Farm diversification opens opportunity and increases potential profitability! Adding specialty fruit and vegetable crops to your farm can increase profit margins several ways. Like diversifying in the stock market, engaging in more than one enterprise and adding value to what you already grow will spread profit risk, not to mention “growing” interest in locally produced foods. On Thursday, June 2, 6:30 pm at Sumner Hall, Dr. Andrew Ristvey, a University of Maryland Extension Specialist for Commercial Horticulture will introduce attendees to some new potential specialty crops, including aronia, a small purple fruit packed with antioxidants.
Dr. Ristvey is also an affiliate faculty member with the Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Maryland College Park. He earned his Doctorate in Horticulture in 2004 studying nutrient dynamics in container operations. Andrew’s present extension and research programs are in nutrient and irrigation management, plant nutrition, growing-media for both the horticultural industry and green roof systems and sustainable alternative crop production, including the small fruit Aronia.
The Chestertown Environmental Series lectures and films are free and open to the public. They are held the first Thursday of each month, 6:30 pm at Sumner Hall, 206 South Queen St. The next scheduled lecture, July 7, is a discussion on Eight Essentials of Conservation Landscaping, and aesthetic and ecological principles of woodland gardening with Lyle Almond. The series is curated by Margo Bailey, and is sponsored by the Town of Chestertown.
For more information, go to https://www.chestertown.com/environment.