This report, by former Kerr Center Horticulture Manager George Kuepper, recounts the lessons learned during his nine years of managing the Cannon Horticulture plots, converted organically from bermudagrass pasture using cover crops and rotations. The…
The Cannon Horticulture Project’s current work continues the Kerr Center’s long history with:
- organic production
- season extension
- crops adapted to the soils and climate of the bioregion
- crops suitable for small acreages and direct marketing
The Cannon Horticulture Project focuses on organic system design and management. Its four-year “bioextensive” rotation devotes half the available acreage to cover crops in “green fallow.”
This trades land (production area) for the inputs otherwise required for weed control (labor, energy, and other external inputs).
The site encompasses almost seven acres, not quite three of which are cultivated. Demonstrations on the site are tailored to commercial market gardens in the same size range.
The plots also contain demonstrations of still smaller scale methods for home and market gardens, including the biointensive approach.
- two full-time year-round employees
- one to two full-time seasonal interns
- occasional assistance from other staff