Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting the 2018 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station near Ames. The annual event will feature various research and demonstration projects on fruit and vegetable production for commercial growers, extension personnel, non-profit organizations, and Master Gardeners.
Come take a tour of the garden with Dr. Cindy Haynes, ISU Associate Professor of Horticulture. Learn about the interesting cultivars being grown this year in the “Vegetable Rainbow Garden.” Vegetables from the garden will again be donated to area food pantries. As always, we’ll be serving local food treats! https://www.extension.iastate.edu/lyon/content/2018-garden-table-series#June%2019
The Linn County Master Gardeners have partnered with Old MacDonald's Farm and would like to invite you to the new Growing Classroom at Old MacDonald's Farm! These hands-on workshops are for all ages. Bring your kids and learn everything you need to know about gardening at home; no matter how little space you may have. Snacks from the garden will also be part of the classes. Children age 2 and under are free. Family $5.
Join WLL for a tour of Red Earth Gardens and learn about their composting activities. Learn about vegetable growing and composting from Ajay Nair, ISU associate professor, Department of Horticulture. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/calendar/ShowEventDetail.asp?programID=299343&sessionID=372979
Specific projects include high tunnels, organic vegetable production, pepper and sweet potato production, pest management in cucurbit crops, hops, peaches, and beneficial insects such as bees, wasps and pollinators. Ajay Nair, associate professor and extension vegetable production specialist, said growers will also see how biodegradable plastic can be used for pepper production, and they’ll get to see equipment demonstrations, including finger weeders. “The main goal is for producers to assess and get exposed to some of the innovative research we are doing here at Iowa State University, and also for them to see things in person,” Nair said. Producers will also get to review the latest research in irrigation and pest management, and they’ll get to see how peaches can be grown using high tunnels. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/vegetablelab/2019-fruit-and-vegetable-field-day