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Field to Fork webinar series set

NDSU Extension again will host the Field to Fork Wednesday webinar series, starting in February.

Experts from across the region will provide information about growing, processing and serving specialty-crop fruits and vegetables safely in the sixth annual webinar series, which has reached thousands of people.

The Field to Fork Wednesday weekly webinars are scheduled to begin Feb. 10. The webinars will be online from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Central time through April 21. They also will be archived for later viewing; however, participating in the “live” webinar allows participants to interact with the presenter.

The webinars are free but preregistration is required. The webinars will be held on Zoom. The Field to Fork website has a link to register for the webinars. Participants will be sent sign-in reminders with the link for viewing.

“We are pleased to have Extension faculty from several states providing this learning opportunity for people across the region,” said Julie Garden-Robinson, NDSU Extension food and nutrition specialist. “This has become a collaborative effort with the North Central Region Food Safety Team.”

Topics include:

  • Feb. 10: Shopping in a Garden Center: Tips for Customers and Managers - Don Kinzler, Extension agent - horticulture, Cass County, NDSU
  • Feb. 17: Growing Safe Produce for Distribution to Food Pantries - Barbara Ingham, professor and Extension food science specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Feb. 24: Hot Topics in Food Preservation - Karen Blakeslee, Extension associate, Kansas State University
  • March 3: High Tunnel Cut Flower Production - Esther McGinnis, associate professor and Extension horticulturist, NDSU
  • March 10: The Best Vegetable Varieties for 2021 - Tom Kalb, Extension horticulturist, NDSU
  • March 17: Weed Control in the Home Garden - Randy Nelson, Extension home horticulture and agriculture production systems educator, University of Minnesota
  • March 24: The “Good” Creepy Crawlers in Your Garden - Janet Knodel, professor and Extension entomologist, NDSU
  • March 31: Maple Syrup Production - Joe Zeleznik, Extension forester, NDSU
  • April 7: Hot Topics in Nutrition: Why Eat Fruits and Vegetables, Anyway? - Garden-Robinson
  • April 14: Tips for Selling Food Safely at Farmers Markets - Londa Nwadike, food safety specialist, Kansas State University and the University of Missouri
  • April 21: How to Start a New Food Business - Amy Illg, program administrator, North Dakota Department of Health, Division of Food and Lodging

The project is made possible with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

For more information, visit NDSU Extension’s Field to Fork website or contact Garden-Robinson at 701-231-7187 or

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