KNOXVILLE, Tenn. –  Urban gardening, farm and yard “scaping” and emerging pests will be among the new topics at the annual Organic Crops Field Tour hosted by the University of Tennessee East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. This year’s event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24.

Hank and Cindy Delvin from Delvin Farms in College Grove, Tenn., will be the keynote speakers. Additional topics to be presented by UT experts include irrigation systems for high tunnels, soil fertility and weed and disease control. Blueberries will be the featured fruit. Industry and educational exhibits will be featured in a trade show, which begins at 9 a.m. Tours and presentations begin at 10. Following lunch visitors may participate in a walking tour of the facility and view equipment on display.

Preregistration is just $10 per person and is strongly encouraged. Guests should preregister by April 19 online at http://organics.tennessee.edu/fieldtour.html or by calling the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at 865-974-7201. On-site registration on the morning of the program will be $15 per person. Lunch and a copy of the event proceedings are included with preregistration. 
The event should be of interest to home gardeners as well as commercial growers interested in the production of organically grown fruits and vegetables. The 90-acre Organic Crops Unit is dedicated to organic crop research, and the field day will highlight current research projects and discuss organic crop production techniques and recommendations.
Contact the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at 865-974-7201 for more information or to request an accommodation for accessibility.
The UT AgResearch Organic Crops Unit is located at 7315 Government Farm Road in Knoxville. The facility is approximately 7 miles south of the UT Agricultural Campus and downtown Knoxville.  From the UT Agricultural Campus, visitors should follow U.S. Hwy. 129 and take the exit for Hwy 168 (Gov. John Sevier Hwy.).  Government Farm Road will be 1.7 miles on the right. If traveling west on Gov. John Sevier Hwy. from U.S. Hwy 441, Government Farm Road will be 5.0 miles on the left.
 
The East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is one of 10 outdoor laboratories operated by UT AgResearch, a division of the UT Institute of Agriculture. In addition to its agricultural research programs, the Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.

The Organic Crops Field Tour is one of many open houses scheduled this year at UT AgResearch facilities across the state. For more information about UT field days and special events, contact your county Extension office, UT AgResearch or visit our website at http://ag.tennessee.edu/Pages/fielddays.aspx
 
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Contact:
East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 865-974-7201
Patricia McDaniels, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 615-835-4570, pmcdaniels@tennessee.edu

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