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Perspectives on Planting: Getting into Horticulture


Two Alberta commercial vegetable producers outline their growing practices to show how they choose their strategies for planting a range of crops.

Many factors are considered when deciding how to plant vegetable crops: the specific crops, strategies for summer maintenance, and how they will be harvested.  In turn, all these decisions are influenced by how the produce will be marketed.

During their 30-minute presentations, Blaine Staples (The Jungle Farm) and Brian Brenneis (2BK Vegetable Farm) will outline their production methods, key equipment, and how they market their produce. Following Blaine and Brian’s presentations there will be time for questions.

This session is relevant for new producers and for farmers interested in horticulture crops as a new venture. Join us for this online session, part 5 in a series of extension events taking interested growers from planning through to production and marketing of commercial horticulture crops.  We’ve talked about the market potential for a range of horticulture crops, choosing land, and essential steps to prepare for planting. 

The session will be recorded and will be available to participants for 30 days. 

Thursday | March 23, 2023
7:00-8:30 PM
Online via Zoom
Free admission
Register by 12:00 PM (Noon), Thursday, March 23.
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Earlybird Prize: Register by Monday, March 20th (Noon) to be eligible for a free membership with Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association (AFFPA).

Membership valued at $225.00
Must be present during the online presentation
Membership is valid until December 31, 2023
Visit AFFPA’s website to see the benefits of membership    

Our presenters:

Blaine Staples, The Jungle Farm.

Leona and Blaine moved back to her family farm in the spring of 1996 at that time they were given the opportunity to grow strawberries and to market them through Innisfail Growers.  They planted 1,500 strawberry plants that spring and then the following year they had people driving into the yard asking to U-pick strawberries.  They then expanded what they were growing for Innisfail Growers with spinach and zucchini and continued to plant more strawberries to meet the demand for U-pick. 

Currently they grow 15 acres of market vegetables and 20 acres of strawberries both for U-pick and markets.  The total production is sold at retail through farmers markets, CSA, an on farm store, and U-pick.  They also produce an extensive line of jams, jellies, pickles, and other preserves. 

They grow their fruit and vegetables using conventional growing methods, plasticulture, and everything is drip irrigated.

Learn more about The Jungle Farm

Brian Brenneis, 2BK Vegetable Farm. A multi-generational, small family-owned and operated farm (50+ acres) located in the heart of Namao, Alberta. Our sustainably grown produce can be found stocked on the shelves of our little country store. Farming with Karen Krachkowski, they were recently awarded the Excellence in Agriculture award from Sturgeon County for innovation and environmental leadership in the agricultural sector.

Learn more about 2BK Vegetable Farm

Event hosted in partnership with:
Lac Ste. Anne County
Leduc County
Sturgeon County

For more information contact Lorraine Taylor, Horticulturist, Lac Ste. Anne County
PH 780.785.3411
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