A local food production systems workshop is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 30, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

The workshop will be held at the S.J. Parker 1890 Extension Complex auditorium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop is free and open to the public. Morning coffee and lunch will be provided.

The event is aimed at small-scale producers and hobby gardeners, said Obadiah Njue, interim assistant dean for Extension at the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences.

“A wide range of topics related to local food production and gardening will be covered,” he said. “Participants will learn about the factors that make a successful community or home garden, as well as food safety practices. Gardening topics include crop selection, companion planting and sustainable pest control and management. Funding and marketing opportunities will also be covered.”

Preregistration is required so the event organizers can have an accurate headcount for the working lunch. To preregister, contact Obadiah Njue at 870-575-8152 or njueo@uapb.edu or Lakesha Branscomb at 870-575-8822 or branscombl@uapb.edu.

The S.J. Parker Extension Complex is located at 2300 L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive in Pine Bluff.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers all of its Extension and Research programs and services without discrimination.