Show-and-tell at Piedmont Biofarm

July 16, 2009 at 7:26 pm 1 comment

Here’s a chance to meet sustainable farmer extraordinaire Doug Jones and learn about his tricks for growing cool weather crops in warm weather, developing new crop varieties, drying seeds and more at Piedmont BioFarm, located at the famous Piedmont Biofuels plant complex in Pittsboro. This show-and-tell sponsored by the Chatham County Center of N.C. Extension is set for Monday August 3 from 5:30 to7:30 p.m.  

Doug and his farm crew sell at the Durham Farmers’ Market and also to the local community through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. He has been farming for 38 years and has developed a reputation for high quality produce and innovative plant breeding efforts. One of his varieties of Senposai (Asian collards) is now available through Fedco, an independent seed company based in Maine .

Farm visitors will see:

– heirloom tomatoes, okra, specialty melons and other cucurbits
– cool weather crops (arugula, cilantro, lettuce, etc.) growing in shade
– season extension techniques for early planted fall crops
– 10 varieties of sweet potatoes (orange, yellow, white, purple)
– Seeds of Change variety trials – 35 pepper varieties, 3 eggplant, 7 edamame
– Doug will also show about 100 of his own breeding lines of peppers
– seed drying techniques

This demonstration will also highlight the work being done by EcoBlend, a manufacturer of environmentally friendly weed and pest control products that are produced at their plant at the Piedmont Biofuels Industrial complex in Pittsboro. The organic herbicides and insecticides are made from food grade plant-based oils and are non-toxic, biodegradable, and safe for use around children and pets. Their products are OMRI compliant and their OMRI certification is in-process.  You will be able to view their organic herbicide spray demonstrations for controlling bermudagrass, poison ivy, Japanese honeysuckle, and other weeds. Farmers will also be able to take product home to trial.

Check out Cooperative Extension’s Growing Small Farms website by Debbie Roos for more resources on sustainable production.

Piedmont Biofarm is located on Lorax Lane at the  end of Industrial Drive, south of U.S. 64 Business in Pittsboro, about one mile east of the Courthouse Circle.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. nobbydamus  |  July 16, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    backyard chickens is a good start.

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