Dear Colleagues,

 

Thank you for participating in the Qualtrics survey.

I would like to invite you to Cincinnati, Ohio to attend our annual research meeting and grower training scheduled for September 6–8, 2023. I’ve been working to create a program that I hope everyone will enjoy consisting of visiting the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Rockdale Academy gardens, and a commercial greenhouse and nursery facility. Furthermore, Cincinnati offers a great opportunity to provide a training reaching over 150 growers in the Tri-State region (Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky)!

 

The research meeting and grower training will take place at the Hamilton County Extension Office (2055 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45202). Two hotels are in a short walking or driving distance to the Extension office. They include:

 

  1. SpringHill Suites by Marriott Cincinnati Midtown (610 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45202; +1-513-381-8300).
  2. Comfort Suites Cincinnati University – Downtown (2347 Reading Rd Building A, Cincinnati, OH 45202; +1-513-743-7508).

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is only 15 to 20 minutes to the Extension office and hotels. However, if you plan to fly into Columbus, OH, please let me know as carpooling may be an option.

 

Multiple restaurants are around the hotels, but I would encourage everyone to consider visiting Over-The-Rhine, Downtown, or Northside districts for food, breweries, distilleries and more! Additional information can be found here.

 

For the research meeting, please prepare a short station report presentation. Whether you provide a station report presentation or not, each experiment station needs to provide a written station report by September 1, 2023. A template will be provided in another email.

 

For the grower training, growers in the region have communicated that they are interested in learning more about water quality, quantity, cleaning/contamination, and sustainable strategies for irrigation delivery and management. Therefore, please consider this a call for presentation topics and titles. I will organize the program and share with the group.

 

Please email me ([log in to unmask]) directly if you plan to:

  1. Attend in-person September 6 – 8, 2023.
  2. Virtually (available only for the research meeting).

 

Finally, I’ve provided a generalized schedule below.  A finalized schedule and grower training program will be shared in the weeks to come.

 

Day 1: Wednesday, September 6, 2023

NC 1186 members arrive in Cincinnati.

 

3:00 – 6:00PM: Tour of Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and Rockdale Academy gardens.

 

6:00 PM: Dinner on your own with colleagues and return to hotel.

 

Day 2: Thursday, September 7, 2023

8:30 11:30AM: Research meeting

 

11:30AM 12:30PM: Lunch at Hamilton County Extension Office

 

1:00 5:00PM: Tour of commercial greenhouse and nursery facility.

 

Day 3: Friday, September 8, 2023

9:00AM 3:00PM: Grower Training and Lunch

 

NC 1186 members depart Cincinnati.

 

Thank you, and please reach out if you have any questions.

 

I look forward to seeing you in September.

 

Best,

W. Garrett Owen, Ph.D.
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W. Garrett Owen
Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor
Sustainable Greenhouse & Nursery Systems

The Ohio State University
Department of Horticulture & Crop Science
334 Howlett Hall
2001 Fyffe Rd., Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 247-9656 Office
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