Profitability of Ethnic Vegetable Varieties for Sale in Urban Niche Markets

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2002: $2,811.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Region: Northeast
State: West Virginia
Project Leader:
Haroun Hallack
Red Bud Farm


  • Agronomic: rye
  • Vegetables: sweet potatoes, eggplant, peppers


  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: marketing management, agricultural finance, market study
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity
  • Pest Management: biological control, cultural control, field monitoring/scouting, integrated pest management, mulching - plastic, row covers (for pests)
  • Production Systems: holistic management
  • Soil Management: green manures, organic matter
  • Sustainable Communities: urban/rural integration, sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Hot peppers, African eggplant, and other ethnic vegetables add diversity and can find a ready market in urban areas, but not all varieties are suitable for production in the Northeast. The farmer will conduct variety trials for high-demand ethnic vegetables, measuring insect and disease susceptibility and plant productivity under organic conditions. The project will include a profitability study, and the results will be presented at grower meetings, farm presentations, and through extension newsletters.

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