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County Extension Presents Homegrown Fruit and Vegetable Conference

Categories: 2012 Press Releases | Author: Peggy Carlson | Posted: 2/28/2012 | Views: 22025

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February 27, 2012                             

Patty Swedberg
Extension Administrator   
St. Louis County Extension Office
Duluth, MN  218-733-2879


County Extension Presents Homegrown Fruit and Vegetable Conference:  “Healthy Foods, Healthy People, Healthy Communities”

The St. Louis County Extension Office is conducting a one-day conference on home fruit and vegetable production as a part of its Healthy Foods Initiative to improve access to healthier food as a means of improving the health of individuals and communities. Topics include information on vegetable varieties, small space gardening, growing hardy fruiting shrubs, small fruits and fruit trees, and success secrets for the northern gardener.  The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday March 17, 2012 at the Clinton Community Center, 8907 Hwy. 37 in Iron, MN.

The program will feature Dr. David Wildung, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, Robert Olen and Kendall Dykhuis of the County Extension Office, and several area gardeners.  Dr. Wildung developed the Minnesota half high blueberries and co-introduced several other fruit cultivars including Snowsweet and Honeycrisp apples, and Mesabi Strawberries. He will discuss tree fruits, small fruits and fruiting shrubs including the recently introduced “Honeyberries.” Robert Olen will present recent research on vegetable and tomato varieties for northern Minnesota as well as information on container and small space gardening.  The program will also feature a gardeners’ round table discussion and “Secrets to Success: What Every Gardener Should Know.”

The cost of the program is $40 which includes lunch, refreshments, and a 2012 reference book developed specifically for the program. For more details and a program brochure call 218-733-2870 or visit

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