Young Grower Alliance to Host Trellising Workshop, Luncheon Next Week

Young Grower Alliance to Host Trellising Workshop, Luncheon Next Week

The Young Grower Alliance is sponsoring two events in connection with the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention. The first is a workshop on trellis construction, to be held on Jan. 29 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville, PA.


Speakers are John Wall, John Wall, Inc., who will provide field training on trellis design principles, and Lynn Kime, Penn State Extension, who will discuss trellis economics. An interpreter will assist Spanish speakers who attend the session.

John Wall, originally from New Zealand, introduced high tensile smooth wire for U.S. fencing and trellises, and he has taught courses at 48 universities and numerous contractor schools. John designed and built the largest assembly in the world of international trellis systems and developed a construction manual on design specifications.

This manual continues to be the “go-to” reference for engineering trellises that will last. Focused on safety, simplicity, and ease of installation, John’s company has more than 13 patents. John will focus on the key components of a strong trellis system, including treatment of posts, coating of wires, methods of wire attachment, and end-post assemblies. The workshop is intended to be interactive, so bring any troubleshooting and other questions you have!

For more details, please contact Tara Baugher, Penn State Extension, [email protected], 717-334-6271 ext. 314.

Annual Luncheon

The Young Grower Alliance is also sponsoring their annual luncheon on Jan. 30 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Cocoa Suites 4-5. This is an opportunity to network with young growers and discuss agriculture issues.

The special guest will be Russell Redding, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

This is a free event for Young Grower Alliance members and any young grower interested in networking with others pursuing the unique lifestyle involved in farming and horticulture.

Interested parties need to preregister by Jan. 24 by contacting Tara Baugher, [email protected], 717-334-6271 ext. 314.