SHERIDAN, Ind. — Vegetable growers will have the opportunity
to learn about organic production and how to evaluate soil health during a July
12 field day at a farm that is part of a research project involving Purdue
University horticulture faculty.
The event will be held 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Green BEAN
Delivery’s Feel Good Farm, 25325 Lamong Rd., Sheridan.
Visitors will see cabbage nearly ready for harvest in
research plots and learn how to conduct on-farm research trials and measure soil
The research is led by Lori Hoagland, a Purdue assistant
professor of horticulture with expertise in soil microbial ecology. The project
will determine how organic soil amendments change the community of microbes that
live in the soil and how those changes influence growth and disease in vegetable
“We know that soil microbes play a key role in helping
plants fight disease, but we still have so much to learn about how to manage
these communities in the field for agricultural benefits,” Hoagland said.
“Multiyear studies on working organic farms are essential to unraveling the
mysteries of soil ecology and identifying practical approaches to improve
Purdue’s partner in the research project, Green BEAN
Delivery, provides expertise in fresh-market vegetable production and
contributes research sites at three organic farms, along with management of the
The online home delivery service provides organic produce
and natural groceries to members in the Midwest. The acronym in its name stands
for “biodynamic,” “education,” “agriculture” and “nutrition.”
The research is supported by a grant from The CERES Trust.
For more information about the tour and to register for it,
contact Jessica Garvert at (765) 494-9228 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on
the Feel Good Farm is at www.thefeelgoodfarm.com.