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Workshop planned for beginner grape growers on March 13

February 12, 2008

Maryland Cooperative Extension is offering a one-day regional workshop for beginner and prospective grape growers in Maryland.

The workshop will be held at the Friendly Farm Restaurant in Baltimore County on March 13, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The workshop costs $30 for Maryland residents (includes lunch, breaks, handouts and other program costs) and $135 for nonresidents.

The course offers a broad overview of commercial vineyard development from preplant planning into the third year, including economics and marketing information, variety, clone, and rootstock choices, site selection and preparation, preplant decisions, equipment and supply requirements.

It will also cover the basics of ordering, planting, and tending vines through the third year of growth, as well as the best practices for training, canopy management and pest management.

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This seminar is an overview of what is involved with getting a commercial vineyard started in the northern tier counties of Maryland.

Preregistration is required and registration is limited to the first 60 persons. The deadline for registration is March 7. Late registration or at the door fee is $40, if space allows.

For more information, contact David Martin at 1-410-666-1020 or dmarti@umd.edu or Joe Fiola at 301-432-2767, ext. 344, or jfiola@umd.edu.

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