WOOSTER, Ohio — A free public program on Thursday, Sept. 2, will feature Ohio State University's latest research on organic farming.
The Organic Food and Farming Education and Research (OFFER) Program Field Day takes place from 1-5 p.m. near the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster.
Scientists with OFFER will discuss their studies on organic grains, organic vegetables, and modular ecological design — a sustainable, integrated system of fruits and vegetables.
Specific topics will include season extension, grafting tomatoes, developing bread wheat for Ohio, using cover crops to control weeds, improving the baking quality of organic spelt, and how organic animal production affects water quality.
The program starts at OARDC's West Badger Farm, 1.5 miles north of U.S. 250 on Apple Creek Road (County Road 44), 1-2:30 p.m., for the organic grains portion of the program.
It moves to OARDC's Frye Farm and Horticulture Unit 1, 2:30-4:30 p.m., for the organic vegetable topics.
The Frye Farm is on Dover Road (U.S. 250) about 1 mile east of OARDC's main entrance, 1680 Madison Ave. Horticulture Unit 1 is close to the farm, next to the Ohio State Highway Patrol post.
The program ends at OARDC's Snyder Farm, 2305 Dover Rd. (U.S. 250,) 4:30-5 p.m., with details on modular ecological design and a tour of the plots there that use the design.
OFFER is part of OARDC, which is part of Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
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