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Both home gardeners and small-scale commercial growers can benefit from growing Alabama-emergent Asian vegetables. Growing emergent crops, such as bitter melon and yardlong bean, enhances the novelty of a garden, the biodiversity of growing operations, and the nutritional quality of meals. Each presentation in this series provides information on the botany, growing conditions, and uses of Asian vegetables that grow well in Alabama.

Tune in Online

When: 2021 workshop dates are currently being scheduled. Contact Mary Dixon, Hayes Jackson, or Kerry Steedley to share your interest in joining us for a future workshop.

Where: The webinars are presented through Zoom, an online video presentation format.

Registration

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required for this webinar series. The Zoom meeting number and link will be provided upon completion of the online registration.

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Webinar Descriptions

  • Learn to Grow Asian Squash and Melon
    • Description: Cucurbitaceae, the cucurbit family, contains wide-ranging vining plants that are herbaceous, succulent, or even slightly woody. This family is widely known for vegetables such as cucumber, watermelon, and zucchini. There are many Asian vegetables that belong to this family that grow well in Alabama, including bitter melon, luffa, and long squash. These vegetables are healthy, versatile, and delicious. Join us on Zoom to learn how to grow these Alabama-emergent Asian vegetables. We will discuss botanical descriptions, growing conditions, and uses for these crops.
  • Learn to Grow Asian Eggplant
    • Description: Solanaceae, the nightshade family, contains a wide range of plants with known agricultural, medicinal, and culinary uses. This family contains popular vegetables such as tomato, pepper, tomatillo, potato, and eggplant. Eggplant is popular and widespread across Asia, with cultivars unique to India, China, and Japan. These Asian eggplants have different qualities than traditional American eggplant. Join us on Zoom to learn how to grow these Alabama-emergent Asian vegetables. We will discuss botanical descriptions, growing conditions, and uses for these crops.
  • Learn to Grow Asian Leafy Greens
    • Description: While many leafy greens, such as kale or spinach, are winter crops, there are still a few that enjoy the longer days and higher temperatures of spring. Spring Asian leafy greens include broad-leaf tong hao and Malabar spinach. These vegetables are healthy, versatile, and delicious. Join us on Zoom to learn how to grow these Alabama-emergent Asian vegetables. We will discuss botanical descriptions, growing conditions, and uses for these crops.
  • Learn to Grow Asian Beans
    • Description: Fabaceae, the legume family, has mostly vining plants with seeds that are commonly known as beans. Some popular beans in this family include bush beans and snap peas. There are many Asian beans that grow well in Alabama, including edamame and yardlong bean. These vegetables are healthy, versatile, and delicious. Join us on Zoom to learn how to grow these Alabama-emergent Asian vegetables. We will discuss botanical descriptions, growing conditions, and uses for these crops.

More Information

Contact Mary Dixon, Hayes Jackson, or Kerry Steedley for more information about this series or to learn about other emerging crops programs offered throughout the state.

Urban Ag: Urban Food Production and Sustainable Communities provides education and training on research-based agricultural methods and business process management strategies to support food production and city planning efforts.

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