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February 2022

Wild Blueberry Weed Management (1PA Credit)

February 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Dr. Lily Calderwood will kick off the conference with a talk covering the basics of wild blueberry weed management for both conventional and organic growers. She will also discuss the impact that heat and humidity have on herbicide efficacy and some research results. All sessions start a 4:00 pm and could run for 1 or 2 hours depending on discussion back and forth. The login link and password are the same for all sessions. This information will be sent to…

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H2-A Program: Finding Labor

February 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join this session to learn about how and when to apply for migrant labor through the H2-A Federal Department of Labor program. All sessions start a 4:00 pm and could run for 1 or 2 hours depending on discussion back and forth. The login link and password are the same for all sessions. This information will be sent to you once you register online or call Mary to register over the phone at 207.581.3175.

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Improvements to Fresh Pack Lines for Quality and Food Safety

February 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Producing and marketing fresh-pack wild blueberries has numerous challenges including the use of specialized equipment, limited time for product harvest and processing, and issues of shelf-life and shrinkage, just to name a few. Hear from two growers and one food scientist (Dr. Jen Perry) about some of the common as well as uncommon management practices, equipment usage, food safety SOPs and other practical knowledge of getting fresh wild blueberries to market. All sessions start a 4:00 pm and could run…

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Expanding in to Value-Added Products

February 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

New products and new markets have been arising for a few years now among both large and small-scale wild blueberry growers in Maine. This session will feature an organic wine producer, a farm that makes several dried fruit leather products, and a farm that makes dried wild blueberry powder, tincture, and more. All sessions start a 4:00 pm and could run for 1 or 2 hours depending on discussion back and forth. The login link and password are the same…

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Disease Management Update (1PA Credit)

February 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Dr. Seanna Annis will discuss the basics of disease management in wild blueberry and share her most recent findings on managing disease in wild blueberry for both conventional and organic wild blueberry growers. All sessions start a 4:00 pm and could run for 1 or 2 hours depending on discussion back and forth. The login link and password are the same for all sessions. This information will be sent to you once you register online or call Mary to register…

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Marketing Skills, Building Websites, and Wild Blueberry Weekend Experience

February 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Dr. Joline Blais from the New Media department at UMaine teaches a course called Designing Websites for Community Partners. She and her students would like to open up the opportunity to collaborate with wild blueberry growers to build grower websites where you can sell your berries and other products. In this session, she will share examples of websites they have made in the past and hear what growers would like to have on their websites. During this session, you will…

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Spotted Wing Drosophila Update (1PA Credit)

February 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Dr. Phil Fanning will share his most recent findings and knowledge on the invasive SWD, a fruit fly pest of wild blueberry. All sessions start a 4:00 pm and could run for 1 or 2 hours depending on discussion back and forth. The login link and password are the same for all sessions. This information will be sent to you once you register online or call Mary to register over the phone at 207.581.3175,

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Modern Wild Blueberry Production

February 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Bruce Hall, an agronomist at Wyman’s of Maine, will share their current methods and philosophies around growing wild blueberries. All sessions start a 4:00 pm and could run for 1 or 2 hours depending on discussion back and forth. The login link and password are the same for all sessions. This information will be sent to you once you register online or call Mary to register over the phone at 207.581.3175.

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March 2022

Business Management with Maine Farmland Trust

March 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

As you may know, MFT has launched the first Wild Blueberry Business Management course which is currently underway. Alex Fouliard will share learnings from this course, their work with wild blueberry growers, and lead a FarmCalc demonstration in an effort to assist with economic sustainability within the industry. All sessions start a 4:00 pm and could run for 1 or 2 hours depending on discussion back and forth. The login link and password are the same for all sessions. This…

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Calderwood Team Research Update

March 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Dr. Lily Calderwood and her team will share their most recent research results on multiple projects including phenological tracking of wild blueberry, dual-use solar, cold storage for fresh pack berries, and mulching for moisture management. All sessions start a 4:00 pm and could run for 1 or 2 hours depending on discussion back and forth. The login link and password are the same for all sessions. This information will be sent to you once you register online or call Mary…

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