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Maine Certified Vegetable Production Course

peppers, tomatoes, corn on the cob, and canning jarsDates: Tuesdays,August 14th, 21st, 28th, September 4th, & Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
Time: 5:00-8:00pm
Location: UMaine Regional Learning Center, Falmouth, ME (5th session at a local farm.)
Instructors: Sustainable Agriculture Professional, Jason Lilley, and Horticulturist, Pamela Hargest
Cost: $50 per person – Includes a copy of the New England Vegetable Management Guide and the Northeast Vegetable and Strawberry Pest Identification Guide.
Registration: Online

A multi-session course designed to successfully equip individuals with practical skills and knowledge for growing and harvesting vegetables in Maine. In this hands-on course you will not only discuss, see, and learn several aspects of vegetable production in Maine, but you will also develop plans relevant to your land to succeed in your vegetable production endeavors.

This course is intended for individuals who have access to land and are in the beginning stages of planning a farm or personal, school, or community garden for vegetable production. This course could also be suited for individuals who are looking to redesign or expand their existing vegetable farm or garden and are interested in broadening their knowledge base.

Session One: Planning
Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

  • Dimensions for the garden/farm
  • General Site Evaluation and Selection
  • Crop Schedule
  • Irrigation Layout
  • Crop Rotation
  • Cover Cropping

Session Two: Soils & Fertility
Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

  • Physical, Biological, and Chemical Properties of Soil
  • Soil Health
  • Management for Soil Health
  • Bed Preparation
  • Fertilizing and Seeding Management

Session Three:IPM for Weeds, Pests, & Disease
Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

  • Principles of IPM
  • Disease ID and Management
  • Weed ID and Management
  • Pest ID and Management

Session Four: Veggie Growing Techniques and Water Management
Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

  • Seed Starting and Lighting
  • Water Management: Seedlings
  • Spacing
  • Trellising
  • Mulching
  • Season Extension
  • Irrigation Systems and Options

Session Five: Post-Harvest Handling, Farm Tour, and Course Wrap-Up
Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

  • Tour of a Local Farm with a Focus on Post-Harvest Handling
  • Harvest Timing and Crop Maturity
  • Food Safety
  • Curing and Storage Conditions
  • Course Wrap-Up and Plan Discussions

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in these programs, please call Lynne Hazelton at 207.781-6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine) 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.