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Apples are a common backyard fruit

Apple production will be among the topics at UT's Fruits of the Backyard Field Day at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. The event is free to the public and begins at 8:30 a.m.  Honey and tomato production will also be featured. Photo by G. Rowsey, courtesy UTIA. Download image.

SPRING HILL, Tenn. – If you’re searching for fresh, locally-sourced produce, what could be more local than your own backyard?
 On Tuesday, June 13, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture experts will show you how to make the most of your outdoor space and reconnect with your food sources at the 10th annual Fruits of the Backyard Field Day. The event takes place at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Spring Hill and is absolutely free.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with formal presentations starting at 9:30.  Arrive early so you can tour the trade show and educational displays. Among the displays are booths offering plant diagnostics and insect identification.
Visitors are encouraged to bring specimens for identification.

This year the three educational presentations will cover the backyard production of honey, tomatoes and apples. Each presentation is led by a university expert with years of experience studying the best practices for each crop. Visitors are sure to pick up great tips on how to produce homegrown goodness even in small spaces.

At the conclusion of the presentations, all guests are invited to participate in an open panel question and answer session.
 The panel will include all speakers, plus additional UT specialists. Area farmers will also be on hand to answer questions throughout the day in the educational displays area.

Fruits of the Backyard concludes at 12:30 p.m. For more program details, visit the website
http://middle.tennessee.edu or call 931-486-2129.

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

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu.



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

Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing & Communications Services, 731-425-4768