Webinar - Growing Saffron in Rhode Island

Tuesday, March 02, 2021 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Virtual Event

Learn how saffron can fit into your farming or gardening plans. Learn the basics about the saffron plant, prepping the soil, planting, and maintaining a saffron plot.


Dr. Rahmatallah (Fari) Gheshm ,  Post-Doctoral Fellow
Fari has a PhD in Agro-ecology and spent 28 years conducting vegetable research. He grew saffron in Iran for 12 years and has been studying saffron production in RI for four years. He has worked for the URI Saffron Program since 2017 as Dr. Rebecca Brown's post doc.

Heather Faubert, Director of the URI Plant Protection Clinic
Heather has worked in the URI Plant Sciences and Entomology Department for nearly 40 years, primarily assisting farms with insect and disease problems.  Since 2005, she has been the director of the URI Plant Protection Clinic diagnosing plant problems for commercial growers, landscapers and all plant owners in Rhode Island.


5:00 - 5:15 Heather Faubert - Why grow saffron in RI?

5:15 - 6:00 Dr. Fari Gheshm - How to grow saffron including botanical information. Other topics that will be discussed include; conventional and newer methods of planting, watering, weeding and pest management.

6:00 - 6:30 Q&A

This virtual event is free, but registration is required. Registration is limited to the first 300 people that register. Please click here to register. 

Click here for a factsheet on how to grow saffron in Rhode Island.
Questions? Email: hhf@uri.edu

Funding made possible through a Rhode Island Specialty Crop Grant and Northeast SARE.

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