Low-Input Vine Crop Production

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2001: $1,915.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2001
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $2,085.00
Region: Northeast
State: Massachusetts
Project Leader:

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: rye
  • Animals: bees


  • Crop Production: cover crops, organic fertilizers
  • Education and Training: extension, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns, marketing management, agricultural finance
  • Pest Management: field monitoring/scouting, mulches - living, mulching - plastic, mulching - vegetative
  • Production Systems: general crop production
  • Soil Management: green manures, organic matter, soil analysis
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Organic vine crops—in this case, mostly pumpkins—will be grown using cover within rows and plastic mulches between to test the impact of these mulches on labor, plant vigor, soil quality, and crop. The farmer will test buckwheat, sweet clover, and red clover, with clear cultivation as a control, and compare his results. An economic analysis will round out the picture.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.