Allison Acres, an organic blueberry farm in Pinetta, Florida, hosted a farm tour today. Presented by Florida Organic Growers (FOG), conventional and certified organic growers gathered at Allison Acres to learn about its organic production system as well as get lessons on organic pest management and irrigation methods.
Hank Allison, owner of Allison Acres Organic Blueberry Farm, says he has known about FOG for a couple of years now and has always been impressed with the work it does in the organic industry as far as outreach, education and research. So, when FOG reached out to Allison Acres’ farm manager, a time for the tour was set in order to be a part of FOG’s education effort.
Tour attendees started out the day by learning about the background of Allison Acres and how it came to be organic. Then, attendees were able to get a closer look at the farm’s irrigation, spacing and plantings. After the tour, researchers from the University of Florida talked to growers about organic horticultural practices and pests of blueberries.
Tyler Nesbit, education and outreach coordinator for FOG, says a goal of these types of tours is for growers to connect and share experiences on their farms. “That’s another key component of our workshops, connecting farmers to each other,” he says.
For more information on FOG or to view a calendar of events, visit http://www.foginfo.org/.
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