Overview of the project:
With financial support from the Organic Farming Research Foundation, we initiated an organic participatory broccoli variety screening project on the Organic Research Unit at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, NC. In February 2012, a group of farmers and an extension agent helped us choose regular broccoli and unusual broccoli (e.g., broccoli raab) varieties to study in a late season replicated trial. Broccoli transplants were planted on raised beds with drip-irrigation and covered with white plastic mulch. Rowcovers were used when the plants were young to protect them from flea beetles. The season was extremely wet and we discovered that the part of the field the study was located in had drainage issues. The raised beds helped, but the flooding did have a negative effect on growth. We evaluated the plants throughout the growing season. At the end of the season we held a field day and participants also helped evaluate the plants in the field and during a taste test.
To thank you for your time taking the survey there will be a chance for you to enter a book drawing for 'Four Season Harvest' by Eliot Coleman, 'The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook' by Richard Wiswall, or 'The Polytunnel Handbook' by Andy Mckee and Mark Gatter.