Cucumber and Melon Research Field Day

3:30-6:00 pm on Tuesday August 28th

5675 East Old Mountain Road, Louisa, Virginia

For more information please call 540-223-5861 or email us at

You are invited to a field day at our farm!

Common Wealth Seed Growers received a grant from Organic Farming Research Foundation for our work with cucumbers and melon this year (see

We are trialing over 40 varieties of cucumber and melon, with a focus on downy mildew and bacterial wilt resistance, as well as quality and productivity. We’re also doing breeding trials to develop a pickling cucumber that holds up to both diseases.

We want other growers to see the trials and the results! With that in mind, we are hosting a field day on Tuesday August 28th. Come walk the fields and see what’s growing well and what isn’t. We’ll talk about the project goals, early results, and basic concepts of on-farm trialing and breeding. There will be cucumber and melon to sample, and some other refreshments.

Directions: Take exit 148 from Interstate 64, and head north on route 605 (Shannon Hill Road) for 3.6 miles. Take a sharp right on route 640 (East Old Mountain Road). After one mile, look for signs on the right. If you are using GPS, put in 5675 East Old Mountain Road, Louisa, Virginia. Note that this is not an actual mailing address, and there are no buildings (besides high tunnels) at our field location.

August 21Generation NEXT Mini Workshop (Surry)You value your forest and/or farmland for many reasons. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation? Without breaking it up? Please join this workshop for hands-on experience and free legal guidance from professionals experienced in intergenerational land transfer and landowner testimonials of estate planning steps and strategies.

August 22Farmer/Buyer ‘Meet Up” (Petersburg): This event provides an opportunity to connect growers to buyers in a networking session that can lead to sales relationships.

August 27Warrenton/Culpeper Local Foods Tour: This event will be an on-farm twilight vegetable growers meeting where participants will hear about certified organic growing and marketing through various channels.

August 31Pumpkin Management Field Day (Lanexa)Participants will meet at the farm’s pavilion, hear from farmers, then carpool to the pumpkin field, where speakers will talk about insect and disease control and other pumpkin production concerns

AUGUST 24, 2018
Berry Hill Drip Irrigation
AUGUST 28, 2018
Hill Farm
Louisa, VA
Sign up to for one of these workshops to focus on practical ways to use extended season growing systems for profitable crop production. Tour the high tunnels on site and learn more from experts about:
Starting seeds
Tips for extended season production
Soil management, planting
High tunnel maintenance
Farmer – Buyer “Meet Up”
AUGUST 22, 2018
VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA
9AM – 3PM • Space is Limited
Don’t miss this chance to make a new business connection!
For more information, contact Michael Carter Jr. at (804) 633-9964 or or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.


The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is teaming up with Virginia Cooperative Extension to bring the On-Farm Readiness Review program to Virginia stakeholders who are covered under the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule.

  • This is a voluntary, free, and confidential review to align your produce operation with the Produce Safety Rule.
  • The review will assess your readiness for a Produce Safety Rule inspection (which will be performed by VDACS1).
  • If you are a grower, packer or holder of produce covered under the regulation2 and have completed the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training class, we can assist you with an On-Farm Readiness Review.
  • A VDACS Produce Safety Specialist and VCE Specialist/Agent will meet with your farm manager to walk through your operation. This review generally takes 11⁄2 to 21⁄2 hours of your time.
  • We will also provide you with an On-Farm Readiness Review Resource Manual to reference as you prepare for the implementation of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.

If you would like to sign-up for this free and confidential On-Farm Readiness Review program, please contact our VDACS office at 804-786-4003. Your local Produce Safety Specialist will call you to set up an appointment.

1 Inspections for large farms (greater than $500,000 in annual produce sales for 3-year avg.) begin spring 2019. 2 Go to and click on the Coverage and Exemptions Flow Chart to see if you are covered.

Funding for this statement, publication, press release, etc. was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137. The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.