Kentucky State University has been hosting workshops on the third Thursday of every month. Each month is a different, timely topic.


This month, with the change from spring to summer it is obviously about horticulture.


At 10 a.m., Dr. Marion Simon will open things up with the welcome and announcements. The first session will be “Traditional Vegetable Production” presented by John Clay, KSU, followed by “Pawpaw Grafting (Greenhouse-Headhouse)” by Sheri Crabtree, KSU.


Jeremy Lowe, KSU, will discuss “Primocane Blackberry Production (Organic Area)” and Dr. Kirk Pomper, KSU, will go over “Blackberry Pest Control (Orchards).” “The Organic Vegetable Production (Organic Area)” is covered by Dr. Michael Bomford also of KSU.


Lunch is provided between sessions and usually comes off the farm so it’s local, fresh and topical. The afternoon begins with “Vegetable Insect Identification” by Dr. John Sedlacek, KSU and wraps up with “Perennial Fruit and Nut Crops for Kentucky Farms” with Sheri Crabtree again. They generally try to wrap up by around 3.


On July 19, KSU will host its big Field Day on site – not to be confused with the Franklin County Farm-City Field Day July 12 at Gail and Sherman Peyton’s farm. Plan to attend both! Details on each to follow soon so stay tuned.


The Kentucky State University Research and Demonstration Farm is located at 1525 Mills Lane.  Just take US 127 South to the fourth stoplight (about 4 miles), turn left onto Mills Lane (across from Sack’s), go about 1 ½ miles, turn right into the KSU Farm, and the workshop is at the Center for Sustainability of Farms and Families.


Field Day July 12
Above I mentioned the Farm-City Field Day set for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at the Peyton farm, 739 Colston Lane. Tickets are free and available at the Farm Bureau Offices on Wilkinson Blvd. and in Prevention Park.


Dairy show report
Show Chairman Jackie Branham reports there were 132 entries in the 2012 Franklin County Dairy Show held June 2 at Lakeview Park. Entries came from 12 counties and the show also included the State Brown Swiss and Milking Shorthorn Junior shows.

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