Program valuable for all fruit growers

Purdue Extension will take growers through “Backyard Fruit Production” in a series that offers opportunities to learn about fruit production practices at home.

The series will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, March 12, 19 and 26 and April 2 and 9.

The program will use 12 sites around Indiana to feature Purdue University fruit specialists via Webinar broadcasts from Purdue campus. The Dubois County site for this workshop will be the Ferdinand Branch Library, 112 E. 16th St., Ferdinand.

Each session will cover a topic important to fruit growers. The agenda includes:

March 12: Program Overview and “It All Begins with You” — sites, goals and challenges.

March 19: Small Fruit is Big in the Landscape — grapes, brambles, strawberries and blueberries.

March 26 : Small Fruits — What to Be Watching For.

April 2: Tree Fruit — Branching Out with apples, peaches, pears and cherries.

April 9: Tree Fruits — What to be Watching For.

Ken Eck, educator for Purdue Extension-Dubois County, notes this a program for all levels of growers.

The series will speak to those who are looking at getting started in growing but also will offer a wealth of information for those that have been growing for many years, discussing topics such as fruit varieties and current insect and disease issues. The training serves as a great refresher of best management practices for fruit production, and provides information on new tips and tricks for a orchard or garden.

Registration is required at $40 per person for the five sessions. The fee includes all handouts and resource materials. Registration by signing up on

For more information regarding this program, contact the Purdue Extension-Dubois County office at 812-482-1782 or


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