Visit Woodman Farm on 5th Annual Durham Farm Day Aug. 19


Thursday, August 10, 2017
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The public is invited to tour the the Woodman Horticultural Research Farm on the 5th annual Durham Farm Day Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. The farm is a facility of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at UNH; tours are free.

The Woodman Horticultural Research Farm is one of the two horticultural farms that are part of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA). Located at 70 Spinney Lane, the primary activities of this approximately 155-acre farm are research, teaching, and outreach on the production of horticultural and ornamental crops. Research projects include variety trials for a number of fruits and vegetables, including peppers, Brussel sprouts, table grapes, and strawberries; extending the growing season into winter for onions and spinach; tillage to tarp-optimizing cover crops use; a strawberry breeding program; a test plot for cross-breeding quinoa with lambs quarter; UNH bee hotel and pollinator habitat evaluation; and the most comprehensive study on growing and breeding cold-hardy kiwiberries.

Woodman Farm will conduct public tours at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.; preregistration is required. Please sign up for farm tours by Aug. 18 with Theresa Walker of the Durham Agricultural Commission at theresawalker@comcast.net or 603-659-7226. Directions: http://colsa.unh.edu/nhaes/woodman-directions.

For more information on the day’s events, visit https://www.ci.durham.nh.us/boc_agricultural/5th-annual-durham-farm-day-saturday-august-19th.

Founded in 1887, the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture is UNH’s original research center and an elemental component of New Hampshire's land-grant university heritage and mission. We steward federal and state funding, including support from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, to provide unbiased and objective research concerning diverse aspects of sustainable agriculture and foods, aquaculture, forest management, and related wildlife, natural resources and rural community topics. We maintain the Woodman and Kingman agronomy and horticultural farms, the Macfarlane Greenhouses, the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center, and the Organic Dairy Research Farm. Additional properties also provide forage, forests and woodlands in direct support to research, teaching, and outreach.

 

Lori Wright, NH Agricultural Experiment Station