NOFA-NY is hosting Field Days and Workshops with two events.

Organic Apple Production: Managing Productivity, Insects, Disease and Weeds will take place on June 10 from 1 pm to 4:30 pm at Loomis Farm, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York.

Entomologist Arthur Agnello, Horticulturists Terence Robinson and Susan Brown, and Plant Pathologist Kerik Cox will host the workshop where they will discuss organic orchard practices informed by their ongoing research. Growth and productivity will be discussed, including new and upcoming disease-resistant varieties, rootstocks, training systems, pruning, weed control options, and nitrogen fertilization.  Basic and advanced seasonal management approaches to insect control will be shared such as the use of entomopathogenic nematodes for biological control of plum curculio, and predatory mite seeding for the control of European red mite. The group will also go over organic fire blight management techniques and share results from last year’s summer disease trials.

Registration is $15 per person or $25 per group. Pre-register online or contact Stephanie at (585) 271-1979 ext. 509.

Crop Quality Control on Small Scale Organic Farms & High Tunnels will take place July 8 from 3 pm to 6 pm at Falkimmer Farms Organic Growers, 8595 E Eden Rd in Eden, New York.

Participants will learn about quality control and small-scale Organic farming in Western New York at Falkimmer Farms.  Beginning farmers Lisa and Bryan Falkowski grow Certified Organic vegetables, and have recently constructed a high tunnel to improve their production and extend the growing season for high-value crops like tomatoes.  Tour several acres of cultivated fields for the full picture of how they produce quality organic produce (as well as maintain some sheep and laying hens), and how they market it through direct-to-consumer opportunities.  Cooperative Extension Specialist Judson Reid will lead a demonstration and discussion of tomato pruning and other high-tunnel production practices that improve quality, especially in organic systems.  Learn about the opportunities as well as the challenges related to working with season extension and high tunnels in Western New York.  There will be plenty of time to network and to ask your own questions, and bring a dish to pass for the potluck at the end of the event!

Registration is $15 per person or $25 per group. Pre-register online or call Stephanie at (585) 271-1979 ext. 509.

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