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Dr. Jeanine M. Davis
Associate Professor and Extension Specialist
Department of Horticultural Science
Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center
455 Research Drive
Mills River, NC 28759
Office Phone: 828.684.3562
Web Site: NCherb.org
Ph.D., Horticulture, Washington State University, 1987
M.S., Horticulture, Washington State University, 1983
B.S., Horticulture, Delaware Valley College, 1980
Dr. Jeanine Davis helps farmers improve the sustainability and profitability of their farms by optimizing organic production systems, introducing and developing new crops, and improving the sustainability of commercial vegetable production systems.
Currently, Davis is conducting a study aimed at developing a reliable organic tomato production system for western N.C. In cooperation with the N.C. State University tomato breeder, Dr. Dilip Panthee, heirloom and heirloom-type hybrid tomato varieties are being grown. The heirloom-type hybrids have many of the desirable characteristics of heirloom tomatoes plus resistance to diseases, i.e. early and late blight, which make it difficult to grow organic tomatoes in the region. Several of these varieties are also winners in consumer taste tests. Different disease and insect control products approved for use in certified organic production systems are being tested.
Davis has worked with N.C. State for more than 20 years. Her research emphasis is on organic agriculture in western North Carolina, culinary and medicinal herbs, non-timber forest products, mushrooms, hops, truffles and other specialty crops.
“My vision is that someday, in the not too distant future, everyone will have access to local fresh fruits and vegetables because there will be successful farms everywhere, and every family will have a personal garden or access to a community food garden,” says Davis.
Her numerous professional honors include the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Activist of the Year Award and the North Carolina Vegetable Growers Association Support Award. She has been recognized five times with the Extension Blue Ribbon Publication Award from the Southern Region - American Society for Horticultural Science.
Davis is located at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center in Mills River.