Northern Neck Fall Workshop, October 18, 2014
Early Fall is a great time to set out oyster spat. With cooler weather comes less exposure to disease and predators that can harm your babies. Experienced oyster gardeners, as well as novices just beginning, will be able to purchase spat and grow-out devices at the upcoming Northern Neck Fall Workshop. This TOGA-sponsored event (Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association – www.oystergardener.org) will be held on Saturday morning, October 18 at the Women's Club of Northumberland County, 2890 Northumberland Highway, next to Allison’s Ace Hardware on Route 360 in Lottsburg.
Registration starts at 8:30 am with light refreshments. Educational programs intended to share practical, local expertise will begin at 9:30 am and conclude by 11 am. Vendors of oyster gardening equipment, spat and supplies are invited to display their wares for sale from 8:30 to 11 am.
At 09:30, Karen Hudson, Commercial Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Specialist at VIMS, will address 2014 hatchery production and problems, commercial oyster culture growth/trends and the development of the newly announced oyster trail. The second segment of the program will focus on how to grow oysters. Lynton Land will describe what works and what doesn’t, as well as the results of TOGA’s growth-longevity study using four different kinds of oysters. Some of the latest grow-out cages, tools and handling equipment will be on display. Although aimed primarily at those new to oyster gardening, experienced gardeners are encouraged to share their expertise.
Master Oyster Gardeners will be present throughout the event to answer questions and help those new to oyster gardening learn how to get started.