K-State Research and Extension News
May 14, 2014
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Kansas Community Garden Conference Planned for July 7-8


From small towns to large cities, access to fresh fruits and vegetables is on the rise with community gardens

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University will host the Kansas Community Garden Conference July 7-8 in the K-State Union in Manhattan.

The conference features 16 presentations – some concurrent – covering topics ranging from business aspects to insects and fruit production to weed control. Participants also have the opportunity to tour local community gardens in the Manhattan area.

“We have community gardens in towns as small as Quinter (population 918) and cities as large as Wichita (population 386,000),” said Evelyn Neier, associate extension specialist with K-State Research and Extension. “Some are new and just beginning to work together and others have been at it for years. The beauty of attending a conference like this is that participants can learn from each other as well as from the speakers and presentations.”

Presentations will include:


·        Community Gardens and How They Impact Your Community;

·        Insect ID and Control;

·        Garden Soils/Fertilizer;

·        Tomatoes – Something Old…Something New;

·        Weed ID and Control;

·        Garden Bed Construction;

·        Buying Quality Nursery Stock;

·        Garden Organization and Financial Stability;

·        Basics of Fruit Production;

·        Organic Pest Control;

·        Working with Your Garden Team;

·        Advanced Fruit Production;

·        Food Safety;

·        Food Waste Composting;

·        Extending the Growing Season; and

·        Diseases of Fruit and Vegetables.

The July 8 luncheon will feature an “Overview of Kansas Community Garden Grants” and a panel discussion.

Registration is due by June 27. The cost to attend is $45 per person (plus optional $10 for a two-day parking permit in the adjacent K-State parking garage). Registrations should be sent to Christy Dipman, 2021 Throckmorton-HFRR, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506. More information is available at the Kansas Community Gardens or by contacting Neier at 785-410-3760 or eneier@ksu.edu.

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K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Mary Lou Peter
mlpeter@ksu.edu
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Evelyn Neier - 785-410-3760 or eneier@ksu.edu