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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 addressed these concerns through research, outreach, and education, outlined below:

Grower Case-Studies

These case studies were conducted to determine profitabiliy of a range of winter spinach production methods.

Workshops & Webinars

Field Trials

Disease Diagnostic Support


This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under subaward number LNE20-402.

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