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UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to host Organic Twilight Tour

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Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 10:00 am | Updated: 3:59 pm, Tue Jun 24, 2014.

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will host the third annual Organic Twilight Tour at the Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville on July 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The first Twilight Tour took place in 2012 while the second, in 2013, was cancelled due to rain.

This year’s Twilight Tour has a rain date of July 17 in case of inclement weather.

Julia Gaskin, sustainable agriculture coordinator in CAES, said the Organic Twilight Tour will have 10 stations, each featuring a different research project.

“There’s probably something that would interest anybody,” she said.

Attendees will receive a map of the station locations upon arrival, Gaskin said. The map will enable guests to explore the stations at their own discretion.

Gaskin said it is a very formal event and attendees don’t have any set itinerary for the evening.

The stations at the event range from a farm equipment displays to various organic farming research projects. The showcased projects come from several UGA CAES Researchers and from grad students working on postgraduate degrees.

At the event, guests can learn about the work UGA researcher Elizabeth Little has done on disease and insect prevention in organic Squash, Gaskin said.

Attendees can also see Suzanne O’Connell’s research on high tunnel production and season extension.

Another station will feature George Boyhan’s research on organic watermelon.

Gaskin said that the event will draw people in from all over Georgia. The first Organic Twilight Tour had about 100 attendees and Gaskin expects that many, if not more, guests again this year.

“Hopefully it will be one of those nice summer evenings that anyone can enjoy,” Gaskin said.

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