West Virginia Universitys innovative Organic Research Farm will host a field day from noon-6 p.m. Thursday, July 14.

The farmon Route 705 in Morgantown near the Milegroundis home to a project where researchers compare organic farming systems to determine the effects on crop yields, soil quality and pest populations.

The farms mission is to conduct research and recommend the best practices to West Virginias organic farmers and home gardeners.

Field day events will include free wagon tours of the farm and workshops on organic methods. Tours will emphasize demonstration gardens, weed management, soil fertility, and livestock and pasture management aspects of the project.

Workshops will discuss the basics of organic production, pest management and rotational grazing in organic livestock production.

The field day is geared toward a general audience, including WVU students who want to learn about alternative food production practices, conventional growers who are considering the transition to organic production, organic growers looking for additional information, home gardeners, and Extension and information specialists who work with the organic farming community.

Gates open at noon with workshops starting at 1:10 p.m. Wagon tours begin at 3:30 p.m.

Attendance is free, but attendees should preregister by e-mailing david.wilson@mail.wvu.edu .

In its sixth year, WVU s organic farming project is conducted by a multi-disciplinary team of scholars from WVU s Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences.

The Organic Farming Research Foundation has recognized WVU s research effort as one of the best of its kind in the United States.

For more information about the organic farm or directions, contact Sven Verlinden, 304-293-6023 ext. 4329 or sverlind@wvu.edu .