The Doyle Valley Farmers Market group is bringing Dr. Cary Rivard, the new Kansas State research and extension specialist in horticulture, to Peabody on April 3. The meeting will be at the Jones Sheep Farm Bed and Breakfast on south Needle Road at 4 p.m. A potluck meal, with attendees invited to bring a favorite food, will be a part of the Sunday evening meeting.
Debbie McSweeney and Marilyn Jones attended a recent Central Kansas Market Vegetable Growers workshop in Wichita where Rivard was one of the featured speakers. He presented pictures and facts showing the advantages of tomato grafting to increase production and help with disease control.
Anyone interested in being a part of the market group for the coming summer season is invited to attend although market participation is not a requirement.
The program will provide a chance to learn the grafting technique, which has been practiced in other parts of the world for many years.
For more information contact Jones at (620) 983-2815 or McSweeney at (620) 983-9243.