Alternative Crops and Organics Research Tour and Biodynamic Workshop
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THE BIODYNAMIC WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT BUT YOU ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE MORNING TOUR EVEN IF YOU HAVE NOT PRE-REGISTERED. WE KNOW WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A GOOD CROWD!
Join us for our annual tour of the organic and specialty crop research at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, NC. You will hear from the researchers about current 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. Then, you can stay for lunch and a unique opportunity to learn about Biodynamic Agriculture from researchers, Extension personnel, and local Biodynamic farmers.
The morning event will be outside and we will be walking to and from and in fields. 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. We will have one tram that can accommodate those who need it.
The morning research tour is free but we would like you to register so we know how many people to plan for. Just click on the green "Tickets" button in the upper right hand corner of this page. There will also be on-site registration. There is no limit to the number of people who can attend the morning tour.
The afternoon event will start with a lunch catered by the Coffee Cup Cafe . The lunch and workshop cost $10. Please register and pay by clicking on the green "Tickets" button in the upper right hand corner of this page. There are only 25 spaces for the afternoon event, so register soon if you want to attend. If by chance we do have openings available, there will be on-site registration but it will cost $10 and lunch will not be included (the caterer needs numbers days in advance).
IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND BOTH EVENTS, PLEASE REGISTER FOR EACH SEPARATELY.
Schedule for the day:
8:30-9:00 Registration at the big red barn
9:00-9:15 Walk to Organic Unit (short walk)
9:15-10:45 Morning Field Tour (see details below)
10:45-11:00 Walk back to the big red barn
11:00-12:00 Walk or ride tram to see hops and truffles (this is a bit of a hike)
12:00-12:30 Morning tour concludes
12:30-4:30 Catered lunch and Biodynamic Farming Workshop at the camp building (see details below)
Morning Field Tour:
Organic Cucurbit Breeding Study: This is year three for us growing melons, squash, and cucumbers for this multi-state project designed to develop new varieties specifically for organic growers in the East. The project is led by a breeder at Cornell and funded by a federal OREI/NIFA grant.
Organic Tomato Breeding Study: This is year two for us growing tomatoes for this multi-state project designed to develop new disease resistant varieties for organic growers. The project is led by a horticulturist at Purdue and funded by a federal OREI/NIFA grant.
Organic Tomato Fungicide Trial: This study is part of the organic tomato breeding project and is designed to test a variety of organic fungicides. This is the first year for this part of the study which is being replicated in Indiana.
Organic Pepper Variety Trial: We are working with the Vitalis Organic Seed Company to test the performance of 12 pepper varieties. They are funding this study.
Organic Produce Sanitizing Solutions: This is year two for us growing organic produce to be used in testing produce essential oil based sanitizing solutions. This year we are growing tomatoes and snack peppers. This study is led by researchers at the University of Tennessee and is funded by a federal OREI/NIFA grant.
Biodynamic Pepper Pilot Study: The interest in Biodynamic farming and products is growing so we established a pilot study to learn how best to conduct research on it. We started with peppers and are excited to hear what our Biodynamic farmers think of it! This project is dependent on gifts from interested companies and individuals. You can make your donation HERE.
Eastern Hops Breeding Program: We are just starting a hops breeding program and you will see our young efforts here with both male and female hop plants being grown to create new breeding lines. This project is being done in collaboration with colleagues in Raleigh and Kannapolis and funded by at internal NCSU/PHHI grant.
Truffles: We have two filbert orchards inoculated with black Perigord truffles- one is 7 years old and one is 3 years old. We are working for ways to help growers identfy the status of their truffle colonization. The project is funded by a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant administered by NCDA&CS.
Afternoon Biodynamic Farming Workshop:
12:30-1:30pm - Catered lunch and Welcome
1:30-1:45pm - What is Biodynamics? The Big Picture.
Jeanine Davis, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Dept. of Horticultural Science, NCSU
1:45-2:00pm – Our interest in Biodynamics and what we are currently doing.
Jeanine Davis and Margaret Bloomquist, Research Assistant.
2:00-2:30pm – My Biodynamic Farm - Nicole DelCogliano, Green Toe Ground Farm
2:30-3:00pm – My Biodynamic Farm - Holly Whitesides, Against the Grain Farm
3:00-3:15pm – BREAK
3:15-3:45 - Demeter Certification and Market Opportunities
Erin Agostinelli, Member Services Coordinator, Demeter USA
3:45-4:30pm – Panel Discussion
Nicole DelCogliano, Holly Whitesides, Jeanine Davis, Erin Agostinelli, Richard Boylan (Area Extension Agent, Agriculture, NC Cooperative Extension)
Margaret Bloomquist - Moderater
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? Contact Jeanine_Davis@ncsu.edu and include "tour and workshop" in the subject line. You will get a return email from Jeanine or one of her assistants, Kelly Gaskill or Margaret Bloomquist.
Is my registration/ticket refundable or transferrable? No.
What are the fees included in my registration? The fees pay for the Eventbrite service. They allow us to take your payments on-line, provide us with an easy and efficient way to handle registration, print name tags, and most importantly, communicate with you before and after the event. So do not ignore emails from Eventbrite, please!
Where is my receipt? Eventbrite sends out your receipt right after you register on-line. If it is not in your inbox, please check your spam and junk folders.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AND ADA ACCOMMODATION STATEMENTS
North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status or disability. In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation.
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Jeanine Davis at Jeanine_Davis@ncsu.edu or 828-684-3562.