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RESCHEDULED!! Planting Golden Beets for Seed Production
Sat, 19 March 2016, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM PDT
Beets are a biennial crop which require two seasons to set seed. After year one they are pulled from the ground and the best roots are selected for storage until they are replanted in spring. Come spring, the beet "stecklings" are pulled from storage assessed and then planted in the field as a seed crop.
And March 19, 2016 is planting day!
Time: 10:30 to 2:30
RESCHEDULED from March 12...
Join Dan Oostenbrink of The Local Harvest for a day of planting beets for seed production.
In this Field Day you will get hands on experience planting beets for seed production and Dan will discuss important aspects of Beet seed production such as:
- Selecting and rogueing for the best roots
- Storing beets over winter
- Beet Pollination
- Spring planting!
- General beet production considerations
Dress for the weather and bring a snack and water!
About Dan Oostenbrink
Dan Oostenbrink, a former high school teacher, began farming around 5 acres in 2013 together with his wife and 5 children. Today with the assistance of a handful of farmers they cultivate nearly 20 acres of vegetables, fruits and nuts using organic growing methods. All their products are sold in an onsite market called The Local Harvest. They hope to begin construction of a new market in late 2016 allowing for an expanded retail sales area for products grown on their farm and in the community. Their new market will also feature a farm-sourced-bistro, community kitchen and agriculture learning center. Their mission is to establish a food-secure city where every citizen has access to local food year round.