Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.
Chatham County Cooperative Extension Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos hosted a group of about 30 students from Dr. Chris Gunter’s Vegetable Production class at North Carolina State University. The group toured Debbie’s pollinator garden in Pittsboro then toured Peregrine Farm to see a successful sustainable diversified vegetable operation run by farmers Alex and Betsy Hitt.
The class first toured Debbie’s demonstration Pollinator Paradise Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro since so many of our horticultural crops require pollinators.
Celosia and zinnias in front of greenhouse at Peregrine Farm.
Farmer Alex Hitt talks with NCSU students at Peregrine Farm. Vegetable Specialist Dr. Chris Gunter (next to Alex) teaches the class.
Talking about crop rotation in the sliding high tunnels.
Baby ginger and peppers in one of the sliding high tunnels.
Pepper field at Peregrine Farm.
Looking at the fall crops at Peregrine Farm.
Cowpea + millet cover crop at Peregrine Farm.
Alex explains how the Haygrove multi-bay tunnels are used as dry houses to decrease disease in tomatoes and improve quality of cut flower crops.
Beneficial soldier beetles swarm over a celosia bloom.
Talking about some of the new crops like Yukina savoy.
Alex talks about postharvest handling and fresh produce safety at the packing shed.
The students had lots of great questions!