- Vegetables: cucurbits, tomatoes
- Crop Production: conservation tillage
- Production Systems: general crop production
- Soil Management: organic matter
Trellis systems have been shown to be less expensive and to require less labor than staking individual plants; trellises can also make pest monitoring more effective, decrease chemical usage, and reduce diseases and post-harvest rot. The farmer will compare cucumbers and tomatoes grown on trellises and mulched with hay, shredded newspaper, or crushed leaves with freestanding cucumber and tomato plants grown with the same mulches. Diseases and pests will be monitored, and the farmer will make her results available to other farmers through field days and a brochure.