WOOSTER, Ohio Plan to learn, and also to snack, on the next tour of Ohio State Universitys fruit and vegetable polyculture plots in Wooster.
We¢ll be eating more fruit this time blueberries, raspberries, maybe the tail end of the strawberries, said project leader Joe Kovach, head of Ohio States Integrated Pest Management Program. Well also have more vegetables planted popcorn, pumpkins, tomatoes.
The 44-by-60-foot plots grow various combinations of high-value crops tall, short, annual, perennial, in raised beds or not, under high tunnels or not to determine the effects on pest control, yields and profits.
The plots are ideal for urban and small-scale farming, said Kovach, who holds joint appointments with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and Ohio State University Extension.
They use only minimal pesticides only when theres no alternative;
produce a lot of food in a relatively small space;
Ã¢â¬Â¢ and grow foods that are both good to eat and easy to sell, such as apples, berries, peaches, green beans and salad tomatoes.
The tour will look at the plotsÃ¢â¬â¢ designs and the ecological principles behind them.
ItÃ¢â¬â¢s at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, at 2305 Dover Rd. (U.S. 250) in Wooster, just south of OARDCÃ¢â¬â¢s main campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
Call 330-263-3846 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Additional tours are set for July 22 and Aug. 19. The first one took place May 20.
OARDC and OSU Extension are the research and outreach arms, respectively, of Ohio StateÃ¢â¬â¢s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
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Caption: Joe Kovach's polyculture plots rely on diversity Ã¢â¬âÃÂ in genetics as well as in spacing and timing Ã¢â¬â to hold down pests and ramp up yields. (K.D. Chamberlain image)
Note: Read previous press releases about KovachÃ¢â¬â¢s project at http://www.ag.ohio-state.edu/~news/story.php?id=4487 and http://www.ag.ohio-state.edu/~news/story.php?id=3379, and an Ã¢â¬ÅOur OhioÃ¢â¬Â (Ohio Farm Bureau Federation) story about it at http://ourohio.org/index.php?page=piece-of-eden.