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VSU hosts field day

PETERSBURG — Virginia State University will bring back its Ginger and Turmeric Field Day on Nov. 16 from 8 a.m.-noon at 4415 River Road in Petersburg.

According to a press release, the Cooperative Extension event will include indoor classroom presentations and a visit to the fields where participants will learn about harvest, washing and market preparation for the two crops.

The event will feature several guest speakers, including Dr. Shoba Ghosh, associate chair for research in the Department of Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center, who conducts clinical research using turmeric; Dr. Theresa Nartea, VSU Extension specialist in marketing and agribusiness; and Wanda Johnson, VSU Extension associate culinary demonstration specialist. Local ginger growers Bill Cox, from Casselmonte Farm, Michael Clark, from Planet Earth Diversified, and Richard Harrison, from Red Hill, will share their experiences with participants and answer questions. Several buyers will also attend the field day and visit with potential new growers.