Events – Facts for Fancy Fruit


May 22, 2019 I INDY International Wine Competition
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Contact Katie Barnett,
Nearly 2,000 entries from around the globe will be evaluated by our distinguished judges at the 2019 INDY International Wine Competition. Wine writers and winemakers, winegrowers and enologists, chefs and sommeliers, wine distributors, retailers and consumers meet every year in the heart of America, a truly central place for your wines to be seen and recognized.

June 1, 2019 Vintage Indiana
Military Park, Indianapolis, IN
Contact Katie Barnett,
20th Celebration of Indiana Wines. 11:00am VIP entrance, 12(noon)-6pm regular admission entrance.Vintage Indiana Wine Fest is the BIGGEST annual celebration of delicious wines produced only in Indiana! We’re dedicated to celebrating not just the wine, but the spirit of Indiana winemakers; the only winemakers in the world capable of blending Hoosier hospitality into every bottle. This year’s festival features nearly 30 Indiana wineries, plus a ton of live entertainment, food and shopping experiences! Get to know Hoosier winemakers from all over the state as they gather in Indianapolis

June 27, 2019 Southwest Purdue Ag Center Field Day
Southwest Purdue Ag Center
Contact Barb Joyner,
Horticultural related topics include: Organic Tomato Production, High Tunnel Grafted Cucumber & Specialty Melon Production, Applying IPM Principles across Cropping Systems to Increase Insect Pollination and Profitability, Annual Strawberry Production. A meal will be included, and PARP classes also will be available after lunch. To register, email, call 812-886-0198, or go online at by Monday, June 17.

July 9, 2019 Turf & Landscape Field Day
Daniel Turf Center, West Lafayette, IN
The Purdue Turf and Landscape Field Day is an annual one-day event with the objective of providing professional turf and landscape managers exposure and educational opportunities with the latest research and technical resources. The Field Day features research tours, afternoon workshops on current topics, and a tradeshow with over 40 exhibitors displaying equipment and turf and landscape products.

July 18, 2019 Meigs High Tunnel Field Day
Purdue Meigs Farm
Contact Lori Jolly-Brown,
The field day at Meigs Horticulture Farm, presented by the Horticulture Department and the Department of Entomology, will focus on high tunnel production of cucurbit crops. It will feature tours of conventional and hydroponic high tunnel cucumber and melon production. The use of insect-exclusion screens to control cucumber beetles and bacterial wilt will be on display in the conventional high tunnel systems. Vegetable grafting and future research in tomato systems will be presented. Attendees will also have an opportunity to discuss current challenges and future directions of research areas for high tunnel production systems.

August 1, 2019 Small Farm Ed Field Day
Daniel Turf Center, Purdue Student Farm
Lori Jolly-Brown,
The Small Farm Education Field Day presented by Horticulture & Landscape Architecture will have classroom educational sessions at the Daniel Turf Center followed with lunch catered by Juniper Spoon at the Purdue Student Farm. Tours, workshops and vendors!
Rototiller vs. power harrow demonstration
High tunnel tomato and pepper product
Solar dryers for post-harvest processing of fruits, vegetables
Wash pack demonstration
Food safety plans and certification process for gardeners
Dynamic enterprise budgets
Scheduling crops in high tunnels
Cover crop choices
Soil restoration in urban farms

September 5, 2019 Hydroponics & Greenhouse workshop
Purdue University, Deans auditorium, HLA greenhouse
Contact Lori Jolly-Brown,
Participants will learn about optimal conditions for growing hydroponic lettuce, including nutrient recipes, production systems, artificial lighting practices and optimal temperatures for lettuce. Workshop attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the department’s greenhouse and hydroponic facilities where several hands-on activities will take place. Krishna Nemali, professor of controlled environment agriculture, will lead the workshop. Nemali’s research centers on enhancing sustainable growing practices in controlled environments, like greenhouse and indoor vertical farms.

October 17, 2019 Indiana Flower Growers association conference
Purdue University, Daniel Turf Center
Contact Lori Jolly-Brown,
Horticulturists and greenhouse operators will have an opportunity to network with industry experts and Purdue Extension specialists. Educational sessions to include technology and automation, electrical conductivity sensors, marketplace opportunities, greenhouse production, worker production standards, as well as networking with other flower growers across the state.

February 11-13, 2020 Indiana Horticultural Congress
Indianapolis Marriott East Hotel:
Contact Lori Jolly-Brown,
The Indiana Horticultural Congress, presented by Purdue University, is an educational meeting designed to meet the needs of fruit, vegetable, wine, organics, greenhouse, high tunnel, specialty crop growers and marketers in Indiana and surrounding states. Over 500 registrants and more than 70 vendors attend each year.

February 11-13, 2020 Indiana Green Expo
Contact Brooke Ponder,
Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN
Indiana’s largest, most comprehensive green industry event of the year!
Offering over 75 educational seminars plus a Spanish track, certification opportunities,
in-depth workshops, numerous CEUs and CCHs to be earned, and a two-day trade show!



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