The mission of the horticulture program at ESAREC is to improve sustainability of the vegetable crop industry in Virginia. The concerns of the industry are addressed by putting scientific knowledge (research) to work through outreach activities (extension). Research activities are concentrated in variety trials of vegetable crops to maintain farmers informed of cultivars adapted to the region and sustainable production systems including plasticulture, organic and protected production systems in vegetable crops. Outreach activities are focused on building a bridge between researchers, extension personnel and the stakeholders to address their needs with solid results that will enhance the quality of life of the community.


Current research activities

  1. Cilantro variety trial and production under rowcover
  • Potato variety trial to enhance sustainability in the Eastern US.
  • Sweetpotato variety trial and production for fresh as well as processing markets
sweet potato drip irrigation
  • Protected production systems (rowcovers and high tunnels)
high tunnel


Ramón Arancibia
Assistant Professor of Horticulture
(757) 414-0724
(757) 414-0730 (Fax)
33446 Research Dr
Painter, VA 23420