Extension offices in Sedgwick, Butler, Harvey, and Reno Counties and the Kansas Department of Agriculture will conduct the 2018 Central Kansas Market Grower and Vendor Workshop in Wichita.

Locally grown vegetables are fresh, delicious, and can boost the local economy. The 9th annual Central Kansas Market Grower & Vendor Workshop, sponsored by Sedgwick, Butler, Harvey, and Reno County Extension and the Kansas Department of Agriculture, will give both beginning and experienced vegetable growers new skills to improve their production methods and marketing skills for selling their local vegetables, while meeting an increasing demand for locally grown produce. The workshop is combined with a regional farmers’ market vendor workshop done by Kansas Department of Agriculture.

The workshop will be from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Feb. 3 in 4-H Hall at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center at 21st and Ridge in Wichita. Cost of registration is $20 by Jan. 26th and $25 after that. The registration deadline is Jan. 31. Register online at http://sedgwick.ksu.edu or by calling 316-660-0100.

The workshop topics include organic weed and disease management, Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program training, research updates, agritourism, beekeeping, and more. The Keynote speaker will be Greg Garbos of City Bitty Farm, Four Season Tools, and AgRoofs. He will be speaking on Scale, Systems & Season Extension.

For more information, please call Rebecca McMahon at 316-660-0142.

— Scott Eckert is a Kansas State Research and Extension Agent for Harvey County. Horticulture is his specialty. The Harvey County Extension Office can be contacted at 284-6930.