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Agricultural Programs - 2017 Greenhouse Best Practices Workshop

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Snell Family Farm greenhouse10th Annual Maine Greenhouse “Best Practices”

Where: Snell Family Farm, 1000 River Road (ME 112), Buxton, ME 04093
When: March 23, 2017, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Cost: $25.00  per person.
Pre-registration is required. Register online before March 17.

Come see and learn how the Snell family has grown their flower and vegetable farm into a thriving diversified business. Snell Family Farm has eight greenhouses and additional hoop houses. They grow perennials, water garden plants, bedding plants, fruits, vegetables, and herbs, and retail via their year-round farm store, the Portland Farmers Market, pick-your-own, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares, and Senior Farmshare. The Snells use biocontrol to manage pests in their seasonal greenhouses. Learn what you can do to produce quality plants while minimizing reliance on pesticides. Check in on your plant nutrition and pest management practices. Learn the latest developments in greenhouse management.

Speakers: Dr. Ryan Dickson, Greenhouse Management and Technology Specialist, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension; Cathy Kloetzli, UMaine Extension Educator Oxford County; Jennifer Lund, Sarah Scally, Carole Neil, and Kathy Murray, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Horticulture Program.

For More Information: Contact Kathy Murray at 207.287.7616 or kathy.murray@maine.gov

This workshop is approved for two (2) pesticide re-certification credits.

Registration is closed.

Agenda:

8:30 – 9:00 — Check in and enjoy a cup of coffee

9:00 — Welcome and Introductions

9:05 – 10:00 — Tour of Snell Family Farm Greenhouses. Theme: How we integrate good plant health practices into our operation from start to finish, Ramona and Carolyn Snell (Snell Family Farms)

10:00 – 11:00 — Fertility and pH, Dr. Ryan Dickson, Greenhouse Management and Technology Specialist, University of NH Extension

11:00 – 11:15 — Break

11:15 – 12:00 — Greenhouse Business Enterprise Planning, Cathy Kloetzli, UMaine Extension, Oxford County

12:00 – 12:45 — Lunch (fresh from the Snell Family Farm Kitchen)

12:45 – 1:45 — Hands-on Learning Activities

1:45 – 2:30 — All About Pollinators: Plants to Attract Them and Practices to Protect Them, Jennifer Lund, State Apiculturist, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

2:30 – 2:45 — Research Updates (or What I Learned at Conferences this Year): Effects of Fertility and pH on Pest Management and Biocontrol, Dr. Kathy Murray, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

2:45 – 3:00 — Current Issues and Problems Found in Maine Greenhouses, Carole Neil and Sarah Scally, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

3:00 – 3:30 — Pulling it all Together — Grower discussion: Share your insights and experiences.

3:30 — Wrap-up and Adjourn

This event is presented in collaboration with The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry.

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If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Michele Lodgek at 207.581.2721 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.


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