Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) and the Preston County Workshop are hosting a free hands-on training (or party as we like to call it!) on how to grade, box, label and palletize butternut, acorn and spaghetti squash for wholesale markets.

 

The training will take place at the Preston County Workshop, 650 Jenmar Drive, Reedsville, WV on September 27, 2017 from 9am-12pm with snacks provided.

 

Adam Pendleton, Facility Manager at ASD’s Appalachian Harvest food hub, and Scott Jerrell, Scott County Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent, will be onsite to lead a demonstration and answer questions.

 

Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to put your newfound knowledge to the test in a hands-on experience with winter squash grown at Hickory Ridge Farm by the Preston County Workshop.

 

This winter squash will then be sold to wholesale markets along the east coast through the Central Appalachian Food Corridor and the Appalachian Harvest food hub.

If you are interested in learning more about wholesale market standards for your existing or upcoming farming operation, join the party!

 

If you are interested in a train the trainer opportunity to learn the skills necessary to lead similar trainings in the future, join the party!

 

Please contact Katie Commender, Appalachian Harvest Regional Marketing and Logistics Coordinator, with any questions at kcommender@asdevelop.org or 276.623.1121.

 

Register below by September 19, 2017.

The videos below provide important background information about grading and packaging for wholesale markets.

 

We encourage all registrants to watch these foundational videos prior to the training.

To register for this free event, please provide the following information by September 19, 2017: