Fruits of the Backyard Field Day Scheduled for June 14​

Fruits of the Backyard Field Day, Middle TN AgResearch and Education Center

Visitors to Fruits of the Backyard Field Day can attend three sessions on fruit and vegetable gardening, visit with area farmers, and have plant, insect and soil issues diagnosed. The free event begins at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14. Photo by G. Rowsey, courtesy UTIA. Download image.

SPRING HILL, Tenn. – The Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center will host a free one-day educational seminar focused on fruit and vegetable production. The ninth annual Fruits of the Backyard Field Day will take place on Tuesday, June 14, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Organizers say it’s an ideal event for homeowners who want to get more from their outdoor spaces.

“We want to help visitors make their backyard a more productive and enjoyable place to spend time with family and friends,” says Kevin Thompson, Director of the Middle Tennessee AgResearch Center. “In addition we want to help them build a knowledge base in fruit and vegetable production.”

The highlight of Fruits of the Backyard will be three informational sessions led by University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture experts. Topics include berry production, unique vegetable gardening techniques and the interactions of honeybees and agriculture. At the conclusion of the sessions, visitors are invited to participate in an open panel question and answer session.

In addition to the presentations, visitors can take advantage of a free plant and insect diagnostic booth. Here UT Extension experts will identify insects and plants, both good and bad. They’ll also provide free testing of soil pH levels. Just bring a cup of soil and any plant and insect specimens from home to participate.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with formal presentations starting at 9:30. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to tour the trade show exhibits that feature area merchants, equipment demonstrations and educational displays. Area farmers will also be on hand in the trade show area to answer questions and provide valuable insight to gardening issues.

Fruits of the Backyard is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the website or call 931-486-2129.

The Middle Tennessee AgResearch Center is located on the east side of Highway 31, just minutes south of Nashville. Take exit 53 from I-65 and follow signs to Columbia.

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Kevin Thompson, Director, Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 931-486-2129,

Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 731-425-4768,


Fruits of the Backyard program