Organic Farmer Researcher Network: Growing lettuce through summer heat

Jun 1, 2023, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

There’s nothing like a crisp summer salad! And nothing like the frustration of keeping salad greens in production as the weather warms up! So “lettuce” learn together as Michelle Nowak walks us through Franklinton Farms summer lettuce and spinach trials. Join us for conversation around successes, failures, and questions from three years of research on attempting (and sometimes succeeding!) to produce lettuce and spinach through summer heat while comparing techniques like interval watering, using shade cloth, and planting in caterpillar tunnels. This research was funded by the OSU Warner Grant for sustainable agriculture.

Franklinton Farms is an urban farm operating year-round in Columbus, Ohio, with production at 12 sites. Learn more at

About this Group

Farmers, educators, researchers, and other interested individuals are welcome to join us on the first Thursday of each month to discuss a variety of topics related to organic production research. If you have questions or ideas, please contact one of our group leaders: Julia Barton (OEFFA), Denise Natoli Brooks (Central State University), or Cassy Brown (Ohio State). 

Recordings of selected previous meetings are posted at

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