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Insectary Strip

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Flowering insectary strips are an excellent strategy for supporting pollinators and other beneficial insects on farms.  Planted along field edges or directly within fields, these strips help ensure that flowering habitat is in close proximity to the crop fields where pollination and pest control services are most needed. 

Insectary strips can be temporary (annual) or permanent (perennial) and native or non-native, depending on the goals and situation at hand.  Temporary  insectary strips are typically composed of non-native flowers  and herbs that provide bloom very quickly and do not require much weed control prior to planting (since the planting will be cultivated at the end of the growing season).  Plants such as cosmos, dill, cilantro, basil, mustards, buckwheat, and dwarf sunflowers are examples of what may be suitable for an annual insectary strip.  

The mix we used at our farm include dill, cilantro, buckwheat, alyssum and sun hemp. They were chosen because of their performance in previous trials, as well as recommendation by Xerces Society. Dwarf sunflowers volunteered themselves.

Entomologist Dr. Rupesh Kariyat and his team of graduate students are monitoring the site to verify the efficacy of the insect strips, and to study the biodiversity of insect population in our area. #UTRGV #Entomology #insectarystrip

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PPC Farms participates in 2nd Brownsville ISD Farmers Market

PPC Farms participates in 2nd Brownsville ISD Farmers Market

The Brownsville Independent School District joined forces last week with the Brownsville Wellness Coalition to bring locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables to elementary and middle school students. The second BISD Farmers Market took place Nov. 17 in the Vela Middle School gym. The event served as a pre-Thanksgiving shopping day for the students, who were given information about the produce on sale at the event so they could make shopping lists with their families and make informed purchases.

PPC Farms Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship Fund Established

PPC Farms Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship Fund Established

PPC Farms has created PPC Farms Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship Fund for the students pursuing the newly established Agroecology program at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  A check was signed Marcelino Garza, CEO of PPC Farms and was presented to Dr. Alexis Racelis, Agroecology Program Director and  Roxanna Vasquez-Lucio from the College of Science Development Office.  Also present were Isaac Kim, Patricia Garza, Anwar Garza and Lois Kim.

PPC Hosts USDA Cochran Fellows for Hands-on Training in Food Safety

PPC Hosts USDA Cochran Fellows for Hands-on Training in Food Safety

PPC Farms,  a South Texas grower, shipper, packer, hosted USDA Cochran Fellowship participants for U.S. Food Safety System Policies and Functions Training Program designed to train government regulatory officials to learn about and ultimately incorporate into the draft Food Safety Law internationally-recognized food safety standards.

Eric Holt-Gimenez of Food First Comes to the RGV

Dr. Eric Holt-Gimenez of Food First visited the Rio Grande Valley on September 15 & 16, 2016 at the invitation of University of Texas RGV to speak to the community about understanding the global food systems and the importance of building our local food movement.  On September 15th, Dr. Holt-Gimenez addressed the community with a talk titled “Agroecology and Food Systems Transformation” at Quinta Mazatlan.