Crop Talk Online
What is Crop Talk? Crop Talk is a newsletter from the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System and Department of Plant Science for commercial vegetable and fruit growers. Our goal with Crop Talk is to provide you with information on the latest developments in any and all aspects of vegetable and fruit farming, and to keep you abreast of upcoming educational events and opportunities.
What Crop Talk is not! There will be no fancy hi-gloss pictures as there were in the Yankee Grower. We don't have a large team of specialists working on original articles. Crop Talk will not arrive monthly or bi-monthly as your subscription newsletters have in the past (we have no specific schedule). We don't even have a budget or a funding source!
How will we do it? We plan to rob, steal, plunder and otherwise abscond with articles from other Extension newsletters and web sites (full credit and references provided). We will reprint any articles that we feel could help you with your business and are in the public domain. Sometimes we'll even write them ourselves or rewrite articles that were not written well. We have help with desktop publishing and enough program money to photocopy and mail four or five issues in 2005...after that we’ll need a plan...and are open to suggestions. Crop Talk could become a subscription newsletter or a free email newsletter, or we could try to solicit donations or find sponsors.
Be part of the solution! Most other Extension newsletters have gone to electronic delivery only (email) out of necessity. That is an option for Crop Talk in 2006. However, it is not a good option for everyone that could benefit from the information we hope to share. It may be a good option for you if you are set up to receive email at your home or farm. You can receive Crop Talk automatically and print it yourself. The more folks that send us their email addresses, the further our existing funding can be stretched, and the easier it is to send this to over 700 vegetable and fruit farmers. Don't wait for the end of the year. Do it now. Please send your name and email address to Lynn Marino (Linda.Marino@uconn.edu, 860 875-3331). and request to be added to the email list for Crop Talk.
Jude Boucher, Lorraine Los and Kristen Wilmer