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UMaine Cooperative Extension High Tunnel Workshop – January 9, 2014

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High Tunnel Workshop 2014

High Tunnel Tomatoes

High Tunnel Tomatoes, photo by Danielle Murray

Thursday, January 9, 2014
9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Arnold/Howard Rooms, Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine
Registration Fee:  $20.00, includes book

Preregistration is strongly encouraged. Please preregister by January 3, 2014.

Register online or contact Pam St. Peter at or 207.933.2100 to preregister.

Cost for registration is $20.00 per person. Checks are to be made payable to UMaine Cooperative Extension.

This workshop is designed to help people who are interested in using high tunnels for vegetable and fruit production as part of a commercial enterprise. Interest in growing crops in high tunnels is expanding as demand for locally grown produce expands and people seek to extend their growing season. Types of tunnels, construction, irrigation, fertility, and crop requirements will be discussed with Dr. Mark Hutton, Vegetable Specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and a panel of experts and growers who have worked with high tunnels in Maine.

The workshop will be held at the Augusta Civic Center during the Maine Agricultural Trades Show, which runs January 7-9, so participants will have an opportunity to come early and spend some time looking at the supplies, equipment and services on exhibit that are available to help them with high tunnels and other agricultural enterprises. Admission to the Trades Show is free.

A registration fee of $20.00 will be charged for participation in the High Tunnel Workshop and space is limited, so preregistration is strongly advised. Participants will be provided with the publication “High Tunnel Tomato Production” from the University of Missouri for an excellent reference companion to the workshop. Cash and checks will be accepted at the registration table; checks should be made out to “UMaine Cooperative Extension.”


9:30 AM Why High Tunnels? Understanding the Potential and Limitations
Caragh Fitzgerald, Extension Educator, UMaine Extension
10:00 AM Design Options
Caragh Fitzgerald
10:30 AM Site Selection and Preparation
Mark Hutchinson, Extension Educator, UMaine Extension
11:00 AM Construction Tips
Richard Kersbergen, Extension Educator, UMaine Extension
11:30 PM My High Tunnels
Dave Colson, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
12:00 PM LUNCH BREAK (on your own)
1:00 PM Irrigation Design and Use
Mark Hutton, Vegetable Specialist, UMaine Extension
1:30 PM Soil Fertility Management
Mark Hutchinson
2:00 PM Tomatoes in High Tunnels
Mark Hutton
2:30 PM Other Vegetables
Mark Hutton
3:00 PM Fruit in High Tunnels
David Handley, Vegetable & Small Fruit Specialist, UMaine Extension
3:30 PM Adjourn

Any person with a disability who needs accommodations to participate in this program should contact Pam St. Peter at 207.933.2100 to discuss any needed arrangements at least seven days in advance.



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