HAMDEN - The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will hold its 11th annual Plant Science Day next month, and the public is invited to participate in myriad free activities. The annual field day open house will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 at Lockwood Farm, 890 Evergreen Ave. in Hamden, the station's 75-acre research farm. The free event, to take place rain or shine, will include updates on the station's research in "agriculture, food safety, the environment, forestry, and public health," according to a release. Among the day's activities, the release said, will be presentation of the Century Farm Award, given to a farm in family operation for more than 100 years; this year's recipient will be March Farm in Bethlehem. The Samuel W. Johnson Memorial Lecture, focused on "current issues of concern to Connecticut residents and beyond," will feature Brent Peterkin, executive director of Gather New Haven, the release said. Also on tap for the day will be presentations by CAES scientists on Beech Leaf Disease and industrial hemp; demonstrations for container and raised-bed gardening; and controlling deer and wildlife in personal gardens, it said. There also will be 80 field plits and exhibits\/activities for children, the release said, and experts will be available "to diagnose plant diseases, identify plants, insects, and weeds, and collect soil samples for testing." For more information, call 203-974-8500, toll-free at 877-855-2237; or visit https:\/\/portal.ct.gov\/caes.