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Join Us at Upcoming Field Day to Talk Tarping and Reduced Tillage

visitors gather in front of researcher at reduced tillage field day

Researchers share results on mulching practices in permanent beds at the Reduced Tillage in Vegetables Field Day in 2017.
Ryan Maher / Small Farms Program

As part of the Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series, the Cornell Small Farms Program will be sharing our work on tarping and reduced tillage in small-scale organic vegetable production. This free field day event, “Innovations in Organic Vegetable Production,” will be held on Wednesday, July 31, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm, 133 Fall Creek Rd, Freeville, NY 13068. Walk the field, learn how tarps are helping manage weeds with less tillage, and share your own experience.

Ryan Maher, reduced tillage project specialist with the Cornell Small Farms Program, will share lessons learned from ongoing research combining tarps with permanent beds and organic mulches. Tarps are covering more and more beds on farms in the Northeast with practices taking many forms, but now we’re learning more about the science. The Reduced Tillage in Vegetables project has been experimenting with tarping and no-till, side-by-side with conventional practices, for the last five years — capturing impacts on weeds, labor, soils, and yields.

We’ll be alongside Cornell University researchers and Cornell Cooperative Extension educators for a full afternoon focused on organic research. Learn about soil health, perennial cover crop mixtures, hemp production, variety trials, and vegetable breeding for organic production. The NY Soil Health Trailer will be on-site with demonstrations in the field. Come to do some variety tastings, and enjoy a delicious meal featuring some farm-sourced ingredients.

This event part of the Organic@Cornell Field Day Series in partnership with NOFA-NY. Pre-register for the event: https://www.nofany.org/our-events/2019-on-farm-field-days.

Kacey Deamer

Kacey Deamer

Kacey is the Cornell Small Farms Program’s communications specialist. In this role, she manages all storytelling and outreach across the program’s website, social media, e-newsletter, magazine and more. Kacey has worked in communications and journalism for more than a decade, with a primary focus on science and sustainability.
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