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Improving Production & Yield of Winter Greens in the Northeast

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A grower harvests spinach from a high tunnel in February 2021. Photo: G. Higgins
Project Description: 

Demand for fresh, local greens in winter is limitless, and production is not nearly meeting demand, representing a huge opportunity to increase financial sustainability of individual farms and food systems. Currently, there is a gap in knowledge across our region about occurrence, biology, and management of downy mildews of winter greens, and we are lacking for modern, efficient leafy greens production systems. These two factors are limiting farm revenue and profitability, and limiting consumer access to fresh, local greens year round.

This project is addressing these concerns through research, outreach, and education, outlined below:

Prior to the start of this project, the UMass Extension Vegetable Program conducted 2 winter spinach variety trials looking at downy mildew resistant varieties - the reports from those trials are also included on this page.


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