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April 2019

Safe Burning, Value-added & Food Safety @ Lynch Hill Farm, Harrington, ME

April 24 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Lynch Hill Farm, 1468 US Highway 1A
Harrington, ME United States
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Expertise: Courtney Hammond, Lily Calderwood, Chris Howard, Dorothy Klimis

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May 2019

Pollinator Identification/Behavior & Disease IPM @ Coastal Blueberry Services, Union, ME

May 22 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Coastal Blueberry Services, 60 Common Rd
Union, ME 04862
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Expertise: Paul Sweetland, Frank Drummond, Eric Venturini, Lily Calderwood, Seanna Annis We will hear about Paul Sweetland's observations and approach to pollination in his wild blueberry fields. Frank Drummond (UMaine) will help the group identify the pollinator species present and the amount of pollination occurring. Eric Venturini (NRCS/Xerces) will explain their new NRCS IPM practice and Lily Calderwood (UMaine) will share tactics to reduce pesticide risk to bees through weed and habitat management. Seanna Annis will talk about mummy berry…

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June 2019

Pollinator Identification/Behavior and IPM meet @ Passamaquoddy Wild, Columbia Falls, ME

June 3 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Passamaquoddy Wild, 20 Harrington Road Rt 1A
Columbia Falls, Maine
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Meet at Passamaquoddy Wild. We will hear about the Passamaquoddy’s approach to pollination in their wild blueberry fields. Frank Drummond (UMaine) will help the group identify the pollinator species present and the amount of pollination occurring. Jeremy Markuson (NRCS/Xerces) will explain their new NRCS IPM practice and Lily Calderwood (UMaine) will share tactics to reduce pesticide risk to bees through weed and habitat management. Seanna Annis will talk about mummy berry disease and its connection to pollination. Pesticide credits: 1

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CANCELLED! Sprayer Calibration and Whole Farm IPM @ Union Hammond Tractor, Union, ME

June 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Union Hammond Tractor, 1987 Heald Hwy
Union, ME United States
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Due to the heavy rain in the forecast, the UMaine Extension sprayer calibration program scheduled for Thursday, June 13, at Hammond Tractor in Union is CANCELLED. We apologize for the inconvenience. --Caragh Fitzgerald, Lily Calderwood, and Mark Hutchinson  

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Sprayer Calibration and Disease IPM @ Blueberry Hill Farm, Jonesboro, ME

June 17 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Blueberry Hill Farm, 1643 US-1
Jonesboro, ME United States
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Important for both organic and conventional growers of fruit and vegetables. Expertise: Lily Calderwood, Caragh Fitzgerald, Josh Stubbs, Seanna Annis UMaine Extension and Blueberry Hill Farm staff including Caragh Fitzgerald, Lily Calderwood and Josh Stubbs will walk the group through proper sprayer calibration and demonstration. Then Seanna Annis will talk about Disease IPM as time allows. This workshop is applicable to both organic and conventional growers of fruit and vegetables. Pesticide credits: 2

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Fresh Pack Storage & Insect IPM Field Walk @ Dan-a-Dew Farm, Blue Hill, ME

June 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dan-a-Dew Farm, 1145 Pleasant Street
Blue Hill, ME United States
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Presenters: Danner Curtis, Lily Calderwood, Frank Drummond and Judy Collins We will hear from the farmer, Danner Curtis, about his process for harvesting and processing fresh pack wild blueberries. This will be followed by a field walk with Frank Drummond, Judy Collins, and Lily Calderwood where blueberry maggot fly and spotted wing drosophila management is discussed. Pesticide credits: 1

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July 2019

Organic Field Workshop (including food safety & processing) Field’s Blueberries, Dresden, ME

July 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fields Blueberries, 565 Blinn Hill Road
Dresden, ME United States
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Expertise: Seanna Annis, Frank Drummond, Lily Calderwood, Chris Howard Ashley and Jesse Fields will introduce their farm. Then we will do a field walk stopping to discuss wild blueberry insect pests (Frank Drummond), weeds (Lily Calderwood), and diseases (Seanna Annis). Then we will hear about the Fields' commercial kitchen and an update on food safety regulations from UMaine Extension and DCAF staff (Robson Machado and Leah Cook). Pesticide credits: 1

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Food Safety on the Farm + Value-added Products @ Worcester’s Blueberries, Ornville Twp, ME

July 10 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Worcester’s Blueberries, 356 Lyford Road
Orneville, ME United States
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Expertise: Lee and Everett Worcester, Lily Calderwood, Chris Howard, Dept. of Ag staff Lee and Everett Worcester will explain their process for harvesting and storing wild blueberries before distribution, their experiences with GAP certification, and value-added product production. UMaine Extension and DACF staff including Lily Calderwood, Chris Howard and Leah Cook will be there to share information about the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.

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Annual Blueberry Hill Farm Field Day @ Blueberry Hill Farm, Jonesboro, ME

July 17 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Blueberry Hill Farm, 1643 US-1
Jonesboro, ME United States
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Pesticide credits: TBD (at least 2) In the morning, we will take a rain or shine field tour of the farm stopping to highlight current research projects. Lunch will be provided. In the afternoon, there will be two or three topic specific breakout sessions to choose from.

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