Learn about disease in squash, cucumbers and melons Aug. 12

Field day will showcase organic cucurbit trial results
Aug 05, 2014

Cornell University, North Carolina State University and Organic Seed Alliance will host an organic seed field day and training at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville on Aug.12.

The field day will include results from organic cucurbit variety trials that are helping researchers identify summer squash, cucumbers, and melons with downy and powdery mildew resistance.

Helping organic growers identify appropriate varieties is key to increasing the production and profitability of organic cucurbits across the region. These trials are part of a larger variety trial network and organic participatory plant breeding effort that is evaluating more than 24 varieties on 10 farms and research stations in Alabama, New York, and North Carolina. This collaboration is the first of its kind to focus on organic cucurbits across multiple states.

In addition to variety trial results, field day participants will also learn techniques in seed saving and processing and on-farm plant breeding. The variety trial results field day will take place in the morning, followed by lunch, and with the workshop on seed saving and processing in the afternoon. Come for the whole day or part of the day.

Data from these variety trials will be shared through a national database of organic variety trial results, and made widely available to help farmers choose the right varieties for their farms. Farmers and researchers can find this data at http://varietytrials.eorganic.info/.

The field day will be held at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event is $10 and includes lunch. Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/organic-cucurbit-variety-selection-and-seed-saving-field-day-tickets-12079940427?utm_campaign=new_eventv2&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=eventname_text

The Mountain Research Station is located at 265 Test Farm Rd., Waynesville, NC 28786

Contact Jeanine Davis at (828)-684-3562 or jeanine_davis@ncsu.edu with questions.

This project is funded through the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) and is coordinated by Cornell University in partnership with North Carolina State University, Auburn University, and Organic Seed Alliance.