Organic Tomato Growers: Survey for Research on Late Blight – Please Respond

Calling all Organic Tomato Growers!

If you grew or tried to grow tomatoes in 2009 and you used organic practices to do it, we want to hear from you about your experience with late blight.

NOFA/Mass is researching organic management strategies that Northeast tomato growers – both farmers and gardeners – used in 2009 to mitigate the late blight. The insights collected will be presented at the NOFA/Mass Winter Conference on January 16, 2010, in the Spring 2010 Edition of The Natural Farmer, and on the NOFA/Mass website.

By gathering responses from a significant number of growers on their experiences, NOFA/Mass hopes to contribute to our shared understanding of what organic growing practices for tomatoes were actually applied in 2009 and also hopefully shed light on strategies that can be effective in managing the disease.

We are seeking response from growers in MA, VT, CT, RI, NY, NJ, ME, NH, and PA.

Survey deadline: respond by January 1, 2010

To contribute to the collective knowledge about dealing with one of the most destructive crop diseases that has affected our region in recent memory, please click on the following link and take the survey there:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=7gWicbMRJAK9uhwb_2bBtdxw_3d_3d

NOFA/Mass has received a $5,000 grant from Whole Foods Market to support the gathering and dissemination of information for this research project.

If you have any questions about this survey, contact Ben Grosscup, ben.grosscup@nofamass.org, 413-658-5374.

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