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Organic Certification of Montana Fruits: a virtual discussion with Montana fruit growers, distributors and certifiers
November 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm MST
While Montana producers may face many challenges to growing fruit, our relatively low pest pressure makes organic production attainable. Many producers are already practicing organic management in their orchards and vineyards, but is it worth the effort and cost to certify? This virtual panel discussion will provide growers with information on the organic certification process, including cost, resources through the Montana Organic Association, and perspectives from recently certified Montana fruit growers and the Western Montana Growers Co-op, a distributor involved in marketing Montana produce across the state. Speakers include Georgana Webster of the Montana Department of Agriculture, Jamie Ryan Lockman of the Montana Organic Association, Kurt Welbourne, and Kate Keller of Home Acres Orchard, Fred Stewart of Green Bench Orchard, Dave Prather of the Western Montana Growers Co-op, and Tom McCamant with Forbidden Fruit Orchard.
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