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Organic farm tours highlight Idaho producers

Published on December 31, 1969 3:01AM

Last changed on September 9, 2013 7:08AM

The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides will host farm tours in Idaho in July.

The tours will focus on produce production, organic pest and weed management, wash facilities, and packing sheds at two organic farms in southern Idaho.

The tours will be held at Purple Sage Farms in Middleton on July 17 and Wood River Organics in Bellevue on July 31.

Tim and Mike Sommer of Purple Sage Farms focus on greenhouse production of herbs, greens and specialty produce.

Judd McMahan of Wood River Organics grows a variety of lettuce and salad greens, as well as carrots, beets, tomatoes and cucumbers.

The tours are a follow-up to the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides' winter workshop "Direct Marketing & WholeSale Success: Post-harvest Handling & Food Safety for Fresh Produce Growers."

Each tour will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon and will conclude with lunch. The cost is $15 and pre-registration is required. Register online at www.pesticide.org or contact Jen Miller at jmiller@pesticide.org or (208) 850-6504 by July 12 and July 26, respectively.


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