Lykou Lee took this harvest of strawberries grown in a high tunnel on his farm to the Webb City Farmers Market Saturday – where they sold out fast.

Free on-farm workshop for hobbyists as well as farmers

A free on-farm workshop will be held from 9 to noon, Friday, April 28, at the Webb City Farmers Market’s Fruit Education Site on the Lykou Lee Farm,15392 Ibex Road, Neosho.

Like most area farms, the Lee Farm has preparation, planting, and harvesting underway.

Patrick Byers, with University of Missouri Extension, and Angela Brattin, with Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, will lead a hands-on discussion of:

– Strawberry harvest

– Strawberry fertility management

– Strawberry foliar and petiole testing

– Blackberry RCA trellis training

– Blackberry fertility management

– Elderberry fertility management

– Getting ready for blueberries

The workshop will be of interest to both commercial and hobbyist growers. It is part of a series of workshops at the site focused on growing blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and elderberries and is funded through a Missouri Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops Block Grant.

The workshop will be conducted in English with Hmong translation available.

There will be three additional workshops this year to follow the various crops during the growing season.

For more information on the workshop or the education site, call or text the Webb City Farmers Market manager at (417) 438-5833.