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Fourth annual Growers' Academy begins Jan. 22

ROANOKE, Va., Dec. 4, 2012 – The Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center will offer its fourth annual Growers’ Academy, an eight-week series of horticultural and business classes, on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning Jan. 22 and running through March 12 at the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center.

Online registration is now open. The cost is $225 per participant. Class will not be held on Feb. 19.

The courses are designed to help further the success of new and transitioning agricultural businesses through a focus on low-input, small-scale production and on launching a small agri-business. Topics covered include soils and composting, marketing, business plan development, preventative pests and weed management, crop production and planning, and a business plan consultation. There will be a farm tour on Saturday, March 9.

Growers’ Academy graduates will also be eligible to lease land at a discounted rate at the Catawba Sustainability Center.

Learn more about the Growers’ Academy and other continuing education programs by visiting Continuing and Professional Education, a unit of Outreach and International Affairs at Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs supports the university’s engagement mission by creating community partnerships and economic development projects, offering professional development programs and technical assistance, and building collaborations to enrich discovery and learning – all with the overarching goal of improving the quality of life for people within the commonwealth and throughout the world.

Written by Jennifer Gibson.

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