Home Briefing Feb. 1, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Learning series focuses
on growing berries
Do you want to grow blueberries or blackberries? The Master Gardener Learning Series on Feb. 12 will focus on the do’s and don’ts – from start to berries.
The class will be offered at 3:30 and again at 6 p.m. at the Lee County Extension Office on Cliff Gookin Boulevard.
Call (662) 841-9000 to register for this free class.

Fruit, vegetable
growers plan meeting
The growing interest in fruit and vegetable farming in north Mississippi is reflected in the expanded agenda for an upcoming growers’ meeting at the Lee County Agri-Center.
Two full days of seminars and activities are planned for the third annual North Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Trade Show Feb. 14 and 15 in the Magnolia Building at the Agri-Center in Verona.
The $20 registration fee covers a one-year association membership, monthly electronic newsletters during the growing season, informational materials and lunch both days of the conference. On-site registration begins at 7:45 a.m. each day, and sessions begin at 8:15 a.m.
Some subjects that will be discussed include marketing produce, irrigation practices, blueberry and strawberry production, greenhouse and high-tunnel production, and insect, weed and disease control.
Jeff Wilson, area extension horticulture agent based in Lowndes County, said the agenda is based on growers’ requests for information.
For more information or to preregister, contact a county extension office.

Book offers basics
for variety of crafts
Want to try your hand at a new creative pursuit? “Craft: Techniques & Projects” can get you started.
The book is a comprehensive guide to a variety of craft techniques, written by top crafters in their fields. The authors teach the basics of each craft through words and photos, and then offer a project to let you practice the techniques.
The crafts in the book are appropriate for beginners as well as seasoned crafters, and they don’t require a lot of specialized equipment. Included are textile crafts, paper crafts, jewelry, ceramics, glass, candles, soap and eco crafts.
“Craft: Techniques & Projects” is published by DK Publishing and is priced at $40 in hardcover.
Staff, wire reports