Tag Archives: Tifton

Growing Backyard Chickens –Claudia Dunkley @ SOGALO17 2017-01-21

Dr. Claudia Dunkley, Extension Poultry Scientist, will speak about Growing Backyard Chickens at South Georgia Growing Local 2017, January 21, 2017 in Valdosta, Georgia:

Basic information for beginning a backyard flock including: breeds, housing, nutrition, egg production and biosecurity.

Her conference bio: Continue reading

Beyond blueberries and peanuts: lesser known crops for the coastal plain –Bret Wagenhorst @ SOGALO17 2017-01-21

Bret Wagenhorst will talk about Beyond blueberries and peanuts: lesser known crops for the coastal plain, at South Georgia Growing Local 2017, January 21, 2017 in Valdosta, Georgia:

Bananas on tree An overview of many less conventional crops that the speaker has grown in tifton, including how to grow, uses. Some crops to be covered: luffa gourds, chayote squash, seminole pumpkins, roselle, narajilla, chestnuts, kiwi, tropical greens, bananas, papayas, loquats, tumeric, ginger and more.

Who should attend:

Folks who want to think outside the box of conventional crops and learn about other tasty, nutritious things to grow in the coastal plain.

Brief Biography: Continue reading

Potatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, and rosemary

Gretchen took this yellow squash and zucchini to Wiregrass Farmers Market in Tifton, GA this morning, along with fresh-plowed potatoes, rosemary, and of course heirloom corn grits. Yellow squash and zuchinni That’s 9AM to noon, behind the Country Store at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture (Agrirama), 1392 Whiddon Mill Road, Tifton GA 31794.

Did you know zucchini is actually a fruit, even though it’s cooked and eaten as a vegetable? And the name is Italian, because the type we eat today was developed in Italy, even though like all squash its ancestors came from the Americas? More about Cucurbita pepo, also known as courgette or vegetable marrow, by Master Gardener Laurel Reader, Zucchini: A Treat in the Heat.

Cutting rosemary

Market day doesn’t smell right without rosemary. Continue reading

Video: “This has really turned into a thing” –Chris Beckham about South Georgia Growing Local to Gretchen Quarterman on WVGA 105.9 FM 2016-01-20 @ SOGALO16

You can register today for South Georgia Growing Local 2016, to be held all day Saturday February 6th at Pine Grove Middle School. Chris Beckham was struck by the variety: corn, chicken, fruits, goats, soap, composting, water, worms, solar power! So many different topics in six tracks, “but all indigenous to South Georgia.”

Gretchen replied,

Indeed, when this conference started six years ago, we just had two tracks. One was about cooking, and one was about growing, pest control, and fertilizing, and how to have your garden be successful in the special conditions of south Georgia and north Florida. Because our conditions here are different than they are in north Georgia or on the coast, or farther south in Florida where it never freezes. We sort of have a very special environment here, and so this conference is geared towards that.

Lots of new and repeat talks; see the Continue reading

Pigweed on Georgia Farm Monitor

Dr. Stanley Culpepper of UGA Tifton says 52 counties have the mutant pigweed. He says they’re looking at cover crops and deep turning. (You may know that as plowing.) He hastily adds that they’re looking at other herbicides. But he wraps up by saying we have to look at other methods than herbicides: tillage and cover crops. He frames it as diversity and integration. What it really means is spraying poisons eventually breeds weeds that refuse to be poisoned. People, of course, are not so lucky.

This is the same Dr. Culpepper whose extensive slides on this subject I reviewed last summer.


South Georgia Foodways, Agrirama, Tifton, June 26th, 2009

vine cuttingAgrirama had a vine cutting Saturday for a Smithsonian food exhibit that will be there a while, with numerous accompanying events. Tuesday evening there’s Organic Gardening Basics, and Friday there’s a South Georgia Foodways Festival, among quite a few others.