On Wednesday, June 26 from 1-4 pm, gardeners will have a chance to tour the farm and gardens of Duane Carney and David Hyle in Putnam County. The first stop is at the home of Duane Carney,39694 State Highway W, Unionville. From Kirksville, go west on Hwy 6 to Novinger. Take Hwy 149 North to Martinstown. At Martinstown take Highway W to the west for about two miles. House is on right (north) side of the road. The house is gray with teal shutters.

During this tour, see how Duane grows a variety of fruit trees and plants, in addition to vegetables and herbs. This year he has about 600 hills of potatoes. Most of his vegetables are grown in an enclosed raised bed. Also, see how Duane uses large containers to capture rainwater for watering his gardens, and how he uses fencing to keep predators out of his fruit and vegetable plantings. 

The final stop will be at the farm of David Hyle, 19204 State Highway 149, in Putnam County between Martinstown and Highway 136. David has a solar passive greenhouse, and uses solar power to run it. On this tour, you will see tropical plants like coffee, lemon and banana trees, flowers and vegetables. He also grows plants in raised beds, and has a fish pond in the greenhouse that he uses to water his plants. He has grown a 19 pound cabbage in the greenhouse.

Register by June 24.

Cost: Free

Contact: Jennifer Schutter, schutterjl@missouri.edu, 660-665-9866