Research & Demonstration

The Farm as Laboratory and Information Hub: Field research and demonstration of resilient farming practices.

Research & Demonstration

Applied Research:  The Farm Hub is developing a comprehensive applied research program that will be tailored to the Hudson Valley and focused on resilient agriculture and climate-smart farming practices. The Farm Hub provides a land-base for experimentation to support partnerships with research institutions, regional educators, and farmers. In this way, it is uniquely positioned to realize its intention to become a true center, or “hub,” for sharing information, innovations and ideas.

Projects on soil health, perennial grains, novel crops, riparian habitats and flood management are being developed in conjunction with Cornell University and other partners.  Research can also play a critical role in providing information to Hudson Valley farmers on production and marketing of new crops.  Ongoing research projects at the Farm Hub during the 2017 season include:

  • Small Grains Field Trials:  Identifying small grain varieties adapted to the Hudson Valley to support emerging interest in locally grown ingredients by bakers, brewers, distillers and specialty food processors.
  • Grain Corn and Soybean Rotation:  Developing conservation tillage, novel cover crop management and organic production methods.
  • Fusarium Fungus in Garlic: Two trials at the Farm Hub are evaluating methods for managing and reducing fusarium infection in garlic.
  • Wireworms: The Farm Hub is studying the use of beneficial nematodes to combat wireworm larvae in sweet potato crops.

Previous research trials at the Farm Hub include:

  • Root Crops Variety Trial: Evaluating thirty-one types of carrots, eighteen beets, and seven parsnips for yield, appearance, color, taste, and storage ability.
  • Tomato Variety Trial: Part of an ongoing Cornell Cooperative Extension program developing tomato lines with resistance to three destructive plant diseases: late blight, early blight, and septoria leaf spot.

Demonstration:  The farm offers a unique opportunity to enhance the land with state-of-the-art resilient agriculture and farmland conservation practices. Field tests of large-scale resilient production practices will be particularly educational for larger growers in the region. This year, a comprehensive mixed-species cover crop rotation was initiated on large fields at the Farm Hub to examine alternative approaches to field and soil management.

As Farm Hub operations are refined and site plans developed, the farm will be geared towards demonstrating farm-based alternative energy systems and innovations in farm equipment and green infrastructure.

We regularly host events for commercial farmers at the Farm Hub. Please visit our Events page for dates and details.