UT Organic Crops Field Tour features tips for commercial growers and home gardeners
Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 8:01 pm
The University of Tennessee East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center will present its third annual Organic Crops Field Tour on Thursday.
A trade show will open at 7:30 a.m. and tours and talks will begin at 8:30.
The event should be of interest to home gardeners as well as commercial growers interested in the production of organically grown fruits and vegetables. The 90-acre Organic Crops Unit is dedicated to organic crop research, and the field day will highlight current research projects and discuss organic crop production techniques and recommendations.
Topics to be presented by UT experts include the use of high tunnels, alternatives to soil fumigants and rainwater collection; soil fertility, weed management and forage production; and fruits/nuts, heirloom tomatoes, bees and wildflowers.
The day’s activities will include a lunch and feature presentation by Chef John Antun, director of the UT Culinary Institute. Following lunch, visitors may participate in either a walking tour of the facility or an equipment demonstration, weather permitting. Participants will also receive a proceedings booklet. On-site registration the morning of the program will be $15 per person.
The UT AgResearch Organic Crops Unit is located at 7315 Government Farm Road in Knoxville. The facility is approximately seven miles south of the UT Agricultural Campus and downtown Knoxville. Visitors should follow U.S. Hwy. 129 and take the exit for Hwy 168 (John Sevier Hwy). Government Farm Road will be 1.7 miles on the right.
The East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is one of 10 outdoor laboratories operated by UT AgResearch, a division of the UT Institute of Agriculture. In addition to its agricultural research programs, the Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.
Published in The Messenger 4.27.11