Join the growing community of WNC broccoli growers and stakeholders for an interactive meeting and workshop regarding the current state /future possibilities of growing broccoli in the mountains. Contact Margaret_Bloomquist@ncsu.edu for more info and to RSVP.
We have recently concluded a 5-year multi-state, university and industry USDA-SCRI funded project to create a year-round supply of high-quality broccoli from the Eastern United States. This is being accomplished by developing new, heat-resistant varieties and the markets for them. Our 2015 research included two large variety trials with multiple planting dates at the Mountain Research station and on-farm trials in Henderson County.
The Organic Farming Research Foundation provided funding for this multi-year, participatory study to select summer broccoli varieties for WNC organic growers. Growers selected and helped evaluate varieties grown for two years in the organic unit at the Mountain Research Station. In 2015 we have transitioned to five on-farm trials. The project also evaluated organic practices for insect/disease management, including farmscaping and trap cropping.