Skip to Main Content

Registration is now open for upcoming Purdue Small Farm Education Field Day

Register for the Purdue Small Farm Education Field Day, an event featuring an array of demonstration stations featuring best management practices and highlights of research methods on the farm. On Thursday, July 25, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about topics like companion plants and Syrphid fly recruitment, high tunnel sweet pepper and table grape production, raised bed gardening, strawberry production and propagation, postharvest wash/pack design, Peruvian bean and corn production, and onion and potato weed management updates. The event is presented by the Purdue Student Farm and the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

According to surveys from previous years, over three-quarters (80%) of participants reported that they had experienced financial improvements because of adopting new, recommended practices from the information presented at past field days.

“This field day brings together small farm and urban growers from all over Indiana. Its unique setup allows ample time for knowledge sharing and networking,” says Petrus Langenhoven, Purdue Student Farm director. “In past years, growers have been able to directly apply the knowledge gained at their own farms or urban gardens. The smallest details, things that we as educators take for granted, have a big impact on small farm or urban garden operations.”

Topics to be covered include:

- Insect dynamics in high tunnels

- Companion plants and Syrphid fly recruitment 

- High tunnel table grapes

- Advantages and considerations of raised bed gardening

- High tunnel sweet pepper production strategies and variety selection

- Tarps, fire, and cultivation- weed management updates and demonstrations

- Strawberry production at small-scale vegetable farms

- Growing open-pollinated corn on small farms

- Post-harvest wash/pack design for small farms

- Bringing the cuisine of the Andes to greater Lafayette

- Digital tools for small farms

- Freight farm container farming

The Purdue Student Farm is located at 1491 Cherry Lane, West Lafayette, Indiana. Register to attend HERE.

The Black Dog Barbeque Company will be on-site for attendees to purchase lunch and snacks. The Kona Ice truck will be on site with one FREE cup for each attendee compliments of Purdue Extension and Purdue Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.


Featured Stories

Linda Prokopy
Horticulture and Landscape Architecture department head honored by Conservation Technology Information Center

Linda Prokopy, department head and professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Purdue...

Read More
Attendees of the Science-i Bridging Worlds Workshop stand together in front of the Hall for Discovery and Learning Research at Purdue
Science-i Bridging Worlds Workshop Facilitates Strategic Partnerships, Collaboration on Global Forest Issues

Researchers from across the globe traveled to Purdue for the Science-i Bridging Worlds Workshop,...

Read More
Gearing up for a Great Lake day 

Off the shores of Southern Lake Michigan, three yellow buoys bob up and down. Among ships and...

Read More
Songlin Fei, director of Purdue’s Institute for Digital Forestry and professor in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, standing among the trees in Martell Forest.
The Society of American Foresters honors Purdue professor with Award in Forest Science

The Society of American Foresters (SAF) annually recognizes individuals for their outstanding...

Read More
farmer on a tractor at ACRE
The new Consumer Food Insights from Purdue explores consumer attitudes toward the U.S. farm bill

The general public has limited knowledge of the U.S. farm bill that politicians are debating on...

Read More
Three deer cross a field in a line as captured on a trail cam
Researchers Study Deer-Vehicle Collision Reduction Method

It is in the vested interest of both humans and wildlife to reduce potential traffic collisions....

Read More
To Top