Researchers at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University are demonstrating environmentally friendly methods to reduce bugs on the greens.

Reduced-Pest Collards Featured at A&T Field Day

Collard connoisseurs rejoice. Researchers at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University are demonstrating environmentally friendly methods to reduce bugs on the greens, during the 15th annual Small Farms Field Day. The annual showcase of agricultural technology and techniques is scheduled from 8:15 a.m. to noon, Thursday, June 30 at the University Farm, 3136 McConnell Road in Greensboro.

Sponsored by The Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T, the event shows farmers and gardeners how to increase food productivity, maximize income and promote environmental stewardship. The general public is encouraged to attend the free, rain-or-shine event, as well.

With the collards tour, researchers have planted a decoy crop to attract such pests as aphids and beetles and divert them away from the main crop of Georgia Southern collard. Considered trap cropping, the technique uses Integrated Pest Management and results in reduced pesticides on both the greens and the greater environment.

This year’s Field Day also offers tours of:

  • Cover crops for organic high tunnels
  • Organic heirloom tomatoes, with improved selection
  • Black cohosh and goldenseal in high tunnels
  • Healthy goats raised without antibiotics or drugs
  • Broiler houses, and which energy source is best for them

Demonstrations and poster discussions will feature information on making healthy yogurt at home, food safety, flour made from grape pomace, and agromedicine and health screenings.

For more information or to register call 336-285-4661 or email ajgaines@ncat.edu.