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The Learning Farm at Daddy Bob's Fruit Farm in Nashville, Arkansas was established
in 2012 as a way to connect area and state fruit growers with the latest technology
and information on profitable fruit production.
The Learning Farm was born of necessity when Howard County agent Sherry Beaty-Sullivan contacted Dr. Terry Kirkpatrick, Extension Plant Pathologist, about the newly-purchased farm after its present owner
had approached Sherry for help. Using the successful model of the row crop verification
programs that have been used extensively by Extension on private farms to teach the
importance of appropriate technology in maximizing yields and profits of row crops,
The Learning Farm's purpose is much the same.
Nikki Ray and her father Paul, of Nashville had recently purchased Daddy Bob's, a
commercial farm consisting of 12 acres of blueberries, 12 acres of peaches, 4 acres
of muscadines and about 2 acres of blackberries. The farm, originally established
about 25 years ago, was purchased by the Rays after the original owner passed away.
They came to Extension for information and advice on how to begin the process of
restoring productivity and profitability in the existing plantings. The Rays and
a steering committee of Division scientists have partnered together to accomplish
the following objectives:
Terry KirkpatrickExtension Plant Pathologist
Phone: 870-777-9702Email: email@example.com
Office:Southwest Research & Extension Center (SWREC)362 Hwy 174 NorthHope, AR 71801
Sherry Beaty-SullivanHoward County Extension Agent - Agriculture
Phone: 870-845-7517Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office:Howard County Extension421 N. MainNashville, AR 71852