NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Rutgers Cooperative Extension continues its Ultra-Niche Crop Series with the upcoming workshop “Farming Roselle.” This workshop, the ninth class in the Ultra-Niche educational series for farmers seeking new crop opportunities, will be held on Jan. 23 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Rutgers Eco Complex in Bordentown, N.J.
This workshop will feature a 20-minute “Virtual Field Trip” video on the production and marketing of roselle. In this session, farmers will learn how to grow, market and sell roselle and other ethnic crops and how to make practical decisions on marketing and crop production. This potentially lucrative market for farmers will require a marketing plan to determine what buyers want. Dr. Ramu Govindasamy, Extension Specialist from Rutgers University, will present on marketing ethnic crops and Dr. Albert Ayeni, Ethnic Crop Specialist at Rutgers University, will be answering questions related to crop production of roselle.
Participants at the Farming Roselle class will be led through worksheets to help them determine whether or not growing this crop is right for them, their acreage, and their situation. The cost for this workshop is $20 and includes a dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6 p.m. Additionally, pesticide recertification credits are available:
- 1A (Ag plant) 3 credits
- PP2 (Private Applicator) 3 credits
To register by Jan. 19, go to Eventbrite: https://rutgerscmcag.eventbrite.com/.
To find out more about the Rutgers Ultra-Niche Crops Project, please go to https://njaes.rutgers.edu/ultra-niche-crops/.
— Rutgers Cooperative Extension