Handling with care
The profitability of fruit and vegetable production has become considerably contingent on quality assured post-harvest handling, and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) is responding with a pair of workshops focused on the latest technologies and approaches to extending shelf-life for fresh produce. A half-day introductory course, recommended for growers making initial forays into market to wholesale distributors, is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m., Thursday May 21 at the Catawba County Extension Center. The workshop has a $10 registration fee and a May 18 registration deadline. The workshop leaders will be Trish Tripp, the wholesaler liaison for the CEFS’s NC Growing Together project and Dr. George Wilson of the teaching faculty in the Horticultural Science Department at N.C. State.
Tripp and Wilson will also team up for a more comprehensive, full-day workshop covering “Advanced Postharvest Handling for Enhanced Shelf Life on Tuesday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Forsyth County Extension Center in Winston-Salem. The program will be geared to Extension agents who are assisting growers expanding into wholesale markets as well as growers interested in product quality technologies for extending shelf life for competitive advantages in marketing fresh produce. The registration fee for the Forsyth County workshops is $35, and the registration deadline is May 28.