Maine Vegetable and Fruit School 2020

Maine Vegetable and Fruit School 2020

We have decided to cancel the 2020 Maine Vegetable and Fruit School, originally scheduled for April 8th, in Portland and April 9th, in Bangor. We ask for your patience as we begin processing refunds. We are currently looking into alternative educational options to provide pesticide credits. Thank you for your interest in this event and please do not hesitate to contact Caitlin Ramsay at 207-933-2100 if you have any questions.

The day-long school is offered for Maine farmers on two dates at two locations: April 8 in Portland or April 9 in Bangor. Preregistration is required.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION:  Cost for registration is $45.00 per person if received by March 25, or $55 if received after March 25, and includes lunch. Please register by April 1, 2020.

Please contact Caitlin Ramsay with any registration inquiries at 207.933.2100 or

WITHDRAWALS:  No refunds or credits of any payment will be made for notification of withdrawal within 5 days of the start of the school. Prior to that time, we will refund your registration fee minus a $10 service fee. Course and material fees will be refunded in full if a class is cancelled.

Maine Vegetable and Fruit School is hosted by

  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension
  • Maine Vegetable & Small Fruit Growers Association

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Keely’s Catering
178 Warren Avenue, Portland, Maine 04103
Tel. 207.797.3550

Thursday, April 9, 2020

701 Hogan Road, Bangor, Maine 04401
Tel. 207.947.0355 or 1.800.244.0355

AGENDA – April 8 in Portland and April 9 in Bangor

9:00 AM Legislative Update
— Julie Ann Smith, Executive Director Maine Farm Bureau
9:30 AM Deep Mulching Compost for Crop Nutrition and Weed Management
— Dr. Mark Hutton
10:00 AM Irrigation Strategies to Maximize Effectiveness and Efficiency
— Dr. Racheal Schattman
10:30 AM BREAK
10:45 AM A View from the Plant Disease Lab Common and Uncommon Problems
— Dr. Alicyn Smart
11:15 AM Rasp Production in High Tunnels: Scaling Up in Quebec
Dr. David Handley
11:45 AM LUNCH
12:30 PM Swede Midge and Leek Moth in Maine: New Threats to Crucifers and Alliums
— David Fuller
1:00 PM Growing Healthy Transplants: Best Greenhouse Practices
— Dr. Matt Wallhead
1:30 PM Transitioning the Farm: Getting Started
— Dr. Leslie Forstadt
2:30 PM Ticks and Brown Tail Moths: Health Implications for Farmers
— Griffin Dill
3:00 PM Update on Risk Management Options for Fruit & Vegetable Growers
— Erin Roche
3:30 PM Emery Farm: Bringing Local Produce to Maine Schools
— Trent Emery


Griffin Dill – UMaine Cooperative Extension
Trent Emery – Emery Farms, Wayne, Maine
Dr. Leslie Forstadt – UMaine Cooperative Extension
David Fuller – UMaine Cooperative Extension
Dr. David Handley – UMaine Cooperative Extension
Dr. Mark Hutton – UMaine Cooperative Extension
Erin Roche – Crop Insurance Education Program Manager, UMaine Cooperative Extension
Dr. Racheal Schattman – University of Maine
Dr. Alicyn Smart – Plant Pathologist, University of Maine
Julie Ann Smith – Executive Director Maine Farm Bureau
Dr. Matt Wallhead – UMaine Cooperative Extension

Pesticide credits and Certified Crop Advisor Recertification credits will be available.

For more information about this or other workshops, please contact:

Mark Hutchinson, Extension Professor
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Knox-Lincoln Counties
377 Manktown Road
Waldoboro, ME 04572
Tel. 207.832.0343 or 1.800.244.2104 (in Maine).

If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact Mark Hutchinson at 1.800.244.2104 by March 25, 2020. If requests are received after this date, we may not have sufficient time to make necessary arrangements; however, all requests will be considered.