Kentland Farm may be best known for the Dining Services Garden that provides some of the fresh produce to the thousands of students who eat on the Virginia Tech campus, but participants at the New River Valley Agriculture Field Day will learn that the 350-acre farm is much more than that.

The farms’ diverse research initiatives will be on display from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 13. 

The field day will showcase the variety of  research projects being conducted at the farm, including programs that focus on weed management, fescue seed head suppression, and unmanned aircraft.

Registration is $10 before Friday, Aug. 7, and $15 after that. Children under 16 will be admitted free. Lunch will be served by Hethwood Market. Participants can register through the Pulaski County Virginia Cooperative Extension Office.

The day will consist of a number of stops, including the Dining Services Gardens, a demonstration of unmanned aircraft, and a look at vegetable, weed, and summer annual research plots. There will also be a look at the new Dairy Science Complex and a tour of the area’s manor house and other early farm buildings.

Questions about the event can be directed to Jeannie Dudding at 540-921-3455 or Morgan Paulette at 540-980-7761.



Written by Amy Loeffler.

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