Fruit, vegetable growers invited to daylong workshop on selling wholesale, crop selection, post-harvest issues
Monday, January 30, 2012 - 11:36 am

MADRID -- North Country fruit and vegetable growers are invited to Madrid for a free daylong workshop March 5 covering topics including the advantages and disadvantages of selling wholesale, crop selection and planning, packing and grading, post-harvest handling, and the food safety needs of wholesale buyers.

The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, March 5 at the Madrid Community Building, 1835 State Rt. 345.

The event is free and lunch is included, but registration is required by Feb. 28. To register call 261-8054 or email [email protected].

More information is available a

“We often hear from buyers that they would love to be able to purchase more fresh local produce, but are hampered by availability, quality and safety issues,” says Aviva Gold, executive director of GardenShare. “We hope this workshop will help address some of those needs.”

The lunch hour will include a Meet the Buyers Networking session, a chance for producers and buyers to talk one on one. Lunch will be followed by a panel discussion with successful wholesale farmers.

Presenter Atina Diffley is a farmer with 30 years of experience in the field. Her areas of expertise include post-harvest handling, brand-name marketing, greenhouse management, and farming systems.

This workshop is a partnership between GardenShare, North Country Grown Cooperative, the USDA/RMA and