Join us on August 20th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm for a tour and discussion of
our current organic and specialty crop research projects at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, NC. Map and directions.
What you will see: the
certified organic Mountain Organic Research Unit, with studies on
breeding organic melons, squash, and cucumbers for organic growers;
breeding tomatoes with disease resistance for organic farmers; a
participatory study to select summer broccoli varieties for organic
farmers; growing tomatoes for testing out organic produce wash solutions; and organic farmscaping and trap cropping. We will visit a
study looking at the feasibility of growing stevia on a commercial scale
in western NC and our two Black Perigord truffle orchards; The large
multi-state, private-public breeding project to develop broccoli
varieties specifically for East Coast producers will also be included
on the tour. We will transport you around the research station on
covered trailers equipped with benches. Let us know if you have special
needs so we can make it comfortable for you.
What you will do:
You will hear from the researchers about these projects and see the
results of the studies designed to help farmers and gardeners in our
region. You will have the chance to interact one-on-one with the
scientists and their research assistants. Where possible, you will get
to taste some of the varieties of tomatoes and cucurbits we are
trialing. You will definitely get to taste the stevia!
bring: Please dress appropriately for field conditions, including shoes
or boots, hats, and umbrellas. Bring a water bottle or snacks for the
morning, and feel free to bring your cameras, questions and curiosity!
If it rains hard, we will move inside to talk.
is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required but it
would help us for planning purposes if you would just drop
Margaret_Bloomquist@ncsu.edu a quick email to let us know you are coming.
This tour is highlighting the work of the NC Alternative Crops and
Organics Program run by Dr. Jeanine Davis in the Department of
Horticultural Science at NC State University. You can learn more about
her program on her website at http://ncherb.org/ and on her blog at http://ncalternativecropsandorganics.blogspot.com/
Questions should be directed to Margaret_Bloomquist@ncsu.edu
The highlighted projects are funded by grants from the USDA/NIFA
Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative, the Organic
Farming Research Foundation, USDA/NIFA Specialty Crops Research
Initiative, and the USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant Program
administered through the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer
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