Monthly Archives: October 2012

Food Day is October 24th!


Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Food Day, created by CSPI, is powered by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders, organizations, and people from all walks of life. Food Day takes place annually on October 24 to address issues as varied as health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice. The ultimate goal of Food Day is to strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation’s food policies. Join this push for a stronger, more united food movement by signing up to organize or attend Food Day events in your community.

The foods we eat should bolster our health, but the contemporary American diet is actually contributing to several hundred thousand premature deaths from heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and cancer each year. What’s more, the way our food is produced is all too often harmful to farm and food workers, the environment, and farm animals. The American food system has created a diet of cheap, salty, overly processed packaged foods, high-calorie sugary drinks, and fast-food made of white bread, fatty grain-fed factory-farmed meat, and French fries.

Food Day aims to transform the American diet. It’s time for America to Eat Real! All Americans—regardless of their age or race or income or geographic location—should be able to select healthy diets and avoid obesity, heart disease, and other diet related conditions.

Our priorities:


Here’s Dr. Stafne’s update on the new high tunnel!

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With the assistance of Dr. Christine Coker and her crew, a new high tunnel is being constructed at the South Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Poplarville.  It is 24 ft by 60 ft long.  Right now it doesn’t have the plastic on it, as nothing is currently in it, the plastic isn’t really necessary.  I plan to put some plants in it probably in November.  My plan right now is to put in some Passiflora incarnata and possibly blackberries, depending on how much room I have and how many plants I can get my hands on.  See the photos below for an idea of what the high tunnel looks like during its construction.

Attendees of the Ornamental Field Day on October 4, 2012 will have a chance to take a look at the high tunnel and learn a bit about its purpose and construction.  More information on the Ornamental…

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Ornamental Field Day – Poplarville


Last Thursday I had the opportunity to share a couple of projects with about 80 attendees at the 39th Annual Ornamental Field Day at the MSU South MS Branch Station in Poplarville.

The first study I shared was the Green Roof project that Dr. Gary Bachman and I are working on at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport.  Most of the folks attending new little, if anything, about green roofs, so it was fun to explain it to them.

The second project I discussed was the construction of a brand new high tunnel on the station.  The tunnel measures 20×60, so it’s a pretty small structure.  It’s a perfect size for a small farm or large backyard garden.  Dr. Eric Stafne will be using the tunnel to grow passion fruit beginning later this fall or winter.