by Gena Moore, CFSA Organic Research Coordinator | Monday, May 20, 2019 –

Cover photo fore trellis solutions

Trellising is standard on most farms for a variety of reasons. Providing plant support can decrease disease, keep plants and fruit clean, increase efficient use of space and even maximize yields. Organic standards encourage farmers to use preventative measures, like trellising, to mitigate disease and pests. Crops commonly trellised are tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, small melons, pole beans, snap peas, and flowers.

It’s important to choose the right trellising system for your crop and farm. Some factors to consider are:

  • Installation costs
  • Maintenance requirements
  • Constraints on plant growth
  • Type of production

Keep reading to find out more about different trellising methods and which ones are right for you.

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by Keith Baldwin, CFSA’s Farm Services Coordinator

Growers who include cut flowers in their pantheon of products for direct market sales are often looking for something outstanding to cultivate. The following table summarizes the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG) ‘Cut Flowers of the Year’ for the last seven years–at time of publication. For the most part these are easy-to-grow, excellent choices for field-grown cut flower production. They generally hold well after cutting and are visually outstanding. (more…)