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Petersburg to host inaugural SE Commercial Growers conference


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Marja Smets at work on Farragut Farm. Smets and Bo Varsano are hosting the SE Growers Conference in Petersburg starting Feb. 27.

The first-ever Southeast Commercial Growers Conference will be held in Petersburg Feb. 27 - March 1. The event will bring together commercial food and flower growers from across the region to swap ideas and information about how to run a successful venture in a tricky microclimate.

Marja Smets and Bo Varsano, owners of Farragut Farm, are organizing the event. Smets said one of the reasons she wanted to put on a conference was to spread local farming knowledge that's not available in other forms.

"We've learned that there's not a lot of resources out there for people who are farming here in...

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