• 2018 Annual Conference
  • 2018 Annual Conference

Events

Upcoming events

    • 21 May 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 4321 Emmert Farm Ln, Lexington, KY 40514
    Registration is closed

    Learning to recognize optimal soil conditions, identify healthy seedlings, prepare planting beds, and follow up with irrigation, plant protection, and weed control are keys to success in transplanting and direct seeding.

    Kristi Durbin and Mark Williams will share the Standard Operating Procedures used on UK’s Organic Farming Unit (developed over decades of diversified farming) and provide a “show and tell” of the techniques, machinery, hand tools, & bed preparation used in their production.

    • Why is it necessary to consider root-to-soil and seed-to-soil contact? And soil tilth?
    • How do you best prepare plasticulture/landscape fabric beds, and how does that differ from bare ground?
    • What are the tradeoffs / benefits of direct seeding some plants and transplanting others?
    • When would you seed / transplant by hand rather than using equipment?
    • What’s the best use of smaller-scale push seeders vs. larger-scale vacuum planters?

    This Organic Association of Kentucky Field Day will address these questions and those posed by participants to provide a rich understanding of the seed/seedling transition to a healthy, pro-ductive mature plant. Geared toward production farmers who are scaling-up and/or transition-ing to Certified Organic, this Field Day is offered at 4321 Emmert Farm Lane, Lexington KY 40514, where the staff of the 30-acre UK Organic Farming Unit has been growing and selling certified organic fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs for over ten years. Field Day cost is $5 for OAK Members; $10 non-members. Registration is recommended.

    • 07 Jun 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 4321 Emmert Farm Ln, Lexington, KY 40514
    Registration is closed

    Developing an effective weed management system integrated throughout the production process can reduce weed pressures and labor costs.  Join the Organic Association of Kentucky for this Field Day overview of the mechanical and cultural controls used on the 30-acre University of Kentucky Organic Farming Unit, hosted by UK’s Mark Williams and Kristi Durbin. 


    Through discussion, handouts, and demonstration, participants will see the entire weed control system while gaining a deeper understanding of how to combine strategies to effectively control weeds, including…


    ·         Crop rotation;


    ·         Cover cropping and mulching;


    ·         Bed preparation, including irrigation considerations;


    ·         Stale seedbed cultivation;


    ·         Scale-appropriate cultivating tools;


    ·         Between-row cultivation;


    ·         In-row cultivation.


    UK’s Organic Farming Unit, at 4321 Emmert Farm Lane, Lexington KY 40514, has produced and sold certified organic fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs for more than a decade. This highly diversified farm markets through CSA, farm stands, and wholesale channels, and is used to train students in a farming apprenticeship program.


    This OAK Field Day is geared towards production farmers and will highlight mid- to large-scale farm cultivation and weed control.  Cost for this Field Day is $5 for OAK Members; $10 non-members.


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