UT to host Organic Crops Field Tour
Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 8:00 pm
KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is hosting the annual Organic Crops Field Tour for home gardeners and commercial growers Wednesday.
The event focuses on production techniques for organically grown fruits and vegetables and includes urban gardening, farm and yard “scaping” and emerging pests.
Hank and Cindy Delvin from Delvin Farms in College Grove will be the keynote speakers. Additional topics to be presented by UT experts include irrigation systems for high tunnels, soil fertility and weed and disease control. Blueberries will be the featured fruit.
Industry and educational exhibits will be featured in a trade show, which begins at 9 a.m. Presentations begin at 10. Following presentations visitors may participate in a walking tour of the facility and view equipment on display.
On-site registration is $15 per person.
The 90-acre Organic Crops Unit is dedicated to organic crop research, and the tour will highlight current research projects. Contact UT’s East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at (865) 974-7201 for more information or to request an accommodation for accessibility.
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. From the UT Agricultural Campus, visitors should follow U.S. Highway 129 and take the exit for Highway 168 (Gov. John Sevier Highway). Government Farm Road will be 1.7 miles on the right. If traveling west on Gov. John Sevier Highway from U.S. Highway 441, Government Farm Road will be five miles on the left.
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.
The Organic Crops Field Tour is one of many open houses scheduled this year at UT AgResearch facilities across the state. For more information about UT field days and special events, contact the Obion County Extension office at 885-3742, UT AgResearch or visit https://ag.tennessee.edu/Pages/fielddays.aspx.
Published in The Messenger 4.23.13