Ecological Vegetable Field Day Set for Sept. 4

8/23/2014 7:00 AM

M ike and Terra Brownback’s Spiral Path Farm, in partnership with Rodale, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Pennsylvania Certified Organic and Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, will hold a field day 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at 538 Spiral Path Lane, Loysville, Pa.

There will be a seed trial featuring tomato, pepper and brassica varieties grown under organic conditions and information on Spiral Path’s cover crop interseeding techniques, and planting and cultivating techniques for dealing with difficult weeds such as hairy galinsoga.

Rodale’s Rick Karr will lead a discussion on composting and vermicomposting, and Kris Nichols will provide an in-depth look at microbiology in soils and compost.

Steve Bogash and Tom Ford of Penn State Extension will talk about biological controls, and Mike Brownback will discuss pest control techniques including intentional planting of host plants to provide habitat for predator insects.

Dave Mortenson, Penn State professor of weed and applied plant ecology, will discuss the ecological aspects of organic farming.

The cost is $25, which will include lunch. To register, visit or by call Lee Rinehart at 814-470-9734.

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