KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will present its Organic Crops Field Tour on Thursday, April 25. This spring event will equip home and commercial growers alike with tips and resources for planting, harvesting and processing organic fruits and vegetables.
This year’s event will feature keynote speaker Steven Hopp during lunch. Hopp is the founder and director of the Meadowview Farmers’ Guild and Harvest Table Restaurant, where he works with local and regional projects and programs to promote local economies. Hopp coauthored Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, which he says “outlines a yearlong attempt by our family to try and eat as close to home as possible.”
Other topics to be covered range from garlic and lettuce production to fruit crops. Organic disease control and soil biology will also be discussed by UT experts, with sessions on pollinators, community-supported agriculture and vegetable garden tips rounding out the day. Speakers include Extension specialists, county Extension agents, and other UT experts. Jim Brown, of Honey Rock Herb Farm in Louisville, Tennessee, will also be sharing his experiences with herb cultivation.
Starting at 9 a.m., attendees will be able to register, enjoy refreshments and visit the exhibit tent. A short welcome will be held at 9:45 a.m., with the first of three half-hour sessions starting at 10 a.m. Morning sessions will repeat in the afternoon, and the day will close with a 45-minute question-and-answer session featuring all presenters.