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Broccoli Growers Meeting
December 2, 2015
Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759
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.
The WNC Broccoli Research Projects that will be discussed at this meeting include:
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.
Screening of Broccoli Varieties for Organic Systems in Western North Carolina
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.
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