Workshop & Tour for Season Extension Techniques
PROJECT LEADER(S): Jeffery K. Vance
IMPACT: Following the workshop, during the 2004 marketing season there were three of the workshop participants that implemented the techniques that they learned and were able to begin selling at the Bakersville and Spruce Pine farmers markets a couple of weeks earlier than what they normally would. It was estimated that growers were able to earn $2000 more this season than last due to the increased selling season.
SUMMARY: Season extension can benefit local growers by having crops earlier and later in the season when other growers do not have crops available. This will increase their marketing options. Three growers have implemented these practices. This has also allowed the local farmers markets to be open longer this season.
The workshop participants gained the knowledge that
they would need to increase their production and to market their crops for a
longer period of time each season. This
also benefited our two local markets by allowing them to have more produce
available for a longer period of time.
The only downside of the project was low grower participation in the
workshop. This will be something that