The SAES’s annual Small Farms Field Day at the University Farm was July 20, and SAES research scientists and Extension specialists were on hand to discuss research into new tomato varieties, pastured pork production, meat goat husbandry and intercropping black walnut trees and faster maturing crops, and other enterprises well-suited to smaller farms. This year’s small-farm production technology focus was on alternatives to pesticides and artificial insemination of beef cattle. There were also tours of research plots devoted to two biofuel crops -- canola and sweet sorghum with potential to become profitable small-farm enterprises.
For those who missed the overviews presented by members of the SAES’s Agricultural Research Program and Cooperative Extension staff at Small Farms Field Day, a copy of the booklet with research project descriptions is available on the SAES website. There’s also a slideshow — photos from Small Farms Field Day and the Great Tomato Tasting event taken by ACT photographer James Parker — available for viewing at the SAES website.