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Gardening with Row Covers

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Gardening with Row Covers

MARCH 29, 2018
9AM - 2PM

L. Douglas Wilder Building (300)
Virginia State University


Learn about the benefits of using low tunnels as protected systems for season-long production of vegetable crops in Virginia that can help to improve the sustainability of small and medium-sized growing operations. 

Farmers use intensive production systems such as mulches, floating row covers (spun-bonded fabric) as well as low tunnels and high tunnels to protect against cold temperatures and extend the production season of high value specialty crops. Row covers are used most often early in the spring and then removed after the risk of freezing has passed without taking advantage of the full benefits of the technology that may enhance vegetative growth, increase yield, and improve water and nutrient use efficiency. In addition, row covers can exclude insects from the crop and reduce the consequent pest-damage. 

Presenters for the program include Ramón A. Arancibia, Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center, and Dr. Leonard Githinji, Extension Specialist, Sustainable and Urban Agriculture, Virginia Cooperative Extension at VSU.

This workshop is partially sponsored by the Southern SARE Grant entitled “Integrating Row Covers Into Sustainable Production Systems to Strengthen the Sustainability of Specialty Crops Farmers and Urban Agriculture”, Project # LS16-268 and the Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University.

For more information, contact VSU Agriculture & Natural Resources / Urban Agriculture program office at (804) 524-5960.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Mollie Klein at or (804) 524-5626 /TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.