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Organic farm shares future site at the 2013 field day
Published 7/24/2013 6:00:00 AM
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One hundred and twenty eight fruit trees adorn the Eggert Family Organic Farm as WSU students plant, weed and harvest crops.

Brad Jaeckel, manager and instructor for the WSU Organic Farm, said their annual field day allows for students, researchers, faculty members and volunteers to show off what they have done in the past year.

Now in its tenth year, the WSU Organic Farm Field Day will be split up into two sections, Jaeckel said.

"We'll spend part of the morning at the Tukey site, and part of the morning at the Eggert farm," he said.

Jaeckel also said doing these field days is common for university-related farms. He described it as being an open house.

"It's just an opportunity to allow other members of the community and WSU to come and visit," he said. "We do it at the end of July because it's a nice time of the year to come see the farm; everything's planted."

People looking to attend this event will be getting tours of both the current and the future site of the organic farm, Jaeckel said, as well as the chance to see presentations on a variety of topics.

"In the morning at the first site, I will be giving a presentation about our current work at the Tukey farm," he said.

Other than this presentation, Jaeckel said there will be graduate students talking about women in agriculture, quinoa variety trials and the importance of bee pollination in fruit and vegetable crops. Faculty members and students will be talking about the design of the new farm as well.

Jaeckel said the guided tours of each farm will be pretty detailed.

"We'll describe and name all the different crops that we grow," he said. "That's a good opportunity, especially for other local farmers to come and see how we grow certain things, and which varieties work well for us."

The WSU Organic Farm serves to get students involved in all aspects of farm operations, Jaeckel said. His spring and summer classes give students the chance to plant, weed and harvest crops as well as bring them to the farmers market to interact with customers.

The field day is free and open to the public. The event runs from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, July 25 and begins at the Tukey Horticultural Orchard. Samples of crops currently in season will be available to guests.

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