Fresh Produce Day
When: 4th June, 2019
Where: Fyffes, Swords & Kilbush Nurseries, Rush
Cost: Free for ASA Members; €25.00 for non-members. RSVP is required as spaces are limited.
Registration: This event is now closed. Please contact the ASA office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to attend.
IASIS CPE Credits = 7
The ASA Fresh Produce Day will visit Fyffes ripening facilities in Swords as well as Kilbush Nurseries in Rush.
Fyffes is all about fruit – bananas, pineapples and melons in particular. Growing, sourcing, shipping, ripening, distributing and marketing these amazing fruits is what they do. They are the #1 importer of bananas to Europe. Their head office is located in Dublin and they employ 6000 people in 12 countries.
Kilbush Nurseries have always been at the forefront of tomato growing and innovation. Started in 1936 they built the first commercial greenhouse in Rush and possibly Ireland. They currently grow on 2.5 hectares in modern greenhouses.
Agenda (subject to change)
9.00am Introduction to Total Produce and Fyffes
9.30am Leave for Kilbush Nurseries, Rush (carpooling will be organized on the day)
9.45 am Arrive at Kilbush Nurseries
Overview of Irish horticulture including the protected food crop sector by Dr Michael Gaffney, Teagasc Senior Research Officer.
- Safety talk.
- History of Kilbush Nurseries
- Plant husbandry
- Sustainability programme.
11.15am Depart Kilbush Nurseries to return to Fyffes
11.30am Tour of Fyffes ripening facilities
- History of Fyffes
- Sourcing of ethical fruit
- Ripening process
12.30 pm Lunch will be provided – Thank you to Total Produce for sponsoring the lunch