THe organic garden – Fruits & VEGGIES (session 1)
Presented by Zac Hoppenstedt, Johnson County Extension Horticulture Agent, Fruit and Vegetable Production
Saturday, March 30th | 10am -10:45am (open Q&A to follow)
Family Tree Nursery - Shawnee
This talk will present organic agricultural basics adapted for the home garden and small acreage. We’ll cover site prep, plant propagation, pest management, green manures and more. Get a head start on this year’s growing season with knowledge of evidence-based practices and awareness about local garden resources. Remember, “don’t panic, go organic.
Zac grew up in the “Little Apple” (Manhattan, Kansas). He graduated with a degree in Horticulture and has apprenticed with diversified farms throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Before coming to extension, Zac worked at K-State’s Experiment Station in Olathe where he managed fruit and vegetable production trials in the greenhouse, high tunnels and open field. In addition to his responsibilities with Johnson County Extension, he’s an organizing committee member for the Growing Growers farmer training program, Kansas City Young Farmers Coalition, and the Kansas Specialty Crop Growers Association. In his free time, Zac enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking and reading through new seed catalogues. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Container gardening – the science of growing healthy plants (session 2)
Presented by Dennis Patton, Johnson County Extension Horticulture Agent, Ornamentals
Saturday, March 30th | 11am - 11:45 (open Q&A to follow)
Family Tree Nursery - Shawnee
Container gardening is as popular as ever. Who doesn’t love the splash of color. Experience has taught me we focus our attention on finding the perfect plants for color, texture and form and the arranging for a pleasing display. Container gardening is more than the art of picking perfect plants. The plants will not thrive without proper care. Oftentimes we overlook the science of growing big and beautiful plants. This session will give you the power to not only create winning combinations but more importantly how to grow and nurture for success.
Dennis Patton has worked with the Kansas State Research and Extension for 35 years as a Horticulture Agent. The majority of his career has been in Johnson County. In his position he works with homeowners and related businesses to promote best management practices and environmentally sound horticulture recommendations. Dennis is a frequent contributor to local gardening publications such as The Kansas City Gardener and The Kansas City Star. He has twice been named a national winner for best personal columns by his peers.
In addition he coordinates the volunteer Johnson County Extension Master Gardener program which has nearly 500 trained volunteers that assist with educational programming. These volunteers donate more than 52,000 hours of service each year in projects such as a phone hotline, speakers’ bureau, and maintaining three demonstration gardens.
A graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture and a Masters degree in Adult Education. In addition to his accomplishments at work he is a proud dad of Caleb and Noah and husband to Laura. Dennis enjoys the many opportunities in Extension.