UGA Horticulture Department

Students participate in Georgia Organics Conference

More than 20 UGA students, including 9 from the Horticulture Dept., attended the 20th annual Georgia Organics Conference held in Atlanta from Feb 17-18th. Undergraduate and graduate students presented research posters, attended educational sessions and participated in talks ranging from ‘Seed Varieties for Organic Growers’, ‘Management of Disease and Pests in Squash Production’ and ‘Cool Season Vegetables Under High Tunnels’. Scholarships were provided by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, The Hartel Family and Horticulture Professors Berle, Knauft and O’Connell.

Students in attendance included: Taylor Cotton*, Emma Courson, Lindsay Davies*, Noelle Joy Fuller, Theekshana Jayalath*, Teri Raskusin, Sara Schwartz, Suzanne Stone and Jean O’Hara Yost *recently graduated

5th Annual Organic Farming Twilight Tour (July 14th, 6-8pm)

Organic and sustainable agriculture experts with the University of Georgia will host their 5th annual Organic Twilight Tour. The open house will be a chance for farmers and gardeners to learn about organic research trials being conducted at the Horticulture Research Farm located in Watkinsville. Researchers and students will give mini-talks, describe demonstration plots, and be available to discuss your questions about the latest organic practices. FREE event, no registration required.

Stations Include:
High Tunnels
Squash Disease
Cover Crops
Organic Watermelon Production
Small Farm Irrigation Equipment
Apple Management
Nitrogen from Organic Fertilizers

DATE:
Thursday, July 14th, 2016
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

LOCATION:
UGA Horticulture Farm
1221 Hog Mountain Rd.
Watkinsville, GA 30677

INFORMATION:
SustainAgGA.org or contact Jessica Cudnik at sustainag@uga.edu or
(706)-542-8084

Athens Farmers Market Assists Student Research Efforts on Local Vegetable Production

Do you ever shop at the Athens Farmers Market? If so, you may have been recently approached by TC Jayalath, a current Horticulture Graduate student, and asked to participate in a consumer survey about locally-grown, organic lettuce. More than 125 shoppers shared information about their buying habits, taste preferences and the visual appeal of lettuce grown at the UGA Horticulture Research Farm this spring. We would like to thank the farmers market, the shoppers and S-SARE (funding agency) for making this effort a fun and great success!

Athens Farmers Market Customers Volunteer to Talk about and Eat Lettuce on a Sat. morning!

Recent alumna, Hannah Bundy to join NC Extension Service

Hannah Bundy assists with Dr. O'Connell's organic vegetable researchCongratulations to Hannah Bundy a recent graduate (2015’) of the Horticulture Dept. and Certificate Program in Organic Agriculture who has accepted a position with the NC Cooperative Extension Service. She will be joining the Rutherford County Extension Service as their Horticulture Extension Agent and is looking forward to working with master gardeners, home owners and commercial producers as well as organizing the county farmers market. We wish her all the best!

 

Graduate Student TC Jayalath, Wins Grant for Organic Lettuce Research

Theekshana (TC) Jayalath, a graduate student in the UGA Horticulture Department, recently received a grant from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (S-SARE) program. The $11,000 award will help fund his research project entitled, “Evaluation of High Tunnel Systems for Spring Organic Lettuce Production in Georgia”. His project was 1 of 13 graduate student grants awarded by the S-SARE Administrative Council and the only one representing Georgia this year. TC is excited to continue to investigate regional production issues as well as consumer preferences for this important and delicious crop!

TC Jayalath collects data from high tunnel lettuce grown at the UGA Horticulture Research Farm in Watkinsville, GA.

UGA Durham Horticulture Farm Open House – October 2, 2015

Please mark your calendars for the 2015 UGA Durham Horticulture Farm Open House – to be held on October 2, 2015 from 9AM – 2PM.

Although early registration has closed, there are still slots available. We ask that you email hortprod@uga.edu with the names of attendees. Then please download the registration form (in addition to detailed schedule) by clicking this link (Registration)!

Speakers/topics for this year include:

Breeding Hardy Ornamental Hibiscus (John Ruter, Professor)

Are All Flowers Created Equal? (Bethany Harris, PhD Student & Bodie Pennisi, Professor)

Breeding Native Species for Adaptation to Managed Landscapes (Matthew Chappell, Associate Professor)

New Plants for Southern Landscapes (Carol Robacker, Associate Professor)

Organic Weed Control in Watermelon and Developing New Cucurbit Varieties (Pumpkin and Watermelon) (George Boyhan, Professor & Suzanne Stone, PhD Student)

Boxwood, Pruning, and Soil Amending Research Update (Tim Smalley, Associate Professor)

Organic vegetable production under high tunnels (Suzanne O’Connell, Assistant Professor)

New Woody Ornamentals for your Garden (Donglin Zhang, Professor)

Ornamental Herbicide Evaluation (John Ruter, Professor)