1. Flat Rock Farm 10109 Brown Moore Lane, Marshall, Virginia – July 23rd 6 – 8 PM
The VSU Small Farm Outreach Program is proud to invite you to a small farm field day on the organic production of fingerling potatoes using a thick hay mulch “lazy bed”. This high market value crop has been grown by Deanna Child of Flat Rock Farm. The seed potatoes were simply laid on top of the freshly tilled soil and then covered with a thick layer of hay mulch. This method eliminates most of the weeding, has excellent moisture retention and does not require midseason hilling. Plus the mulch hay is incorporated into the soil after harvest to improve soil fertility for next years crop.
2. Evergreen Acres,12801 Hazelwood Drive, Nokesville, Virginia – July 25th 6 – 8 PM
The VSU Small Farm Outreach Program is proud to invite you to a small farm field day on the organic production of fingerling potatoes. Jim Gehlsen of Evergreen Acres in Nokesville, Virginia is the only certified organic farmer in Prince William Co. Working with the Small Farm Outreach Program he has cultivated fingerling potatoes using four different methods. This high value crop is in great demand among gourmet chef’s and upscale groceries. In addition to the potato field trials we will be discussing Mr. Gehlsen’s on going production of organic tomatoes, pie pumpkins and his wholesale marketing efforts of these crops. Evergreen Acres also grows and markets Christmas trees on site.