About Organic Cucurbit Growing Community
Who we are
A group of growers, educators, and researchers who are seeking better ways to grow cucurbit crops (muskmelon, cucumber, pumpkin, and squash) organically by:
- Managing major diseases and insect pests, and
- Safeguarding the native bees that pollinate these crops.
- Seeking reliable, cost effective ways to protect organic cucurbit crops from some of the most damaging diseases and pests: bacterial wilt and cucumber beetles; squash bug and cucurbit yellow vine disease; and squash vine borer.
- Looking for ways to help native species of bees to pollinate cucurbit crops.
- Sharing information in a efficient way in order to discover new techniques to improve marketable yield and the bottom line.
The purpose of this community is to create new information on disease and crop management, insect pest, and pollination available to growers. This project was funded by USDA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) and involved on-farm trials in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Iowa.
It also provides a to create and sustain a community where anyone involved in cucurbit production - growers, consultants, educators, and researchers - can share their knowledge, ideas, and experiences regarding disease, insect pest, and pollination concerns. This community is an effective way to keep up to date on what is new in organic cucurbit production.
The main focus is on organic production of cucurbit crops in the eastern half of the US (anywhere from the Great Plains eastward). However, non-organic growers are very welcome to participate, as well as stakeholders from the western U.S. Basically, anybody with an interest in commercial organic cucurbit production can participate. The content is informative but not full of scientific jargon.