Farmers and gardeners who want to learn more about squash, watermelon, specialty melons, and cucumbers are invited to attend the 2007 Oklahoma Cucurbit Meeting, Thursday, Dec. 13, from 9 to 3 at the Grady County Fairgrounds on highway 62 in Chickasha.

The free meeting includes lunch.  The meeting organizers ask that those who plan to attend contact the Grady County Extension Office at 405.224.2216 for meal planning purposes.

 Researchers and specialists from OSU, USDA, and other institutions will talk about the production, benefits and marketing of these popular crops. 

 The meeting will focus on the Oklahoma Farm-to-School program, which is developing links between local produce growers and school food service programs.

 The information will be of interest to both small and large-scale growers and marketers, says Dr. Jim Shrefler of OSU.

 A special guest speaker, Dr. Fred Schneider, Professor Emeritus, University of North Dakota, will make a presentation on his work on cucurbit crops used by Native Americans and the preservation of these crop resources.

For more information phone Dr. Shrefler at 580.889.7343.

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