Maine State Pomological Society Summer Meeting and Orchard Tour on July 27, 2016



Wednesday, July 27, 2016
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Ricker Hill Orchards‘ New Pavilion (next to the farm stand),
15 Ricker Hill Road, Turner, Maine 04282
Orchard phone: 207.754.5427 or 207.225.3455
Registration fee: $20.00. Lunch will be included.

The Maine State Pomological Society and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will hold a Summer Meeting and Orchard Tour at Ricker Hill Orchards in Turner, Maine on Wednesday, July 27 at 8:30 a.m. There will be presentations and demonstrations on farm safety, tall spindle plantings, cider making, and a cider tasting room. There will also be a panel discussion on the past and future of the Maine apple industry, updates on crop insurance and other topics. On-site registration will be at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. For more information, please contact Renae Moran at 207.933.2100 or


9:00 AM Farm Liability – Followed by Question and Answer Session
John Lambert, Jr., Attorney at Law, Lambert Coffin
9:30 AM Pest Management Update
Glen Koehler, UMaine Cooperative Extension, Pest Management Office
10:00 AM BREAK
10:15 AM Pros and Cons of Foliar Fertilization
Del Christenson, Agro-K Corporation, Minneapolis, MN
10:45 AM History and Future of the Apple Industry in Maine
Grower Panel:
George Greene, Associate Professor Emeritus, Penn State
Tom Gyger, Five Fields Farm, Bridgton
Matthew Pellerin, Treworgy Family Orchards, Levant
Andy Ricker, Ricker Hill Orchards, Turner
11:45 AM Maine State Pomological Society Business Meeting
Aaron Libby, President
12:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 PM New Packing Line and Hard Cider Operation Tour
Steve Maheu and Andy Ricker, Ricker Hill OrchardsNew Apple Orchards and Discussion of High Establishment Costs of Orchards
Harry Ricker, Ricker Hill Orchards and Dr. Renae Moran, UMaine Cooperative Extension, Highmoor Farm Agricultural Experiment Station


  • Crop Protection Services, Lewiston, Maine
  • Ricker Hill Orchards
  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension


From the south:  In Auburn/Lewiston travel on Route ME-4 for 12 miles. Turn left onto Route ME-117 (Buckfield Road) and travel 1.3 miles. Turn left onto Ricker Hill Road.

From the north:  Take Exit 109B in Augusta onto Route US-202 West (Western Avenue). Travel about 7 miles to Winthrop and bear right onto Routes ME-41/ME-133. Travel 1.4 miles and bear left onto Route ME-133 West. Travel 5.9 miles then turn left onto Route ME-219 (Leeds Road). Travel 9.5 miles and turn left onto Route ME-4 (Auburn Road). Travel 5.2 miles and turn right onto Western Road. Travel 0.7 miles and turn right onto Ricker Hill Road.

Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this program should contact Pam St. Peter at 207.933.2100 ext. 100 to discuss their needs at least seven days in advance.