from AgriLife Today, via ATTRA: Researchers at Texas A&M are screening various spinach varieties to identify those with both improved nitrogen-use efficiency and disease resistance, as a first step toward developing cultivars adapted to production…
The Kerr Center’s Organic Farm shows farmers and gardeners, from beginners on up, how to grow organic vegetables.
The six+ acre Cannon Horticulture Project, certified organic in 2011, is founded on organic system design and management. Demonstrations are tailored to organic home and market gardens in the same size range.
Harvests go to local food pantries, into meals served at Kerr Center events, and to staff.
Both cover crops and some cash crops (e.g. sunflowers), as well as border plantings, provide habitat for beneficial insects and pollinators.
Organic production practices emphasize:
- the right tools for the right jobs
- season extension to get crops both early and late, and
- a holistic approach to pest management.
In addition to demonstrating organic production methods, the Cannon plots serve as an outdoor, on-farm classroom for college interns, farmer training programs, and public field days.
Our four-year bioextensive rotation starts from the ground up, building healthy soil with on-farm resources, using techniques including