Florida Organic Growers and UF/IFAS Host Successful Workshop

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Florida Organic Growers partnered with the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) to host the Integrated Organic Tomato Production Workshop on May 15 in Citra.

The workshop covered several topics, including organic high-tunnel tomato production, tomato grafting methods and postharvest sanitation of tomatoes. Attendees were able to listen to presentations by researchers and examine the field in which the research was conducted.

Tyler Nesbit, education and outreach coordinator for Florida Organic Growers, said the most important take-away message from the workshop is recognizing that organic production is possible. “The overarching importance of this workshop was to teach farmers that their products can be grown organically and they can get their products to market successfully while using organic practices,” Nesbit said.

Many of the attendees were especially interested in grafting practices. Dr. Xin Zhao, a UF assistant professor, shared that there will be a grafting workshop in July because of the increasing interest.

Nesbit added that Florida Organic Growers is excited to partner with UF/IFAS for another organic workshop in the near future.

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