Monthly Archives: July 2012
Amy Hepworth is a pioneer at Certified Organic farming in New York State. On July 21, 2012, Hepworth Farm hosted a NOFA-NY Field Day, where Amy Hepworth described the cultural methods and organic preventive sprays employed at this 300 acre organic farm, 25 acres are planted with tomatoes, to head off potential crop devastation from late blight.
Proper staking of indeterminate heirloom cherry tomatoes insures even growth as well as good air circulation. It also makes spraying the necessary preventive, OMRI approved, copper spray easier for complete coverage.
Amy Hepworth demonstrates a pruning technique which removes all of the bottom branches and leaves of a staked tomato plant. Also the soil in the aisles and around the base of the plants is lightly mulched with straw. This prevents fungal spores moving upward from the soil.
For a complete list of NOFA-NY Field Days and other events go to:
LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE. FUNDAMENTALS OF GROWING ORGANIC TOMATOES IN THE HUDSON VALLEY
TOMATOES: EQUIPMENT, MANPOWER, PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES, VARIETIES (including 100 different varieties of tomatoes, tomatillos and husk cherries) AND MORE
Amy Hepworth will share her 30 years of experience in running a versatile and resilient operation based on a whole-living system approach to farming.
SATURDAY JULY 21, 2012
9:00 a.m.-12:oo p.m.
1635 Route 9W
Milton, New York 12547
REGISTRATION IS FREE FOR NOFA-NY MEMBERS AND $15.00 FOR NON MEMBERS
PLEASE REGISTER BY CALLING STEPHANIE BACKER-BERTSCH AT NOFA-NY 585-271-1979 x 509 OR ONLINE
Supported by USDA Risk Management Agency, Education and Community Outreach Program