VABF is partnering with Virginia State University and Virginia Tech on an evaluation of Buckwheat. VABF is organizing the farmer testing of buckwheat as a cover crop.
We seek 4-5 experienced VABF growers to evaluate buckwheat as part of their production systems. Farmers should:
- Have at least 7 years experience with organic production
- Have four years management and cropping records for their current farm.
- Management needs to be consistent with Certified Organic or Certified Naturally Grown.
- Have two horticultural cropping areas/beds/field; each at least 10’ x 40’; to dedicate to the research for the entire season and seed to buckwheat by July 1. This site should be accessible to small-scale equipment.
- Have the capacity and flexibility to plant on recommended/agreed planting dates.
Buckwheat seed will be provided.
- Plant an agreed short season crop following the buckwheat. Seed for this crop will be provided.
- Work with technicians to get accurate weed assessments and yield data (~ three ½ days of work.)
- Participate in three conference calls and three half-day meetings in a central location each year.
- Hold a VABF Field Day featuring the buckwheat (and some of your other farm features) in late summer.
- Repeat this project in 2016 in a different field/bed.
- Farmers receive a small honorarium to help cover costs.
If interested in participating in this project, email email@example.com
Geographic distribution and soil type will be considered as farms are identified for the trial. We anticipate other on-farm research opportunities in the future, so let us know of your interest.